Thursday,   Aug 31  2006   Trinidad and Tobago National Day  

  Happy Merdeka!     Malaysia National Day  

There is some bad news about Humbrol Ltd, which is the parent company of the Humbrol and Airfix lines of hobby products.  Click here for the press release.  I have no interest in speculating further on this.  I wish all involved at Airfix.....especially the workers that have lost their jobs all the very best in this very distressing time.  I hope an investor is found to put the company back on track.  I have fond memories of building Airfix kits in my childhood.
Wednesday,   Aug 30  2006    Victory Day in Turkey  
Tuesday,   Aug 29  2006 
Monday,   Aug 28  2006     Polish (Military) Aviation Day   
Friday,   Aug 25  2006       Uruguay Independence Day  

Here is a list of the hundreds of Discontinued sets from Cutting Edge Models.  Supplies are limited....so don't delay if you want one of these hundreds of sets that are going out of production.

Thursday,   Aug 24  2006   Ukraine National Day  
I'm pleased to announce a new manufacturers forum for Orion Models.  This forum will give you a chance to talk to Dave Roof directly about his products and upcoming releases. 
Wednesday,   Aug 23  2006   
No update today.....I kept pretty busy on Tuesday enjoying my birthday with family and friends and didn't get much ARC work done.
Tuesday,   Aug 22  2006   
I'd like to extend a Happy Birthday greeting to Chris Hughes.....Chris and I share the same Birthday.....so that makes his birthday pretty special to me.  
  • Don McKay begins today with 3 photos taken at the Combat Air Museum I hate to upstage Ken Middleton's F-15 ride story......but in the photos we have pics of Anthony Wan (as well as myself) sitting in an A-4 cockpit....not at the same time of course.  Mind you....the cockpit wasn't actually still attached to a  plane.

  • Alan Tisdall has done an outstanding job building and finishing his first model for ARC.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa A-4M Skyhawk built more or less out of the box with the addition of a variety of decal sheet to get the  VMA-324 Devildogs markings.  Welcome to ARC Alan!!!  I look forward to seeing more of Alan's work.    

  • Steve Brauning has done a wonderful job on his 1/48 Scale Diorama "EARTH MEETS SKY".  This diorama includes a Blohm und Vos BV212.3 with a Jadgpanzer IV in a very well thought scene.   

  • Yufei Mao is here with his Chinese Air Force 1/72 Dragon MiG-17(Jian-5).  A very well done model and Yufei includes the interesting history of this aircraft and it's victory over an F-84.   

  • Zafer Yilmaz  has done a beautiful job building his 1/48 Revell F4U-7.  This is Zafer's first model on ARC and I look forward to seeing more model from Zafer in the future.  Welcome to ARC Zafer!!!  

  • Steven “Flush” Tollett is here with his first model on ARC.  This is his in-flight 1/32 Revel F-14A done up in VF-84 markings and the display includes a helmet in matching VF-84 markings.  There is no doubt about it.....this is quite the cool display.  Welcome to ARC Steven!!!  

  • Eduardo M is here with some pics from the  IPMS Mar del Plata show.  This show took place in Argentina and had a fine selection of models on display. 

  • I have a review of the  1/48 resin RA-5C Forward Fuselage/Canopy/Fin Correction Set from Cutting Edge Modelworks.   

  • I have a review of the  1/72 & 1/48 RAF Tempest Mk.II/F.2/F.6 Decals from Model Alliance Group.   This sheet features 4 different aircraft.

  • I have a review of the  1/72 2006 90th Anniversary BAE Hawk Scheme  BAE Hawk Decal sheet from Blue Sky Models.  This sheet features 1 special aircraft.     

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Monday,   Aug 21  2006 
I'm very pleased to invite a new advertiser on ARC.  Patch Quest specialty is authentic patches and clothing supplied from the same patterns as the original squadrons – without having to join the Navy!  Check out http://www.patchquestinc.com
Friday,  Aug 18  2006        Afghanistan Independence Day   
Thursday,   Aug 17  2006       Indonesia Independence Day  

  Gabon Independence Day  

Wednesday,   Aug 16  2006
Tuesday,  Aug 15  2006     India Independence Day  

  Congo National Day       Korea National Day

HOBBY GRYFFON is proud to announce the first edition of the Gryffon Expo to be held on Sunday, October 1st, 2006 in the Montreal, Canada area.  I'll post a reminder when the date draws closer.  Click here for more info.
Monday,  Aug 14  2006    Pakistan Independence Day  
Frank Crenshaw and myself are here with photos of Prop Models Part 2 from the IPMS 2006 Nationals from Kansas City.   
I have some photos of Automotive Models from the IPMS 2006 Nationals from Kansas City.   
I have a few teaser photos of the 1/72 Testors B-2 built by John Vojtech.  This particular model won the "Best Aircraft" award that was sponsored by ARCAir.  I hope to have a more in-depth article by John in the future.
Frank Crenshaw and myself are here with photos of Helicopter Models from the IPMS 2006 Nationals from Kansas City.     
Frank Crenshaw and myself are here with photos of Figure Models from the IPMS 2006 Nationals from Kansas City.   
Frank Crenshaw and myself are here with photos of Ship Models from the IPMS 2006 Nationals from Kansas City.   
Bernd O. joins us with his Mixing paint made easy Tools 'n' Tips article. 

I have a review of the  1/48 resin RA-5C Vigilante (Early) style seamless intakes from Cutting Edge Modelworks.

Jan Hermoch is here with a review of the 1/48 resin S-3 Viking super detail set from Goffymodels Kits.  This set is for the ESCI/AMT/Italeri 1/48 S-3 Viking kit.

I have a review of the  1/72 Boeing KC 135E  2004 Tiger Meet Scheme Decals from Model Alliance Group.

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Friday,  Aug 11  2006        Chad Independence Day 
  • If anyone has photos taken at the ARC Seminar....please e-mail them to Steve Filak
  • Singapore Modelers may want to enjoy Singapore Tamiyacon 2006 held now at the Marina Square Shopping Center in Singapore, and IIRC, the judging and prize presentation will be held on Sun 13th Aug.
Steve Filak, Sr. ARC Staff is here with his article Modeler's Spotlight: Calvin Neumann  -  Pre-Teens at the 2006 Nats at the 2006 IPMS/USA National Convention.  Calvin is another of the exceptional young modellers that attended the 2006 IPMS USA Nationals in Kansas City.  
Frank Crenshaw and myself are here with photos of Jet Models Part 2 from the  IPMS USA Nationals 2006.   
Frank Crenshaw and myself are here with photos of Biplane models from the  IPMS USA Nationals 2006. 

Frank Crenshaw and myself are here with photos of Armor Models from the  IPMS USA Nationals 2006. 

Frank Crenshaw and myself are here with photos of Space and Sci-fi Models from the  IPMS USA Nationals 2006. 
Marcius Costa joins us from Brazil with his 1/72 Embraer AMX A1-B diorama.  Marcius did a very nice job on his AMX and finished it in Brazilian Air Force markings.
Carmel John Attard joins us from Malta with a selection of his models.  These are his 1/72 C-130, Airmodel C-123 and Matchbox Dauphin, all finished in brightly coloured markings.. 
Polly Singh has been busy getting the painting correct on his 1/16 Tamiya Luftwaffe fighter crew and Cottage resin RAF 1940 fighter crew.  Doing figures is an art form in itself and Polly has it figured out how to do it very well.

I have a review of the  1/32 resin F-105B/D Thunderchief Open Canopy Correction Set from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  The clear resin pieces are stunning.  This set corrects shape issues on the Trumpeter F-105D kit.

I have a review of the  Uncovering the Grumman F-14 A/B/D Tomcat book from Daco Publications.  This is the F-14 book to get........with photos and photos and yet more photos.

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Thursday,   Aug 10  2006       Ecuador Independence Day 
Santiago Duarte begins today with his 1/72 Match SA-321 Super FrelonSantiago did  extra work on his model to get it looking more like the real helocopter.....with very good results.
Today I continue the articles from the USA IPMS National in Kansas City with a variety of photos of some of the models that were entered.  I do not have photos of all the models.....just a large selection of them.....and I'll run these photos over the next few updates.  But first I'll begin with the Junior Modelers.
  Zack Falzone, Gautam Rau, Geoffrey Matheson and Anthony Wan took home a boatload of awards....well done guys!!!  Here's a selection of photos of the Junior Modelers at the  IPMS USA Nationals 2006.  Photos were taken by myself, Frank Crenshaw, Iain Matheson, & Don McKay.  

Frank Crenshaw and myself are here with Jet Models Part 1 from the  IPMS USA Nationals 2006.   

Frank Crenshaw and myself are here with Prop Models Part 1 from the  IPMS USA Nationals 2006.   
Frank Crenshaw and myself are here with Motorbike Models from the  IPMS USA Nationals 2006.   

I have a review of the new 1/32 resin Bf-109G-10/Bf-109K-4 wheel wells Conversion set from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This set permits you to convert your Bf-109 to the wide wheel versions with the upper wing bulges.

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Wednesday,   Aug 9  2006     Singapore National Day 
Leslie Choy begins this special Singapore update with models of the 1/48 F-16A RSAF Black Knights.  OLeslie is getting quite the sharp looking collection of Black Knight aircraft models.  
David Bey joins us today with his 1/48 Italeri AH-64D Longbow Apache: RSAF '061'.   David finished his AH-64 in Singapore markings.
Kace Wong is here with his  first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/32 Tamiya F-15SG modified from the F-15E.   Kace used Cutting Edge resin conversion set and other items to convert and finish his excellent looking F-15SG.  Welcome to ARC Kace!!!
Kam Ying Loong joins us with a variety of Singapore aircraft.....including the 1/48 Hasegawa F-16s and A4-SU.   Looking very good Kam.  
Ra'anan Weiss from IsraDecal is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa F-16 RSAF.   Ra'anan finished his F-16 in Singapore markings and used IsraDecal resin conversion set and decals to get his F-16 RSAF perfect.

Yoav Efrati is here with a review of the  1/72 F-16D/F-16i Sufa - Block 52 decal sheet from IsraDecal.  This decal sheet includes Singapore and Israeli F-16 markings.   

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Tuesday,  Aug 8  2006 
Dave Klaus at Meteor Productions unveiled a very generous new program.  Meteor Productions will donate one $25.00 gift certificate per year to each chartered IPMS/USA chapter for the member of that ckub that has done the most for that particular chapter during the previous year.  Read all about it here.

The 1/32 A6M2 Zero Type 21 Decals from Yellowhammer Models for the new  Tamiya kit shipping now!  There's 2 new sheets......click on the link to see larger images.

I have some more people photos from the Twobobs party  on Thursday Aug 3 2006.  Thanks to Frank Crenshaw for taking the photos.
I have some photos from the Arthur Bryants Dinner from Aug 4 2006.  We had 18 people attend this dinner and the BBQ food was great!!!
Mike "WACO" Cabral is here with award winning 1/48 OEZ Su-25 Boscombe Down 1992.  This jet had a paint scheme that attracted plenty of positive attention and the model won an award at the 2006 USA IPMS Nationals in Kansas City.   
Konley Kelley joins us with his 1/48 Academy Corsair F4U-1.  This model was done up in a digital image artwork of a famaus moment in the live of Corsair Ace Ken Walsh.  Nice one as always Konley.
L.C. Chan is here with his very well done 1/72 Trumpeter RA-5C Vigilante.  You've got to see the excellent weathering job L.C. did on this one.  
coolrunnings_99 joins us for the first time on ARC with his sharp looking 1/72 Monogram Do-17Z 15Croat/KG53.  This older kit was improved with rescribed panel lines and various aftermarket details items to get an excellent looking model.  Welcome to ARC coolrunnings_99!!!
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Monday,  Aug 7  2006        Cote d'lvoire National Day  
No update today.  I ended up sleeping about 4 to 5 hours each night while I was attending the Kansas City Nationals and the final night I sat up talking with a handful of friends in the hotel lobby (we REALLY didn't want it to end).  On the first leg of the plane ride home I had a great time talking to a new friend Randy from Large Scale Planes from California.  Needless to say by the time I got home at noon Sunday I was seriously in need of a good night sleep.  I need to transfer all my ARC files from my laptop back to my desktop.  I'll start to compile my remaining 400 photos from the Nats and will have some on ARC for Tuesday's update.  If you have people photos from the Nats you'd like included on ARC.....e-mail them to me here.  Darren Roberts was a complete hoot to be around. WOW....what a trip this was!!!!
Friday,  Aug 4  2006        Burkina Faso National Day 
The model competition tables are filling up well with model entries and I hope to post images of the models for a special Saturday update tomorrow.

A Reminder....Gee, I Wish I Could Have Gone To The Nationals SUPER SALE at Meteor.

A Reminder....Meteor Productions is having an open house.  This rare event is well worth attending.  Click the image for all the details.  A 1/48 Privateer will be one of the many door prizes
Here's a photo of two of the beautiful Gordon's Girls assisting customers at the Sprue Bros Models booth in the vendor room at the 2006 IPMS USA Nationals.  Gordon has a way of finding some to the most beautiful ladies to work his  tables.....which explains the large numbers of modellers that dropped by to chat and buy things.
Steve Filak is here with photos and travel log from Day Two of the Nationals.....with additional photos by Frank Crenshaw.
Here's a photos of the 9 of us that attended the Dinner at Skies on Aug 3 2006.  Dinner was first rate at the rotating restaurant 40 stories above street level.
Here's a photo overlooking Twobobs Partythe  Aug 3 2006.  this party was a huge success and included free beer and raffle prizes.  Bob and Teri Sanchez of Twobobs and all the companies that picked up the tabs for this party deserve much thanks for the fun enjoyed by all.
Tanel Kask has been VERY busy detailling his 1/72 Italeri SU-33.   This one is amazing......Tanel has got a serious amount of skill and patience.
Chew Eng Hui joins us for the first time on ARC with his sharp looking   1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18F.   I really enjoy seeing Jolly Rogers jets and Chew did a careful weathering job on his F-18.
Igor Svetlov (IS) has been bust building his 1/72 Hasegawa Curtiss P-40N Warhawk.    Igor used a resin cockpit and aftermarket wheels for his fanely done P-40.
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Thursday,  Aug 3  2006        Burkina Faso National Day
  • A Reminder....Gee, I Wish I Could Have Gone To The Nationals SUPER SALE at Meteor.

  • A Reminder....Meteor Productions is having an open house.  This rare event is well worth attending.  Click the image for all the details.  A 1/48 Privateer will be one of the many door prizes

  • I have some test shot photos of the soon to be released 1/48 Finemolds Type 95.  Special thanks to Scott T. Hards from Hobby Link Japan.

  • I have a quick look at the new 1/48 F-14 Feisty Felines decal sheet from Steel Beach Accessories.  This decal sheet features a Jolly Rogers F-14. 

  • Yoav Efrati is here with a review of the just released 1/48 F-16D/F-16i Sufa - Block 52 decal sheet from IsraDecal.

  • I have some photos from the IPMS Kansas City Nats '06 Vendor Room.  You really have to be here to understand the variety of products for sale.

  • I have some photos from the Jackstack BBQ Dinner on Wed Aug 2 '06.  We planned on 20 people and ended up with 35 or us showing up.  We all could barely walk when we left the table.  Some of use retired back to the Spectators sports bar back at the hotel after dinner.

  • Jeffry Hutama is here with his stunning 1/32 Trumpeter OA-10.  Jeffry finished his 2 seater A-10 in "What If" USAF markings. 

  • Polly Singh has been busy detailing the big 1/24 Airfix Spitfire Mk I.  You're going to love the engine detailling on this one.  

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Wednesday,   Aug 2  2006
Tuesday,  Aug 1  2006        Benin Independence Day  

 Switzerland - Foundation of the Swiss Confederation 

  • I'll be heading out Tuesday to the USA IPMS Nationals in Kansas City.  I look forwards to meeting many ARC'ers this week in Kansas city......it will be quite the party.  If you live close by and weren't planning on going.....it isn't too late to change your mind and join us in Kansas City.

  • A Reminder....Gee, I Wish I Could Have Gone To The Nationals SUPER SALE at Meteor.

  • A Reminder....Meteor Productions is having an open house.  This rare event is well worth attending.  Click the image for all the details.  A 1/48 Privateer will be one of the many door prizes

  • Louis Chang begins today's update with his 1/72 Finemolds Tie Interceptor.   Louis took this very fine model and did it up excellently.

  • Marcius Costa joins us from Brazil with his 1/72 Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante C-95.  A very nicely done model finished in the markings of the Brazilian Air Force.  

  • Drakendk is here with his 1/72 Airfix BAC Strikemaster.   Drakendk finished his model with resin and vac-u-formed aftermarket items and chose the markings for the Omani Air Force to finish his Strikemaster.

  • Chas Bunch joins us with his two 1/48 Eduard P-40M Profipack.  Both of these models look very finely finished and the photos are well worth looking at.  Some aftermarket items and decals were used to get these models looking even better.   

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