Homepage Text - February 2007

Wednesday,   Feb 28  2007 

Josip Žagar gets things started today with his 1/72 Academy F-84G Thunderjet.  Josip chose the brightly trimmed bare metal finish of the Yugoslav airforce as the markings for his very nice looking Thunderjet.  

Gabriel Stern is here to give you  agrin.  This is his Scratch-built 1/72 Granger Archaeopteryx -The glamorous 30's.   I remain endlessly awed and amused by the variety of aircraft Gabriel builds.  Just how  do you pronounce Archaeopteryx?

Ed Okun is here with his 21st Century MiG-15 upgrade project.   Ed was busy getting the finer points corrected on his massive MiG....with great results.

Pablo Calcaterra is here with an outstanding 1/48 Battle Axe Marcel Bloch 174.  But the real beauty is also in the articles that tells the story of Antoine de Saint Exupery who you might recall is the French writer pilot whose WW2 P-38 was recently discovered of the South of France in the Sea.  Pablo has the full story behind this aircraft type and Antoine de Saint Exupery.

Freddy Pedrique is here with one of the best looking camo schemes I've seen on F-16's.  This is his 1/48 Italeri F-16B complete with special amrkings and weathering on a most impressive display base.   

Calum Gibson has built his 1/48 Tamiya Brewster Buffalo out of the box with excellent results.  The markings are for a New Zealand Buffalo with Dragon artwork down the side of the fiuselage.....you can't get much better than that.  

I have a review of the new 1/48 and 1/72 AD-4N Skyraiders in Africa decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  If you like Skyraiders in non-US markings with bright colours....then this is the sheet for you.

Tuesday,   Feb 27  2007 

  Dominican Republic Independence Day  

Thanos Mentzelopoulos has done an outstanding job detailing and weathering his 1/32 Hasegawa Fw-190.   Thanos detailed the engine and giun compartment on his super detailed 190.  Lovely job Thanos.

Shalom Hen is here from Israel and he's been busy building his Sabres for Israel.  I enjoyed seeing a Sabre done up in Israeli markings......it still amazes me the variety of aircraft Israel has flown.   

Renato "NIGHTRIDER Torin Jr. joins us with his very attractive 1/144 Hasegawa NAMC YS 11.  This particular airliner was used in Brazil.  Renato paid special attention to the small details to get everything looking just right.

Phil Vorvis has done an impressive job finishing his 1/48 Hasegawa CF-18 Hornet.   Phi; added a resin cockpit and extra scratchbuilding and detailing to improve the detail on this very nice kit.  He then finished it off in Canadian markings with weathering.

I have a review of the  1/48 - Curtiss P-40N Seat (without Harness) from Ultracast.   

Monday,   Feb 26  2007 
Alvis 3.1 gets things fired up today with one of his models that wasn't finished in time for Silly Weeks 2007.  This is his 1/48 SMD-5 "What-if" complete with every option possible for an aircraft.   

Mark McClellan is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa A6M5 Zero.  The part that will strike you as interesting about Mark's Zero model is the fact it's painted in Australian markings.  Mark has the whole story behind this and how it almost happened.    

Erkin Bora has spent 6 months building his 1/72 Fujimi British Phantoms Royal Collection.  This is quite the collection and selection of markings.  Good to see.    

Julian Schüngel joins us with his 1/32 Revell EC-135 T1 Heeresflieger.  Julian finished his EC-135 in Germany Army markings and he tells a bit about the history of the EC-135 in Germany.

Juraj Dzur has done an outstanding job detailing and weathering his 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet.  Juraj added quite a few aftermarket detail items to his Hornet and finished it off in flawless weathering.  

Tory Mucaro has done an outstanding job building and finishing his 1/72 Matchbox PBJ-1H ‘Miss-Carriage’.  Tory achieved the perfect balance in his weathering and displayed his model in an in-flight mode.  

I have a review of the  1/48 resin Curtiss P-40N Seat (American Harness) from Ultracast.   

I have a review of the  1/48 L-39 Albatros Russian Stencil Data decal sheet from Linden Hill Decals.   

Sunday,   Feb 25  2007

  Kuwait National Day  

Chris Parsons has gone way above and beyond to create his 1/48 Hobby Craft Canada DHC-3 Otter.  He added a handmade resin nose for the Turbe prop engine, a quilted headliner in the cabin and so much more........it's quite the project to create a turbo Otter.  Well done Chris. 

Dan McWilliams has completed the 1/48 Classic Airframes CF-5A I tip my hat to Dan for not only completeing this kit but for turning out  a fine example of the CF-5A.  Darn fine job Dan.  

Saturday,   Feb 24  2007 

  Estonia National Day  

André Bruinsma begins today with his 1/32 Academy F-16-CGAndré built his F-16 out of the box with one heck of a nicely done weathering job.

Phill Loughlin is here with his first model on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk Vb that Phill added scratchbuilt detail to.  Good looking Spitfire Phill.....welcome to ARC!!! 

Friday,   Feb 23  2007

  Brunei National Day  

  Guyana National Day  

No update today.

Thursday,   Feb 22  2007 

Steven Richardson joins us with his first model on ARC and also the first model he has ever built.  This is his 1/48 Revell F-16 Block 5 finished off in Danish markings.  Well done Steven and welcome to ARC!!!   

Phil Adams joins us with his motorized 1/72 Italeri RAAF CH-47A Chinook.  It's quite impressive how Phil pulled this twin rotor project together without having shattered blades flying around the room.  Phil finished his Chinook in RAAF markings.  

Robert T. Rio stopped by the Philippine's ARC Corporate offices with his 1/48 Revell(Germany) F-5A Freedom Fighter.  Robert used his scratchbuilding skills to improve the details before he finished his F-5 in  Philippine's  markings.  Nice one Robert.

Alan Sannazzaro joins us with his 1/72 Academy B-29A Superfortress.  Alan added extra details and finished his B-29 in a multi-shade bare metal finish.  A very effective job on this big bomber.  

Paul Ryle is here with his 1/48 Revell Typhoon F2 and Tornado Italeri F3.  Paul added aftermarket items to complete both of these jets in current operational form.  Nicely done Paul. 

Vance Lester has dropped by today with his 1/48 Hasegawa F6F-3 Hellcat.  Vance built his Hellcat out of the box with some weathering to finish off his dirty US Navy fighter.  Good to see Paul.  

I have a preview of the new 1/48 and 1/72 AD-4N Skyraiders in Africa decal sheet  from Zotz Decals.  This sheet features 5 different Skyraiders that served in Africa.  

I have a review of the new 1/32 resin WWII American Navy Fighter Pilot from Ultracast.   

Wednesday,   Feb 21  2007 

Armin Knes begins today with part 2 of his 1/48 Suchoi Su-34 Platypus article.  Today Armin shows you how the final model turned out......Armin has every right to be VERY proud of how his Su-34 turned out.

Ray Yeo (Seiya) has done a stellar job on his 1/700 Tamiya Enterprise.  Ray shows what can be done with some effort.  I also liked how Ray did the water.....simple and effective.

Kostas Zervas joins us from Greece with his 1/72 Airfix Draken.  Kostas finished off his Draken in the always eye cathcing tripple crown blue and yellow Swedish markings.  Nice Draken Kostas.  

Rafi Ben-Shahar is here with his 1/24 Trumpeter Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6.   Rafi shows just how sweet this kit is......nice one Rafi.

Shawn Phantom Weiler has stopped by the ARC Corporate offices with his 1/48 Monogram F-18A.  Shawn has built his F-18 more or less out of the box with the exception of some minor mods and decals from Twobobs.

Tolga Ulgur has dropped by today from Istanbul with another of his beauties.  This is his 1/32 Trumpeter  P-40 B Tomahawk.  Tolga paid special attention to some of the shirt comings of this kit and replaced the cockpit with one from Cutting Edge .  He also used other detail items to get his P-40 looking just right.    

Tuesday,   Feb 20  2007 

Armin Knes gets things started today with his 1/48 Suchoi Su-34 Part 1.   You MUST check out the work Armin did on his Su-34 project......including scratchbuilding part of the fuselage.  Unbelievable patience.

Mirko Meier has done an outstanding job building and finishing his1/48 Pro Modeler Ta-154.   Mirko added extra details such as an aftermarket detail set.

Cüneyt Ozen is here with his 1/72 Revell F-16C Block 50/52 U.S.A.F.  This beauty has a full weapons load and darkened panel lines.  Very nice.   

Josip Žagar joins us from Slovenia with his excellent 1/72 Academy Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver.   Josip goes into very good detail about building his Helldiver.  I love the weathering and paint chipping.  Welcome to ARC Josip!!!

Andrew joins us after his 8 year modeling break with his 1/48 Revell/Monogram F-89C Scorpion.  It looks like Andrew has goten back into the hobby running......his F-89 has had some very fine detailling added to it.  Well done Andrew.   

Monday,   Feb 19  2007  

   USA Presidents Day  

Tony Hayes of the IPMS Hamilton Chapter is proud to announce the Heritage Modelcon Model Contest and display coming up this Sunday Feb 25 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum from 9am to 4pm  For more info go to http://secure.warplane.com/Planetalk/Model_Event.html or e-mail Tony Hayes at khayes7@cogeco.ca 

Ole A. Hoel begins this week with his good looking 1/72 Toko Hansa Brandenburg W-29.  Ole finished off his post WW1 aircraft in Norwegian markings.   

Phil Vorvis is here with his first article on ARC with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4 EJ Phantom II.  Phil finished his Phantom in the attractive Japanese Kai, 8 Sqn markings.  With careful weathering. 

Theodore Tan is here with photos of his super detailed 1/35 Academy SH-60B SeaHawk.  Theodore added plenty of scratchbuilt and aftewrmarket details and then once things were looking very good he had a huge disaster with his Seahawk.  He recovered from that and completed the model.  Read his article for the full story.   

Sertac Bayar joins us from Turkey with his nicely done 1/32 Revell F-104G.  Sertac added extra details to his Starfighter and finished it in Turkish markings.  

Tamás Skriba is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa MiG-29 Fulcrum.   Tamás was keen to make his MiG-29 more accurate and he added some aftermarket items and modoified his model and finished it in Hungarian markings. 

Jeff Angus has dropped by with his 1/72 Academy A6M5c Zero.  Jeff did an exceptional paint chipping job on his Zero.  Read his article to find out hoiw he did it.

I have a review of the  1/32 Focke Wulf Fw 190 Part 1 decal sheet from Lifelike Decals

Sunday,   Feb 18  2007 

Lunar New Year - Spring Festival

Frontpenny, Wen Jin Xu is here from China with a first artcile on ARC.  This is a very good looking 1/72 Revell Mig-21-F13.  This particular Mig-21 is the first prototype of Mig-21-F13 in Chinese version for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force.  Welcome to ARC!!!

David Chong is here with photos of a 1/72 Airshow.  This is a MASSIVE project and features many many aircraft built by a large number of modellers.  Job well done everyone!!!

Oishi is here with a stunning 1/32 Tamiya F-4E.  The detail painting on the instrument panels and elsewhere on this Phantom needs to be given a close look.  Very nice indeed.   

Li Weiguang is here with a beautifully done 1/48 Academy P-47D.   The bare metal finish and weathering is excellent looking......love the checker board nose.

Paolo Yuen is here with his award winning 1/48 Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat.  Paolo used a variety of aftermarket detail sets to improve on the kits details and then gave it a first class weathering job.

Louis Chang is here with part 1 of his 1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat article.  Louis added his usual scratchbuilt details to get his Wildcat looking as nice as his other models.

Charles Leung joins us from Hong Kong with his very shape looking 1/48 AMTech/Tamiya Ta-183.  Charles explains the whole build process in his article plus some history behind the Ta-183. 

Kin Wong joins us for the first time with a model on ARC.  This is Kin's 1/144 Minicraft B-29 Enola Gay.  Kin rescribed the panel lines and added 4 electric motors to spin the propellers.  A beautifully done multi-shade bare metal finish completed Kin's B-29.  Welcome to ARC Kin!!!

Saturday,   Feb 17  2007 

Dominic Gutierrez is here with his award winning 1/48 Tamiya Focke Wulf Fw190 A-3.  This Fw-190 is done in the winter diorama scene that I enjoy seeing.   

Theodore Tan is here with his 1/48 Monogram - C&H Aero Miniatures RF-101C Recon Voodoo.  This model involves working with resin, but that didn't slow down Theodore from turning out a first class model. 

Friday,   Feb 16  2007 

  Lithuania National Day  

Meteor Productions Proudly Presents Applying Bare Metal Finishes.  This will be an online seminar....or a webinar....but you must register to tbe able to view it.  Space is limited so sign up now.  You must have a high speed connection.  Click here or click the image to get all the details.  I'd like to tip my hat to Dave at Meteor Productions for doing this.....it sounds like a great idea.

Gil Gregg (aka "dutycat") kicks off today's update with his 1/72 Monogram F-105G.   Gil used aftermarket decals on this older Monogram kit and finished it off in that classic SEA camo scheme.  Very nice indeed Gil.

Lorenzo Schiapparelli has been very busy super detailing his 1/48 F4 U-1D Corsair for his first submission to ARC.   There is a fine selection of resin sets in this Corsair plus quite a few hours of careful craftsmanship.   Welcome to ARC Lorenzo!!!

Dennis Cermak built his wonderful 1/48 Revell / Monogram F-89C Scorpion straight out of the box.  Of course he did give it a flawless multi-shade bare metal finish.   

Luc Borlé is here with his 1/72 Tamiya Aichi M6A1-K Nanzan.   This is a special flight test aircraft.....but Luc tells the whole story of this great looking aircraft in his article.  

Oliver Weston is here with his colourful  The Three Little Migs in 1/72.  Seeing Oliver's 3 MiGs reminds me of the terrific variety possible when building MiG-15's.  Way to go Oliver.      

I'm pleased to announce the impending re-release of the very popular 1/48 US Air-To Air Missile Markings from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  Watch the Twobobs website.

I have a review of the  1/72 AVRO 707C resin model kit from Pro Resin.  If you like delta wing British jets, then this kit is well worth buying.

Thursday,   Feb 15  2007 

  Serbia National Day  

  Fall of Singapore (1942)  

I have a message from ARC'er Tony Hayes.  IPMS Hamilton has their model contest coming up on Feb 25 and they will be collecting kits and suppllies for the troops in Kandahar.  They have made the decission to hold a Kits For Kandahar drive at the contest and will run it until the end of March. Their goal will be to fill a cargo container with kits and supplies. The club is even getting a TV spot on their local station on the 23rd and will be promoting it there to as well as modeling and the contest. Details will be on the website soon. The museum is behind them 100% on this and the club is very excited about this.  Here is the museum's addy......

Kits for Kandahar
c/o Canadian Warplane Heritage
9280 Airport Road
Mount Hope, Ontario
L0R 1W0

Any help would be greatly appretiated
Thanks again
Tony Hayes
IMPS Hamailton
Canadian Warplane Heritage Chapter


Stephen Prior has been busy building and detailling his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16C Aggressor.  Stephen finished his colorful F-16 in Afterburner Decals He also used a few choice pieces of resin to improve on the kit detail.

Martin Filipović is here with his  first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/72 Italeri AH-1W Super Cobra.  Martin improved the kit detail witha  bit of scratchbuilding and finished it off with a classic cobra camo scheme adna  well done weapons load.  Welcome to ARC Martin!!!  

Dennis Cermak is here with his very well done 1/48 Heller F-84F Thunderstreak.  Dennis build this award winning model back in 1983 and it still look sharp.  

Shawn Phantom Weiler joins us with his 1/48 Hobbycraft CT-142.  Shawn REALLY hates this Hobbycraft kit as you'll read in his article.....quite an amusing read.   

Steve Platt is here with his nicely done 1/32 Revell Dassault Mirage III.  Stephen finished his good looking Mirage III in Australian markings.  

I have a review of the  1/48 Lipetsk Top Guns decal sheet from Linden Hill Decals.  This sheet includes markings for 15 jets including one that flew Russian President Putin on a flight during an election campaign.   

I'm pleased to announce the impending re-release of the very popular 1/48 F-104J Komatsu Starfighters decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet will be for sale on the TwoBobs website shortly.

Wednesday,   Feb 14  2007 

Valentines day

  Happy Valentines Day 

William Maske works on these choppers so it only made sense that he would build the 1/48 Italeri HH-60 Pave Hawk.  Nice one Mark.   

Douglas K. L. Chan is here with the second part of his 2 part article on building his 1/32 Academy F/A-18C Hornet Converted to a CF-188.  Today Douglas tells about applying the Leading edge decals and finishing off his big Hornet.   

Matthias Simon is here with his 1/72 Airmodel AM-218 Westland P.12 Wing Lysander.  Holy heck this is one wild looking Lysander.  Read Matthias's article for the full story behind his Lysander with a tail turret.  

Mark Chadbourne is here with his "what-if" Airfix TSR-2.  Mark built his TSR-2 in an operational scheme with full weapons load in an in-flight display.   

Mirko Meier is here with another of his beauties.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya Fw-190 A-3.   Mirko added plenty of extra detail to his Fw-190 to get it looking just right.

Tyler White is here ith his 1/48 Revell F/A-18F that he finished in Black Aces markings.  Wow....Tyler did an excellent job on his Super Hornet.

Robert "glidingbob" Verhegghen is here with his article and story about his trip to see the Singaporean A-4's called One day in Cazaux...with Singapore's Skyhawks.  Wow....looks like Bob had quite the trip.     

I have a review of the new 1/32 Messerschmitt Me-109 Part 1 decal sheet from Lifelike Decals.  This decal sheet features 4 different Bf-109's.

Robert "glidingbob" Verhegghen is also here with some TA-4SU Skyhawk walkaround photos from his trip to see Singapore Skyhawks.

Tuesday,  Feb 13  2007 

  Tibet Independence Day 

Benny Attar starts this special Israeli update with his report from the recent Israel IPMS 2006 Annual Show.   Benny includes photos of a variety of models in the show.

Ra'anan Weiss joins us with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16I Sufa.  Ra'anan added a few resin sets including one of his own sets from IsraCastRa'anan knows his stuff when it comes to modeling and you see that in his F-16.   

Yoav Efrati is here with his report and photos from the recent Israel IPMS 2006 Annual Show.  There was quite the selection of models including an Israeli C-130 tanker in a in-flight diorama.  

Laurent "Angus" Beauvais has returned from his trip to the recent IPMS Israël annual contest.  Judging by his article it seems he had quite the fun time and met more than a few people from ARC.   Israel in winter looks like the place to be.

Robert T. Rio dropped by the ARC Corporate offices in the Philippines with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Israeli A4h 'Ayit'.  Robert's A-4 is the result of a rebuild of his previously built A-4 and the results this time round were very good.   

Shalom Hen is here with some  Jet Model Aircraft photos from the recent IPMS Israel Annual Convention 2006.  

Shalom Hen is here with some  Armor and Figure Models photos from the recent IPMS Israel Annual Convention 2006.  

Shalom Hen is here with some  Propeller and Helicopter Model Aircraft photos from the recent IPMS Israel Annual Convention 2006.   

Ra'anan Weiss is here with his second model on this special Israeli update.  This is Ra'anan's 1/48 Roden IAF OV-1D Mohawk built out of the box and finished in Israeli markings from IsraDecal Studio.  

Ho Tuck Leh joins us with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa A4-N IDF Skyhawk.  This beauty is built out of the box and finished in Israeli markings.  Sharp looking A4 Tuck....welcome to ARC!!!  

I have a review of the new 1/48 RAFAEL 'Delilah' Guided Bombs & Pod Resin Kit from Isracast - IsradecalsThis set includes 2 missiles and one guidance pod.  Just the unique weapons load to hang under your next Israeli F-16.

Monday,   Feb 12  2007 

Douglas K. L. Chan starts your week with part 1 of his 2 part article about building his his 1/32 Academy F/A-18C Hornet Converted to CF-188.  Wow Douglas did quite the job creating his CF-188.  Dougles used a resin cockpit and seamless intakes to improve his CF-188 model.    Part  2 will run tomorrow. 

Scott Vomacka has persistantly stuck with and completed his 1/72 AMT/ERTL YB-49.  Scott finished his flying wing in Bare Metal Foil, but not before he put quite a bit of effort into finishing his model.  The finished model looks well worth his efforts. 

Tom Di Maggio had one heack of a challenging time building his 1/48 Academy MIG 29 UB.   Of course the kit ebing badly warped from an unknown heat source by the previous owner didn't help.  Read all about the "fun" Scott had in his article.  I give him an "A+" for persistance.  

Louis Chang has been busy detailing and finishing his 1/48 Tamiya P-51D.  This model has a resin cockpit, resin landing gear bays and Cutting Edge P-51D decals as well as some excellent weathering and a bare metal finish that is spot on.  

Stephen Cann is here with the first of what I hope will be many articles on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Testagawa F-16 Falcon that he experiemnted with many techniques learned from ARC.  His finished F-16 came out looking very well done indeed.  My thanks go to Stephen for sending it in and to all the ARC'ers that help out by sending articles explaining their techniques.....this has helped many modellers just like Stephen.   

JM joins us with his 1/48 Revell Spitfire Mk IIa in Douglas Bader's markings.  This particular Spitfire model involved quite a few "firsts" for JM and judging by how well the spitfire turned out.....I'm guessing JM has things figured out pretty well.  

Ken Middleton is here with a preview of the re-issue of the 1/48 F-5E Agressors decal sheet from  Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.   

Here is a product announcement for the A-6E Intruder VA-196 Main Battery sideview profile artwork print Deployment Productions.    20% off of any products for every active, registered ARC community members!

Sunday,   Feb 11  2007  Iran Anniversary of Victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran  

Juanjo Dominguez has done a first class job on his 1/72 Hasegawa Harrier Gr.3.  Juanjo scratchbuilt a new cockpit and added careful weahtering to the very well done paint job.  The markings are for a Harrier in the Falklands/Malvinas conflict   

Luc Borlé has displayed plenty of talent and patience building his 6 engined 1/72 Messerschmitt Me-323 D1 Gigant.  This aircraft really was the heavy lift aircraft used by Germany during WW@ and it's size can really challenge a modeller, but Luc met that challenge and went on to complete an excellent looking model of this huge piston powered aircraft.    

Saturday,   Feb 10  2007 

Nick England has been busy building and rigging his 1/72 Revell Sopwith F-1 Camel.  Nick is now an addicted bi-plane builder......which is a good thing. 

Eugene Trapezontas joins us from sunny Greece with my favourite aircraft.  This is his 1/48 Italeri (Dragon) Me-262a1.  Eugene did some minor detailing and has the perfect solution for the rubber tires on this kit.  The eye grabbing paint scheme with it's yellow highlights and light paint chipping looks the part of a battle hardened jet.  

Friday,   Feb 9  2007 
Deployment Productions has gotten behind the project to save "Christine".  Christine is an F-14 and Deployment Productions has a new print they will donate 100% of the profits from the sales of that print to the save Christine project.  Please click out this link to learn more.

Giovanni Gasparotto starts your Friday update with two of his tiny 1/288 Scratch-built F-104G's.  You'll get a kick out of reading how Giovanni made these.....it sounds so easy.  Well done Giovanni.

Tory Mucaro is here with his Willie Augerin’s Aerobatics School diorama.  You first had  a glimpse of this diorama during Silly Week 2007 and today Tory is back with the full story and more photos of this well done and amusing little scene.   

Paul Ryle is here with his  first article on ARC today.  This is his  1/72 Italeri Rafale B - 21st Century Tiger.  Tiger meet schemes are a favourite of mine and Paul built this Tiger Jet up mostly out of the box.  Nice one Paul....Welcome to ARC!!!

Jesse Owens has been persistent and finished his 1/32 ARII A6M5c Zero in fine style.  This isn't the best fitting kit, but Jesse persisted and ended up with a fine looking Zero.   

Josh Silver with a fine looking 1/48 Revell F-14A to B.   Josh wasn't overly impressed with this model kit but he persisted and did extra scratchbuilding and more to get his Tomcat looking the way he wanted.  

Mike Glidden with a very well done article about building a Home Made Spray Booth.  You'll find this spray booth to be quite a good design that will move a huge quantity of air.   

Ken Middleton is here with a preview of the re-issued 1/48 F-5E Agressors decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This much sought after sheet will be re-released shortly.

Here is a product announcement for new E-2C Hawkeye 2000 VAW-113 Black Eagles print in 4 sizes from Deployment Productions.    20% off of any products for every active, registered ARC community members!

Thursday,   Feb 8  2007 
I've added a link to Frog Penguin.  This site is dedicated to world's oldest range of all plastic model kits, produced during the period 1936-1949.  Quite an interesting site full of info related to these model kits.  http://www.frogpenguin.com

Shawn Phantom Weiler starts today with his 1/48 Hasegawa CF-18 Hornet This model was in pretty rough shape when Shawn got it, but he took it to new heights with the aftermarket decals and patience.

(Servo) Michael Riesner is here with his 1/48 Academy P-47N Thunderbolt.  This is his second model on ARC and I loved how it turned out with a flawless bare metal finish complete with aftermarket decals and gun smoke stains on the wings.  And of course this classic American beauty is complete with noseart.   

Dean Large has been very busy detailing and finishing his 1/32 Revell Hawker Hunter. Dean added 270 individual decals, white metal landing gear and photo etch detail parts to turn out the usual high quality model we all enjoy seeing from Dean.  You'll get a kick out of his FOD covers in his story.

Louis Chang is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Bf-109E3.   Louis did the usual extra detailing to his model and gave it a classic camo scheme.

Lyle Brown is here with his pencil drawing artwork he calls Tornado Departure.   Amazing talent you have there Lyle....keep it up.

Wednesday,   Feb 7  2007

  Grenada  --  Independence Day  

No update today

Tuesday,   Feb 6  2007

  New Zealand  --  Waitangi Day  

Colin WhiteHouse begins Waitangi Day 2007 with his 1/48 Classic Airframes RNZAF Vampire FB5.   Colin built this gem in a hotel room (how's that for devotion to the hobby) and finished it off in RNZAF markings.

Alan Sannazzaro joins us from New Zealand on Waitangi Day 2007 with his 1/48 Hasegawa Typhoon 1B.   This attractive Typhoon is finished in the eternally attractive D-Day markings.

Brian Waldorf has done a stellar job on his 1/720 Revell USS Enterprise.  Brian scratch built a huge number of items....(over 200) for his carrier and then added plenty of aftermarket goodies.  WOW!!! 

Gil Gregg (aka "Dutycat") has an interesting "what-if" article to go with his 1/72 Trumpeter F-107B UltraSabre.  It's a darn fine model in it's camo scheme and a very fascinating article.  

Dave Lochead is here with a product announcement of the new 1/48 resin TA-4J or TA-4K pre kahu or TA-4K Kahu upgrade set  for the Skyhawk RNZAF from Kiwi ResinIf you like 2 seat Skyhawks, then this set is worth looking at. 

Ken Middleton is here with a review of the new 1/48 resin LAU-7/A Sidewinder Launch Rail from MAW Decals.  These are designed for the the Hasegawa F-14 Family.

David Vanderhoof is here with some CF-5A walkaround photos.  Thanks David.

Monday,   Feb 5  2007 

Nancy Samson joins us from France with her first article on ARC.  This is her 1/35 Italeri UH 60 L Blackhawk complete with photo etch detail that brings the interior alive on her model.  You have to have a close look at this one.  Beatuiful.  Welcome to ARC Nancy.   

John Green has stopped by with his 1/72 Airfix Jaguar GR1.  This is the older Airfix kit from the '70's and John finished it up in fine style.  

Zafer Yilmaz is here with a shape looking 1/48 Academy P-47D complete with eye grabbing nose art.  Zafer added an Eduard Zoom set and finsihed it off with the kit decals. 

Shawn Phantom Weiler is here with his nicely done 1/48 Hasegawa Tomcat F-14B.   This particulr F-14 uses aftermarket decals and resin intake covers. 

Gordon Kwan & Darren Roberts are here with a Product Announcement of the new 1/48 F-18F Super Hornet VFA-11 Red Rippers & VFA-32 Swordsmen decal sheet from SB Decals.

Sunday,   Feb 4  2007

  Sri Lanka Independence Day  

Nick England is here with a beautifully done 1/48 Airfix Bf-109F.   Nick had quite the disaster when he weathered it, but he recovered with the help of fellow ARC'ers and turned out one very sweet 109. 

Scott Vomacka is here with his 1/48 Italeri Mirage 2000 Tiger Meet 2001.  This is one of the more eye cathcing Mirage 2000 paint schemes and it is from Two Bobs.  Scott did it justice with a flawless model.   

Saturday,  Feb 3  2007 

Oxiel Carrizo (Necsac) begins your Saturday update  with his 1/48 Monogram A-10 A Thunderbolt II.   This is one of the older Monogram kits and Oxiel took it to excellent levels of detail with some aftermarket goodies and good old fashion modeling skills.

Laurent “Angus” Beauvais is here with some more images of his Virtual 1/24 scale Dewoitine D520.   Seeing these photos makes me think building plastic model kits is much easier.

Friday,   Feb 2  2007 F-16 Viper  33rd Anniversary  Feb 2 2007

Reminder.  The Exposition of I.P.M.S Moorsele (Belgium) is tomorrow, Saturday.  This is an expo of all modelling, airplanes, tanks, figurines, cars, boats......and many more.  It starts on 3 februari 2007 at O.C DE NEERBEEK (Bissegem) Belgium.  Click on poster to the left for contact information.

Reminder.    The Milton Keynes show is this Sunday, 4th Feb. Go to here  for more info

Alex Sidharta kicks off today with his VERY special article called Viper Vorever.   Alex article marks the 33rd Anniversary of the F-16 Viper.....long may she fly.  Alex includes a fantastic variety of models....20 models in all from a variety of Air Forces.  This was part of a display by the The Indonesian Scale Model Society.  Well done guys!!!

Pete Hudson (Dr Fester) is here with his entry in the ARC Floatplane/Seaplane group build taking place between Dec 06 and May 07.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya Swordfish which he added extra detail (if that is even possible on this kit) and displayed it on a diorama base that is beyond perfection.   

Vince Lucente is here with one of my favourite model kits.  This is his 1/48 Monogram Grumman Lunar Module.  Wow I still remember watching the Eagle land on the moon.....that feels like a few lifetimes ago.... 

Eugene Trapezontas has been busy building and finishing his 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109 K4.   Eugene added some extra details and a good choice of markings to complete his 109.

Thursday,   Feb 1  2007

 3 year Anniversary of Space Shuttle Columbia accident

George Ting is here to remember the Space Shuttle Columbia with his 1/144 Airfix shuttle Columbia-landing diorama.  It's been 4 years since we were all shocked to see Columbia break-up on re-entry.  It was a sad day for us all.  The crew included Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla (India/USA), Laurel Blair Salton Clark and Ilan Ramon (Israel).

This day 3 of the special 3 day update marking the anniversary of the start of the Tet Offensive.  The countries involved in the offensive were Republic of Viet Nam, United States of America, Republic of Korea, New Zealand and Australia fighting on the side of South Vietnam.  The combatants fighting for the North Vietnam side of this conflict were the National Front for the Liberation of South Viet Nam and the (Viet Cong) Democratic Republic of Viet Nam.

Tracy Saulino gets things started today on her birthday with her 1/35 Scale Trumpeter SA-2 and Launcher This special model is the kick start to what I hope will be a very good modeling year for Tracy.  Great looking missile Tracy....Happy Birthday!!!

Julian Schüngel stopped by with his 1/48 Italeri UH-1D Vietnam MedEvac.  Julian added quite a bit of detail to his MedEvac chopper.  

Huy Tran is here with his 1/48 ESCI Morane M.S.502 Criquet.  This is a French aircraft in French markings, but it strongly reminds me of the birddog used by the USAF in Vietnam at a later date.  

Björn Dol stopped by with his 1/72 Academy OV-10A Bronco.   Björn added reckets, gun pods and bombs and finished his Bronco in markings from at Danang in 1969

Triet Cam  is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa A-1H Skyraider.   Triet finished his Skyraider in South Vietnamese Air Force markings.  This model received extra work and detailing by Triet to get the details correct and more accurate.

Pete Brown stopped by with his 1/32 Revell UH-1H Slick.  Pete's diorama shows a slick hovering a few feet above the ground and the troops disembark for a mission.  Pete explains how he built this excellent diorama in his article.

Triet Cam joins us with his 1/72 Revell of Germany F-5B Freedom Fighter  This model is finished in Republic of South Vietnam markings that were kindly created by well known Internet modeler Roger Jackson.  A very sharp looking model. 

Huy Tran joins us with his 1/48(?) Heller Alouette III.  This helicopter was used by the South Vietnamese VNAF forces in Indochina.  Neat looking model.  

Peter Huy Nguyen joins us with his 1/4 Model-USA L-19/O-1E BIRD-DOG.   Peter is a HUGE amount of detailing to his Bird-dog....check it out.  

Bud Highleyman joins us with his model of the famous 1/48 Monogram A-1H Skyraider.  This is the Skyraider with the  "porcelain" bomb.  

Steven "Flush" Tollett has been very busy building, detailing and finishing his 1/32 Revell F-4E.  Steven smartly used a “G” string from a guitar for the oxygen hoses and special thanks goes to Colin Ritchie for helping out on this model.

Huy Tran finishes up today's update with his 1/100(?) Heller Nord 2501 Noratlas.  This mid 50's cargo plane has vertical clam shell cargo door on the rear of the fuselage and is finished in French markings.