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Wednesday,   Jan 31  2007

Indochina War -- 10,000Day War -- Vietnam War anniversary 

This day 2 of the special 3 day update marking the anniversary of the start of the Tet Offensive.  This offensive began on the night of January 30–31, 1968, Tết Nguyên Đán (the lunar new year day). The offensive began spectacularly during celebrations of the Lunar New Year and lasted about two months, although some sporadic operations associated with the offensive continued into 1969. The Tet offensive was a tactical defeat for the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces, but it inflicted severe damage on American civilian morale and contributed to the withdrawal American forces from the country.

Frank Crenshaw begins today with his 1/48 Academy MiG-21 PF.  Frank did his MiG up to his usual vewry high standards and finished it in a baremetal finish. 

Rafi Ben-Shahar stopped by with his 1/48 Tamiya Douglas A-1H Skyraider.   Rafi added exhaust stains to the fuselage and oil stains to the belly tank.

Huy Tran has done a very fine job building his1/72 Matchbox Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina.  This calalina was built OOB with some very realistic weathering and finished in French markings.  

Let_models has been busy building his 1/48 Academy F-5B Freedom Fighter.   Although this is based on an older model, this F-5 came out looking very sharp with some careful attention and some aftermarket decals.  

Bud Highleyman is here with his beautifully finished 1/35 Seminar UH-1B.  Bud used an after market set to modify his Huey.  

Richard Bullock is here with his 1/72 Italeri B-57B Canberra.   Richand goes into good detail about this aircraft's time in Vietnam.  Very nice looking model Richard.

Huy Tran did some extra work and modifications to create this special 1/32 Revell AH-1C as you'll read in his article.  I particularly enjoyed seeing the sharks mouth paint scheme.   

Björn Dol stopped by with his 1/48 Revell A-1H Skyraider.   Björn folded the wings and added a full weapons load to his Skyraider.

Julian Schüngel joins us with his 1/48 Italeri Bell UH-1D he has titled 'We were soldiers'.  Julian added photoetch to improve the detail on his Huey.   

Huy Tran has dropped by with his 1/48 Testor F8F-2 Bearcat.  Huy finished his Bearcat OOB with a weapons load and French markings.   

Tuan Tonthat is here with a large selection of models of aircraft that served in Vietnam.  He calls his article Some of VNAF inventory and there is quite the variety here.

Ron Dobrzelecki  is here with his 1/48 Tamiya A1-H SkyraiderRon finished his Skyraider in USS Intrepid markings complete with the stinging bumblebee. 

Tuesday,   Jan 30  2007

Indochina War -- 10,000Day War -- Vietnam War anniversary 

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

I received so many articles for today's update I will be breaking it into 3 updates......special thanks to everyone that participated in today's special Indochina War -- 10,000Day War -- Vietnam War anniversary updates.

Rick Reinbott is the guy responsible for getting the ball rolling for this special Indochina War -- 10,000Day War -- Vietnam War anniversary update.  Rick  begins today's update with his 1/48 Testors F8F Bearcat ‘Indochina Cat’.   Rick did quite a bit of work to modify his Bearcat to make it a French Beacat that served with the French in Vietnam. 

Ivan Rich is here with his 1/48 Tamiya A1H Skyraider.   Ivan includes history of this aircraft and when it deployed to Vietnam.  Quite the well done model.

Triet Cam joins us with his 1/72 Academy A-37B Dragonfly.   Triet added extra details and improved the kit details to create his very nice looking colorful Dragonfly.

Dave Marshall stopped by with his TOKO P-63 Kingcobra.  This aircraft served in Vietnam with the French and Dave tells all about it in his article.  Nice one Dave.  

Julian Schüngel  is here with the first chopper in this update.  This is his 1/48 Revell UH-1M 'Easy Rider' with quite the sharks mouth on the nose.   

Dennis Cermak joins us with his 1/72 Testors/Italeri B-57B Canberra.   Dennis finished his Canberra in SEA camo scheme with "Hells Angel" sexy nose art.

Eric Hargett  is here with his 1/48 Tamiya A-1H Skyraider.  Eric finished his Spad in "The Good Buddha" noseart markings and SEA camo from 1968.  

Andrew Desautels (aka Andrew D) is here with his 1/72 Kopro MiG-21PFV kitbash.  Andrew chose a North Vietnamese MiG for today's update.  I found the way the camo scheme was applied on these jets and this model quite interesting.  Nice one Andrew. 

Wiggy joins us with his 1/48 Monogram T-28 Trojan.   The T-28 served in Vietnam until it was replaced by the Skyraider.

Ron Dobrzelecki stopped by with his 1/32 Tamiya F4D.  Ron finished his SEA F-4 in Steve Ritchie markings.  I'd like to congratulate Ron on being recently notified that he will be receiving from the state of New Jersey their Distinguish service metal and Vietnam service metal in May of this year.  Well deserved Ron.

Monday,   Jan 29  2007

The Exposition of I.P.M.S. Moorsele (Belgium) is this coming Saturday.  This is an expo for all types of modelling, airplanes, tanks, figurines, cars, boats......and many more.  It starts on 3 February 2007 at O.C DE NEERBEEK (Bissegem) Belgium. 

Paolo Yuen has done an outstanding job building and weathering his 1/32 Tamiya Tomcat.  This F-14 was improved with a resin cockpit.  

Renato "NIGHTRIDER" Torin Jr. is here with his 1/72 Liberty Embraer 110 P1 - Bandeirante.  This is a resin kit specially made for modellers interested in building Brazilian aircraft.  Renato improved the model slightly and turned out a great looking aircraft model.  

Dennis Cermak has done a fine job building his Box Scale Revell History Makers Martin P-6M Seamaster.  This is one very cool looking jet powered flying boat.   

Fred Bosselman has done a first class job detailing and finishing his 1/32 Matchbox DH 82a Tiger Moth.   He's displayed it in a diorama that he explains in his article.  He also included the history of this aircraft in New Zealand.  

Friday,   Jan 26  2007 

  Australia Day  

  India Republic Day    

The service for Al Superczynski is at the Pavillion at Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery in North Little Rock at 1100, Monday 29 January.

I'm not doing updates for the next few days.  I need time off to recharge my batteries and get caught up on many ARC issues that I've had to put on the back burner.  Updates will resume on Monday.

Thursday,   Jan 25  2007 
Steve Filak is here to put into words, the thoughts we all feel with the sudden passing of  Al Superczynski.

The online modeling community was stunned on Wednesday evening by the news of the sudden loss of our dear friend, Al Superczynski. Those of you who have been around the Internet for a number of years will no doubt remember "Modeler Al" from the old days of the scale modeling newsgroup rec.models.scale. Al was a cornerstone of the online community, long before the days of ARC, Hyperscale, Modeling Madness, Internet Modeler, or any of the other major scale modeling websites. In the "Wild West" environment that was rec.models.scale, Al was an ambassador of goodwill, sharing his knowledge and advice with anyone who asked. He was also an avid trader, and if you were around R.M.S. in the early 90's, chances are you traded with Al at some point.

Al was a retired Master Sergeant with the United States Army, and in addition to his numerous contributions to the hobby, he was an editor and monthly columnist at
Internet Modeler, penning "Al's Old Kit Corner" each month for the publication. Al was a connoisseur of vintage kits, and would take one of his old gems out of the stash each month to provide readers with a slice of scale modeling's history. He also had his own website, Al's Place, where you can see a number of his finely crafted auto, aircraft, and even armor models. His old signature at rec.models. scale was "Build what YOU want, the way YOU want to....and the critics will flame you every time", and was a reflection of his philosophy regarding the hobby. 

In addition to his many contributions to the hobby, Al was one of the first people to welcome many of us to the online modeling realm, and will be fondly remembered by those of us who knew him, both on the Web, and in person. His impact on the hobby is both impressive and far-reaching, and we will all miss him; he was truly one of a kind. My sincerest condolences go out to Al's family and close friends, and I hope you'll all take a moment to remember Al in your thoughts and prayers today.

The service for Al Superczynski is at the Pavillion at Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery in North Little Rock at 1100, Monday 29 January.

Steve Filak

On January 30th, 2007 ARC will have a theme titled "The 10,000 Day War: Vietnam 1945-1975". We're looking for articles featuring any aircraft (including helicopters) that served in this conflict during this time period. Examples of aircraft would include those of France (Armee de l'Air, Aeronavale), South Vietnam (VNAF), North Vietnam (VPAF), USA (USAF, USN, USMC, U.S. Army, CIA) and other relevant nations. January 30th has been chosen as the date because that's the anniversary of the beginning of the Tet Offensive in 1968. Please also include some historical text in your article about the aircraft that your model(s) represents.

If you'd like your model to be posted as part of this theme, please include the following text in the subject line of your e-mail to ARC: Post on Jan 30 - Indochina War update.  Go here for submission info.

Mario Fernandez gets today started off on the right foot with his 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18E.    Mario added a full weapons load some good old fashioned skill.  I never did figure out what Mario did with the Tamiya smoke.  Perhaps he'll do up a Tools n Tips article for us.  Nice Super Hornet Mario.

Carmel John Attard dropped by the ARC Corporate offices in Malta with his 1/72 Airmodel Do-11D Prilep ("Bat").  This unique looking aircraft is finished in Bulgarian Air Force markings.  Carmel includes the history behind this odd looking bomber.

Vladimír Žucha joins us with his very nicely done 1/144 Revell Airbus A 319 finished in Germanwings colours.  Nice one Vladimir. 

Jeroen Berkvens joins us with his 1/72 Airfix Grumman Avenger in Dutch markings.  Jeroen is going back in time and remembering the earlier days of modelling with regards to Airfix.....his article brings back fond memories.

Wednesday,   Jan 24  2007 
I was saddened to hear of the untimely passing of ARC regular Carlos "Cachito" Nacer.  Carlos lived in Ecuador and was killed in a car accident while returning from the beach with friends, two friends were also injured.  Carlos was confined to a wheel chair, but still managed to turn out amazing well done models.  Below you'll be able to see 2 of his models that are here on ARC.  

Carlos "Cachito" Nacer begins this special update with his second article for ARC.  This is his recently completed 1/72 Italeri F-104S.  He will be missed in Peru and all around our little planet. 

Carlos "Cachito" Nacer also had his first and article on ARC a few weeks ago.  It was his 1/72 Tamiya F-84G Thunderjet  and Carlso did a first class job on it.   Adios Cachito....you WILL  be missed.

Louis Chang is here with another of his display case beauties.  This is his  1/72 Hasegawa Avro Lancaster  complete with scratchbuilt detail and excellently done weathering. 

Mirko Meier joins us from Peru with his  1/48 Academy Mig-29UB.  Mirko added plenty of detail and weathered his MiG just right and finished it in Peruvian Air Force markings.

Halsted Morris is here with a very funny model I was supposed to run during Silly Week.  This is his 1/720 Revell German Catamaran Aircraft Carrier.  Sorry it's late Halsted.

Mr Nicola Tresin is here with some Hawker Hunter Mk.58 walkarond photos.  Thanks!!!

Tuesday,   Jan 23  2007 
Things are keeping busy at the ARC Corporate offices with my youngest daughter sick with the flu.

Raphael L Marbella, MD starts your Tuesday update with his 1/48 Eduard Heinkel 280.  Raphael did up his excellent looking Heinkel 280 ina  what if scheme complete with a display base.  

Gabriel Stern is here to make you grin with his Scratch built 1/72 Bleriot V.  I'm not sure why.....but Gabriel calls this one the "Ugly duckling"....say it ain't so.  This plane is proof too much beer does not enhance aircraft designs.

Raphael Santos joins us for the first time on ARC with his nicely done 1/72 DML MiG-17.  Raphael built his bare metal beauty mostly out of the box with some added cockpit detailing as well as carefully applied weathering.  Welcome to ARC Raphael!!!   

Vladimír Žucha joins us with his 1/144 Zvezda Ilyushin Il-86 Aeroflot.  This is sure to make the airliner modellers happy. 

Jim Carswell is here with some Canadian Chinook  walkarond photos.  Thanks!!!

Monday,   Jan 22  2007 
No update today.....I had a busy weekend and was not able to get an update together for today.

Sunday,   Jan 21  2007 

"Tojo" Modeller from Thailand stopped by the ARC Corporate offices in Thailand with his flawlessly done 1/72 S-2F Tracker Royal Thai Navy.  "Tojo" did a prefect job on his tracker, it's very nice to see it.  

Felice De Leo “The Black Sheep” from the lovely island of Sicily with his 1/72 Heller SNCASE SE535 Mistral (Vampire).  Felice made his Vampire as a Naval version with very good results.  He has a question in his article for anyone with info about Ki-43's &  Ki-36's used by the French in Indochina.

Saturday,   Jan 20  2007 
I'm a bit late today on the update, my oldest daughter was running a 104 temp last night, so I didn't get much sleep.  I'm relieved to say her temp is now below 100 and with a pinch of luck she's past the worst.  Thanks goodness for medicine. 

Bill Lachance starts today with his 1/48 Eduard Bf 108 Taifun.  Bill has done the usual high quality of detail I enjoy seeing so much on his models. 

Paolo Yuen has been building his 1/32 Tamyia F-15E.  Paolo added quite the full weapons load as well as other detail and some careful weathering to his Strike Eagle. 

Friday,   Jan 19  2007 

PS starts today with his 1/72 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk.VIII HF.  PS has included 9 images showing his Spitfire that has been enhanced with aftermarket items and good old fashioned scratchbuilding.  

Renato "NIGHTRIDER" Torin Jr. stopped by the ARC Corporate offices in Brazil with his 1/48  LearJet 23 -Revell - Testors Kit conversion.  This model is a kit bash between 2 models with parts from other kits to create the early version of this jet.  Custom made markings were used to complete this beauty. 

Bla’k Ja’k has been busy building his well done 1/72 Revell Diorama Set.  These models will be used in his Typhoon diorama.  Nine images are included of these ground support vehicles.  

Warren Osborne has been quite busy building his 1/72 AMT B-52H Stratofortress.  Warren did scratchbuilding to improve the detail and made a custom tarmac base for this big beast.  The finished model came out looking as impressive as the real thing.   

I have a review of the  1/48 resin F-15E Strike Eagle Seamless Intakes from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  These will be a real time saver when you build this excellent model kit.   

I have a review of the  1/48 Messerschmitt Me-109 Part 3 decal sheet from Lifelike Decals.  This sheets includes 4 different Luftwaffe 109's.   

I have a review of the  1/72 Golden Centennaires Tutor, T-33 & Proposed CF-104 decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.   

Robert N. Abbott Jr. is here with some Antonov An-124-100 walkarond photos.  Thanks!!!

Thursday,   Jan 18  2007      No update today
Due to the buggy nature of the ARC forums.....I have reloaded them and moved them to a new location.  All posts from the past 24 hours did not survive the move. 

Wednesday,   Jan 17  2007 
I have adjusted the Forum settings for the Calendar section that were preventing calendar events from showing up in the Calendar section.  My deep apologies to everyone that posted events only to have them not show up in the Calendar section. 

Jack-Pilot gets things started today with his amazing 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18F & fight deck.  This F/A-18F looks like it's the real thing.  Amazing work.  

Jack-Pilot is here with more photos of the diorama model used for the above article.  This is his 1/72 US Navy Carrier Flight Deck & Tractor & Crew.   

Gabriel Stern is here with another of his aviation oddities....I LOVE these models.  This is the Scratch-built 1/72 Arnoux Stablavion of 1912, which is a tailess pusher aircraft.  Brave indeed to try to fly something like this.  

Vladimír Žucha has done quite a bit of work to create his 1/125 Heller Airbus A 320.  Vladimír dropped the slats, built a cockpit and made custom decals and so much more.  Well done Vladimír. 

Li Weiguang is here with his very nicely done 1/32 Matchbox Spitfire F24.  It's always good to see another Spitfire. 

I have a review of the  1/32 resin F/A-18C/D Seamless Intakes from Cutting Edge Modelworks.   

I have a review of the  1/48 "L-39s of the New Great Game" decal sheet from Linden Hill Decals.  This sheet features 14 different aircraft including Soviet L-39 Albatroses over Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Beyond. 

I have a review of the  1/72 resin Avro 707A model kit from Pro Resin.  Another Delta wing resin kit from Pro Resin.

Sean Hampton is here with some Sniper XR pod walkarond photos.  Thanks!!!

Tuesday,   Jan 16  2007 

Tim Groombridge gets things started today with his  1/48 Trumpeter USCG HH65A Dolphin.  Tim did quite the job on his Dolphin to turn out a very sharp looking USCG chopper. 

Matthias Erben is here with something I've never seen before.  This is his excellent looking 1/72 Flying-Fish-Models Vostok-1 with Yuri Gagarin.   Matthias built this little masterpiece in one weekend.......amazing.  

Shawn Phantom Weiler is here with a great looking 1/32 Hasegawa CF-104 Starfighter.  Shawn has quite the list of folks on ARC that helped him make this RCAF model possible.  Well done everyone. 

Ed Ritchuk is here with a very nicely done 1/72 Italeri Nordair DC-3.  I enjoyed seeing the attractive blue and white colour scheme on this one  Odd to think DC-3 were in service in the late 70's.   

Maxwinamp has been busy building and detailing his 1/72 Fujimi OA-4M Samurai.   Maxwinamp added quite a bit of scratchbuilt detailing to his Skyhawk.

I have a review of the  1/48 resin F-8 Crusader Seamless Intakes from Cutting Edge Modelworks.   

Here is a product announcement for the S-3A Viking VS-31 Topcats, AG700 / 159769 / 1978 prints in 4 sizes from Deployment Productions   20% off of any products for every active, registered ARC community members!

I have a review of the  1/48 Messerschmitt Me-109 Part 2 decal sheet from Lifelike Decals.   This sheet features 4 different aircraft including one flown by Erich Hartmann.

Here is a product announcement for the 1/48 RCAF SAR Lancaster decal sheet with resin conversion parts from Leading Edge Models.   This sheet is almost sold out....so don't delay if you want it.

Busolini Massimo is here with some 45° Anniversary of Frecce Tricolori  walkarond photos.  Thanks!!!

Monday,   Jan 15  2006

Eren Nasib joins us for the first time on ARC with his sharp looking   1/144 Revell Boeing 737-800.  Eren finished his airliner in KLM markings.   Welcome to ARC Eren!!!  

Fernando J. Reparaz "Komet" is here from Spain with a model that would have been perfect for Silly Week.  This is his  Antonov A-40 Krylya Tanka which is a kit bash between a bi-plane and armoured tank.     

Shah Jehan has done a great job building his 1/48 Academy Hawker Hunter T.75A.  It's alwaus a treat to see these classic jets on ARC.  

Cüneyt Ozen has done a very nice job building and finishing his 1/48 Revell Bell UH-1 Huey Hog.  Cüneyt finished his UH-1 in USMC markings.

Jonathan Lotton joins us for the first time on ARC with his very nicely done 1/48 Monogram F-4C.  Jonathan finished his Phantom in Oregon Air National Guard markings kindly supplied by ARC's very own Darren Roberts.   Welcome to ARC Jonathan!!!

Mario Fernandez is here with his article called Tinting Canopies for Dummies.  Thanks Mario!!   

I have a review of the  1/48 A-6/EA-6A/EA-6B resin Seamless Intakes from Cutting Edge Modelworks for the Monogram/Revell.   

I have a review of the  1/48 Golden Centennaires Tutor, T-33 & Proposed CF-104 decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.   

Martin Berg Serwin is here with an in-bag review 1/72 LITENING pod and F-16 inlet pylon from Doctor Pepper Resins.  

Busolini Massimo is here with some C-47 Italian Air Force walkarond photos.  Thanks!!!

Sunday,   Jan 14  2007 

Tolga Ulgur joins us from Turkey with another one of his masterpieces.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa F-104G finished in a  very realistic bare metal finish to which he added Turkish markings.  Tolga has many articles on ARC and all his work is first class. 

Manuel Negri has done a splendid job building his 1/48 Tamiya Me Bf-109E-7/Trop.  Manuel detailed the cockpit and added a display base complete with figures and even a  Kettenkrad.  Click here to see this article in Italian 

Saturday,   Jan 13  2007 

Li Weiguang starts today with an awesome 1/48 Academy P-47D.   Weiguang did a fantastic job on the bare metal finish and weathering.

Juanjo Dominguez did a beautiful job on his 1/72 Revell F-15B.    Juanjo chose to finish his F-15B in the very attractive Ferris Scheme. 

Friday,   Jan 12  2007 

Cüneyt Özen begins today with his carefully done 1/72 Tamiya EF-2000 Eurofighter.   Cüneyt finished it in Luftwaffe colours.  Looks great.

Bill Lachance is here with his 1/48 ICM Spitfire Mk. IX.   Bill built his desert Spitfire with aftermarket goodies to improve the detail.  Another lovely model from Bill.

Granger Hsu has dropped by today with his 1/72 High Planes RB-57D Canberra.  Granger finished this classic beauty in Taiwanese markings and has included some very interesting history on this type of aircraft in Taiwanese service.   

Steve Wilson is here with a  painting of the Douglas C-47 painting.  Steve tells the story behind this painting and the model he based this painting on.  Well done Steve. 

Danny Dinh joins us today with his 1/48 Revell A-37B Dragonfly VNAF.  Danny did an excellent job on his Dragonfly and tells about the inspiration of a family member when building this model.  

Here is a product announcement about the new VF-103 to VFA-103 Jolly Rogers Transition, 2005 F-14B Tomcat - F/A-18F Super Hornet print from Deployment Productions  20% off of any products for every registered, active ARC community members!

Ken Middleton is here with a review of the  1/32 F/A-18C Hornet  VMFA-122 "Crusaders" decal sheet from MAW Decals

David Watson is here with some Eurofighter Typhoon F.2 walkarond photos.  Thanks David!!!

Thursday,   Jan 11  2007 

Robert T. Rio has sent in a selection of photos and his report covering the recent IPMS - Philippines Nationals '06.  This looks like it was quite the multi-day event.  

Phil - sharko - Grignet joins us with his beautifully done 1/48 Hasegawa F-14D.    Phil finished it in the VF-101 Grim Reapers markings under a heavy dose of weathering as you would see on a Tomcat at the end of a deployment. 

Yufei Mao has done a very nice job on his 1/72 A-Model MiG-9.  It's good to see this early MiG jet fighter.  

Chokchai U. has done an impressive job building and finishing his 1/48 Hitech RTAF Breguet 14b with handpainted markings.  This kit is a difficult build and to turn out a masterpiece like this leaves me stunned.  

Peter Doll is here with his flawlessly done 1/48 C&H Aero Miniatures F-100 F Super Sabre.  I have long admired Peter's work and this model is no exception.   

J B Wolstenholme is here with an interesting Tools n Tips article about Construction of a Scribing Tool for Fuel Tanks etc.  I must say this is quite the well thought idea. 

Ken Middleton is here with a review of the  1/48 resin Pilot Helmets from Doctor Pepper Resins.  

Ron Patterson is here with some Bristol Blenheim IV walkarond photos.  Thanks Ron!!!

Wednesday,   Jan 10  2007

  Soviet counteroffensive under Stalingrad 1943  

Tong+71 Thailand has done an exceptionally nice job building, detailing his  and finishing his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16I SUFA.  No matter how long I live....the  Israeli F-16's will always look good.....let's hope they never change toa  low-viz paint scheme. 

Bill Retoff joins us today with his very well done 1/72 Monogram F8F Bearcat.  Bill finished his Bearcat in markings from 1952.   

Alan Thompson joins us for the first time on ARC with his sharp looking 1/72 Airffix BAe Hawk, DragonHawk.  Alan joins us from Scotland and I must confess the RAF Dargon scheme he chose is one I quite enjoyed seeing.  Welcome to ARC Alan!!!  

Gabriel Stern is here to show us the early side of aviation with his Scratchbuilt 1/72 Renard R-17.  Although this model is a straight forward looking shape.....I tip my hat to Gabriel for scratchbuilding it and pulling it off.  

Mark Brockway  joins us for the first time on ARC with his flawlessly done  1/32 Tamiya F-4J Phantom II.  Mark sure has shown up with a lovely Phantom as his first model on ARC.  He's used much skill and some aftermarket goodies to detail and finish his F-4.  Welcome to ARC Mark!!! 

Tom Docherty is our roving ARC reporter in Scotland and he's here today with a selection of photos showing the high quality of work displayed at the recent  Elgin (Scotland) Model Show 2006.   

Albert Moore is here with a review of the  1/72 F/A -18C  Leatherneck Charlies decal sheet from MAW DecalsThis sheet features two full color CAG birds and two standard Lo-Viz aircraft.  

Spada-decals is a new decal line and the Spada-decals Team is here with a product announcement for 2 new decal sheets.  These are their 1/48 scale Vickers Wellington Mk IC and 1/32 scale Macchi C200 decal sheets

David Horn is here with some A-7D walkarond photos.  Thanks David!!!

Tuesday,   Jan 9  2007 

In  Ken Middleton's  review yesterday for the new 1/32  F/A-18D Hornet VMFA(AW)-121 "Green Knights" decal sheet from MAW Decals..... the URL for MAW Decals was incorrect.....it should have been http://www.mawdecals.com/decals.html

Brian da Basher is here with his Silly Week artilce for his 1/72 Messerschmitt BF (Big Fat) 113.  Brian got his article in plenty early, but I missed it when I was searching my inbox for Silly Week articles.  Excellent story and model Brian!!!  

Glenn Cook has done an outstanding job on his 1/48 F-105B Thunderbirds Memorial Display.  Glenn goes into excellent detail on his whole project which you will fine quite interesting.  

Luca Pennacchietti has been busy scratch building and detailing his Scratchbuilt 1/32 Reggiane RE.2005 Sagittario.   I'm amazed by the effort Luca put into his Reggiane RE.2005.....it looks like it was well worth the effort.

Sam Chia is here with his very nicely done 1/48 Hasegawa P.A.F. F16A.  Sam used a resin exhaust from Cutting Edge and decals from Zotz decals to finish off this eye catching F-16 in Pakistani markings. 

Dennis Cermak is here with a very clean and flawlessly done 1/32 Tamiya F-14A Tomcat.  Dennis used aftermarket decals to get the colourful markings for VF-31 Tomcatters.  

Ken Middleton is here with a review of the  1/48 resin LITENING II Pod from Doctor Pepper Resins.   

Floyd S. Werner, Jr. has a review of the 1/48 Tamiya -Heinkel He-162A-2 “Salamander”.  Floyd is an expert modelers with much knowledge of the WW2 Luftwaffe aircraft and I value his opinion very much. 

Sebastian Rios is here with some Sturmovik IL2m3 walkarond photos.  Thanks Sebastian!!!

Monday,   Jan 8  2007

Matthias Simon gets things started today with his stunning 1/72 Airmodel Junkers Ju 288 V-3.  Matthias scratcbuilt the cockpit and finished his Ju 288 with an expertly done paint and weathering job. 

Jorge Bonilla joins us with his beautifully done 1/48 Italeri Tornado.   This is one of my favourite Tornado's from the Gulf War....complete with it's sexy nose art. 

Tim Groombridge has done a great job building his 1/72 Revell Hawker Hurricane.  This tropical Hurricane was built mostly out of the box which yeilds a very nice model as Tim shows.  

Oishi is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16.  Sadly this lovely model was intended for the King of Thailand's birthday on the Dec 5th update but I didn't realise that until after the date had passed.  It is of course finished in special Royal Thailand Air Force markings.  

Simon Lewis had a good time building his 1/72 Italeri RAAF UH-1B.  This little beauty was finished in Aussie markings......it's always good to see aircraft with Roos on the side. 

Armin Knes has dropped by with his 1/48 Suchoi Su-37.  Armin id a fair bit of work to create his very attractive Su-37. 

Ken Middleton is here with a review of the  1/32  F/A-18D Hornet VMFA(AW)-121 "Green Knights" decal sheet from MAW Decals.   

Vince Maddux is here with a product announcement of the new 1/72 E-2C Westcoast Hawkeye Pt .1 decal sheet from VMDecals

Aleksandr Serebrov is here with a look at the Barrel sets from Heavy Steel-Schatton Modellbau.  These are for aircraft models. 

Sunday,   Jan 7  2007     Last Day of Silly Week 2007!!!

Alvis 3.1 begins the last day of silly Week with his weird and wacky 1/24 ShuttleBug 2.  And yes....Alvis 3.1 has included a story to explain this spacecraft.  

Shalom Yair has done a first class job building and detailing his 1/35 Academy M163A1/ Vulcan SPAAG.  Shalom finished it off in IDF markings.

Tory Mucaro has dropped by with his Aerobatic School.  Now you too can learn to fly like the Blue Angels.

Shawn Phantom Weiler has moved into the big world of 1/18 Armor Toys.  This is his 1/18 Toy Jeep.  he's even included a photos of his kitten.

Dave Bailey has been busy building his Breguet Calypso.  Dave has included the full history to back up this aircraft.  

Marcelo Irigoyen is here today from Argentina  with his Scratchbuilt 1/24 M3A2 Israeli halftrack.  This scratchbuilt beauty took 3 years to create.   

Nick Walton is here with his 1/72 RAF Guardian AC.1.  This is the British version of the AC-130.  

David Campbell has dropped by with his final model for Silly Week 2007.  This is his 1/6 (?) scale S.A.F.S girl.....I get a kick out of these figure model David has built and posted on ARC in the past.   

Bud Sliger joins us with his BAC Lightning F.7.  You'll find his story about this aircraft quite convincing.  

Alfonso Barajas has been busy building his 1/25 AMT/ERTL American Lefrance Fire Pumper.  He's provided plenty of photos and info how he built and detailed this very fine model.   

Tim N Mansfield is here with his Matchbox T55 Lightning.  This special lightning is finished in USAF and USN colours.  

Carlos Herrera is here from México 1/35 Tamiya M1a2 Abrams.   Carlos put quite a bit of effort into detailling and weathering his Abrams.

Alvis 3.1 finishes of Silly Week 2007 with his Sometime in the recent past...  This is an image from Giggle Earth.....an alternate reality from Google Earth.

Saturday,   Jan 6  2007 
My Internet connection died just as I was loading the update this morning.....so I've had to wait for the connection to come back.

Alvis 3.1 is here to make you laugh with his 1/100 RB-79 Combat Support Work Ball, Pool Base Mod.  Sit back and enjoy.

Chris Payne joins us with another of his creative kitbashes.  This is his 1/72 Airfix/Spot On Designs Resin Hawker Huntsman C. Mk.1.  Chris definately missed his calling in life as an aircraft designer.

Tim N Mansfield has been busy being creative with his FSW Lightning.  Oddly enough this design looks like something that should have happened.

Friday,   Jan 5  2007 

Alvis 3.1 begins today with his 1/72 F-35A United States Armed Forces Air Demonstration Composite Unit.  Here Alvis 3.1 shows you what the F-35 will look like when performing at future airshows.  He of course provides the full story about how this came about. 

Tim N Mansfield is here with his very creative Variable Geometry English Electric Lightning.   It looks like the F-14 Tomcat could have had some serious competition.

Dave Bailey is here with the story behind the little known Spanish aircraft nicknamed  The Toro.   

Nick Walton is here with his 1/72 RAF Tornado FG.5.  Holy heck....the story for this one starts off with quite the beginning......Royal Watchers beware.   

Bud Sliger is here with his EB-1B Narsil.  Bud has included the full story behind this secret unknown varient and it's top secret mission over the Soviet Union. 

Thursday,   Jan 4  2007

  Union of Myanmar Independence Day 

Alvis 3.1 gets things started today with his 1/87 Airbus A-303.  This is a little known Airbus aircraft that most of you might not remember.....but Alvis has included a full history to remind you.  

David Campbell has done an outstanding job on one ot the most popular Star Trek TNG Klingons in his article called ...Perhaps someday, but not today!  This is Chancellor  Gowron. 

Alvis 3.1 is back with his 1/72 F-32A JSF.  This is the USN version of this aircraft and of course Alvis has included a full story with this What-if scheme.  

Bud Sliger is here with his Tu-22MKI "Stingray".  The story with Bud Tu-22 makes for some very entertaining reading......very creative history...  

Jeff Brundt is here with his 1/35 Trumpeter SA-2 Guidline.  Jeff provided the full story behind this SAM.

Wednesday,   Jan 3  2007 

Alvis 3.1 begins today with another of his zanny creations.  This is his 1/72 SuperbMarine SpatFire Mark 1b.  It seems this special little aircraft dates to the dark, dire days of the BOB in Sept 1940.   

Bill Harr has got a good one here....this is his Super Kingfisher.  Bill has included the history behind this "What-if" pre-war design.   

David Campbell has put his modeling skills to good use creating this rusted out Ditch Bank Okie.  David has rusted and beaten this truck to resemble something we've all owned or come close to owning.  

Chris Payne is here with his "What-if" 1/72 Airfix Strikemaster FGA.6  complete with full history.....   

Carl Gootzen is here with his Bathing Gnome, scale 1/?.  A silly week wouldn't be complete without at least one Gnome.  

Tuesday,   Jan 2  2007 

Harry Quirk begins today with his amusing article telling about the history of The Birth of Stealth.  Harryu has included quite a few models to back up his story.   

Pieter Posthumus has been scratchbuilding many details on his 1/12 Tamiya Honda NSR 500.  Yet another example of a first rate motorcycle model.  

Nick Walton is here with his "What if" 1/48 Monogram IDF AV-8B "Cherev".  Nick backs up his model with the full history.   

Jeff & Evan Brundt have been very busy building the 1/72 Hasegawa Leopold K5(E) Railway Gun.  Jeff has included the history of this massive gun.  Well done Evan and Jeff!!!  

Bud Sliger  is here with his "What if" TB-52D 'Pave Beast'.  Bud has included full history about this aircraft type....  

Phil Peterson  is here with his "What if" 1/72 Academy ROK F-47 Thunderbolt.  It seems this aircraft took part in the Korean war.....according to the history in Phil's article.... 

Monday,   Jan 1  2007

  Cuba Anniversary of the Revolution 

  Haiti Independence Day    Sudan Independence Day 

  • Silly Week 2007 has begun.  You will see everything but serious aircraft models on ARC for the next week.  
  • The passing of the New Year went well with myself, my wife and our two daughters staying up to midnight and toasting in the New Year at home with tall glasses of milk.  This is the first year we've not had to secretly put the clocks ahead to help our kids stay up to "midnight". 

Alvis 3.1 begins this years Silly Week with another of his wacky gems.  This is his Victoria BC Police Departments' "Zero Tolerance" policy.    

Dave Bailey has a most amusing "what if" chopper from Finland called The Sudenkorento.   At least I think it is a "What if" chopper.....  ;-)

Dan Duna has been up to his usual high level of imagination and scratchbuilding.  This is Dan's Unnamed Starship.  NASA could really use Dan to design the next space ships.  

Alvis 3.1 is back again with his article You Dang Street Racing Kids!  It seems street racing kids are not just a problem in your neighbourhood.  I suspect the State Trooper in this article patrols in Roswell, New Mexico.  

Daniel Schlosser is here with a very impressive Revell Germany U-BOOT Type VIIC U96.  This model is flawlessly done and finished and is almost 1 meter  or 3 feet long.  

Shawn Phantom Weiler has dropped by with a selection of his 1/48 Canadian Skyhawks.  I believe these are "What if" markings.....  ;-)