Friday,   Nov 30  2007

  Barbados National Day 

  Scotland - St. Andrew's Day 

Thursday,   Nov 29  2007

  Albania Liberation Day 

No update today.....I'm focusing my time on some behind the scenes work on ARC.
Wednesday,   Nov 28  2007

  Mauritania Independence Day 

  • Steve Negley has been busy adding extra detail to his 1/32 Special Hobby North American X-15A-2.  Steve took this kit and with some good old fashioned skill he turned it into a stellar mode of the classic X-15 test aircraft.  Steve explains what he did during the build and tells the history of the X-15 program.  

  • Hans Martini has added some excellent detail to his 1/40 SMER Fokker S-11 instructor.  This is a rare little aircraft and Hans tells the history of this aircraft as well as what he did to create this little gem.  

  • Pete DeLuca (superhornet1015) is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Pete's 1/48 Monogram P-40B that he added a resin cockpit to as well as scratchbuilt details.  Check out Pete's technique for the peeling paint effect....a very good idea that is well worth trying.   Welcome to ARC Pete!!!   

  • Dennis Brackett joins us today with his 1/72 Heller TF-104 G.  This is the 2 seater kit and Dennis did it up right in an in-flight display.  Nice one Dennis.  

  • Francis Gallemi of Hobby Gryffon is here with a selection of photos from the recent Gryffon Expo 2007 contest and show.  This show looked like it attracted some exceptional models.   

  • I have a review of the new  1/48 AV-8B Super Harrier II Jammin' Jump Jets decal sheet  from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This particular decal sheet includes 3 jets including 2 colorful Harriers and a third Harrier with a historic story.

Tuesday,   Nov 27  2007 
  • Sprue Bros Models' Turkey Leftover Sale

    10% off all orders over US$30.00 from Now until midnight (US Central time) Wednesday November 28.  Go to www.spruebrothers.com for sale details and rules.

  • Barkin BAYOGLU/Cüneyt ÖZEN have done an amazing job lighting and weathering the 1/2256 Republic Star Destroyer.  This model is loaded with a huge number of fiber optic strands to light up all the tiny windows with great effect.  I love sci-fi and this Star Destroyer is spectacular.   

  • Michael is here for the first time with his 1/48 AA J-8II.  This model is beautifully done and has a perfect weathering job to finish it off. 

  • Laurent “Angus” Beauvais is here with another of his gems.  This is his 1/48 Eduard Yak 3 with a  French connection.  Laurent has done his usual high quality job on this Yak and included the history behind this plane and it's French pilot.  

  • Sean Campbell has been busy wandering down memory lane as he built his award winning 1/48 Academy Mirage IIIR.  Sean scratchbuilt the cockpit and other areas of his Mirage with very good effect.  He also tells the very heart warming and amusing tale of building this kit as a young lad with his Dad.  Nice one Sean.....thanks for the memory.   

  • I have a review of the new  1/48 F-5N VFC-111 Bad Boy Sundowners decal sheet  from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet ROCKS!!!  I love it!!!     

Monday,   Nov 26  2007 
  • www.solomaquetas.com is celebrating their Anniversary with their Annual Model Expo from Nov 20 to Dec 16.  If you are going to be visiting Chile in the next month, then this show is well worth visiting.

  • Oxiel Carrizo (Necsac) and IPMS-Chile has sent in some photos of their 20th Anniversary Expo which is going on for the next month in Santiago, Chile.  If I was closer, I know I would be attending.  Enjoy the photos and use the slideshow feature to view them easier.

  • Mike Grant of Mike Grant Decals is here with a very unique 1/72 AMT QF-104 Drone.  Mike is an exceptional modeller and this QF-104 is yet another of Mike's masterpieces.  Mike went a step further and if you look at the base for his QF-104 you'll see what I mean. 

  • Ceki Erginbas joins us from Turkey with part 2 of his 1/48 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.X.  Sadly this article was intended for the Turkish Republic Day update but it arrived too late to make the update.  This Beaufighter looks perfect....and in D-Day stripes. 

  • Kep Ar joins us from the southern section of South America with his 1/72 Eastern Express MIG 29 9-13 F.A.P.  Kep Ar added aftermarket goodies from  Eduard and  Aires and then finished it off in Aztec Decals with the attractive Peruvian Air Force markings.  This is a sharp looking MiG and I look forward to seeing more models from Kep Ar on ARC in the future.  Welcome to ARC Kep Ar!!!

  • Nancy Samson joins us today with her 1/32 Revell Eurocopter EC-145The bright markings for this helicopter are for the Sécurité civile in France.  Nancy built this beauty out of the box with excellent results.  

  • Meteor Productions is looking for some help on their current B-52 Decal sheet.  There is some artwork they need to complete this decal sheet.  Please click the photo to the left and see if you can help.  They need reference photos of one item of the artwork. 

  • I have a review of the new  1/72 A-10A Too Cool For School Warthogs decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheets gives you full markigns for 2 different A-10 Warthogs.

Sunday,   Nov 25  2007

  Suriname Independence Day 

  • Massimo Busolini start today with his very well done 1/48 Hasegawa RF-4C Phantom II.  Massimo added quite a few resin sets from Aires to super detail his Phantom and added Decals from Hi Decal line as well as full weathering.   

  • Mick G joins us today with his sharp looking winter camo 1/48 Academy Polikarpov I-16.  Mick did an excellent job capturing the worn look of this winter camo.  Looks great.   

Saturday,   Nov 24  2007 
  • José Carlos Simón is here from Spain to begin your Saturday update with his 1/144 Eduard Ju-87 G-2.  José built his tiny Stuka out of the box with a first class paint job and carefully done weathering.  His Stuka also includes those big anti-tank guns under the wings that I like so much. 

  • Franco Giacon has been very busy getting thing right on his 1/48 Heller Fiat G91-R3 "GINA".  Franco did quite a bit of scratchbuilding to his Fiat G91 to improve the cockpit detail on this older kit.  His efforts were rewarded with a great looking model of this great little jet.    

Friday,   Nov 23  2007 
Thursday,   Nov 22  2007 

  Lebanon National Day 

  US Thanksgiving Day  

Wednesday,   Nov 21  2007 
  • Ben Vogt is here on ARC for the first time with his 1/48 Tamiya Focke-Wulf FW 190.  Ben built this great looking Fw-190 out of the box and then created a diorama that would put his 190 into a proper setting.  Excellent job Ben.....welcome to ARC!!!

  • Karl Sander has been very busy superdetailing his 1/48 Monogram EA-6B Prowler.  Karl knows the Prowler better than most and this permitted him to get the detail right.  He used a resin cockpit, a wingfold set to add life a realism to his Prowler.  To deal with some of the issues with this older kit Karl used a correction set from Cutting Edge.  After all that Karl has a Prowler that is truly first class.

  • Jerry Hawhee (Old Blind Dog) has been busy adding details to his 1/32 21st Century Toys F4U-1D Corsair.  Jerry used a combination of aftermarket detail items and scratchbuilt details along with good old fashioned modelling skills to take his Corsair to a wonderful level of detail.

  • Lyle Brown is back today with another of his piece of art.  This is Lyles pencil drawing he calls Swedish Escort.  I get a real kick out of seeing Lyle's latest artwork   

  • I have a review of the new 1/32 Resin Bf-109A Airframe Conversion set from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This is the first of 3 sets that will permit you to backdate the 1/32 Hasegawa into the earlier Bf-109A.  

  • I have a review of the new 1/48 & 1/32 F/A-18D VMFA-332 Moonset decal sheet  from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.       

  • I have a review of the new 1/48 resin A-10 Thunderbolt II weighted wheels from Royale Resin.  These are very nicely done resin wheels that even have sidewall detail.   

Tuesday,   Nov 20  2007

  Mexican Revolution Anniversary 

  • Rafi Ben-Shahar starts your day with his 1/48 B-24J Liberator done up in the paint scheme of an Assembly Ship.  These brightly painted bombers took off and were used by the combat bombers to help them form up over England before continuing on to their missions.  These assembly ships would then land back in England safe and sound. 

  • RC joins us from Singapore with his 1/48 Tamiya F-16CJ Block 50.  RC has very high praise for this new kit from Tamiya and after reading his article and seeing the finished model, I have to agree with him.  His sharp looking Viper is painted in Tiger Meet markings.   

  • Jan M. Visser stopped by the ARC Corporate offices in the Netherlands with his 1/35 Academy IAF UH-60L.  Jan has a love of the Black Hawk and it shows when you see all the work he put into his latest IAF version of the Black Hawk.  Beautiful work Jan.   

  • Jeremias Nicolas Luchina is here with a  very special 1/72 Esci C-47.  This colourful aircraft flew to the South Pole in 1960 and Jeremias put much effort into getting this paint scheme just right.  It's a great looking C-47 in a very eye catching unique historical paint scheme.   

  • Louis Chang has been very busy super detailing his 1/48 Hasegawa F6F-5 Hellcat.  Louis added a variety of aftermarket detail items along with his usual scratch building that really brings his models to life to create this awesome Hellcat..   

  • Hal Marshman Sr. is here with a report on his weekend at the Gathering of Legends Airshow & USAF Museum.  After reading Hal's article and seeing the photos......I know he'll have a hard time ever having a batter weekend.  He's also included one pic of Glacier Girl.   

  • I have a review of the  1/32 Bf-109A/B/C/D Super Detailed Cockpit from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This higly detailed resin cockpit is the perfect compliment to the pre-Bf-109E conversion sets being released by Cutting Edge Modelworks.  I'll begin reviewing those new conversion sets tomorrow.

  • I have a review of the 1/48 F/A-18C VFA-192 Golden Dragons decal sheet  from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This Squadron has history going back to 1945 and this latest decal sheet features 2 of their jets including one in very colorful markings complete with the Golden Dragons artwork, which includes a big.....you guessed it.....Golden Dragon.   

  • Here is a preview for the Creature Eyes decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This decal sheet is going to be a hugely popular item with the figure modelling crowd.  It's crazy to see the gigantic variety of eyes on this decal sheet.    

Monday,   Nov 19  2007

  Monaco National Day 

  • IPMS Philippines Bert Anido has some first look photos of Tamiya's New 1:48 Fiesler FI-156 Storch.  Of particular interest is the clear plastic fused to the gray plastic in the fuselage.

  • Oliver Peissl is a very talented modeller and his 1/48 Eduard Fw 190 A-8 I a good example of his commitment to our hobby.  This is his stunning Fw-190 with plenty of extra work and detail added.  All this is topped off a stellar paint and weathering job and excellent photos.   

  • Francisco Lara "Manimal" dropped by the ARC Corporate office in Spain today with his 1/32 RF-4C Phantom.  Fran titles his article "Titanes Phorever" and it features a Spanish Phantom in a commemorative scheme to mark the retirement of the Spanish Phantoms.  Fran added plenty of aftermarket detail items and his excellent skill to create a truly impressive Phantom. 

  • Erik "Kurfuerst" Alles joins us with his impressive 1/48 Trumpeter Westland Wyvern S.4.  Erik built his Wyvern out of the box with the exception of an aftermarket seat, but when it came to shading the panel lines and adding weathering....this is where Erik took his Wyvern to a much higher level.  Amazing.  

  • Massimo Giugnoli is here with a very special 1/48 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Me.109 G-6/R3/R6.  Massimo did his 109 in Italian markings including a very complicated and challenging camo scheme with the addition of underwing 20mm cannons to give his 109 the extra punch.  Massimo also did an excellent job bringing out the detail in the cockpit.

  • George is visiting ARC air today from the Czech Republic with his 1/48 Monogram F-100D. George rescribed the panel lines and went on to take this old but much loved kit and make it into a beautiful model of the Hun.  Nice job George. 

  • I have a product announcement of the new 1/72 F-15E Too Cool For School Mudhens decal sheet  from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features two aircraft from the Nellis AFB Fighter Weapons School

  • I have a product announcement of the new 1/48 B-17 decal sheet - Boeing's Babes Part 4 from Pyn-Up Decals.  This decal sheet features two B-17's with full battle histories that are apparent in their patchy paint schemes.  Both include sexy noseart. 

Sunday,   Nov 18  2007

  Oman National Day 

  Latvia National Day 

No update today......I've been working all weekend on rebuilding ARC.
Saturday,   Nov 17  2007 
  • Nick England starts off today with his 1/48 Tamiya J2M3 Raiden.  Nick has done a truly amazing job on the weathering and chipped paint on his Raiden and he includes some background history on the Raiden as well. 

  • RC joins us from Singapore with his 1/48 Tamiya F-15 C Eagle.  RC did an excellent job on his Eagle with the noseart, full weapons load and sharp looking camo paint scheme.  

Friday,   Nov 16  2007 
  • IPMS UK has uploaded pics from the recent Scale Modelworld 2007 in Telford.  Click here to go to see the pics.
  • IPMS Avon has uploaded pics from the recent Scale Modelworld 2007 in Telford.  Click here to go to see the pics.
  • Norwegian IPMS has uploaded pics from the recent Scale Modelworld 2007 in Telford.  Click here to go to see the pics.
  • IPMS The Netherlands has uploaded pics from the recent Scale Modelworld 2007 in Telford.  Click here to go to see the pics.
  • Guilherme Kosciuv (guick) is 15 years old and is here for the first time today with 3 articles intended for yesterdays update to honor the Brazilian Republic Day.  First up is a excellent looking 1/72 Academy PBY 5A Catalina complete with weathering in a diorama.  Welcome to ARC Air Guilherme!!! 

  • Guilherme Kosciuv (guick) is back with a 1/72 Academy P-47D in FAB (Brazilian Air Force) markings.  Guilherme has gone back and stripped this model and redone the paint and decals with very good results.  The markings represent an aircraft that operated in Italy 1944-1945.  Well done Guilherme.  

  • Guilherme Kosciuv (guick) is back today with a nicely done 1/72 Academy T-6.  This special little trainer was finished in Brazilian markings and a baremetal finish with high visibility orange.   

  • Tim Groombridge is here with his sharp looking 1/72 Academy F8E Crusader.  Tim built this beauty out of the box with some great looking markings.  Nicely done Tim.

  • Ian Buick to great lengths to improve upon the very nice 1/72 Scale Revell Typhoon F.2.  Ian used his scratch building skills complete with his well honed modelling talent to create his eye catching Typhoon F.2.  Read Ian's article to learn how you can make a stellar Typhoon F.2 just like his.   

  • Fernando del Pino "Myrsky" has been very patient building his 1/72 MPM Fokker G.1.  This is not an easy kit......but as Fernando has proven......if you stick with it you can get a great looking model for your display cabinet.   

Thursday,   Nov 15  2007

ARC Air 8th Anniversary!!!

Regarding the launch of ARC armor.  I will be delaying the launch of this new website for a few weeks as I'm still working on it.  I will keep you posted.....sorry for the delay. 
  • Turecki from the ARC Air forums has posted some pics from Scale Modelworld Telford 2007.
  • Oscar Ochoa begins today with his first article on ARC.  This is his excellent looking 1/72 CASA C.2111 "PEDRO".  Oscar added quite a bit of scratchbuilt detail and aftermarket items to create his custom model of the Spanish He-111.  Welcome to ARC Air Oscar!!!   

  • Blair Hall is here to make you grin with an exceptional 1/32 Academy F/A-18C diorama.  Grab a coffee or cup of tea and sit back and enjoy this one.....it's stunning and is based on a Gulf War Hornet on a mission on the first day of the war that was built for the actual pilot.  You rock Blair.   

  • Catherine Vickers has been very busy building and improving her 1/72 Hobby Boss F4U-4 Corsair.  I always enjoy seeing Catherine's latest model on ARC Air and her Corsair today is a treat to see and when I read her article I was impressed by the level of effort she put into her bent wing bird.  Amazing job Catherine.   

  • Charles King has been busy getting the finish just right on his 1/48 Tamiya F-84G Thunderjet.  Charles finished his Korean War era Thunderjet in a multi-shade baremetal finish complete with bright markings.  She's a beauty Charles.   

  • I have a product announcement of the new1/72 F-14B VF-103 Final Tomcat Cruise decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsThis sheet gives you full markings for two Jolly Rogers F-14's.  Get it while you can.

  • I have a product announcement of the new1/32 F-100D Hun Part 4 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This sheet includes 3 different F-100D's.....all with some form of noseart.

  • I have a preview of the new Human Eyes decal sheet from Zotz DecalsThis is something all the figure modellers will enjoy.

Wednesday,   Nov 14  2007 
  • Rogerio Mota begins today with a very well detailed 1/32 Trumpeter Mig-15Bis.  Rogerio added 3 photos etch sets from Part Accessories and the Cutting Edge resin cockpit to add to the kit detail on his MiG.   

  • Gianni Chirico joins us today from sunny Sicily with his great looking 1/72 Revell Fokker D.VII.  Gianni scratchbuilt the cockpit for this little jewel and hand painted the camo on the underside of the wings.  

  • Paolo Yuen has done an outstanding job on 2 of his 1/48 Tamiya F-16CJ's.  Both of these jets have amazing weathering and both are fully armed.  One very dynamic feature is little magnets inserted into the weapons pylons and the bombs/missiles permitting changing the weapons loaded.  Now that is the first time I've heard of doing that.   

  • Mario Araneda is here for the first time on ARC Air today with his 1/72 Italeri P-47 N.  This sharp looking Thunderbolt has gun powder stains and sexy noseart over a bare metal finish.  Nice one Mario.....Welcome to ARC Air!!!  

  • Łukasz Studniarz is here to show you how easy it is to Make a canopy with your vacuum.  This is a simple technique, but it does take a bit of practice.  Thanks Łukasz!!!   

  • Today I have a close look at the 1/32 F-100D Hun Part 3 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This sheet features 2 different F-100D's....one in camo and one in baremetal....both with noseart....one with sexy noseart.  

  • Today I have a close look at the 1/72 F-15C Too Cool For School Eagles decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This decal sheet includes 2 full sets of markings and stencils for 2 different F-15C Eagles.

Tuesday,   Nov 13  2007 

  Special Scale Model World Update  

  • Bryn "ForestFan" begins today with part 1 of some of his photos from the UK Scale Model World 2007.  These were originally posted on the ARC Air Forums.   
  • Bryn "ForestFan" is here with part 2 of some of his photos from the UK Scale Model World 2007.  These were originally posted on the ARC Air Forums.     
  • Bryn "ForestFan" is here with part 3 of some of his photos from the UK Scale Model World 2007.  These were originally posted on the ARC Air Forums.      
  • Iain over at  32SIG http://www.skywriters.net has his report from the Scale Model World National convention at Telford on what is new for modellers of 1/32 scale aircraft.  Lots of good news including photos of a 1/32 Avro Vulcan B2!!!    
  • From the ARC Air Forums, Dogsbodyx posted 2 links to his slideshows of model photos from the UK Scale Model World 2007.
  • http://s127.photobucket.com/albums/p124/Do...nt=89c7d46c.pbw
  • http://s127.photobucket.com/albums/p124/Do...nt=4044341c.pbw
  • The second link above is the shorter of the two and he included a photo of the test moulds for the Revell F22 and Gannet in 1/72.
  • Stephen posted 5 pics on the ARC Air Forums for the new 1/72 Revell F-22 Test shots Telford 2007.   

  • Nick Massimini joins us for the first time on ARC with his sharp looking 1/32 Hasegawa F-5 Snakes.  Nick did these beauties in USAF Aggressor colors and markings.   Welcome to ARC Nick!!!

  • Angel Romeral is here to make your day with an amazingly well done 1/48 Trumpeter Westland Wyvern S4.  Angel's Wyvern has nose art and is flawlessly weathered and displayed on a perfectly done carrier deck diorama base.    

  • Seán Langley is here with his first model on ARC...which also happens to be his first model since re-entering the hobby after a 15 year break.  this is Seán's 1/48 Hasegawa F-4J, VX-4 done up in the Black Bunny scheme.  I quite enjoyed reading Seán's article.  Welcome to ARC Seán!!!  

  • Mike Williams has gone above and beyond building, detailing and weathering 1/72 Academy Helldiver.  Mike added Eduard photo etch dive flaps and scratchbuilt seat belts.  Wonderful work Mike.  

Monday,   Nov 12  2007                           
No Update today.  We had a wind storm this morning that took down the power for an hour.  My kids are off school because of the holiday yesterday and I plan to take the day off and spend it with them.
  • www.deploymentproductions.com is having a Christmas sale.  From Nov 12 to Nov 19.  Click this link for all the info Deployment Productions Christmas sale 2007  They have a huge selection of aviation prints.
  • I have an important announcement from Brian at Fightertown Decals.... " Due to an unfortunate medical situation I will be unavailable and unable to check email until the 15th. All orders placed up to 2 Nov. have now shipped and you should be receiving them shortly. You're gonna love them! ITMT, orders will continue to ship once a week. Our upcoming November releases and news are posted on the ARC forum.
    Thanks for your patience and support!
    Brian 
Sunday Nov 11  2007

  Poland Independence Day  

  Remembrance Day / Veterans Day  

  • Piotr Dmitruk begins this special update with his 1/72 KP and Marfix kits conversion Polish Mistel.  This excellent model is of a Polish ground trainer design.  Piotr did much scratch building to create this little beauty.  Read his article for the full history of this aircraft.  
  • Maciek Zywczyk has done an exceptional job super detailing this 1/48 Kopro Su-22 M4.  This Su-22 M4 is done in NATO camo and includes weapons on carts.  Fantastic work Maciek.  
  • Andrzej Bzowski joins us with his very well done 1/72 PZL P.7 PZW Siedlce in Polish markings.  A very nice model Andrzej.   
  • Tom Milne is here on Remembrance Day/Veterans Day with his 1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire Vb.  This Spitfire has a very unique paint scheme which Tom captured perfectly.  I never grow weary of seeing the beautiful lines of the  Spitfire.   
  • Jim Sullivan  is here on Remembrance Day/Veterans Day with his 1/48 Monogram USMC F/A-18A+ Hornet.  Jim redid this Hornet and went to great lengths improving on this basic kit....including dropping the flaps which is no each task on this aircraft.  Jim then finished it with aftermarket decals.   
Saturday,   Nov 10  2007

  USMC Birthday (1775) 

  Indonesia's "Remembrance" day 

  • Arrin Holt is here to honor the USMC on their birthday with his 1/72 Testors T-45 Goshawk.  This is a classic kit, but Arrin found it to be a pretty good kit and of course he finished it in USMC markings.  Job well done Arrin.  Semper Fi!

  • RC joins us today with two of the 1/48 Tamiya CorsairRC has high praise for this kit and the finished models came out looking great!!!

Friday,   Nov 9  2007

  Cambodia Independence Day 

  • Serge Dompierre starts off your Friday update with his 1/48 Esci A1H Skyraider.  Serge built his Skyraider out of the box with a very skillful application of panel line shading and weathering as well as a full weapons load.  Very nice indeed. 

  • Serge Grey has done an outstanding job on his tiny 1/144 Revell F/A-18C.  Serge gave his Hornet a level of detail that would be impressive on 1/48 scale jet including dropping the slats and flaps and darkening the panel lines and finishing it off with a well detailed weapons load. 

  • Stephen Prior drops by today with his 1/72 Trumpeter Wellington Ic.  Stephen built this beauty out of the box and it came out looking exceptional.  

  • Frontpenny Wen Jin Xu has dropped by today with a very nicely done 1/72 Kopro Mig-19 s Farmer.  This Mig had some extra detailing done to it to bring up the detail level of the kit.  

  • Tigre del Aire has dropped by with CREARTE 2007 that was held recently in Bogota, Colombia.  Tigre del Aire includes 48 photos from this contest.  Use the slide show feature to view the photos easier.

  • I have a product announcement of the A-10A Thunderbolt II 103rd FW, 118th FS Flying Yankees, CT/78-613 / 2007 print from Deployment Productions20% off of any product for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community member!    

  • I have a product announcement of the 1/32 F-100D Hun Part 2 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This sheet includes markings for one very colorful F-100D.  

Thursday,   Nov 8  2007

  Hellenic Air Force Day  

  • Gabriel Kalfopoulos start today with his 1/48 Heller Fiat G90This is a very special Fiat G90......this is the only Fiat G90 to wear Hellenic Air Force markings.  Nice one Gabriel.

  • Peter Athanasopoulos joins us with his very well done 1/48 Revell F-86D.  Peter quite enjoyed the Revell Sabre Dog kit and finished it in a bare metal finish and Hellenic Air Force markings.  

  • Thanos Mentzelopoulos dropped by the  ARC Corporate offices in Greece with his  1/72 Heller Mirage 2000.  Thanos added extra scratchbuilt detailing and finished it in a very sharp looking blue camo with Hellenic Air Force markings. 

  • Yiannis Ladopoulos is here from Greece to mark the Hellenic Air Force Day with his 1/72 Italeri (Esci) F-5AYiannis is becoming an expert at building the F-5 as you will see in his article.

  • Gabriel Kalfopoulos has been busy building and detailing his 1/32 Trumpeter MiG-15.   Gabriel added extra detailing to the gear bays and landing gear before finishing his MiG-15 in an attractive desert camo scheme.

Wednesday,   Nov 7  2007 
After 29 years, I have decided to finally quit my job.  During the coming weeks I will be helping out during the transition phase to ensure the business isn't adversely affected.  I plan to take 2 years off and live off savings while I ponder what I want to do with my time.  This will give me time to focus on my family and ARC and get to a  few projects I've been putting off.
  • Steve Ringlein has been busy converting and improving his 1/32 Trumpeter F-105G.  Steve used the Cutting Edge Modelworks fuselage set and the corrected fin rudder set as well as the Black Box cockpit set.  Steve also went with metal landing gear struts and he talks about all this in his article.  A great looking F-105.   

  • Alan Williamson had some challenging times building his 1/48 Hasegawa P-38J.  Alan did juice up the interior with an Aires cockpit set and then finished it off in a sharp looking bare metal finish complete with weathering.  Nice one Alan.    

  • Paolo Yuen is here from with his 1/48 Italeri Su-27K Flanker.  Paolo re-scribed the panel lines and finished off his model with a a careful weathering job.  He also decided to display his Su-27 on a diorama base complete with fuel truck and figures to compliment this very fine looking Su-27.

  • Gianni Chirico has been busy getting the weathering just right on his 1/72 Revell Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.IIc.  This hurricane served with the 835 Naval Air Squadron in 1944 and include D-Day stripes on the underside of the wings.  I love the weathering on this one.   

  • Dekker Thierry is here with his PL.101 profile.  

  • I have a review of the new 1/32 F-100D Hun Part 1 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This sheet features a very colorful F-100D from 1957 in England.

Tuesday,   Nov 6  2007 
  • Thomas Goelff has been busy building his 1/32 Tamiya F-15E Bunker Buster.  Thomas used Eduard photo etch in the cockpit and TwoBob's Saddam Hunters decals to complete this spectacular F-15E.   

  • Tuan Tonthat joins us with his second article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Hobby Boss H-34 & Airfix O-1.  Tuan has created a diorama of a damaged Cessna O-1 Bird Dog as it is hooked up to be airlifted for repair.  This is quite the cool diorama.     

  • Thierry Jacques joins us with a rare aircraft today.  This is his 1/72 Replicasncase SE5003 in a diorama.  This is a resin kit and and Thierry tells the history of this rare little aircraft.  Very nice indeed.   

  • Yee Soon Tuck joins us today with the 1/72 Academy OV-10D BroncoYee Soon Tuck did an exceptionally nice job highlighting the panel lines on this attractive looking Bronco.

  • Hawkeye's Hobbies LLC has a special "Veterans Day Special" from now until Nov 11.   This is a 10% discount on their Talon Series NMF acrylic paints.

Monday,   Nov 5  2007 
  • Maros Cupka is here from Slovakia with a beautiful looking 1/48 Eduard Yak 3.  Nice one Maros. 

  • Nicolas joins us from Thailand with his 1/72 Trumpeter Xían H-6.  This is an in-flight diorama with the bomber in the midst of dropping bombs......very effective looking.  Nicolas has included photos from different angles to better show his diorama.  Very cool looking Nicolas.   

  • Rafi Ben-Shahar has dropped by today with two of his 1/48 IDF Mirage IIICJ.  Rafi did his usual high quality job on both of these complete with his usual high quality weathering.   

  • Tomoaki Katoh has been busy building and finishing his 1/72 Finemolds Bf-109 F-4.  Tomoaki used after market decals and one of the more unique paint schemes I've ever seen on a 109.  I love how the finished model looks. 

Sunday,   Nov 4  2007 
  • Eric "speedlimit" Salazar has been busy converting his 1/48 Italeri F/A-18F.  This required  some scratchbuilding to complete.  Eric also added a resin cockpit from Blackbox and decals from Twobobs.  A very pleasing result.....thanks to Eric's persistence and skill. 

  • Jeremias Nicolas Luchina joins us with his 1/72 Italeri Junkers Ju-52.  Jeremias made custom decals so he could do his Ju-52 is the markings for a French-Argentinian mail and transport company.  Good choice of markings and a great looking model of this classic German transport plane.  

Saturday,  Nov 3  2007

  Panama Independence Day  

  • Fernando I. Moreno Villa joins us from sunny Monterrey, México with his 1/72 Heller CM170 Fouga Magister.  Fernando finished his Fouga Magister in markings for the Togo Air Force using decals from Max Decals.  No doubt about it......the camo colours looks great.   

  • Timothy Smith is here with a special 1/48 Hasegawa Hawker Hurricane Mk.I.  This particular Hurricane was flown by an American Olympic gold medal winner during the Battle of Britain.  Timothy tells the full story of this pilot as well as what it was like building this great looking Hasegawa Hurricane.   

Friday,   Nov 2  2007 
  • I spent 8 hours yesterday and I'll spend a most of today supervising the excavation of our backyard.  After 3 months of waiting, the crew has arrived to remove the raised shrub garden that takes up the whole of our tiny backyard and drop the whole area down 2 to 3 feet  so I can begin putting in gardens for myself and a lawn for my kids to play on.  I'll be doing the backyard with a slight  Japanese garden theme.  As I write this late Thursday night, I'm pretty tired.....it's been an exhausting week (did 4 major services on various cars and 7 brake jobs).  Construction is booming in our city, so long waits for any sort of work is the norm.  I hope to have this project wrapped up by late spring or early summer.....my daughter wants a summertime birthday in the new backyard.  There's always got to be a deadline.....
  • SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCALE MODEL EXPO which celebrates its 25th anniversary over the weekend of November 3-4.   The 25th annual SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCALE MODEL EXPO is on in Adelaide (Australia) the weekend of November 3-4 at Centenary Gym, Christian Brothers College, Wakefield Street (in the Adelaide CBD). Full event details (including category descriptions, entry times/costs, public viewing times/costs) at www.gumnut.net/sapma/expo. For aviation modellers; the display theme is "F-15s and F-16s". The event is an "open event" so all modellers are welcome. Numerous local and interstate hobby businesses will operate trade sites.
  • Shawn Phantom Weiler starts today with his "right on" 1/48 Hasegawa CH-124 Sea King.   Shawn built his Canadian Sea King in Canadian markings with some extra special noseart  using aftermarket decals.  Nice one Shawn.

  • Busolini Massimo joins us with his Italian 1/48 Hasegawa F-104S Starfighter.   Massimo posed his Starfighter as it would appear in storage after these were withdrawn from Italian service.  It looks perfect.

  • Serge Dompierre has done a marvelous job detailing and weathering his 1/48 ICM P-51C Mustang.  Serge finished his Mustang in the markings for a Medal of Honor pilot.....read his article for more on this story.

  • Karl Sander is here to keep all the Tomcat fans happy with his great looking  1/48 Hasegawa F-14D.  Karl built this beauty for a friend and finished it with TwoBobs decals.  I got a kick out of seeing the display base.....very effective indeed.  

Thursday,   Nov 1  2007

  Algeria Revolution Day  

We had a heck of a time with the kids last night Trick or Treating and doing all the Halloween activities.  Between pumpkin carving after school before we went out, then the kids staying up later than normal....it left little time for putting together an update.