Homepage Text - February 2008

Friday,   Feb 29  2008 
I am currently in the process of uploading rebuilt articles to the gallery section.  This is cause MANY broken links during the uploading process.  At the worst point 4200 articles in the archive section will have dead links.  I hope to have this complete in a week or so.......but the uploading process is very slow due to the large number of articles.

Soccer Wu has done a wonderful job finishing and weathering his 1/48 Hasegawa F-104G.  I enjoyed seeing a Starfighter in markings for the Republic Of China (Taiwan) Air Force.  This really is a sharp looking F-104.   

Alfredo Garcia joins us from sunny warm Monterrey, Mexico with his 1/48 Tamiya A6M2 & A6M2-N.  Alfredo has a real talent for modelling and you will see that in these 2 latest models.  Alfredo scratchbuilt cockpit details and did some panel line rescribing to get both of these Japanese fighters looking just right.     

Bob Leonard has gone to great lengths on detailing his 1/48 Eduard Mirage 2000N.  Bob explains the fit issues and how he sorted out that problem plus all the extra work and detail items he added to his Mirage 2000.  Wow......reading Bob's article has me in deep respect for the effort he put into this model......with excellent results I might add.   

Jan Mulder is here with his awesome 1/72 Mach 2 NC/AC123K Conversion.  This started as a limited run kit that would challenge the most skilled modeller.  Jan worked long and hard to get the look and details correct and his model pays respect to this aircraft from the Vietnam  War and all who flew in them.  

I'm pleased to show you  a preview of the  1/48  F/A-18E Rockin' Rhinos #8 VFA-147 Argonauts decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet is available starting today......enjoy!!!

Thursday,   Feb 28  2008 
I'm pleased to welcome the IPMS Region 4 to ARC as an sponsor for the next 2 months.  They are planning a show on April 18-19 that will Rock You!!!  This is a 6 state show in the Cleveland area....the first time in 19 years!!!.  You've got 2 months to make your plans to attend.  This will be a show worth going out of your way for 

Highlights for this show will include:

  • 3 demo areas.
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  • 40 Aviation print on display including signed prints by noted artists including Robert Taylor
  • Make and Take area for the kids and novices.
  • Raffles
  • Outstanding Grand buffet dinner before the awards announcements for only $15.
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George Ting is here with today's first model.  This is his 1/144 Revell B747-400 finished up in Thai Airways markings.  George did some extras work to improve some of the inaccuracies on his Jumbo Jet.  A very attractive airliner.....good to see it on ARC.   

Jose Maria Martinez Fernandez has done a fine job building and finishing his 1/48 Hasegawa Fw-190 A-3.  Luftwaffe paint scheme are difficult to do but Jose made his Fw-190 look excellent. 

Gregory D. Williams  is here to make you jet builders grin.  This is his very well detailed 1/72 Italeri F/A-18D.  Gregory scratchbuilt a variety of items for his Hornet that he will be offering for sale.....this should interest the 1/72 modellers.  

Noel Saplala has been busy adding piles of detail to his 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1D.  WOW....check out the job Noel did on the cockpit.  From the engine to the cockpit....this model has detail everywhere.   

I have a review of the new 1/48 QF-4E Heritage Drones (Holloman) decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features three complete QF-4E's with options for a fourth from the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron at Holloman AFB.

Wednesday,   Feb 27  2008

  Dominican Republic Independence Day 

No update today........I've been heavily focusing on archiving gallery articles this week.

Tuesday,   Feb 26  2008

  Kuwait Liberation Day 

The new Twobobs newsletter is available.  Click here for the latest Twobobs news!!  Bob has some news on the Arctic Bandit decal sheet.

Pete Brown starts today with one of my favourite paint schemes on a  chopper.  This is Pete's 1/72 Italeri USCG MH-60J in USCG red and white markings.  Pete added to this fine kit to improve the details and add the proper details.  he tells about all this in his article.  Well done Pete....she's a beut.   

Eric Hargett drops by today with his sharp looking 1/48 Trumpeter F9F-2 Panther.  Eric knows his stuff and he's provided some very helpful info for anyone building a Panther.  Eric dressed up his great looking Panther with some PE seatbelts.  Nicely done indeed. 

Jonathan Fco Umaña Seravalli is here with his 1/48 Revell Monogram A-10 Warthog.  Jonathan loaded his Warthog up with a  full weapons load and finished her off in the gray scheme with a menacing Sharks Mouth.  It's a treat to see Jonathan's A-10 on ARC.  

Ray Hemenway is here with one the the better known aircraft designs from WW1.......this is the 1/28 Revell Fokker Dr 1 425/17.  This is a large kit and Ray took advantage of this by adding some scratchbuilt details.   

I have a review of the new  1/48 QF-4E Heritage Drones (Tyndall) decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features two complete QF-4E's from the 53rd WEG at Tyndall AFB....one with a  sharks mouth.

Monday,   Feb 25  2008

  Kuwait National Day 

Pavol Vilinsky joins us today with his 1/72 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon T.1.  Pavol really did his Typhoon up right with Eduard detail items in the cockpit and a scratchbuilt intake to improve this area.  Pavel then finished off this great looking Eurofighter in RAF markings.

Oliver Peissl has gone the extra distance in detailing his 1/48 Dragon Focke Wulf Ta 154.  Between a  photo etch in the aftermarket resin cockpit and other resin detail items and Oliver's skill with an airbrush, this Ta-154 is a beautiful sight to behold.  check it out and sit back and enjoy. 

Tolga Ulgur is here from Istanbul, Turkey with his stunning 1/48 Hasegawa CF-104 Starfighter.  You are all familiar with the high quality of  Tolga's models and this Turkish Starfighter is no exception.  The painting and weathering is flawless and I suspect it looks more realistic than the real jet.  Beautifully done Tolga.  

Laurent “Angus” Beauvais is here to make you grin and let your mind wonder with his Virtual 1/24th D520 3D Mounting notice.  Check it out......it's pretty cool and masterfully done.  

Ken Middleton is here with a very detailed article on how he creates his world renowned Displays Using Wood Bases and Acrylic Rod.  Ken is a master at these in-flight display and with this article you can also master this dramatic display technique.   

Here is a quick preview of the new 1/48  F-16C Gridiron Viper decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  If you like football (American style) or if you are a  Colts fan....then you have to check out this decal sheet. 

I have a review of the new  1/32 F-100D Super Sabre decal sheet from CAM Decals.  This sheet offers you the markings for one special ex-thunderbird with the Georgia ANG. 

Sunday,   Feb 24  2008

  Estonia National Day 

Serge Dompierre begins your Sunday update with his 1/48 Secter Fiat G-50.  Serge chose a paint scheme I always find quite attractive and he did it very well.  A sharp looking Fiat G-50.  

JochemP has done an excellent job on his 1/48 Academy F-16C.  JochemP chose to do his Viper in the unique markings of the Royal Barhain Air Force.  JochemP explains the whole story behind Barhain acquiring their Vipers and what is needed to build an accurate model for the Royal Barhain Air Force.    

Saturday,   Feb 23  2008

  Brunei National Day 

  Guyana National Day 

Shawn "Phantom" Weiler dropped by the ARC Corporate office today for a cup of coffee and to show me his 1/48 Revell EA-6B Prowlers.  Shawn used resin cockpits in both of his Prowlers and folded the wings on one of them......with very good effect.   

DoraQQ  is here with the lovely 1/72 Airfix Albatros DV1917.  Look carefully at the wooden fuselage......it looks just like real wood...amazing. 

Friday,   Feb 22  2008 

Alex Kontiveis has gone to the highest of high level of scratchbuilding to create a much more detailed and accurate 1/24 Trumpeter A6M2 Zero Fighter.  Grab a coffee or cup of tea and sit back enjoy the article and many photos.....you won't be disappointed.  

Chuck Sawyer is here with his second model on ARC and I must say Chuck picked a favourite of most people.  This is his 1/32 Tamiya F-14D with resin goodies and weathering to give his F-14 that realistic look.....and yes.....it's finished in Jolly Rogers markings.

Andrew Taylor is on ARC for the first time today.  This is Andrew's 1/72 Revell Sea King HAS 6 in Royal Navy markings.  Andrew went a step further and chose a Tiger scheme which always catches the eye.  Very well done Andrew.....welcome to ARC!!!

Rafi Ben-Shahar has done an exceptionally nice job building and weathering his  1/48 Suchoi Su-22M4 "Fitter".  I'm not sure what it is but the paint and weathering job looks excellent on this one.  Well done Rafi.   

I have a quick preview of the upcoming 1/48 F-16C Wolfpack Bandits decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics I LOVE these blue Vipers!!!

Thursday,   Feb 21  2008 

Lyle Brown is here to get things started today with his Brazilian F-5 Tiger artwork.  This piece was done with soft pastel pencil.   

Marcel Hohl has got his 1/32 Tamiya F-16C Barak looking perfect.  Have a close look at the slightly faded paint scheme....I love it.  Marcel also gave it a gentle weathering and full weapons load.  This Israeli F-16 is enhanced with a  variety of aftermarket items.  Nicely done Marcel.   

Attilio Tore is here today with another of his bi-plane beauties.  This is his 1/48 Tamyia Swordfish with a number of scratchbuilt enhancements to get the detail looking much better.  Attilio has a talent for bi-planes and I enjoy seeing his work on ARC.   

J.J.Chen joins us from China with a first article on ARC today.  J.J. is here with the 1/48 Dragon Ho 229 which is a kit that permits a fantastic level of detail and J.J. went all out and created a fantastic model of this Luftwaffe flying wing.  Very well done J.J......welcome to ARC!!!  

Adam Bates joins us with his 1/48 Academy P-38F Lightning.  Adam chose one of the most famous P-38's....Glacier Girl.  Adam doesn't own an airbrush, but that didn't stop him from doing quite the nice job on his P-38.

I have a preview of the upcoming 1/48 A-10A Barksdale's Dogpatchers decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This decal sheet is LOADED with piles of noseart.

Here's a review of the new 1/48 resin TBF-TBM Avenger Flame Dampening Exhausts from Ultracast.  These are the finned type exhausts.  

Wednesday,   Feb 20  2008 
ARC quietly clicked over 50 million hits to it's homepage earlier this week......who would have figured.  Here's looking forward to the next 50 million.

Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos from TwobobsThese photos are of a German Tornado by Andreas Zeitler.  

Gabriel Stern is here with another of his scratchbuilt wonders from Aviation history.  This is his 1/72 Scratch-built Ireland Privateer P-2 and as it is a float plane it caught my eye.  I'm not sue I would be brave enough to fly it though.     

John Peters has been busy redoing and converting things to create his 1/32 Revell RF-4B Phantom II.  I must admit I like the look of John's Phantom and when you read his article you'll learn he put quite a bit of effort into his big RF-4B.......with very good results.   

L. C. Chan has done a wonderful job detailing and finishing his 1/48 Trumpeter F9F-2 Panther.  L.C. added extra detail to the cockpit and finished this Panther with a full weapons load.  It come out looking excellent......especially the cockpit.  

I have a quick look today at the 1/72 F-22A Roll the Dice Raptor decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet will be available at the end of February.  I'll do a  full review once the review samples become available.  It's good to see Bob is doing these Raptor sheets.

I have a first look a the new 1/32 P-47D Thunderbolts ETO decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This sheet features 2 P-47's....both with sexy noseart.  I love it....way to go Eli!!!

Tuesday,   Feb 19  2008 
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Marcin Grygiel is here from Poland with his 1/144 Revell Airbus A340.  Marcin chose the very attractive paint scheme of the Wiener Philharmoniker airliner.  This one looks excellent.

"Marine4 ever" has been very busy converting the 1/48 Accurate Miniatures B-25D into his Marine PBJ-1D.  I was quite impressed how well this conversion turned out......this is one sharp looking B-25.

Bianfuxia is here with 3 digital in-flight  images of a fine looking 1/72 Airfix RF-5E Tiger Eye.  This RF-5E is finished in Royal Saudi markings and the 3 images show it flying in 3 different scenes.  It's amazing what you can create with a computer.   

Oliver Weston has quite the horror story to tell about his 1/72 Yakovlev Yak-38U "Forger B".   This model has to be one of the poorest quality kit.....but I'll let Oliver amuse you with the full details.  I've got to say....Oliver pulled it off and built a great looking model of the Yak-38U.

Monday,  Feb 18  2008

  Gambia Independence Day 

No update today......I was quite busy all weekend with moving the forums and helping various members with log-in problems.  Click here to reach the forums....this is a temporary link.

The forums seem to be sorting themselves out.  There is a conflict in the domain name that I suspect is causing people to log in each time they visit the forums.  I'll be looking into solution to fix this problem.

Sunday,   Feb 17  2008

  No update today....I've been busy with the forum issues.

Happy Birthday to Steve Filak!!!

The forums came back online late Saturday night.  I then hired the pros to move the forum to the new server.  There is still a bunch of little details to sort out and the forum domain name needs to be moved.  I will put in the request to move the domain name before I go to bed Saturday night.  Sunday morning when I get up, I'll begin the many little jobs to get the new forum ready to use.  Please use the Temp Forum until I can get this all sorted.....which should be sometime on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday,   Feb 16  2008

  Lithuania National Day 

Serge Dompierre starts things off today with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Cf-100.  Serge found this kit a bit of a challenge to build, but he did turn it into a fine looking model and finished it in Canadian markings with aftermarket decals.

Bronson Bendicion joins us with his 1/24 Trumpeter Mitsubishi Zero.   This big model includes quite a few features such as folded wings and engine detail which Bronson shows off very well.

Friday,   Feb 15  2008

  Singapore - Fall of Singapore (1942) 

  Serbia National Day (Dan Drzavnosti Srbije) 

Forum Update  The MySQL error has been traced to the old hosting server computer and not the forum program. After 2 e-mails to the hosting company (that seemed to have gone unresponded to).....I phoned the Hosting company. They agreed the problem was at their end once I directed them to a spot on the control panel on their server that also displayed a MySQL error.

He then opened a "trouble ticket" and sent it along to the more experienced programers of their company. So the waiting game continues. With luck the problem will be fixed soon.........then move can be done and we can get back to normal.

Pete Malaguti fires things up today with his 1/32 EVA Models Lunar Rover.  I've always had a fascination with the Lunar Rovers from the first time I've seen them on TV during footage from their missions.  Pete captures the scene very well with his realistic looking diorama.   

Andrzej Rusek has been busy getting the details right on his excellent looking 1/72 Academy F-14A TomcatAndrzej explains the good and bad aspects of building this F-14.  And of course it is finished in the very popular Jolly Rogers markings.  

Rafi Ben-Shahar has done a marvelous job detailing and weathering his 1/48 Tamiya A6M2-N "Rufe".  Rafi gave his Rufe the chipped paint look and Rafi seems to have a very good feel for what looks just right.   

Shawn Findlay is here with his  first article on ARC today.  This is his very nicely  done 1/72 Italeri Spitfire Mk Vb.  This is Shawn's first aircraft model in 20 years and I must say he made a good choice going with a Spitifre.  Well done Shawn and welcome to ARC!!!  

Thursday,   Feb 14  2008 

  Happy Valentines Day 

The ARC Forums are still offline.  The problem is a MySQL error on the hosting server and is not a problem with the forum program.  I'm still waiting to hear back from the hosting company.  The plan is to sort out the SQL Error first so the forums can be moved to the new server.

Andrew Kittila is here with his great looking 1/48 Revell P-51D Mustang.  This is a beautifully done Mustang with a sharp looking paint job and weathering.  The thing that leaves me humbled is this P-51 looks better than I could do and Andrew built it in a weekend without an airbrush.   

Attilio Tore is here to inspire everyone with his 1/48 Roden F.2b Brisfit.  Even if you build jets etc....check this one out.  The effort to get it looking this detailed show much skill.  All the engine detail is showing and the prop is laminated woods.  Seeing the delicate nature of Bi-planes such as this one makes me realize how challenging they really are.    

Raúl Corral is here with one of the best looking Me-262's I've seen.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya Me 262 "Clear Edition" with full interior detail.  Wow.....you've got to sit back and have a close look at this one.   

José Carlos Simón dropped by the ARC Corporate offices in Spain today with his 1/144 Revell AV-8B Harrier II.  José Carlos got all the details looking just right on his tiny little Harrier........if you want to have some fun....try building a 1/144 kit.   

I have a preview of a new 1/32 P-47 Thunderbolts PTO decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This sheet features 2 different P-47's from the Pacific in WW2.  Both of these feature artwork....one has sexy noseart.   

Wednesday,  Feb 13  2008 

  Tibet Independence Day 

Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos from TwobobsThese photos are of  the F-18 by Gary Bihary.  

Vivek Kulanthaivelpandian is here on ARC for the first time.  This is Vivek's 1/72 Revell Sukhoi-24M Fencer which will be part of a diorama which we will see here on ARC once it is complete.  Welcome to ARC Vivek!!!   

Tom Valaoras has done a marvelous job detailing and weathering his1/32 Tamiya F-4C. Tom includes the story of this Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and his during the Vietnam War.

Juan Jesús Moreno has done a lovely job building his 1/48 Hasegawa Aichi D3A1 Val.  This particular Val was part of the Japanese force involved in the Pearl Harbor attack.

DoraQQ is here with the tiny 1/72 Academy Sopwith Camel.  This was one of the more famous bi-planes and  DoraQQ got it looking very nice indeed.

Tuesday,   Feb 12  2008
No update today.  I was very busy all day and night Monday working on rebuilding gallery articles.  

Monday,   Feb 11  2008

  Iran - Anniversary Revolution 

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Niels Dol gets your week started with his 1/48 Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb.  This is a mid war Spitfire in USAF markings, but it also has a Dutch connection.  Read Niels article for the story and to see photos of this sharp looking Spitfire.   

Marcin Grygiel is here from Poland to show you the amazing job he has done on his 1/144 Revell TF-104-G Starfighter.  I was stunned to see the delicate panel line shading and weathering on this tiny German Starfighter.     

Gabriel Stern joins us today with another of his aviation oddities.  This is his Scratch-built 1/72 Alérion Peyret Sailplane.  I was surprised to read the history of the tiny sailplane and the records it set.  As usual Gabriel did this one justice.   

George Gochaleishvili has done a stunning job on his 1/48 Academy UKR Su-27 FlankerGeorge finished his Su-27 in Ukrainian AF markings.  The paint scheme really shows off this Su-27 very well. 

I have a review of the new  1/72 CAF CF-18 410 Squadron 2007 decal sheet from Leading Edge Models

I have a review of the new  1/48 resinTBF-TBM Avenger cone shaped Flame Dampening Exhausts from Ultracast.

Saturday,   Feb 9  2008   
No Updates this weekend.....I'll be tied up doing family stuff.

Friday,   Feb 8  2008 

Lu Changji kicks off today with his 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18F.  Lu Changji enjoyed building this Super Hornet very much and I do like how it turned out.  It is of course loaded with a full weapons load.  Thanks for sharing Lu Changji. 

Rick Reinbott has done a first class job on his 1/48 Hobbycraft Avia S-199.  Rick tells about the improvements he made to the kit, but the really cool tip Rick used was how he added a shadow effect to his cockpit.......simple and effective....well done Rick.

Serge Dompierre has done a beautiful job building his  1/48 Tamiya Me-262.  This aircraft scored the last Luftwaffe combat victory of WW2.  Nicely done Serge. 

Gabriel Stern is here with what appears to be a cool little floatplane kit.  This is his Khee-Kha 1/72 Bellanca Skyrocket and although the finished model looks flawless......Gabriel does tell about his exploits into frustration during the build.  I can relate to his story.  Grab a hot drink....sit back and enjoy this article during your coffee/tea break. 

Here's a look at the  1/72 T-34A Mentor, T-34C Turbo Mentor decal sheet from Andean Decals.  This sheet offers markings for the smaller air forces in the Americas.

I have a review of the new 1/32 resin WWII USAAF European Theater Fighter Pilot  from Ultracast.  Wow......I like it!!!

Thursday,   Feb 7  2008

  Grenada Independence Day 

Lunar New Year - Spring Festival

Björn Dol starts off today with his big good looking 1/72 Testors B-2A Spirit.  Björn has some very good detail photos to show you the challenges this kit offers if you are brave enough to attempt building it.  Björn did complete the beast and has a pretty darn fine B-2 for his display case.  

Pieter Stam has been busy getting the rigging right on his 1/48 Eduard Bristol F2b.  Pieter finished his biplane in Dutch markings from the WW1 time period.  Pieter explains the effort needed to do rigging on a  biplane and he tells of his successful techniques.  Pieter scratchbuilt his own wicker seat for his Bristol F2b.....yes.....he used weaving to create it. 

Anton Meso is here with his 1/48 OEZ Sukhoi Su-25 K "Frogfoot".  Anton added a resin cockpit and finished his Su-25 in some of the more colourful markings worn by the Frogfoot.  Nicely done Anton.  

Guilherme Kosciuv is here with his Brazilian 1/72 Academy P-40N.  Guilherme built this one during a 24 hours, which is pretty impressive in anyone's books.  It turned out looking excellent.

I have a review of the new 1/48 resin Vickers Wellington weighted wheels from Royale Resin.  These are designed for the Trumpeter kit.

Wednesday,   Feb 6  2008

  New Zealand Waitangi Day 

Twobobs has some new Babe of the week photos on their site.  This week it's a selection of Polish F-16 photos by Robin Polderman

Juan Manuel Villegas Castro has done a wonderful job detailing, finishing and weathering his 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109 F4 and detailed the kit with a variety of detail items.  Juan chose the winter camo scheme and added a snow covered base with figures and other accessories to complete the scene.   

Colin Whitehouse has been very busy scratchbuilding the wing for his 1/48 Classic Airframes Conversion HP88, Blackburn Y.B.2., Supermarine 521.  I must admit I have never heard of this aircraft but thankfully Colin tells the historical story and then goes on to explain how he pulled it off.   Very fascinating Colin.....thanks for sharing. 

Tigre del Aire joins us today from warm Colombia with his 1/72 Airfix IAR 330.  Tigre del Aire did extra scratchbuilding to his IAR330 to create the correct version he was after.  This little Airfix kit gets  the nod of approval from Tigre del Aire. 

Pablo Angel Herrera has done s stunning job on his 1/48 Revell F-105G.  Pablo got the weathering looking just right and chose some great looking Shark Mouth markings to complete this beauty.   

I have a review of the new 1/72 RCN Sea Fury decal sheet from Mike Grant Decals.  This sheet includes 7 different aircraft and is also available in 1/48 scale.

Tuesday,   Feb 5  2007

  San Marino - Santa Agata Day 

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Anton Meso & Stefan Zemanovic are here with a very big project they've been working on.  This is their 1/48 Big John Deck diorama featuring aircraft and deck equipment as seen on the USS J. F. Kennedy aircraft carrier.  This is a great way to display USN aircraft.....well done guys.

Goran Kovacic joins us with his excellent 1/48 Eduard Ki-115 Tsurugi.  I found this model to be very interesting.  This aircraft is a suicide bomber aircraft with a few unique features.  Read Goran's article for the full story.  It is a pleasure to see this model.....thanks Goran. 

Pedro Fasani Jr is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/72 Scratchbuilt He P.1079 B/II and I must admit I am quite impressed how well it turned out.  The variety of these Luft 46 aircraft is quite staggering.  Well done Pedro.....welcome to ARC!!! 

Tigre del Aire joins us from Colombia with his 1/72 Encore Models PZL P.11This special little fighter was used during the Polish Campaign, but it was seriously outclassed by the more modern fighter designs.    

I have a review of the new  1/48 CAF CF-18 410 Squadron 2007 decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.  This decal sheet includes a full set of stencils.

I have a review of the 1/72 or 1/48 Junkers Ju 88 Part 3 decal sheet from AirDOC.  This decal sheet features 16 different Ju-88's from a variety of theatres of operation and a good variety of paint schemes.

Monday,   Feb 4  2008 

Andrew Kittila is here to kick things off with one of my favourite P-40's......the Flying Tigers.  Andrew built his 1/48 Revell P-40B Tiger Shark with very effective and appealing results.  It's hard to believe this beauty is brush painted.  Very nicely done Andrew. 

Stuart Chappell is here with his first model on a ARC and what a model it is.  This is the 1/32 Trumpeter Chinese F-7MG and to make things more interesting, Stuart finished it off in "What-if" Iraqi desert markings.  No doubt about it.......this model looks first rate.  Welcome to ARC Stuart. 

Rick Reinbott joins us today with his 1/100 Tamiya A-7A Corsair II.  Rick built his A-7 mostly out of the box with some scratchbuilding to improve the cockpit details.  Rick then finished it off in the markings for VA-86 aboard the USS Saratoga.  Very nicely done Rick.......it's good to see such a  tiny A-7 look so good.

Aleksandar Pocuc is here with his first article on ARC today.  I was very impressed to learn this is only Aleksandar's 3rd model.  This beauty is the 1/72 Revell Fw-200 C-8 Condor done up very well by Aleksandar.  I love how it turned out.....welcome to ARC Aleksandar. 

Here is a product announcement for the 1/72 T-33A Shooting Star, AT-33A Shooting Star, Canberra B.6 decal sheet from Andean Decals.  This gives you quite the variety of aircraft.

Sunday,   Feb 3  2008 

Giuseppe Santaromita starts your Sunday update with his 1/72 Airfix Mirage F1C.  This is a beautifully finished desert camo Mirage complete with a  full weapons load.   Giuseppe created a factitious  magazine cover to show off his Mirage.  Nicely done Giuseppe. 

Ian McGeorge joins us today with his 1/48 Academy Ha-1112 Hispano ‘Buchon’.  Ian's built a stunning example of this later evolution of the 109.  Ian's model shows very well due to Ian's careful attention to setting up his photo shoot.  Looks great Ian.   

Saturday,   Feb 2  2008 
  • The Milton Keynes model show is this Sunday Feb 3.  Click here for full details.  

  • SJean-Charles Goddet starts today with a  very special 1/72 Hasegawa Grumman F-14D.  This particular F-14 is one of two used for the USN final F-14 flight.  Jean-Charles put a realistic looking weathering job on his F-14 and finished it off with markings from Fightertown Decals. 

  • am Chia is here with his excellently done 1/48 Classic Airframes Fairey Battle.  Sam built this one mostly out of the box, but you've got to look at the weathering and paint chipping Sam did....amazing.   

  • In the Test Post Clubhouse there is a photo of a customized car and a joke about secret of longevity.

Jean-Charles Goddet starts today with a  very special 1/72 Hasegawa Grumman F-14D.  This particular F-14 is one of two used for the USN final F-14 flight.  Jean-Charles put a realistic looking weathering job on his F-14 and finished it off with markings from Fightertown Decals. 

Sam Chia is here with his excellently done 1/48 Classic Airframes Fairey Battle.  Sam built this one mostly out of the box, but you've got to look at the weathering and paint chipping Sam did....amazing.   

Friday,   Feb 1  2008 

Shawn "Phantom" Weiler is here with Chapter 4  of his F-16 series.  Today Shawn is here with his Tamiya, Revell and Hasegawa F-16's  Shawn has a good selection of paint schemes today and it appears he's a big fan of the Tamiya F-16 kit.

Ian McGeorge has done something I'm not brave enough to attempt.....build the 1/48 Dragon Ju-88G & Fw-190A Mistel S/S2/3.  George finished his Mistel as well as it could be done and he has high regards for this model.  Wow.....I must admit I love how well Georges Mistel turned out.   

Niels Dol joins us with a fine looking 1/72 Revell Hawker Hunter F.6.  Niels chose to finish his Hunter in the attractive markings for a Dutch Hunter with a  weapons load to complete the look.  Nicely done Niels.    

Jia Wei Lim has done a marvelous job painting and weathering his 1/72 Revell Spitfire Vb.  I was very impressed how well this Spitfire looks.    

Yoav Efrati is here with a  review of the new Combined 1/72 & 1/48 IAF C-47 Dakota  decal sheet from Sky Decals.

I have a review of the new 1/72 C-130J, B-24D, EB-66C, F-100F decal sheet from Wolfpak Decals.  This sheet includes the aircraft featured in the movie "Bat 21".