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Friday,   July 29  2011 
Mark Davies is here with a very unique model.  This is his 1/72 CMR Opel-Sander RAK.1 which is a rocket powered glider.  Mark explains the whole build process to complete this very delicate looking glider model. 

Gil Gregg aka “Dutycat” has done an exceptionally fine job on his 1/72 Revell F-4F Phantom.  Gil explains the whole painting process and there is some very helpful lessons to be learned in his article and I know you'll enjoy see his Luftwaffe Phantom. 

Darwin Justice is here with a special treat today.  This is his perfect looking 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1/2 Birdcage Corsair.  Darwin built it OOB, with just an aftermarket seat and aftermarket decals which includes sexy noseart.  Darwin got the paint and weathering looking perfect.

I have a product article for the 1/72 F/A-18C Werewolves of Beaufort decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features enough markings for three complete aircraft from VMFA-122.  VMFA-122 has just recently changed their monicker from the Crusaders to the Werewolves and they have some new tail art to kick it all off!

Zoltan Pocza is here with a  product article for the new Boeing 787-8 (N787EX) - All Nippon Airways / Japan print from Deployment Productions.      20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members! Deployment Productions.      20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Ju 87 Stuka M. G. Drum Magazines from QuickBoost. QuickBoost.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 M61 A1 Vulcan - Six-barrelled rotary 20mm cannon from Master.

Thursday,  July 28  2011

  Peru Independence Day 

Giuseppe Santaromita honours the Peruvian Independence Day with his beautifully done 1/72 Premiere Embraer T27 FAP Tucano.  Giuseppe did some extra scratchbuilding to some of the details and then hand painted a shark mouth on the nose of this sharp looking Tucano.  It doesn't get much better than this.....beautiful work Giuseppe.

Philipp has been busy getting the paint and weathering looking just right on his 1/48 Revell F-15E Strike Eagle.  Philipp gave his Strike Eagle a full weapons load and drop tanks, plus photo etch seat belts to give his F-15E a very realistic look.  I love the way the shaded weathering looks......it looks just like the real jet.

Artur Oslizlo has put plenty of work into his 1/48 Italeri Republic F-84F Thunderstreak.  He added a Quickboost proper nose and Aires wheel bays and cockpit and then finished it off with a spectacular weathering job and Hellenic Air Force markings.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 A-10A Barksdale's Dogpatchers decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features2 different  F-16C Wolfpack Bandits with 8th Fighter Wing based at Kunsan AB in Korea in October 2007. 

Here's a product article for the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker "Red 51" Print from Zactomodels. Zactomodels.  This particular print shows this Flanker without missiles, but you also have the option of having this print with missiles.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 WW1 Instrument Dial Decals from airscale airscaleThis new release gives you a vast selection of individual instruments for WW1 aircraft from both sides of the conflict. 


Here's a product article for the 1/32 EF 2000A Typhoon cockpit set from AiresThis latest release features a complete resin and photo etch cockpit set for the EF 2000A Typhoon from Revell.


Wednesday,   July 27  2011 
Dragan Cvetic starts off your Wednesday update with his 1/72 Hobbyboss Mi-24V.  Dragan used decals from his own Balkan Models decal line to finish his very attractive Hind. 

Ian T.M. Holahan has done a masterful job on his 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet.  Ian gave his Hornet a typical Desert Storm weapons load and then fill weathering as the markings for a VFA-81, "The Sunliners" jet.  This really is an impressive F/A-18C.

Carmel J Attard is here with another of his gems.  This is his beautifully done 1/72 Pavla Models Typhoon F Mk1B.  Carmel chose the markings for a Typhoon with 609 Squadron based at Manston.. It's a good looking Typhoon Carmel.

I have a product article for the 1/32 US Air-to-Air Missile Markings AIM-9B/D/G/J/L/M decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics. Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet includes the markings for then AIM-9B/D/G/J/L/M. 


Here's a  preview of a new 1/32 Harrier Decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  These decals are designed for the Trumpeter Harrier kits.  This preview page features 4 different British Harrier including one with sexy noseart and another with a Sharks Mouth under the nose.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Spitfire Mk. Vb Position Lights from QuickBoost. QuickBoost.  This latest release features a complete pair of coloured position lights for the Spitfire Mk. Vb from Tamiya. 

Maciej Goralczyk is here with a product article for the 1/32 Pacific Mustangs Part 1 decal sheet from Kagero Publishing. Kagero Publishing.  The first release in the Red Series is entitled “Pacific Mustangs Part 1” and contains three striking schemes from the Pacific Theater of Operations...including some with sexy noseart.

Tuesday,    July 26  2011

  Liberia Independence Day 

  Maldives Independence Day 

Shawn "phantom" Weiler gets things fired up today with his great looking 1/48 Hasegawa F-4E - Phantom #138.  Shawn used a combination of kit decals and aftermarket decals to create this eye catching 110FS 30th anniversary Phantom.  I love the look of this Phantom.

Alvis 3.1 joins has done a impressive job on the camo on his 1/72 Revell Germany FW 200.  Alvis 3.1 built this one out of the box....which is pretty rare for him.  He built it for a friend and I must say he got the squiggly camo looking perfect.

Christian Villa joins us from Milano Italy with his second article on ARC.  Christian started with the 1/32 Trumpeter Su-27B and added resin goodies from Zactomodels as well as items from Begemot, Lindenhill, MasterCaster and Aires.  Christian also used his scratchbuilding skills on his big Flanker with stunning results.  Read his article for the full story.  Amazing work on your Flanker Christian.  

Here's a product article for the 1/48 A-10A Barksdale's Dogpatchers decal from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.   This sheet features the option to build 2 of 10 different A-10A Warthogs from the 47th FS from Barksdale AFB. LA.  There is two complete set of markings and nose art adorns every single one of these jets. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 CONA VX-30 Bloodhounds S-3B Vikings decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This new decal sheet features markings for 2 different 1/48 S-3B Vikings with VX-30 Bloodhounds including one CAG jet in hi-viz markings and 1 CONA (Centennial of Naval Aviation) anniversary jet.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 F-22A Raptor cockpit set from Aires. Aires.  This  resin and photo etch cockpit set is designed for the F-22A Raptor from Revell.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 CAF CF-104 Green / Metal Schemes decal sheet from Leading Edge ModelsThis sheet gives you markings for multiple CF-104's in 2 different paint schemes from 4 different Canadian squadrons and also the "AETE Test Aircraft".  You also get a selection of markings for single seat and twin seat Starfighters.


Monday,    July 25  2011
Phil De Keyser joins us from Belgium with his first model on ARC.  This very attractive 1/32 Revell Tornado Tigermeet 2007/2008 in it's amazing Tiger camo is built out of the box with the addition of resin ejection seats.  This is a great looking Tornado and I look forward to seeing more models by Phil on ARC in the future.  Welcome to ARC Phil!!! 

Jens Gerber has done an outstanding job detailing and weathering his 1/48 Tamiya Corsair F4U-1D.  Jens dressed up the cockpit using an Eduard Zoom set and then finished it off with paint chipping and weathering.  This is a great looking Corsair.....nicely done Jens.

Lyle Brown is here with his latest artwork.  This is his drawing entitled Flight of the Dragon Lady.  Fantastic perspective Lyle.

I have a product article for the 1/72 F-105D Wrap Around Thuds decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features three complete sets of markings for the famous wrap-around schemes from Hill AFB.  My Karma, Stardust and Desert Fox are all represented on this sheet.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Iranian F-14 Ali-Cat Dry Transfer/Decal sheet from Hobby DecalThis new decal sheet  includes a combination of dry transfer stencils and regular decals (printed by Cartograf) for the 1/48 Iranian F-14 plus as a bonus you get a 2 sided A2-Size Poster-Manual (pay $3 extra and get the poster mailed in a tube rather than folded and put into the envelope with the decals).  It's a fine looking 2 sided poster and doubles as the instruction sheets.  

Plus as an added bonus you get a set of 1/144 Iranian markings with serial numbers for 4 different aircraft. 


Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-23 Flogger Brake Chute from QuickBoost. QuickBoost.  This set features a resin brake chute  and doors for the MiG-23 Flogger from Trumpeter.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 A-7 Corsair II Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  This set features a set of landing gear for the A-7 Corsair II from Hasegawa.


Sunday,    July 24   2011 

  Simon Bolivar's (Venezuela's liberator) birthday  

Orlando Sucre is here with some Helicopters and armoured vehicles photos from the XIII Master Hobby Show 2011.

Orlando Sucre is here with some Military jet photos from the XIII Master Hobby Show 2011. 

Orlando Sucre is here with some Ships, dioramas and vignettes photos from the XIII Master Hobby Show 2011. 

Orlando Sucre is here with some Figures and SciFi photos from the XIII Master Hobby Show 2011. 

Orlando Sucre is here with some Motorcycle and car photos from the XIII Master Hobby Show 2011. 

Saturday,   July 23  2011

  Egypt National Day 


Friday,   July 22  2011 
Federico Kunz joins us with a very colourful 1/48 Hasegawa A-4C in the markings for a jet that was used by the Argentina’s Air Force during the war in the early 1980's.  I love the camo colours on Federico's Skyhawk. 

Jason Cooper joins us today with his big beautiful 1/32 Revell BF-109 K4.  This can be a tricky kit to build and Jason included some very helpful info in his article.  The finished model came out looking excellent with it's complicated camo.  Nicely done Jason. 

PS did extensive work getting everything correct on his 1/72 Hasegawa MiG-23MF Flogger-B.  I'm very impressed by the work done on this MiG-23.  PS  gave it a full weapons load, attractive camo and full weathering before finishing it in Bulgarian air force markings.  Amazing work PS.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 A-10A Barksdale's Dogpatchers decal from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics. Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features the option to build 2 of 10 different A-10A Warthogs from the 47th FS from Barksdale AFB. LA.  There is two complete set of markings and nose art adorns every single one of these jets. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 S-2 Trackers Around the World decal sheet from Caracal Models.  This new decal sheet is designed for the 1/48 Kinetic/Italeri S-2 Tracker kits and includes 10 different marking options.  This sheet includes markings for both the short fuselage (S-2A, S2F-1, CS-2F) and long-fuselage (S-2E) variants from 7 different nations.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Schleicher Ka-4 Rhönlerche II model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models. Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Bf 109F-2/F-4 early cockpit set from Aires. Aires.  This resin and photo etch cockpit for the Bf 109F-2/F-4 early from Hasegawa.   

Thursday,  July 21  2011

  Belgium Independence Day 

Paolo Yuen has done an exceptional job on his 1/72 Italeri A-6E Intruder.  Paolo captured the heavily weathered looking of a USN Intruder perfectly.  You're going to enjoy seeing this one.  Amazing work Paolo.

Jim Birchfield has been busy doing a gorgeous job on his 1/48 Monogram B-26K Nimrod.  Jim used the Meteor Productions B-26K resin seats well as some resin Pratt & Whitney R-2800's late version from Quickboost to make his B-26K and to add further detail to this classic kit.  The finished model is a treat to see in it's South East Asia camo.  Beautiful job Jim.

Alex Cimenti is here with not one, but two Canadian Starfighters.  These are his 1/72 Italeri & Hasegawa CF-104.  With added detailing and scratchbuilding, Alex was able to create two stunning Canadian Starfighters.   I loved seeing both of them and reading Alex's comparison between the two different model kits.

I have a product article for the 1/72 F-105D Wrap Around Thuds decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features three complete sets of markings for the famous wrap-around schemes from Hill AFB.  My Karma, Stardust and Desert Fox are all represented on this sheet.

Zoltan Pocza is here with a product article for the new A-10A Thunderbolt II 23rd FW, 74th FS Flying Tigers, EL/82-665 / 1990 print from Deployment Productions. Deployment Productions.    20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Fw 190A-3 Rudder from QuickBoost QuickBoostThese are designed for the Fw 190A-3 from Tamiya.  You get 3 rudders in this set.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden int.+ ext. set from Resin Art. Resin Art.  This latest release features a complete resin cockpit and exterior detail set for the Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden from Hasegawa.

Wednesday,   July 20  2011

  Colombia Independence Day 

  USA Moon Landing  - First Human on the Moon  (1969) 

Andrew Taylor is here with a very special model.  This is his flawless looking 1/32 Trumpeter FT-5 that Andrew built for a friend and former Group Captain in the Pakistan Air Force. Andrew got everything perfect including the custom decals made by Parkes682 decals.  Beautiful work Andrew.....thanks for letting us see it.

Roberto Rojas Castro joins us from sunny warm Costa Rica with his 1/72 Hasewaga Nakajima G8N1 18-shi Renzan RITA.   Roberto  did a wonderful job on his Nakajima G8N1 as you will see in his photos.

James J Olschlager Jr is back today with photos of his good looking 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18D.  James has a new camera and he's trying it out on his Blue Angels Hornet.  Photos are looking good James.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16A/B NSAWC Vipers #2 decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics. Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features markings for four complete aircraft from NSAWC at Fallon NAS, NV.  Two splinted B models and two gray A models (Ex-Pakistani Block 15 jets) are represented on this sheet.  

Here's a product article for the 1/48 IL-2M Stormovik Gun Barrels from QuickBoost QuickBoostThis latest release features a set of resin gun barrels  for the IL-2M Stormovik from Italeri/Acc. Min.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Refueling Probe - NATO standard from MasterThis latest release  includes a 1/48 Refueling Probe - NATO standard machined out of aluminum.  Used in every NATO aircraft with air-to-air refueling system.


Maciej Goralczyk is here with a product article for the new 1/48 Pacific Mustangs Part 1 decal sheet from Kagero Publishing.  The first release in the Red Series is entitled “Pacific Mustangs Part 1” and contains three striking schemes from the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Tuesday,    July 19  2011 
Artur Oslizlo has put plenty of work into his excellent looking 1/48 Airfix Jaguar GR.3.  Artur dressed up his Jaguar with a NeOmega resin cockpit and Paragon bulged wheels and exhausts nozzles and then finished it off with some very attractive markings from a Model Alliance sheet.  This is one great looking Jaguar....nicely done Artur.

Enrique Cardenas B is here with 62 photos of some of the models from the 1st Annual IPMS/ARME Model Contest & Show.  This show brought together modelers from many cities and it is obvious from the photos that the quality of the models was first class.

Petit James is here with not one but two 1/48 Eduard Mirage III.  Both of these jets are Israeli and honor the pilots from the Six Day War.  James did a wonderful job on both of them and displayed them in a diorama base with a 3 wheeled Vespa vehicle and a bomb cart from Skunk Models Workshop.  Great job James.

I have a product article for the 1/72 F-117A Silver Anniversary Bandits decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics. Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  This F-117 sheet features four different aircraft in the twilight of their careers.  Two jets are in the experimental gray schemes that have been in use for the last couple of years.  With the retirement of the Nighthawk currently in work, this very well may be the last set of markings ever to be on these jets.   

Here's a product article for the 1/48 ROKAF F-15K Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal. Hobby Decal.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-25K Frogfoot A exhaust nozzle from Aires These are designed for the Trumpeter kit.


Floyd S. Werner, Jr. is here with a product article for the new 1/48 Focke Wulf 190 Late Style Wheels from Ultracast. Ultracast.

Monday,    July 18  2011
Burt Gustafson is here with his very attractive 1/48 Hasegawa Mitsubishi F-2A.  Burt gives some excellent background info on the F-2 and then explains the full build process.  I love the look of the F-2 and Burt really did this one justice....it's a treat to see. 

Luc Janssen has done an exceptionally nice job on his 1/32 Trumpeter F4U-1D Corsair.  Luc used the Black Box cockpit set and then a very effective weathering technique to give his Corsair a weathered and chipped paint look.  He then displayed his fighter on a South Seas diorama base.  Simply perfect. 

Bernard Lapeyrie got everything looking flawless on his 1/48 Airfix Sea Vixen.  Burt decided to go with the folded wing option for his Sea Vixen and his careful efforts were rewarded with an amazingly fine model of this classic RN jet.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-25K Frogfoot Correct Fan from QuickBoost QuickBoostThese fan blades have to be seen to be appreciated.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 CAF CF-104 Green / Metal Schemes decal sheet from Leading Edge Models This sheet gives you markings for multiple CF-104's in 2 different paint schemes from 4 different Canadian squadrons and also the "AETE Test Aircraft".  You also get a selection of markings for single seat and twin seat Starfighters.


Here's a product article for the 1/144 A-4E Skyhawk model kit from Platz Hobby Platz HobbyYou get 2 model kits in each box with markings for 4 different aircraft.  Panel lines are recessed of course.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-106 Delta Dart Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions. Scale Aircraft Conversions.

Friday,   July 15  2011 
Paolo Yuen  has done a huge amount of work on his flawless looking 1/350 MRC USS Wasp LHD-1.  Paolo  added aftermarket photo etch as well as his own scratchbuilt detailing to really dress up his assault carrier and then finished it off with a beautifully weathered paint job.  Wow....amazing work Paolo...I love it.

Mark Davies has done a stunning job on his 1/72 Czech Master Resin Supermarine Seafire F.46.  These are excellent resin kits and Mark did this one total justice and produced a flawless looking model of this wonderful aircraft.  I know you're going to really enjoy this one. 

Gareth Owens is here with his first article on ARC and I'm pleased he has decided to send it in.  This is his great looking 1/72 Revell Typhoon F2 in the markings for an RAF Wing Commander.  Gareth did an excellent job on the whole model and finished it off with a weapons load to give his Typhoon the perfect look.  Welcome to ARC Gareth and I look forward to seeing more of your work on ARC in the future.

I have a product article for the 1/48 F-15C Lindbergh's Eagles decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.   This sheet features three different aircraft with enough stencils included to build a total of two.  

Here's a product article for the 1/48 S-2E/G Tracker Trefethen Part 1 decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This new decal sheet includes markings for 5 different 1/48 S-2E/G Trackers from VS-30, VS-31, VS-37 and VS-38.  These would be perfect decals for the S2F kit from Kinetic Models.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-25K Frogfoot Packed Brake Chute from QuickBoost.

Floyd S. Werner, Jr. is here with a  product article for the 1/32 Me 109 Part 2 decal sheet from Lifelike DecalsThis sheet is also availabe in 1/72 and 1/48 scale.

Thursday,  July 14  2011

  France National Day 

The 2011 IPMS National Convention announces that a group of re-enactors will visit the convention on Saturday, August 6, dressed in mostly in German and American WWII uniforms but also going as far back as those worn in the American Civil War.   The re-enactors plan to bring an Sd.Kfz 251 half-track, some Sd.Kfz 222 scout cars, Jeeps, an M20 half-track, an M3 White half-track and a 45mm Russian anti-tank gun.  
Details are at
http://www.ipmsusa2011.org/index.cfm?mode=news

Bartosz Piotrowski is here to mark Bastille Day with his stunning 1/72 Heller Mirage 2000C.  Bartosz used aftermarket decals to get a French jet with big Tiger artwork on the underside.  I love tiger scheme aircraft.

Thitaphol Meelarp (Neo) joins us with his beautifully done 1/144 Minicraft Super G Constelletion.  This particular aircraft is one of the most attractive prop driven airliner and it is a pleasure to see on in Thai Airways livery.  The decal came from Siam scale.  What a treat it is to see this model.

Carmel J Attard has done a truly impressive job on his 1/72 Execuform Curtiss XP-87 Blackhawk.  This is a rather simplistic kit but that didn't stop Carmel from turning it into  a great looking model of this very rare aircraft 

I have a product article for the 1/72 F-15E Da' Heath decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.   This sheet includes Markings for three different Raptors from the 325th Fighter Wing of Tyndall AFB including the jet flown by an ARC member.  This subject has never been done in any scale! You can build 3 complete models from this sheet.

Zoltan Pocza is here with a product article for the Boeing 747-400 (VH-OEB) - Qantas / Australia print from Deployment Productions.     20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!

Here's a product article for the 1/48 A-7E Corsair II late v. cockpit set from Aires. Aires.  This set includes resin and photo etch parts and is designed for the Hobby boss kit.

Maciej Goralczyk is here with a product article for the new 1/72 Pacific Mustangs Part 1 decal sheet from Kagero Publishing This decal sheet includes 3 American Mustang including 2 with sexy noseart.  This sheet is also available in 1/48 and 1/32 scale.

Wednesday,   July 13  2011 
Mastermodeler and IPMS multiple award winner John Vojtech from UMM-USA has an excellent scribing video for you to enjoy.  This video features an excellent scriber available from UMM-USA.

Roderick Agius is here with his very eye catching 1/72 Revell F-16 MLU.  Roderick chose a very attractive Tiger scheme for his Viper that also features Tiger Tail art.  I love the job Roderick did on his F-16. 

Kees Kuijper is here with not one but three 1/48 Italeri Harvard/Texan.  Kees chose 3 very different paint schemes for his attractive trio of Harvard/Texans and I enjoyed seeing all 2 of them.

Paolo De Sanctis joins us today with his very attractive 1/72 Airfix Armstrong W. Sea-Hawk.  Paolo finished his Sea-Hawk in Suez campaign markings and posed it as an in-flight model.  Beautifully done Paolo.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F/A-18A/B VFC-12 Shades of Gray Omars decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features markings for two complete aircraft from the Fighting Omars of VFC-12.  Both an A and B are represented on this sheet with enough stencils, etc.. for both. 

Zactomodels has a new item....it is their new 1/35 OH-58D MMS.   This kit provides a new, more detailed Mast Mounted Sight for the OH-58D kit.

Here's a product article for the 1/24 Ju-87 Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-101 Voodoo Pitot Tube from QuickBoost.


Tuesday,    July 12  2011

  Sao Tome and Principe Independence Day 

Hot Babe of the Week!  this week  from Twobobs  is courtesy of the trash dumpster outside the audio visual lab at Nellis AFB. Back when we were researching this sheet, an intrepid aviation historian from Nellis AFB dug boxes and boxes of old slides out of a dumpster behind the audio-visual lab out there; seriously, that's where these came from.... Right-click, enjoy!     Bob


Gabriel Stern joins us today with his absolutely great looking 1/72 Khee-Kha Art Products vacuformed Fairchild 71.  This is a multi-media kit that builds up into a fantastic looking bush plane. Gabriel explains the whole building process in his article.  I love the look of the finished model. 

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here to brighten your day with not one but two Phantoms.  These are his 1/48 Hasegawa RF-4B Phantoms, #136 and 137 and both are sporting USMC markings.  I love seeing Shawn's latest model and I especially enjoy seeing the photos of his display cases.....they must be quite the sight in person. 

David Rapasi is here with his latest gem and what a beauty it is.  This is Dave's 1/48 Pro Modeler SB2C- 4 Helldiver with all the fine detail of the real aircraft including a weapons load.  Dave finished it with homemade decals and his usual amazing paint job.  Excellent work Dave...I always love seeing your latest model.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Instrument Decals for US Navy Aircraft from airscale.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Bf 109F-2/F-4 cockpit set from AiresThis multi-media cockpit set is designed for the Trumpeter kit.

Floyd S. Werner, Jr. is here with a product article for the 1/72 Me 109 Part 2 Marseille Special with his Kubelwagen decal sheet from Lifelike Decals


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Arado Ar 196 armament set (MG 17 and MG 15 barrels) from Master. 


Monday,    July 11  2011

  Mongolia National Celebration Day 

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up and the CoNA sheets and the J-10 Demo Team sheets have arrived from the printers and will be shipping soon.  The 1/48 AIM-7/AIM-9 Missile Markings sheet is now available again.  Twobobs has a great selection of ordinance markings that are an excellent deal at $10 a sheet.  Check out the newsletter for the first images of the Danish Vipers decal sheets...WOW....I LOVE the tailart on these jets.   

Gidi Vitkon has done an exceptionally nice job on his 1/48 Hasegawa AV-8B Harrier II Plus.  Gidi added some aftermarket goodies and then did his own scratchbuilding before finishing his Harrier with Twobobs decals.  It doesn't get much better than this Harrier. 

Jens Gerber joins us today with his beautifully finished 1/48 Tamiya Do 335 A 2.  Jens dressed up his DO 335 with an Aires cockpit set and then finished it with his expert airbrushing skills.  Very nicely done Jens.

Moises has done an amazing job on the big 1/32 Trumpeter A-7D Corsair II.  Moises added Eduard photo etch to the cockpit and finished off this Corsair II with a full weathering job.  Simply gorgeous.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-84E/G Thunder Jets decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This new decal sheet includes markings for 3 different F-84 Thunderjets flown by USAF, Greece and Portugal.  Two of the jets feature artwork and the American jet features sexy artwork.  All jets are in a natural metal finish.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Hurricane Mk. IIc Fishtail Exhaust Pipes from QuickBoost The tips of the exhausts are very tiny, but somehow the craftspeople at Quickboost have managed to have hollow tips on each exhaust. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 De Havilland Mosquito Main Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft ConversionsThese landing gear are cast from metal and include the main gear legs as well as the tail landing gear leg.  

Floyd S. Werner, Jr. is here with a product article for the 1/48 Focke Wulf 190 Late Style Wheels 700 x 175 Smooth Tires from Ultracast Ultracast carries hundreds of resin items for a variety of scales and aircraft.


Sunday,    July 10  2011

Invasion of Sicily - Allied Landings at Sicily in 1943 


Saturday,   July 9  2011

  Argentina Independence Day 


Friday,   July 8  2011 
Max Bianchi gets things start in fine style today with his 1/32 Ruporator Su-22m4.  This is a big resin kit and Max spared no effort to get it looking perfect.  Max also opened up plenty of panels and packed them full of lovely detail and then finished it off with a weapons load and a weathered camo paint job and Polish markings.  Bravo Max.

Ermanno Bonafin has been very successful at building his very reslistic looking 1/48 Hasegawa Junkers Ju 87B-2 Stuka.  Ermanno added Ultracast exhausts, Eduard PE interior set and gun barrels from Quickboost.  The whole model was finished with a flawless paint job and then painted the markings with masks from Montex Mask.  I love how it looks.

Paolo Yuen has done a wonderful job building, finishing and weathering his 1/72 Kinetic Israel F-16I.  Paolo finished his F-16 in Israeli markings and one of those attractive Israeli camo schemes.  Beautiful job Paolo.

I have a product article for the 1/48 F-4F Press to Test "Elefant" decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet includes complete markings for the 50th Anniversary F-4F of the WTD61 Flight Test unit from the German Air Force.    

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Hughes 1B Racer (double kit) model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 UB-32 Soviet rocket launchers from Aerobonus. Aerobonus.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV detail set from Resin Art.


Thursday,  July 7  2011

 Solomon Islands National Day 

  Terrorist Subway attacks in the UK July 7 2005  

Sakis Georgiadis has done an exceptionally fine job on the bare metal finish on his 1/72 Trumpeter F-105D.  Sakis added extra detail with an  Eduard photoetch cockpit set and a Pavla resin seat.  Sakis has included plenty of photos to show you the build and painting process on this flawless model..

Konstantinos Vergos is here with a fantastic looking 1/48 Hasegawa AH-64A Apache in Hellenic markings. Konstantinos added extra detail with an Aires cockpit set along with Eduard colour-etched set for the instrument panels, formation lights and for replacing some other parts of the kit.  Stencils decals came from Twobobs.  Konstantinos  also gave his AH-64 a weathered look which turned out looking excellent. 

Steve Nichols did an impressive job on all the scratchbuilding on his 1/24 Vostok 1.  This is a 1/24 replica of Gagarin's capsule post re-entry  as she sits in the Korolyov Museum today  WOW...enjoy the photos.

I have a product article for the 1/72 F-16C/D Blue Fox Bandits decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet includes markings for four Lizard, Flanker and Arctic scheme jets from the 18th AGRS at Eielson AFB.

Zoltan Pocza is here with a product article for the Airbus A380-800 (HL8226) - Korean Air / South Korea print from Deployment Productions    20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Su-24M Fencer wheel bays from Aires


Sinuhe Hahn is here with a product article for the FW-190 in Foreign Service - Captured Butcherbirds vol. 2 book by Atelier Kecay Sinuhe enjoyed this book very much.

Wednesday,   July 6  2011

  Comoros Independence Day 

  Malawi Republic Day 

Juan Jose Moreno gets things fired up today with his 1/48 Classic Airframes Lagarto Español F-5A.  Juan dropped the flaps and repositioned the rudder before giving his F-5 a weathered tri-colour camo, full weapons load and Spanish markings.  Juan did an amazing job on this F-5.

Andrew Marriott  joins us from Guam with his stunning 1/48 Hasegawa G4M2A Betty.  Andrew did a masterful job getting the faded and chipped paint looking perfect on his WW2 Japanese bomber.  This particular Betty had history in the Guam area and will be a fantastic addition to Andrew's display case.

Gil Gregg is a regular on the ARC forums and he was also a crew member on a S-3 Viking, so it is a special treat to see his 1/72 Airfix S-3A.  Gil has also included a very knowledgeable and informed comparison between the Airfix and Hasegawa S-3 Viking kits.  He folded the wings on his Viking and did plenty of other work to turn it into quite the gem.  Enjoy his article and the photos.....I know I sure did.

Here's a product article for the 1/48  F/A-18E VFA-31 Rockin' Rhinos #7 decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsThis decal sheet features markings for two complete aircraft from the VFA-31 Tomcatters.     

Here's a product article for the 1/48 A-6E Stormin' Intruders Desert Storm decal sheet from Fightertown Decals. This new decal sheet includes markings for 7 different 1/48 A-6E Intruders including 2 with desert camo.  These decals are designed to fit the Revell kit.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 N1K1 Shiden Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 German aircraft autocannon MG FF and sights from Master.


Tuesday,    July 5  2011

  Cape Verde National Day 

  Venezuela Independence Day 

Orlando Sucre is here from Venezuela with a fine selection of photos from the XIII Master Hobby Show 2011 Part 1: Venezuelan armed forces.

Orlando Sucre also joins us on the Venezuela Independence Day with these photos from the XIII Master Hobby Show 2011 Part 2: Airliners and aviation pioneers.

Orlando Sucre also has these photos from the XIII Master Hobby Show 2011 Part 3: Propeller-driven military aircraft.  I'd like to thank Orlando for sharing these photos from the show.....many of us don't get a chance to attend shows, so it is quite the pleasure for us to see photos from model shows.

Here's a product article for the 1/48  F/A-18F Rockin' Rhinos #6 VF-213 Black Lions decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  Super Bugs from VF-213!!  Enough markings for both the factory delivery scheme as well as the current CAG scheme.   

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F/A-18E/F Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 ACES II ejection seat late v. from  Aires. Aires.


Floyd S. Werner, Jr. is here with a product article for the 1/48 Focke Wulf 190 Spoked Wheels 700 x 175 Treaded Tires from Ultracast.  


Monday,    July 4  2011

 United States of America Independence Day 

I'd like to wish everyone in the US a very happy Independence Day.  Enjoy the holiday!!!

Ian T.M. Holahan is here to honor the 4th with his 1/48 Promodeller Curtiss P-40E in Flying Tigers markings.  Ian added some resin wheels and a vacuformed canopy before dressing up his P-40 with faded panels and chipped paint to give it the correct weathered look of the real flying Tiger.  If you don't know the story of the exploits of the Flying Tigers against the Japanese in defense of China during WW2, then it is well worth doing a Google search on.  Stunning work Ian.

Brett D Prusso is here to remember the 4th of July with a modern American jet.  This is his 1/48 Revell F-15E with a full weapons load and aftermarket decals and a flawless looking weathering job.  Wow....this looks more realistic than the real jet....great job Brett.

Gabriel Stern is here with another of those wonderful models built from a Khee-Kha Art Products kit.  Gabriel  tells the full story about building his 1/72 vacuformed Khee-Kha Art Products Bellanca CH-300 in his usual humorous story telling way.  This looks like one heck of a neat kit and the finished model is quite the eye catcher in it's Hawaiian markings.  Nicely done Gabriel. 

Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-84E/G Thunder Jets decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This new decal sheet includes markings for 2 different F-84 Thunderjets in USAF and French Air Force markings.  Both jets feature artwork and natural metal finishes. 


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Fw 190A-3 Stabilizer from QuickBoost.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Jaguar Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Hawker Tempest Mk.V interior set from Resin Art.


Sunday,   July 3  2011

  Belarus Independence Day 


Friday,   July 1  2011

  Burundi Independence Day 

  Canada  Day 

  Rwanda Independence Day 

Wlad Franco-Valias is here to honour Canada Day with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk 11.  Wlad has a passion for the Sea Fury and you'll see that when you read his article and discover all the extra work and detailing he did on his Sea Fury.  This is an excellent model to honour Canada Day...well done Wlad.

Alvis 3.1 is here to celebrate Canada Day in true What-if fashion with his 1/48 Monogram Bell AiraMamba (Or: Frank Whittles' Holiday).  Have you ever wondered what a jet powered P-39 would look like?.....well wonder no longer.  And of course there is a humourous story to go along with Alvis 3.1's photos. 

Don Flynn aka Crazydon is back with another of his gems.  This is Don's  1/72 Tamiya Bf 109E-4 finished off in a very complicated looking lizard camo scheme which Don got looking perfect.  

I have a product article for the 1/72 F-16C Buckeye Vipers #1 decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet is a combo sheet in both 72nd and 32nd scale for the Ohio ANG.  There are enough markings to build two 72nd scale jets and one 32nd scale jet.   

Here's a product article for the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker "Red 07" Print from Zactomodels.  This particular print shows this Flanker with missiles, but you also have the option of having this print without missiles.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsThis model kit contains markings for 4 different aircraft including 3 British and 1 Canadian aircraft....which makes it a fitting article for Canada Day..


Here's a product article for the 1/48 UB-16 Soviet rocket launchers from Aerobonus Aerobonus.   You get 2 rocket launchers and a full set of decals for the markings.

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