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Thursday,   Mar 31  2011 
Mike Pattison gets things started today in style with his fully loaded and beautifully painted and weathered 1/32 Trumpeter A7-E Corsair II.  Mark took full advantage of this larger scale and loaded his A-7 with an pile decals for all the tiny details and then gave it a flawless weathering job and full weapons load. 

Mark L. Rossmann joins us today with something rare.  This is his 1/48 Nichimo Mitsubishi Ki-51 Sonia which built up into a fantastic model in Mark's skilled hands.  Mark picked an eye catching camo to finish off his Ki-51.

Christopher Yee is here with his first article on ARC and what a diorama it is.  This is Christopher's Hasegawa "Blue Angels" Eggplanes" in-flight diorama complete with 6 aircraft in tight formation while the 2 forward aircraft are peeling away for the next part of their aerial display.  This is a VERY cool display and Christopher tells all about it in his article....plus he also tells you about the 7th BA aircraft......the 2 seater.......but you need to read his article for the story on that.  Beautiful job Christopher, I'm pleased to see it on ARC and I look forward to seeing more of your work on the ARC homepage in the future. 

Zoltan Pocza is here today with a product article for the VAQ-141 Shadowhawks Transition, 2010 / EA-6B Prowler - EA-18G Growler print from Deployment Productions.  

20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here is a product article for the new 1/32 BAE Lightning F.6 cockpit set from AiresThis cockpit set is loaded with detail.

Here is a product article for the new 1/72 Albatros C.III model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsYou get as selection of 5 different Albatros C.III aircraft in this model kit.



Wednesday,   Mar 30  2011 
Bernard Lapeyrie should be very proud of the job he did on his 1/48 Classic Airframes Sea Venom.  Bernard used a wingfold set from Wolfpack Design and then put plenty of effort into pulling this magnificent project together.  WOW!!!

David Rapasi is here with his latest gem.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1 Corsair as it appeared in the PTO during WW2.  David has some quotes from pilots in his article which I think you will find quite interesting and as for Dave's Corsair.......sit back and enjoy.......it is up to his usual very high standard. 

Mark Stevens has dropped by today with a very rare Luft 46 jet.  This is his 1/72 Antares Models Junkers EF 132, which is a very cool looking resin model.  Mark added crew figures to the cockpit and framed the canopy with paper which is a very creative solution.  Mark then finished it off with an impressive and complicated Luftwaffe camo scheme.

I have a product article for the 1/72 F-22A Roll the Dice Raptor decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  This decal sheet features 3 different F-22 Raptors from Elmendorf AFB way up north in Alaska including ARC's favourite Raptor pilot .  The planes included on this sheet are airframes # 05090, #05093, #05096 in Sept 2007 at Elmendorf AFB with the 90th FS.

Here is a product article for the new 1/48 Bf 110C/D Engine Bulkhead from QuickBoost.


Here is a product article for the new 1/48 German radar FuG 220 Lichtenstein SN-2 from Master.

Here is a product article for the new 1/35 AH-1W exhausts from Werner's Wings.



Tuesday,    Mar 29  2011 

Hot Babe of the Week!  this week  from Twobobs  is courtesy of Tim Darrah. Great guy that Tim. One of the most genuine guys I know and a real supporter of the hobby. Thanks for the pics Tim!      Bob


Benner has done quite a bit of work to create his Desert Storm 1/48 Testors OV-10D+ Bronco.  Benner used a the excellent Paragon conversion set as well as some scratchbuilt parts and then finished it off with aftermarket decals.  The desert camo looks great....beautiful work Benner....this is a truly impressive model. 

Artur Oslizlo is here with his stunning looking 1/48 Trumpeter SBLim-2.  Artur added extra detail with PART photo etched details and also used Montex canopy masks to make the painting easier.  But the really impressive part is the multi-shaded bare metal paint job.  Artur captured the look of this Polish Jet trainer perfectly.

Dan Jenkins is here with something very special today.  This is his 1/72 Heller Lockheed Constellation L-749 posed as an in-flight model using props from Prop BlurDan pulled this project together and got it looking just right. 

Here's a preview of the new 1/32 Soviet P-39 Aces decal sheet from Zotz DecalsThis decal sheet includes 6 different P-39s and some with noseart.

Here is a product article for the new 1/48 AIM-9M Missile Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal.


Here is a product article for the new 1/48 Ar 196A wheels & paint masks from Aires.



Monday,    Mar 28  2011
This weeks Twobobs Newsletter has big news about the upcoming Centennial of Naval Aviation sheets.  These will be released in 1/48 and 1/72.....PLUS you can order a reference CD packed with photos of these jets.  You can also order combo packages and get a discount.  has big news about the upcoming Centennial of Naval Aviation sheets.  These will be released in 1/48 and 1/72.....PLUS you can order a reference CD packed with photos of these jets.  You can also order combo packages and get a discount.  has big news about the upcoming Centennial of Naval Aviation sheets.  These will be released in 1/48 and 1/72.....PLUS you can order a reference CD packed with photos of these jets.  You can also order combo packages and get a discount.  has big news about the upcoming Centennial of Naval Aviation sheets.  These will be released in 1/48 and 1/72.....PLUS you can order a reference CD packed with photos of these jets.  You can also order combo packages and get a discount. 

Dragan Cvetic has done a lovely job on his 1/72 Zvezda MiG-21 BIS JRV I PVO.  Dragan finished his MiG in the markings of the Yugoslav Air Force using decals from Balkan Models decals.   Very nice indeed.

Gokhan Eren joins us from Turkey with his very well done 1/144 DC-3 Turkish Air Force.  Gokhan chose a silver finish for his attractive Turkish DC-3.  It's good to see a Turkish DC-3.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler did a beautiful job building and finishing his 1/48 Academy CT-133 Silver Star.  Shawn added extra detail using Verlinden parts and then used decals from 3 different manufacturers to get the correct markings for his CT-33.  I really like the paint scheme on this one.

Peter Castle is here with his product announcement for his latest batch of new releases which includes Cockpit Instrument Dials and Placard decal ranges in 1/48, 1/32 and 1/24 scale  from airscale.


I have a product article for the new 1/72 Ju 88A-4 Exhausts from QuickBoost.

I have a product article for the new 1/32 Bf 109 Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.



Saturday,   Mar 26  2011 

 Bangladesh Independence and National Day 

Friday,   Mar 25  2011 

 Greece Independence Day 

 Royal Navy - Sea Mosquito first carrier  landings (1944) 

Giannis Doxas is here to mark the Greek National Day with his flawless 1/48 Hasegawa F-16D Block52+ H.A.F.  Giannis replaced all the important detail items with resin sets from Aires and finished off this great looking Hellenic F-16 with aftermarket decals and a full weapons load and drop tanks.  

Kit has done a fabulous job detailing, finishing and weathering t his 1/48 AH-64A Apache.  Kit dressed up the cockpit with the Aires interior details set and then gave this Apache the full camo and weathering treatment.  I love the finished model.

Yiannis Ladopoulos is here on the Greek National Day with his 1/72 Esci F-5A Freedom Fighter in Hellenic markings.  Yiannis did a great job on his F-5 and it's good to see one in Greek markings.....especially on today's update.

I have a product article for the 1/72 1/32 F/A-18A/B Fighting Omars decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet is follow up to their very popular VFC-12 release is this sheet in both 72nd and 32nd scale.  There are enough markings on this sheet to build a 72nd scale jet and one 32nd scale jet.   

Here is a product article for the new 1/32 Su-25 PD-62-8 Pylons from ZactomodelsThese pylons are loaded with detail and the perfect item for when you build a 1/32 Su-25.


Here is a product article for the new 1/48 Arado Ar 196A  Armament from QuickBoostThis set will permit your to upgrade to more detailed parts for the guns and armament on the the Arado Ar 196A


Here is a product article for the new 1/72 Supermarine Seagull ASR-1 resin model kit from Pro ResinThis is one cool looking flying boat.



Thursday,   Mar 24  2011 
Zhou Kun joins us from China with an excellent looking 1/48 Tamiya F-117A Nighthawk.  This F-117 was built mostly OOB with some added scratchbuilt in critical areas to improve upon this very nice Tamiya kit.  I really like the work done on this F-117 model.

Tim Cvetic is here with the very neat looking 1/72 Gremlin Models Utva Aero 3.  This was a small civilian aircraft, but I'll let you read the whole story in Tim's article.  This is a resin kit so it required a bit more effort than usual and Tim did scratchbuild  a few parts such as the instrument panel.  The finished model is a pleasure to see and the article is quite interesting. 

Guillaume "Blackjack" Lourdel is here with his beautifully detail and finished 1/72 Revell U-Boat Type VIIC.  Guillaume did plenty of scratchbuilding and then finished off his U-Boat with a flawless weathering job.

I have a product article for the 1/72 F-117A Silver Anniversary Bandits decal sheet from 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 is a product article for the new 1/48 MiG-17F Fresco C wheel bay set from Aires.


Here is a product article for the 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk.IXE model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.


Wednesday,   Mar 23  2011 

  Pakistan Day 

Kit starts today with a  beautifully weathered 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet.  This is a US Navy jet and Kit captured the heavy weathering and patchy paint job that you'll find on USN jets.  It was then finished off with drop tanks and a full weapons load.

Carmel J Attard has an outstanding 1/72 MPM Douglas DC2 model to share with us.  Carmel has included the very history of this DC2 from before WW2 up to today.  Carmel tell the build process which he found quite enjoyable.  This sounds like quite the nice kit and the finished model look great.

David C S Teo has been building modifying the fuselage and markings to create this beautiful 1/144 Minicraft 777-300 Singapore Airlines (9V-SYK).  David had to use plastic tubes to extend the fuselage and custom made decals to get the exact markings for a pilot that flew this airliner.  I really like the finished results.

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 S-3B Viking VS-32 Maulers, AB700 / 160147 / 2007 print from Deployment Productions

20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here is a product article for the new 1/48 P-39 Airacobra Flaps from QuickBoostThis set includes 4 parts.

Here is a product article for the new 1/72 F-14 Alfa probe & Angle Of Attack probe from Master.



Tuesday,    Mar 22  2011 
I have added advertising to the ARC Discussion Forums.  For the next  6 months 100% of the advertising income from the ARC discussion forums will be given to Disaster Relief in Japan.

Hot Babe of the Week!  this week  from Twobobs is courtesy of Daniel Soulaine once again. Daniel's the man! Helped us out quite a bit over here at Twobobs with his Centennial walk-arounds.     Bob


Ryan Cameron is here on the anniversary of the loss of this Lancaster in 1945.  This beautifully built 1/72 Hasegawa Lancaster had Ryan's great-uncle Navigator Sgt. Bill Dean onboard during that fateful night.  Read Ryan's article for the full story.  It is quite the read and Ryan's Lancaster if first class.

Burt Gustafson joins us today with his very colorful 1/48 Hasegawa TF-104G Starfighter.  Burt built this beauty out of the box with great results.....I love how it turned out.  Looking good Burt.

Mike Pattison has gone above and beyond with his 1/32 Dragon P-51D Mustang.  Mike covered his Mustang in different shades of aluminum foil and made sure the foil was pressed into each and every rivet.  He did other detailing and finished in the in the famous blue nosed paint scheme.  I love it. 

Here is a product article for the new 1/48 F/A-18E/F Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal This decal sheet gives you black and gray markings.

Here is a product article for the new 1/48 M.B. Mk.10A ejection seats from AiresThis set includes photo etch details.


Monday,    Mar 21  2011 

  Namibia Independence Day 

  Chile - Anniversary of the Chilean Air Force 

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Bob has included some new images of the instruction sheets and decals for the upcoming  Centennial of Naval Aviation sheets.  There are 5 of these sheets coming out and they contain a great selection of retro markings and schemes.  Nicely done Bob...I'm looking forward to these new sheets.

Daniel Truong joins us today with his first article on ARC.  The 1/72 PJ production Mirage IIIB is a highly detailed kit that can be turned into a stunning model when in the hands of a modeler such as David.  His multi-shaded baremetal finish brought his Mirage to life.  Welcome to ARC David, I look forward to seeing more of your models on ARC in the future. 

Paolo De Sanctis has done a lovely job building and finishing his 1/72 PM Hawker Sea-Fury.  Paolo finished his Sea-Fury in the markings for the Canadian navy and has dedicated his model to his friend and ARC regular John Smalbrugge.  Beautiful Sea-Fury Paolo.

Alain Courouge joins us today with his first article on ARC.  I'm pleased to show you his exceptional 1/72 Revell Hawker Hunter F6 in the camo and markings for a Jordanian plane.  Welcome to ARC Alain, I look forward to seeing more of your models on ARC in the future.  Your Hunter looks perfect.

Here is a product article for the new 1/72 Ju 88A-4 Exhausts from QuickBoost.  The tips of these exhausts is hollow for added realism.

Here is a product article for the new 1/32 Bf 109 Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.



Sunday,    Mar 20  2011 

 Tunisia National Day 

Friday,   Mar 18  2011

  Çanakkale Victory Anniversary 2011  

Happy Birthday to ARC Mod Terry Sumner


Gokhan Eren joins us from Turkey with his 1/32 Academy Nieuport XVII in Turkish markings.  Today is the anniversary of the Çanakkale Victory.  Gokhan has included photos of his model during the build process.  The finished model look excellent....well done Gokhan.

Hakan Soylemezoglu has created a very special F-16 diorama.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya F-16 C as it would appear while undergoing maintenance.  Hakan added plenty of extra detail and then created a diorama to display his Turkish F16.  I really enjoyed seeing the photos of this diorama.

Tom Bebout joins us today with a very nicely done 1/48 HobbyCraft Aircomet.  Tom added drop tanks and then finished his Aircomet in a bare metal finish complete with noseart and darkened panel lines.  Toms work paid off as this is a very sharp looking Aircomet.  It's good to see this classic American jet.

Here is a product article for the 1/72 F-15E Da' Heath decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  You get enough markings for two complete jets from the 494th Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, one including the 48th Operations Group jet.  

Here is a product article for the 1/32 Bf 109F Propeller from QuickBoost.

Here is the NEWS regarding new releases for February – June 2011 from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsNine new kits in all.



Thursday,   Mar 17  2011 

  Ireland - St. Patrick's Day 

Leszek Szopieray starts today with not one but two MiG-21's.  These are his 1/72 Revell MiG-21F-13 and Fujimi MiG-21bis and as you would expect from Leszek, they are very realistic looking models.  Leszek finished both of these bare metal beauties in Polish Air force markings. 

Jens Gerber joins us from Germany with his latest model.  This is his excellent looking 1/48 Revell/Hasegawa F4U 5 in USN markings.  Jens gave his Corsair some careful weathering for a more realistic look.  Your Corsair looks very nice Jens. 

Iván Aceituno C. has done a remarkable job on his 1/48 Hasegawa RF-4E Phantom II.  Iván added a number of aftermarket detail items and finished his Phantom II with Luftwaffe markings and an amazing paint and weathering job.  Iván also has photos of his model on a diorama base complete with figures.  I love how the finished model looks.   

David Rapasi joins us with part two of his article...... Matching Model Paint To A Paint Chip Part II.  David shares some of his wisdom on paint colors. 

I have a product article for the 1/72 A-10A Assam Draggins decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics Twobobs Aviation Graphics You get enough markings for two jets from the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan AB, South Korea.  This subject has never been done in decal form!!

Zoltan Pocza is here with a product article for the new CVW-7 on the flight deck of USS Dwight D Eisenhower CVN-69 - Panorama print from Deployment Productions.

20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here is a product article for the new 1/72 F-16I Sufa cockpit set from AiresThis cockpit set has some amazing detail.


Wednesday,   Mar 16  2011 
Mike Pattison gets things started today with his first article on ARC.  This is Mike's very attractive and beautifully built 1/32 Trumpeter Su-30 in a  sharp looking camo scheme.  Mike built it OOB with great success.......he definitely has captured the "Wow factor" in this model.  Welcome to ARC Mike.....I love your Su-30. 

Tolga ULGUR joins us from Turkey with his flawlessly weathered 1/48 Tamiya P-51B Mustang.  Tolga used a selection of detail items from Eduard, Ultracast and Quickboost to add additional detail to his Mustang.  He then topped it with a vacuformed canopy before giving it an amazing weathering job.  Beautifully done Tolga.    

Dragan Cvetic has been busy getting his 1/72 Italeri F-5E looking perfect.  Dragan finished his F-5 as a US Aggressor aircraft in a great looking 3 tone camo scheme.  I really do like the look of this one.

David Rapasi is here with his article entitled Matching Model Paint To A Paint Chip.  David is a highly respected modeler with great skill when it comes to painting and weathering and this article is a fine addition to the ARC Tools 'n' Tips section.

I have a product article for the 1/32 AIM-9/AIM-120 CATM/ACMI Markings decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics. Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features munition markings for all those inert munitions you always see on modern fighter aircraft including AIM-9L/M, AIM-120B/C, ACMI Cubic Pod as well as ARDS Pod markings are all included in this very complete set. 

Here is a product article for the 1/32 MiG-21 BD3-60 Pylons from ZactomodelsZactomodels has both early and later 'heavy duty' version of the BD3-60 Pylons available.


Here is a product article for the 1/72 Martin MS-1 resin model kit from Pro ResinThis is one very cool looking float plane and was the first plane to be launched from a US submarine.


Here is a product article for the 1/48 Fw Ta 154 Air Intakes & Pitot Tube from QuickBoost.



Tuesday,    Mar 15  2011 

Hot Babe of the Week!  this week  from Twobobs  Hot Babe of the Week is courtesy of Daniel Soulaine. Hope you guys are putting these to good use to help you with your models when our Centennial sheets become available! Bob


Arthur Filippis is here with his first model on ARC as well as the first model he has built in 10 years.  Arthur chose to build the 1/48 Hasegawa F-4EJ Phantom II and he finished it in the  attractive markings and camo for a Japanese F-4.  Great looking Phantom Arthur and I look forward to seeing more of your work on ARC in the future.  Welcome to ARC.

Rian Jones has put a huge amount of work into his 1/48 Hasegawa F4U-4 Corsair.  Rian rescribed the panel lines, added parts from the Tamiya Corsair plus scratchbuilt parts and plenty of aftermarket detail items to create his remarkable Corsair. Nicely done Rian.

Allan “Spongebob” Hernandez joins us from the Philippines with his first model on ARC.  Allan added plenty of metal and plastic scratchbuilt detailing using to his 1/72 Eduard L-39ZA Albatross and finished it off in Libyan markings to create a fantastic looking award winning model.  I like his Albatross allot and I look for ward to seeing more of Allen's models on ARC in the future.  Welcome to ARC Allen. 

David Rapasi is here with the first of 3 article dealing with painting.  This article is entitled What Color Is N.S. Sea Blue.  Beautiful job David.

Here is a product article for the new 1/48 Ar 196A-3/A-4 cockpit set from Aires

Here is a product article for the new 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire E wing late - Hispano 20mm & .50cal in fairings from Master

Chris Banyai-Riepl is here is a product article for the new United States Navy Aviation Centennial 1911 - 2011 book from Alga Publishing


Monday,    Mar 14  2011
Like everyone else, I have been glued to the TV watching the horrible events unfold in northern Japan.  Most of us are unable to help, but I do encourage everyone to give a $10 donation to the Red Cross Society or another charity that is providing relief efforts to the areas of Japan that have been devastated by this disaster.  Our prayers go out to the people of Japan.  

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Bob has piles of images of the 5 new Centennial of Naval Aviation decal sheets including F/A-18C/E with VFA-106, EA-6B/EA-18G with VAQ-129, F/A-18C with VFA-122/VFC-12, F/A-18C with VFA-204/VX-31 and F/A-18C with VX-9.  Bob has included some great retro paint schemes/markings on these 5 new decal sheets.  Check out the 3" Centennial of Naval Aviation sticker that Bob is including with these sheets.

Chip Jean is here with his eye catching 1/48 Hasegawa F-2A in Japanese markings.   Chip dressed up the cockpit and used aftermarket decals to capture the attractive paint scheme of this Japanese fighter.  Chip has included a wealth of info in his article with tips to building this kit...including dealing with intake seams.  I love those colorful Japanese jets.

Polly Singh is here with a very special aircraft.  This is Ernest Udet's D VII from the First World War made with the 1/48 Dragon Fokker D VII.  Polly captured to look of this delicate little fighter very well and it is a treat to see it on ARC.

Bill Hawkins is a classy guy with a  big heart and here is the 1/48 Revell F-101B Voodoo that he built for a USAF Vet.  Bill gave his Voodoo a bare metal finish and aftermarket decals for the 15th FIS.  It's a great looking Voodoo and I enjoyed the part of his article the most when he talks about giving it to his friend the USAF Vet.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 Ju-87 Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal.  This decal sheet even includes tank kill markings.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 A-1 Skyraider Pylons from QuickBoost This set includes 15 pylons in 3 different sizes.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 TBF/TBM Avenger Main Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.


Saturday,   Mar 12  2011 

  Mauritius Independence Day 

Friday,   Mar 11  2011 

  Lithuania Independence Day 

Train bombings in Spain 2004

Vladimir Bilbija gets things started today with his beautifully done 1/72 Hasegawa F-86D Sabredog.  Vladimir did some scratchbuilt detailing in the cockpit and finished off this beauty in Yugoslavian markings.

Victor De Jesus has done a stunning job on his 1/48 Tamiya A-1H Skyraider.  Victor added a full weapons load and then gave his Skyraider a great looking weathering job to finish it off.  He chose some very colorful USN markings.

Nick Winand joins us today with 3 sharp looking 1/72 Luft' 46 and USAF '46 aircraft models.  Nick finished one of these in What-if American markings.  I enjoyed seeing all 3 of these models here on ARC.  Nicely done Nick.

I have a product article for the 1/48 EF-2000 Perfect Storm Tiffiess decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet includes a complete set of stencil data for two complete jets with enough individual options for six.  There are two, dual seat aircraft represented on this sheet as well.

Zoltan Pocza joins us with a product article for the EA-18G Growler VAQ-141 Shadowhawks, AJ500 / 166928 / 2010 print from Deployment Productions This print is available in 5 different sizes.

Zotz Decals has a series of  1/32 P-51 Mustang decal sheets coming out.....here's a sneak peak at the another image.

Here is a product article for the 1/48 P-47 Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby DecalIf you're building a P-47, then these stencils are well worth checking out.

Here is a product article for the new 1/48 A-7D Corsair II cockpit set from Aires.  This resin cockpit set is designed for the A-7D Corsair II from Hobby boss.    


Thursday,   Mar 10  2011 
Jorge Bonilla gets things start in a big way with his highly detailed 1/48 Eduard Fw190-A8.  This is quite the kit and in the hands of a skilled modeler like Jorge, it builds into an amazingly detailed model of the Fw-190.  I loved looking at all the detail on this one.

Artur Oslizlo has done an exceptional job on his 1/48 Eduard Mirage 2000N.  Artur added a NeOmega cockpit set and some drop tank to his two seater, but it is the weathering job you have to see.......the underside of this Mirage is beautifully weathered.

Marc Gray has done a marvelous job building and finishing his  1/24 Airfix Spitfire MK VB Tropical.  Marc has an excellent article with some tips about building this big kit and I must say I love the look of his finished model.  It's a treat to see Marc's Spitfire on ARC.   

I have a product article for the 1/48 & 1/32 F-16N Old School Adversarys decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics. This sheet features three complete jets in two different scales to round out this 48th/32nd Combo Sheet.

Here is a product article for the new 1/32 MiG-23 Pylons from ZactomodelsThis set includes 6 resin pylons plus 4 trees of optional hardware.


Zotz Decals has a series of  1/32 P-51 Mustang decal sheets coming out.....here's a sneak peak at the another image.


Here is a product article for the new 1/72 Piper L-18C Cub/Piper PA-18C-PI model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models



Wednesday,   Mar 9  2011 
Adriano Souza gets today's update started in fine style with his 1/48 Academy Sukhoi SU-27UB Flanker C.  Adriano built this Flanker out of the box with excellent results.  I love the way this Su-27 looks.  

Carmel J Attard is here today with his very attractive 1/72 Azure Nardi F.N.305.  This is a multi-media kit and Carmel did a fine job building it and gave it a very attractive camo scheme.  This plane is a classic looking Italian aircraft.  Nice one Carmel....thanks for sharing.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler joins us today with his big beautiful 1/32 Czech Model CT-133 Silver Star.  Shawn did some additional scratchbuilding and then finished it off in grey/green camo and  CAF markings.  Nicely done Shawn...she's a beauty.

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.  

Zotz Decals has a series of  1/32 P-51 Mustang decal sheets coming out.....here's a sneak peak at the another image.

Zoltan Pocza is here with a product announcement for the new EA-6B Prowler VAQ-141 Shadowhawks, AJ500 / 163529 / 2009 print from Deployment Productions.

20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here is a product article for the new 1/48 MC.200 Saetta Exhausts from QuickBoost.



Tuesday,    Mar 8  2011 

Hot Babe of the Week!  this week  from Twobobs  Hot Babe of the Week is courtesy of Robin Polderman and Daniel Soulaine. Great photographers both of them and frequent contributors to Twobobs.  Bob


Kees Kuyper joins us today with the most colourful Fw-190 I've ever seen.  This is his 1/72 Matchbox Focke Wulf 190 in the brightly coloured USA markings for a captured aircraft.  I enjoyed seeing this 190.....thanks for sharing Kees.....it's a cool looking model. 

Darren Snow has been busy getting everything looking just right on his 1/48 Hasegawa F-15A Baz.  Darren did a stunning paint job and gave his Israeli F-15 a full weapons load to complete the look.  This is a sharp looking F-15.

Rod Bettencourt is here with a very special 1/72 Hasegawa P-3C Orion.  Rod added Eduard detail items to dress up his Orion and then gave it a flawless multi-shaded paint job and finished it in the markings for an aircraft he flew back in his navy days.  You're going to love this model and especially the very realistic photos.

I have a product article for the new 1/32 individual instruments for 1939 – 1945 RAF from airscale.


I have a product article for the new 1/48 Bf 109G-14 Exhausts from QuickBoost.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire E wing early - Hispano 20mm & .50cal in fairings from Master.



Monday,    Mar 7  2011
This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Bob has included many images for the instruction sheets and decal sheets for the many USN Centennial decal sheets that are coming out.  Man I love these retro schemes.  L'ultima Diana and F-16 Egg planes sheets are selling fast, get 'em while you can.

Zhou Kun joins us for the first time with his stunning 1/48 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon.  Kun finished this one over the recent holidays and gave it the markings for an RAF jet.  I love the look of the finished model  Welcome to ARC Kun!!!  I look forward to seeing more of your models in the future.

David Rapasi is here with another gem.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat as it appeared aboard the USS Tripoli (an escort carrier) during WW2.  David gave it some very cool markings as you'll see in the photos.

Thitaphol Meelarp has done a beautiful job on this 1/144 Airfix Sud. Caravelle airliner.  This particular airliner is wearing the colours and markings for Thai International airline.   It's good to see this airliner on ARC.  A very nice job was done on it.

I have a product article for the new 1/32 Rafael Python 3 AA missiles and rails from IsraCast.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 F1M2 Pete Wire Boxes from QuickBoost.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 A-26 Invader Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.


Saturday,   Mar 5  2011 

  Spitfire - Maiden flight of Spitfire in 1936 

Sunday,    Mar 6  2011 

  Ghana Independence Day 

Friday,   Mar 4  2011 
Vladimir Bilbija starts your Friday update with his flawless looking 1/72 Italeri Hawk 100.  Vladimir chose the markings for the Indian Air Force after giving his Hawk a careful weathering job.  It's great to see a Hawk in IAF makrings.

Harv has been doing a stunning job on his 1/72 Italeri Hercules.  I'm pleased to see some pictures of his CAF Herc wearing the Leading Edge decals.  It's a sharp looking bird Harv.

Victor De Jesus has been very bust refinishing his 1/32 Revell F-16.  Victor stripped the old paint off this model and partially reassembled it before giving it the eye popping paint "Minute Men ANG" scheme using Twobobs decals.  I love the look of the finished model.

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.     

Zotz Decals has a series of  1/32 P-51 Mustang decal sheets coming out.....here's a sneak peak at the cover image from the 3rd sheet.

I have a product article for the 1/48 Focke Wulf 190 Late Style Wheels with treaded tires from Ultracast.

Here is a product article for the 1/72 Arado Ar 66C model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsThis resin model kit includes photo etch and markings for 4 different paint schemes.



Thursday,   Mar 3  2011 

  Bulgaria National Day 

  Morocco National Day 

Artur Oslizlo gets things started in true style today with his exceptional 1/48 Hasegawa SeaKing AEW. Mk.2A.  Artur used some resin detail items, but the beauty of this model is the fantastic skill that Artur used to finish it.  His chopper looks more realistic that the 1/1 Royal Navy Seaking.  

Jean-Charles GODDET is here with a special treat for all the Tomcat fans.  This is his 1/72 Hasegawa Grumman F-14B Tomcat complete with a  full weapons load and finished in the colourful markings for a CAG jet that only wore these markings for one month.  Jean-Charles used decals from Fightertown decals as well as other added details such as RBF tags.  The then built a display base for this beauty.

Scott Vomacka is here with his beautifully finished 1/72 Roden AN-12BK Cub.  Scott found this kit to be a very enjoyable build and as you can see in his photos, it is quite an attractive cargo plane.  Read his article for all the details about building this model from Roden.  It's a great looking AN-12BK Cub...well done Scott. 

I have a product article for the 1/48 F-16C Buckeye Vipers #1 decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features three jets from the 162nd FS of the Ohio ANG are represented on this sheet.  There are enough markings to build two jets with enough options are available for three.

Zotz Decals has a series of  1/32 P-51 Mustang decal sheets coming out.....here's a sneak peak at the second image.

I have a product article for the new 1/32 MiG-23 Splitter Plates from ZactomodelsWOW!!!  I love these.


I have a product article for the new 1/72 B-24 Liberator Radiators from QuickBoost.  These are designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Wednesday,   Mar 2  2011 
No update today.  I've come down with some bug the past day or so and will not be able to get today's update finished. 
Tuesday,    Mar 1  2011 

  Wales - St David's Day 

Hot Babe of the Week!  this week  from Twobobs  is courtesy of Daniel Soulaine. Great job as usual Daniel! I owe you a cold, tall one!    Bob


Shawn phantom Weiler has broken all speed records with his 1/48 Hobbycraft CF-100Mk4b.  Shawn built this classic Canadian jet in one day which is an impressive feat for anyone.  And of course this one was for a Group Build here on ARC.  Pretty cool tail markings Shawn.

Hỏa Long has done an excellent job on his bare metal  1/48 VNAF Testors Bearcat.  The bare metal finish was done with kitchen aluminium foil and the cowl flaps were made from a soft drink alumininum can and then this great looking Bearcat was finished with home made decals.  Got to love that....it's good seeing a VNAF Bearcat.

Dragan Cvetic joins today with his 1/72 Tamiya A-4E Skyhawk.  Dragan added hypodermic needles for the gun barrels and dressed up the cockpit with his scratchbuilt detailing and then finished this sharp looking Skyhawk in the markings for USN VA-45 & VF-45 Black Birds.  Nicely done Dragan.

Here is a product article for the new 1/48 Focke Wulf 190 Late Style Wheels with smooth tread tires from Ultracast.

Here is a product article for the new 1/24 German aircraft machine gun MG 131 barrels from Master.


Here is a product article for the new 1/32 Rafael Python 3 AA missiles and rails from IsraCast.



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