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Monday,    Oct 31  2011

Happy Halloween

Peter Doll is here to WOW you with his stunning bare metal foil 1/32 Hobby Boss F-84 E "Thunderjet".  Peter is a master at doing bare metal foil finishes and his Thunderjet in today's update just carries on his tradition of excellence.  I love the bright bold markings of this model.  I love seeing Peter's latest models on ARC...what a treat for the eyes.  Sit back and enjoy every photo.

Hal Marshman Sr. has truly outdone even himself with his latest 1/48 Eduard Fw-190D-13.  Hal has added quite a bit of scratchbuilt detail and then researched the original aircraft to get all the tiny painting and markings details perfect to the original aircraft.  The finished model is a testament to Hal's high level of skill and explains why is is such a highly respected member of our hobby.  Lovely work Hal....simply lovely.

Andrea Cittadini is here with his 1/72 Italeri PAN MB339.  Andrea added plenty of scratchbuilt extra detail to the cockpit and opened panels to show off more detail and then finished this Aermacchi MB-339 in the colours of the  Italian Air Force Display Team.  This is an excellent looking diorama complete with pilot.

Here's a product article for the new  1/32 P-51D Duxford Eagles decal sheet from Zotz Decals This decal sheet includes 2 natural metal Mustangs and both have noseart.  One is called "BIG DICK" and the other is called "LITTLE CHIC".

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Ju 87G Stuka Correct Spatted Undercarriage from  QuickBoostThese are designed for the Academy kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-117A (Late) Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  These are designed for the Tamiya kit.

UMM-USA is accepting Pre-Orders for the 1/32 resin HPH Bell P-63 Kingcobra model kit Pre-Order price will be $168.00


Saturday,   Oct 29  2011

  Turkey Republic Day 

Hakan Söylemezoğlu is here to honour the Turkish Republic Day with his 1/48 Tamiya F-16 C (391).  Hakan added a resin parachute compartment, Eduard detail sets and finished it off with specially produced Babibi Decal and then displayed it on a diorama base with figures and a ladder to complete this amazing F-16 model.

Zafer Yilmaz joins us from Turkey on the Turkish National Day with his exceptional 1/48 Tamiya Bf-109E-3.  Zafer added Eduard colored seat belts and Superscale decals, but the really stunning part is the camo job......have a close look....it is exceptionally well done. 

Hakan Söylemezoğlu is back again today with his 1/48 Tamiya F-16C Block 40 wearing Turkish Air Force markings.  This F-16 has a very realistic looking weathering job. 

Friday,   Oct 28  2011

 Czech National Day 

 Greece National Day 

Athanasiadis George is here to mark the Greek National Day with his 1/48 Hasegawa RF-4E Hellenic Air Force Special.  Athanasiadis George paint the full sized aircraft, so he has some excellent insight into building this particular jet.  Stunning work!!!  Have a great holiday.

Kostas Zervas is here to honour the Greek National Day with his 1/72 Heller F-86.  Kostas gave his Sabre an excellent looking bare metal finish with just the right amount of weathering and careful shading on some panels for added realism.  This is one very good looking Greek Sabre.

Janissary and phantom have combined forces to create this very gorgeous looking 1/48 Hasegawa F-4E #141.  Janissary  added an Aires cockpit, afterburner cans and full trunk intakes and the Phantom carried the ball forward and completed the model.  And of course it is wearing Hellenic Air Force which is perfect for today's update.

Here is a product article for the 1/72 & 1/32 F-16C/D Block 50 Peace Puma Vipers decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsThis is a combo sheet that has markings for both 72nd and 32nd scale of these wicked Block 52 jets from the Chilean Air Force. There are enough markings to make 1ea. C/D in 72nd scale and 1ea. C model in 32nd scale.

The Twobobs 1/32 &1/72 Braille Scale Sale! is still on but items are selling out so get 'em while they are only $5.  

Includes most 1/72 and 1/32 sheets...only $5.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 VF-84 F-14A Jolly Rogers "Victory In The Storm" decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This decal sheet includes markings for 5 different F-14A's with VFA-84 Jolly Rogers.  The 5 jets cover a variety of Jolly Roger artwork and paint schemes worn by the F-14 Tomcats in VF-84.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Spitfire Seat with Safety Belts from QuickBoost.  The seatbelts are beautifully realistic with very natural looking belts and finely crafted buckles.  There is detail on all 3 sides of the seat but you will be required to remove the casting block from the back of the seat. 


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire F Mk.IX model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.  You get  a choice of markings for 6 different aircraft.



Thursday,  Oct 27  2011

  Saint Vincent and the Grenaidines Independence Day 

  Turkmenistan National Day 

  Ecuadorian Airforce Day 

Ronald Beelen has chosen a very appealing paint scheme for his 1/48 Eduard MIG 21MF.  This is the "profipack" edition version of this kit so Ronald's MiG-21 comes with plenty of added detailing.  He chose a great looking Slovak Air Force camo scheme and did a very nicely done weathering job using Flory Models (Promodellers) wash.  Wow I love the camo scheme on this MiG-21. 

Harris Contos is here with a classic model of an even more classic aircraft.  This is his 1/72 Monogram Ford Trimotor in all it's corrugated beauty in the markings of TWA.  Harris tells the history of the Ford Trimotor plus what is involved to build this classic Monogram kit. Harris did a flawless job on it and the rigging lines are particularly well done.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with another gem from his display cases.  This is Shawn's 1/48 Hasegawa F-18E Super Hornet that he built for the ARC Centennial of Naval aviation group build.  He used items from Steel Beach, folded the wings and finished it off in some colourful markings for a VFA-31 jet.  Make sure you check out the photo of Shawn's display case....WOW!!!

I have a product article for the 1/72 B-1B Dakota Back Bone decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features up to date nose art and markings for seven B-1B aircraft from Ellsworth AFB. Six of these aircraft are adorned with nose art while one aircraft sports the new "Thunderbird" fin flash.

The Twobobs 1/32 &1/72 Braille Scale Sale! is still on but items are selling out so get 'em while they are only $5.  

Includes most 1/72 and 1/32 sheets...only $5.


Zoltan Pocza is here with a product article for the Airbus A340-300 (G-VSUN) - Virgin Atlantic 2010 / United Kingdom print from Deployment Productions20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Navy Wheel Chock NWC-4/5 – early production from Wheelliant.


Here's a product article for the 1/144 Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-Kai "Early Version" model kit from Platz HobbyYou get 2 complete kits in each box and a choice of markings for 6 different aircraft.


Wednesday,   Oct 26  2011

  Austria National Day 

KNES Armin is here from Austria on this special day with his 1/48 SMER Supermarine Walrus Mk.I.  This is an older kit so there is a lack of detail, but Armin added detail and did a perfect job on the rigging to get this older kit looking awesome.  With the rigging and folded wings, this model looks very delicate and complicated and quite impressive.

Hakan Söylemezoğlu has done a beautiful job on his 1/48 Hasegawa F-2A.  Hakan chose the special Tsuiki Air Base 8WG 6SQ 50th Anniversary markings for my Mitsubishi F-2A.  The Mitsubishi F-2A is a very attractive jet, but to see it in  a special anniversary markings is a special treat.

Murat Yağan is here today with 3 of his amazing looking 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback & Bubbletops.  Murat dressed up the cockpits with Eduard Zoom sets and then used many different shades of Alclad II for the bare metal finish before using /Lifelike Decals for the fabulous markings of these 3 very colourful P-47's.  Murat has included 49 photos showing the build process for all three of these P-47's and he also explains the process very well in his article. Wow.....I love the look of all 3 of these P-47's.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16MLU Royal Danish AF Anniversary Vipers decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics. The Royal Danish Air Force is well known for their anniversary paint schemes and this sheet comes with complete markings for two of their more colorful offerings.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Instrument Dial Decals for Early Allied Jets from airscale.  This new release gives you a vast selection of individual instruments for early Allied jets including the F-84, F-84, F-100, F-104, F9F, Meteor, Vampire and Hunter. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Ju 87B/R Stuka Propeller from QuickBoostThis resin prop is designed for the Hasegawa kit.

Alexey Sulla is here with a product article for the 1/72 main wheels set for Fw.189 A from Northstarmodels These resin wheels are also available in 1/48 scale.


Tuesday,    Oct 25  2011

Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean war

Hot Babe of the Week!  this week  from Twobobs is courtesy of  John Bibay. I spent a little bit of time at AMARG a couple of weeks ago for the day job and had the opportunity to spend a few hours out in the yard. Saw lots of S-3's and actually got a lot of photos of this weeks subject all wrapped in spraylat. Sad scene but it was the motivation for me to put this jet up as the Hot Babe this week. Thanks John!     Bob


Pete Morgan has gone all out on his 1/48 Tornado GR4.  Pete added detail almost everywhere from Paragon seats and wheels to a spot on weapons load which has some added mods done to it for added accuracy.  But Pete didn't stop there......for markings he chose an anniversary scheme which he completed using custom made decals.  Wow...grab your favourite hot drink and sit back and enjoy the photos.   

David Walker has fufilled a long dream to build himself a Red 19.  To do this he started with the 1/48 Eduard Focke-Wulf 190 A-8 kit and then researched everything to get all the details perfect.  The paint scheme alone is flawless, but when displayed on the base with all the accessories....wow....what a impressive sight.  David tells the very interesting history of this aircraft including the pilot and also goes into great detail about building the Eduard kit and what to watch out for in the process.  Amazing work David. 

Chris Doppel is 12 years old and today he joins us with his very sharp looking 1/48 Esci FJ-2/3 'Jolly Rogers' Fury.  Chris folded one of the wings to give his model  a more realistic look and then chose the legendary Jolly Rogers markings for his Fury.  And he was able to source some of the markings with the big help from fellow ARC'ers.  I am very impressed with the finished model and I look forward to seeing more work by Chris in the future.

Here's a product article for the  1/32 AV-8B Harrier II+ at Sea decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  One aircraft is the demonstrator aircraft commemorating Greg "Pappy" Boyington of WW2 from 2010-2011 airshow season.  You also get markings for an Italian Harrier as well as a Spanish Harrier.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 A6M2b Zero Fighter cockpit set from AiresThis cockpit set is designed for the 1/32 Tamiya kit.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 WWII USAAF Fighter Pilot European Theater from Ultracast.  There is 1 unpainted figure with 2 heads in each set.....depending whether your want your pilot wearing his military issue hat or  leather flight hat and goggles. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4 VF-84 "DEM BONES!" decal sheet from Vagabond Decals.  This new decal sheet is Part 1 of Vagabond Decals "Original Rhinos" series, featuring VF-84 Jolly Rogers F-4B, J and N Phantoms. Five aircraft are on this sheet, including the 1965 SEA War Cruise.  These decals are designed to fit the Hasegawa F-4B kit.


Monday,    Oct 24  2011

  Zambia Independence Day 

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  The 1/32 &1/72 Braille Scale Sale! is still on but items are selling out so get 'em while they are only $5.  The newslatter has the instruction sheets for the new colorful T-6B Texan II sheets...I love the look of these.  Plus Bob has the latest on the 1/48 F-4 Phantom Stencils sheets and the 65th Aggressor Squadron F-15 Digital Flanker jets.  These will be very popular.

Manuel Negri is here with his big and beautiful 1/32 Trumpeter F-14.  Manuel  gave his big Tomcat a weapons load, then very careful weathering job and finished it off in he ever popular Jolly Rogers markings.  This stunning model was presented to his friend......a very lucky friend. 

Johannes Raber joins us today with his first submission on ARC and what a fantastic looking 1/48 Tamiya P-51D.  Johannes chose to build his Mustang as the "Big Beautiful Doll" that crashed during this years "Flying Legends" Airshow at Duxford UK.  The cockpit was dressed up with Eduard photo etch seatbelts and some other scratchbuilt details before the model was given a  stunning finish using Alclad II polished aluminium.  Wow.....simply stunning work Johannes...welcome to ARC and I look forward to seeing more of your models on ARC in the future. 

Dragan Cvetic has been busy getting everything perfect on his 1/72 MHM F-5E Tiger.  Dragan added an Eduard PE set and Pavla resin ejection seat in the cockpit, then replaced the pitot tube and guns with hypodermic needle.  This F-5E Tiger was finished in the very colourful camo of  the Islamic Republic of Iran AF using Hi-Decal Line decals.  Stunning work Dragan.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 and 1/72 WWII USN Markings for ARC Group Build Dry Transfers from Hobby Decal.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Ju 87D5-8/G Compass from QuickBoost This resin compass is designed to fit the Fujimi kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 C-124 Globemaster II Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  These landing gear are designed to fit the Anigrand kit.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 The Rook - Global Su-25s Part 1 decal sheet from Linden Hill Decals.  This decal sheet features 10 different Su-25 from 7 different countries including Angola, Belarus, Bulgaria (x2), Georgia (x2), Russia - 'Dog Squadron' (x2), Slovakia and Turkmenistan.  You get an amazingly colourful variety of camo schemes.


Friday,   Oct 21  2011

  Somalia National Day  

 Trafalgar Day - Royal Navy Anniversary 

Shawn "phantom" Weiler joins us with another of his brightly coloured jets.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa A-4F Skyhawk wearing Fightertown Decals for a Skyhawk at China Lake.  This is an excellent match for Shawn's recent F-18....I really got a kick out of seeing both of these. 

Scotty Diamond is here with his award winning 1/48 Trumpeter MiG-3 (early production).  Scotty used an Eduard's Zoom set and scratchbuilt details to take his MiG to a whole new level.....then he matched that with a stunning weathering job and the always attractive winter camo.  He gives excellent detail in his article how he got everything looking flawless on this gem.  Wow...I envy the guys at the Oregon show that got to see Scotty's MiG-3 first hand.......it is truly impressive.

Mario Krijan is here with his first article on ARC and what an impressive model it is.  This is his large 1/144 Revell An-124 Ruslan finished off in Aeroflot livery.   Mario tells about building this big awesome kit and I must say the finished model looks like it would be quite the beautiful sight to see.  I love it. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 J-10 Return of the Dragons Chinese Demo Team decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics. This sheet features beautiful markings from the first airshow season of the J-10 Chinese Demo Team. There are unique markings for both the single and dual seat versions of the J-10.

Here's a product article for the 1/144 VF-101 "Grim Reapers" F-14B/D decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This decal sheet includes markings for 2 different 1/144 F-14B/D's with VF-101 "Grim Reapers".  

Here's a product article for the 1/32 F4U-1 Corsair Pitot Tubes from QuickBoostThis latest release includes 3 resin pitot tubes for the 1 F4U-1 Corsair.  


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Sikorsky S-39 model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsYou get markings for 3 different Sikorsky S-39 aircraft.



Thursday,  Oct 20  2011 
Victor De Jesus has done an exceptionally nice job building, detailing and finishing his 1/32 Revell Supermarine Spitfire Mk. 22/24. Victor built his Spitfire mostly OOB with the addition of engine and landing gear wiring/plumbing and the “Master” Spano gun set which adds some very nice extra detailing.  The camo is wonderfully done and the markings are for a post war RAF bird in Hong Kong. 

KNES Armin has done a stunning job on his 1/48 Hasegawa SAAB J 35 F.  Armin went with an OOB build and dropped the flight control areas on the rear of the wing for more accuracy. His Draken is finished in Swedish markings and I'm pleased to say that this is the first of many jets in his new Swedish collection.  Your Draken looks fantastic Armin. 

Serge Dompierre joins us with his 1/48 Hasegawa Corsair F4U-4.  This is a Marine Corps bird from the post war period complete with chipped panel lines to give it a more realistic look.  I always enjoy seeing Serge's latest model and this "bent wing bird" turned out looking great.  Nicely done Serge.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 J-10 Enter the Dragons Chinese Demo Team decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation GraphicsThis sheet features beautiful markings from the first airshow season of the J-10 Chinese Demo Team. There are unique markings for both the single and dual seat versions of the J-10.


Here's a product article for the Airbus A320-200 (N586JB) - JetBlue Airways - "I Love NY" / United States of America print from Deployment Productions20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Navy Wheel Chock NWC-4/5 – early production from Wheelliant.


Here's a product article for the 1/144 Kawanishi N1K Shiden-Kai "Late Version" model kit from Platz HobbyYou get 2 complete kits in each box and markings for 5 different aircraft including the orange prototype.


Wednesday,   Oct 19  2011 
Sven Priebe has done an exceptionally fine job on his 1/48 Kinetic Mirage 2000D.  Sven dressed up his Mirage with parts from the  Eduard kit and then gave his jet a flawless camo job using Blu-Tac. The finished model has missiles and drop tanks to complete the look.  Simply stunning model and photos Sven.

Alexey Sulla has been busy adding wonderful detail to his 1/48 Monogram A-26.  Alexey covered his A-26 in aluminum foil and scratchbuilt many details from hatches to wheels wells and than added a engine from Vector with added scratchbuilt detailing.  The whole model is beautifully finished and looks like the real aircraft.  Wow...this is impressive.

Richard Chang is here with his excellent looking 1/48 AFV Club RF-5E Tiger.  This is the modified version of the F-5 that is used by the Republic of China Air force (Taiwan) and Richard explains some of the unique features in his article.  Beautiful F-5 Richard.

Here's a preview of the new 1/72 F-16MLU Royal Danish AF Anniversary Vipers decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.  The Royal Danish Air Force is well known for their anniversary paint schemes and this sheet comes with complete markings for two of their more colorful offerings.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 A-7 Corsair II Correction kit from Zactomodels.  This resin and photo etch correction set corrects the shape of the canopy, nosecone and intake. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 UH-60 Blackhawk Stencils decal sheet from Werner's WingsThese stencils include US Army stencil markings. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Su-24M Fencer Antennas from QuickBoostThese are designed to fit the Trumpeter kit.


Tuesday,    Oct 18   2011 

Hot Babe of the Week!  this week  from Twobobs is courtesy of David Horn. David provided us with some absolutely fantastic photographs of the two T-6 CoNA schemes. Pretty indespensible during our sheet creation. These photos along with the assistance received by the US Navy as well as Hawker Beech helped us out in a big way during the artwork creation of the upcoming T-6 sheet.     Bob


Vladimir Nazarov joins us from St.-Petersburg in Russia with his 1/48 Hasegawa A-4F Skyhawk.  Vladimir put quite a bit of work into his Skyhawk including Aires wheels bays and cockpits sets and photos etch from Eduard. For markings I'm pleased to see he used Fightertown Decals for the Topgun school with it's great looking blue camo.  Beautiful work Vladimir...I love your A-4.

Peter Ermel has done a stellar job on his 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt.  This flawlessly weathered Jug is in the markings of  the famous 352nd fighter group "The Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney".  This is a plane shared by two pilots, so there is nose art on both sides.  You are going to love the very realistic looking photos of this amazing P-47 model.  Very impressive work Peter. 

Kees Kuijper is here with a selection of his very creative Re-entry Heatshields.  These would be the type of heatshields you would expect from the early Space Missions.  It's pretty "cool" to see these heatshields.

Here's a product article for the new 1/32 GR.7 Harriers over Aldion decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This new decal sheet includes markings for 6 different Harrier GR.7's flown by the RAF in the UK, Norway, Kandahar and Kuwait.  Two have great looking tail art, two have sexy silhouette noseart with many mission markings, one has a Sharks Mouth and the last one is a special white and grey winter camo scheme used on a exercise in Norway.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Universal Navy Wheel Chock with Nylon Rope – early prod. from Wheelliant.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 VMF(AW)-531/VMFA-531 Grey Ghosts Part 1 decal sheet from Impact DecalsThis decal sheet includes markings for 7 different 1/48 jets including F3D Skyknight, F4D Skyray amd F-4B/N Phantoms from 1958- 1978 in gray schemes with hi-viz markings.  



Monday,    Oct 17  2011
This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  The 1/32 &1/72 Braille Scale Sale! is still on but items are selling out so get 'em while they are only $5Bob found 50 sheets of the sold out 1/48 A-10A Eielson's Ice Hawks....this is a great A-10 sheet and well worth picking up in your are into the WarthogThe newsletter also has images of the upcoming T-6A/B Texan sheet with all the colorful trainer paint schemes.  Plus Bob has news on the F-15C Digital Flanker markings decal sheet.......wow I'm excited to see this sheet.

David Rapasi is here with another of his exceptional models.  This is his 1/48 Accurate Miniatures SBD2 Dauntless finished in the amazing weathered look David is famous for.  His article also shares some of Dave's extensive USN PTO knowledge about markings during WW2.  This sharp looking Dauntless served aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.  Beautifully done as always Dave.

John Smalbrugge is here with his final batch of photos from the IPMS Vancouver Model Show 2008.  Today's photos are of all the jet models....including this great looking Harrier in winter camo.  Thanks for sharing John.

Arthur Filippis is here with his exceptionally fine looking 1/48 Italeri F-16.  Arthur used some aftermarket decals with some great 31st Flight Wing tail art and combined that with a fantastic weathering job and  a full weapons loads to get this eye popping F-16.  I really enjoyed seeing Arthur's F-16.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Instrument Dial Decals for Early Allied Jets from airscale.  This new release gives you a vast selection of individual instruments for early Allied jets including the F-84, F-84, F-100, F-104, F9F, Meteor, Vampire and Hunter. 


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Brewster 339 Buffalo C/D/E Tail Cone and Tailwheel from QuickBoost.  These items are designed for the Hasegawa kit. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-47 Thunderbolt Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft ConversionsThese landing gear are designed for the Tamiya kit


Friday,   Oct 14  2011

  Anniversary of X-1 Supersonic Flight - Oct 14 1947 

Shawn "phantom" Weiler gets your Friday update started with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-18C Hornet.  Shawn added the MAW resin flare dispensers Fightertown decals and Eduard photo etch and then entered the model in the Centennial of Naval Aviation here on ARC.  This is one Hornet that really stands out with it's bright orange highlights.. ...beautifully done Shawn

Serge Dompierre joins us today with his very attractive 1/48 Hobbycraft Seafire Mk V.  Serge  finished his Seafire in the markings for a fighter with the Royal Canadian Navy, Squadron VF- 883 onboard aircraft carrier HMCS Warrior in 1948.Very nicely done Serge.....it's great to see an aircraft that operated from one of the Canadian Carriers.

John Smalbrugge joins us with some photos if the excellent models from the IPMS Vancouver Model Show 2008.  Today's photos are of all the miscellaneous models entered into the show.  From ships to figures to Sci-fi and What-if.

I have a product article for the 1/72 F/A-18F VFA-41 Fighting Four One decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features new 2009 markings for the Black Aces of VFA-41.  There are enough markings on this sheet for two complete aircraft, one CAG jet and the CO jet.  

Currently on sale for $5 along with all 1/72 and 1/32 decal sheets......buy 'em while the sale lasts.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 A-6E VA-165 and VA-196 "Booming  Intruders" decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This new decal sheet includes markings for six A-6 Intruders with VA-165 and  VA-196 including one Intruder with the colorful "Puff The Magic Dragon" noseart. 


Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-23 Flogger  Air Scoops from QuickBoost.  These air scoops are designed for the Trumpeter kit.

Here's a product article for the 1/144 Fw-190 D-9 model kit from Platz Hobby.  This model kit includes 2 kits in each box and decals for 3 different aircraft.  Panel lines are recessed and the detail is exceptional.


Thursday,  Oct 13  2011

 US Navy's birthday 

Angelo M Picardo has gone all out on his highly detailed 1/48 Monogram P-61 Black Widow diorama.  Angelo engraved the panel lines on this classic kit and then dressed up the interior and some exterior details with Eduard photo etch and then finished it all off with a heavily weathered paint chipped finish.  The diorama is a base of Pierced Steel Planking  with accessories and figures from a variety of sources.  Together with the P-61 it all creates a very realistic scene.   

Brandon Gerdes did a dynamite job on his Hasegawa Blue Angels Eggplane.  Brandon went with an in-flight display which is the best choice for any Blue Angels aircraft.  The base includes a Blue Angels patch to complete the look of this very dynamic in-flight display.  Excellent work Brandon.....I love it.

John Smalbrugge joins us with some photos if the excellent models from the IPMS Vancouver Model Show 2008.  Today's photos are the trucks and automotive models

I have a product article for the 1/72 F/A-18E VFA-14 Fighting Fourteenth decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features markings for the 2009 CAG jet and line jet from the Tophatters of VFA-14.  This scheme commemorates the 90th Anniversary of the Tophatters who are the Navy's oldest fighter squadron.  

This sheet is currently on sale for $5


Zoltan Pocza is here with a product article for the Boeing 777-346ER (JA731J) - Japan Airlines (JAL) - "Sky ECO" / Japan print from Deployment Productions.    20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-3 cockpit set from AiresThis set is designed for the Trumpeter kit.


Wednesday,   Oct 12  2011

Bali Bombing Terrorist Bombing in Nightclub Bali, Indonesia (2002)

  Spain National Day 

  Equatorial Guinea National Day 

Burt Gustafson starts today's update with his ultra shiny 1/48 Hobby Boss Mirage III C.  Burt explains the whole process he used to get this stunning finish using Alclad’s Micro-Mesh kit followed up with a gloss black base coat and Alclad II Polished Aluminum.  There is no denying the fact it looks amazing.

Vladimir Bilbija has gotten everything looking perfect on his 1/72 Zvezda Mi-8.  Vladimir did some scratchbuilding to the underside and finished it off in the great looking camo used by the Serbian Air Force.

John Smalbrugge joins us with some photos if the excellent models from the IPMS Vancouver Model Show 2008.  Today's photos are a wonderful selection of armour models

Here's a product article for the 1/48 QF-4E Heritage Drones (Tyndall) decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features markings for 2 different QF-4E Phantoms from the 53rd WEG at Tyndall AFB down in Florida.  These two jets were painted in commemorative schemes that had been previously worn by the F-4 during it's USAF service.   

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Ju 87B-2 Stuka Pitot Tubes from QuickBoost These are designed for the Italeri kit.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Hansa-Brandenburg W 20 model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.


Tuesday,    Oct 11   2011 

Hot Babe of the Week!  this week  from Twobobs is courtesy of Philippe Colin!   Bob


Hakan Söylemezoğlu starts off today's update is style with his very attractive 1/48 Hasawega F-4 J.  Hakan chose some special anniversary markings for his Japanese Phantom II.  The weathering is exceptional as well as the colourful artwork and extra detailing in the cockpit.  Beautiful work Hakan.

Phil De Keyser joins us from Belgium with his second models on ARC.  This is his stunning 1/48 Eduard Airacobra P-39 with a fantastic weathering and chipped paint job.  This is truly a beautifully done P-39.  Remarkable work Phil.

John Smalbrugge joins us with some photos if the excellent models from the IPMS Vancouver Model Show 2008.  Today's photos are the prop aircraft models.

Zotz Decals has a new  1/32 P-51D Duxford Eagles decal sheet This decal sheet includes 2 natural metal Mustangs and both have noseart.  One is called "BIG DICK" and the other is called "LITTLE CHIC".

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su 25K Frogfoot A electronic bays from AiresThis resin set gives you 2 electronics bays.....one for each side of the nose and these are designed for the Trumpeter kit..

Alexey Sulla is here with a product article for the 1/144 boarding ladder A3812-0000 for Tu-160 from NorthstarmodelsšThis is one very delicate looking little ladder....amazing.


Monday, Oct 10  2011

  Republic of China National Day 

  Fiji National Day 

Big news is weeks Twobobs Newsletter...a 1/32 & 1/72 sale to reduce inventory.  All 1/32 & 1/72 sheets are $5 or less (except for new releases and CoNA sheets).  Get 'em while you can.  Bob has images of the upcoming F-15C Eifel Eagles decal sheets.....wow there's some great artwork on these jets.  Plus images of the instruction sheets on the upcoming T-6/Texan sheets....Bob has included some colorful USN & USMC examples of this trainer.  

L.C. Chan is here with a  very special model to honour the Republic of China National Day.  This is his 1/48 AFV Club F-5E built to flawless perfection and finished with careful weathering and Tiger Wing decals for a special  ROCAF F-5E with tail art.  Beautiful job L.C.

Niels Peter Henning is here with his second article on ARC and what a stunning 1/32 Revell Junkers Ju 88A-1 it is.  Niels dressed up his model with plenty of photo etch details and then gave it a flawless paint job.  The cockpit is loaded with detail and the weathering looks fantastic.  Amazing work Niels.

Scott Beall is here with his exceptional looking 1/48 Academy F-22/A Raptor.  Scott added the Wolfpack resin cockpit and Cross delta nozzle surface set and then put great effort into the special reflective sheen on his Raptor and I think he did an excellent job replicating the look of the F-22 paint.  Scott then built a custom in-flight display stand for his F-22 model.   

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Bf 109F/G/K Pitot Tubes from QuickBoost.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 OV-1 Mohawk Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  These are designed for the Roden kit.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Blackhawks "Workhorse of the Army" decal sheet from Werner's WingsThis latest release is exactly what the helicopter modelers have wanted in the way of Blackhawk decal sheets.  This sheet includes 18 different UH-60's including one flown by fellow ARC'er CW3 Erick Swanberg.


Sunday,    Oct 9  2011

 Uganda Independence Day 

Saturday,   Oct 8  2011

 Croatia Independence Day 

 India - Indian Air Force Day 

Tomislav Ivankovic has done a lovely job building and finishing his 1/72 Zvezda Mig-21bis.  Tomislav  added a pilot and finished his MiG-21 in Croatian with an attractive camo scheme.  This is a very nice looking MiG-21.

Friday,   Oct 7  2011 
Shawn "phantom" Weiler has done a marvelous job building and finishing his 1/48 Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat wearing the colourful markings for a Sundowners CAG jet.  Shawn used Steel Beach intake covers and made his own exhaust covers to complete his F-14. 

Chris Parsons is here with one of the more interesting Fw-190 dioramas I've ever seen.  This is his 1/32 Hasegawa FW 190 A-8 that he rebuilt as a aircraft destroyed by retreating German troops.  Chris did an excellent job creating the scene and modifying his already built Fw-190 to fit the scene. 

Harv is here today with his Hobbycraft 1/48 Tutor that he made into Snowbird 8.  Harv explains why he chose Snowbird 8 in his article.  The finished model is a very attractive replica of the famous Canada flight demo team jet.  It's a real treat to see your Snowbird Harv.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16C 79th FS 2005 TMOTA Viper decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features markings for the 2005 Tiger Meet of the Americas jet from the 79th FS of Shaw AFB. 

Here's a product article for the 1/32 F/A-18E VFA-143 Pukin Dogs 2007-2010 decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This decal sheet includes markings for 6 different 1/32 F/A-18E's with VFA-143 Pukin Dogs of War during the 2007-2010 time period including some jets with blue tails and a CAG jet and another with noseart. 


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Bf 109E Correct Tailwheel from QuickBoostYou get 2 wheels in each set and they are designed  for the Tamiya kit


Here's a product article for the 1/72 G-33  LET L-13 Blanik model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models You get a choice of 7 different markings schemes including a "Red Bull" scheme.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Brandbomb m/58  Napalm bomb m/58 from Maestro Models.  These would be suitable for the for SAAB 32 Lansen.



Thursday,  Oct 6  2011 
No update today.
Wednesday,   Oct 5  2011 
Eric Hargett is here with his colourful 1/48 Hasegawa LTV A-7E Corsair II.  Eric improved the detail on his Corsair II by adding the Aires cockpit set and wheel bays along with addition weapons and aftermarket decals for markings for VA-94 (Mighty Shrikes) aboard the USS Coral Sea in 1973.  This is a great looking A-7.....nicely done Eric.

David Rapasi is here with another of his stunning builds.  This is his 1/48 Accurate Miniatures SB2U Vindicator in markings from late 1941 and wearing the flawless weathering Dave is famous for.  Dave also discusses the Dec 30 1941 directive about markings on US aircraft.

Serge Dompierre did quite a nice job on his 1/48 Hobbycraft Arado AR-234C.  Serge decided to create his own Luft 46 markings for the Arado 234 and I must say the finished model looks quite attractive.

I have a product article for the 1/32 F-15C/D JASDF Aggressors decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features 2 different Japanese F-15J/DJ Eagles wearing Aggressor camo schemes.  But you also get enough serial numbers to mix and match and build any F-15C/D JASDF Aggressor.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 APU-60-2 Launch Rails from Zactomodels.  These are an ideal addition for some of the Trumpeter kits that only come with single launch rails.  Zactomodels also has some great missiles to hang off these stunning launch rails.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-14A Tomcat cockpit set from Aires.  This cockpit set is designed for the Academy kit.


Tuesday,    Oct 4  2011

  Lesotho National Day 

Hot Babe of the Week!  this week  from Twobobs Hot Babe of the Week is courtesy of your friend and mine, Wally Van Winkle. Some Hawgs for you from the Potato State!   Right Click, Enjoy!    Bob


Adriano Souza is here with his 4th model on ARC and what a stunning model it is.  This is his 1/48 Academy F-15K Slam Eagle built out of the box with tremendous skill.....Adriano added a full and very impressive looking weapons load and given his Korean Eagle just enough weathering to bring it alive.  WOW Adriano....I love the job you did on it.....it's perfect looking. 

Franz Galli joins us today with his flawlessly airbrushed 1/48 Tamiya Fi-103 V-1 Bomb.  Franz airbrushed this one freehand and the mottled camo came out looking exactly like I have seen them in WW2 photos.  It looks great Franz and I am quite happy to see another model of yours on the ARC homepage. 

Vladimir Bilbija has done a gorgeous job detailing and finishing his 1/72 Revell T-2 Buckeye.  Vladimir added scratchbuilt details to the cockpit to improve the kit detail and then finished it off in the colourful marking for a Hellenic Air Force Buckeye.

Zoltan Pocza is here with a product article for the Boeing 767-300ER (N395AN) - American Airlines / United States of America 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 F-14 Tomcat Pitot Tube from QuickBoost.  This Pitot Tube is designed to fit all 1/48 scale models of the F-14 Tomcat.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 BAe Hawk T.1 - Pitot Tube from Master This Pitot Tube is designed to fit all 1/72 scale models of the BAe Hawk T.1.


Monday,    Oct 3  2011

  Germany National Day 

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Bob has the first images of the 1/72 F-15C Eifel Eagles sheet...this sheet will also be available in 1/48 and 1/32.  Wow...this is going to be one very popular sheet.  Bob also has the first news about some upcoming T-6 Texan II decal sheets he's working on.

John King is here to mark the German National Day with his beautifully done East German 1/72 Eduard L-39ZO Albatros.  John dressed up his Albatros with a resin cockpit, control surfaces, and wheels from CMK and then gave it a full weapons load from a variety of sources and finished it all off with decals from Hi-Decal, TOM, and even homemade.  The end result is a stunning model of this former East German jet.  Very nicely done John.

Sertac Bayar has done an outstanding job building and finishing his 1/72 Italeri C-130H.  Sertac gave his aircraft the classic green and brown camo and finished it off in the markings for the Turkish Air Force. 

Alex Cimenti has been busy upgrading his 1/72 Italeri F-104G.  Alex used parts from the Hasegawa Starfighter and finished off this wonderful model in South East Asia camo and Hellenic Air Force markings using Icarus decals.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Ju 87G Stuka Correct Rudder from QuickBoostThis resin rudder is designed for the for Academy kit.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-17 Flying Fortress Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft ConversionsThese landing gear are designed for the  Monogram/Revell kits.

Hal Marshman Sr is here with a product article for the new Airfix 1/48 Bf-109E model kit. 

Mark Peacock of Valiant Wings Publishing is here with a product article for their new book titled The Messerschmitt Me 262 - A Guide To The Luftwaffe's First Jet Fighter.


Sunday,    Oct 2  2011

  Guinea Independence Day 

Saturday,   Oct 1  2011

  People's Republic of China National Day 

  Cyprus Independence Day 

  Nigeria Independence Day 

Orlando Sucre is here on his daughter's birthday with his Aurora Viking Ship.  This is a kit that is over 50 years old and Orlando decided to improve upon the original details of the model by doing much custom a painting to items (such as the shields) instead of using decals.  The big focal point is the custom made sail that was sewn by Orlando's wife and then custom painted by Orlando.  This really is an eye catching model of a very interesting type of ship that we all have heard about in legends from long ago.

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