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Sunday,   Aug 31  2014

Malaysia National Day

Trinidad and Tobago National Day

WW1 Events - Aug 31  1914  
  • The Germans besiege and capture the Maubeuge Fortress.   August 24 – September 7
  • Battle of Lemberg. The Russians capture Lviv.   August 23 – September 11

 


Good job on today's update goes out to everyone in Malaysia.  I love these Malaysian updates.  I tried to get this update loaded sooner out of respect for your time zone.....but I got sidetracked moving my older daughter to her new University in a  different city.  She was very nervous.  

   Happy Merdeka everyone! 


Thomas “Masterqq” Ng gets this very special update started with his 1/72 Italeri Hawk 208.  Thomas combined the Italeri Hawk 100 kit with single seat resin conversion from NMA models and various decals to get this Malaysian beauty.  Very nicely done and I love the choice of markings.

Brian “MrB” Param has chosen an brilliant paint scheme for his 1/32 Hasegawa F-5E.  Brian dressed up the cockpit detail with a Verlinden cockpit set and then chose the aggressor camo scheme of a family friend and squadron commander aircraft.  This is one awesome looking Malaysian F-5.

Derek Ho has taken the weathering on his 1/48 AFV Club RF-5E Tigereye to a very high level of skill.  Derek used pre and post-shading and other techniques to achieve a flawless level of weathering this looks fantastic.  Enjoy his photos.  WOW!!! 

Thomas “Masterqq” Ng is back with his second model for this special update.  This is his 1/72 Airfix Super Lynx which he built from the older Airfix Super Lynx kit.  Thomas modified the engine intakes and then built the rest of his helo OOB with decals sources from different companies.  It's good to see a Malaysian chopper on ARC....especially today.

Brian “MrB” Param has rebuilt his 1/32 Hasegawa TA-4 PTM into an inflight model.  Brian added pilots and other mods to make this Skyhawk more Malaysian specific.  Once he got all the details correct.....he used his masterful airbrushing skills to give this big Skyhawk a truly exceptional weathering job.  It doesn't get much better than this....excellent work Brian.

Thomas “Masterqq” Ng did a first class job on his natural metal 1/50 Academy F-5B.  Thomas replaced the cockpit and the job he did painting the cockpit looks very good indeed.  He then gave his natural metal F-5 just the perfect amount of weathering to achieve a level of realism.

Saturday,   Aug 30  2014

Turkish Victory Day

Kyrgyz Republic National Day

WW1 Events - Aug 30  1914  
Friday,  Aug 29  2014

Slovakia National Day

WW1 Events - Aug 29  1914  

Burt Gustafson did some excellent work on his 1/48 Eduard MIG-21 PFM.  Burt went with a centerline cannon and 2 wing tanks and 2 missiles to complete his loadout. The markings are for a Czech Fishbed complete with noseart and a sharks mouth on the centerline cannon over a first rate bare metal finish.  This is one great looking MiG-21.

Jonathan Polyakov got everything looking excellent on his folded wing 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1D Corsair.  Jonathan chose to build his sharp looking Corsair as a fighter with VF-84 aboard the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17), Feb 1945.  I love the look of his Corsair with it's folded wings.

Mark McClellan is here with a very unique and little known nuclear missile.  This is his 1/65 Revell Chance Vought Regulus II which was designed to be launched from from surface ships and submarines of the USN.  This is a rare model of a rare missile and it is very cool to see it on ARC.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Bf 110D Nachtjager interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/48 U.S.A.F. Maintenance crew figure - farm gate operation Vietnam War 1965 - 1973 from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 de Havilland Sea Venom FAW.21/22/53 "Folding Wings" detail kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models..


Thursday,   Aug 28  2014

Polish (Military) Aviation Day

WW1 Events - Aug 28  1914  

 


No Update today.

Wednesday,   Aug 27  2014

Moldova National Day

WW1 Events - Aug 27  1914 

 


Brian Pruitt is here with a model of very historical CAC Wirraway.  This is Brian's 1/72 High Planes CAC Wirraway in the markings for a CAC Wirraway that shot down a Zero during WW2.  Brian built this multi-media kit to a very high standard and finished it of with an amazing weathering job.  This one look spectacular from every angle.


Kelly Quirk is back to treat you to his latest model.  this is Kelly's 1/48 AMT/Ertl (Italeri) S-3 Viking.  Kelly added  a resin cockpit.....Paragon wingfolds and other work to this stunning Viking model.  He then finished it off with a very subtle weathering job.  WOW!!! 


Michael Keogh is here with his beautifully built 1/72 Hasegawa Grumman F9F-8 Cougar  done up in a colourful USN paint scheme.  Michael tells about a couple of problem area he encountered during the building process for this great looking USN jet. 


Here's a product article for the 1/72 F4U-1D Corsair Engine from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/32 AIM-9DGH Sidewinder Missiles from Zactomodels.  Each sets includes 2 complete missiles with electrical umbilicals and seeker head covers.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 DH.100 Vampire Mk.6 resin cockpit set + vacu canopy from Pavla Models This set is designed for the A-model kit.


Tuesday,    Aug 26   2014 
WW1 Events - Aug 26  1914  

Pablo Angel Herrera has done a lovely job on the classic 1/48 Revell F-105D Thunderchief.  Pablo built his eye catching Thud in SEA camo complete with hand written messages on the bombs.  His weathering captures the sun faded look very well.

Randy Lutz added a resin cockpit and vac-u-formed part of the canopy to improve his 1/48 Nakajima Ki.27B 'Nate'. Once everything was looking perfect, Randy added the unique markings for Manchoukuo from 1944 to his plane.  Such a unique choice of markings and very cool to see.

Andy Lee is here with his 1/48 Italeri Mirage 2000 Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!This special model is finished off with the Mirage 2000 Tiger decals by Twobobs.  Andy has also provided a wealth of info in his article to help you build this kit with great tips to avoid certain problems during construction.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 U.S.A.F. Maintenance crew - farm gate operation Vietnam War from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4 Landing Gear Door Striping Set decal sheet from Furball Aero Design.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Fw 190A-F Prop & Spinner from Ultracast.


Monday,    Aug 25  2014

Uruguay Independence Day

WW1 Events - Aug 25  1914  
  • Japan declares war on Austria-Hungary.

Shawn 'phantom' Weiler gets things started in style today with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4EJ Phantom #173.  Shawn built this fine looking Phantom OOTB and even used the kit decals.  Shawn is an old pro at building this kit and you can see that in the photos of his flawless Japanese Phantom.

Zackery Recznik has done a stellar job on his big 1/32 P-40.  Zackery finished it in US markings complete with a sharks mouth on the nose, which always looks perfect on the P-40.  This is an OOTB build that he completed in 1 week with first class results.

Jerome Braure spent 1 year building his Scratchbuilt 1/20th X-15.  Jerome used a variety of material to complete this massive model that is over 30" long.  Scratchbuilding a model is not an easy task and you'll better appreciate the effort after you read Jerome's article.  I love the look of this X-15.

Feng Shi has dropped by today with the 1/100 Trumpeter An-12 (Y-8).  This model is finished in Chinese markings and a full weathering job that makes it look like a fill sized aircraft.  This Y-8 looks perfect.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 EF-2000 Typhoon Single Seater interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/48 U.S.A.F. Fighter pilot - Vietnam War 1960 - 1975 from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Sea Vixen weighted wheels from Royale Resin.


Sunday,   Aug 24  2014

Ukraine National Day

WW1 Events - Aug 24  1914  

Backfire is here to honour the Ukrainian National Day with his very special model.  This is the 1/144 Trumpeter Il-76MD finished in the markings for the transport aircraft shot down on June 14, 2014 during the hostilities in Eastern Ukraine.  This 1/144 kit builds up into a stunning model.

Saturday,   Aug 23  2014 
WW1 Events - Aug 23  1914  
  • Japan declares war on Germany <-------  in WW2 they we're Allies
  • Battle of Mons, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.
  • Battle of Tannenberg: the Russian army undergoes a heavy defeat by the Germans.   August 23 – August 30
  • Battle of Kraśnik, a phase of the Battle of Lemberg. The Austro-Hungarian First Army defeats the Russian Fourth Army.   August 23 – August 25
  • Battle of Lemberg. The Russians capture Lviv.   August 23 – September 11

Friday,  Aug 22  2014 
WW1 Events - Aug 22  1914
  • Austria-Hungary declares war on Belgium.

Today is my birthday....I'd like to send a happy birthday wishes to Chris Hughes.

Richard Spreckley has done an exceptional job detailing and finishing his 1/48 Hasegawa Harrier GR7.  Richard used Eduard PE set, Aires resin seat and True detail resin undercarriage and then furthered added weapons from Flightpath and finished it all off with special XX Squadron RAF markings and tailart and a top notch weathering job.  Heck he even added a travel pod.  This Harrier is an absolute treat to see.  Enjoy!!!

Kevin Jongen got everything looking perfect on his 1/48 Academy Spitfire FR.MK.XIVe.  Kevin's paint work is flawless and his weathering adds to perfect level of realism to his Australian Spitfire.  I always love seeing Spitfires.

Todd Wheaton is here with his very impressive in-flight display of the 1/144 Minicraft MD-80 in US Air markings.  Todd is a noted member in the civil aviation field and to see one of his airliner models on the ARC homepage is a special event. 

Here's a product article for the 1/72 CH-47A Chinook interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.  

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/48 pilot with KS-4 ejection seat from Aerobonus.  This pilot figure and seat are suitable for the Su-7/9/11/15/17…


Here's a product article for the 1/72 BAC Strikemaster cockpit set + vacu canopy from Pavla Models.


Thursday, Aug 21  2014 
WW1 Events - Aug 21  1914  

Lucian Capraru gets things started today with a model of his favourite aircraft.  This is his 1/48 Eduard MiG-21 MF in Romanian Air Force and complete with a full weapons load.  It's always good to see a model by Louis on the ARC homepage. 


Jens Gerber did plenty of extra work on his 1/48 ICM Polikarpov Po 2.  Jens added extra parts to his model which originally was the ski version but Jens did the changes to get this beauty and then finished it is some great markings to complete his Russian biplane.  His bracing wires on his wings is excellently done with stretched sprue. 


Chris Price & Joe McFeely are both here today with a double article featuring the classic and much loved 1/48 Monogram A-10 Hogs.  These guys both chose quite different paint schemes and with their high quality of workmanship.....they both ended up with amazing models of this epic tank killer.


Jorge Bonilla Alvarado has been very busy adding detail to his 1/48 Fujimi A6M3 Zero.  Jorge detailed the engine and opened the wing gun compartment and then finished it all off with worn paint and a wonderfully weathered look.  Exceptional work Jorge.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Hawker Tempest Mk. V Exhaust from QuickBoost

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-29 Fulcrum C conversion from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress - machine gun set from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 P-51D Mustang Wheels (Diamond and Hole Tread Pattern) from CMK.


Wednesday,   Aug 20  2014

Hungary National Day

WW1 Events - Aug 20  1914  
  • The Germans attack the Russians in East Prussia, the Battle of Gumbinnen. The attack is a failure in addition to being a deviation from the Schlieffen Plan.
  • The Germans occupy Brussels.
  • Battle of Morhange, a phase of the Battle of Lorraine.
  • Battle of Sarrebourg, a phase of the Battle of Lorraine.

Tuesday,    Aug 19  2014

Dieppe Raid 1942

WW1 Events - Aug 19  1914 
  • The Serbs defeat the Austro-Hungarians at the Battle of Cer.   August 16 – August 19
  • Battle of Lorraine, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.   August 7 – August 25
  • Battle of the Frontiers. The Germans obtain a victory against the British Expeditionary Force and France's Fifth Army.   August 7 – September 13

 


Bernard Lapeyrie is here with a special 1/48 Eduard Mirage IIIC flown by the pilot Jacqueline AURIOL.  She used this Mirage to go up to 1850,2 km/h on 06/22/1962.  Bernard used aftermarket goodies and and home made decals and a female figure to complete this very special diorama.  It's very exciting to see this unique Mirage on ARC.

Eric Richard Engstrom has done an amazing job on the big 1/32 Hasegawa P-26A.  Eric used a very smart technique for the bracing wires as well as the antenna wires.  Eric provides some very helpful insight into the correct shade of blue used on these inter war aircraft.  I love the colors and markings Eric chose for the Peashooter....it is a beauty.

Lyle 'Tilt' Katchur is here with his stunning 1/48 Hasegawa CF-18 'Balkan Rat'.  Lyle built this big Canadian Hornet for a pilot friend and loaded it with a full weapons load as it appeared on operations in 1999 along with a very realistic weathering job to complete this gem.

Michael Johnson joins us today with his shape looking 1/48 Pro Modeller Dornier Do335-A1.  Mike added Eduard PE seat belts to dress up the cockpit and then built the rest of the model with special care to get these excellent results.  Very nice indeed Mike.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Hurricane Mk.I control surfaces from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Here's a product article for the Air America decal sheet from Mike Grant DecalsThis decal sheet includes a variety of sizes for different aircraft in different scales.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-40 Tomahawk Early Square Back Seat without Harness from UltracastThis seat is suitable for early war RAF, RAAF, SAAF & Flying Tigers (A.V.G.).

 

Monday,    Aug 18  2014

Afghanistan Independence Day

WW1 Events - Aug 18  1914 
  • The Serbs defeat the Austro-Hungarians at the Battle of Cer.   August 16 – August 19
  • Battle of Lorraine, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.   August 7 – August 25
  • Battle of the Frontiers. The Germans obtain a victory against the British Expeditionary Force and France's Fifth Army.   August 7 – September 13

 


Dragan Cvetic is here with a very unique What-if project.  This is his 1/72 Hasegawa F-16A in Iranian markings and a sharp looking camo.  Dragan scratchbuilt a pitot tube and seatbelts to improve the detail on his Iranian Viper.  This is very cool to see an F-16 in Iranian camo and markings..

Serge Dompierre is here with a model he built almost 40 years ago.  This beautiful model is his 1/48 Testors Hawk Ryan STM-S2 in the markings for the Royal Netherlands Air Force as it appeared in 1941.  Beautifully done Serge.

Eric Bade joins us today with 2 sharp looking F-86 Sabres.  These are his NA Sabres - 1/72 Fujimi NA F-86F-40 Sabre & 1/72 Hasegawa NA F-86D Sabre Dog in both Portuguese and USAF markings.  Eric dropped the slats on the F-86F and then gave it an exceptional weathering job.  His Sabre Dog is a baremetal bird in USAF markings during the '50's.

Juan Ramon Garcia Martin has done a first class job on his 1/72 Italeri IAF Spitfire.  This is the Spitfire flown by Ezer Weizman and Juan gave it a full weathering job to make it quite realistic looking.  I love the look of this black Israeli Spitfire.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Gannet AS. Mk.1/4 interior photo etch detail set  from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Revell kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 LAU-3 US Navy Rocket Container from Aerobonus.  These were used by the A-1, A-4, A-7....


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Westland Wapiti Mk.IIA model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models This model kit has markings for 5 different aircraft.


Sunday,   Aug 17  2014

Gabon Independence Day

Indonesia Independence Day 

WW1 Events - Aug 17  1914  

Saturday,   Aug 16  2014 
WW1 Events - Aug 16  1914  
  • The Serbs defeat the Austro-Hungarians at the Battle of Cer.   August 16 – August 19

Friday,  Aug 15  2014

India Independence Day

Congo National Day

Republic of Korea National Day

WW1 Events - Aug 15  1914  
  • Battle of Lorraine, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.   August 7 – August 25
  • Battle of the Frontiers. The Germans obtain a victory against the British Expeditionary Force and France's Fifth Army.   August 7 – September 13

Happy Indian Independence Day "Jai Hind".
Kevin R. Ingraham gets today started with his beautifully done 1/72 Hobbyboss Mi-4.  Kevin added an Eduard photo etch set and extra scratchbuilt interior detail with very good results.  The model looks great Kevin and the history behind this chopper is quite interesting.

Felix Troschier joins us from Germany with his  very colourful 1/72 Airfix Canberra B(I).58.  Felix added a resin cockpit, Eduard Photo etch and resin wheel wells and finally chose a very bright paint scheme (bottom is yellow and black stripes).  This is one sweet looking Canberra.

Ratish Nair is here with a very popular and classic IAF jet.  This is his 1/72 Modelsvit Sukhoi Su-7BMK in the markings for 221 Sqn. "The Valiants" and wearing one great looking camo scheme.  This great looking Indian jet and the perfect addition to this special Indian update.

Murli Rajan has done a first class job on his Indian Army 1/72 Heller Alouette III (Chetak).  Murli  built it out of the box with great success.

Aamod Potdar is back on ARC to amrk this special Indian holiday with his beautifully finished 1/48 Academy MiG-21 Bis IAF.  Aamod did an excellent job painting his MiG and then finished it all off with careful weathering.  The MiG-21 does look good in Indian markings.

Ratish Nair did quite a few mods to improve the accuracy on his 1/72 Academy Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23MF.  Ratish chose a very attractive camo to finish his MiG and I love the way it turned out..

Murli Rajan is here with something you don't see very often.  This is his 1/72 Airfix 'Hormone' Kamov Ka25 in the markings for the Indian Navy and sporting weathering for that realistic look.

Damanbir Sekhon is here with his big and impressive looking 1/72 Amodel IL-76MD.  It's good to see the IL-76MD in Indian Air Force markings....nicely done Daman.

Ratish Nair is here with a very unique looking 1/72 Fujimi MiG-21FL Type-77.  Ratish chose a MiG in Indian markings and special stripes on the tail.  He also added extra detail to improve his model further with flawless results.

Murli Rajan is a regular on the ARC homepage and today he is here with this very special looking 1/48 Kopro Sukhoi Su-7.  Murli added extra detailing and chose a very attractive paint scheme for his Su-7.

Aditya Singh Chauhan is here with a amazing looking 1/48 Kinetic Mirage 2000.  I love the choice of the camo colours on this Mirage 2000.

Ratish Nair added some critical detail to improve the accuracy on his 1/72 Condor Mikoyan MiG-21 Bison.  Ratish explains the special extra work he did on his Bison to make it look so good.

Damanbir Sekhon has captured the look of the Indian Jaguars perfected with his 1/48 Heller Jaguar IS.  Daman gave his Jaguar just the perfect amount of weathering.

Ratish Nair is back again today with his 1/72 Hobby Boss Mil Mi-17 in UN markings as it served with the Indian forces in the Congo.  Ratish captured the look of the UN Mil Mi-17 excellently. 

Aditya Singh Chauhan did a huge amount of work to make this 1/48 Trumpeter Mig-27.  This model started as a MiG-23 and after quite a few modification this model became this stunning looking MiG-27.  I love the camo scheme.

Ratish Nair has been busy getting the unique details correct on his 1/72 Heller Aerospatiale SA-316B Alouette III / Chetak.  Ratish made his own decals for this Indian Navy chopper and as you will see in each photo.....it looks great from every angle.

Thursday, Aug 14  2014

Pakistan Independence Day

WW1 Events - Aug 14  1914  

S K Loh joins us from Singapore with his exceptional 1/144 F-Toys SAAB Draken J35J.  This tiny Draken is loaded with added detail including scratchbuilt details and then given a first class camo paint job with just the perfect amount of weathering.  I'm impressed so much extra work can be done on such a tiny model.

Mark L. Rossmann is a highly skilled modeler that is a regular contributor to the ARC homepage...which pleases me very much.  Today's gem is his 1/48 Accurate Miniatures B-25G  with sexy noseart and just the perfect amount of weathering.  Mark tells the history of this aircraft and also explains in very helpful detail the differences that make the B-25G unique and special.

Sebastian Lim is here on the Pakistani Independence Day with his exceptionally well done 1/48 Trumpeter FT-6 Trainer.  What makes this FT-6 Trainer so special is the exceptional painting and weathering by Sebastian.  He has managed to bring this model to life with a fantastic level of realism.

Anthony Manzoli has really done justice to the big 1/32 Revell Bf-109G-4.  Anthony dressed up the cockpit with his scratchbuilt seatbelts and used different wheels and then got busy pre-shading the panel lines before applying his final camo with some lighting done to some areas of his model.  His completed 109 is quite the eye catching model.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 P-40N Exhaust from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Hobby Boss kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-29 APU-60 Missile Pylons from Zactomodels


Here's a product article for the 1/48 WW II RAF MC Bomb Mk.I 250lb from CMKThis set is designed for the WW2 RAF bombers.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Gloster Meteor F.3 + vacu canopy resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis set is designed for the Cyber-Hobby (Dragon) kit.


Wednesday,   Aug 13  2014 
WW1 Events - Aug 13  1914  
  • Battle of the Frontiers. The Germans obtain a victory against the British Expeditionary Force and France's Fifth Army.   August 7 – September 13

Tuesday,    Aug 12   2014 
WW1 Events - Aug 12  1914  
  • The United Kingdom declares war on Austria-Hungary.
  • Battle of Haelen, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.

Eduard Boxem is here with something special today.  This is his 1/32 Hobbyboss Republic F-84G Thunderjet finished in Royal Dutch Airforce markings and just the perfect amount of weathering to darken the panel lines.  It's good to see a Dutch F-84 on ARC.

Hal Marshman, Sr is here with his great looking 1/72 HobbyBoss Mitsubishi A5M4 Claude.  Hal goes into very helpful detail about the build process and I love the way his little Claude turned out.  It's a beauty Hal. 

Eric Bade joins us with two very special models today.  These are the 1/72 Hasegawa and 1/48 Tamiya Tuskegee Airmen P51D Mustang built by Eric and his friend.  Both of these Mustangs are beautifully done and Eric and Eric tells of the extra work he did to make his Mustang look so realistic. 


David Horn went all out detailing and enhancing his 1/48 Hasegawa F-15C Eagle.  David added a resin cockpit set and resin exhausts along with other detail items before giving his F-15 a first class paint job complete with RBF tags.  WOW!!!


Here's a product article for the 1/48 US NAVY multiple ejector rack MER-7 (A/A37B-6) from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 IAI Kfir Pitot Tube & Angle Of Attack probe from Master.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-40 Tomahawk Early Square Back Seat with British Sutton Harness from Ultracast.  This seat is suitable for early war RAF, RAAF, SAAF Tomahawks.


Monday,    Aug 11  2014

Chad Independence Day 

WW1 Events - Aug 11  1914  
  • France declares war on Austria-Hungary.

Bernard Lapeyrie has rebuilt his 1/48 Heller Mirage IIIB into quite the impressive in-flight model.  Bernard  closed the landing gear and added pilots and finished it all off with a flawless and beautifully weathered bare medal finish.  I love the way it looks displayed on the French flag display stand.  

Carmel J.Attard is here with his brightly coloured 1/72 Aurora Hiller X-18 Convertiplane.  Carmel tells the history of this early VTOL prototype and then explains how he built this very old kit into such a wonderful example of this little known aircraft from long ago.  I love the look of his finished model and am impressed the wings can be posed at different angles.

Darren Roberts is here with his very impressive 1/48 Hasegawa A-7D Corsair II.  Darren built this one for his friend in the markings of the Ohio Air Guard with a full weapons load and special markings with great look tailart.  It's always a treat to see Darren's models on the ARC homepage.

Ivan Kuzmenko has been very busy rescribing the panels lines on his 1/72 Italeri Heinkel He-111 H6.  Ivan chose a North African desert camo and finished it off with weathering and chipped paint.  This is a gorgeous He-111 Ivan has created.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 F-16CJ interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.  This set is designed for the Academy Minicraft kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4B/N/J/S Wing Pylons (USN Version) from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16 Aces II Seat from Sierra Hotel ModelsThis set is designed for the Tamiya/Kinetic F-16AM-CJ kits.


Sunday,   Aug 10  2014

Ecuador Independence Day

WW1 Events - Aug 10  1914  
  • Battle of the Frontiers. The Germans obtain a victory against the British Expeditionary Force and France's Fifth Army.   August 7–September 13
  • Battle of Mulhouse, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.   August 7 – 10

Saturday,   Aug 9  2014

Singapore National Day

Nagasaki Atomic Bombing Aug 9 1945  11:02AM
Peacekeeping Day in Canada 

In memory of 9 peacekeepers killed on Aug 9 1974

WW1 Events - Aug 9  1914  

Friday,  Aug 8  2014 
WW1 Events - Aug 8  1914 
  • The Germans besiege and then capture the fortresses of Liège, Belgium.   August 4 – 16
  • Battle of the Frontiers. The Germans obtain a victory against the British Expeditionary Force and France's Fifth Army.   August 7–September 13
  • Battle of Mulhouse, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.   August 4 – 10

Dragan Cvetic has done an excellent job on his 1/72 Zvezda MiG-21 Bis.  Dragan added scratchbuilt pitotube details and seat belts and then gave his MiG one of his highly skilled washes for the perfect weathered look.

Hal Marshman, Sr has done his usual first class job on his spectacular looking 1/48 HobbyBoss Fw-190D-9.  Hal scratchbuilt the seatbelts/buckles, brake lines, ventral underside antenna, landing gear indicators, engine bearers, oil reservoir, and wingtip nav lights and pitot tube.  Wow...so much detailing.  This is a very special Dora....it is the longest serving operational 190D-9.  It's always a special day on ARC when Hal visits with his latest model.

Darius Aibara modified his 1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier FRS1 with the Flightpath etched brass detail set and an Aeroclub white metal ejection seat.  He has finished off his Harrier with some very special looking markings for the 899 NAS 50th anniversary scheme.  This is one very sharp looking Sea Harrier.

Glenn Cook starts today with his 1/32 Hasegawa F6F-3 Hellcat.  Glenn did a fair bit of work on his big Hellcat including a very good technique for the navigation lights as well as the attachment points for his antenna wires.  He's included a pic of the cockpit, which has a very nice level of detail including his scratchbuilt seat belts. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-38 Lightning interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Fokker D.XXI Danish Version model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Sukhoi T-50 cockpit set from Neomega.


Thursday, Aug 7  2014

Cote d'lvoire National Day

WW1 Events - Aug 7  1914  

Serge Dompierre gets things started in style today with his very fun vignette of his 1/48 Hobbycraft Piper Cub J-3.  Serge built his model to appear as an R/C model with a figure getting ready for a session of R/C flying.  Serge even added a dog and various R/C items to complete the scene.  I love this one!!!

Brian Param a.k.a Mr B dropped by the ARC Corporate office in Malaysia with his flawlessly built 1/48 Revell Monogram Panther.  Brian built his Panther to represent Lt Harry Brubaker’s Panther as seen in the Bridges at To Ko Ri.  It is always a special treat for me to see Brian's latest model on ARC.

Jacek Widziszowski has done the most amazing job painting his 1/48 Revell/Monogram Messerschmitt Bf-110 G4/R3.  Jacek picked the most complicated camo scheme for his radar equipped Bf-110....simply amazing work Jacek.

Somchai 'Blackeyes' joins us from Thailand with his beautiful 1/72 Fujimi F-4 'Phamtom Fever'.  Somchai did an excellent job building his Phantom and finished it in British markings with a full weapons load and drop tanks.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 FAB-100 Soviet WW2 bombs from Aerobonus.  These were used on such aircraft as the Su-2, Pe-2, Tu-2, IL-2, Yak-9B....


Here's a product article for the 1/48 SwAF Seaplanes T 2, Tp 54, TP 47 decal sheet from Maestro ModelsThis decal sheet from features 5 different  Seaplanes and floatplanes used by the Swedish Air Force.  


Here's a product article for the 1/72 F-86F Sabre resin cockpit set from Pavla Models.


Wednesday,   Aug 6  2014

Bolivia Independence Day

Jamaica National Day

  Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Aug 6 1945  8:15AM

WW1 Events - Aug 6  1914 

Kenji Miyazawa did an exceptional job improving the details on his 1/48 Revell MiG-25PD including added Eduard photo etch and scratchbuilt details.  Kenji reworked quite a few areas on his MiG-25 and then finished it with a flawless paint job and a perfect weathering job.  WOW!!!

Rodrigo AD has added a huge amount of detail to his 1/35 Dragon MD500E Gunship.  Rodrigo combined many aftermarket sets with his own excellent scratchbuilding to create his El Salvador Air Force chopper.  These big kits permit plenty of detail as you will see in  Rodrigo's photos.

Franck Oudin joins us today with his very attractive 1/48 Revell (Dragon/DML) Ju-88 C6.  Franck chose a great looking mid-war camo scheme and finished it off with full weathering including exhaust stains.

Yusof Bin Zakaria is here with his fully loaded 1/48 Revell F-15E.  Yusof shows the true mission for his Eagle with it's full weapons load, but what really catches the eye is the weathering and shading Yusof did to his Eagle.....his model looks better than the real jet.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 P-61A Black Widow Gun Barrels from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Dragon kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-29 APU-73 Missile Pylons from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 IAI Kfir - Pitot Tube & Angle Of Attack probe from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Seafire Mk.46/47 – Control surfaces set from CMK.


Tuesday,    Aug 5  2014

 Russia - End of Kursk operation (1943) 

 Croatian Victory Day or Dan Domovinske zahvalnosti 

 (similar to a Thanksgiving Day) 

WW1 Events - Aug 5  1914  

Gabriel Stern has done the most amazing job on his 1/72 Formaplane-based scratchbuilt Stinson "A" prototype.  Gabriel did a massive amount of scratchbuilding on this very complicated project and I must say I enjoyed seeing it very much.  WOW!!!

Shawn "phantom" Weiler has been busy building his 1/48 Hasegawa F-18C Hornet as a CAG jet with VFA-15 on board USS GH Bush CVN-77.  Shawn added a resin cockpit and resin nose along with other details before finishing it off with Afterburner decals.  This one is a beauty Shawn.

Andy Stark has done a very nice job on his 1/48 Hasegawa Typhoon Mk. 1B.  Andy added Eduard seatbelts and a scratchbuilt gun site and then finished his Typhoon in the classic camo with the perfect amount of weathering to a beautifully realistic degree.

 

Nkululeko Jansson is here today with his great looking 1/48 Academy Mirage FIII done up in South African markings.  Nkululeko built his Mirage out of the box and combined kit decals with some decals from Leading Edge Models to get the correct markings.  I love the choice of camo he used on his SAAF Mirage FIII......very nice indeed.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 B-24 Liberator interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.  This set is designed for the Hasegawa kit

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Soviet Air Force colonel, Korean War 1951 from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-40 Tomahawk Early Square Back Seat from Ultracast.  This seat is suitable for Flying Tigers (A.V.G.) Aircraft.


Monday,    Aug 4  2014

Burkina Faso National Day

WW1 Events - August 4   1914 - 
  • 09.00 (CET) 4 Aug 1914: Antoine Adolphe Fonck, aged 21, a lancer in the 2nd Lancers, becomes the first Belgian to fall in combat. He dies close to Battice as the Germans advance from the border towards Liège. 
  • Germany invades Belgium to outflank the French army. 
  • Britain protests the violation of Belgian neutrality, guaranteed by a treaty;
  • German Chancellor replies that the treaty is just a chiffon de papier (a scrap of paper).
  • The United Kingdom declares war on Germany.
  • The United States declares neutrality. 

I have decided to begin marking the historical events of WW1 as they unfold over the next 4 years.  I have updated the ARC homepage with events that have unfolded in the time line since Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to Austria-Hungary's throne, and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated on June 28 by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip while the couple were visiting Sarajevo, Bosnia.  By today...100 years ago...the British Empire has joined the declarations of war.  I like to think there was a quiet portion of all societies that had a bad feeling about the unfolding events.  I am left numb when I ponder the misery that befell the 20th century due to the actions of one student with a gun.  WW1 began the downfall of many European Empires.....and lead directly to WW2 and the downfall of the British Empire.....the continued rise of the USA....and the independence of many former European colonies....which in turn unfolded into many post war events.  The rise of the USSR could be directly connected to the cost of WW1 which lead to the Russian revolution.  There is no doubt bad events would have still happened.....but it is amazing to ponder the millions that have died since that one student killed 2 people. 

Today I will only have WW1 models on ARC to remember the opening events of WW1 and no product articles out of respect for all those that were affected by this horrific conflict.

Zoran Verhovšek starts this special update with his stunning diorama.  This is his 1/48 Special Hobby Fokker B.II at a German airfield between missions.  It appears the guns are being removed for the night in the hand cart.  A very moving scene and beautifully done by Zoran.

Alain Carrette is here with his 1/48 Eduard Nieuport 11 in the markings of a Belgian ace.  Some markings were custom made and the whole diorama and model were beautifully done.  Belgium suffered horribly during WW1 and this diorama helps to acknowledge that suffering. 

Diego M. Pavese is here with what I consider to be one of the best looking German aircraft from WW1.  This is his 1/48 Gavia Albatros D.1 with flawless woodgrain on the fuselage and expertly done rigging.  So beautifully done and so delicate looking. 

Sören Bartusch  is here with a very special little 1/48 Eduard Sopwith 2F.1 Camel.  Sören tells the story of a raid from the British H.M.S. Furious against the airship hangars in Tondern in the summer of 1918.  Amazing work Sören. 

Sunday, Aug 3  2014
WW1 Events - August 3  1914 - 
  • Germany declares war on France. 
  • Belgium denies permission for German forces to pass through to the French border.

Saturday,  Aug 2  2014

Former Yugoslavian

  Republic of Macedonia  National Day 

WW1 Events - August 2  1914
  • Germany invades Luxembourg.
  • Skirmish at Joncherey, first military action on the Western Front 
  • Lance Corporal Jules-Andre Peugeot is first French soldier to die in WW1
  • Sub-Lieutenant Albert Mayer is first German soldier to die in WW1
  • Germany besieges and captures fortified Longwy "the iron gate to Paris" near the Luxembourg border, opening France to mass German invasion.  August 2 - August 26  1914 

Friday,  Aug 1  2014

Benin Independence Day

Switzerland - Foundation of the Swiss Confederation

WW1 Events - August 1  1914 - 
  • Germany declares war on Russia.  
  • Italy declares its neutrality. 
  • Germany and the Ottoman Empire sign a secret alliance treaty.

Dragan Cvetic starts today's update with his very eye catching 1/72 Zvezda Mil Mi-24V.  Dragan rescribed the panel lines and added Eduard photo etch to improve the detail and then finished it off with aftermarket decals.  I love the look of the camo on this Mi-24.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler added some excellent aftermatrket detail sets to complete his stunning 1/48 Hasegawa F-18C Hornet.  This is VFA-87s 2014 CAG jet which is a great looking paint scheme.  This one is a beauty.

Ivan Pliopas has done a first class job on his 1/72 Italeri C-119G.  Ivan chose the very attractive white and baremetal paint scheme and finished his Boxcar in Brazilian ...which is nice to see.  This is a sweet looking model of this classic transport aircraft.

Peter Kozelj has done an outstanding job building and finishing his 1/48 Tamiya Me-262A-2aPeter dressed up the cockpit with a resin seat and then used the kit decals to finish it in a complicated camo scheme.  I love the look of Peter's Me-262.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 B-24J interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 USAF Flightline Tool Cabinet (Roll Cab) 8 drawers from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4E / F-4ETM / RF-ETM Phantom II decal sheet from Hi-Decal Line This new decal sheet features markings for 4 different Phantoms including 2 F-4E's, one F-4ETM and one RF-ETM Phantom II including the Turkish Phantom shot down by a Syrian SAM in 2012.


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