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Sunday,  July 31  2016    
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Saturday,  July 30  2016

Vanuatu Independence Day

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Friday,  July 28  2016

Peru Independence Day

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Shows this weekend include:

Eric Morningstar begins today with his 4th model on ARC.  This is the classic 1/72 Hasegawa AH-1 Skyraider built to a very high standard with the assistance of aftermarket cockpit upgrades from Aires, wing folds from Wolfpack and some resin wing racks by Quickboost.  Eric pulled this project together with great skill and his weathering job to show the exhaust stains is fantastic and beautifully executed.  This is one sweet looking Skyraider.

Kees Kuyper has been very creative building his Osprey all weather helicopter.  This what-if chopper belongs to subcompany of Arcair named A.H.S. (Arcair Helicopter Services) and is quite the creative project and looks quite viable for an aircraft.  It's a treat to see your latest work on ARC Kees.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 PBY-5A weighted wheels from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the Revell kit. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-51 Mustang Pt. 4 decal sheet from Lifelike Decals This decal sheet includes 4 Mustangs flown by American Aces including one P-51B and 3 P-51D's and 3 from England and 1 that flew from the Philippines.  All 4 Mustangs have noseart.


Thursday,  July 28  2016    
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Thomas Brückelt joins us today with his very interesting 1/72 Bird Models Lippisch P.01-116 2nd design.  This little fighter had a jet engine plus a rocket motor and Thomas reworked most areas of his little resin model to make it more accurate and better detailed.  In the end Thomas was rewarded with quite the attractive little aircraft sporting desert camo.  I love the look of this aircraft.

David Mielke - "VMFA314Knights" joins us today with his classic 1/48 Tamiya Mitsubishi A6M2.  David built his Zero OOB with added seatbelts and finished his sharp looking fighter in the markings for a Japanese Ace with 10 victories that was KIA in late 1944.  Beautiful work David.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Alamo Missiles from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Jaguar GR.1 resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Italeri kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-17 FAST FIX Gun Barrel Replacement Set from RESIN2Detail.


Wednesday,  July 27  2016

Korean War Armistice Date 1953

No update today.

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Tuesday,  July 26  2016

Liberia Independence Day

Maldives Independence Day

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Angelo M Picardo starts today with his exceptional 1/32 Kitty Hawk OV-10A Bronco.  Angelo added some detail to the cockpit and then gave his Bronco a lovely weathering job and markings for a USMC bird during the Vietnam war.  Beautiful work Angelo. 

Gavin Parnaby is here with some excellent step by step guidance to building a more accurate 1/72 Revell Horten Ho229A-1.  Gavin added the Eduard and Airwaves cockpit detail sets and then carefully built and modified all the tiny details that are critical to building this kit into a more accurate model.  His article is a very helpful and fascinating read.  Beautifully done Horten flying wing Gavin.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F6F Hellcat early armament from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-51 Mustang Seats from Ultracast.


Monday,  July 25  2016   
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Bernard Lapeyrie added a variety of aftermarket detail sets to his 1/48 Revell Canadair Sabre Mk.6.  Bernard then made some custom decals for what are probably the coolest Sabre markings with their roots going back to Erich Hartmann's fighter from WW2.  

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with A couple 1/48 Esci CH-136 Kiowas.  They are wearing quite different schemes using Belcher Bits decals and as an added bonus Shawn includes one of his stories from his days in the military.

Here's a product article for the Wire Assist Forming Tool - Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small Shop.  Matched Grab Handles Every Time!


Here's a product article for the 1/48 A-6 wheels from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Hobby Boss kit.


Sunday,  July 24  2016   
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Saturday,  July 23  2016

Egypt National Day

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Friday,  July 22  2016    
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Mike Muth starts today with his exceptional looking 1/48 Eduard Fokker D.VII (OAW).  Mike explains some very critical history about the Fokker D.VII and why the Eduard kit is such a treat to build.  He also shows you some photos of this WW1 beauty that will inspire everyone.  I love the job you did on this one Mike.

Dragan Cvetic did a very fine job on his tiny 1/144 Dragon/Italeri MiG-29.  Dragan was not impressed with the Dragon/Italeri kit, but that didn't stop him from building a sweet looking MiG-29.  Nicely done Dragan.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Panavia Tornado correct nose + pitot tube from SBS ModelThis detail set is designed for the Panavia Tornado IDS, ECR, GR.1 from Revell. 


Thursday,  July 21  2016

Belgium Independence Day

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Waldemar Pupar joins us from Poland with his amazing build of the classic 1/72 Revell Buccaneer S Mk 2B.  Waldemar added a weapons load and crew figures along with a full desert camo and weathering job and great noseart.  This is one great looking Buccaneer.

Jens Gerber is here with his flawless 1/48 Eduard Bf 109 G5 wearing a very interesting looking camo.  Jens used EZ Line for the antenna wire and built the rest of his sharp looking 109 out of the box with excellent results.  I love the look of the camo on this Gustav.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-29 Exhausts from Zactomodels This detail set is designed for the Trumpeter.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 F6F Hellcat - early armament from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 MiG-23ML cockpit and exhaust set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Italeri/Zvezda kit.


Wednesday,  July 20  2016

Colombia Independence Day

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

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Emre Tuzun has done a stunning build of the 1/48 Italeri AH-1W Super Cobra.  Emre added Cobra Company's resin cockpit set and Werner's Wings 2-tube TOW launchers along with other scratchbuilt details and then finished his Cobra as the chopper his friend flew for the Turkish military.  The paint work and detailing is exceptionally well done.

Burt Gustafson has done a very nice build of the 1/48 Trumpeter F9F-2 Panther.  Burt tells the history of this Korean War American jet and explains about the build process.  It is a treat to see his USN Panther on ARC today.  

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-51 Mustang Seats from UltracastThese are for the Mid Production Plywood P-51B/C.


Tuesday,  July 19  2016  
No update today.

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Monday,  July 18  2016    
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Sertac Bayar joins us from Turkey with his highly detailed 1/24 Revell AB-204 (UH-1B Conversion).  Sertac added some excellent scratchbuilt details as you will see in his in-progress photos.  He finished this beauty in Turkish Navy markings.  I love the detail Sertac added to his chopper.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with his very special 1/48 Hasegawa YF-4D Phantom #184.  Shawn added a resin cockpit and aftermarket decals to create his YF-4D.  Shawn has also included photos of his Phantom display case.

Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Cut-Off Set - Standard from The Small ShopThis Photo Etch Cut-Off Set - Standard is designed to hold the photo etch fret as you remove parts from the photo etch fret.  This is a big help so parts don't go flying into your carpet or parts unknown. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 AM-39 Exocet missiles from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis anti-ship missile is used by 12 different countries from strike aircraft as well as helicopters.


Sunday,  July 17  2016

Iraq Republic Day

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Saturday,  July 16  2016    
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Friday,  July 15  2016    
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Iván Aceituno C. has done an exceptional job detailing and painting his 1/48 Kittyhawk MIG-25PDS Iraq "Hornet Killer".  Iván added scratch built details as well as aftermarket sets and did a fascinating pre-shading job giving his model a  full camo paint job and darkened panel lines before finishing it in the monotone paint job.  The pre-shading shows up as stunning weathering.  Check out his photos...the weathering is stunning.

Gavin Parnaby is here with a very rare version of the 109.  This is his  1/72 MPM Bf 109H built with some scratchbuilding and aftermarket items to create this cool looking photo recon Luftwaffe fighter.  Gavin includes the history of the 109H along with what he did to create this special 109.  I love the long wings.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F2A2 Buffalo resin cockpit set + vacu canopy from Pavla Models.  This detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 The Intruders' Sandbox decal sheet from AOA Decals This decal sheet has markings for 7 different A-6 Intruders from the USN and USMC in Libyan Strikes in 1986 & Desert Storm in 1991.


Thursday,  July 14  2016

France National Day

I have been to Nice, France more than once and I know the city well and at one time I had relatives that lived there.  My heart is with the people of Nice affected by this cowardly and insane terrorist attack.

No update today.

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Wednesday,  July 13  2016    
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Burt Gustafson joins us with his eye catching 1/48 Airfix F.1A English Electric.  Burt includes some quite interesting background info about the RAF Lightning as well as what was required to build this gem.  Burt chose the attractive colors of the Firebirds aerobatic team.  I love the red and bare metal paint scheme.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 CF-101 Voodoo - Symmetrical Markings decal sheet from Canuck Model Products.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-51D-K Mustang Seats from  UltracastThis set contains 2 seats.


Tuesday,  July 12  2016

Sao Tome and Principe Independence Day

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Patrick Vossenberg joins us today with his very attractive looking 1/48 Revell F-84F Thunderstreak.  Patrick built this beauty OOB with a very exceptional and subtle weathering job in the camo and markings for a Belgian jet.  This is one very good looking Thunderstreak.....well done Patrick. 

Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-29A Correction kit from Zactomodels This detail set is designed for the Revell kit. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Aero L-29 Delfin Pitot Tubes from Master.


Monday,  July 11  2016

Mongolia National Celebration Day

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Artur Domanski builds in the larger scales and adds an impressive amount of detail to his models.  Artur's 1/32 Tamiya Mustang IV is beautifully detailed using aftermarket items and some very skillful work by Artur.  Enjoy all 35 photos...this one is a beauty. 

Gerd Wilcken is here with another of his 144 wonders.  This is his 1/144 Revell F-15E Strike EagleTiger Meet of the Americas built to a very high standard with missiles and drop tanks.  Gerd built an attractive base to display his Strike Eagle.  This is one very sweet looking F-15E. 

Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Extended Roller Set - Use with Brass Assist from The Small Shop.  This set compliments the Deluxe Brass Assist Rolling Set without duplicating any of the all metal roller set included with the Brass Assist.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 AS.34 Kormoran missiles from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis anti-ship missile was used by Germany and Italy.


Sunday,  July 10  2016

Invasion of Sicily - Allied Landings at Sicily in 1943 

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Saturday,  July 9  2016

Argentina Independence Day

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Friday,  July 8  2016    
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Shawn "phantom" Weiler has done a stunning job on his 1/48 Hasegawa RF-4E Phantom #183.  This is a greek anniversary scheme complete with crew figures and colourful tail art.  Shawn has also included a photo of some of his many Phantoms.


Phillip Steele has added extra detailing to the interior and exterior of his 1/72 Hobby Boss Mi 4 Hound.  As a finishing touch Phillip drooped the rotor blades and added a tiny bit of weathering to complete this gem.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 AS.34 Kormoran missiles from Eduard Model Accessories.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 AT-16 Harvard conversion set from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsThis set permits you to build an accurate Royal Netherlands Air Force AT-16 Harvard.


Thursday,  July 7  2016

Solomon Islands National Day

  Terrorist Subway attacks in the UK July 7 2005 

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Bernard Lapeyrie begins today with a very exciting air to air scene of an USAF F-86 shooting down a North Korean MiG-15 in Sky of Korea - 1/48.  Bernard has the MiG pilot halfway through the ejection sequence with his canopy behind his aircraft.  There is no doubt about it...this is one very cool dogfight diorama.

Mike Regan is here with his 8th Seafire.  This is his gorgeous 1/48 Airfix Seafire FR.47 in all it's glory.  Mike includes the history of the Seafire as well as what he did to build this beauty. 

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Aero L-39 Albatros Pitot Tubes from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Su-22 UM3K resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Italeri/Bílek kits.


Wednesday,  July 6  2016

Comoros Independence Day

Malawi Republic Day

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Ed Adams starts today with his 2nd model on ARC.  This is his 1/32 Kitty Hawk T-28B with some added detailing and stellar weathering.  The custom decals and weathering do a wonderful job bringing this one to life. Beautifully done Ed.

Jens Gerber has been busy at his workbench again.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa Arado 234 B2 with added cockpit detailing and finished in a very well done camo paint job.  Jens equipped his 234 with quite the bomb.   Well done Jens.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-27 intake correction set from Zactomodels.  This resin set does a wonderful job correcting the Trumpeter kit parts on the Su-27B.  Trumpeter has 'retooled' this part of their kit on the SU-27UB, Su-30MKK and newer releases of the Su-27 Flanker B.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles from Eduard Model Accessories.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-47 Thunderbolt Seats from Ultracast.


Tuesday,  July 5  2016

Cape Verde National Day

Venezuela Independence Day

No update today.  I'm mired in a home repair project.

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Monday,  July 4  2016

USA Independence Day

Rwanda Liberation Day

    Happy 4th  to all the ARC Americans 

I'm proud to feature 3 American companies in today's update.

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Fishbone Inc starts this special Independence Day update with their very sharp looking 1/72 F-15C Oregon ANG 75th Anniversary.  This F-15 is built to a very high standard using some amazing markings.

Carmel J. Attard has done a stunning job on his 1/72 Rareplanes Bell P-59 Airacomet.  Carmel used his skills to add extra detail to his model and then finish it as one of the first American jets.  Carmel also tells the history of the P-59 and it is a very interesting read.

Here's a product article for the The "BUG" RTH Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small Shop.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-5E/F, RF-5E Tiger II weighted wheels from Royale Resin.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-5E/F Canopy Frames Decals from Furball Aero Design.


Sunday,  July 3  2016

Belarus Independence Day

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Saturday,  July 2  2016    
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Friday,  July 1  2016

Burundi Independence Day

Canada  Day

Rwanda Independence Day

    Happy Canada Day to all the ARC Canucks 

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John Smalbrugge is here to honour Canada day with his very sharp looking 1/32 Hasegawa P-51D's.  Both of these are RCAF birds wearing quite different schemes from the 1950's.  Decals for this one came from Leading Edge Models.  John is a true Canuck and his Mustangs are a treat to see on ARC on this special day for Canada.  Beautiful work John, I love Canadian Mustangs.....Happy Canada Day.


Shawn "phantom" Weiler has a bazzilion models on ARC but this one has got to be the coolest.  It is his 1/32 Czech Model CT-133 Silver Star with the rearseater in the midst of ejecting.  Shawn used goodies from Belcher Bits and Shawn's parts bin and pulled it all together with his well honed scratchbuilding skills.  The finished model would be quite the eye catcher at any show.  I love it....Happy Canada Day Shawn.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles from Eduard Model Accessories.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-17 / B-24 Hamilton Electric Propeller Upgrade Set from RESIN2Detail.


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