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Thursday,  Mar 26  2015 

Bangladesh Independence and National Day

Iván Aceituno C. did a huge amount of work to convert his 1/48 Trumpeter MiG-23UB model into a 2 seater.  This project involved plenty of aftermarket items including the Neomega  conversion set....many hours of scratchbuilding then all the hours of work to pull this whole project together.  This model has a stunning finish and figures and crew ladders and a beautifully done display base.  Enjoy the photos....this one is a BEAUTY!!!

Mike Pattison has taken a  the 1/32 Revell Hurricane IIc Trop to a new level of enjoyment. Mike built this classic kit in 3 days and used some artistic license with the camo and markings and ended up with a sharp looking Hurricane.  It's amazing to build this gem in 3 days....way to go Mike......keep making the hobby fun....that is what it is all about.

Sodasorb has done the 1/48 Revell A-6E Intruder in style as a Gulf War USMC bird complete with a weapons load and just the perfect amount of weathering to hit the perfect mark for realism.  Sodasorb points out a few of the tricks to building this kit, which he built for his brother who is a Gulf War Vet.  What a great gift to give to his brother.....lucky brother.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 CF-104 Starfighter Symmetrical Era Markings decal sheet from Canuck Model ProductsThis decal sheet allows you to build any Symmetrical era scheme from the Canadian based Natural Metal to the European based Olive Green and Variegated Camouflage.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-104G/S Starfighter Control Levers from QuickBoost This detail set is designed for the Italeri kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Lavochkin LA-5F/FN cockpit set from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Zvezda kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 35LB. Lubricating Bucket Pump USAF from Aerobonus This pump can be painted yellow or gray.


Wednesday,  Mar 25  2015 

Greece Independence Day

Royal Navy - Sea Mosquito first carrier  landings (1944)

Burt Gustafson gets things started in style with his 1/48 Airfix BAe Hawk T. Mk1 wearing British Royal Navy markings.  Burt built his RN trainer out of the box with excellent results.  I'm impressed by the variety of aircraft Burt builds....it's good to see his Hawk on ARC..

Hugo Cabral is here with his post war Portuguese 1/48 Accurate Miniatures SB2C-5 Helldiver.  Hugo converted his SB2C-4 to a SB2C-5 and he explains the process in his article.  This is the first Portuguese Helldiver on ARC and this one is beautifully done and Hugo's article is quite an interesting read. 

Michael "Chewie" Choo is here with his show bird of the 1/72 Hasegawa EA-18G VAQ-129 CONA.  Mike used the TwoBobs decal sheet for the CONA markings which uses retro markings on modern jets to mark the 100th anniversary of the USN.  Very nicely done Mike. 

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Hawker Hunter Mk. 9 Conversion from QuickBoostThis 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 1/32 Su-27 Wingtip Pylons from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC - Hispano Mk II 20mm cannons from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-104G Starfighter Engine set from CMKThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 AH-1S/F resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the HobbyBoss kit.


Tuesday,  Mar 24   2015     
Cenker Olut has done a first class job detailing his 1/48 Eduard Focke Wulf FW 190/A8 "weekend edition".  Cenker used a combination of Eduard Zoom sets and his own highly skilled scratchbuilding skills to detail his 190.  He then gave it a flawless paint job with the perfect amount of weathering.  I love the engine detail on this one and the camo is quite attractive.

Douglas Conrady joins us with a very special 1/48 Sword T-38A he made for a pilot friend.  Douglas carefully researched this project which shows in the finished model.  I do like the way the model is climbing but also is tilted to one side.  It's a beauty from every angle and I do like the way he pulled it all together with the model and custom base.  I'm sure his friend was quite impressed when he received this gem.  

Kees Kuyper joins us from the Netherlands with another 'what-if' aircraft from the NESA NEtherlands Space Agency.  Kees is a rare and very creative mind and this is his  Lockheed Skyking with the rarely seen bypass turboprop engines.  His aircraft is wearing NESA colours as it would appear in Suriname (former part of the  Kingdom of the Netherlands),  Nicely done Kees.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Lancaster B.II Gun Barrels from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Cockpit details- World War II decal sheet from Mike Grant Decals.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Typhoon Wheels from Ultracast.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 German Luftwaffe pilot WWII from Aerobonus.


Monday,  Mar 23  2015 

Pakistan Day 

Mike Pattison starts today with a gem of a Spitfire.  This is Mike's 1/32 Revell Spitfire Mk IIa with an Eduard cockpit set and rescribed panel and enhanced rivet detail.  This is a sweet looking Spitfire and Mike really demonstrates the gem that can be made from the Revell kit.  I love the weathering and cockpit detail Mike added to his Spit.

Gerd Wilcken shows the excellent detail available on the 1/144 Revell Harrier GR Mk 7.  Gerd gave his RAF Harrier a full weapons load to truly show off the multi-role value of this very versatile jet.  Gerd's skill at painting and weathering really brings his 1/144 Harrier alive.....I love it.

Carmel J. Attard is a master modeler especially when it comes to vac-u-formed kits as you will see in the photos of his 1/72 Airmodel Caudron C.445m Goeland.  Carmel did the usual extra detailing on his post WW2 French Navy aircraft and then did some further enhancements to really bring his Caudron C.445m Goeland to life.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Me 163B Komet resin cockpit set from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Meng kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-22A Raptor Ejection Seat from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 TBM-3 Avenger Exhaust Pipes from QuickBoost This detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 USCG HH-60J Jayhawk conversion set from Fireball Modelworks.  The decal set includes numbers to build any of the 42 Jayhawks that were produced.


Sunday,  Mar 22   2015   
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Saturday,  Mar 21  2015 

Namibia Independence Day

Chile - Anniversary of the Chilean Air Force


Thursday,  Mar 19   2015   
Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here to start this update in true Jolly Rogers style.  This is his 1/48 Academy F-4B, Phantom #176 in hi-viz VF-84 markings complete with folded wings.  This one is a beauty complete with crew figures and the photos of Shawn's display shelves is always a special treat to see.

Vladimír Žucha is here with his big beautifully done 1/32 Azur Morane Saulnier M.S.406.   Vladimír captured the look of this classic French fighter very well......it's a very impressive model in 1/32 scale.

Thomas Brückelt has done an exceptionally nice job building and finishing his  1/72 Airmodel Products Flettner FL 265 "Blauer Anton".  Thomas chose a what-if scheme for this little German chopper that honors the designer of this very early little chopper.  The design of this chopper is very interesting......it actually has 2 rotors....it's a wonder the blades don't hit when the engine is running.  Beautiful work Thomas.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Desert Bogeys decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This decal sheet includes markings for 17 different 1/48 Adversary aircraft with VFA-127, VFC-13 and NSAWC.  The 17 aircraft include F/A-18A/B and F-5E/F. 


Here's a product article for the 1/32 35Lb. lubricating bucket pump US NAVY from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk "Airship Fighter" model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsThis resin model kit includes markings for 3 different aircraft.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Spitfire late types exhaust (round) from SBS ModelThis detail set is designed for the Special Hobby kit.


Wednesday,  Mar 18  2015 

  Çanakkale Victory Anniversary 2014 

Sertac Bayar joins us from Turkey with the first of this type of aircraft on ARC.  This is his beautifully done 1/72 Tan Model TAI / Hürkuş-A.  Sertac added scratchbuilt details in the cockpit including ejection seat belts, pitot tube and canopy parts.  He then finished it in great looking TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) red and white markings.  Beautiful work Sertac...it is great to see this new Turkish trainer on ARC.

Mejarbee Wan Hashim has done a spectacular job on the big 1/32 Academy F/A-18D RMAF “What If".  This Hornet is loaded with lots of aftermarket items and plenty of long hours of careful work.  It is absolutly first class model in every way.  It is always great to see Malaysian aircraft on ARC.

Ken Duffey is here with something truly unique today.  Ken is a long time ARC regular and an expert on Russian aviation, so it is not surprising to see him build the 1/72 Modelsvit Beriev-Bartini VVA-14.  This aircraft has a very unique design and Ken explains fully the whole story behind this rare aircraft and what it took for him to build this particular model kit.  This is one amazing looking design Ken.....thanks for showing it to us on ARC.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Bf 109G Gun Covers from QuickBoost.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Su-27 resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Academy kit


Here's a product article for the 1/72 C-46 Commando BOAC decal sheet from Maestro Models.  


Tuesday,   Mar 17  2015 

Ireland - St. Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day to everyone!!!.

We arrive home tonight and regular updates will begin tomorrow.   

Paul Coppin starts things off today with a rare bird.  This is his 1/48 Revell He-111-H22, which is the V-1 launching He-111.  Paul chose a very sharp looking camo scheme complete with black underside.  This is an excellent kit and in Paul's skilled hands it came out looking flawless. 

Jeong Cheol, Kim joins us from Korea with an amazing looking 1/32 Academy H.A.F. F-16CJ.  Jeong Cheol added a  resin cockpit as well as many other aftermarket items including decals from Zotz Decals and Hobbydecal before completing his F-16 as a weathered Greek F-16 wearing that fantastic looking blue HAF camo.

Fausto Muto has been busy getting everything looking perfect on his well weathered 1/32 Hasegawa A6M5 Zero.  This Zero has areas of paint that are worn down to the metal.....which looks very realistic.  Beautiful work.

Monday,  Mar 16  2015 
We've done some long hours of driving and made it to Portland, Oregon last night.  With a little luck we might be back home tonight.  Today I packed away my shorts and started wearing long pants....the heat of California is long behind us.

Paolo De Sanctis joins us from Italy with his excellent looking 1/72 Airfix Gloster Meteor F. Mk. III.  Paolo chose to finish his Meteor as an RAF machine stationed in Holland in the closing months of WW2.  Nicely done Paolo.

Gabriel Stern drops by today with a plane I really like the look of.  This is his  Modified Italeri 1/72 Cant Z.501.  Gabriel hunted down needed research material and then set to work adding scratchbuilt  details to this Italeri kit.  The finished model has a wonderfully delicate look to it. 

Ed Ellickson is here with a very colorful 1/72 Sword P-80B.  Ed built this from the Sword F-80C kit and he explains mods needed to backdate the C to a B. I love the paint scheme he chose.  Beautifully executed model Ed, you got everything looking just right.

Friday,  Mar 13  2015 
Today we begin the 1100 miles trip home.  San Diego is a beautiful city and we enjoyed our time here very much.

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Carlos Carnavalli Jr. starts your week with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/400 Heller R99 Foch complete with plenty of added scratchbuilt details including a scratchbuilt hanger deck.  Welcome to ARC Carlos.......it is great to have you join us!!!

Zenden Ng did a beautiful job building and finishing his 1/72 Tamiya F-4II S.  Zenden added a full weapons load and weathering to his Phantom to bring it to life.  I do like how the finished model looks. 

David Rapasi is here with yet another one of his weathering masterpieces.  This is David's 1/48 Accurate Miniatures B25-C Mitchell finished faded North African camo and if you look closely you'll notice one of the tails was replace from a different aircraft.  I love it!!! 

Massimo Turati joins us from Italy today and I'm please to say this is his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Revell Panavia Tornado finished in the "Pride of Boelcke" livery as an inflight model.  I'm very pleased to welcome Massimo to ARC and I hope to see more of his models on the ARC homepage. 

Thursday,  Mar 12  2015 

Mauritius Independence Day

We bought the 1995 Honda Del Sol and arranged to have it trucked back to the Canadian border.  So the work part of this trip is done.......now we can enjoy our vacation in So Cal.

Ioannis Giavasis has done an outstanding job detailing and finishing his  1/48 Hobby Boss Mig-17 F Fresco.  Ioannis  added a Neomega cockpit set and Quickboost guns to add further detail, but the real beauty of this Egyptian MiG-17 is the painting and weathering job..

Juan Jesús Moreno joins us today with his well weathered 1/48 Trumpeter MiG-3.  This Mig-3 looks like it has been through many months of hard fighting....I love it. 

Bob Bartolacci has been busy building his very attractive 1/72 Hasegawa F-104.  Bob chose to finish his sharp looking Starfighter in Italian markings......which really does look good.

Wednesday,  Mar 11  2015 

Lithuania Independence Day

Train bombings in Spain 2004

We got some much needed shopping done then hit the road and ended up in a lovely little California town called San Luis Obispo.  We decided to get off the big Interstate 5 and travel the longer more scenic coastal highway....it's been a beautiful drive.  We saw the Spongebob movie at the theater last night....I'm always baffled that there can be open fires at the bottom of the ocean....spoiler alert....it has a happy ending.  :-)  Today we push on to San Diego....I love San Diego.

Jinoo Koo starts today's update with this very detailed 1/48 Hasegawa P-40E Kittyhawk Mk. 1 diorama.  This is an RAAF Kittyhawk complete with mechanics around the plane sorting to repairs....in proper Aussie clothing.  The model had quite a few aftermarket detail items added to it before it was given desert weathering.  There is so much to see and enjoy in this diorama.

David C S Teo has done an exceptionally fine job on his 1/144 Revell Mahan Air 747-400 (EP-MNB).  There are no decals for Mahan Air, so David made his own custom made decals after much trial and error to get everything perfect.  The finished airliner is a beautiful sight.

Stephen A. Carr built his 1/48 Hobbycraft Bell YP-59 Airacomet as a quickie build, but you'd never know that by reading his article and the effort he put into this well built and beautifully weathered little jet.  I was fascinated reading Stephen's article especially how he painted the canopy.  He masked and painted the vertical and horizontal canopy frames separately......saving himself plenty of time and difficult masking.  Brilliant.

Huberlu has done an absolutely wonderful job on his 1/48 Eduard Spad XIII.  Everything about this little bi-plane looks perfect from the detailed and weathered model to the pilot figure to the diorama base.  WOW......I love it from every angle. 

Tuesday,  Mar 10  2015 
Our trusty ol' GPS was getting confused.  "She" would give us directions.....then recalculate when we made the turns she suggested.   We got to downtown San Fran during rush hour.....we were coming into town as folks were gridlocking their way out of town.  With the GPS getting more useless by the minute.....I dead reckoned using the setting sun and set course by traffic-free side streets south out of "The City".  Found a Chinese restaurant and learned the hard way Mongolian food is spicey.  Then continued on south stumbling around in the dark to San Jose for the night.

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Jim Knight is here with one heck of a great looking 1/48 Monogram F-8C Crusader.  Jim used the Cobra Company conversion kit and the decals are from a Cutting Edge sheet for VF-84.  The finished model with a flame job on the sides of the intake plus the folded wings makes this Crusader really look exceptional.

Burt Gustafson has done a lovely job on his 1/72 Hasegawa E-2C Hawkeye.  Burt was very impressed with the Hasegawa kit and I do like the colorful markings he chose for his Hawkeye.

Graham Mansell has been rushing to get his 1/72 Hobbycraft Bell X-1 finished for a club group build.  Graham got her finished  hours before the club meeting and I'm proud to say he did win an award for his sharp looking X-1. Nicely done Graham. 

Tim Cvetic has done an excellent job on his 1/48 ARII F6F-3 Hellcat.  Tim dressed up the cockpit with a resin cockpit and then he added scratchbuilt detailing to the wheel wells to get that area looking right.  Check out the amazing shading he did on the underside.

Monday,  Mar 9  2015 
I'll be on the road the next 2 weeks driving 1700 miles to California to buy a rust free 1995 Honda Civic Del Sol as a first car for my 16 year old daughter.  I wasn't able to find a rust free Del Sol near my city.  We'll also be hitting malls and riding roller coasters etc along the way.  She's excited about her first car and getting down to California during spring break.

Ed Okun has done an outstanding job detailing and finishing his 1/32 Trumpeter MiG-21MF.  Ed chose to finish his MiG in Syrian Air Force markings and I must say I particularly like the camo scheme he chose. 

Massimiliano Bianchi has spent many hours adding detail to his 1/32 Trumpeter MiG 17.  This is a big model so Massimiliano  used Eduard PE for cockpit, the gun and ammo box are scratch built and as well as some of the detail on the engine.  The model was then given a faded and chipped weathered paint job and Polish Air Force markings.  Amazing work.

Alejandro Núńez starts your Friday update with his good looking 1/48 Hasegawa Me-109 G6 "metal".  This particular 109 is finished with a bare metal finish and I must say I do like the look of it. 

Friday,  Mar 6  2015 

Ghana Independence Day


Thursday,  Mar 5  2015 

Spitfire - Maiden flight of Spitfire in 1936

Alacran has done an amazing job adding scratchbuilt and aftermarket detail to his 1/72 Revell F-16 MLU M4.   The detailing is fantastic and Alacran's F-16 is finished with a flawless weathering job that makes this Chilean Air Force F-16  a jewel to see.  So much effort with such wonderful results.

Greg Kerry is here in style with his 1/72 Hobbyboss Easy Build Me110 ground attack diorama.  This battle scene takes place during the Battle of France in early 1940 with an Me 110 taking out an Allied tank..  Greg is a master when it comes to doing action packed dioramas and it is a treat to see this one on ARC.....his work is exceptional and a joy to behold.

Tomislav Kralj has added hundreds of scratchbuilt parts to fully and accurately detail his 1/72 Italeri Su-34 Fullback.  Tomislav rescribed the panel lines and used a variety of aftermarket items and decal sheets to get everything perfect.  His article explains the process in very helpful detail.  If you are building the Italeri Su-34, then this article will be a big help.  I love the photos of this Fullback. 

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Bf 109F Tropical Dust Filter from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Fine Molds kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Vympel R-27ET - AA-10 Alamo-D missiles from Zactomodels.  This missile set was  carried by the MiG-29, Su-27, Su-30.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Fw 190 A7 - A9 armament set from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-104G Starfighter Electronics boxes (behind cockpit) from CMKThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Wednesday,  Mar 4   2015   

Tuesday,  Mar 3  2015 

Bulgaria National Day

Morocco National Day

Andreas Gordes did do an exceptionally nice job on his 1/48 Hasegawa Mitsubishi F-2B Viper Zero.  Andreas  article does include some very helpful advice and I love the look of his finished F-2 with it's tailart.

Carmel J. Attard has done a stellar job 1/72 Heller De Havilland Dragon Rapide.  Carmel chose some interesting markings for Scottish Airways Ltd complete with a camo paint job.  I love the look of this bi-plane airliner.  Beautifully done Carmel.

Michael Hickey has loaded his 1/48 Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat with plenty of gorgeous aftermarket detail along with his very skilled scratchbuilt detail to make this exceptional jet. His Tomcat is sporting Jolly Rogers markings from Fightertown decals.  I love the model and the scratchbuilt cart with spare engine is a fantastic addition to the display.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Lancaster Gun Barrels Round Perforated from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Typhoon 4-Blade Propeller & Spinner from Ultracast.


Monday,  Mar 2   2015   
Shawn "phantom" Weiler has been busy creating his first class project with his 1/48 Italeri/Belcher Bits CH-146 Griffon.  Not only has Shawn created this Canadian Griffon, but he also finished it off in the colourful Tiger Stripes which just makes this SAR chopper stand out in a beautiful way.  Shawn has an eye for the special paint schemes and this Griffon looks excellent on his display shelves..

Vladimír Žucha joins us today with his flawless out of the box build on his 1/48 Revell Eurofighter in Luftwaffe markings.  Vladimír gave his Typhoon quite a few air to air missiles to finish off this fantastic looking jet.

Gustavo Antonelli has done a impressive job detailing the cockpit in his 1/48 Hasegawa Kawasaki Ki-100I Koh.  He finishing off this classic Japanese fighter with all the peeling paint effects that were common on Japanese fighters in the later stages of WW2. I love the look of this Ki-100.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16A / B wheels from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Kfir C2/C7 wheel bays from Aires


Here's a product article for the 1/48 fire drums from Aerobonus


Here's a product article for the 1/72 F-8 Crusader Air Scoops from QuickBoost


Sunday,  Mar 1  2015 

Wales - St David's Day


Friday,   Feb 27  2015

Dominican Republic Independence Day

Sertac Bayar is here with his 1/72 Meng F-102 in all it's glory from 1952.  Sertac used the kit decals and added missiles to complete the look of this sharp looking USAF jet.  Beautiful work Sertac.

Tolga ULGUR has done a fantastic job creating his 1/32 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf 109G6- AS.  Tolga started with the Bf-109 G10 and did the necessary mods to build his Bf 109G6- AS.  He also added aftermarket items and finished off his 109 with a most amazing paint job.  It is always a special treat to see Tolga's latest model on ARC.

Nat Krairojananan has added quite a few aftermarket detail items to his 1/72 Academy F-16CM and then finished his F-16 in the Have Glass paint scheme.  Nat custom mixed the radar absorbing paint scheme for this F-16 with great success.  Beautiful work Nat.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4J/S wheels & wheel chocks from Eduard Model Accessories.  This detail 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 Junkers Ju 87D/F late style Loop Antenna from QuickBoost.  This detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Opel-Sander RAK.I model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models This model kit includes markings for 2 aircraft.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 MiG-25 cockpit set from Neomega This detail set is designed for the Zvezda/Italeri kit.


Thursday,   Feb 26  2015

Kuwait Liberation Day 


Wednesday,  Feb 25  2015

Kuwait National Day

Alacran gets things started with his Peruvian Air Force 1/72 Mastercraft Su-22M2 Fitter A.   Alacran added extra detail including Pavla SK-2/3 ejection seat, Neomega wheels and finished it off in style with a great looking camo and Aztec decals.

Phillip Steele did a top notch job adding scratch built details to his 1/72 Hobby Boss Mi-2URP Hoplite anti tank.  His chopper is fully armed and given full weathering and markings for a Polish bird.  It's very cool to see one of these with door guns.

Kevin Payne went all out building and detailing his 1/72 Gene Hooker vac-form Vickers Vanguard.  Kevin basically scratchbuilt or redid every area of the kit including casting resin parts.....the boarding ladder is also from scratch including the markings.  I recall seeing this aircraft at Brooklands during a visit to the UK and Kevin's model goes above and beyond what most people would be able to do with this vac-u-formed kit. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-51D Mustang Propeller from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Final Flight Over The Balkans decal sheet from Balkan ModelsThis decal sheet includes markings for 5 different 1/72 jets including the F-117 that was shot down in 1999 and 4 other jets that were either shot down or damaged in combat sorties over the Balkans.  


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Westland Lynx HAS.2 resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the HobbyBoss kit.


Tuesday,  Feb 24  2015

Estonia National Day

Orlando Sucre Rosales  joins us from sunny Caracas, Venezuela with his 1/72 Airfix Hawker Siddeley Dominie T.1.  Orlando chose one of the best looking liveries for his jet and finished this classic model to a very high standard, which takes skill and patience...Orlando has plenty of skill and patience as you will see in his photos.  It's good to see this old kit looking so good. 

Mike Pattison has done a gorgeous job detailing his big 1/32 Eduard Bf 109E-4.  This particular Emil is wearing the markings for Luftwaffe Ace Adolf Galland complete with the Mickey Mouse artwork.  Mike's 109 also has full engine detailing with the engine cowling removed to show off all his wonderful detailing.  Mike is a talented modeler and airbrusher as you will seet in his photos.  It's a treat to see his 109 on ARC.

Gene A. "Gene-o" DiGennaro Jr. is here with a very rare Crusader.  This is his 1/48 Monogram Chance Vought XF8U-1 Crusader modified and painted to represent the F-8 prototype.  Gene details the work involved on his award winning model and he has detailed all the mods in his article.  It's amazing how different this prototype looks from the later production Crusaders when you look carefully at all the tiny details.  Excellent work Gene. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk. I Early Exhaust from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC - Hispano Mk I 20mm cannons from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Hurricane 5-Spoke Wheels from Ultracast.


Monday,  Feb 23  2015

Brunei National Day

Guyana National Day

Shawn phantom Weiler gets things start with his bright yellow Canadian SAR 1/48 Airfix/Belcher Bits CH-149 Cormorant.  Shawn used the Airfix kit with the Belcher Bit conversion set to make himself an accurate Canadian Cormorant.  I love the yellow and red paint schemes on these Canadian SAR choppers.

Vladimír Žucha has done a stunning job finishing his 1/144 Minicraft Boeing 777-200.  This particular triple seven is wearing the livery for Vietnam Airlines which is good to see on ARC.  I always enjoying seeing Vladimír's models on ARC .

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4B/N wheels & wheel chocks from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail 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 Vympel R-27ER - AA-10 Alamo-C missiles from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/24 DH Mosquito FB Mk.IV Full Panel decals from airscale.


Sunday,  Feb 22   2015 
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Saturday,  Feb 21   2015   
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Friday,   Feb 20   2015  
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Carmel J. Attard is here with a very colourful 1/72 William Brothers Curtiss Wright CW20 (C-46 Commando).   Carmel added scratchbuilt detail to a variety of critical areas on his Commando along with metal landing gear.  He then  did custom markings for a brightly coloured Japanese Air Force Commando.  This one is quite the beauty.......Carmel's display cases must be a sight to behold.

Dragan Cvetic is here with another gem of a resin kit that he has high praise for.  This is his 1/72 Aircast resin Soko J-21 Jastreb built to a very high standard with added detailing and finished in the attractive camo on the Republika Srpska Air force.  Balkan Models offers a variety of decals from this area of the world.  Dragan did an outstanding job on his Soko J-21 Jastreb.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16 seat from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Kinetic kit

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4E Phantom II Part 2 decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This new decal sheet includes markings for ten different 1/32 F-4E Phantom II's from 388th TFW at Korat circa '68/'69.  


Here's a product article for the 1/72 SM-79 Sparviero engine cowlings from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Italeri kit.


Thursday,   Feb 19   2015  
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Wednesday,  Feb 18  2015

Gambia Independence Day 

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Baran Çakmak has done a stunning job on his 1/32 Revell Tornado ECR Tigermeet.  This is a Luftwaffe Tigermeet jet with Aires resin detail parts in the cockpit and exhaust area.  Baran chose an amazing set of decals that gave him one of the very best looking Tigermeet jet of all time.  What a beautiful sight this Tornado is.....enjoy the photos.

Larry Trout joins us with his first article on ARC today.  Larry has been busy adding extra detail from Verlinden to his 1/48 Revell/Monogram Messerschmitt Bf-110 G-2.  Larry improved other areas on his 110 and then gave it a flawless paint job with weathering for an aircraft on the Russian Front .  I'm pleased to see Larry's model on ARC and I hope to see more of his work on ARC in the future.  Enjoy the Mosquito Larry....I've heard it is a very enjoyable build.  Welcome to ARC Larry.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4C/ D/E/ F/G wheels & wheel chocks from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail 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 Vympel R-27T - AA-10 Alamo-B missiles from Zactomodels. This missile set is the Vympel R-27T - AA-10 Alamo-B missile has been carried by a variety of Russian jets including the MiG-29, Su-27, Su-30.  This resin set includes 2 complete missiles.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Fw 190 A6 armament set & Pitot Tube from MasterThis detail set is designed for any 1/32 Fw 190 A6


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Spitfire PR.XIX resin cockpit set + vacu canopy from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.   


Tuesday,  Feb 17   2015   
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Shawn "phantom" Weiler gets things started in a  big way with his 1/32 Tamiya Tomcat.  Shawn built this Tomcat long ago and decided recently to redo it in Jolly Rogers markings.  His work is impeccable and the finished hi-viz VF-84 Tomcat looks exceptionally nice.  I love the darkened panel lines and weathering he did.

Stanislav Lelko has done a stellar job weathering his 1/48 Academy TBM-3 Avenger "USS Bunker Hill".  Many of the markings were painted and the weathering is very skillfully applied.  This Avenger looks perfect from every angle......I really enjoyed seeing it.

Dragan Cvetic has a very busy time building his 1/72 Airfix Vampire T.11 due to fit issues.  Dragan added some scratchbuilt detailing to the cockpit and finish his Vampire as a jet that flew with Rhodesia long ago.  I like his choice of markings....very unique and Dragan's Vampire turned out looking very good....thanks to his skillful hands.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Kfir C2/C7 gun bays from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Kinetic kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Bristol Beaufighter Porcupine Exhaust II. from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Hurricane 4-Spoke Wheels from Ultracast


Monday,  Feb 16  2015

Lithuania National Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Eric Hargett is here to WOW you with his stunning 1/48 Accurate Miniatures Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless.  This Dauntless was on the Yorktown 3 days before she sunk due to action in the battle of Midway.  Eric has added plenty of detail to his Dauntless and the cockpit detailing looks fantastic.  Eric is a very skilled modeler and I always enjoy seeing his latest work on the ARC homepage and in the ARC gallery section.

Busolini Massimo has done a perfect job on his 1/48 Airfix RB-57E Camberra.  Busolini added a CMK resin cockpit and then gave his RB-57E a flawless bare metal finish with weathering and USAF markings.  I loved to see this jet model on ARC.....excellent work Busolini.

Orlando Sucre Rosales dropped by the ARC Corporate office in Venezuela with his 1/72 Airfix CAC Boomerang.  Orlando built this Aussie fighter out of the box with beautiful results.  This is a classic Airfix kit from the '60's, but Orlando turned it into a very attractive model of this classic Aussie fighter.  

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16 late style wheels & wheel chocks from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Kinetic kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Me 262 A Schwalbe Pilot Tubes from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Corrected Exhausts from Royale ResinThis detail set is designed for the Revell kit.


Sunday,  Feb 15  2015

Singapore - Fall of Singapore (1942)

Serbia National Day (Dan Drzavnosti Srbije)

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Saturday,  Feb 14   2015   
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Friday,   Feb 13   2015  
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Lucio P. has been very careful to get the finish on his 1/48 Monogram Tomcat looking very realistic.  This is a classic Monogram kit from long ago that builds into a great looking model in the skilled hands of Lucio.  Lucio chose the markings for a crew that was lost during operations in 1980.....a fitting tribute to it's noble crew.

Vladimír Žucha is here with his 1/72 Revell Airbus A400M as it appeared in the Paris airshow.  Vladimír made custom decals and then finished his Airbus A400M to a very high standard.  This one looks perfect in every photo.

Harv is here with his $40 Airbrush Booth Build. Harv used a rangehood to make his spray booth and as you will see and read in his article.....this is an excellent option.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16 early style wheels & wheel chocks from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Kinetic kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Bristol Beaufighter External Fuel Tank from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Schleicher ASK 13 model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.  This model kit includes markings for 7 different aircraft.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 CAF CF-104 Starfighter Camoulflage Scheme decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.  This decal sheet includes markings for 7 different CAF CF-104 Starfighters in variegated camoulflage scheme....and enough markings to build one of the 7 jets featured on this decal sheet.  This decal sheet is also available in 1/48 and 1/32 scale.  


Thursday,  Feb 12   2015   
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Mike Pattison starts today with his beautifully detailed 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Mk IX.  The big Spitfire kit comes loaded with detail and Mike took full advantage of this by keep the engine cowling off to show off his Spits V-12 in all it's glory.  For markings he chose one of the most famous Spitfire pilots from the UK and a very popular pilots among Canadians.  Mike's Spitfire is a treat to see....enjoy the photos

Carmel J.Attard is here with a little known commuter airliner from the 1950's.  This is his 1/72 Airfix De Havilland DH 114 Heron wearing the markings for Jersey Airlines out of the UK.  Carmel has an eye for getting the important details looking perfect and you'll notice this in his photos.....his Heron is a treat to see. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 110 flaps from Aires This detail set is designed for the Eduard kit. 


Here's a product article for the 1/72 P-38M Lightning Gun Barrels from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Dragon kit


Wednesday,   Feb 11  2015

Iran - Anniversary Revolution

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Paul Fernandez gets things started today with the latest chopper in the Philippines Navy.  This is his 1/72 Revell Agusta Westland AW109E.  Paul modified the nose, engine cowling and the tail skid and then added a other few details such as the antennae, floats and winch.  Paul then finished off his chopper with custom markings and a stunning weathering job.  It's good to see a Philippine Navy chopper on ARC.

Rodrigo Rendon has done a first class job on his tiny 1/144 Revell F-14D.  Rodrigo used Jolly Rogers markings from Fightertown decals and then gave his USN Tomcat that weathered look so unique to USN jets.  Rodrigo then got very busy creating a display base to properly display his tiny gem.  He explains how he built his base and I must say I am quite impressed by the finished base and model.

Mike Muth is here with a very special 1/48 Revell Stearman PT-17.  Mike built a Stearman model of the exact plane he flew and I'm pleased to say he added a photo of himself in the full sized aircraft.  Mike got everything looking perfect on his biplane including the rigging and then gave it a beautiful finish to complete this great looking trainer.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt Undercarriage Doors from QuickBoostThis detail 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 Vympel R-60 - AA-8 Aphid missile from Zactomodels.  The Vympel R-60 - AA-8 Aphid missile has been carried by a variety of Russian jets including the MiG-21, MiG-29.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Supermarine Attacker wheel bay set from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Trumpeter kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Static dischargers - type used on Sukhoi jets (14pcs) from Master.


Tuesday,  Feb 10   2015 
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Mark L. Rossmann always does a very special job bringing to light the exploits of the Mustangs that fought in the PTO.  Today he is here with his 15th FG / 45th FS Colors article which contains vintage war time photos and stories about these Mustangs as well as two of his flawless models of Mustangs that are featured in his historical article.  If you love aviation history...then Mark's articles are a must read. 

Jaime Vinha is here with a jewel today.  This is his 1/72 Northrop F-20 Tigershark in "what-if" markings for a Portuguese F-20 in full operational colours.  Jaime has a skilled eye for what looks correct and his F-20 looks correct in every way.  Seeing this F-20 is a special treat to be sure.

Kees Kuyper is here to get the creative juices flowing today with his  Focke Wulf 190 Z (Zwilling) nightfighter.  Kees has chosen a very eye catching camo scheme to finish his twin Fw-190.  Very cool indeed.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-101A/C Voodoo Speed Brakes from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Kitty Hawk kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 U.S. Mk. VIII Gunsights from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Cockpit Details Jet Era decal sheet from Mike Grant DecalsThis decal sheet gives you over 250 gauges and switch panels as found in mid-70’s and onwards jets.  This sheet is also available in 1/48 and 1/72.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109E Exhausts from UltracastThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Monday,  Feb 9   2015   
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Lucio P. starts today with his stunning 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk 22.  Lucio scratchbuilt the exhaust, cockpit and cannons and then built the rest of his Spit out of the box.  His attention to detail is first rate and his painting and weathering is fantastic.  This is amazingly well done...I love it.

Sertac Bayar joins us from Turkey with his very big and extremely impressive 1/32 Revell F-4E.  Sertac built this kit long ago and recently rebuilt it in the  111.Sq Panterler, 50,000 Hours Scheme complete with plenty of mods and detailing.  His finished Phantom features a sharks mouth and weapons load and special tail art and so much more.  Sertac is a regular on the ARC homepage and each of his models is a treat to see.

Ronald Beelen got everything looking perfect on his 1/48 Eduard Yak-3.  Ronald's models are always finished to a very high standard and this WW2 Soviet fighter is no exception.  The cockpit is loaded with detail and there is even exhaust stains on the fuselage to complete things.  I know you will enjoy seeing each photo of his beautiful Yak-3....I know I sure did.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4C/ D/E/ F/G seat from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit. 

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


JEGA is here with a first look at the 1/72 F-35C Lightning model kit from Orange Hobby / Orange Model.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8 Gun Barrels from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Sunday,  Feb 8   2015  
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Saturday,  Feb 7  2015

Grenada Independence Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Friday,  Feb 6  2015

New Zealand Waitangi Day

Busolini Massimo starts today in style with his beautifully weathered 1/48 AZ Models Saab J-29E/F Tunnan.   Busolini found this kit to be a bit on the challenging side due to fit issues, but he persisted to end up with a beautiful model of this Swedish jet.  I love the painting and weathering he did on this model.

Peter Doll is a master of bare metal foil finishes and today he is here with his eye popping 1/72 Academy Boeing KC-97L Jet Boosted Tanker.  Peter used simple kitchen foil to get his outstanding results.  It is quite the pleasure to see every photo of this rocket boosted tanker.  Amazing work and fantastic photos as always Peter.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with his eye catching 1/48 HobbyBoss F-18B Hornet 62.  Shawn finished his Hornet on the adversary markings for VFC-12 using Twobobs decals.  This joins Shawn's other 4 Hornets that are painted up in adversary paint schemes.  I like the looks of this one very much.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16 late style seat from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-26C Marauder Gun Barrels from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Revell/Monogram kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Horten Ho IVb model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 P-39 Q/N Airacobra wheel bays from SBS ModelThis detail set is designed for the Academy kit.


Thursday,  Feb 5  2015

San Marino - Santa Agata Day 

Dragan Cvetic is here with his very impressive 1/72 Italeri Jaguar GR.1.   Dragan added scratchbuilt details to the cockpit and then finished his RAF Jaguar in desert camo complete with noseart and a drop tank and missiles.  I love the realism of this desert Jaguar.

Vladimír Žucha has done a flawless job on his 1/48 Eduard weekend edition Yakovlev Yak-3.  Vladimír built his Russian fighter out of the box and then finished it with a beautifully done weathering job.  I know you will enjoy the photos of this one.  Vladimír is a very skilled modeller.

Harv joins us from Canada with his great looking 1/72 Hasegawa CT-133 T-Bird.  This T-Bird is wearing Canadian markings from a Leading Edge decal sheet.  Harv is a long time member here on ARC and I love seeing his latest model on the ARC homepage.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 TBM-1 Avenger Exhaust resin set from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Mi-8 Balkan Veterans decal sheet from Balkan ModelsThis new decal sheet includes markings for 8 different 1/72 Mi8 and Mi-17 helicopters that served in the Balkans.  


Here's a product article for the 1/72 T-2C/E Buckeye resin cockpit set + vacu canopy from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Revell / Matchbox kit.


Wednesday,  Feb 4  2015

Sri Lanka Independence Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Orlando Sucre Rosales dropped by the ARC Corporate office in Venezuela with his 1/72 Airfix CAC Boomerang.  Orlando built this Aussie fighter out of the box with beautiful results.  This is a classic Airfix kit from the '60's, but Orlando turned it into a very attractive model of this classic Aussie fighter.  I would like to wish Orlando a belated Happy Birthday!!!

Ronald Beelen is here with one of China's top jet interceptors.  This is his 1/48 Trumpeter Shenyang J-8II with a weapons load and drop tanks.  I love the work Ronald does and this Shenyang J-8II looks excellent. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F4U-4B Corsair Engine from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Academy kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Vympel R-27R - AA-10 Alamo-A missile from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Typhoon Mk IB early type cannons with uncovered barrels from Master.


Tuesday,  Feb 3   2015   
WW1 Events - this date in  1915
  • The Ottomans fail to capture the Suez CanalJanuary 28 – February 3

Mike Pattison starts today with his big stunning bare metal 1/32 Trumpeter BAC Lightning.  Mike "went to town" doing this big beauty in bare metal foil.....endless hours of bare metal foil.....and judging by his photos of the finished model.....his "Foil Toil" was well worth the effort.....this one is STUNNING.  I love his choice of red and the bright red checkered markings.  

Mark McClellan has taken his 1/48 Revell-Monogram B-29 “Doctors' Orders" to a whole new level.  This older kit has much promise in the hands of a skilled modellers such as Mark and he proved that with his improvements.  He added plenty of exterior detail and then figured out very smart ways to show off all that interior detail.  It's good to see this classic kit being given so much love and attention. 

Serge Dompierre is here with one of his display case beauties.  This is his 1/48 Special Hobby Gloster E.28/39 which does build into a great looking model in the hands of a skilled modeller such as Serge.  This is a very cool looking British jet.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16 late style wheels & wheel chocks from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-17G Flying Fortress Gun Barrels from QuickBoost This detail set is designed for the Revell/Monogram kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109F-K Exhausts from UltracastThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Su-27/27UB cockpit set from Neomega. This detail set is designed for the  ICM/Airfix kits


Monday,  Feb 2   2015   
WW1 Events - this date in  1915
  • The Ottomans fail to capture the Suez CanalJanuary 28 – February 3

Sunday,  Feb 1  2015

  Space Shuttle Columbia Accident 2003 

Rwanda Heros Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915
  • The Ottomans fail to capture the Suez Canal.  January 28 – February 3
Saturday,  Jan 31  2015 
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Friday,  Jan 30  2015

Liberation of Camp Pangatian, Philippines

WW1 Events - this date in  1915
  • The Ottomans fail to capture the Suez CanalJanuary 28 – February 3

Mike Pattison starts today with his fully loaded 1/32 Trumpeter Harrier GR7.  Mike gave his Harrier a full weapons load for a jet that served in Afghanistan and is adorned with page 3 girls on both sides of the cockpit.  Mike's weathering job has to be seen in his photos....it is stunning.  His Page 3 girl decals came from Zotz Decals.

Greg Kerry has dropped by the ARC Corporate offices in China with his very dynamic diorama which features his 1/72 Revell P-51B Mustang attacking a German tank.  Greg has a flair for doing these action packed dioramas and I quite enjoyed seeing this one.

Glen ''Ogro'' Thomas Peach joins us with a classic British Airliner that had a tragic start to it's career.  This is Mike's very attractive 1/144 Airfix de Havilland Comet 4B in the markings for the British airline Dan Air and you will find some interesting history about the comet and Dan Air in Glen's article and well as photos of his great looking late version Comet. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16A/ B wheels & chocks from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 F4U-5 Corsair Engine from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Revell kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Schleicher ASH 25 model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsThis model kit includes markings for 4 different aircraft from Switzerland, Deutschland, United Kingdom and Switzerland.


Thursday,  Jan 29  2015 
WW1 Events - this date in  1915
  • The Ottomans fail to capture the Suez CanalJanuary 28 – February 3

Shawn "phantom" Weiler has done an excellent job refinishing his 1/48 Hasegawa F-18B Hornet # 60 and a half.  Shawn used Leading Edge decals to refinish this beauty in the markings for a USN F-18B at the USN Test Pilots School.  It's a very attractive scheme and I can see why Shawn chose it..

Rod Bettencourt is here with his super detailed 1/48 Hasegawa Typhoon Mk. IB.  Rod used Barracuda’s cockpit, intake and exhaust resin sets as well as CMK control surface set, Master Reality cannons and finished it all off with Aeromaster decals for a Canadian Tiffy.  Rod's work on this Typhoon is exceptional.

Nat Krairojananan is here from Thailand with another of his beautiful F-16's.  This is Nat's 1/72 Hasegawa F-16CG Block 40.  Nat added a huge amount of aftermarket sets to this very unique Viper including such unique features as special leaflet bombs.  I enjoyed reading about this F-16 and the photos were a pleasure to see.  Beautiful work Nat.

Here's a product article for the 1/24 Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B Full Panel & Placard decals from airscaleThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


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

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 & 1/32 Typhoon D-Day 70th Anniversary  decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation GraphicsThis detail set is designed for the Revell kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 EE Canberra PR.9 cockpit for pilot and navigator cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Wednesday,  Jan 28  2015

  Space Shuttle Challenger Accident 1986 

WW1 Events - this date in  1915
  • The Ottomans fail to capture the Suez CanalJanuary 28 – February 3

Dragan Cvetic has done some serious work upgrading the old 1/72 KP MiG-21 UM.  Dragan rescribed the panel lines and added rivets and then used a resin cockpit, wheels and wheel wells from Pavla  and followed all this up with some additional scratchbuilt details.  The Yugoslav markings are from Lift Here decals and a flawless paint job with the perfect amount of weathering. 

Harv joins us with his super detailed 1/48 Hasegawa CH-124 Sea King in Canadian markings.  Harv was busy scratchbuilding the interior and modifying his Sea King for a friend and ended up with quite the stunning model.  Beautiful work Harv.

Mark McClellan is here with something very special.  This is his 1/72 Hasegawa A-37 Dragonfly as part of a 3D photo display complete with a ruptured plastic sheet showing how the wing of his model has exploded from the photo.  This is a very eye catching twist on an already unique idea.  I loved seeing this Dragonfly. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16 early wheels and wheel chocks from Eduard Model Accessories.  This detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Bristol Beaufighter Porcupine Exhaust from QuickBoost.  This detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Vympel R-73 - AA-11 Archer missile from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Static dischargers - type used on MiG jets (14pcs) from Master.


Tuesday,  Jan 27  2015

Russia - End of Leningrad blockade  (1944)

Ronald Beelen gets things started in style today with his 1/48 Academy Sukhoi 27 in a special paint scheme.  Ronald gave his Su-27 a paint scheme that is worn by the Su-35 and I have to say this paint scheme looks excellent on his Su-27. 

Paul Coppin joins us with his very well done 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190-A4 diorama.  This is Walter Nowotnys White Ten of 1.JG54 on the Eastern Front in early Spring 1942 in all it's winter time glory with snow on the ground.  Paul chose an attractive camo scheme and in his article he explains how to make very realistic looking snow with not much effort.

Baeck Seung Jin joins us from Korea with his beautiful looking 1/32 Academy F/A-18D Hornet.  This model was masked and painted to represent the Tiger Striped Hornet with VMFA (AW) -224 "Bengals" .  I love this Hornet with it's Tiger stripes.   WOW WOW WOW!!!

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16CJ Block 52 engine from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Bf 109G Interior Gun Cover from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Wheel Well from Ultracast This detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Mitsubishi A6M5/ 5a Interior set from CMKThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Monday,  Jan 26  2015

India Republic Day

Australia Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Murli Rajan gets this big and excited Indian Republic Day update started with his 1/144 Minicraft Caravelle.  Murli created all the markings himself with paint masking and custom decals.  This Indian Airlines jet liner looks fantastic posed on it's stand as an in-flight model.

Vinayak Dutt Shukla has done a first class out of the box built on his 1/72 Italeri IAF Jaguar IS.   Vinayak has included a wonderful selection of very artistic photos of his Jaguar at sunset and posed at his 1/72 airbase.  I really enjoyed seeing the photos of his Jaguar.

Ratish Nair has done a stellar job building his 1/72 Trumpeter Sukhoi Su-30MK.   He started with the Su-27 kit and then modified it to make his killer looks Su-30MK complete with photo etch to add further detail.  I love the paint scheme Ratish chose for this Indian Su-30.

Paresh Nair has done an amazing job on his 1/48 Academy MiG 21 Bis.  This Indian MiG-21 is sporting a very eye catching camo scheme which look fantastic from every angle.  Beautiful work Paresh.

Alexander Fernandes has done an exceptional job painting and weathering his 1/72 Zvezda MiG-21 bis.  Alexander used automotive paints and oil to paint and weather his Indian MiG.  Then he created a diorama base with scratchbuilt airfield equipment to better display his stunning MiG-21. 

Leonard Prakasam is a long time regular here on ARC and I'm pleased to see his taking part in this special update.  This is his eye catching 1/48 Academy MiG-21 FL (Fishbed-D) Type 77 in an aggressive looking striped camo scheme with a subtle weathering job to add more realism.  Excellent work Leonard. 

Ratish Nair has done a first class job on his tiny 1/72 Aeroclub Folland Gnat F. Mk. 1.  Ratish rewroked some of the details and good the model flawless before giving it a perfect bare metal finish.  It's good to see his Gnat on ARC on this special day.

Amrith M Punja his got everything looking perfect on his 1/144 Trumpeter Ilyushin IL-76.  Amrith used aftermarket and custom made decals to finish his Indian cargo plane in all the glory of the full sized aircraft.  The Ilyushin IL-76 looks good in Indian markings.....good job Amrith.

Aamod Potdar is here with a very colourful 1/72 Academy MiG 23 MF.  Aamod chose a brightly coloured target tub scheme that served with the Indian Air Force and then used a combination of aftermarket and custom made decals to finish his MiG 23.

Ratish Nair is here today to honour India with another of his 1/72 Trumpeter Sukhoi Su-30MK.  Ratish added photo etch to improve the detail of his very attractive Indian Su-30MK.  He then added a diorama base and crew ladders and even 2 figures to complete the sceme.  It is a treat to see his Su-30 on ARC on this special day.

Alexander Fernandes has reworked the details on his 1/72 Zvezda Kamov 28 to make his Indian Navy Ka 28.  This included adding rivets to his model and even thinning the rotor blades for added realism with excellent results.

Ratish Nair finishes this update in style with his 1/72 Condor Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25RU.  This is the recce version used by India in all it's glory.  I'm pleased at how well this MiG-25 looks.

Saturday,  Jan 24  2015 
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

National Convention

Columbus, OH July 22 - 25

ARC Groupbuilds

Star Wars Group Build - ends May 4th 2015

StarFish Group Build - ends  March 1st 2015

Tiger group build - ends July1st 2015

Search and Rescue Group build (SAR) - ends July 1st 2015

The Shelf Queens Group Build - ends March 2014

Model Shows


Ashland, NE Mar 28 2015


Kenner, LA Mar 28 2015


Venice, FL Mar 28 2015


Chicopee, MA Mar 29 2015


Wayne, NJ - April 4 2015

Anniston, AL Apr 4 2015


Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Apr 10 - 11 2015


San Jose, CA Apr 11 2015


Des Moines, IA Apr 11 2015


Freeport, NY Apr 11 2015


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