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Sunday, Aug  31  2003

  Malaysia  National Day 

   Trinidad and Tobago 

Shamsul Anwar Mohd Hussein begins the massive Malaysian update with his article about The Royal Malaysian Air Force.  His article tells about the past, present and future of the Royal Malaysian Air Force.


Unicorn Teamwork group has completed a Group Build.  Click on their Strike Fighters of TUDM article to learn more about the Malaysian Air Force. 


Brian Param a.k.a Mr B has sent in an article about his 1/72 Airfix D.H Chipmunk.  He finished off his Chipmunk in Royal Malaysian Air Force markings. 


Thomas Ng has sent in 3 articles today.  His first article is about his 1/72 Italeri Bae Hawk Mk 108.  Thomas provides some background about the Royal Malaysian Air Force Hawks.


Brian Param a.k.a Mr B has a second article.  This is his 1/72 Hobbycraft DHC-4 Caribou.  This robust plane has it roots in Canada and filled an important role in the Royal Malaysian Air Force.  This Caribou is finished in Royal Malaysian Air Force markings.


Cho Shiou Hwa has sent in an article about his 1/72 Hasegawa  McAir F/A 18D Hornet decal sheet in TUDM (Royal Malaysian Air Force) markings.  Very nice weathering on the paint scheme on this one.  Decal are from F-4DableModels. F-4DableModels.


Thomas Ng's second article today is about his 1/72 Hobbycraft Tebuan.  This one is also finished in TUDM (Royal Malaysian Air Force) markings. 


Brian Param a.k.a Mr B has a third article today.  This is his 1/72 Monogram Albatross.  This one is also finished in TUDM (Royal Malaysian Air Force) markings.  


Brian Param a.k.a Mr B has a fourth article today.  This is his 1/72 Academy F-86 with Red Roo Conversion and finished in This one is also finished in TUDM (Royal Malaysian Air Force) markings. 


Jason Cheah is here with his very nice 1/48 Revell Monogram F/A-18D.  Jason did extra work to his Hornet and then finished it in TUDM (Royal Malaysian Air Force) markings.  He used decals from F-4DableModels.


Thomas Ng is here with his third article today.  this is his very well built 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18D.  Thomas used decals from F-4DableModels to finish his Hornet in Malaysian markings. 


KT Goh is here with his 1/72 Berkut SU-30MKM.  KT finished his Su-30 in TUDM (Royal Malaysian Air Force) markings.  He used decals from F-4DableModels.  


Here is a quick look at the 1/72 and 1/48 TUDM (Malaysian Air Force) McAir F/A-18D Hornet decal sheets from F-4DableModels.  If you want Malaysian markings...these are the folks to contact.


Saturday, Aug  30  2003

  Kyrgyz Republic National Day  

Thang Le is here with another of his Gems.  this is Thang's 1/48 Monogram P-39 Airacobra.  Good Grief.....I can't get over the excellent models Thang produces from these older Monogram kits. 


Bernd Korte is here with his colourful 1/72 Hasegawa F-102A Delta Dagger.  Bernd goes into some very good detail about building this model. 


Patrick Sitters is here with his 1/72 Dragon P-61B.  Patrick finished off his P-61 in the sexy noseart and markings of  Lady of the Dark. 


Friday, Aug 29  2003   

Reminder....Meteor Production Inc. is 10 years old and they're having a sale to thank modellers for their support.  This sale will run until Aug 31 2003.  Click here for more details as well as the story behind Meteor Productions Inc.


H.Ufuk Aydiner gets your Friday updated started with his 1/48 Hasegawa Me-109 F4.  This one is in winter camo.....I don't know why but I LOVE winter camo. 


Drew Thompson is here with a big feature article on his 1/48 Hasegawa F-14 Tomcat.  This is a beautiful kit and Drew has done it justice......great markings as well. 


Dave Ramshaw is here with a little known aircraft.  This is Dave's 1/72 Smer Amiot.  Well done Dave!!


I have a review of the new 1/32 F/A-18C Hornet's Revenge Part 1 decal sheet.  this decal sheet features a post 9-11 CAG bird with 9-11 nose art and is made by Cutting Edge Modelworks.


I have a review of the 'Operation Telic' Special No 1 book from the On Target Profile series of books from Model Alliance Group.  If you like British jets or noseart...check out my review on this book.


Thursday, Aug 28  2003

  Polish (Military) Aviation Day 

Bruce Bell is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa Hawker Hurricane IId.  A fine looking Hurricane...well done Bruce. 


Thomas Neuss has just completed the 1/32 Revell ECR Tornado.  He finished his big Tornado in the stunning markings for the “Tigermeet 2001” Tornado.  Quite the paint scheme. 


Ralf Pätzold has a very funny article about the "Fairley Gannet" or The Ungainly Fowl.  I love it Ralf....thanks for the laugh. 


I have a review of the 1/48 F-14D decal sheet for Felix In The Fight!  VF-31 Tomcatters  from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics It features many F-14D's from Operation Iraqi Freedom.......including some with very high mission markings.


Mike Peters has sent in an in-flight photo of an F-4E during a mid air refueling.


Wednesday,  Aug 27  2003

  Moldova National Day 

Chaz Nims starts today with his 1/48 Hasegawa F6F-3.  Chaz added some aftermarket goodies and a bit of scratch building (tubing for machine guns) to detail out this very nice Hasegawa kit.  The end result is a great looking fighter.


Albert Moore is here with his 1/48 Promodeler A-4F Skyhawk that he converted into an IDF/AF A-4H "Ayit".  Albert knows his IAF birds and this one is no exception. 


Alan Williamson is here with his 1/48 Tamyia P-51B Mustang.  Alan chose the very famous early Mustang of Sangri La as flown Capt. D. Gentile during WW2.  Alan weathered his Mustang and added Eduard PE seatbelts and stretched sprue for the antenna wire.


I have a review of the 1/32 Bell X-1E NACA decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This sheets gives you decal options for 3 different X-1 flights.


I have a review of the 1/72 Roden S.E.5a Viper from LuckyModel.com Hobby shop.  Neat little kit of very high quality.


Tuesday,  Aug 26  2003

Alan Williamson is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Bristol Beaufighter.  Alan is from Downunder, so he's finished his Beaufighter in Australian markings and included some Beaufighter history in his article. 


Mike Pister is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is Mike's 1/48 Hasegawa NF-14B Tomcat NAWCWD.  Mike did a variety of improvements to this kit from weathering to scratchbuilding.  Welcome to ARC Mike!! 


Gianni Chirico is here from Italy with his 1/72 Hasegawa P-38J.  This P-38 flew with the 8th Airforce.  Gianni weathered his P-38 and it's markings include nose art. 


I have a review of the new 1/24 Spitfire Mk.V upper cowl for the Trumpeter Spitfire from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This will help correct some problems with the original kit part.


I have a review of the new 1/72 S-3B Santa Tracker VS-35 and US President S-3B decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This includes the Tracker President Bush did a landing on the USS Abraham Lincholn.  Also contains the funny markings of Santa across the nose of a S-3B.


David S. DeLang has written a special program for scale modellers.  This is a free Scale converter.  Click on the image and a box will appear to calculate measurements in different scales.  This is a small .exe program you can download from the ARC Tools 'n' Tips main page and run on your own computer.  It works VERY well, simple and effective.  


Everett McEwan has sent in some F-4 test plane walkaround photos.


Koko has sent in some Sikorsky S-61 walkaround photos.


Monday,  Aug 25  2003

  Uruguay Independence Day   

Kelly Quirk begins our week with his 1/48 Monogram AH-1S Cobra.  Kelly finished his Cobra with decal from Two Bobs.  Beautiful as always Kelly. 


Darius Aibara is here with his 1/48 Monogram Mirage 2000.  This one came out looking excellent.....I particularly like the paint scheme.


James Kelley has completed his 1/72 Tamiya F4U-1D Corsair.  James finished his Corsair as a work horse with weathering and paint chipping. 


I have a review of the new 1/144 Canadian Civil C-47 / DC-1 Part 1 decal sheet from Leading Edge Models. This sheet is packed with colourful schemes....and even one plane with sexy artwork on the tail. 


Sunday,  Aug 24  2003

  Ukraine National Day 

George R. Mustafa kicks off today's update with his award winning 1/24 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Diorama.  The detail on this diorama is quite well done.  Enjoy. 


Matthias Becker is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa F-4E Phantom II.  Beautiful weathering and detailing....and in 1/72....very impressive indeed. 


Graham Tarran is here with his 1/48 Classic Airframes Savoia Marchetti SM79 bis Torpedo Bomber.  Very nicely done and a treat to see a model of this aircraft. 


Jörgen Toll has a review of the 1/48 Aires Exhaust for F-4 Phantom


Saturday,  Aug 23  2003    

Busolini Massimo begins our Saturday update with his 1/48 Hasegawa AU-1 Corsair.  Busolini finished off his Corsair in Korean War markings.  Nice weathering on this one. 


Carlos Concepcion has finished the big 1/32 Academy F/A-18C Hornet.  Excellent job on the paint scheme, weathering and weapons load finishing.  This must be a good kit if so many folks are finishing it so quick.


Erik Wauters is here with his 1/144 Minicraft Boeing B-377 Stratocruiser.  This kit took 2 years to build......I admire Erik's persistence for sticking with it and getting it done.  It came out looking very good, so I think it was worth the effort.


Creighton Henthorn Jr.  has sent in an In Box Review of the 1/48 Kangnam F/A-18 Hornet.  It's interesting to see how this kit compares to the Italeri and Monogram kit. 


Jörgen Toll has sent in a review of the 1/48 Aires Exhausts for F-14A Tomcat.  Actually there's 2 sets included in this review....open exhausts and closed....but you have to buy 2m different sets to get both types. 


Krirkkiat Bunnag is here with some Royal Thai Airforce Alpha Jet walkaround photos.


Torg Anderson is here with some SNV or BT13 or Vultee walkaround photos.


Friday,  Aug 22  2003     

Today is my birthday.....I'd like to take a moment to also wish Chris Hughes a happy Birthday.


LuckyModel.com is sponsoring the prize for a new Group Build.  Unlike contests......at ARC I like folks to build models.....so a group build is where you decide on a subject matter and then you get a number of months to complete the model.  Then there'll be some sort of ramdom draw of the models entered for a as yet unspecified prize from LuckyModel.com.  Go and vote on what theme/subject matter you like for this Group build, so we can get this ball rolling.  Click here to pick the aircraft you'd like to buildThe Group Build forum will be deeply involved in these Group Builds.


Somchai "Blackeyes" is here with his 1/72 Italeri Super Entendard.  His Super Entendard in beautifully finished in French Navy markings. 


Andy Gudbergsson is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Andy's 1/48 Tamiya FW-190A-3.  Welcome Andy keep these good looking models coming.


Henk Koppelaar is here from the Netherlands with his recently re-painted 1/32 Tamiya F-14 Tomcat.  Henk seems to have mastered the tricky art of USN patchy paint jobs. 


Justin Davenport is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa P-47D "Bubbletop" Thunderbolt.  This model is in the markings of a P-47 his Grandpa flew in WW2.  Justin tells a bit about his Grandpa in his article....but not nearly enough......I bet his Grandpa has some interesting stories about day to day life as a P-47 pilot. 


I have a review of the new 1/48 F-15E Throwback Nose Art decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features noseart on four different F-15's.....including Memphis Belle III among others. 


I have a review of the 1/48 P-47D Big Jugs Part 3 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks  This sheet features sexy nose art as well as a P-47 flown by Hub Zemke the day he was almost shot down by Luftwaffe Ace Gunther Rall.


I have a review of the 1/72 Canadian Civil C-47 / DC-1 Part 1 decal sheet from Leading Edge Models Leading Edge Models Five different Canadian Airliners are featured on this decal sheet. 


Thursday,  Aug 21  2003    
I'm behind in my archiving.  I've added links the home page text for July and Aug to the bottom of the ARC Home page.  I'll catch up on archiving when I have a chance....but I have quite a few critical projects on ARC and in my family life to tend to first.

Dave Ramshaw begins today's update with a lesser known aircraft.  this is his baremetal 1/72 Italeri Junkers Ju-86.  Very sleek looking aircraft....nicely done. 


H.Ufuk Aydiner is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa YF-19.  This one is full of imagination....cool design.  


Shekar K Rao has dropped by with a big feature article on his 1/72 Italeri Bf 110 Zerstorer.  Sit back and enjoy the many pictures and text....great looking 110. 


I have a review of the 1/48 P-47D Big Jugs Part 2 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  If you like sexy nose art...then this is the decal sheet for you!!!


I have a preview of the new  1/32 F/A-18C VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features 2 F/A-18 from from  Operation Iraqi Freedom "Knuckle Shampoo".


I have a preview of the upcoming 1/32 F-105 decal sheet from Albatros Modelworks.  Albatros is famous for sexy nose art and this decal sheet is no exception.  Release date is not known yet....coming soon!!!


Bernd Korte is here with some HAL HF-24 Mk 1 Marut walkaround photos.


Alan Williamson is here with his Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine photos.


Wednesday,  Aug 20  2003

  Hungary National Day  

Radim Schimmer begins today with his 1/72 Ex-Frog Supermarine S6B.  This is the Schneider Trophy winner in 1931.  Amazing this plane set the stage for the Spitfire.


Darius Aibara is here with his 1/48 Saab Gripen.  Always nice to see a Gripen.  Beautifully done Darius.l


Francisco Santos has dropped by with his 1/48 Huma Flettner FL-282 "Kolibri".  Perfect model of this very fascinating looking chopper. 


I have a review of the  1/48 P-47D Big Jugs Part 1 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  "Triple X" nose art galore on this sheet.....not that I notice such things.


Emad F.Tabsh has gotten his hands on the 1/32 Trumpeter F-105 D and has sent in an In-box review.  Looks like one heck of a kit.


Greg Wise has sent in some Cavalier 2000 walkaround photos.  This is one unique Mustang. 


Tuesday,  Aug 19  2003   

Fernando Azurdia begins today with his 1/72 Hasegawa A6M5 Zero Type 52.  I was quite impressed with the delicate detail on the paint job on this one....especially when you consider this is the smaller 1/72 scale. 


David Porter has dropped by with his 1/32 Hasegawa F-16C Fighting Falcon.  This one is beautifully done. 


Warn M. Kitchen is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Italeri C-47 Skytrain.  Welcome to ARC Warn. 


Lyle ‘Tilt’ Katchur is here with his story about Hitching a ride in a CF-18.  Actually he got 2 rides in CF-18's in one day....read his article for the full details.  Hard for me to contain my envy.  :-)


I have a review of the new 1/72 F-15E Throwback Nose Art decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This one features 4 different F-15E's with nose art.


I have a review of the 1/32 SJU-5/6 or SJU-9/10 Ejection Seat without molded in seat belts from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  I've included 6 pics from all angles....beautifully done seat..


Bob Verhegghen is here with some Mil 2 Hoplite walkaround photos.


Bernd Korte is here with some German MBB Hansa Jet walkaround photos.


Monday,  Aug 18  2003

  Afghanistan Independence Day 

Robert-Jan Willekens begins our week with his 1/48 Italeri FW190D-11.  His Fw-190 has paint chipping and weathering very carefully applied to it.   


Jan Mikes is here with his 1/48 EFA-2100 Typhoon III which he converted from the Italeri 1/48 EFA-2000 Typhoon.  I love the paint scheme on this one!! 


Gianni Chirico has sent in pics of his 1/72 Italeri  Junkers Ju.87 B-2/R-2 Stuka.  This plane flew with III/St.G1 in North Africa in 1942.  Another good looking 1/72 plane from Gianni. 


I have a review of the new 1/48 F-14D Tomcat Iraqi Freedom Heros Part 2 decal sheet from Yellow Hammer Decals.  Now is your chance to model very recent history.


I have a review of the new 1/72 F-5's of the Royal Thai Air Force decal sheet from Siam Scale.  There's some great looking paint schemes on this sheet.


Bernd Korte has sent in some Junkers Junior walkaround photos.....this plane looks like a tiny Ju-52 in some respects.


Everett McEwan has sent in some OV-1D Mohawk walkaround photos.


Sunday,  Aug 17  2003

  Gabon Independence Day 

  Indonesia Independence Day 
Today's update is in honour of the Indonesia Independence Day.  Good job guys!

Alexander Sidharta & Iwan Winarta join us from  Indonesia begin this special  Indonesian update with a very colourful article called One-Oh-Four Galore.  Here they treat you to no fewer than 6 different F-104's


Iwan Winarta is here with a  peek inside the Indonesian Air Force Museum.  This museum seems to be well worth the drive. 


Mario "hiurawa" Binsar joins us from Indonesia with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Airfix GKN-Westland Lynx HMA 8.  He decided to fold the tail and rotors and scratch build some detail.  Welcome to ARC Mario!!


Andreas Ardian Pramaditya joins us from Indonesia with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/32 Revell BO-105 finished in the markings for the Indonesian Army.  Welcome to ARC Andreas!!


Philip Limbert  joins us from Indonesia with his 1/35 Dragon IDF MD 500 Defender.  Philip did some scratchbuilding and detailing and then finished his IDF chopper in a weathered paint scheme. 


Rahman Ramadya joins us from Indonesia with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Italeri MH-53E SEA DRAGON finished in US Navy markings.  Welcome to ARC Rahman!!


Peter Nur Asan joins us from  Indonesia with his 1/48 Dragon Ju-188 Avenger.  Peter was featured in last years special update on Aug 17 and it's good to see him back.   


Philip Limbert joins us from  Indonesia with his 1/35 Academy MH-60G Pavehawk.  Philip did some beautiful work on his Pavehawk and posed the door in the open position. 


Alexander Sidharta joins us from  Indonesia with a review of many decal sheets featuring Indonesian Air Force Decals by Scale Nutz out of Singapore.


I have an article about a 'Military in Scale' review about ARC.  This review is special today because it talk about the Indonesian update on ARC last year.


Saturday,  Aug 16  2003

Tolga Ulgur starts our Saturday update with his  1/48 Tamiya Me-109 E3.  This Me-109 was built mostly out of the box with the addition of a resin seat from Cutting Edge, but the weathering on the paint job has to be seen....very well done.


Rodney Williams is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16A "THUNDERBIRD".  Rodney had to remove the canopy seam on this one and he talks about that in his article and includes some pics of the process. 


MaRiO FeRNaNDeZ is here with his 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair.  I quite enjoyed this one.....great job on the paint chipping and weathering. 


David Horn has an in Box Review of the 1/48 Italeri V-22 OSPREY.  I must confess this aircraft has always fascinated me.  


Eli Raphael has sent in a photo showing 3 views of the 1/48 Seamless Suckers F-8 Crusader intake.  If you've never heard of Seamless Sucker intakes......all I can say is they are first rate and beautifully done.


Alan Williamson has sent in some Australian F-18A & B photos.


Everett McEwan has sent in some OV-10 Bronco  walkaround photos.


Friday,  Aug 15  2003

 India Independence Day  

  Congo National Day 

  Korea National Day 

In honour of Independence day in India, Shekar K Rao starts our day with his 1/72 Academy Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc.  Shekar has finished his Hurricane in Royal Indian Air Force markings and provided some fascinating history in his article. 


Hiran Horta is here with his 1/72 Tamiya F-84 G.  Hiran's F-84 is finished in some very colourful markings. 


Raymond Biggs has finished his 1/72 Italeri UH-60L Black Hawk "Super Six Two".  This particular Black Hawk is one of the choppers involved in the Black Hawk Down story. 


I have a review of the 1/48 F-14D Tomcat Iraqi Freedom Heros Part 1 decal sheet from  Yellow Hammer Decals.  Here's your chance to model current history.


I have a review of the RAF and Commonwealth P-51 Mustangs profile book.  This is from the On Target Profile series of books from Model Alliance Group.  Included are 76 profiles for Commonwealth Mustangs.  


Steven Lu is here with some T-45A walkaround photos. 


Alan Williamson is here with a selection of Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp piston engine detail photos. 


Thursday,  Aug 14  2003

  Pakistan Independence Day 

David Matusek begins today's update with his 1/48 Academy I-16 Type 10.  David used some Eduard PE and CMK figures to add realism to his diorama. 


Thomas Neuss is here with his 1/32 Tamiya F-14A Tomcat.  Thomas has added a full weapons load and crews figures to his big and highly detailed Bombcat. 


J.C. Bahr  is here with a some X-Rated 1/72 Academy P-39 Airacobra.  This paint scheme has got to be one of the bolder schemes from WW2. 


I have a review of the 1/48 A-10A Bagram Warthogs New Orleans ANG decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  These A-10's served in Afghanistan 


I have a review of the 1/48  Israeli Air Force F-16 decal sheet from Siam Scale Decals.  This decals sheet features 8 different f-16's in the IAF.  


Robert Neuharth is here with some U.S. Coast Guard HH-60J walkaround photos.


Wednesday,  Aug 13  2003  

Dmitriy Shapiro is having his Birthday today and what better way to celebrate a birthday around here than to have your model on ARC.  This is his 1/133 Monogram TWA Lockheed Super G Constellation.  He's even got Stewardesses included with his beautifully done TWA Connie.


H.Ufuk Aydiner has dropped the ARC Corporate offices with his 1/48 Academy F-14A Tomcat.  Ufuk did a perfect job on the dirty patchwork paint scheme on his Tomcat.  


Darius Aibara is here with his 1/48 Testors O2-A and OV-10 USAF FAC Birds.  One of these has a Sharks Mouth....both look excellent. 


Dave Ramshaw is here with his 1/48 Italeri Eurofighter in black RAF markings.  Dave used this model to get a change of pace from another build.....good move Dave. 


I have a review of the 1/32 Bell X-1 GLAMOROUS GLENNIS from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This decal sheet includes markings for 8 different Bell X-1 flights.  A very famous and historical aircraft.


I have a review of the 1/72 EC-135N/E ARIA/ALOTS  "Snoopy" from AMtech.  This is one huge and quite inclusive kit.  Good to see a model of this aircraft.


Tuesday,  Aug 12  2003 

Karl W Branson is here with his very nice 1/48 Airfix Sepecat Jaguar GR3.  Karl paid particular attention to all areas of his Jaguar....check out the cockpit as well. 


Murray Antill is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Murray's for attempt at resin detail parts.  I think his 1/48 Tamiya Focke-Wulf FW-190 D9 came out quite well. 


Robert-Jan Willekens has dropped by with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Curtiss Hawk 75A.  Robert finished his Hawk 75A in Dutch markings.  


Joshua Stockdale has finished the 1/72  Hasegawa AV-8B Harrier II.  Joshua did some weathering to his Harrier and finished it off in the marking for VMA-223. 


Monday,  Aug 11  2003

  Chad Independence Day  

Bob Silva Jr. starts off our week with his 1/48 Academy MH-60K Blackhawk.  This is part 4 of Bob's article on his MH-60K Blackhawk.  Bob has been quite busy and attentive on getting the details just perfect on his Blackhawk and his articles are always a treat to read and see all his work. 


John Green has dropped by with his 1/72 Hasegawa F-106 Delta Dart.  John built this one almost out-of-the-box except for a few improvements.  The Eagle nose art is quite interesting and I'm sure there must be some great story behind it.  Nicely done John.


Gianni Chirico joins us from Italy with his 1/72 Italeri Junkers Ju.86 E-2.  Gianni finished off his Ju.86 is markings from Stalingrad in 1942.  A very nice build with some well done engine exhaust weathering. 


I have a review of the 1/48 F-15C Alaskan Gamecocks decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This decal sheet permits you the option of 4 different F-15C from 19 Squadron in Alaska. 


I have a review of the 1/48 scale F-16 A/B/C/D Fighting Falcon Decals for the Republic of Singapore Air Force from Siam Scale.  This sheet permits you to build 8 different F-16's.  I meant to review this decal sheet for the Singapore National Day on Sunday, but ran out of time.


Sunday,  Aug 10  2003

  Ecuador Independence Day   

I just got back from the Abbotsford Airshow........had a great time and met some very friendly ARC regulars.....it was a hoot to meet these folks.  Blue Angels and Snowbirds put on a great show as usual.  Photoed some static aircraft.....sort of slim pickings this year...no cockpit photos due to rain and pilots sitting in the cockpits making picture taking rather diffucult......saw an F-14 fly for the first time.  I got almost no sleep last night due to the large Singapore update and I'm quite exhausted.....so I'm heading off to bed.  I'll get the updates back on track for Monday.  Thanks everyone.

Saturday,  Aug 9  2003

  Singapore National Day   

To begin the huge Singapore update....here is A Short History of the Republic of  Singapore Air Force by the Wingnuts Singapore.  Models are by Gareth Phua: 1/72 S.211 trainer and 1/72 Hunter FGA.74.......Sebastian Lim: 1/72 AS 532 Cougar (Super Puma)....Kwek CL: 1/48 A-4S Skyhawk and 1/48 F-5E tiger II.....Jer Wei: 1/48 F-16A......... Mike Yeo: 1/48 T-33.


Jeremy Neo is here with his 1/48 Vickers Supermarine Seafire MkIII.  Jeremy own a hobby shop in Singapore called Hobby Icon at Orchard Plaza #03-72, Singapore.  Plus will be giving away coloured F16C cutaway poster from Flight International for free if customer make a total purchase of $80 from 9th to 16th of August. 


CL Kwek is here with his 1/48 Monogram F-5E in RSAF Experimental Colors.  Welcome to ARC!!


Sebastian Lim is here with his 1/72 Italeri AS532 Cougar in Republic of Singapore AF markings. 


Jer Wei is here with his 1/48 RSAF F-16A BLK 15 Viper that he converted from a Hasegawa F-16 Thunderbird.  This is a huge article....enjoy. 


Yusof Zakaria is here from Singapore with a beautifully painted/weathered AMT X-Wing Fighter from Star Wars. 


Andy Lee is here from Singapore with his 1/48 F-5S Tiger II.  Looks good Andy.


Leon Lio is here with his 1/48 Academy F-16C.  Also finished in RSAF markings. 


CL Kwek is here with his highly detailed 1/48 Hasegawa A-4S Singapore Skyhawk. 


Gareth Phua has his inflight 1/72 Airfix Hunter F Mk.74 for you all to enjoy. 


Mike Yeo is here with his 1/48 Academy T-33 in Republic of Singapore Air Force markings. 


Gareth Phua is here with his in-flight 1/72 Planet Models S.211.  Very nice display base and model Gareth. 


Justin Davenport is here with his 1/72 Matchbox Lightning F.6 ....this one has a Singapore connection as well. 


Andy Lee has some A-4S Skyhawk (Singapore A-4) walkaround photos. 


Friday,  Aug 8  2003  

Francisco Colaço starts today with his 1/48 Eduard Thulin D that he converted from a Morane Saulnier type L.  The markings are Finnish markings.  A beautifully delicate looking aircraft.


Laurent 'Angus' Beauvais   is here with one of the more oddball looking US aircraft....the SNECMA C450 Coléoptère MIKU.  The bottom end looks to me like an old wringer washing machine.  Laurent did some very effective and skillful work on the Bare Metal Finish.  


Thang Le is here with one of my favourites....a winter 1/48 Otaki Fw-190 A-8.  And he built it with the old Otaki kit......I have this kit and after seeing Thang's I really starting to think the Otaki kit could be a very fun build.


I have a review of the 1/48 P-38G/L Struck by Lightning Part 1 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This features 3 different P-38's...all with noseart....including one with very beautiful Nudie Nose art.


I have a review of the 1/48 F-104J Komatsu Starfighters decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  Now you can build very colourful Japanese F-104's!!!


I've added two links to the ARC Links pages for the Whiskey Jack Decals CDN distributor  and  the Whiskey Jack Decals UK Distributor


Thursday,  Aug 7  2003   Cote d'lvoire National Day  

Abbotsford Airshow 2003  There will be an ARC Get together at the Abbotsford Airshow on Saturday Aug 9 2003 .....I will be attending this one day.  We're hoping Alvis will attend as well.....but this is not confirmed. 


Grant Matthews is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Grant's 1/32 Revell EC-135 done up in Medical Evac markings.  Fine looking chopper Grant......I look forward to seeing more of your work. 


Bill Clark is here with his 1/48 Aeroclub Multi-Media Kit "Hawker Hunter T8".  This one has some very interesting markings....good job on building it Bill. 


J.C. Bahr is here with his 1/72 Italeri P-51.  JC did some wing swapping on this model....read his article for more details.  It came out looking quite nice JC. 


Chris Aleong has a modification you can use to make a very handy scriber.  His article on the Olfa P-cutter blade change is well worth reading. 


Lucky Model.com has arranged for  New Lower Shipping Costs!!   


Wednesday,  Aug 6   2003

  Bolivia Independence Day 

My main hard drive in my computer locks up constantly (every 5 minutes) and made yesterday's update impossible.  I'm working on reformatting another hard drive to solve the problem in my computer.

First up today.  I've learned that Arrogant Bastard Beer is brewed in the San Diego area.  They have a funny website as well. www.arrogantbastard.com


Ivan Pliopas starts today with his beautifully done 1/48 Monogram OS2U Kingfisher.  Ivan finished his Kingfisher in Mexican markings.  He's also included a great article detailing the building of his Kingfisher. 


Bill Staudt is here with his folded wing 1/48 Hasegawa A-7E Corsair II.  Bill used a resin cockpit and other goodies to finish his very nice Corsair II.


Darius Aibara is here with his 1/48 Cessna 150 Aerobat.  It's always good to see some civilian aircraft to add variety to things.


Dmitriy Shapiro is here with his 1/144 Minicraft Tu-22M-2.  A very nice build on this Russian Bomber. 


Creighton L Henthorn Jr is here with a story and photos of his recent experiences with Task Force Tarawa in Operation Iraqi Freedom during Gulf War Two.


Pegasus Models has sent some info about the new Blue Max 1/48 Roland D.VIb.  The photos on this one look excellent.


Tuesday,  Aug 5   2003 

  Croatian Victory Day  

  Jamaica National Day 


Monday,  Aug 4  2003

Gianni Chirico begins our week with his 1/72 Hasegawa Focke-Wulf FW.190 D-9.  This Dora is finished in the markings of III/JG-54.  Looks good Gianni. 


Joshua Stockdale is here with his Gulf War 1/72 Italeri A-6E Intruder.  Josh folded the wings and added a weapons load to his Intruder.  I very nice example of this famous little bomber.


Yusof Zakaria is here with his 1/48 Otaki Corsair.  A very good looking Corsair from the older Otaki kit.  Yusof used plenty of effort to get the paint job looking just the way he wanted it. 


Francois Poulic is here with his  1/72 Hasegawa Su-27B Flanker.  You did a Beautiful job on this one Francois. 


I have a preview of the upcoming 1/48 B-1B Seek and Destroy decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features 3 B-1/s from Operation Iraqi Freedom....one of them is the planes that tried to kill Saddam.


Justin Davenport got his hands on the 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Bubbletop and he's sent in an In-Box review of it.  This is a long awaited kit and is sure to generate sales.


I've added Scale Nutz to the ARC links pages.


Jan M Visser has sent in some Turkish F-5B walkaround photos.


Sunday,  Aug 3  2003                    E-mail Virus warning!!!

No update today.  I've been backing up files and reformatting my computer.....a regular thing I have to do every 3 months for my high use ARC machine.  Minutes after I got the computer up and running and before I could download the virus detection program.....my computer became infected by an e-mail worm virus (W32/Klez virus).  If you have received an e-mail from me in the last 24 hours....just delete it.  This is not a "serious" virus that deletes data or causes serious problems.  I'll be spending a few hours doing a virus scan and removing this virus from my computer.  My address book is empty....but somehow this e-mail worm virus was able to send out e-mails.  My apologies everyone.

The ARC website is NOT infected....this is strictly an e-mail virus....unrelated to ARC.


Saturday,  Aug 2  2003

A reminder....the Charlote NC Scale Modelers Bug Con 03 is on today.   is on today.   is on today.  


Robert-Jan Willekens begins our Saturday with his 1/48 Classic Airframes Fokker D.XXI.  This fighter is done up in Dutch markings.  Robert-Jan includes some history on this Dutch fighter. 


Chuck Holte is here with his 1/72 Resin RQ-4A Global Hawk from Unicraft.  Chuck goes into some excellent detail about this aircraft as well as the building process for his model.


Erwin Macalalad is here with his first model since taking up this  the hobby of ours.  This is his 1/72 Academy Hawker Typhoon Mk 1b.  Erwin also added some weathering to his Typhoon. 


MasterpieceModels has sent me some photos of their new Sandbox products.  This is a sanding box attached to your Vacuum......an excellent idea when working with resin especially.


Jan M Visser is here with some German Air Force Demo Tornado walkaround photos.


Everett McEwan is here with some CH-54 Skycrane walkaround photos.


Friday,  Aug 1  2003

  Benin Independence Day   

  Switzerland National Day 

Sinuhe Hahn is here to begin today's special Swiss update with his 1/48 P-51's in Swiss Air Force service.  This article includes his Tamiya P-51B and P-51D.  The P-51 D has D-Day stripes on the bottom of the wings and a very nice BMF....and a bit of history is included.   


Kaan Gök is here to WOW the jet guys with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-15J Aggressor.  This is typical beautiful work from Kaan.....everyone loves Aggressor schemes. 


Lynn Ritger is here to celebrate the Swiss National day with his 1/48 Tamiya Bf 109E-3 in Swiss Markings.  As most of you know....Lynn is quite the expert on the 109 and he's provided some in-depth info to make a correct Swiss Bf-109E. 


Sinuhe Hahn is here with his second article of the day....also devoted to the Swiss National Day.  These are his 1/48 Hobbycraft Me-109D and 1/48 Tamiya Me 109E in Swiss markings.  Sinuhe provides some history behind these planes.


I have a review of the new 1/32 SJU-5/6 Ejection Seat with molded in seat belts from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This resin seat is a vast improvement over the Academy seat.  I've included 7 detail pics in my review. 


I have a review of the new 1/48 QF-4G Team Target Drones decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheets permits you to build both target drones featured on this decal sheet.


I've also added a link to the  Indonesian Scale Modeling Society to the ARC links pages.


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