Homepage Text - November 2003

Sunday, Nov 30  2003

  St. Andew's day in Scotland  

Archiving continues.......updates begin again on Monday. 

Saturday, Nov 29  2003  

 Albania Liberation Day  

No update today......I'm working long hours at my regular job and attempting to catch up on archiving articles on ARC in the remaining hours I'm not at my job. 

Friday, Nov 28  2003

   Mauritania Independence Day 

Phil Golding kicks off today with his highly detaIled 1/48 Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7.  This one is loaded with Aires detail parts.....enjoy!!!

Michael Taylor is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16 block 30.  This F-16 is finished with TwoBobs decals.  A unique F-16 to say the least and wearing USMC markings.  I love the camo scheme.

Eli Raphael, from Albatros Decals has sent in a preview image of his upcoming 1/48 Italian Tornados decal release from  from Zotz  Decals.  With luck these will be available in Jan 2004.

Finally....here is a website that might be of interest  to the WW1 aircraft modellers.  www.theaerodrome.com

Thursday, Nov 27  2003 

  U.S. Thanksgiving Day  

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US.  This is a special time when family members travel large distances to get home for a special family dinner of Turkey.  Airports and highways are very busy with travelers.  Interestingly enough.....Friday (tomorrow) will be the busiest shopping day of the year in the US as the shopping begins for Christmas.  If you are traveling.....drive with care....and enjoy this weekend with your family.

Darren Roberts begins this Thanksgiving Day update with his own USN "Turkey".  This is Darren's 1/48 Revell/Monogram F-14 Tomcat.  Darren has some very helpful tips in his article about building the Monogram F-14. 

Robert-Jan Willekens joins us with his 1/48 Vought F4U-1 Corsair.  Robert-Jan finished his Corsair in USMC markings an added weathering to give his Corsair a more realistic look.

Sacha Columberg is here with 1/48 Tamiya Fw-190D-9.  this is one of the red bottomed Dora's used to guard airbases in the later stages of WW2.  Always good to see a Dora.

I have a review of the new 1/32 FW-190D-9 Doras Part 2 decal sheet frpm Cutting Edge ModelworksThis sheet gives you the option of building 2 different Doras.

Brian Marbrey is here with five F-14B walkaround photos.

Steven Lu is here with 21 F-14  Walk Around photos.

Wednesday, Nov 26  2003   

Randy Lutz has dropped by with his 1/48 Tamiya Dewoitine D.520.  Randy has done an excellent job building and finishing this French fighter....plus he supplies some in-depth research in his article. 

Cyrus "The Virus" Tan has done a fantastic job on his 1/48 Monogram F-5E Tiger II VFC-13.  Everyone loves this style of decal sheet that the Two bobs are famous for. 

Marlon Guevara is here with his 1/72 Airfix AT-27 Tucano, which he finished up in a shark mouth scheme to replicate a AT-27 used in the anti- Drug war. 

Daniel Butcher has another selection of aircraft photos.  Today it's his photos from NOMAD Exercise (North Sea Range operation for mutual Air Defense). 

Tuesday, Nov 25  2003

  Suriname Independence Day 

ARC seems to be either slow loading or not loading at all.  I'll get Tech support to look into the problem if it doesn't clear itself up by later today. 

Bernd Korte begins your update today with his baremetal 1/72 Hobbycraft F-89A Scorpion Bernd did some very nice panel tinting on this one to get the "right look". 

Tolga Ulgur is here with his awesome looking 1/48 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf-109 F-4 Trop.  Tolga added Eduard photo etch seat belts and finished off his 109 with a awesome weathering job.  Tolga's 109 came out very nice.  I'm not sure why it is....but I like the desert paint scheme on the 109's.  Tolga's 109 came out very nice. 

Jan Hermoch joins us with his 1/48 Hasegawa AH-64D Longbow Apache.  This AH-64 is actually part of a diorama from Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The diorama includes figures and other detail items.

Monday, Nov 24  2003   

Mike Robinson begins today with his award winning 1/48 Curtiss N9H Floatplane ConversionYet another example of a BiPlane that will catch everyone's eye. 

ARC's very own Justin Davenport has been busy at his workbench building his 1/72 Fujimi Mig-21bis.  I must admit the paint scheme on this one is very cool looking.  Way to go Justin!! 

Colin Whitehouse has dropped by with three 1/72 New Zealand Spitfires.  It's always good to see aircraft representing our friends from New Zealand.  Well done Colin. 

I have a review of the 1/72 NB-52A Mothership "Balls Three" and "The High and Mighty One" from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  Here's your chance to build a colourful B-52.

Steve Filak, Sr. is here with some pics from his recent model show.  This is Steve's IPMS/HVHMG 2003 Show Report ......this seems like a show that would have been a treat to attend. 

Matt Swan has dropped by with a review of a limited run multi-media 1/48 ARBA DH-108 model kit.  Matt has provided some very interesting history on this rare little "sound barrier breaking" aircraft.

Sunday, Nov 23  2003   

Chris Novak is here with his first article on ARC.  today Chris would like you to enjoy his cutaway 1/32 Revell Bf-109 G4 converted to Bf-109F.  it takes a fair bit of extra effort to build a kit as a cutaway version.   Good job Chris on the 109....welcome to ARC!!

Chaz Nims joins us with his 1/48 Academy Mig 21 PF to keep the jet modelers happy today.  Chaz gives some very complete insight into building this kit as well as 2 excellent photos of the resin cockpit he painted up and added to his Mig-21.  Very nice Chaz. 

Saturday, Nov 22  2003

  Lebanon National Day  

Emad Tabsh has an article about Maj. James Jabara...the first jet Ace in the USAF.....a little known fact is that Maj. James Jabara's father was from Lebanon.  Read Emad's article to learn more about America's first Jet Ace.  

Capt. Bassam Attar is here today with his first article on ARC.  This is Bassam's 1/48 ESCI Mirage IIIEL finished off in Lebanese markings.  Very nice Bassam....welcome to ARC.

Emad Tabsh is here with part 1 of his article about building his 1/48 Trumpeter Savoia Marchetti SM79.  Emad has added some great detail to this one.  I look forward to seeing how his SM79 turns out. 

Capt. Bassam Attar is here with his 1/48 FM Fouga Majister also finished in markings for the Lebanese Air Force.  Very nice indeed.

Emad Tabsh is here with his ARC'ers PageIt's good to finally put a face to your name Emad. 

Emad Tabsh is here with an inbox preview of the 1/32 Trumpeter F4U-4 Corsair

Emad Tabsh is here with a review of the resin 1/32 Aires F-4 E/J exhaust nozzles.  I hope you and everyone in Lebanon have a safe and fun day. 

Friday, Nov 21  2003    

J.C. Bahr begins today's update with his beautifully done 1/72 Academy B-24J.  The B-24 is often overlooked and seldom built.....at least seldom seen on ARC.....so it's good to have JC's example in the ARC Gallery.  He built this one to match a plane flown by a  veteran he knows. 

Dave Tong joins us with his 1/48 AFV F86 Sabre ROCAF.  This is finished in Taiwanese markings. This is Dave's second model on ARC and his F-86 is quite attractive.  Looking good Dave!!!

Simon Alder has dropped by with his 1/35 Panda Huey UH-1H.  Simon's artcile provides some good info on building this big Huey.  Well done Simon.

I have a review of the new 1/32 Resin F-18A Super Detailed Cockpit set  for Academy kit from Cutting Edge ModelworksNow you can build a 1/32 F/A-18A!! 

Phil Brandt has sent in an in-flight  photo of Recce refueler pic circa 1970.  Nice one Phil!! 

John Pearson is here with a selection of PBY Walk Around photos.  This PBY is interesting because it's a cut away display.....so you can see the interior. 

Thursday, Nov 20  2003    

Joe Youngerman kicks off today's update with his 1/72 Tamiya Bf-109E-4.  Joe's 109 is a post BOB Bf-109 from France in 1940.  Joe added photo etch seat belts and finished his Emil with Eaglecal decals and a careful amount of weathering.  A very nice model indeed. 

Darius Aibara is here with a 1/48 Airfix RCAF/NATO Hawk CT-155.  I'm sure this Hawk in Canuck markings will please the Canadians that visit ARC.  Well done Darius.

Radim Schimmer from the Czech Republic has dropped by with his 1/72 Smer F4U-1A Corsair.  This beautiful folder wing Corsair features New Zealand markings.  Very nicely done Radim.

Daniel Butcher has some pics of Harriers and Mirages during this year's ACMI Exercise.  Gotta' love that!!! 

I have a review of the 1/24 Great Gustavs Part 3 from Cutting Edge Modelworks This sheet features Herman Graf's famous Bf-109G-6 with the red Tulip design on the nose.

Wednesday, Nov 19  2003

  Monaco National Day  

Maxime Pidara begins today's update with a fine example of a flying boat modal.  This is Maxime's first article on ARC.  Here is Maxime's 1/144 H6K Type 97 Transport Flying Boat (Mavis).  Welcome to ARC Maxime!! 

John J. Thuot II is here with his first model article on ARC today.  This is John's 1/72 Revell SR-71 Blackbird.  The pictures are a bit blurry, but from what I can tell it looks like John built a pretty good Blackbird.  Welcome to ARC John!! 

Robert-Jan Willekens has dropped by with his 1/48 Macchi Mc.202 Folgore.  Robert-Jan has provided some background on this aircraft as well as info about his model which is weathered. 

Philip Jones has sent in a selections of photos from the IPMS(UK) Avon Model Show 2003.  Looks like it was a pretty good show......love those British aircraft!! 

I have a review of the 1/48 "What if ?" RAAF F/A-20C Magpie from Gekko Graphics.  This one leaves endless possibilities for paint schemes and decal combinations.

Tuesday, Nov 18  2003

  Latvia National Day 

  Oman National Day  

After updating ARC on Sunday, I defragged my C Drive in my computer....this drive is defragged regularly, so the defragging went smoothly and was fairly swift.  I then decided to defrag my D-Drive which is very full and hasn't been defragged in a long time.  Defragging this D-Drive took a slow and painful 34 hours!!!  I was stunned how long it took, but thankfully my computer does run better.  With my computer defragging itself....I ended up being offline. 

Ted Sachs Jr. is here today with his first article on ARC.  Ted would like to show you his 1/1 Scale F-16 Cockpit.  I've considered doing this sort of project myself.......and I'm glad Ted sent in pics of his cockpit.  Very cool indeed.  Ted might do up a more detailed article for ARC if you e-mail him and ask real nice.  It all depends on the feedback he gets. 

Randy Lutz is here with another of his 1/48 Tamiya Dewoitine D.520.  Randy has provided some nice historical background on this aircraft.  Randy gave his D.520 a first class paint job with darkened panel lines.

Marlon Guevara joins us with his 1/72 Testors Mi-25.  This one has a Sharks mouth and is finished in  Peruvian Air Force markings.  A special hello to his little nephews Daniel and Andres. Daniel and Andres.

Steve Shutt has sent in a pic called Oman Down Low.  I figured since today is Oman's National Day, that it might be fun to run this pic today.  Anyone know the story behind this pic? 

I have a review of the 1/24 Great Gustavs Part 2 decal sheet from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis sheet features three different Bf-109G's including one flown in Russia.

I have a review of the 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe decal sheet Pt. 1 from Lifelike Decals.  These are 4 post war Spits including  a Belgium Spitfire.

Sunday, Nov 16  2003     

Zoltan Retfalvi joins us today with his first article on ARC.  This is Zoltan's 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair VF-17 Jolly Rogers with some nice detailing and weathering.  Got to love those Jolly Rogers aircraft!!! Welcome to ARC Zoltan!!! 

Leander Niederhauser is here with his 1/48 Italeri Tornado ECR “Tigermeet 1996”.  This is by far one of the best Tiger paint schemes.....not as colourful as some other Tiger schemes.....but still a very attractive looking Tiger.  Leander did this scheme justice....very nice. 

Matt Swan is building a B-17.  But he's converting it to a E Version.  Here's his review of the 1/48 Paragon Designs B-17E Conversion kit.  Sad that Paragon stuff is no longer made......but we all live in hope of it returning one day in the future.  It looks like Matt is going to have quite the B-17. 

Daniel Butcher has dropped by with some photos to lift your grey winter blues......here's some Southend Airshow 2003 photos he took a few months back....plenty of old and new RAF stuff to see.  At least a few of these would make good "wallpaper" for your computer desktop.

Saturday, Nov 15  2003     

Parker Ewing kicks off today's update with his first article on ARC.  This is Parker's 1/48 Tamiya Fw-190 D-13 ....it's a beaut that Parker spent plenty of effort adding detail items to get it looking just right.  Welcome To ARC Parker. 

Wayne Drinkwater is here with 1/144 Revell BAE 146 (TNT)...check out the tail markings for this airliner....quite amusing. 

Scott Johnson is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is Scott's highly detailed 1/24 Airfix P-51D Mustang.  This is part one of Scott's Mustang and includes engine and cockpit photos.   Amazing detail Scott.....welcome to ARC.

Friday, Nov 14  2003     

Igor Cernisevski is here with his second article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Hasegawa A6M2 Zero with weathering and paint chipping.  Looking good Igor.

Darren McGuinness has dropped by with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4S done up in USMC-Hell's Angels markings.  This is one very nice looking set of markings on this bird.   Darren did a fine job finishing it. 

Maurizio Bressan is here with his 1/48 Ocidental T-6G.  Some folks may not know it but the Ocidental T-6 is a very nice kit.  Maurizio finished his in a nicely weathering baremetal finish. 

David Rapasi has a very simple and effective Paint Storage Rack idea for the Tools n Tips section. 

I have a review of the 1/24 Great Gustavs Part 1 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  this includes 4 aircraft...all of the aircraft are for Luftwaffe Aces and 2 have underwing cannons.  

Thursday, Nov 13  2003     

Joe Youngerman is here with one of my favourite 109 paint schemes.  This is his 1/72 Italeri Bf-109F-4 in desert camo.  Very nicely done Joe....lookin' good!!

Bill Bunting has built the big 1/32 Tamiya F-15E 'Bunker Buster'.  You have to check this one out....talk about detail rich!!!

James Kelley is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa  F4F-3 Wildcat.  James did a great job on this one and provided some lovely photos. 

I have a review of the 1/32 K.C. and the Killer CA-JUNS A-10 decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics featuring 2 A-10's from Operation Enduring  Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  One option  is a battle damaged 1/32 Warthog flown by Kim Campbell.

Paul Stoner has sent in a few pics and some description of the 1/32 F-4 exhaust nozzles from CAM.  Thanks Paul!! 

Wednesday, Nov 12  2003     

Wayne Hui begins today's update with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4F in German markings.  This particular F-4 was built long ago but Wayne decided to strip the paint and give it  anew paint scheme.  The end result is very nice indeed.

Darius Aibara has done a gorgeous job building and finishing the classic 1/48 Matchbox A1E Skyraider.  Darius chose to finish his Skyraider in markings for an aircraft off the USS Enterprise in the early 1960's.  Beautiful work Darius.

Marlon Guevara joins us with his 1/72 Kondor MiG-29SE in Peruvian Air Force markings.  Always good to see a Mig-29....especially in Peruvian markings. 

I have a review of the 1/48 Bell X-1E decal sheet from  Cutting Edge ModelworksThis is another very nice selection of X-1 decals.

I have a review of the new Spitfire Mk1 to VI in the European Theatre of Operations from Model Alliance Group.  This is part of their On Target Profile series of books with colour profiles by noted profile artist Jon Freeman.

Tuesday, Nov 11  2003

  Poland Independence Day 

  Armistice Day...Remembrance Day...Veterans Day 2003

Nov 11 has always had a very strong significance for me.  It is the day my country (and others) will pause in solemn remembrance of the many, many people that have died in war.  It is a day to honour the Veterans and remember the men and women that never came home from war.  My Grand Dad served in every major battle of WW1 with the British Army and was wounded twice.  My Dad served in the Far East with the British Army and later had a long Career with the Canadian Army in many hot spots as a UN Peacekeeper.  Today's update is dedicated to the goal of peace.....never loose sight of that goal.  I wanted to also run a New Zealand, Belgium, and Portugal aircraft today as well as aircraft from other countries that show remembrance on Nov 11,  but I didn't have any articles featuring these country's aircraft.  My apologies to everyone in these countries that mark Nov 11 as a day of remembrance and are not featured in today's models.  Send me an article for next Nov 11 and I will include it.

Robert-Jan Willekens is from the Netherlands and has sent in his article for his 1/48 Hobbycraft Hawker Fury prototype.  This article is in remembrance of all current and former members of the military from Great Britain and those that served throughout the British Commonwealth.

Michael J. Vorrasi is here with his 1/72 Esci F-104C StarfighterEsci kits are older kits, but Michael has worked hard to turn out a first class baremetal Starfighter.  This article is in remembrance of all current and former members of the military from the United States.

David Thompson is here with his 1/48 Airfix Spitfire Vc.  This particular Spitfire flew with the RAAF out of Papua New Guinea in 1944.  This article is in remembrance of all current and former members of the military from Australia.   

Busolini Massimo is here from Italy with his 1/48 Hasegawa CF-18 Hornet.  I particularly enjoyed the weathering on this one....looks just like the real plane.  This article is in remembrance of all current and former members of the military from Canada.

Randy Lutz is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Dewoitine D.520.  Randy did his usual outstanding job on his D.520.  This article is in remembrance of all current and former members of the military from France.  

David Horn is here with 38 T-38C walkaround photos.  This will compliment the Two Bobs Aviation Graphics decals for the T-38A that was part of yesterday's update.

No product reviews today.....out of respect for those that have died in battle.

Monday, Nov 10  2003  

USMC 228th Birthday!!!  Semper Fi 

I'd like to send my very best to all the USMC members on this very special day.

First up......I neglected to mention the upcoming CF-18 Tiger Meet decals from Flight Decs will be available in 1/32 as well as 1/48 and 1/72.  The Tiger stripes on the 1/32 decal sheet will be done with painting masks.

Erin Kewin is here with 1/48 F-21A Kfir - Marine Edition.  This very special aircraft is done in USMC markings.  Erin has provided a detailed article and plenty of pictures.  Very nice indeed.

David Rapasi has sent in an article of his 1/48 Tamiya F4U1 Corsair.  This is a  USMC Corsair.  The folded wings and weathering make this plane look like it's resting between missions.

Dave DeLang has sent in an article about his USMC 1/72 Revell A-6E TRAM.  Dave has included a very funny story about his A-6.....at least I found it funny.  A very nice A-6.....especially considering the story behind this model. 

I have a preview of the 1/48 T-38A Aggressive Talons Decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet includes 3 different Aggressor T-38's.  This one will sell fast!!

Creighton Henthorn Jr is here with 63 photos of USMC F-18's including some of a USMC F-18 in full Tiger stripes.

Creighton Henthorn Jr has also sent in 41 F-18 photos of USMC F-18's.

Sunday, Nov 9  2003      

Karl W Branson starts your day with his 1/48 Italeri Eurofighter Typhoon.  Karl scratch built a cockpit for his Typhoon.  Very nice indeed. 

Ed Fuquay is building the 1/24 Trumpeter Supermarine Spitfire.  Today he presents Part 1.....when he gets more done he'll present Part 2 and so on.  Ed has detailed his engine with a bit of artistic licence.....so everything might not be 100% accurate....but it looks very good.  I like your style Ed.  Enjoy the build.

Jörgen Toll has a review of the 1/48 MPM Aero L-39 Albatros.  This is the special Upgraded version with resin parts. 

Matt Swan is building the 1/48 Revell B-17F.  Today he presents a review of the kit as he eases into his build article in later installments.

Saturday, Nov 8  2003      

Balázs Dávid is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Balázs's 1/48 Revell Eurocopter.  Welcome to ARC Balázs and I hope to see more of your work on ARC in the future.

Nick Monopoli has dropped by with his 1/72 Tamiya F-100D.  I found the baremetal finish of this one to be quite convincing.  Well done Nick. 

Fernando Azurdia has dropped by with a very interesting article to say the least.  This is his 1/72 F4F-3S "Wild Catfish".  It is a conversion of Academy´s 1/72 F4F-4 "Wildcat".  quite the cool concept.....the article is very convincing. 

Emad Tabsh has an inbox review of the new 1/48 ClassicAirframes  Gloster Meteor F.8

Ariel Hernán has a review of the 1/72 F-8 Crusader-The Last Gun Fighter decal sheet from Condor Decals

Mário de Vasconcelos Serelle has sent in some EMB-312 Tucano T-27 walkaround photos.

Friday, Nov 7  2003      

Jose Dardon kicks things off today with his first article on ARC.  This is Jose's 1/72 Hasegawa Dauntless SBD-3.  In 1/48 this would be stunning.....in 1/72 is is almost unbelievable!!  Welcome to ARC Jose!!  

Uncle Rick Chin is back on ARC and proving he is one of the all time masters of finishing kits.  This is his 1/32 Trumpeter F-105D that he "Built in 7 days" Amazing as always Rick!!  Special thanks to Wayne Hui for shooting the photos.

Wannapong Ngamkasem has dropped by with his 1/48 AMT Hs-129B.  This is the famous Tank Hunter used by the Luftwaffe during WW2.  Wannapong has done a fine job on this one.

I have a preview of the 1/72 F-14B  Decal sheet for the VF-32 Gypsy Swordsmen from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsThe Twobob are spoiling you 1/72 Tomcat builders!!

I have a review of the 1/32 F/A-18CHornet's Revenge Pt. 2 decal sheet from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis is a very good option for all of you planning on building the 1/32 Academy Hornet.

I have a preview of an upcoming book called F-5 Northrop T-38/F-5 & Aggressor SquadronThis is a F-5 Reference Book Written by Robert Keng and due to be released later this year.  I'll review it when it is released.

Daniel Butcher is here to help you through your wintertime blues with some Waddington Airshow 2003 photos shot this past summer.  The first photo in his aarticle includes 3 planes from the BOB Memorial Flight.

Gábor Tóth is here with a very nice selection of F-16C walkaround photos.  These include cockpit and landing gear etc.  

Koko is here with a selection of C-130  Walk Around photos....including lots of interior shots. 

Thursday, Nov 6  2003      

David Campbell has dropped by with his 1/48 Tamiya F4F4 Wildcat.  David built this one during a weekend....and the end results are quite nice indeed.  Really make you wonder why it's takes the rest of us months to get anything done on a kit. 

Hank Gruben is here today with his first article on ARC.  This is Hank's 1/72 Hasegawa VF-1S Valkyrie.  This jet doesn't exist in 1/1 scale but it's quite the sight to see.  Check out the Jolly Rogers tail markings.  Welcome to ARC Hank.  I look forward to seeing more.

Michael Johnson is here with his finely detailed 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109E-4/7.  Michael put plenty of extra effort into his 109 to get it looking as nice as it does.  Looking  good Mike.

Graham Symmonds has built the 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C and finished it off with some Twobobs decalsGraham did a first rate job on his Hornet.  This is Graham's first article on ARC and I look forward to seeing more of his work on ARC in the future. 

I have a review of the new 1/72 Bell X-1 GLAMOROUS GLENNIS from Cutting Edge ModelworksIf you are a Bell X-1 fan and want to build the right stuff....then this is the decal sheet for you.

I have a review of the 1/48 F/A-18C  decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsThis features 2 jets from VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet /OIF Knuckle Shampoo during Operation Iraqi Freedom.   

Wednesday, Nov 5  2003      

Andy Lee kicks off today with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4EJ Kai Super Phantom Andy's Phantom by is beautifully finished and quite the sight to see.

Johan Guenver is here with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Sea Fury FB MkII finished off in RCAF markings.  It's always good to see a variety of aircraft and markings on ARC and the Sea Fury is one plane not built very often.

Gary Wickham has done a spectacular job on his 1/48 Monogram F-5E Tiger II.  Gary finished his F-5 in the markings for VFC-13 Fighting Saints.  This model is stunning from front to back....in and out.  You must check out the cockpit in this one. 

Gerrit Boxem joins us for the first time today with his 1/32 Revell Alouette II.  Gerrit is from the Netherlands and wanted to finish his Alouette II just like his local versions.  So he scratch built details and got everything right....then Revell released the kit with all the mods for a Netherlands version.

I have a review of the 1/144 SS-6 Sapwood ICBM from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis nuclear ICBM is part of the Lift Off Series of Resin model kits covering many items in the Space Race.  These rockets are way to cool.

I have a preview of the 1/72 F-14B Red Rippin' Muthas decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  the Tomcat builders that enjoy 1/72 scale are gonna' love this sheet.

WOW!!  It's in!!  I have images of the 1/48 scale 2003 Tiger Meet CF-18 decal sheet from FlightDecsThis is the 410 Cougar Squadron Tiger Meet Demo Bird.  It's he most stunning Tiger scheme I've seen.  These decals are a must!!! 

Tuesday, Nov 4  2003      

Wayne Hui begins today with his highly detailed 1/32 Hasegawa Boeing F4B-4.  Wayne went to great lengths to scratchbuild the ccokpit in this one.  He's provided some excellent shots of the cockpit just before he painted it.  The rest of the model got the same high level of attention. 

Juan Ramon Garcia is here with his 1/72 Fujimi TA4-J.  Juan finished off his TA4-J in Israeli markings.  The level of detail in the cockpit and subtle weathering make this a very pleasing TA4-J to spend some time looking at.  

Darius Aibara is here with some photos and info about his 1/48 AMT/ERTL Royal Navy Skyraider AEW4.  This is definitely a different paint scheme than I'm accustomed to seeing on the Skyraiders.  The folded wings came out quite nice on this as did the rest of the plane. 

Eric Bade is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa EA6B Prowler.  Eric spent much effort detailing the cockpit and getting the paint scheme and weathering looking just right.  All in 1/72 no less.

I have a review of the 1/144 NB-52A Mothership"Balls Three" decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This sheet includes the 3rd B-52A after it was converted to a NB-52A to carry the X-15 under it's wing for X-15 launches.  That would be a very cool model indeed to have an NB-52A with an X-15 under the wing.

I have a preview of the upcoming 1/32 F-16C Mountain Home Gunfighters from decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsThis one includes 5 different F-16's with amazing post 9-11 noseart.  Viper builders...REJOICE!!!

Eli Raphael of Albatros Modelworks Decals has sent in some pics of his modelling room.  What can I say but WOW.....Eli has quite the room to work on kits.  Check out his display cases.

Emad Tabsh has dropped by with his review of the 1/24 Trumpeter Messerschmitt Bf-109 G-6 Early Version.  This is one big Bf-109!! 

AMtech is clearing out some of their resin conversion parts.  The quantity is limited so buy sooner rather than later....also included in this article are photos and info about their upcoming releases.

Monday, Nov 3  2003

  Panama Independence Day  

Sebastian Lim begins your week with his 1/48 Trumpeter FT-6 Trainer.  Sebastian finished his FT-6 in the markings for the Pakistani Air Force.  He has finished it to a very high level of quality.

Kelly Quirk has a full build review of a 1/350 C-2 Greyhound & Fire Tractor.  For you folks that are building a 1/350 carrier.....you will find these 2 items of much interest.  Kelly has provided contact info and prices to buy these items as well. 

Colin Whitehouse has finished the 1/48 Aeroclub  mixed media De Havilland Sea Venom F(AW) 53.  The finished model came out looking very nice indeed.  Always good to see these British jets. 

Michael J. Vorrasi is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Pro-Modeler P-51B Mustang wearing D-Day stripes.  Michael has provided some great info on the some missions flown on D-Day. 

I have a preview of the upcoming 1/48 F/A-18A  NSAWC Top Gun Hornets Decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.

Saturday, Nov 1  2003      

Please note....there will be no update on Sunday.....I'll be busy all Saturday attending a family celebration.

I'm pleased to welcome a new sponsor to ARC.  I hope you will check out their website.  ZED Hobbies is an online mail order business which is located in Melbourne, Australia.

Their range of products is varied and is constantly growing which is reflected in the lines that they carry. They currently stock some popular  brands such as Tamiya & Hasegawa. In addition, they also stock some fine Australian produced products such as Hawkeye Models, Gekko Graphics and Scaledown.

For any queries that you might have please feel free to contact ZED Hobbies via email zedhobbies_info@optusnet.com.au

Sacha Columberg is here with his first article on ARC today.  this is Sacha's 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109-G2 of Major Hannes Trautloft, Kommodore JG54.  Beautifully finished and on a display base.  Welcome to ARC Sacha.  

Deun Yu is here with his 1/72 Revell F-117A Nighthawk.  Deun has included some in-flight photos of his Black Jet.....quite convincing job I might add.  This is one tricky jet to get good looking photos of. 

Randy Lutz is here with his 1/48 Tamiya D.520.  This one if flawlessly weathered and finished.  It's always a treat to see Randy's latest work.