Homepage Text - January 2004

Saturday,  Jan 31  2004 

Mr. Thomas Fu begins today's update from Taiwan with his 1/48 Academy P-26 Peashooter.  This is a beautifully done example of this little American fighter. 

Darius Aibara is here with the second article today.  This is Darius's 1/48 Aeroclub Jet Provost T5A.....another beautifully done limited production kit.  Darius is a master at these limited run kits. 

Giovanni Chirico joins us from Italy with his 1/72 Academy Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat.  Gianni weathered it and then finished it in markings from  VC-58 - USS Guadalcanal.  Very nice indeed.

Paul Stoner has sent in a review of the 1/32nd scale GBU-28 LGB "Bunker Buster" from Custom Aeronautical MiniaturesThis one should interest the jet builders.

James Arguello has sent in some VX-9 F/A-18E Super Hornet walkaround photos.

Friday,  Jan 30  2004 

Andrew George begins today's update with his 1/48 Italeri AH-64D Longbow.  This is Andrew's first model article on ARC and I hope to see more of his work in the future.  Welcome to ARC Andrew!!!

Adam Smith has built a very colourful Luftwaffe 1/32 Revell F-4F Phantom II.  This is the Wild Horses paint scheme and is Adam's first model article on ARC.  Quite the eye catcher.  Welcome to ARC Adam!!! 

Erik Wauters is here with his 1/144 Minicraft P-51D.  I've built some 1/144 kits and they are a blast to do and if you like a challenge.....1/144 models are darn tricky to detail.  Nice one Erik.

Sergei Galicky joins us from Russia with his 1/48 Academy MiG-29.  Sergei knows his Russian aircraft and his MiG-29 came out very well.  Sergei built it as an in-flight display.  

I have a review of the 1/48 Ar 234 C3 "Blitz Bombers" from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This decal sheet features 7 different Arado 234C's........3 are operational birds and 4 are Luft 46 birds. 

Thursday,  Jan 29  2004 

Tojo+BoyTG are here from Thailand with their first article on ARC.  This is their 1/48 Monogram F-104C finished off in a bare metal finish.  A very nice job on the Monogram kit.  welcome to ARC Tojo+BoyTG.

Marcius Cesar Costa is here from Brazil with his 1/72 GIIC Models (Resin) Grumman G-64 SA-16A Albatroz.  This is a resin kit and Marcius stuck with it and ended up with a very well done model of the Albatroz in Brazilian markings. 

Geoff McDonell is here from Canada with his 1/72 Hobbycraft Canadair Tutor.  Geoff probably wouldn't give this kit a 10/10 but he did end up with a great looking Tutor for his efforts.  

Jorge Bonilla has dropped by from Mexico with his 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109E.  Jorge built this one straight out of the box and enjoyed it quite a bit.   

I have a review of the 1/48 Belgian F-16 Tiger Meet Viper decal sheet from Zotz DecalsTime for all you Tiger Meet fans to buy Eli a beer.  The artwork on this one is amazing.

Wednesday,  Jan 28  2004 

Hal Marshman Sr. begins today's update with his first article on ARC.  This is Hal's 1/48 Hasegawa P-47-D10 and it includes sexy nose art and beautifully done weathering.  Welcome to ARC Hal.

Hank Gruben has dropped by with his beautifully done 1/48 Monogram AV-8A Harrier.  This isn't the best fitting kit in the world, but that didn't slow down Hank from turning it into a gem. 

Ed Fuquay is here with his 1/48 Monogram P-51D.  This kit is one of the first kits Ed built and he decided to build it again years later and this is the result.  Looking very nice indeed.

Bert Legaspi has built the 1/48 Revell F-15E in markings for the 90th Fighter Squadron.  This is another beautifully built model by Bert. 

I have a review of the new NASA & NACA logos decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This includes NASA and NACA logos and markings in various sizes that are applicable to ALL scales.

I have a review of the Bf-109B/D/E book from HT Model MagazineThis is a high inclusive and detailed walkaround book with hundreds and hundreds of colour photos, line drawings and side view profiles as well as historical photos.

Tuesday, Jan 27  2004 

A quick virus warning.  There is a virus spreading fast that permits hackers to access your computer without you knowing.  It comes with a 22kb file attachments.  Please click here for more info....or click here for further info.  I've received this virus dozens of time in the past 12 hours.

John Moran joins us today with 1/72 Airfix Hawker Hunter F.56A.  John loves building brightly colour schemes and this one is no exception.  He's also included a very attractive in-flight image to begin his article. 

Simon Wallis is here with his 1/48 Tamiya De Haviland Mosquito NF Mk.XIII.  Simon has tried pre-shading for the first time on this model and you can read about that in his article.  

Serdar Aytemiz joins us today with his first article on ARC.  this is Serdar's 1/32 Tamiya A6M5c Zero done up beautifully inside and out.  It constantly amazes me how well people can do these "peeling paint" schemes on the WW2 Japanese aircraft.  Welcome to ARC Serdar!!!

Monday, Jan 26  2004              Australia Day         India Republic Day   
Hawkeye Models Australia now has its own dedicated website.  They hope to improve it over the next month and would welcome any feedback about it.  The address is www.hawkeyemodels.com.au

Lawrence Aphoy of Zed Hobbies is here with his 1/48 Revell-Monogram F/A-18C converted to F/A-18A.  Lawrence finished his Hornet is Australian markings and weathered it to finish it off. 

David Smigielski is here with one of the brightest Su-30's.  This is David's India National Day Su-30MK.  quite the eye catcher!!  

David Thompson kicks off Australia Day 2004 in a big way with his Aussie WW2 Trio in 1/72 scale.  David covers 3 famous aircraft from WW2 in Australia.  A very nice selection of models David!!  Aussie WW2 Trio in 1/72 scale.  David covers 3 famous aircraft from WW2 in Australia.  A very nice selection of models David!!  Aussie WW2 Trio in 1/72 scale.  David covers 3 famous aircraft from WW2 in Australia.  A very nice selection of models David!! 

Shekar K Rao is here to represent India on her Republic Day.  This is Shekar's  1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier (SHAR)  in markings for the  INDIAN NAVY No. 300 Sqdn 'White Tigers'.  This is a definite treat to have an Indian Harrier on ARC. 

Michael Johnson is here with his article about his LTD CAC CA-13/19 Boomerang.  Only in Australia could they design an aircraft and call it the Boomerang.  This particular Boomerang has noseart and Michael includes some history about this special little Australian aircraft. 

Lawrence Aphoy of Zed Hobbies is here with his 1/48 Zhengdefu FB-111 converted to F-111G.  Lawrence gave his F-111 Australian markings and weahtering.  Nice one Lawrence. 

Anthony Manzoli lives in Australia and an Australian Day update wou;dn't be complete without him.  this is Anthony's 1/48 Hasegawa Bf 109 G-14 finished off is a high quality that we've come to all enjoy from Anthony.   

Kevin Jongen lives in Australia and has sent in pics of his 1/48 Tamiya Hyakushiki Shitei III Reconnaissance Plane or KI-46 "Dinah".  This one is a beauty.....check it out and enjoy. 

I have a review of the 1/72F-14D "Felix in the Fight" VF-31 Tomcatters decal sheet from  Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This decal sheet features 5 different F-14's.

I have a review of the 1/48 He 111 Pedro "Pencil Noses" Part 2 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This decal sheet features 2 different He-111B from the Spanish Civil War.

I have added a new link to the ARC Manufacturers links page.  They are Anigrand Craftswork  at http://www.anigrand.com and they offers a unique collection of X-plane and experimental aircraft model kits.

Sunday, Jan 25  2004 

Kairasp Daruwala is here today with his second article on ARC.  This is Kairasp's 1/48 Airfix Dehavilland Mosquito FB VI.  Kairasp's Modsquito has a weapons load under the wings.   

Justin Davenport is here with his 1/72 Hobbycraft CT-114 Tutor Double Feature.  Justin has quite the interest in Canadian planes.....looking good Justin "Canuck" Davenport!! 

Giovanni Chirico has dropped by with his 1/72 Airfix Fiat G.50bis.  Giovanni finished his Fiat G.50bis in the markings of  51st Stormo - 21st Gruppo Italian Air Force in 1941.  This one has quite the camo scheme on it.

Jean-Paul Poisseroux has an inbox review of the 1/48 Hasagawa F-8E(FN) This will be of particular interest to anyone wanting to build a French F-8.

Saturday, Jan 24  2004 

James Douthwaite begins today's update with his second article on ARC.  This is James's 1/48 Tamiya MiG 15 bis finished off in a very realistic multi-tone bare metal finish. 

Ted Taylor is here with his 1/48 Dynavector De Havilland NF21/F20 Sea Hornet.  Ted's article gives plenty of info about building this kit from Dynavector.  Nice one Ted. 

Robert-Jan Willekens is here with his beautifully done 1/48 Monogram Douglas C-47.  this C-47 has weathering and some very attractive outdoor photos. 

John Smalbrugge sent in a  selection of photos he received by e-mail of some Concorde in-flight photos.  These photos will make great computer desktop images. 

Friday, Jan 23  2004 

Daniel Zamarbideis here with his first article on ARC....and what an eye catcher it is.  This is Daniel's 1/48 Revell/Monogram Junkers Ju-52 done up in Spanish Civil War markings.  Very nicely done Daniel....welcome to ARC.

Darius Aibara is here with his 1/48 Italeri Lockheed SR71.  Darius seems to build almost every type of aircraft and his SR-71 is a treat to see. 

David Rapasi has done a stunning job on his 1/48 Accurate Miniatures SBD-5....painting, detailing and weathering all look great on this one.

Barney Dunlevy is here to spark up your Day with his 1/32 Scale Pitts S2SS "Prometheus" from AirShowmodels.com  Looking good Barney....love the model and photos. 

Jari has sent in a CF-104 Weapons load walkaround photo.  walkaround photo.  walkaround photo. 

3/33 LORRAINE has sent in a selection of Mirage F1 C walkaround photos. 

Thursday, Jan 22  2004

Lunar New Year - Spring Festival

Two days ago in the TPC, I talked about the sudden passing of Chantel.  She was Chantal Spitaels....Patrick Spitaels wife.  I have created a webpage in Memory of Chantal to give you more info and it includes a link for you to send Patrick a supportive e-mail if you so choose.  WARNING for people at work, this webpage contains music.

Patrick Spitaels loves aggressor aircraft, so in honour of Patrick....the first article today is an Aggressor aircraft.

Matthew Walker is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16 Fighting Flanker.  this is Matthew's first article on ARC and I hope to see more of his work in the future.  Welcome to ARC Matthew!!! 

Rodney Williams has dropped by the ARC Corporate Offices with Part 1 of his 1/48 Monogram AH-64 Apache article.  As usual...Rodney has done this one to the highest degree.

Silvio Pietropaolo is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Silvio's 1/72 Matchbox  Aeritalia G 91 Y - Yankee.  There was quite a bit of scratchbuilding required by Silvio to get this kit looking "right".  Welcome to ARC Silvio!!! 

John Smalbrugge is the third first time contributor today.  John is from the west coast of Canada and today he presents his 1/24 Airfix North American Mustang MK IV in Canadian markings.  Welcome to ARC John!!! 

I have a review of the new 1/48 Bf-109E/F "Operation Barbarossa" decal sheet from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis one has 2 white winter scheme Bf-109's.

I have a review of the 1/72 Curtiss Jenny JN-4H/JNS-1 model kit from Olimp Models.  This kit includes markings for 2 American Jennys.

Wednesday, Jan 21  2004 

Tolga Ulgur begins today's update with his fantastically weathered 1/48 Tamiya  P-47 D 22  Thunderbolt.  Tolga built this one OOB, but it srue does look like he spent piles of extra time detailing it. 

Fabio Beato is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Fabio's 1/72 Revell BAe Hawk T Mk1.  Fabio has provided a long detailed article  to go with his Hawk.  Welcome to ARC Fabio.

Matt Swan is here today with the second and final part of his 1/48 Massi Model Fiat RS.14.  This is very well done article and model Matt.

Radim Schimmer has dropped by with his 1/72 Heller Alouette III which he built about 15 years ago.  Radim scratch built some detail items.

Tuesday, Jan 20  2004 

A quick note about yesterdays review of the 1/144 Martin B-57B Canberra model kit from OzMods Scale ModelsOzMods Scale Models offers a resin airbrake/flap set for their 1/144 Canberra kits.  I've added this info to the review.  Imagine.....1/144 resin detail items.....now we're talking!!!

Anthony Manzoli is here today with his latest 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109 G-14.  For markings Anthony decided to go with Eric Hartmann's white washed aircraft, which was an excellent choice in my opinion.  

Creighton Henthorn Jr. has our jet entry today....this is his 1/48 Revell EA-6A Intruder with subtle weathering job and colourful markings.  Another fine jet from Creighton's jet factory.

Neil Burkill has decided to suspend gravity for his diorama.  This is his 1/72 Hasegawa A-1H Skyraider which he calls 'catching a wire'.  Neil goes into some detail about how he did the prop and got his plane to suspend itself in the air.  Nice one Neil.

Matt Swan is here with part 1 of his big feature article on building his 1/48 Massi Model Fiat RS.14.  This was a Fast Maritime Reconnaissance Seaplane and Matt "went to town" when he built it.  The final part of this article will run tomorrow.

Marcius C. Costa is here with his 1/72 Piper Cub L4-H.  this particular plane was flown by Brazil.  Marius tells a bit more history about this story.

Johan Guenver has dropped by with his 1/48 Hasegawa F4U-7 Corsair "12F".  This is a French Navy Corsair and Johan includes 3 pictures of this particular Corsair making a very bad carrier landing.

Peter Allen has done some breath-taking In-flight digital pictures for his first article on ARC.  These are very well done and will make excellent wallpaper for your computer desktop.  Welcome to ARC Peter.

I have a review of the new 1/72 KC-135E Tiger Meet Scheme decals from Mike Grant Decals.  Now you have no excuse not to build your KC-135.

Bernd Korte  German Luftwaffe F-86K walkaround pics. 

Steven Lu has sent in some C-5A  walkaround pics

Monday, Jan 19  2004 

Today is the launch of the British WW2 Aeriel Photo Archive  which will eventually include 5 million aerial photos from WW2.  I've added this link to the ARC Modelling Reference links page

Emilio Diaz is here today with his first article on ARC.  Emilio has just finished the big 1/32 Trumpeter F-105G.  A big impressive build on this big Thunderchief.  Welcome to ARC Emilio. 

Jamie Cheslo has dropped by today with his 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk.Vb Trop.  Jamie finished his Spitfire with exhaust stains and other details. 

Simon Wallis joins us with his 1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightning.  This P-38 is a beautifully done bare metal finish with sexy noseart.  Gotta' love that.  Simon shaded certain bare metal panels to give his P-38 a more realistic look. 

Pavel Hrncir is here with his 1/72 Czech Master Resin Martin AM-1 Mauler.  Pavel is a careful builder and does a heck of a nice job finishing off his models and especially the cockpits.  His Mauler comes loaded with weapons. 

I have a review of the 1/144 Martin B-57B Canberra model kit from OzMods Scale Models.  All you 1/144 builder have reason to check this out......it even comes with a resin cockpit and separate resin ejection seats with seatbelts!!!

Sunday, Jan 18  2004 

Jan 17 2004 is the 13th anniversary if the start of the air war for Operation Desert Storm/Operation Grandby.  Today I present 5 articles of aircraft to remember Desert Storm/Operation Grandby

Alex Sidharta begins this special update with his 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet in “VFA-81 Sunliners” markings.  This plane had one of the first and few air-to-air kills of Desert Storm.  Alex provides backgorund history to compliment his model.  

Iwan Winarta is here with today's frst British entry.  This is Iwan's 1/72 Airfix Buccaneer done up with sexy nose art that was so common during that conflict. 

Blackhawk Done!  David Campbell has finished his highly detailed 1/35 MRC/Acadamy UH60A....WOW you just must have a look at this one.....talk about going the extra mile to get everything looking just right. 

Alexander Sidharta is here with today's second British entry.  This is Alex's 1/72 Hasegawa Jaguar GR.Mk.1/A in “Desert Scheme” to honour the memory of Operation Grandby.

Tom Silkowski has one of the most famous planes from Operation Desert Storm.  This is his 1/48 Monogram A-10 Warthog complete and looking very good. 

Saturday, Jan 17  2004 

Ted Taylor begins your Saturday update with his 1/48 Aeroclub De Havilland Venom FB.1.  This is a vacuformed kit, but Ted found it to be a very easy one to build.  Ted goes into some great detail to help you if you decide to give this kit a try. 

Robert-Jan Willekens has dropped by with his 1/48 Macchi MC.200 Saetta.  A very catching plane that served on the Russian Front. 

Giovanni Chirico is here with his 1/72 Revell North American P-51B Mustang.  This P-51 is finished in the markings of Col. "Tex" Hill. of the  26th Fighter Squadron - 51st Fighter Group U.S.A.A.F, Kunming, China, 1945. 

Jörgen Toll has sent in a review of the 1/48 Czech Master Kits Detail sets for MPM's Aero L-39C/Z Albatros.  This is a nice selection of resin sets that is sure to be of interest to anyone building an Albatros.  

Friday, Jan 16  2004 

Chaz Nims begins today's update with his 1/48 Revell B-25C.  I admire anyone that can take these decent but older kits and turn them into a beautiful work of art.  

Jared Hooper is here with his first article on ARC.  this is Jared's 1/72 Eduard L-39C Albatros which he finished in Lithuanian markings.  It's good to see Lithuanian markings markings.  Welcome to ARC Jared....an excellent looking Albatros.

Joseph Osborn is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Fujimi CH-135 Twin Huey in Canadian markings the Joseph created and printed himself.  Nice one Joseph.  Welcome to ARC!!! 

Joe Youngerman is here with another of his Japanese gems.  Today it's Joe's 1/72 Fine Molds  Yokosuka R3Y2 Keiun which is an odd looking little prototype that only flew once.  Joe provides more history in his article. 

I have a review of the new 1/48 Fw-190A "Reich Defenders Part 2" decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  The checkerboard engine cowls are sure to catch the eye of all Fw-190 builders.

I have a review of the new 1/48 RCAF 442 'Caribou' Sqn. Mustangs IV's decal sheet from IPMS Canada.  this sheet features 4 RCAF Mustangs that helped liberate the Channel Islands in one of the last operational missions in the European theatre during WW2. 

Thursday, Jan 15  2004

Jim Marrs is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Jim's 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XII A Conversion that he completed with No Aftermarket Parts.....he just Kit bashed a bunch of Spitfire kits to get the parts he wanted.  This is quite the interesting article.....I like your style Jim.  Welcome to ARC Jim. 

Darius Aibara has 2 jets in one article.  This is his 1/48 F-86E and F-86F Sabres in baremetal finish.  One of these Sabres has a helmet resting on the top of the windscreen......very nice detail.

David Rapasi has dropped by the ARC Corporate offices with his 1/48 Tamiya P-47 D.  This is one stunning P-47......tiny detailing on the paint scheme. 

Kevin Jongen is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Fighter.  This particular Zero is one of the attackers on Dec 7 in Hawaii.  Kevin is a master at paint finishes.....beautiful job.

I have a review of the 1/72 B-1B"Seek and Destroy" decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This decal sheet features 3 different B-1's including the one that was vectored to go after Saddam.

I have a review of the 1/48  and 1/72 RAF BAe Hawks Pt. 1 decal sheet  from Model Alliance GroupThis sheet features 9 different RAF and Royal Navy Hawks.

Patrick Heeren has his High and Low  modelling website back online at http://highandlow.topcities.com/......drop by and check it out.

Wednesday, Jan 14  2004 

Jeff Brundt kicks off today's update with his stunning 1/48 Monogram B-17G.  Jeff did a splendid job on his B-17....simply beautiful.  He's included lots of detail pics. 

John Hong joins us with his 1/48 Promodeler F-84G ThunderJet.  John has mastered the baremetal paint scheme to perfection....this one is very well done.  

Leslie Choy is here for the first time today.  This is Leslie's 1/48 Italeri C 130H.  Leslie has added miniature lights to the cockpit and cargo compartment as well as many other details.  Simply a first class job on Leslie's Herc.  Welcome to ARC Leslie!!

It is always a special treat when Kelly Quirk drops by with his latest model.  Today it Kelly recently completed 1/48 Tamiya P-51D Mustang.  This Mustang of Kelly's is sporting some particularly attractive nose art....and of course the model is beautifully done as well.  Nice one Kelly!!  

I have a review of the 1/32 Bf-109G6 "Foreign Gustavs" decal sheet from  Cutting Edge ModelworksThis sheet includes 2 Finnish aircraft and 2 Italian Regia Aeronautica Bf-109's.

I have a review of the1/72 A-10A "Shark Bait" decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This is the famous decal sheet that features Kim Campbell and her shot up A-10 Warthog.

Tuesday, Jan 13  2004 
Jack Horstman begins today's update with his first article on ARC.  this is his 1/72 Academy FW-190A-6.  Jack's award winning 190 is build more or less out of the box.  Welcome to ARC Jack!!!

Davide Turati is here with his first article on ARC as well.  This is his 1/72 Italeri Agusta Westland CH-149 Cormorant in markings of the new Canadian SAR chopper.  I've seen one of the real Cormorants up close and Davide captured it perfectly.  Welcome to ARC Davide!!   

Carl Gootzen has today's bi-plane entry.  This is his 1/48 JP Productions Stampe-Vertongen SV-4 and is Carl's first model on ARC.  This is a nice OOB bi-plane in Belgian markings.  Welcome to ARC Carl!!   

Creighton Henthorn Jr. has done a splendid job on his 1/48 Hasegawa A-7E Corsair II.  A very clean build with a HUGE weapons load and a colourful paint scheme. 

Darren McGuinness has dropped by with his 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Vb Trop.  This beautifully built and weathered Spitfire was built for a WW2 vet and presently to him this past Christmas.  The Vet was a WW2 pilot and said Darrens Spitfire captured his own plane exactly. 

I have a review of the 1/72 Curtiss Jenny JN-4A/D (early) model kit from Olimp Models.  They are a new company from the Ukraine and this first kit is quite the nice beginning in what I hope will be a long line of kits.

Monday, Jan 12  2004 

First up....incase you didn't know.....Twobobs Aviation Graphics is having a huge inventory sale....many decal sheets are getting very low and are almost sold out......drop by their site and check out the deals....some sheets are 70% off!!!   

Tom Mandys is here today from the Czech Republic with his first article on ARC.  This is Tom's 1/72 Revell Heinkel He-177 A-5 done up in quite the involved camo pattern.  I quite enjoyed seeing this one.  Welcome to ARC Tom!! 

Cyrus "The Virus" Tan is here today with his 1/48 Monogram F-14D Tomcat.  Cyrus finished his Tomcat is VF-2 CAG markings.  His article goes into some very informative detail about building the Monogram F-14.....a nice kit in many ways......but not an easy kit to build.  

Randall Powell is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 ProModeler  P-47N Thunderbolt finished off with sexy noseart.  I like it!!!  Welcome to ARC Randall!!  

Haik Martirossian has dropped by with his 1/144 Revell Boeing 747-400.  this is a special one......Haik added custom lighting to the whole model and finished it off in British Airways markings.  

Matt Borlandelli is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Matt's 1/48 Hobbycraft Hawker Sea Fury and finished off in Australian markings.  You just have to love planes with a Kangaroo on the side.  Welcome tom ARC Matt!!  

I have a review of the 1/32 and 1/48 scale Patriot Hornets F/A18C decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsPlease note this sheet comes in 1/32 and 1/48.  This sheet is loaded with Stars and Stripes artwork.

I have a review of the Mil Mi-24 D/DU/V Hind walkaround reference book from HT Model Magazine.  This is an amazing walkaround magazine/book and would be a huge help for anyone building or detailing a Mi-24 Hind.

Mike Jones has sent in a selection of E1-B Tracer walkaround photos.

Steven Lu has sent in a selection of CH-53 walkaround photos.

Sunday, Jan 11  2004 

Jeff Herne begins today's update with his 1/48 Tamiya Focke Wulf Fw-190D-9.  Jeff is a ship builder but has been bitten by the Fw-190 bug recently.....nice job on the 190 and the base. 

Ted Johnston is here with his 1/144 Minicraft Lockheed Electra.  Ted enjoys building airliners and this most recent airliner joins his ever growing collection of airliner models.  He also builds a bit of everything else from armour to fighter aircraft.

Thomas Neuss has recently built the 1/35 Bell 212 (UH-1N) and finished it off in United Nations markings.  Thomas has provided some background about his model in his article.  

Saturday, Jan 10  2004 

Simon Wallis kicks off the Saturday update with his 1/48 Tamiya P-51D Mustang “Petie 2ndThis is one of the more famous P-51's.....the Blue nosed P-51's......with a bare metal finish and great looking markings.

Kaan Gök is here with his 1/48 Academy F-111F.  this model is done up in Kaan's usual style....beautifully done!!! 

Anthony Manzoli loves 109's and it shows in his articles.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa Bf109G-10 done up in the markings of "White 44" with JG301.  Anthony can build a 109 like very few people.....amazing attention to weathering and detail. 

Matt Swan  1/48 Tamiya Me-262 Clear Edition.  the clear fuselage would permits you to have certain parts of the fuselage left clear after airbrushing to show off interior detail. 

Emad F.Tabsh is here with a review of the 1/48 Aires resin engines for Tamiya Me-262.  These engines look perfect.

I've added a link to a new website Scale Modeling World to the ARC links pages.

Friday, Jan 9  2004 

I'm back......Dan's Mon-key and his stupid cousin Larry have left the building.........the ARC corporate offices have been cleaned out and it's time to get back to "normal".   

Steve Bamford

Ted Taylor begin your Friday with his 1/48 Trumpeter  Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79-ll.  Ted's is the three engined Torpedo/bomber used by the Italians during WW2.  

Henk Rodermond has done some kitbashing to build his Dutch NF5B.  His article....Rebuilding the Sword Talon &1/48 Fujimi F5-B to a Dutch NF5B tells all about the process.

Darius Aibara is here with his 1/48 Tamiya De Havilland Mosquito FBVI.  Here is proof that Darius doesn't just build poor fitting limited run kits.  :-) 

Robert-Jan Willekens is here from the Netherlands with his 1/48 Revell FW 190G-8.  Roberts model includes some weathering and his article goes into some depth about building his Fw-190.

I have a review of the new 1/48Bf-109E/F "Desert Eagles" decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This sheet includes 5 different Desert Bf-109's....most with artwork.

I have a review of the new 1/32 F-105D Hill AFB Wrap Around Thuds decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  Now here is an excellent  decal sheet for the 1/32 F-105 builders. 

I have a review of the new 1/48 and 1/72 scale F/RF-84G Thunder Jet Decal Sheet from Hi-Decal Line.  Two jets from Denmark....one from Yugoslavia...and one from Iran.....now that would be a cool jet to build.

If you enjoyed silly Week then you should check out this website......... http://www.whatifmodelers.com

Thursday, Jan 8  2004 

I'm in charge NOW.....my cousin left and Bamford was unable to line-up up a Haz. Mat. Crew to clean the ARC Corporate Offices.......so he left me in charge......Bamford turned green when he saw the banana brew stains all over the office and his 486 computer.  I promised him I'd do the update today......a wonder what this button does.......YIKES!

signed Stupid Cousin Larry  (Cousin of Dan's Mon-Key)

Jim Baker has decided to redesign the Naboo fighter into a Naboo Aggressor.  When I was a little Mon-key I dreamed of being the R2 unit behind the pilot....until I found out there was no air in space. 

Hywel Morse has an eye for beauty.  He didn't mention if Goodbye Christmas was modeled after anyone he knew....I suspect he wouldn't tell us even if it was.  This explains why Santa is always so happy and jolly. 

Albert Moore has built the 1/24 Revell 1999 M&M's Pontiac Grand Prix.  M&M stand for "Mon-key & Mon-key".....but it's a secret......proceeds are used to buy weapons for the Simian Liberation Front....Freedom will be ours!!!

David Horn has solved the problems of what to do with old B-52's.......this is his 1/200 Hasegawa FedEx B-52GThe Simian Liberation Front could use a few of these.....

Charlie Arsenault is a crazy Canuck that built a boat.....not just any boat...he built the The Schooner Bluenose 1/65 Billing Boats model.  This is the same boat that appears on the Canadian dime....10 cent coin.......I know this because Bamford pays me 10 cents an hour. 

John Green has built the 1/16 Airfix AC Cobra 427.  Big kit......cool engine work......a great ride for picking up chicks.  John did a good job on it...he even put the steering wheel on the "Right" side......

Francisco Colaço has the Sci-fi bug....this is his 1/48 Starghost F1.  The Simian Liberation Front could use this to conquer other planets......

Phil Golding has switched from planes to a 1/12 Tamiya Ducati 888 Racer for a bit of variety.  A very nice change of pace and sure to cure boredom.  

Sam Harvey has a view of the new 1/48 F-22 Raptor "Aggressor".  Sam has given us a view into the future....and it looks like a pretty cool future.....The Simian Liberation Front could use a few of these F-22's as well.......   

Albert Moore has one that is sure to appeal to all the little girls out there.  This is his 1/24 Revell 1998 Ford Taurus done up in Power Puff Girl markings......they are from a cartoon that appeals to young girls....... 

Wednesday, Jan 7  2004 

It is will great regret I must leave ARC......I have been offered a high paying consulting job with R.J. Tucker Heavy Industries (plus the Banana Brew is all gone).  The CEO at R.J. has apparently been very keen to hire me for a long time.  Bamford will be back tomorrow.....with luck he'll drop the aircraft only format and continue doing things the way I have demonstrated....very few people build aircraft models.

signed Dan's Mon-key

Neil Burkill is a huge fan of Formula One racing.  So it was only natural for him to build a model of a 1/72 Fureari F-262.  I must admit.....I feel every F1 car should be equipped with cannons....good to see Neil agrees. 

Jon Ruehle has built the 1/720 Revell Germany Hindenburg.  In case you've never heard of the Hindenburg......it was a large balloon designed by my Stupid Cousin Larry. 

Fernando Torre is here from Canada.....land of the Nutty people.  Fernando has built a model called Martin the Moterhead Clown.....after seeing this article I now recall why I'm afraid of clowns. 

Mark Miller has written some alternate history for WW2 and sent in two articles today.  The first article is called 1/72 Buzzby.....a jet engined Fw-190.....designed by the Brits and Germans during WW2...... 

Rodney Williams has gone "off the deep end" and built Three Submarines.  All different.....all cool......Mon-keys would do good on subs....we're very small......and we don't like to shower....... 

Phil Peterson has a love of robot type stuff and cows....so his 1/24 Moo-rine was a natural creation.  The USMC of the Baghdad Hobby Club are also mentioned at the bottom of this article......rule #1....never get a cow mad at you.....or it might invent a "Power suit" and come after you......oh the horror...time for a hamburger!!!  Phil rocks!!

Frank Crenshaw is a designer of avvanced weapons systems.  Here you get a sneak peek at his latest design.....the N1 Sea Abrams.  This is an Abrams that launches from ships and even has an arrestor hook.  Frank...the US military says thanks.

Mark Miller is here with his second nutty alternate history kit bash model for today.  This is his 1/72 Shenkley and you'll get a kick out of his story that goes with it. 

Carl Gootzen has built a 1/?? carrier cycle for an ice-cream vendor.  What can I say except....this is one "cool" model.  Part of this model is from a kit....part is scratchbuilt.  It is based on a  real 1/1 carrier cycle.

Tuesday, Jan 6  2004 

Bamford has asked me to keep track of everyone that visits ARC....he thinks the hits are going down when I run things here.....he's clueless and I decided to hook up a special camera so I can paint a picture of each person that visited ARC yesterday......what a pile of ugly paintings I have for Bamford when he gets back......U-G-L-Y humans everywhere!!!

signed Dan's Mon-key

Dave DeLang built this 1/25 Revell NASCAR Ford Taurus for a friend at work.  I once painted up a regular Taurus and sold it for $600,000 to a stock car team....they were pissed when they found out it wasn't a race car.....but the SPCA saved me. 

Rodney Williams is here with Some Dinosaurs.....the colours are all wrong and the scale patterns are incorrect.......I've watched plenty of Flintstone cartoons......I know what I'm talking about.  Rodney probably hasn't done enough Saturday morning TV research.....for shame!!

Bob Seminsky likes to do things the hard way.  Buy some sheet styrene and make a model.  This is his scratchbuilt 1/25 Armoured Truck.......no doubt about it....bob's kit stash will continue to build if all he does is buy kits an then scratchbuild models....not that a growing kit stash is a bad thing. 

Maurizio Bressan is from Italy and has sent in a picture of his 1/35 M13-40....this is a tank of some sort.......sorry....brain fade.....too much Banana Brew on my cereal this morning......

Koray Bayramoglu has built a 1/24 Tamiya Morris Mini Cooper Racing.  I once fit myself and 69 of my cousins into a Mini....then drove to the World Record people to get a picture taken and get in the record books........the SPCA was not amused.......but I'm a poor "innocent" Mon-key.....so Dan Winfield spent the night in Jail.....I told the judge he made us do it. 

Monday, Jan 5   2004 

You stupid inferior humans only have thumbs on your hands.....well I've got thumbs on my feet........I can easily use the mouse with my hands or my feet.  This is the biggest reason the Mon-keys will take over the world....you are all doomed.....live in fear!!!  BTW....I HATE Monday mornings!!!

signed Dan's Mon-key

Pete Wenman has dropped by with a selection of Military Figurines.  We all know there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything......Pete paints figurines the right way.

Ted Johnston has dropped by with his 1/48 Tamiya "Jack".  I'm not sure what the story is behind this one.....something about a Japanese plane......in German markings.......My Stupid cousin Larry is the Technical one in the family.......he glanced at this one and said the paint scheme is historically incorrect.  OH No!!!  The horror of it all!!!!

Grant Matthews builds car models 1/24 Tamiya WRC Subaru.  Now ordinarily building car models isn't delt with too severly here on ARC......but because I'm in charge I've decided we're going to "tar and feather" Grant to correct him of this Car Model building problem.......never mess with a Mon-Key on Monday morning is my only advice.  

Vern Gwin is a Canadian.....loonie as their money....but we like them all the same.  Vern is trying to convince us the Canadian Air Force  is in the railway business.  My Stupid Cousin Larry checked this one over and has informed me the story is true, but the shade of gray used by C.A.F. Rail is darker. 

Jörgen Toll lives in Europe.....Northern Europe......snowy Northern Europe.......he's built a R.C. Falcon Models Tiger Moth.  This model is very accurate and even flies as slow as the real plane....headwinds are a critical concern for this model....notice the snow in the picture.....makes for soft crashes. 

Steve Bamford did up a review of the 1/72 F-14B Red Rippin' Muthas Decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  He said....tell all the F-14 guys to check out this sheet......I said "Make me!!!"

Sunday,  Jan 4  2004          Union of Myanmar Independence Day  

I've begun repairing computers.  It was all Dan Winfield's idea........work his poor little Mon-key and use all the money to buy models kits.  Hellooooo!!!  Is there no equality for the superior species on this planet?....such as my species?  Ohhhhhhh.......when will this injustice end.......I still think of my grandaddy and his organ grinding Slave Master.....so I hit ol' Winfield on the head with my Grandaddy's tin cup.....it left a impressive lump on his thick skull.  Mon-keys Unite!!!

signed Dan's Mon-key

Tom Choy from the What-If website  has been forgetting to put the lid back on his glue bottle again.  This is his  Mercedes-Benz/Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard 2A5VSP Racing Tank.  Actually one of these would be pretty cool in rush hour.......time to fly to Germany and check out the Army Surplus sales.   

Dmitriy Shapiro is a regular on the discussion board and has now revealed he builds.....CARS!!!  How will he ever live this one down?!?!?  Today he's here with his 1/24 Monogram Shelby 350GT......pretty sporty car......ahhhh.....but there is a certain elegance to my shopping cart with it's one gimpy wheel. 

Kaan Gök builds Sci-Fi models.....ohh the horror and shame!!!  I have no clue what the Fireball SG Armored Fighting Suit is.....but it look like something I could do some serious trouble making with.....I wonder if you can buy 3 foot tall Armoured Fighting Suits?  I wonder if anyone would be fool enough to sell a fully armed on to someone like me?  Maybe I'll mailorder one using Dan Winfield charge card..... 

Kelly Whitehouse is a girl that loves purple.....so it was only natural she would build the Purple Angel tourer.  There has been much serious discussion on Hyperscale about this model and it seems that paint scheme isn't 100% historically accurate......I'll keep you appraised of details as they unfold.

Saturday, Jan 3  2004      

Haaa.....Bamford hates the new  top banner......I told him to take chill pill and call me in the morning.  I had a big date last night with a stripper from the local Zoo......one of the many chimpette babes that flock around me, due to my worldly ways and fancy red Tricycle.  I keep trying to teach Dan Winfield how to score with the females but he keeps telling me to stop spilling Banana Brew all over his kit stash and modeling bench...........stupid fussy ingrate.

signed Dan's Mon-key

Charles P. Kalina is one of many ARC regulars serving in Iraq.  Here are some photos and images of the is one of many ARC regulars serving in Iraq.  Here are some photos  and images of the Baghdad Hobby Club, which was set up by an ARC regular.  Without a doubt this is the fanciest Clubhouse in the world.  Give these guys all the support you can....they deserve it.  

MaRiO FeRNaNDeZ has a thing for race cars.  So to prove this point he sent in some pics of his 1/25 Revell M&M's Reynard 98KI. A very nice looking car....even if it doesn't have an ejection seat.....or trophy girls hanging all over it. 

Check it out.....Josh Brown's ARC'ers pageIf he could just grow a bit more facial hair he'd be as enchanting with the chimpettes as me!!!

Ray Seppala is from Australia.....that's down by the South pole.  He's taken a perfectly good 1/144 Minicraft Boeing B777-200 and turned it into an  Australian Air Force One.  He's written a funny story as well about this plane......maybe I'll visit Australia and become their leader....... 

Maurizio Bressan dropped by from Italy......that's over there somewhere....and this is his 1/35 Italeri Marder III Ausf. H.  It's a German WW2 piece of Armor.....Dan Winfield builds Armor....ever since he attempted to build a plane kit.....time to go spill some Banana Brew on his kits.....then he'll give them to me.....

Friday, Jan 2  2004      

Well......looks like I messed up some home page photos yesterday.......Bamford was phoning all day.....talk about  a pile of angry answering machine messages....next time he is going to have to tell me not to hang upside down from a bar when I load stupid pictures to the stupid ARC home page.   I've replaced his boring header banner.....that'll teach him. 

signed Dan's Mon-key

Jonathan Williams is the grandson of Master Modeller Rodney Williams and Jonathon is here to show you all how it is done.  Here's an award winning modeller that began when he was 6 years old.  Read his article  My Models For Silly Week 2004 and realise this hobby will never die.

Rodney Williams like to build cars......I don't know why but he does.......A Red Ferrari F-40 is his latest model.  I been wanting to buy a car to pick up Mon-key babaes at the local zoo.....but every time I go down to take the driving Test they say "NO".......damn humans!!!  

Leonardo Novelli Krause lives in Brazil and built this model.....it's sort of a plane/robot....check it out and see if you can figure out what it is.....1/100 ARII - Gerwalk VF-1S.  Ahhhh....Brazil....warm beaches....scanty bathing suits...but do you think they let a Mon-key on the beach...."NOOO".... ...damn humans!!!

Maxime Pidara lives in France and designs French Rafale Trainer aircraft.  This happens to be the latest Top Secret design.......just a matter of time before F-16 trainers will be fitted this way at home here in the US. 

Before he left.....Steve Bamford did up a decal sheet review of the new 1/32 F-16C Mountain Home Gunfighters Decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  He told me to tell you the nose art markings on this decal sheet ROCK!!!

Before he left.....Steve Bamford also did up a decal sheet review of the new 1/72 NB-52B Mothership "Balls Eight" decal sheet from  Cutting Edge ModelworksI was once a Rocket scientist at NASA.....I helped design some of the Mars probes, they blamed me for the failures....damn humans.

Thursday, Jan 1  2004       Happy New Year and Welcome to the new ARC!!!

Cuba  Anniversary of the Revolution

 Haiti  Independence Day                Sudan Independence Day  

Well a Happy New Year from the Editorial Desk of Banana Brew Productions.  I will endeavor to provide you all with a very high quality week of interesting models.  Bamford shouted only two instructions....."Don't Change the top Banner!!!"......"And DON'T Screw it up this time!!!".......ya'.....whatever!!!     Dan's Mon-key

Here's Nicks Room in Tampa by Nick.  Some people say this hobby is dying......so...what's your point.......last I checked... Dan Winfield was supporting the whole Hobby in the State of Kentucky....talk about an out of control kit stash.  Nick didn't mention his kit stash....he seems like a builder to me....now that's a rare approach to this hobby........building kits!!! 

Next up is Nick Holt......this Nick doesn't live in Tampa....different kid....same name......Nick is a cool name.......sure beats Dan.....This Nick is 8 and this is his first model 1/25 Revell Ford Mustang Series IICool Car!!!  

Next up is a 1/48 Testors Roswell UFO by Karl W Branson.  Alvis is from Roswell......he just sort of arrived one day in the late 1940's.....rumor has it he's an Alien......ALL Canadians are Aliens in my opinion.  I once sold plastic snow shovels to Canadians.....funny as all heck watching the cold plastic get brittle and break the first time they used them.

Dmitriy Shapiro thought he was the youngest visitor to ARC.....HELLLLLLO Dmitriy.......ever heard of two guys named Nick!?!?!  This is Dmitriy's 1/350 Airfix S.S. Canberra..... Canberra is in Australia.....land of BEER!!!

Maurizio Bressan build armor kits.....just like that Winfield guy.....armor!?!?!  This is the 1/35 Dragon M240 which for the idiots among you is a  MLRS a rocket launcher.....I drove one of these......Dan Winfield bought it at an Army Surplus sale......quite the hoot during the morning rush hour.