Homepage Text - October 2004

Sunday,  Oct 31  2004                           Halloween!!!! 
Today has been very busy at the ARC corporate offices with seemingly endless pumpkin carving (using an thin bladed X-Acto saw) along with the usual over-excitement my two young kids are prone to during any kid type holiday.  So as you can imagine there's not too much of an update today.  Tonight, I get to freeze for a few hours walking door to door with my kids getting candy.......this experienced is further enhanced by listening to my wife tell me how cold she is and how she should have dressed warmer etc. 

On the housing front.....we've accepted a very good offer on our old house after being on the market for 3 days....so I'm quite distracted in a good way about that development.  Houses on that street usually sell in the first week.

Saturday,  Oct 30  2004 

Tamer Ozkan is here with one article that was supposed to run yesterday for the Turkish Republic day.  This is his 1/32 Matchbox De Havilland DH-82 a Tiger Moth. Neat to see a Tiger Moth in Turkish markings. 

Petr Kácal starts part 2 of the Czech Republic National day with his 1/72 RVHP Avia BH-7A.  Definitely a brightly coloured little plane. 

Petr Kácal is here with his 1/72 DFI S-97 (Lavochkin La-7)Petr added exhaust stains to his La-7.   

Miroslav Tebich is here with his 1/72  MiKu Model XLF-207 "Laminar".  This is the first of 5 gliders in today's update.

Petr Kácal is here with his 1/72 (Bilek) “Spitfire“ HF Mk.VII.  This attractive Spitfire had a Czech pilot. 

Petr Kácal is here with another Spitfire 1/72 (Smer) Spitfire H.F.Mk.VIAlways a treat to see a Spitfire. 

Petr Kácal is here with his bright yellow 1/72 MiKu LF-207 "Pionýr" glider.  Nice one.

Miroslav Tebich is here with his 1/72 MiKu XLG-225 "Medak" glider.   

Petr Kácal has dropped by with his 1/72 Tashigrushka Percival “Proctor“ Mk.IV.  This RAF plane was flown by a Czech.   

Petr Kácal has built an aircraft few modellers ever build.  This is the 1/72 Revell Junkers F.13.   

Martin Decarli is here with his 1/48 Modela L13 AC glider. 

Petr Kácal is here with his 1/72 MiKu LF-107 "Lunak".  I'm starting to think the folks in the Czech Republic enjoy gliders. 

Friday,  Oct 29  2004                                 Turkey Republic Day  

H.Ufuk Aydiner is here with his 1/48 Esci F-4E 2020 "Terminator".  I like the panel line shading on this one.

Tayfun Gerdan is here with his 1/72 Plastikart Junkers G 24.  Cool looking aircraft when it's in Turkish markings.

H.Ufuk Aydiner  has sent in an article about his 1/48 Revell F-4E 2020 "Terminator".  This article shows the model which was presented to the TuAF Commander Gen. H. Ibrahim Firtina who is also a F-4E pilot.

Tamer Ozkan has sent in an article about his 1/48 PM Model Siat 223 Flamingo.  Always good to have civilian aircraft on ARC.

Tamer Ozkan is here with his 1/32 Hobbycraft Nieuport 17.  This one looks very good. 

H.Ufuk Aydiner has sent in an article about his 1/48 Tamiya Fw-190Aa3.  Another good looking Fw-190 from H.Ufuk.

Tamer Ozkan is here with his 1/72 PM Model Hawker Sea Fury 'Miss Merced'.  I love the paint scheme on this one.

Rahmi Kocaman  has sent in an article about his 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk. Vb.   Take a close look at the weathering on this one.......very well done.

H.Ufuk Aydiner is here with his 1/48 Eduard Profipack Albatros D.II.  Good to see Bi-plane on ARC.

Arkut Y. Yuksel is here with his 1/48 Revell F-4E Phantom II.  The shading and weathering is very well done.

H.Ufuk Aydiner is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Fw-190Aa3.  Beautifully done  Turkish Fw-190.

H.Ufuk Aydiner is here with his 1/48 Trimaster Fw-190D9 "JV44".  This one is loaded with detail.

H.Ufuk Aydiner is here with his 1/32 Hasegawa Bf-109 G6/R6.  Excellently done camo scheme.

Thursday,  Oct 28  2004         Czech Republic National Day         Greece Natioanl Day  

WOW!!!  There was a huge selection of articles sent in for the Czech Republic National day.  I'll run some of the articles today and the rest tomorrow or the next day.  Well done everyone!!!

Charles P. Kalina has been a big enthusiast of marking the Czaech national Day each year and today he is here with his Third-Annual 1/72 Scale Tribute for the Czech National Day 2004

Pavel Krejci is here with his 1/48 Planet Models L-29 Delfin.  This is a very popular Czech jet trainer.  This model is beautifully finished and has some very interesting markings. 

Martin Decarli has sent in an article about his 1/48 Planet Model Ar-396.  Martin has included some interesting history about this wooden aircraft. 

Petr Koliba is here with his 1/48 MPM Spitfire Mk. IX C.  I love this in-flight Spitfire. 

Jirka Dominec is here with his 1/72 Gavia Let L-410 Turbolet.  Cool looking aircraft. 

Milan Simr has dropped by with his 1/48 KOPRO MiG-21R.  milan did a large amount of detailing and weathering on model and finished it off with a great looking diorama. 

Miroslav Tebich has sent in an article about his 1/72 MiKu Model VT-100 "Démant" (Diamond).  Always good to see gliders on ARC. 

Radim Schimmer is here with his 1/72 Smer (Heller reboxing) Dewoitine D-510.  Another beauty from Radim. 

Pavel Senk has dropped by with his 1/72 Italeri Focke Wulf FW-190 A-8.  This Fw-190 has wonderful looking weathering....especially considering it's 1/72.   

Petr Kácal is here with his 1/72 KP Avia BH-3.  This one has quite the paint scheme.....a good looking model of this odd looking aircraft. 

Michal Dub has sent in an article about his 1/72 Italeri C-47.  Fine looking C-47 Michal.....I never knew the Czech Republic flew the C-47. 

Jan Mikes is here with his 1/48 OEZ Su-25K Frogfoot.  One of the best looking Su-25 paint schemes......beautiful Su-25. 

Martin Decarli has sent in an article about his 1/48 Planet Models L-29 DelfinMartin has included some good history about this popular jet trainer.  Beautifully done model. 

Petr Koliba has dropped by with his 1/48 Smer MiG-17F.  An excellent looking finish. 

Milan “Dundr” Simr is here with his 1/48 KOPRO Su-7BKLCool looking camo. 

Petr Kácal is here with his 1/72 KP S-89 (Supermarine “Spitfire” LF Mk.IXe).  Always good to see another Spitfire....nice paint chipping. 

Miroslav Tebich is here with his 1/72 MiKu Model LF-107 "Lunak" (Kite).  Another fine looking glider.......more gliders will be on ARC tomorrow. 

Martin Černý has sent in an article about his 1/48 Hasegawa Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc.  This is one fine looking Hurricane. 

Pavel Fišer is here to introduce you to Griffon Model Accessories which is a aftermarket company from the Czech Republic.

Wednesday,  Oct 27  2004      Saint Vincent and the Grenaidines Independence Day  

Turkmenistan National Day          Ecuadorian Airforce Day  

No update today.  I finally got the realtor over yesterday to shoot photos of our old house (he had the flu last week).  Shooting the photos involved a last final push to get everything perfect for the photos......power washing and planting winter bedding plants etc.  I then had to work in the evening at my job and was too burnt out to do anything except get home and crawl into bed.  Today I'll be at the old place to cut the lawns and empty out the garage of the last of our stuff.  There is a big update planned for tomorrow.

Tuesday,  Oct 26  2004                       Austria National Day    

Shawn 'Phantom' Weiler is here with his 1/32 Tamiya Phantom And Friends article.  This F-4 is finished in Jolly Rogers markings and Shawn also includes pics of his 1/48 and 1/72 F-4's.

Tom Wilson has dropped by with pics of his 1/48 Tamiya AH-1J Skyraider.  Tom preshaded the panel lines and did an excellent job on the exhaust stains.  A very nice Skyraider.

Malcolm Reid is here with his 1/48 Academy Mig-21MF.  Malcolm added a resin cockpit and other details to improve this kit, then he finished off his MiG-21 in Soviet markings.  Impressive.

Hector Lopez is here with his first article on ARC today.  Hector joins us from Mexico with his 1/48 Aeroteck Pilatus PC-7 Turbotrainer.  It's always good to see some FAM aircraft on ARC.  Welcome to ARC Hector!!!

I have a review of the 1/32 P-40B/Hawk 75 resin seat with RAF style Sutton harness from Cutting Edge Modelworks.

Yoav Efrati is here with a review of the 1/48 IAF-31 and 1/72 IAF-32 Decal Sheets for Israeli Air Force Mystere IV from IsraDecal.

Monday,  Oct 25  2004          Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean war  

Stephen Cornett begins your week with his highly detailed 1/32 Revell F-15B-4-MC.  You've got to check out the cockpit on this one.   Stephen did this jet perfectly from end to end.

Murray Antill is here with his 1/48 Dragon Ju-88 C-6 Nachtjager.  Murray did a first rate job on his camo pattern on his nightfighter.

Dan Tompos is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Dan's 1/48 Italeri F-5E done up in one of the more attractive camo patterns worn by US F-5's.  Welcome to ARC Dan!!! 

Brad Guy is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Brad's 1/48 Monogram P-47 that he built straight out of the box.  The airbrushing on Brad's P-47 came out very well.....including the exhaust stains.  Welcome to ARC Brad!!!

Sunday,  Oct 24  2004          Zambia Independence Day  

Dennis Weber is here with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Bf-109E-3.  Dennis has provided a good article and some great photos (including an appealing in-flight photo) of his 109. 

Kairasp Daruwala has dropped by with his 1/48 Airfix Sea Harrier "FA2".  Kairasp has added a full weapons load and other details to his Harrier.  Always good to see the RN Harriers.....they aren't too common on ARC. 

Saturday,  Oct 23  2004    

Suresh Patel begins today's update with his 1/72 Airfix Avro Vulcan.  Suresh had a challenging time building his Vulcan, but you can read all about his adventure in his article....he got there in the end.....his Vulcan came out looking very good. 

Meesha is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his heavily weathered 1/48 Gavia La-7 profi-pack.  The photos in this article are a treat to see....and Meesha's article is quite informative as well.  Welcome to ARC Meesha!!! 

Friday,  Oct 22  2004    

Bill Lachance begins todays update with another of his scale beauties.  This is Bill's 1/48 Accurate Miniatures IL-2  Stormovik and he's included some close up cockpit photos from before he closed up the fuselage. 

Erik Wauters is here with another of his 1/144 wonders.  this is Erik's 1/144 Revell Rafale M with preshaded panel lines.  If you've never tried 1/144....you should...they area  blast to build. 

Jeff Brundt has dropped by with his 1/48 Hasegawa Hs-129B-1.  Jeff has also sent in a very detailed article about the build process of his impressive Hs-129. 

Graham Symmonds has been busy building his diorama for his 1/48 Hasegawa AV-8B Harrier II.  This model looks perfect and the figures and base set it off very well. 

I have a review of the new 1/32 F-4's  S.E.A. from Zotz Decals.  3 different F-4's are included and each one has artwork and a sharks mouth.

Thursday,  Oct 21  2004                    Somalia National Day  

  Trafalgar Day  --  Royal Navy Anniversary   

Jansens Dirk begins today's update with his 1/32 Tamiya F-4J Phantom.  Jansens finished his F-4 in markings for 74 Sqn UK.  This BIG Beautiful Phantom uses aftermarket goodies from a variety of companies.  

Jakub Vilingr is here with his wonderfully done 1/48 Dragon Junkers Ju 88 G-1.  Although the fit of this kit isn't flawless, Jakub did build it up very well and ended up with a excellent looking ju-88 model.

*Shasper* Bud Sliger has been busy building his 1/72 Italeri F-5F's in his article he calls "Oh *blank* there's 2 of 'em!".  This will be of much interest to any fans of the movie "Top Gun".  Very nicely done and enjoyable to see.

Wednesday,  Oct 20  2004    Between the old house and my job I had no time for ARC yesterday.  The realtor comes today to shoot photos for the ad.  We'll be doing the last of the work on the old place today.
Tuesday,  Oct  19  2004    

I've added the IPMS (UK) Warrington website to the ARC links pages.  

Miroslav Adamovic is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his impressively weathered 1/48 Hasegawa F-8E Crusader.  Welcome to ARC Miroslav. 

Juri Kulikov is here from Russia with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Scratchbuilt Bleriot XI.  this model contains 540 parts.....quite a few....especially for 1/72.  This model is also for sale if you're interested.  Welcome to ARC Juri. 

Kairasp Daruwala joins us with his 1/48 Airfix Sea Harrier FRS Mk1.  Kairasp did a fine job on his Harrier....always good to see a sea Harrier. 

Monday,  Oct 18  2004  
I'm almost finished the work on my old house.  I spent Saturday installing new down pipes for the roof gutters.  Sunday was spent power washing in a rain storm.  I work long shifts at my job on the weekends, so doing updates the last 2 days was too much to attempt.  With luck we'll have our old house up for sale on Thursday.
First up today.....I'd like to remind folks in the St Pete Beach, Florida, USA area that the Pelikan Model Club is having their IPMS Regional contest on Oct 23 & 24.  Visit their website at http://www.percongrp.com/pelikan.htm for more info.

Shahrukh Ali is here with his first model article on aRC.  He's from Pakistan so model products are very hard to find.  These are his 1/72 F-4M/K Phantoms and I hope you'll enjoy them.  Welcome to ARC Shahrukh!!! 

Dennis Weber is here with a beautiful 1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk Vb.  Dennis's Spitfire is in Canadian markings. 

Jorge Bonilla joins us from Mexico with his 1/48 Minicraft Mig-21 MPF.  Jorge detailed his Mig with help from Verlinden. 

Yuval Kizner is here with a very cool looking 1/72 Roden An-12Check out the photos of this model in the dark....very interesting indeed.

Friday,  Oct 15  2004    

David Longhitano is here with his very striking 1/48 Italeri Mirage 2000C.  David went the extra mile to get the details looking right on his Mirage.  Quite the attractive camo scheme as well. 

Francisco Colaço has dropped by with his 1/48 Tamiya P-47 D.  Frtancisco finished his P-47 in the markings of the famous American pilot Francis S. Gabreski.  This model includes weathering as well.

Joe Williamson is here with his 1/48 Panda F-35.  Joe did some very effective detailing to the cockpit that he details in his article.....his article is a helpful read. 

Ercan Karakas has been busy making his 1/48 MPM Diorama of Messerschmitt Bf-109 T2.  The MPM kit that requires more effort to get a good looking model.  Ercan added some scratchbuilt details and aftermarket parts to get his Bf-109T looking just right. 

Thursday,  Oct 14  2004     No update today.
Wednesday,  Oct 13  2004            US Navy's birthday   

The 2nd IPMS-Philippines BERT ANIDO Nationals Open will be on October 11-17,2004.  For more information you can click here.  You can also go to the IPMS-Philippines Bert Anido Chapter website. 

Wayne Hui begins this update with his highly detailed 1/48 Monogram Douglas TBD-1 Devastator Torpedo Bomber.  Wayne doesn't finish a model every week, so when he does it's well worth checking out.  Lots of scratchbuilt details on this one. 

Eduard Boxem has created 1/144 Space Shuttle & 747 combo.  This 747 with a shuttle on it's back has always impressed me and it's a special treat to see someone build up this combo. 

Jeremy Neo is here with his 1/48 Bearcat F8F-2.  Jeremy has included some background info on the bearcat.  I enjoyed the folded wings and full weapons load. 

Henry Juarez is here with his 1/48 Monogram A-37B Dragonfly.  Henry rescribed the raised panel lines and used a Blackbox cockpit and finally finished his A-37 in Peruvian Air Force decals from Albatros.  A beautifully done A-37.

Tuesday,  Oct 12  2004               Spain National Day  
  Terrorist Bombing in Nightclub Bali, Indonesia (2002)  

Kairasp Daruwala joins us with his 1/48 Monogram "AV-8B".  Kairasp finished his Harrier in USMC markings and a full weapons load.  He's also provided some background information on the Harrier.

Dennis Weber has finished his 1/48 Seversky P-35A, Swedish J9.  You'll find his articles full of great photos of his P-35 as well as some interesting background information on this aircaft. 

Graham Tarran has finished his 1/48 Aeroclub De Havilland Venom FB4.  If you're from the UK....then the Venom is one cool looking plane worthy of adding to your display cabinet.  Graham has also included historical info on the Venom.  Good to see one of these built up.

Koray Bayramoglu is here with his big 1/24 Tamiya Schwimmwagen Type 166.  Now this is the type of vehicle I'd like to take to the lake for the weekend.  

Monday,  Oct 11  2004           Canada Thanksgiving Day  

The ARC domain name was renewed this past weekend, but everything wasn't done correctly by the hosting company.  This meant many ARC regulars (including myself) were unable to visit the ARC home page.  Everything seems to be fixed now.

Mike Robinson begin your week with his 1/48 Scratchbuilt Curtiss NC4 Flying Boat.  Mike goes into some great detail in his article about how he created this delicate beauty. 

Paul "Spooky" Goodman is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Paul's 1/72 Heller F-5 done up in a cool looking paint scheme.  welcome to ARC Paul!!!

Andy Bannister has finished build his 1/72 High Planes Smirnoff Bearcat.  Andy has done a perfect job on the exhaust stains on his bearcat.  His article includes a good deal of information about building his special bearcat. 

Girolamo Lorusso has dropped by with his 1/48 Mirage 2000c in Tiger meet markings.  Girolamo used some Twobobs stencils and custom draw the tiger head himself.  Amazing.

 Sunday,  Oct 10  2004           Republic of China National Day             Fiji National Day   
I have only now been able to access ARC.  ARC seems to be working for some parts of the planet and not others.  I've been back and forth with tech support all weekend trying to resolve this problem.   Work at my old house continues and I see light at the end of this long job that started in early July.  

Friday,  Oct 8  2004            Croatia Independence Day  
Dieter Rutzinger is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/33 Paper Model A-10(Z), which is one very large and cool looking model.  Welcome to ARC Dieter!!! 

Mike Williams is here with his super detailed 1/24 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.1.  Mike goes into lots of detail about his carefully detailed Hurricane in his article. 

Maurizio Bressan has dropped by with his wonderful 1/48 Academy SU-27 Flanker.  Maurizio added aftermarket detail items as well as scratchbuilt items to his fine looking Su-27. 

Konley Kelley is here with his 1/48 Accurate Miniatures "Coral Sea" Dauntless as it attacks the Japanese Carrier Akagi.  I enjoy seeing Konley's models in these historical dioramas. 

Thursday,  Oct 7  2004  

Chris Kethan is here to get things started today with his very well done 1/48 Tamiya FW-190 D9.  Chris added a resin cockpit to his Dora.  This is Chris' first article on ARC and I hope to see more of his work in the future.

John Snell is here with his "what if" 1/48 F-15 ACTIVE II.  Check out the weapons load on his F-15.....John has been very creative in his story for this one. 

Jeremy Neo is here with his 1/48 Special Hobby Junkers Ju-87A2.  This kit is best suited for more advanced modellers.....but that was not a problem for Jeremy as you can see by his fine early Stuka. 

Bill Retoff is here with his 1/72 Revell F-89JBill built this one out of the box and used SNJ to get his excellent bare metal finish. 

Wednesday,  Oct 6  2004  

Raymond Utter begins today's update with his 1/48 OEZ SU-7.  Beautiful looking desert camo scheme.   

Bob Aikens has some very well done photos of his article he calls 1/48 Tamiya P-47D -from  Workbench to PhotoShop.  Beautiful photos Bob. 

Andy Stark is here with his 1/48 Aurora F-4H1.  This is one of the earliest F-4's and Andy built it with this very old Aurora kit.  Definately a colourful looking F-4.  Andy provides full details about building this model. 

Arnold Cremers is here from the Netherlands with his award winning 1/48 Tamiya’s Do 335 converted to a Do 635.  Arnold has included a full explanation of the possible history behind this "what-if" aircraft. 

Tuesday,  Oct 5  2004  

Keith Kozlowski kicks things off today with his first article on ARC.  this is Keith's very colourful 1/48 DML SPAD XIII.  I love the paint scheme on this one.  Welcome to ARC Keith!!! 

James Byrne is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his beautifully done 1/12 Italeri F-16 cockpit.  A very cool looking model.  Welcome to ARC James!!! 

Liam Hourston is here with his 1/48 Brigade Models  SpitfireTr.IX conversion.  Liam finished his Spitfire in Irish markings. Good looking job on the conversion Liam.   

Alexander Sazonov joins us from Lithuania with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Zvezda MiG 1.44.  Alexander did some scratchbuilding to improve his very well done MiG.  Welcome to ARC Alexander!!!

Monday,  Oct 4  2004            Lesotho National Day

My apologies to everyone in Germany.....I was unable to do my usual special update yesterday for Germany, I'm quite overworked with house projects.

Stewart Griffiths is here with his 1/48 Sanger TSR2 and 1/48 Dynavector TSR2.  This article was supposed to be on ARC or the 40th Anniversary of its 1st Flight on the 27th September 1964....but I've been very busy and and forgot.  Cool that he finished both of these kits so well.

Dmitriy Shapiro is here with 1/144 Minicraft Tu-22M3 Backfire Part 1.  I ran part2 of this article a few days ago.....seems I've not run this first part yet.....I'll be glad when I get these house projects done soon and I can focus on ARC. 

Here's part 2 of Dmitriy Shapiro's 1/144 Minicraft Tu-22M3 Backfire article that I ran a few days ago. 

Dean Large is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Bf109E/7 Trop.  Cool kit....dean enjoyed this one big time.  

Laurent "Angus" Beauvais is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Aichi D3A1 Val.  Angus built this baby out of the box and had some fun doing the weathering. 

I have a review of the 1/48 B-17F/G Fortress Chics Part 3 decal sheet from  PYN-UP Decals.  Nothing more special than B-17's with noseart.

I've added Dave Roof's e-mail address to his write-up about him setting up a hobby club there for the troops in Bagram, Afghanistan.  Click here for Dave's write-up that was posted on Saturday.

Sunday,  Oct 3  2004            Germany National Day 
Saturday,  Oct 2  2004            Guinea Independence Day 

Dave Roof has arrived in Bagram, Afghanistan with the US military.  He's hoping to set up a hobby club there for the troops and he is hoping for some support from the ARC readership.  Click here for more details from Dave Roof.

Friday,  Oct 1  2004            People's Republic of China National  Day

Cyprus Independence Day        Nigeria Independence Day  

I spent my ARC time last evening answering some of the many e-mails piling up in my inbox.  I'm focusing the next few days in attempting to catch up on the 700 e-mails in my inbox and continuing the work on my old house to try to get it up for sale as soon as possible.