Wednesday,  Mar 30  2005    
No update today....I'm having computer problems
My slave hard drive on my ARC computer has bit the dust after 18 months of faithful service.  It shows that the data is still there but I can't access it through Windows Explorer.  If you have any ideas how I can pull the data off this harddrive myself......I would love to get an e-mail from you.  If  I have to.....I will pay to have the data retrieved....but I'd love to do it myself if possible.  E-mail me at sheb@telus.net

Update.....I loaded the slave drive into a USB external drive box and plugged it into my P-4 XP laptop.  I ran scan disk and it erased all the files by the time it was done.  Needless to say I was more than a bit surprised by this outcome.  The drive does work mechanically.......it seems to be some sort of pathway issue.....possibly relating to a few bad sectors that recently appeared on the slave hard drive.  Very few articles are affected....but I'd still like to recover the data.

Tuesday,  Mar 29  2005       
Monday,  Mar 28  2005       
  • Andres and Fernando Acuña are here with a forced perspective of a 1/144 Minicraft Hawker Tempest and Supermarine Spitfire chasing a 1/48 Tamiya Fieseler Fi-103.  The natural name for this would be..... The Chase is on....Tally-ho. 

  • Klaus A. Pagano is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/35 Dragon MH-6 Misson Enhanced Littlebird which he heavily converted from MD-500 kit.  Welcome to ARC Klaus!!! 

  • Charley Johnston is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Heller E-8 JSTARS accompanied with 2 other JSTARS.  building these requires a Flightpath conversion set and some work to convert the model.  Well done Charley and welcome to ARC!!! 

  • Olivier De Menech is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Revell Fokker DR 1 done up in that famous red paint scheme.  Olivier has also included an excellent looking diorama base to show off his triplane.  welcome to ARC Olivier!!!  

  • Mike O'Hare is here with his informative article about his beautifully done 1/32 Revell Germany  Hawker Hunter FGA.9.  If you're building a Hunter....then Mike's article is well worth the read....darn fine looking model as well.  Nice one Mike.

  • I have a preview of 5 new decal sheets  from PYN-up Decals.  These 5 sheet feature Corsairs, P-38's and P-47's with sexy nose art.   

  • I have a preview of the just released 1/32 Big Mouth Big Mouths' F-16C Block 40 Part 1 decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features 2 F-16C's.

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Sunday,  Mar 27  2005                         Happy Easter
Our kids arrived in our bedroom at "Oh-Dark:30" to show us their haul from the Easter Bunny.....somehow my wife managed to sleep through the excitement as I opened my eyes with no hope of getting them to focus......but a smile and a thumbs up did the trick.  
  • Masa Narita is here with his flawless model of the big 1/32 Trumpeter Su-27 Flanker B done up with full weathering and detailing including a resin cockpit set.  Nice one Masa!!! 

  • Ardi Indratmo is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Ardi's 1/48 Academy Messerschmitt Bf-109 G6.  Ardi has provided some in-progress photos of his good looking 109 as well as info on building this kit and what to watch for.  Nice one Ardi.  Welcome to ARC!!!   

  • Nacho Lillo is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Italeri/Matchbox F-15C  with well done weathering and details.  The "What if" markings are for a Spanish F-15 Squadron.  Welcome to ARC Nacho!!! 

  • Tyler White is here with his first article on ARC and he has gone to town and then some on his 1/48 Monogram Mi-24.  Yet more proof of what can be done with these older kits.  Great looking job Tyler!!!

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Saturday,  Mar 26  2005
No update today.......I've been working on settings for the chatroom. 
  Bangladesh Independence and National Day  
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Friday,  Mar 25  2005    Greece Independence Day  

  Royal Navy Sea Mosquito first carrier  landings (1944)  

  • Laurent Boildieu begins today with his 1/48 Hasegawa Ju-87G1.  This is one of the special Kannonvoegel Ju-87's with the big cannons under the wings.  Another Beauty from Laurent.

  • Paolo Yuen joins us with his award winning 1/48 Hasegawa Harrier Gr.7.  Paolo detailed his Harrier with some resin and photo etch detail parts.  Looks great Paolo.

  • Dean Large is here with his big colourful 1/32 Matchbox Tiger Moth that he finished in Hempel’s Aviation markings.  Dean did his usual scratchbuilding to improve the detail on his Tiger Moth.  Nice one Dean.

  • Michael Llewellyn joins us from Australia with his 1/72 Hasegawa F-111G finished in RAAF markings.  Always god to see Aussie aircraft on ARC's home page.

  • Michael Johnson joins us with another of his less common helicopters.  This is Mike's 1/72 Zvezda Kamov Ka-27PL “Helix” ASW Helicopter.  I certainly enjoy seeing the different and uncommon choppers Mike builds. 

  • Ted Taylor joins us with his big 1/32 Tamiya F-16 CJ Fighting Falcon Block 50.  Ted went into great detail about how he built his F-16.  And he used Twobobs decals to finish his big Viper.

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Thursday,  Mar 24  2005       
  • Eltham Jones is here with a Tribute Remembering the life of Vagn Espensen

  • J.R. Lalancette is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Italeri CF-5A done up in the camo markings for his Dad's own  CF-5 with 433 Sqn out of Bagotville, Quebec.  Welcome to ARC J.R.!!! 

  • Ron Patterson is here today with two P-47s.  Here are his 1/48 Tamiya & Hasegawa P-47s which Ron finished in Olive drab for one and bare metal for the other.  A treat to see these 2 attractive Jugs from Ron's workbench. 

  • David Cornett is here with today's first model.  This is 1/32 Tamiya F-4J Phantom II done up in the colourful markings for the VX-4 Bicentennial bird.  Nice one David. 

  • Bill Lachance is here today with another of his beauties.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa Nakajima B6N2 Tenzan done up with much extra effort and detailing.  Bill has provided some excellent info of the special paint mixture he used for the wheelwells and so much more.

  • Gianni Chirico is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa Grumman A-6E Intruder.  Gianni preshaded the panel lines and added detailing to the cockpoit and wheelwells befroe finishing it in markings for VMA(AW)-332 "Moonlighters" USMC. 

  • Laurent Boildieu is here with his 1/48 Eduard Yak-3.  Laurent captures the look and feel of this famous little Russian fighter very well. 

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Wednesday,  Mar 23  2005                      Pakistan Day  
Today I'm beginning daily updates.  I would like to thank you all for your prayers and kind thoughts and e-mails and messages........all this support has helped me very much to deal with the passing of my Mom.  Thanks again for all your support.
Steve Bamford
  • Brian Boot begins today with his first article on ARC.  This is his big and highly detailed 1/35 Trumpeter Mil Mi-24V Hind-E Attack Helicopter.  Wow....you'll enjoy this one.....welcome to ARC Brian!!! 

  • Gary Crocker is back today with another of his brush painted beauties.  This is Gary's 1/48 Hasegawa A-7E Corsair in colourful markings. 

  • Konley Kelley is here with another of his models posed in a digital artwork image.  This is Konley's 1/72 Academy/Minicraft B-24D Liberator in the Ploesti Raid took place on August 1, 1943. 

  • Sean Carter is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Sean's 1/48 Hobbycraft Vampire NF10 which he went into some helpful detail in his article about how to avoid problems on this kit.  Welcome to ARC Sean!!! 

  • Vince Tassone joins us with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Messerschmitt Bf.109K4.  This is part 2 of his Italian Messerschmitts series.  Yet another well done Italian 109. 

  • Alex Sidharta joins us from Indonesia with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16N “Top Gun” using Twobobs decals.  This is an F-16 flown by the US navy in a killer looking paint scheme.  No doubt about......Alex did a great job getting this paint scheme to look correct.

  • I have a review of the new 1/48 Fuel Drums from Griffon Model Accessories.  The detail on these resin fuel drums is very good.

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Thursday,  Mar 17  2005          Happy St. Paddy Day!!!

My Mom had a deep love of her Irish roots.......her family came to Canada around 1860.  I have always been proud of this part of myself.  In her memory,  I've asked my friend Ted to send me an Irish model for this special Irish day.  

I have to assist sorting through my Mom's items this weekend and will be out of town for that.  I plan to have ARC back to regular updates next week.  Thanks for your patience.....your support has been overwhelmingly helpful and full of love and has enabled me to move forward in my healing process.

  • Ted Johnston is here today on this special day with his 1/200 Hasegawa L1011Ted of course finished his L-1011 in Lockheed Tristar in Irish Aer Lingus markings.  Nice one Ted.

  • Here's a review of the new Irish Air Corps Update 2004 decal sheet from Max Decals.  This sheets covers piles of different Irish aircraft......from a  cargo plane to rescue helicopters to police choppers and even the Demo Team and much more.

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Monday,  Mar 14  2005       
I will be only taking a few days off from ARC to tend to my wife and youngest daughter as they battle the flu.....my Mom thought highly of ARC and I do find ARC to be good therapy in difficult times.  I will mourn my Mom forever.
On Sunday Mar 13 at 1:25am.....my dear Mom passed away surrounded by myself and my 2 sisters.  My Mom was the one that taught me love and compassion for others and the importance of doing the right thing.....I am totally devastated by the loss of my Mom.  To endure the loss of both my parents in 2 months is absolutely crushing to my spirit.  The loss of my Mom has left a large painful void in my soul.
Steve Bamford
Thursday,  Mar 10  2005       
  • Scott Minium begins today with his 1/48 Academy F-86.  This is an excellent kit to start with and Scott turned out a great looking Sabre in the markings of a top Korean war Ace. 

  • Andrew Thorne is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his big heavy resin 1/72 Magna Models Blackburn Beverley.  An impressive model from any angle.  Welcome to ARC Andrew!!! 

  • Amit Yaari joins us from Israel with his  1/48 FM Model B-2 Super Mystere finished in IDF markings from Isradecal.  I'm always amazed by the selection of aircraft flown by Israel.  Looks great Amit. 

  • Thomas Neuss is here with his big beautifully done 1/32 Revell MBB BO-105CB-4.  Thomas decided to finish to open all the hatches and doors and do plenty of detailing and scratchbuilding....then finish it off in "United Nations".  Wow...this must have taken many hours. 

  • Andreas "Goggo" Gordes is here today with his 1/48 Sword T-38 Talon.  You've got to see this one.....it looks perfectly weathered and detailed. 

  • Jahja Juwana joins us with his 1/48 Tamiya Mustang IIIJahja did an excellent job on the shading in the cockpit and he also post-shaded the exterior.  The markings with the Sharks Mouth really set it off and gives it a great look.

  • Jose Quimbiulco AKA "Q" is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/32 Revell Mig-29 Fulcrum done up in Soviet markings.  Jose has definite talent at shading and weathering....take a close look.  Welcome to ARC Jose!!!

  • I have a review of the new White Decal paper from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  White decal paper is necessary for some decals because printers can't print white.

  • I have a review of the new 1/48 F-14A TF-30 nozzles with FOD Covers from Steel Beach Accessories.  One exhaust nozzle open an done closed....just like the real F-14s when they are parked.  These are for the Academy and Revell F-14A's.

  • I have a review of the new 1/32 Export Bugs decal sheet from F-4DableModels Spanish and Malaysian Hornets.  Markings for quite a few single and 2 seat F-18's

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Wednesday,  Mar 2005       
  • Stephen Thrum of Scaledown is here with his BIG, HUGE, GGIGANTIC, MASSIVE, LARGE 1/48 Saturn V Apollo 11.  This scratchbuilt model stands over 5 feet tall and Stephen has provided plenty of in-progress photos.  Amazing!!! 

  • Marcos Bonfim is here with his first article on aRC.  This is his big 1/32 Trumpeter Mig-3 that he painted with automotive paints and then gently weathered to help show off the beautiful detail.  This is an excellent looking Mig-3.  Welcome to ARC Marcos!!! 

  • Dan Hamilton has been busy with his "Thunderbird History" in 1/72.  This is Dan's first article on ARC.  In Dan's article he covers the history and aircraft used by thios world famous Team.  Welcome to ARC Dan!!!

  • Darren McGuinness is back today with his heavily weathered Vietnam veteran.  This is Darren's 1/48 Tamiya A1-H Skyraider.  And of course Darren used the colourful markings that were common during this time period.  Very enjoyable to see this one. 

  • Darren Roberts is here today with a special model.  This is the 1/32 Fisher F9F-8 Cougar and in Darren's article he covers the complete building process of this big beautiful model of the Cougar.  Well done Darren.

  • Laurent Boildieu is here with a famous aircraft.  This is his beautifully done 1/48 Tamiya P-51B Mustang done up in the Blue Nosed markings that were famous during WW2.  If you don't know the story of the "Bluenosed Bastards of Bodney"....it is worth looking up. 

  • I have a review of the new Clear Decal paper from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  Now you can print your own custom decals for those special projects.  This paper is also available in white.

  • I have a review of the new 1/48USAF & NASA Starfighters decal sheet from Victory ProductionsPaul has done it again.....this sheet features 42 Starfighters and enough decals to make combinations for almost any US F-104.  

  • I have a review of the new 1/48 Correction Set for ICM Spitfire Mk VII -XVI from Griffon Model Accessories.  I will be reviewing more of their product in the coming weeks.

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Tuesday,  Mar 2005       

Eli at Zotz Decals has asked me to let you know that he has sold out his stock on his 1/72 & 1/48 Nordic F-16 Tiger decals.  If you want these you should run don't walk to another retailer.....such as Twobobs or Flightdecs.

Monday,  Mar 2005       
  • Jan M. Visser begins today with his big award winning 1/35 Academy HH-60H Rescue Hawk HS 5 Nightdippers.  Jan did a large amount of scratchbuilding to complete this conversion and the effort gave him a great looking model.

  • Felice De Leo is here with his 1/72 Italeri F-84F Thunderstreak done up in Israeli markings from during the Suez Crisis....including the black and yellow Suez stripes.  The bare metal finish came out very well on Felice's F-84. 

  • Ron Patterson is here with his first article on ARC.  This is 1/48 Special Hobby Barracuda Mk II and Ron had that patience and skill to complete his Barracuda and turn out a beautifully weathered model.  Welcome to ARC Ron!!! 

  • Armin Knes is here with his 1/48 Academy MiG-21 MF.  This paint scheme will interest MiG-21 builders.  Armin added a resin cockpit to improve the detail on his MiG-21.  Another wonderful addition to ARC....thanks Armin.  

  • Joel Mendoza is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Joel's 1/72 Academy P-47 Thunderbolt.  Joel is re-entering the hobby and has just started airbrushing, but you'd never know it by looking at his great looking "Razorback".  Welcome to ARC Joel!!! 

  • Brett Poteet is also here with his first article on ARC.  This is Brett's big 1/32 Trumpeter A-10 with a resin cockpit.  Brett quite enjoyed building his impressive looking A-10 and I'm pleased to see it on ARC, because ARC has quite a few A-10 fans.  Welcome to ARC Brett!!!  

  • Sergio Baptista is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his wonderful looking 1/72 Hasegawa P-16A Tracker finished in the markings for the Brazilian Air Force.  Welcome to ARC Sergio!!!   

  • Emad.F.Tabsh has today's 8th model for today.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4EJ finished up in Japanese markings.  Emad did a fantastic job on his F-4 and got all the detailing and finishing just perfect.  A treat to see.

  • I have a review of the new 1/48 Westland Wyvern S.4 Wicked Wyverns decal sheet from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis sheet features 3 different aircraft including one from the Suez Crisis with black and yellow stripes (similar looking to D-Day stripes).

  • I have a review of the new 1/32F-16C  Big Mouth Vipers decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features 3 different 1/32 F-16's.  Thanks to ARC's Jeff Stoermer for sending in the reference material for this sheet.

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Sunday,  Mar 2005         Ghana Independence Day  
No update today.
Saturday,  Mar 2005     Maiden flight of Spitfire prototype K5054 in 1936
  • Gary Crocker is here today with another of his brush painted masterpieces.  This is his 1/48 Flashback Hansa Brandenberg W-29

  • Rafi Ben-Shahar joins us with his two of his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16A's.  Rafi added some aftermarket detail items to further enhance his beautifully done IDF F-16's.  Enjoy.

  • David Matusek is here with his heavily detailed 1/48 Tamiya P-47D-30 Thunderbolt.  David used lots of aftermarket parts to improve upon this very good kit.  The results as you can see are quite stunning. 

  • George Ting has been busy building the BIG Huge 1/72 Monogram Shuttle kit.  This model is close to 2 feet long....it is massive and is the Challenger in her early years.  George used custom made decals and aftermarket resin detail items.  Amazing job George. 

  • Bill Lachance is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden.   Bill did his usual outstanding job adding extra detail to his Raiden.....some scratch-built....some from aftermarket companies.  The resulting model captures the look and detail perfectly.

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Friday,  Mar 2005       
  • Steve Bridges is here with the final part of his on line build of the Tamiya 1/32 F-16CJ Fighting Falcon In part. 13 Steve deals with Weathering, dull coating, and all the little fiddly bits.  For decals on this wonderful project Steve used Twobobs decals

  • Vince Tassone has today's first prop article.  This is his 1/48 Hobbycraft Messerschmitt Bf.109G6/R6 done up in  Italian markings.  This was one of the later 109's fitted with the underwing cannons.

  • Jeong-Wook.Kim is here fom Korea with his first article on ARC.  This is his flawlessly done and colourful 1/48 Revell F-8E Crusader.  Welcome to ARC Jeong-Wook!!! 

  • Jeremy Housdan ("Skull Leader") is the 3rd modeller today with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Testors F4U-1D Corsair that he bought cheap and finished quick....and it turned out quite well.  Welcome to ARC Jeremy!!! 

  • Zenden Ng is here today with his 1/72 Italeri Su-34 Strike Flanker.  This was a great kit to build and the finished model is very convincing.  I enjoyed seeing the full weapons load on this Flanker.

  • Nevo is a 13 year old modeller from Israel and this is Nevo's first article on ARC.  Today Nevo is here with an excellent looking 1/72 Hasegawa Mosquito  finished off in IDF markings.  Welcome to ARC Nevo!!!

  • Chris Wilson has a Tools 'n' Tips article for all you Rivet counters out there.  He calls his article Riveting and after reading it I can definitely say it will be very helpful.  Well done Chris!!! 

  • I have a review of the 1/32 F-16C Big Mouth Block 40 Part 3 decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsThis sheet features 2 different F-16's with Wolf artwork. 

  • I have a review of the 1/48 and 1/72 Vigilante decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This sheet features 7 different brightly coloured USN Vigilantes from the 1970's.

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Thursday,  Mar 2005   Bulgaria National Day     Morocco National Day  

I'd like to begin today by giving a warm Welcome to Albert Moore as the newest Moderator in the ARC Team.  Albert is a long time regular on ARC and his help will be much appreciated as ARC continues to grow at a strong pace.  Welcome Albert and thanks for taking on this important role!!  

  • Steve Bridges is back today with Part. 12 of his on line build of the Tamiya 1/32 F-16CJ Fighting Falcon.  Today Steve covers decaling the weapons.  Looking good Steve.

  • Konley Kelley is back with another of his digital artworks featuring his models.  This is his 1/48 Monogram Spitfire Mk 1 in Doublas Bader markings during the BoB.   In this image Bader is closing in on a 109 with guns blazing!!!

  • John Green has dropped by today with his very well done 1/72 Airfix Hunter GA11.  John did this conversion starting with the old Airfix FGA9 kit and John goes into detail about how he went about this conversion.

  • Geoff Pereira is here today from South Africa with his 1/48 Hasegawa Mexican P-47.  Geoff has provided some background about this aircraft and it's WW2 service.  The weathering and exhaust stains on this P-47 look perfect.   

  • Bob Aikens is here today with his 1/48 Heller Mirage III C.  Bob has put extra effort into making a impressive model from this older Heller kit and he talks about that in his article. 

  • Josu Arévalo joins us with his 1/48 Tamiya Bf-109E3/7Trop.   .  Josu has finished his beautifully done 109 in British markings.....a captured aircraft......read his article about using salt to mask paint to get that scuffed paint look on the wings from pilots boots. 

  • I have a review of the 1/48 F-16C  Big Mouth Vipers decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics  This sheet features F-16's stationed in Italy and Germany.

  • I have a review of the 1/24 BF-109G Canopy Painting Masks from Black Magic Painting Masks.  These will be a big help when you get to the canopy masking part of your build.

  • I have a review of the 1/48, 1/72 and 1/32 Nordic Tiger  F-16 decal sheet from Zotz DecalsBuy 'em while you can....Tiger sheets do sell fast.

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Wednesday,  Mar 2  2005       
Tuesday,  Mar 1  2005                  Wales St David's Day  

Ming Ho is here with the Mar 2005 desktop calendar.  This is a special one as it marks one year since Ming began this wonderful service for the ARC crowd and I for one deeply appreciate his effort and positive contribution.  Well done Ming!!!