Homepage Text - May 2005

Tuesday,  May 31   2005     

Jon Keib is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is Jon's 1/72 Hasegawa F-2A in Japanese Air Force markings.  Great looking F-2 Jon....welcome to ARC!!! 


Luciano Tramacere joins us with his first article on ARC today.  This is his amazing 1/20 scratchbuilt wooden CH-47.  Luciano has put plenty of work into his CH-47 and I think you will be impressed.  Welcome to ARC Luciano!!!


Pierluigi Caccetta is here with his  1/72 Dragon Mig-15 bis finished off in markings for the Egyptian Air Force.  Pierluigi added some resin details and did a baremetal finish with weathering.  


Konley Kelley is here with his 1/72 Revell Avro Lancaster "Dambuster" done up in an image of the Dambusters raid.  Konley talks about this raid in his very historically interesting article.


Zenden Ng joins us with his 1/72 Airfix F-5EII in RSAF markings.  It was a treat t see this F-5....it is very attractively done.


Edison Franco is here with his 1/48 Aconcagua Embraer T-27 Tucano in markings for the Fuerza Aerea Colombiana.  This is a resin kit and Edison did quite a good job on it.  


I have a preview of the re-release of the 1/48 F-16C Fighting Fulcrums decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics


I have a review of the new 1/48 T-38 Talon Canopy & Wheel Hub Painting Masks from Black Magic Painting Masks


I have a review of the new 1/48 resin Curtiss P-40E-N Flared Exhausts from Ultracast


Monday,  May 30   2005                 USA  --  Memorial Day   
No product reviews today out of respect for this solemn US holiday

 Lest we forget.


Ken Middleton has some restful photos he took recently at the Massachusetts National Cemetery.  The test Post Clubhouse has much info about the history behind Memorial Day in the US.  Thanks Ken.


Mike Crandell  joins us with his first article on ARC.  This is his big article about  his “Ill Wind?” a P-47 modeling project.  Mike did an amazing job on this P-47 and I believe you'll find his article quite helpful.  This is quite the first article Mike!!!


Richard “RJ” Tucker joins us with his 1/72 scale Hasegawa F-4B Phantom II.  This is Jerry “Devil” Houston’s  MiG Killer .  RJ has provided great stuff in his article to build this famous F-4. 


Joel Mendoza is here from the Philippines with his 1/72 Hasegawa F-16C.  Joel built his F-16 pretty well out of the box with the kit decals.  It's good to see Joel.


Graham Symmonds joins us with his 1/48 Revell-Monogram B-26 Marauder “Cindy”.  Graham did an outstanding shading and weathering job on his B-26.  

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Sunday,  May 29   2005     

Michael Woodgate is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Michael's 1/48 Academy F-86 Red Roo Avon Sabre Conversion with some homemade decals to compliment this very well done conversion.  Welcome to ARC Michael!!!  A fine looking Sabre.


Formery Jean-Luc is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Jean-Luc's 1/48 Tamiya Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero complete with varied shading for the panels and Pearl Harbor markings.  An excellent model Jean-Luc....welcome to ARC!!! 


Yvan Vansteenkiste is here with his 1/72 Trumpeter New Chinese Fighter.  This fighters has a very interesting look to it....reminds me of a couple of aircraft......Yvan beautifully done model captures the look this new fighter very well.  


AEX is here with a 1/72 Academy Fw-190 A-8This FW-190 might be 1/72 scale, but that didn't stop AEX from chipping the paint and weathering his Fw-190 to look like the real aircraft.  Beautiful job AEX.

Saturday,  May 28   2005              Ethiopia National Day  

  Armenia National Day          Azerbaijan National Day 

Laurent Boildieu fires things up today with his 1/72 Revell P-47D.  Laurent chose to go with the sexy "Angie" markings for the nose of his beautifully done bare metal finish.

Prama Sobari is here with his good looking 1/48 Italeri Atlas Impala that he finished off in South African markings and a metal finish.  Plus a pic of his two kids.


David Reyes with IPMS-BAC Philippines is here with his 1/32 Matchbox Bf-109E.  David has done quite a bit of extra work and added aftermarket goodies to his 109 to improve the detail level.  Then he finished it off with subtle weathering.  Very nice indeed.


Simone Gazzola finishes up today's update with his stunning 1/48 Revell A-7E Corsair II.  Simon added a Black Box  cockpit to get that highly detailed cockpit he wanted......then he added some srcatchbuilding....a weapons load and the perfect level of weathering. 

Friday,  May 27   2005     

Stuart Porteous starts off your Friday update with his 1/72 Airfix Canberra TT18 Target Tug.  Stuart did a conversion on his Canberra using a set from Aeroclub.  He then finished off his Canberra to a very high degree of quality.  I love the realistic setting of his photos. 


J.J. Conquergood is here with his first article on ARC today.  this is his 1/72 Airfix Fiat G50-bisJ.J. finished off his attractive looking Fiat in the striking Italian desert camo scheme.  Welcome to ARC J.J.!!!


Ricardo Cornejo Z. joins us with his 1/72 Amodel Sukhoi T-4 in a rich looking bare metal finish with varied shades of bare metal colours to give it a more realistic look.  Ricardo also added many details to improve his T-4 and he tells about this in his article.


Kai Reckstadt has dropped by with his 1/32 Revell Bf-109 F-2z/Trop.  Kai added extra resin detail parts to improve the cockpit on his big 109.  He used pre-shading for the panel lines and finished it off in the markings for the German fighter-ace Hans-Joachim Marseille in desert camo. 


Cruise Wang is here from Taiwan R.O.C. with his  1/72 Hasegawa EA-6B in markings for a jet with 'INDEPENDENCE' VAQ-136.  Cruise added some extra detailing to improve his great looking Prowler and he talks about this in his article.    


PS has dropped by today with his 1/72 Fine Molds TIE/Ln Fighter.  This is one of the excellent quality line of Star Wars kits from Finemolds and PS did a wonderful job on it.  


I have a review of the new 1/48 Mirage III/V Canopy & Wheel Hub Painting Masks  from Black Magic Painting Masks


Here's a re-release of the very popular 1/32 US Air-To Air Missle Markings from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  Buy it quick....these sell out fast.


I have a review of the new Letov S-328 and S-528 book from HT Model Magazine


I have a review of the new 1/48 resin Curtiss P-40E Tubular Exhausts from Ultracast


Thursday,  May 26   2005              Georgia National Day  

J.C. Bahr begins today with his 1/72 Hasegawa Seafire Mk.XVJ.C. took the 1/72 Spit Mk.IX kit and modified it into a Seafire with parts from his spares box and scratchbuilt parts he made.  The end result looks pretty sharp.


Maurizio Tiso (Ritz) is here from Italy with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4F.  This F-4 is finished in Luftwaffe markings and a nicely detailed cockpit.  Good job Maurizio.   


Anthony Manzoli joins us from Australia with his 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109 G-14.  Anthony has a skill for doing these 109's and this latest one is no exception.  Very nice Anthony.  


Yvan Vansteenkiste is here from Belgium with his 1/48 F-18C Hornet Swiss Tiger Meet 2004 SpecialYvan has got a great looking Hornet here.....with lovely Tiger markings and a very well done cockpit as well weathering on the exterior of the aircraft. 


Peter Valica is here with his 1/72 Republic P-47D RazorbackPeter finished his beautifully built P-47 in some very attractive markings on a very well done bare metal finish. 


Philip Jones has today's last gallery article.  This is his  1/48 Airfix BAe Hawk T. Mk 1. done up in RAF markings.  Philip has included very good info and photos in his article about building his Airfix Hawk.


Here's a re-release of the very popular 1/48 AIM-120B/C and AGM-88 Missile Markings decal sheet  from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  Buy it quick....these sell out fast.


I have a review of the new 1/48 P-40B/C & Hawk 81 Canopy & Wheel Hub Painting Masks from Black Magic Painting Masks.


I have a review of the new 1/48 Curtiss P-40 Seats (without harness) from Ultracast.


I have a review of the new 1/32 Flankers on Patrol decal sheet from Linden Hill DecalsThis sheet features 9 different Su-27 Flankers from the Russian Air Force, Russian Navy, Ethiopian Air force and Eritrean Air Force including snake and sharks mouth markings.

Wednesday,  May 25  2005         Jordan Independence Day 

  Argentina National Day -- "La Revolucion de Mayo"  

Dean Large is first up today with his big 1/32 Revell Spitfire I/II.  Dean did some great work on this one and tells about it in his article....including rescribing the fuselage.  I particularly liked how his instrument panel turned out.  


David Bey joins us with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16C V3: Peppermint Patty.  David built this one mostly out of the box with a resin seat and some colourful markings and weathering.  David goes into some helpful detail about building his F-16.


Nissim Tzukduian has dropped by with his beautifully done 1/32 Pro Modeller Bf-109 G4 Trop.  The shading on the cockpit came out looking excellent.  The weathering on the whole aircraft came out looking very well. 


Nikos Panagiotidis has dropped by from Greece with his 1/48 ESCI Mirage 2000 EG.  Nikos worked hard on this old kit to get his fantastic looking Mirage in Greek Air Force markings.  Very nice indeed Nikos.


Stefan Woltmann is here from Germany with his 1/48 Hasegawa A6M5c ZERO.  Stefan did some extra detailing on his Zero to improve the detailing and it looks like it was well worth the effort.  The cockpit looks very good.


Rodrigo Caselli Belem is here from Brazil with his 1/48 Italeri AT-26 Xavante finished in Brazilian Air Force (FAB).  Rodrigo also added a resin seat and aftermarket decals.  Very nice Rodrigo. 


Here's a re-release of the very popular 1/48 US Air-To Air Missile Markings decal sheet  from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This one sells out very fast....don't delay.


I have a review of the new 1/48 F-5B Tiger Canopy & Wheel Hub Painting Masks from Black Magic Painting Masks


I have a review of the new 1/48 North American RA-5C Vigilantes decal sheet from Victory Productions.  This sheet is sold out at some retailers.


Yoav Efrati is here with a review of the 1/32 Israeli Air Force F-16C Barak decal sheet from IsraDecal

Tuesday,  May 24  2005             Eritrea Independence Day   

Engin Toredi begins today with his 1/72 Italeri F/A-18 D 'Wild Weasel'Engin did a fine job building his Italeri Hornet with a  weapons load and full weathering. 


António Beirao has dropped by with his 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf-109 G António did very good capturing the look of the German WW2 paint scheme.     


Blair Hall joins us with the big 1/32 Tamiya Jolly Rogers F-14B.  I know a large number of you enjoy seeing the  F-14 in Jolly Rogers markings....so I'm pleased to show you Blair's F-14 beauty.  This is an amazing model on a fantastic looking base with a great article.


Andrzej Rusek (dzejo) has completed the 1/72 Italeri ACH-47A Chinook.  Andrzej worked on his Chinook for 4 long years to make sure he got the details all right.


Tony Crews is here with his 1/72 AMT/ERTL KC-135ETony did this kit justice and complete his wonderful tanker in a in-flight display.  His finished model is a beauty. 


Sean Pearson has been busy building his 1/48 Monogram B-26B Invader.  Sean did some first rate work on his Invader including some dry brushing for high wear areas as well as exhaust stains. 


I have a review of the new 1/48 P-47D Razorback Canopy & Wheel Hub Painting Masks from Black Magic Painting Masks


Here's a re-release of the very popular 1/48F-15J Shiro Ruyu "White Dragon" decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  Get this one while you can...it will sell out fast.


I have a review of the new 1/32 Fw-190 Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal.  These are a very cool set of stencils. 


I have a review of the new 1/48 resin Supermarine Spitfire Mk V 6-Stack Exhausts from Ultracast with hollowed out ends.

Monday,  May 23  2005     

Frank Dargies starts today with his excellently detailed 1/48 Tamiya Mosquito B Mk IV.  Frank added piles of detailing and then set his Mosquito on a fantastic diorama base with a wire fence.....check out the cockpit and engine photos.  Stunning!!!   


Sean Carter is here with his 1/72 Fujimi A-4M.  Sean did a very fine job building up his little A-4 and then finished it with colourful markings.  Nice job Sean.


Jürgen Duchenne joins us with his 1/72 Revell Spitfire Mk.Vb.  Jürgen built his Spitfire out of the box with the addition of an antenna wire.  A Spitfire is always good to see and Jürgen did his up nicely.   


Olivier De Menech has dropped by with his 1/72 Italeri Su 27 B Flanker.  Olivier rescribed the panel lines and scratchbuilt the cockpit and ejection seat.  This is a great looking jet from any angle.   


Juan Ramon Garcia Martin has been busy building his 1/72 Academy Bf-109G Converted into a Avia S-199.  Juan  weathered his S-199 to give it the well used and worn look of this early Israeli fighter.   


Rafi Ben-Shahar joins us with his 1/48 Dragon Me 262A-1a/U3.  Rafi used a variety of items and techniques to improve the detail of his 262....then he finished it off with a beautifully executed paint job.    


Here is the Tomcat Poster Image created by Dan McLain that has been causing a fair bit of excitement on the ARC Discussion Forums.


Here's a  re-release 1/48A-10A Killer Chick 75th Fighter Squadron Sharks decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This is Kim Campbell's A-10 from Operation Iraqi Freedom...get it while you can.


I have a review of the 1/48 P-59A/P-59B/YP-59 Canopy Painting Masks from Black Magic Painting Masks.


Yoav Efrati is here with a review of the 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 Israeli Air Force F-4E and RF-4 decal sheet from IsraDecal

Sunday,  May 22  2005          Yemen National Day  

Martin Morkowsky joins us with his big 1/32 Academy F/A-18C Hornet in markings for a "Gunslingers" CAG -Bird flown during the operation "Iraqi Freedom".  A beautifully done model of this very good kit. 


Ryan Ahern is here with his non-blue 1/48 Sword FM-2 Wildcat complete with exhaust stains and added scratchbuilt detailing.  Ryan tells about the building of his good looking Wildcat in his article.


Joel Alcantar has dropped by today from Mexico with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-86-F10 Sabre in a bare metal finish.  Joel added gun powder stains on the side of the nose and some well done painting in the cockpit to show off the details.


Grzegorz Strózek is here with his 1/72 Italeri Hs-126 in a most attractive Afrika Korps desert camo scheme.  Grzegorz did some extra work to improve the accuracy and detail of his Hs-126.  Quite the sharp looking model. 

Saturday,  May 21  2005     Chile --  Anniversary of the Chilean Navy 

Thomas Neuss starts off today with his 1/32 Revell Royal Air Force Puma HC 1.  You'll want to sit back and get a good look at this one.....Thomas put plenty of effort into it.  Nicely done photos as well.


Matt Borlandelli is here with his 1/48 Revell F-86D in a bare metal finish and  some carefully done weathering.  Matt has captured the look of the Sabre Dog very well.  I love it.


Bill Lachance is here to treat us to another of his scale model wonders.  This is Bill's 1/48 Trimaster Focke-Wulf 190D-9 done up with the extra detailing Bill is known for.  And as usual he's included some shots of the cockpit before it was installed.  Always a treat to see these Bill.


Bob Laskodi is here with his flawlessly detailed and weathered 1/48 Hasegawa F-16CJ.  And Bob used some cool artwork on his Viper.  Bob used 3 resin details sets from Aires, plus Eduard PE and of course decals from Twobobs.  Beautiful Bob.

Friday,  May 20  2005             Cameroon National Day   

  Cuba Independence Day  

Mario Fernandez is here from Mexico with his latest.....this is Mario's 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18F.  Mario used home made decals and finished off his F-18 with an oil wash.  The finished model is very effective in the way it looks like a well used USN jet. 


David Thompson joins us with his 1/72 High Planes Kit CAC Wackett Trainer.  This aircraft is a true Aussie aircraft and David did it up right.  It's interesting to see this one.   


Mike Pavlov has been busy building his 1/72 Revell Su-35 conversion.  Mike used a resin cockpit set and some photo etch to improve the detail of his weathered Su-35.  The finished model looks perfect.


Harry Doucette is here with the first model he has built.  This is his 1/48 B-17 CHOW HOUND which is quite the kit to tackle for a first kit.  Harry went the extra mile and detailed his B-17 with weathering to give it that battle weary look.....welcome to ARC Harry!!! 


Yiannis Ladopoulos joins us from Greece with his 1/72 Esci A-7H Corsair II finished in Hellenic Air Force markings.  Yiannis brush painted his Corsair II and then added weahtering for a very good looking model.


Jon Whitmer joins us to give us a grin.  This is his Hasegawa Fw-190D Egg Plane which I believe is 100% accurate in shape to the true Dora.....but that just my guess.  Nice one Jon...and greetings to your son......his A-10 looks great next to your Egg Plane. 


Michael Klagge is here with a review of the CF-18 Hornet and Luftwaffe Tiger scheme prints from Staffelprints.   These are separate prints.


Le Vander McGinnis is here with a review of the 1/32 F-105 Landing Gear from G-Factor.  This is a well detailed set of metal landing gear. 


Thursday,  May 19  2005     

  Turkish Remembrance  of Ataturk and Youth Day for Turkey  

Hal Marshman, Sr (Hal the P-47fan) is here from the US with his 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109G-6.  Hal did some extra detailing on his 109 to improve upon the kit details and get this kit up to the high standards of his other models. 


Gary Crocker joins us from Australia with his 1/48 Tamiya F4D Skyray.  Gary brush paints his models and has talent and skill we could all learn much from.  Nice one Gary.


John Green joins us from the UK with his 1/72 Revell Hurricane IIc.  You'll enjoy reading the history of this aircraft in John's article....it is quite the rich history.  Looking good John.


Graham Tarran joins us from the UK with his 1/48 Aeroclub EE Canberra B2Although this is a vacformed kit, Graham quite enjoyed it.  If you're planning on building this kit, you'll find Graham's article quite helpful and it builds up into a very nice model. 


David Thompson is here from Australia with his 1/48 Academy F4U-4B Corsair.  This is a Korean War fighter with weathering and a weapons load.  David's article contains an exciting story from the Korean war and much more.  


Maurizio Tiso (Ritz) joins us from Italy with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4G.  This F-4 has an amazing amount of stencils on it's beautifully weathered camo scheme.  Welcome to ARC Maurizio!!! 


Ross Spenard is here with a review of the 1/32 F-5A conversion for the 1/32 Hasegawa F-5E Tiger II Aggressor Belcher Bits


Yoav Efrati is here with a review of the 1/72 Israeli Air Force Mirages decal sheet from IsraDecal

Wednesday,  May 18  2005      US Armed Forces Appreciation Day  

Anthony Manzoli begins today with his 1/72 Fujimi RAAF F18A Hornet which he detailed and weathered and finished off in Australian markings.  This one is up to Anthony's typical high standard.  It's always good to see a plane with a Roo on the side.


J.C. Bahr joins us with his very well done 1/72 Hasegawa Spitfire PR Mk.XI done up in US markings.  J.C. had to modify the kit to get the PR version of the Spitfire with all the camera equipment, but this is no problem for J.C. 


Christopher Price is here with one of the coolest airliner paint schemes to be used.  This is his 1/144 Revell Germany Boeing 747-400 done up in the Formula ! Race car scheme.  No doubt about it....this is one great looking model and Christopher goes into detail about the build in his article.


Jim Dietz joins us with his 1/32 Hasegawa FW-190A-8 which he built more or less out of the box with some additional detailing to get things looking just right.  Jim has talent with an airbrush and you'll see that in the excellent camo scheme applied to his Fw-190. 


Claudio Col & Paolo Torchio join us with a very interesting "What-if" side view profile of the Macchi B 2000 FOLGORE II.  This is definitely creative....well done. 


Juan Jácome is here with his 1/72 Italeri Augusta Mangusta A-129 done up in Italian markings for this combat helicopter.  Juan has displayed his very nidcely done chopper on a diorama base. 


I have a review of the new 1/48 and 1/72 PV-1 Ventura At War Ocean Raiders decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This sheet features 6 different aircraft in US and New Zealand markings.....and all with artwork.

Tuesday,  May 17  2005               Norway Constitution Day  

Terje Opsahl, Ragnar Eckhoff, André Kristoffersen, Nils Mathisrud, Jens H. Brandal are here from Norway to mark this special  day with 8 models of Norwegian Aircraft from many decades.  Quite the excellent display guys!!!  Have a good Holiday!!!


Nils Mathisrud is here with his big selection of Aircraft of Little Norway for this special Norwegian  National Holiday.  Well done Nils!!!


Jens H. Brandal is from Norway with his 1/72 Esci Northrop F-5A(G) Freedom Fighter finished off in an beautifully done bare metal finish and Norwegian markings. 


Bob Aikens is here with his 1/72 Italeri Fulcrum and Eurofighter and both are done up in Bob's high level of quality.


Laurent Boildieu joins us with his 1/72 Revell P-47M done up with engine detail and open gun bays on the wing .  Yikes and this is 1/72......impressive work Laurent.


Eric Fauré joins us with his very well done 1/32 Tamiya F-4D.  Eric added scratchbuilt detailing to his Phantom and then finished it off witha  flawlessly done weathering job. 

Monday,  May 16  2005   Dambusters Raid RAF bombing of Ruhr Valley Dams

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I attended the Rocky Mountain Model Club show this past Saturday in Calgary Alberta, Canada flying on Westjet.  It was a great show with over 550 models on the tables.  The entries were full of variety and there was no shortage of talent.  Here's a group photo of most of the ARC'ers there.  It was a hoot to meet you guys. 


Gavin Rees was at the show and I was pleased to be able to have a chance to have a chat with him.  This is his 1/48 Italeri OH-58 Kiowa that was at the show and I saw it up close and it looked excellent in the J-Bot decals. 


Vincenzo is here with his article about detailing the 1/12 Esci ACES II ejection SeatVincenzo runs a very impressive website devoted to Ejection seats that is full of info for the modern jet builder looking for reference material for detailing the ejection seat.  You can find his website at www.seatejectcolor.com


Daniel Iscold is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Academy Piper PA-18 Super Cub in a Workshop diorama.  All the tools in the workshop were scratchbuilt and they definitely add life to the scene of his great looking Piper.  Welcome to ARC Daniel!!!   


Benoit Mathier joins us with his first article on  ARC.  This is his 1/72 Hasegawa Tornado GR.Mk.1 "Buddha" inflight diorama.  This shows a Tornado doing a classic low level attack across the desert complete with a shadow from the well weathered Tornado.  Welcome to ARC Benoit!!! 


AEX is here with the 1/72 Revell Bf-109G finished off in the markings for a 109 flown by the Russian Army of Liberation which is one of the more interesting stories although forgotten stories from the Russian front during WW2.  Well done Bf-109 AEX!!!


Dean Large joins us today with his 1/48 Classic airframes Gloster Meteor T7 in a bare metal finish with bright RAF markings.  This particular 2 seat trainer was the aircraft Deans dad got a back seat ride in 50 years ago.  Nice one Dean....I hope you get the serial # info to complete it.

Sunday,  May 15  2005   

Martin Morkowsky starts today with his great looking 1/28 Revell Fokker DVIIThis is a larger kit and Martin make full use of the detail provided in the kit.  It's a treat to see this biplane on ARC.


Leander Niederhauser is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-104C Starfighter.  Leander love the F-104 and has much talent with baremetal finishes as you'll see in his article.

Saturday,  May 14  2005   

Paolo Yuen joins us with his 1/48 Hasegawa Harrier which he fitting with a full weapons load and a impressive weathering job.  Paolo goes into detail about some of the extra work he did to his Harrier.


David Chong is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa P-47D 25 complete with a beautifully executed bare metal finish and sexy noseart.  Welcome to ARC David!!!  

Friday,  May 13  2005         ARC home page hits during April were 809,451

I'll be attending the RMMC Western Canada Regional Contest in Calgary, Alberta, Canada this Saturday May 14th.  If you're not too far away....why not come to the show and say hello.  They are a great bunch of modellers in Calgary.


Pongpeera Thiapairat begins today's update with his first article on ARC.  This is his nicely done 1/72 Academy Bf-109G6 done up in the markings for one of the top Luftwaffe aces from WW2.  Welcome to ARC Pongpeera!!!Arne Goethe joins us today with his 1/72 Academy Vought F-8J Crusader in colourful markings after he did much work on his Crusader.  Arne's article covers the complete build. 


Jan Visser has dropped by with his 1/48 Tamiya Swordfish MK1.  Jan wasn't satisfied just building a great looking model using this fantastic kit.....he also posed it on a water base with figures.  The results look very good.


Konley Kelley is here with his 1/48 Academy F-86 and 1/48 Monogram Mig-15 posed in a dogfight scene from the Korean War.  I always get a kick out of seeing these in-flight images from Konley.   


Mario Fernandez joins us from warm Mexico with his 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1D Corsair Mario built this kit OOB with a bit of extra detailing.  It came out looking pretty darn good Mario.


Dana Franklin is here with his 1/32 Trumpeter MiG-21 MF Fishbed J in Iraqi markings.  Dana built it more or less out of the box with weathering, which gave him very good results.  


I have a review of the new 1/48 CAF CF-18 416 Squadron 60 years decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.  You can also buy this in 1/72.

Thursday,  May 12  2005           Israel Independence Day  

Yoav Efrati begins this special Israeli update with his l1/48 Hasegawa F-16C.  This is a beautifully done F-16 done up in the markings for 101 Squadron.  A review of the IsraDecal decals used on this F-16 is further below in today's update.   


Shalom Hen is here with some pics from the recent 2005 IPMS Israel Model Show.  The Spitfire to the left was flown by the famous Israeli pilot Ezer Weizman.  Thanks for the pics of the show Shalom. 


Yoav Efrati is here with a HUGE selection of his Israeli Air Force Models....which represent a large number of the aircraft flown by the Israeli air force.  Amazing models Yoav.


Michael “Madmike” Johnson is back today with another of his sci-fi models.  This is his 1/200 Bandai Macross Officers PodNice one Mike!! 


Charles Kalina is here with his tiny 1/800 Heller Airbus A380.  Charles built this one to relax and it looks like it did the trick. 


J.C. Bahr is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk.XVIJ.C. includes info about building his attractive looking Spitfire.


Yoav Efrati is here with his review of the IAF-42 decal sheet from IsraDecal.  This decal sheet features 1/48 Israeli Air Force F-16C/D Barak

Wednesday,  May 11  2005   

Lieven Larue starts today with his big 1/32 Tamiya Phantom F-4SLieven converted the Tamiya J type into this beautiful S type F-4 and finished her off in the bright markings of the Sundowners.


Russ Johnston has been VERY busy building his 1/48 Eduard P-400 Profipak.  Russ start with the P-39 kit and built it as the P-400 kit.  Russ then went seriously into detailing out every part of his P-400 to get the amazing results you see here.  


Ray Anthony S. Junquera joins us with his first article on ARC....which is also his first model.  This is his tiny 1/100 Revell F-8 Crusader  complete with home made Philippine Air Force markings.  It's a great looking model Ray, welcome to ARC!!! 


Ron Patterson has dropped by with his impressive 1/48 Accurate Miniatures Avenger modified to a Canadian AS-3 using detail conversion items from Belcher Bits.  Ron goes into some good helpful detail in his article.


John Green is here with his 1/72 Revell Hurricane IIb done up in the striking Desert camo colours.  John added subtle weathering and exhaust stains to his Hurricane to get that look of realism.  Great to see the Hurricane John.


Wild Dog is here with his first model kit and his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Academy Su-27 Flanker B finished off in a very impressive looking camo scheme.  I like this one quite a bit.  Welcome to ARC Rustom!!! 

Tuesday,  May 10  2005  

Jim Dietz begins today with his 1/32 Hasegawa FW-190A-8 complete with extra detailing and a very well done paint job.  Nice one Jim!!!


Gabriel Hanotaux joins us with  a beautifully done 1/48 Tamiya Mig-15 bis.  The camo pattern is quite the sight on Gabriel's Mig-15.


Cyril Worley joins us with his 1/48 Airfix DH Mosquito PR Mk XVI NS502/M complete with d-day stripes.  Cyril used some Paragon engines to get his mosquito more correct. 


Ömer Erkmen is here with his well weathered 1/72 ESCI F-100 D in Turkish markings.  I quite enjoyed seeing this old jet in Turkish markings.


Akiva has dropped by with his 1/35 Acadamy UH-1C complete with a Sharks Mouth and well done diorama setting. 


Martin Morkowsky is here with his big 1/32 Revell McDD F-4F in German Air Force markings with some weathering.  It's always good to see the German jets. 


I have a review of the new 1/48 AIM-120B/C and AGM-88 Missile Markings decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  Buy them while you can....this sheet will sell out fast.

Monday,  May 2005      Russia End of Great Patriotic War
       Europe Day         Iraq -- New National Day   
  Liberation Day for the Channel Islands  

ARC has a new Sponsor!!!  Hobby Gryffon is a new shop that has recently opened in the Montreal area. They stock the regular plastics as well as a large and growing selection 

of domestic and imported accessories, books and magazines for both the aircraft and armor modeler. Everything is at discount prices and they do mail order, which is good news for Canadian modelers. They even accept special orders.


Jan M. Visser starts your week here on ARC with his 1/48 Italeri HH-60J Jayhawk finished in US Coast Guard markings.  Jan did a lot of modifying to get the details correct on his Jayhawk and he's included pics and info about all the changes.


AEX is here with a 1/72 Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat with an amazing degree of detail and weathering.  This really shows what can be done in 1/72 if you're determined and hone your skills.  Beautiful!!! 


Giuseppe Santaromita is here with his great looking  1/72 Matchbox  Dornier Do-28D2 Skyservant.  This is an interesting looking aircraft. 


Ted Taylor has dropped by with his brightly painted 1/72 Revell Hawker Hunter.  Ted goes into his usual helpful detail to give you a good idea in what is involved in building this little Hunter. 


Steve Workman is here with his first article on aRC.  This is Steve's well done 1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 "Val" Dive Bomber finished off in the markings for one of the aircraft used in the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec 7 1941.  Welcome to ARC Steve!!!


Jeffry Hutama is here with his first article on ARC.  this is Jeff's 1/32 Revell JAS 39 Grippen done up with good detailing and nicely done weathering.  Welcome to ARC Jeff!!! 


I have a review of the new 1/48 P-47D Bubbletop Canopy & Wheel Hub Painting Masks from Black Magic Painting Masks.  A good set of masks that is sure to save time if you're building the Tamiya kit.


I have a review of the new 1/48 Mirage 2000 Tiger Meet 2004 decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features a very fancy Tiger scheme that covers most of the top of the jet.


I have a review of the new 1/72 CAF CF-18 416 Squadron 60 years decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.  This sheet features one special CF-18 with big cougar artwork on the tail.  It also comes in 1/48 scale.


I have a review of the new 1/24 Spitfire Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal.  This sheet gives you a complete set of Spitfire stencils in 1/24 scale.

Sunday,  May 2005                    V.E. Day  --  Victory in Europe (1945) 

Darren McGuinness gets things going today with his great looking 1/72 Italeri USAF F-111A.  Darren provides info in his article about he created his SEA F-111 diorama.


Tai Pham joins us with his very well done 1/72 Academy T-6G in-flight artwork.  Wow.....I can almost here the engines.....quite impressive. 

Saturday,  May 2005   

Laurent Boildieu begins today with his 1/72 Revell P-47D.  Laurent used Alclad II to finish his P-47 in a  very effective multi-shade bare metal finish then added markings for the 86th fighter squadron which belonged to the 79 fighter group. This group was based in Italy in late 1944.


Ray Seppala joins us with his 1/144 Minicraft B777-200 finished off in the colours of the Varig 75th Anniversary scheme of Brazil.  Ray goes into details about building his attractive B777-200 airliner.  

Friday,  May 2005   

PS is here to begin today's update with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Fine Molds Incom Corporation T-65 X-Wing star fighter .  I'm a Sci-fi fan.....so I always enjoy seeing spacecraft on ARC......and this is a beauty.  Welcome to ARC PS!!!  


Maurizio Tiso is here from Italy with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Accurate Miniatures Avenger which is an exceptional kit and Maurizo did a excellent job on it.  Benvenuto a ARC Maurizio!!!  (Welcome to ARC Maurizio!!!  I hope I got that right.)


Rick Reinbott joins us with his 1/48 Revell F-105D Thunderchief.  Rick has taken this older, but very nice kit and turned it into an accurate "head turner".  Rick has included history and very good build info about his Thunderchief.  It's a beauty Rick!!! 


Jeff Brundt is here on the same day as Rick with his big and perfectly weathered 1/32 Trumpeter MiG-3Jeff has included a shot of the cockpit before he installed it in the fuselage.  Fine looking MiG Jeff. 


I have a review of the new 1/48 USMC A-4M Lo-Vis Mikes Part II decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics This sheet features three USMC A-4M's with markings for three complete aircraft; two from VMA-211 "Avengers" and one from VMA-214 "Blacksheep". 


Frederick Jacobs has a review of the new 1/32 Traveling Pod  Plastic World Modeling.  This is a product that is long overdue in resin....good to see it being released.


Scot Reinmann is here with a review of the 1/48 Jammin' Prowlers decal sheet  from CAM Decals.  

Thursday,  May 2005                  Mexico  --    Cinco De Mayo  

Billy Calzada "Billbuccaneer" begins this special Cinco De Mayo update with his 1/72 Academy P-47D Thunderbolt.  This is a P-47 of Mexican Expeditionary force, 1945, Philippines.  Billy has weather4ed his Jug and posed it in a tropical diorama.  Nice one Billy and Happy Cinco De Mayo to you!!!


Leigh Eaton joins us with his 1/72 Fujimi B.A.C. F-16 GR3 Wild Weasel.  This is his "What-if" RAF F-16 in one of the most complicated camo schemes I've seen.  Well done Leigh. 


Vjekoslav Ranec is here with his amazing 1/48 Revell-Monogram Mi-24 HindVjekoslav finished his Hind in Croatian Air Force markings and then created a diorama to further add to the look of his Hind.  A very attractive display of this very good model. 


Prama Sobari is here with his good looking 1/72 Airfix TAV-8B Harrier.  I've always had a fondness for 2 seat jets, so it is good to see Prama Harrier on ARC.


I have a review of the new 1/48 USMC A-4M Lo-Vis Mikes Part I decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsThis sheet features three USMC A-4's in 3 Squadrons including VMAT-102 "Skyhawks", VMA-322 "Fighting Gamecocks", VMA-311 "Tomcats".

Wednesday,  May 2005 

Pierre Greutert begins today with his 1/32 Revell F-4E Cockpit Part 3 of 4.  In this part Pierre lights up the side consoles of his F-4 cockpit.  Absolutely amazing. 


Ron Patterson joins us with his weathered 1/48 Monogram B-17.  Ron goes into detail about weathering this big beautiful Flying Fortress.  It's odd, but few aircraft stir my emotions like a weathered B-17.   


Fernan De Gannes is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-86F-40 finished off in Japanese markings and a perfectly done bare metal finish.  A strikingly attractive Sabre.


Ted Taylor joins us with his just finished 1/48 Amtech P-40K-5 Kittyhawk III.  This is the new kit from AMtech and Ted gives you a very good idea what is involved in building this kit. 


I've added pictures of the finished model of the 1/48 P-40K-5/Kittyhawk III model kit from AMtech to this review as well as more info about ordering this kit.


I have a review of the new 1/48F/A-18C Blue By You Hornets decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.


I have a review of the new 1/48 Martin Maryland Canopy & Wheel Hub Painting Masks from Black Magic Painting Masks

Tuesday,  May 2005        Poland Constitution Day  

Pierre Greutert is here with the next part of his 1/32 Revell F-4E Cockpit Part 2 of 4.  Today Pierre light the instrument panel with fibre optics.  The end result is amazing.


Peter Brown has dropped by with his 1/48 Tamiya P51D.  Peter chose the markings for the famous fighter "Old Crow" complete with an excellent looking natural metal finish and chipped paint.  A fine build indeed. 


Jeff Fuerte joins us with his 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18D Hornet done up in the markings of VMFA(AW) 242-Bats complete with dropped flying surfaces and weathering.  Nice one Jeff. 


Bill Lachance is here to treat us to another of his beauties.  This is Bill's 1/48 Hasegawa Ar 234B-2 Blitz complete with stunning cockpit detail and beautifully done canopy framing rivets.  Amazing stuff Bill.....I sure would love to see your display case one day.


I have a review of the new 1/48 F-14D Tomcat VF-31 Last Pac Tomcat decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.


I have a review of the new 1/48 SH-60 Seahawk Canopy & Wheel Hub Painting Masks from Black Magic Painting Masks


I have a review of the new 1/48 Hurricane Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal.

Monday,  May 2005      

The server machine for the ARC forums was very slow this morning.  I checked the machine and it was running fine, so I suspect the problem was due to the increased load as the traffic on ARC and especially as the traffic levels on the ARC forums continues to climb.  I will see if the problem persists and if it does I will explore options, but the options aren't cheap or easy, so I don't want to rush into this, but if there is a need.... I will make the necessary changes.

With the server overload this morning I got curious so I went to the http://www.alexa.com website to check traffic ratings for various websites.  Here's what I found....#1 is the busiest site on the net

  • Yahoo.com  #1

  • Google.com  #3

  • Microsoft.com #9

  • ARC  #43,200

  • Modeling Madness   #114,116

  • Hyperscale   #118,592

  • Fine Scale Modeler   # 211,686

  • IPMS USA   # 277,001

  • Internet Modeler    #447,122

Considering these numbers.....I now understand why the ARC Forums server was so slow this morning.  It's good to see ARC is now solidly the #1 aircraft modelling website.  Thank-you everyone for making ARC #1!!!


Pierre Greutert....ARC's most intense detail scratchbuilder is here with his latest artwork.  This is his 1/32 Revell F-4E Cockpit Part 1 of 4.  Amazing detail as always Pierre.  I'm speechless....which according to my wife is very rare.  ;-D 


Mike Reeves is here with his 1/48 Monogram TBD-1 Devastator.  Mike did an excellent job on this famous USN bomber.....including exhaust stains and weathering and engine detail. 


Mike Grant has gone beyond the regular building standards and completed a stunning 1/35 Trumpeter SA-2 Guideline Missile on Transporter.  Good grief....wait until you see the photos of this one up close.....talk about perfection in weathering. 


Ivan Rich with  IPMS-St. Louis has dropped by the ARC Corporate offices with his beautifully done 1/48 ProModeler Ju-87R-2 Stuka.  Ivan.....your Stuka rocks!!!....I love the big white Rhino artwork on the engine cowling.  


I have a review of the new 1/32 Flying Tigers Big Mouth Big Mouths' F-16C Block 40 Part 1 from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  No doubt about it....F-16 with connections to the legendary Flying Tigers has me quite interested.


I have a review of the new 1/48 H-21 Flying Banana Canopy & Wheel Hub Painting Masks from Black Magic Painting Masks


I have a review of the new 1/48 P-40K-5/Kittyhawk III model kit from AMtech. This kit includes RAAF and US markings for 4 aircraft and a resin tail from Black Box.  The panel line detail is delicate recessed lines.

Sunday,  May 1  2005                May Day  Labour Day
Anniversary of first engagement of Argentine Airforce in Malvinas / Falklands War (1982)

Giuseppe Santaromita starts today with his 1/72 Premier Embraer T-27 Tucano in sharks mouth markings for the by Fuerza Aerea del Peru.  A neat  looking aircraft.


Polly Singh is here with his 1/72 Academy F-14 B Tomcat in markings for everyones favourite F-14 squadron....VF 84 “Jolly Rogers”.  Polly gave his F-14 all the proper weathering.