Homepage Text - June 2008

Monday,   June 30  2008 

No update today.  I was busy all Sunday celebrating my daughter's birthday and didn't have much of a chance to get an update done for today.

Sunday,   June 29  2008 

Serge Dompierre is here with one of my favourite 109's.  This the 1/48 Hobbycraft Me-109 E4 in the markings for Major Adolph Galland in Aug of 1940 during the peak of the BOB.  A excellent looking yellow nosed 109. 

Saturday,   June 28  2008 

Yun Chong begins today with his first article on ARC.  This is Yun's 1/72 Tamiya General Dynamics F-16 which is built out of the box with very good results.  I like how this F-16 looks and I hope to see more of Yun's models on ARC in the future.   

Adam Bates is here with a very well done 1/48 Tamiya DeHavilland Mosquito Mk.XIII Night Fighter.  This particular Mosquito is an RCAF aircraft and Adam used his new airbrush on it with flawless results.  It looks like Adam is hooked on airbrushing.  Beautiful job Adam.  

Friday,   June 27  2008

  Djibouti National Day 

Baran Cakmak joins us from sunny Turkey to get things started today with his 1/28 Revell Fokker DR 1.  Baran built his Dr 1 mostly out of the box with the exception of some very well done and effective engine detailing. 

Vasilis Dimitropoulos is here from Greece with his 1/72 Italeri/Tamiya Ju88 C6.  Vasilis has a very special Ju-88 here today.  This one has a nose full of guns for a frontal attack......but the nose cone is painted to look like a glass nose of a bomber.  Vasilis added extra detailing and a first class winter camo paint job.  

Jacey Guo has taken the older 1/48 Revell F-5E and finished it off in the attractive markings of a USMC adversary jet complete with a desert camo scheme.  I do like how it turned out.   

Allan Yeats has done a fantastic job on his 1/48 ICM Spitfire VIII.  This kit has a loyal following despite it's shortcomings, but Allan finished it off with style in the markings for a weathered Spitfire in Burma.

Laurent “Angus” Beauvais is here to blow you away with his 1/48 Revell Mil Mi-24 D late.  Laurent did endless improvements to his Czech Hind and finished it off in a cool looking Tiger camo.  Sit back and enjoy....this is quite the model.  

David C S Teo is here with his sharp looking 1/144 Minicraft SQ B777-200.  David did this kit justice and ended up with a fine looking model in the livery for Singapore Airlines.   

Thursday,   June 26  2008

 Madagascar Independence Day 

A note from Two Mikes Resin....
Two Mikes Resin set up and running, we are now officially open for business!! Our first four products are now available for secure ordering on www.twomikesresin.com  Its been a long and bumpy road getting everything lined up and ready to go so this is a very exciting day for us!!  We have actually had the links on for the last two days with no announcements whatsoever and have already had several orders processed and shipped.  We also have a lot more coming in the very near future that are in works.   We are also going to be vending at the IPMS USA National Convention in Virginia Beach this August. We will be teamed up with Two Bobs in the same booth. Feel free to stop in and see us!!
Thanks for all of the support and assistance offered during this long road. We truly appreciate it and look forward to offering more and more products in the coming months.

The Two Mikes Team

Zotz Decals has a sneak peek at an Italian F-16 decal sheet that is in the works.  This new decal sheet will be available in 3 scales. 

Tudor Gheorghiu has done an exceptional job detailing his 1/48 Tamiya Focke Wulf Fw 190D-9.  Tudor added Aires resin detail items and I must say the finished Dora looks fantastic and detail rich.  

Guy Wilson has  worked hard to get his 1/32 Tamiya F-15E Strike Eagle looking like a real Strike Eagle.  Guy paid close attention to detailing and painting an weathering and his F1-15 looks exactly like the real jet.   

Agnieszka Kuś is here from Poland with her latest models.  Today she has a series of 5 1/48 Academy Hughes 500 paint in a variety of paint schemes from different countries.  Agnieszka has provides quite the colourful selcetion of Hughes 500's for you to enjoy that she did a very nice job on.   

Shawn "Phantom" Weiler is here with his 106th  Phantom model.  This is Shawn's 1/48 Hasegawa RF-4E done in markings that I find doubly attractive.  Not only is this jet in Luftwaffe markings......but it's also in Tiger markings. Shawn gave it his usual care and attention to complete this one in it's multi-shade camo scheme.  

Ray Hemenway has dropped by with another of his eye catching WW1 fighters.  This is Ray's 1/28 Revell Spad XIII finished and display with a  figure of Eddie Rickenbaker to resemble a vintage photo from WW1.     

I have a review of the new  1/72 or 1/48 British Phantom Stencil decal sheet from AirDOC (Aircraft Documents).  This decal sheet from AirDOC includes Stencils for the Tactical grey/green and the all grey Air Defence Camouflage.

I have a review of the new  1/72 Spitfire Mk IX Floatplane conversion set by AMC Models from UMM-USAUMM-USA is run by John Vojtech.....the master modeller and IPMS Nationals winner with his AC-130 and B-2 stealth bomber models.  

Wednesday,   June 25  2008

  Croatia Independence Day 

  Mozambique Independence Day 

  Slovenia National Day 

LuckyModel.Com is having their 5th Anniversary Sale from now until June 30.  Check out the latest Lucky Model  newsletter for all the details.

Marko Skukan dropped by the ARC Corporate offices in Croatia with part 1 of his article on his Part I 1/48 Hasegawa F-16I Sufa conversion.  Today Marko shows how he detailed the wheelbays and canopy on his F-16I.  This F-16 will be loaded with much scratchbuilding and aftermarket detail items.

Michael Ezat has been busy adding detail to his 1/48 Tamiya A1 Skyraider.  Michael chose to add wingfolds and a full weapons load before he finished his Skyraider in colourful markings and a full weathering job.  Michael captured the look of the Skyraider very well.   

Marcus Brown has taken detailing of 1/144 kits to a new level.  Marcus scratchbuilt various cockpit parts for his 1/144 Platz Fw 190D.  He also corrected various detail inaccuracies on the kit and displayed the canopy in the open position to show off the super detailing in the cockpit.  It's amazing what you can do in 1/144.   

Franz Galli has done a lovely job on his 1/72 Italeri BAE Hawk Mk.100.  Franz dropped the flaps and finished it off with Royal Australian Air Force markings.  Gotta' love those Roo markings.   

Thierry Jacques is here with his very good looking 1/72 Pavla Dewoitine D510.  Thierry built this limited run kit with great skill to produce quite a fine model of this classic French fighter.  I really do like how it turned out.    

Here's the latest on my Triumph GT6 restoration.  This boring little article deals with the repairing and improving the GT6 Mk3 Windshield Wiper Switch.  This article gives you a taste of what effort and frustration is involved in replacing a part that was discontinued 25 years ago.

Tuesday,  June 24  2008

  Order of Malta - St. John's Day 

  • MAW Decals is having a sale!!!  Starting immediately select decals will be up to 45% off. This sale will last through the weekend and prices will go back normal.  Now is your chance to get those sheets you have been holding out for. Check their products pages to see what the deals are. http://www.mawdecals.com/decals.html

Cyril Worley joins us from Malta on this special day with his 1/24 Trumpeter Spitfire Mk Vb.  Cyril has a well deserved reputation for being a first class modeller and this highly detailed Spitfire continues to confirm that fact.  Wow you will not believe the level of detail in this Spitfire.   

Carmel John Attard also joins us from Malta with his 1/72 Khee-Kha Art Products Bellanca Skyrocket.  This is a flawlessly built vacuformed limited run kit of a planes used in Alaska.....and if you look at the photos you will see they were taken in St Paul's Bay, Malta.     

Daniel PerezVertti is showing his love of the F-16 with his spot on 1/48 Tamiya F-16CG.  Daniel put much effort into his F-16 from the scratch built scab plates to the weathering job and careful painting inside the exhaust can and full weapons load.  F-16 models don't get any better than this.

Kep Ar  joins dropped by the ARC offices in Patagonia, Chile with this highly detailed 1/72 Italeri AS 332 F-1 Cougar.  Kep added Eduard Photo etch along with plenty of scratchbuilding to create this special little Chilean Navy Helicopter.  Then finished it off with two AM 39 Exocet missiles.....it doesn't get much cooler than that.  

Rafi Ben-Shahar is here with one of my favourite Fw-190's.  This is his 1/48 Kitbash Focke Wulf Fw 190S-8.  Rafi used his usual attention to detail to create this trainer in fine style.  I don't know why but I always enjoy seeing two seaters.  

I have a review of the new  1/48 F-18A,C paint mask/Plugs Set for Revell/ Monogram kit from Leading Edge Models.  These new paint mask and plug sets are setting a whole new standard for painting masks.

I have a review of the new  1/72 resin Folland Gnat FO-141 resin model kit  from  Pro Resin.  This model kit includes markings for RAF and early Indian Air force versions.....if you build British jets then this kit is well worth looking at.

Monday,   June 23  2008
Luxembourg - National Day and Official Birthday
  of H.R.H. the Grand Duke Jean 

Albert Moore gets this week fired up in fine style with his 1/72 Hasegawa Mil Mi-24 Hind.  Ably built this beauty mostly out of the box and finished in in the attractive desert camo with Ethiopian Air Force markings.    

Daniele Dotti has done a lovely job building t his 1/72 Hasegawa Focke-Wulf Ta154V-3.  Daniele added masking tape seatbelts and other details to improve on the kit details.  I must say it is a treat seeing how well this one turned out.  

Ryan Turgeon joins us with his first article on ARC.  This is Ryan's 1/48 Italeri F-15 that he put quite a bit of effort into with help form folks on the ARC Forums.  welcome to ARC Ryan!!!!     

John Garis has done an exceptional job on his 1/72 Special Hobby Martin Baltimore MkIV.  John finished his Baltimore in Hellenic (Greek) Air Force markings as it looked during WW2.   John has some amazing photos of his model including some spectacular sunset photos.   

John Krukowski is here with his first article on ARC.  This is John's 1/72 Airfix P-51B Mustang that he rebuilt from a sorry state into this flawless looking Mustang in the markings of Don Gentile’s “Shangri-La”.  Read John's article to understand the effort he put into his Mustang.  Welcome to ARC John!!!

I have a review of the new  1/48 F/A-18A/B Aussie Hornets decal sheet from Afterburner Decals.  This decal sheet features 8 different Australian F/A-18 Hornets.

I have a review of the new  1/72 or 1/48 or 1/32 or 1/24 Albatros DIII Vol 2 decal sheet from Spada Decals.  This decal sheet features 4 different German Albatros DIII's from WW1.

Sunday,   June 22  2008

  Russia - The Invasion of Russia 

Zac Yates joins us with his first article on ARC.  This is Zac's very nicely done 1/48 Hasegawa P-40M finished off in the markings for a WW2 RNZAF from WW2.  Zac captured the look of this Kiwi P-40 in all it's glory including noseart.  Welcome to ARC Zac!!!  

Peter Kormos has been busy getting his in-flight 1/72 Hasegawa MDD F-4D Phantom looking like the real jet taking off.  I like the way Peter did the intake turbines and the runway......very creative approach that gives quite effective results.  The whole diorama is simply stunning.  

Saturday,   June 21  2008 
Serge Dompierre takes you back in time to the late '50's with his 1/48 Tamiya Douglas F4D-1 SkyraySerge added a full weapons load on his and the bright colours of the period to finish his USMC Skyray.

Friday,   June 20  2008 
I've been busy this week working on my backyard.  Mini excavators were busy for half a day on Wednesday digging out the areas for the patio and walkways.  They removed 10 yards of rock hard soil.  I'm now turning my attention to designing and then installing the sprinkler system.  Due to lack of funds I'm doing as much of the work myself which really does slow down the project.  My kids getting out of school in 1 week has added pressure to the mix as they anticipate me setting up the $300 above ground pool.  :-D  

Alex Kontiveis dropped by the ARC Corporate offices in Greece with his 1/24 Trumpeter Fw190 D-9 Dora.  Alex and his exceptional modelling skills are well known on ARC and this Fw-190 Dora is quite well done.  Alex did much scratch building on his Dora and explains how he figured out the camo colours.   

Dennis Brackett is here with a different look at scale aviation.  These are his very realistic looking in-flight 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18F, 1/144 Dragon F/A-18E Super Hornets that were inspired by Dennis seeing the real jets fly in training missions.   

Niels Peter Henning has been building building the big 1/32 Revell AH-64A Apache.  Niels took advantage of the big scale of this kit and added extra detail to those areas on a chopper to show detail very well such and the rotors and the chainguns etc.  I love how it turned out and very nice photos as well.  

Gonzalo D. Mendoza is here with his story of building his 1/??? Boeing 767.  I found Gonzalo's article to be an light hearted enjoyable read.  

Zotz Decals has a preview of their 1/48 SAAB J35F J Draken decal sheet on their site.  This decal sheet features 4 different Drakens with colourful schemes and or markings.

I have a review of the new  1/32 F-15 Gunfighters decal sheet from Afterburner Decals.  This new decal sheet includes markings for 4 different 1/48 F-15E's with 366th FW "Gunfighters" Mountain Home AFB. 

Albert Moore is here with a review of the 1/48 Heavy Haulers decal sheet from MAW DecalsThis decal sheet features 2 different Ch-53's in different color schemes including one with digital camo on the tail.

Thursday,   June 19  2008 

Deun Yu starts your Thursday with his 1/72 Revell F-22A Raptor.  The most difficult part of building an F-22 is to get the paint job right and I do like how Deun did his paint job.  He explains his techniques in his article.   

Brian Pruitt has been busy building his vacuform 1/72 Formaplane UC-64 Noorduyn Norseman.  Brian had to do a fair bit of scratchbuilding to create his Norseman and he tells about some of the notable events involving the Norseman including the disappearance of big band leader Glen Miller.

Chee Hong Wong joins us with his excellent looking 1/48 Italeri F-14D.  Chee Hong started with the Italeri F-14B kit and converted it to an F-14D with much scratchbuilding and effort.  Chee Hong then finished off this F-14D with a beautifully done paint job. 

Tudor Gheorghiu has done a flawless job on his 1/48 Hasegawa Focke Wulf Fw 190A-4.  This Fw-190 is wearing the winter camo scheme which is a favourite of mine and Tudor gave it just the right amount of weathering.  

Wednesday,   June 18  2008 

Barbara Cornelissen is here for the first time on ARC.  This is her 1/72 Academy Fieseler FI.156 Storch and I must say she did one very impressive job on the complicated camo job in his tiny Storch.  I'm pleased to feature Barbara's Storch on the ARC homepage and I look forward to seeing more of her work on ARC in the future.  Welcome to ARC Barbara!!!   

Shawn "Phantom" Weiler has been busy building more Phantoms and today he is here with Two Hasegawa Phantoms.  I really must compliment Sean on his collection of Phantoms and these 2 are both very sharp looking.     

Pablo Calcaterra has done a stunning job on his bare metal 1/48 Hasegawa P-51D.  This blue nosed Mustang is George Preddy a Last Cripes  A’Mighty and Pablo captured the look of this aircraft very well.   

Claudio Moura joins us with his 1/72 PJ Products Meteor F.4 finished off in the blue and white markings of Argentina.  Claudio did  a very nice job on this Meteor.   

Zotz Decals has a preview of their new 1/32 P-51B Mustang in the ETO - Part 2 decal sheet .   This sheet includes markings for two U.S. Mustangs including the 2 famous Mustangs "Shangri-La" and "Ding Ho" flown by 2 famous American Aces.

I have a review of the new  1/48 F-16 Air National Guard Viper Wing Kings decal sheet from Afterburner Decals.  This new decal sheet includes markings for 12 different 1/48 F-16's from 10 different states as well as the District of Columbia.  

I have a review of the new  1/72 or 1/48 or 1/32 or 1/24 Albatros DIII Vol 1 decal sheet from Spada Decals.  This decal sheet includes markings for 4 different Albatros DIII in service with the Germany in 1917 during WW1.  

Tuesday,   June 17  2008

  Iceland Anniversary of the Establishment of the Republic 

LuckyModel.Com is having their 5th Anniversary Sale from now until June 30.  Check out the latest Lucky Model  newsletter for all the details.

Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos from TwobobsThese F-15 photos were taken by Wally Van Winkle and include quite a few photos with noseart. 

Petit James is here with his 1/48 Esci Skyhawk A-4C.  James started with an A-4E kit and used a KMC conversion set to complete his model.  He finished it off in an attractive camo scheme of the Argentine Air Force.  

Dennis Djou has done a marvelous job building and finishing his 1/48 Tamiya F4U Corsair.  I really enjoyed seeing how well the paint job came out on this one and the noseart just comes the model perfectly.  

Andreas Sunarso has done a wonderful job capturing the look of a battle damaged 1/420 USS Defiant.  Andreas didn't have the easiest time building his USS Defiant but he stuck with it and the finished model shows the effort was worth it.  

Claudio Moura put quite a bit of effort into this 1/72 ICM Polikarpov I-16 RATA.  Detail was added to the interior and exterior to this I-16 and finished it off with weathering and Eduard decals.   

Zotz Decals has a preview of one of their three new decal sheets.  Today's preview is a 1/32 P-51B Mustang in the ETO - Part 1 that includes 3 planes including one with sexy noseart.

Alby Moore is here with a review of the new 1/48 CH-53 Sea Stallion Walkways decal sheet from MAW Decals.

I have a review of the new  1/32 CAF CF-18 441 Sqn D-Day 50th Anniversary decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.  This decal sheet includes a choice of two Cf-18's that wore the D-Day stripes and you also get painting masks to assist with the D-Day stripes and false canopy.   

Monday,   June 16  2008 
No reviews today, I was busy on Fathers Day with my kids.

Rafi Ben-Shahar starts today with his 1/48 Tamiya Swordfish floats.  Rafi has captured the complex look of the Swordfish very will with this first class kit.  Rafi's models are always a treat to see due to their high level of quality.  

Yuval Kizner is here with an exceptional 1/72 Italeri TU-22 KDP.  Yuval put a large number of hours and much effort into correcting every part of this model to improve the accuracy of his finished Tu-22.  I'm very impressed how well this model turned out......it looks very realistic.

Kep Ar joins us from down south in Chile with his 1/72 Revel H-34 Seabat.  Kep did some extra work on this chopper to make it more accurate to the actual Chilean Navy Helicopter it depicts.  I sure do enjoy seeing aircraft form different countries. 

Sean McDermott has been busy going all out on his 1/32 Tamiya F-4S Phantom.  Sean used  a variety of aftermarket goodies including Twobobs weapons decals to get all the details correct on his Phantom which excellent results.  

Sunday,   June 15  2008

Happy Fathers Day 

Today is Father's day and I'll be enjoying a British car show that is a tradition on Fathers Day in my city.  In the afternoon I'll be going with  my daughters to the new Kung Fu Panda movie.  Get out and visit your Dad and if you are a Dad....relax......spend time with your kids and enjoy. 

Patrick Vossenberg has been busy getting the paint job and weathering right on his 1/48 Revell OA-37B Dragonfly.  I liked the painting techniques Patrick explains in his article that he used on his Dragonfly.   

Binding Leo joins us from Germany with a very nicely weathered 1/48 Tamiya Mitsubish J2M3.  Binding built his Raiden ("Jack")  out of the box and gave it some careful  weathering to get that realistic look. 

Thierry Dekker is here with his Curtiss P-40N-20 artwork.   

Saturday,   June 14  2008
United Kingdom - Official Celebration of the 
Birthday of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II (1926)

Daniele Dotti starts today's update with a very attractive 1/72 Hasegawa Hurricane Mk.1.  This Hurricane was built out of the box with very good results.  I'm pleased to say that there will be more models from Daniele in the future on ARC.   

Yves Lelievre is here for the first time with a very rare aircraft.  This 1/72 Marivox Saab 105 O is finished in Austrian markings and a very well done paint job.  Welcome to ARC Yves!!!

Friday,   June 13  2008 
My apologies for not updating the homepage yesterday.  I updated it on my computer, but forgot to upload it.

Serge Dompierre gets things started today with his very well done 1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk.vB Trop.  Serge finished his Spitfire with some aftermarket seatbelts and chose the markings for Canadian ace  George Buzz Burling  on Malta fame.  

Dennis Djou is here with his just completed 1/48 Hasegawa F-18F.  Dennis used a very good and interesting pre-shading technique that is a twist on the usual way pf pre-shading.  Dennis got some very good results from his pre-shading and weathering and he then finished off hit Superbug with Twobobs decals.   

Ray Hemenway joins us with his fine looking 1/28 Revell Sopwith Camel.  This is a specpial little Camel and Ray made his own markings to finish it off.   

June 12  2008

  Philippines Independence Day 

  Russia National Day 

No update today.  I've been busy doing behind the scenes stuff on ARC most of Wednesday and this lingering cold isn't helping any. 

Wednesday,   June 11  2008 
I've added a new website to the ARC links pages.  It is Scale Rotors, a new online community dedicated to building scale helicopter models.

Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos from TwobobsThese F/A-18C photos were taken by Corey Plocher and these photos show a huge amount of weathering and dirt. 

Juergen Klinglhuber begins your mid-week updates with this stunning 1/72 Academy Consolidated PBY-5.  WOW......the PBY is beautifully done, but the water has to be seen to be believed.  It looks so realistic.  Amazing.   

Heinrich Spangenberg is here with his eye catching 1/48 Hobby Boss Mirage III CZ.  South Africa operates some great looking aircraft and Heinrich's Mirage is a fine example of the beautiful aircraft that wear South African markings.  

Gabriel Stern is here to raise your eye brows with his Scratch-built 1/72 Gallaudet A-1 Bullet.  This little known and somewhat flawed design from the early days of aviation features a rotary engine and pusher prop on the tail.  Gabriel's articles will give you a good chuckle as you read about his model.

Jeroen Berkvens joins us from sunny Holland with an articles dedicated to his new son.  This is Jeroen's 1/48 Hasegawa F6F5 Hellcat finished in the markings of an American ace.  No doubt about it......Jeroen found this kit to be a treat to build and the finished model looks very nice indeed.  Congratulations on your new son Jeroen!!!   

I have a review of the new 1/72 or 1/48 British Phantom (RAF in Germany) decal sheet from AirDOC (Aircraft Documents).  This decal sheet features 40 different RAF Phantoms that served in Germany.  

Tuesday,   June 10  2008

  Portugal National Day 

  Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia  Army Day 

Dragan Cvetic begins today  with his 1/72 Zvezda Suhoj Su-25.  Dragan added aftermarket resin detail items and finished it off in a great looking camo scheme.  Dragan shot his photos with the model sitting on the wing of a full sized Su-25. 

Brian Pruitt is here with 3 aircraft that fought in the Pacific during WW2.  These are Brian's 1/72 Hasegawa A6M5, Dragon Wildcat, Academy Corsair, which Brian displayed very effectively in a  shadow box.  

Pablo Calcaterra is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Lancaster Dambuster.  The Lancaster in this article was rebuilt after many years of neglect after it was originally built.  Pablo has focused on the little talked about Canadian contribution to this RAF raid. 

Alan Williamson is here with a  little taste of Armour.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya U.S Tank Destroyer M10 with quite the well done weathering job.

I have a review of the new  1/72 or 1/48 or 1/32 or 1/24 French Bearcat decal sheet from Spada Decals.  This decal sheet gives you the option to build 2 of 27 different aircraft.   

I have a review of the new  1/32 resin F-100 Super Sabre Intake Correction kit from Zactomodels.  If you're building the 1/32 F-100....then this resin intake is a must have.  

Monday,   June 9  2008 
I'm pleased to welcome a new ARC sponsor today  They are Jammydog and they specialize in micro size masking tapeCheck out the masking job on the Starship Enterprise on their website.  I'm very excited about their product line and I think you will be too. 
Here's what they have to say about themselves.....
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This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Click here to read the latest from Twobobs.  Bob has news about the 2008 Nationals Twobobs Hospitality Suite as well as a new Tiger Meet of the Americas F-16 sheet that is in the works.  Check out the images of this one!!  Even the ladder is in Tiger Meet markings!!!

Stephen Hall is back with his second article on ARC.  This nicely done 1/72 Revell Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-10 is Stephen's second model in 30 years and I do admit I'm enjoying watching his progress as he re-enters the hobby and has some fun.  Keep it up Stephen.....it's all about having fun.

Eduardo Cruz ("Carioca") is here to show you his Boeing 737-900ER Cruzeiro.  Eduardo did quite a bit of cutting and scratchbuilding to create his "what-if" airliner and he details the build in photos from start to finish.  I do like how it turned out, but blue and white always looks good.  

Mark Littrell has completed his tiny 1/144 Minicraft B-17G.   This tiny Bomber matches a bigger B-17 Mark built for a group build and in his article he talks about building this tiny kit was well as showing you how it looks next to his 1/48 B-17.

Alan Williamson has been busy enjoying himself building the 1/48 Tamiya Republic P-47D.  Alan added some extra goodies as he usually does and finished off his Jug in the  fine style he is well known for.

I have a review of the new  1/32 Voyager Model Ju-87 Resin wheels from Sprue Bros.  This resin sets gives you 2 treaded tires and 2 smooth tires for your 1/32 Ju-87.

I have a review of the new  1/32 F-18A,B,C,D paint masking set from Leading Edge Models.  This is a very complete paint masking set that covers the F-18 A,B,C & D's.  This masking set has raised the bar on masking sets.

Sunday,   June 8  2008 
No update today.....I'm now at day three of a bad cold and my energy levels are pretty low.

Saturday,   June 7  2008

  Yorktown sunk  - US Carrier Yorktown sunk (1942) 

Terry Price starts today with his marvelous looking 1/48 Eduard F6F-3 Hellcat.  Terry build his Hellcat OOB with excellent results.  

Dairo Sánchez is here with something different.  This is his 1/35 Tamiya Mutt 151 A2 complete with all the accessories needed for a diorama.  This particular vehicle is a USMC TOW launcher.  Nicely done Dario.    

Thierry Dekker is here with his profile artwork of the Nakajima KI-43 II Kai artwork

Friday,   June 6  2008

  Sweden National Day 

D-Day - Allied Landings in France in 1944

LuckyModel.Com is having their 5th Anniversary Sale from now until June 30.  Check out the latest Lucky Model  newsletter for all the details.

I've added a link to the Pelikan Guys Remini website to the ARC links pages.  This is a new Italian modelling site that includes a model Gallery section as well as walkarounds of Italian aircraft.  http://www.pelikanguys.it

Björn Bäcklund starts this special Swedish update with his two 1/72 Airfix Sk 61's.  Both of these little aircraft have quite the colourful paint schemes.    

Thomas Olsson is here with something very special.  This is his carefully done 1/72 Airfix Swedish Mosquito in a very well done diorama base with figures, equipment and a ladder.  Thomas captured the look of this Swedish Mosquito very well and I must admit I like seeing the Mosquito in Swedish markings.   

Björn Bäcklund is back with his sporty looking 1/72 A-models Pitts S2.  This little bi-plane was painted in the markings of a Swedish airline.   

Björn Bäcklund has been very busy with his neat looking 1/72 Airfix Sk 14 conversion.  Björn started with the N.A. Harvard from Airfix and reworked most of it to create his little Swedish trainer.  I almost can't believe Björn stuck with it and managed to get this one done.  

Björn Bäcklund did a fine job on his 1/72 Airfix Piper Cherokee.  Björn  painted in in SAS markings....SAS flying club that is.  I like how it turned out.   

Björn Bäcklund is here with a rare Swedish plane.  this is his very well done  1/72 KP Nord N.C.701. Björn was very creative in the base he made complete with a map to show the purpose of this aircraft.  

Björn Bäcklund joins us with two of his Swedish airliners.  These are his 1/144 Minicraft Douglas Dc-6 and DC-6B.  One is in a silver finish and both look excellent.   

Björn Bäcklund finishes his models today with something very special.  This is his 1/72 Revell Junkers Ju 52/3m floatplane.   Björn put quite a bit of effort into this floatplane with very good results in the end.  

I have a review of the new  1/72 or 1/48 or 1/32 Luftwaffe RF-4E Phantom II - Part 2 decal sheet from AirDOC (Aircraft Documents)This decal sheet features 16 different Luftwaffe RF-4E Phantom II including interesting ,markings and one with a sharks mouth and another with a flame paint job on the drop tanks.

Thursday,   June 5  2008

  Denmark Constitutional Day 

  Seychelles Liberation Day 

  • XXIII Exposición y Concurso del IPMS Mar del Plata - Argentina June 6, 7 and 8 - 2008.  As the oldest model group in Argentina with continuous activity, they will open their doors and friendship to all modelers.
  • CAMS 20th Show, back from the deluge !  Saturday, June 7, 2008  Fredericton, New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Capital Area Modelers Society, 20th Anniversary Spring Classic Show and Competition  Click here for all the info

I was saddened to learn of the news that Filipino scale modeler and ARC'er Rico "Forge" Maula  passed away 2 days ago (June 3) from a stroke.  Rico is known for his great modeling skills and was always helping Filipino scale modelers.  He has a number of contributions on ARC, particularly with the Edy Ong collection series.  My thanks to Tony Feredo for telling me this sad news.

Lee Siew Keong is here with his fantastic looking 1/48 Tamiya Heinkel He 219.  This He-219 took months to complete and after seeing photos of the camo paint job and weathering, it looks like the months of work was well worth it. 

OISHI is here with another of his masterpieces.  This is his 1/48 Academy F-15E built out of the box with a stunning paint and shaded weathering.......you've got to have a look at the paint job on this F-15E.   

Jeremias Nicolas Luchina has been busy building and detailing his 1/48 Aconcagua Embraer Tucano.  This is a limited run kit with very good detail and Jeremias got it looking perfect.   

Flanker is here to show you his technique for Weathering with the Tamiya Weathering Master.  I am quite impressed by the results from this technique. 

Radek Lhotsky is here with a  review of the 1/72 Czechoslovak Liberators decal sheet from REVI decals.  This decal sheet features 7 different Liberators. 

Wednesday,   June 4  2008

  Battle of Midway (1942)  

Ian Buick fires things off today with some of his photos of the outstanding work on display at the recent Scottish Nationals, Perth 08.  No doubt about it, there's some serious talent that attended this show.   

Serge Dompierre has done an exceptionally nice job building and finishing his1/48 Dragon Ju-88 C-6 night fighter.  This has got to be one of the more attractive camo colours worn by the Ju-88. 

Jean-Charles GODDET is here with his very colourful  1/72 Hasegawa F/A18F Super Hornet in VFA-102 Diamondback markings.  Jean-Charles got his Super Hornet looking right and what a great looking jet this is. 

Richard Elman had a few mis-haps building his 1/48 Tamiya Beaufighter Mk.VI Nightfighter but he prevailed in the end and ended up with a fine looking Beaufighter.  I quite enjoyed seeing the noseart on Richard's nightfighter.   

Gabriel Stern is here to get you pondering aviation history.  This is his Scratch-built 1/72 Fokker V.42 seaplane-glider.  No doubt about this is an odd design and I quickly understand why it never went into mass production.  Nicely done Gabriel   

I have a review of the new  1/48 VFA-102 Diamondbacks 2005-2007 decal sheet from Afterburner Decals.  This decal sheet features 6 different jets. 

I have a review of the new  1/72 CAF CF-18 441 Sqn D-Day 50th Anniversary decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.  This sheet features 2 different CF-188's in D-Day Anniversary markings.

Tudor Gheorghiu is here with an Inbox Preview 1/48 Hasegawa Junkers Ju 87G-2 Stuka.  

Tuesday,   June 3  2008 

Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos from TwobobsThese F-16 photos were taken by Mike Long and include mostly colourful artwork. 

Michael Presley is here with a stunning 1/48 Lindberg Lockheed Vega.  Michael did a masterful job on this historic aircraft and he details the history of this fascination aircraft as well as all the work he put in to getting his model right.  Grab a coffee or cup of tea and enjoy the article. 

Graham Howe has put much effort into his 1/48 Italeri Thunderbolt A-10.  Graham added an Eduard cockpit set as well as an exterior set to improve on the kit detail and he finished it off with special anniversary markings with impressive results.  

Eric Tutskey joins us with his first article on ARC.  This is immaculately done 1/72 Academy KC-97L. in all it's glory.  Eric doesn't own an airbrush but you'd never know that from looking at his flawless KC-97L.  Welcome to ARC Eric!!!   

Darren Crull has done a marvelous job building and detailing his 1/48 Revell (Monogram) AH-64 Apache.  Darren has a passion for the Apache and you'll see that when you have a look at the scratchbuilt engine he made for his AH-64.  I really liked how this one turned out.  

Yiannis Ladopoulos is here with a Tools 'n' Tips article on Aluminium Foil for Jet engine exhausts.  Yiannis is a skilled modeller and his technique in this article is well worth having a look at.  

I have a review of the new 1/32 F-100D Super Sabre decal sheet from CAM Decals.  This decal sheet features one F-100D Super Sabre with the 120thnd Tactical Fighter Squadron with the Colorado ANG.

Radek Lhotskyis here with a review of the new 1/72 Deutsche Uber Der Wuste decal sheet from Rising Decals.  This decal sheet features Bf-109's, Bf-110's and an Fw-190 all in desert camo. 

Monday,   June 2  2008

 Italy National Day

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Click here to read the latest from Twobobs.  This weeks newsletter includes news of some upcoming Tiger Meet F-16 decals as well as some WILD looking "Grave Digger" F-16 decals. 

Giovanni Chirico joins us from sunny warm Sicily on Italy's National Day with his 1/72 Italeri Fiat Cr.42 Falco.  Giovanni built his little Italian fighter OOB with a bit of careful detailing to improve upon the kit details with very good results. 

Busolini Massimo is also here to honour Italy on her National Day with his 1/48 Tamiya F-84G Thunderjet.    Busolini finished his F-84 in Italian markings with some very effective weathering techniques including using different clear coats with different level of shine for various panels on his jet.  With fantastic results.

Jean Pierre CULIS-FERY joins us with his 1/48 Nakajima Ki-27.   Jean Pierre added extra detailing in a  few areas in his Ki-27 and I must say the engine detail looks very good.  The markings for this Ki-27 are quite unique. 

Kevin Luo is here with his first article on ARC.  this is Kevin's 1/72 Academy F-16CJ/CG.  Kevin was very careful about getting the details right on his F-16 as you'll see in his article and I was quite impressed with his the camo paint job and weathering turned out.  

Sunday,   June 1  2008

  Mexico Navy Day 

 Western Samoa Independence Celebration Day

Fernando I. Moreno Villa begins this special Mexican update with his article about his recent visit to the Museo Histórico Naval de Veracruz.  Fernando starts off with a bit of history then show you some of the excellent models on display at this wonderful museum in Veracruz.

Carlos Arvizú had an enjoyable time building his 1/72 Hasegawa Dauntless.  Carlos built his Dauntless out of the box and finished with with aftermarket decals in Mexican markings.  Nice one Carlos.   

Ricardo Castellanos built the classic 1/48 Monogram C-47 FAM.  Ricardo chose markings for the Fuerza Aerea Mexicana from the 1980's for his great looking transport plane.

Ricardo Castellanos joins us with 3 of his 1/48 Monogram AT-6s.  Ricardo has included 3 different paint schemes in his article for these 3 models.  And of course all 3 of these beauties are in Mexican markings.