Homepage Text - July 2014

Thursday, July 31  2014 
WW1 Events - July 31 1914 - 
  • Germany warns Russia to stop mobilizing. 
  • Russia says mobilization is against Austria-Hungary only.

Andrea Pomettini did quite the nice job building, detailing and finishing the 1/72 Revell Albatros D.III.  Andrea scratchbuilt some foil seatbelts, reposition the control surfaces on the tail and more.  This WW1 fighter had a wooden fuselage and Andrea did a stunning job creating the wood look on the fuselage.  This one is a beauty from every angle...enjoy the photos.

Lucian Capraru is here with something special you don't see often.  This is the 1/35 Trumpeter S-75M finished in Romanian markings and mounted on it's launching base ready for action.  Lucian modified the model to improve the accuracy and I must say the finished missile looks excellent.

Franck Oudin did some wonderful extra work and used aftermarket sets and decals to make his stunning 1/32 Revell Bf-109 G-4 Trop.  Franck chose a desert camo and them added full weathering to get the perfect look.  This 109 is stunning.

Eric R. Engstrom has done an exceptional job on his 1/72 AMT/Ertl B-52G In Chrome Dome finish.  The paint finish is flawless, but Eric also added other features such as drooped wings for a more realistic stance.  This oen is a beauty.....I love the color scheme.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 P-61A Black Widow Engines from QuickBoost.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-29 Missile Pylons from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Siemens Schuckert D.III model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 DH. 100 Vampire Mk. 1 resin cockpit set from Pavla Models.


Wednesday,  July 30  2014

Vanuatu Independence Day

Waldemar Pupar has done a fantastic job on his 1/32 Tamiya F-16C Block 32 Thunderbirds.  Waldemar  chose the big Tamiya F-16 and posed it as an in-flight model with a beautiful paint work.  I've seen the Thunderbirds perform and it is a special treat to see this model of one of their jets.

Olivier Barles has been very successful weathering his 1/32 Tamiya Mustang P-51D.  This Mustang is in the markings for an aircraft flown by one of the "The Bottisham Boys" and it looks exceptional, but it is Olivier's weathering technique that brings this bare metal Mustang to life and Olivier explains his weathering technique in his article.  Beautiful work Olivier.

Eric Bade is here with his excellent looking 1/72 Hasegawa Me-262A.  Eric repainted this 262 in the markings for a famous Luftwaffe pilot with a bit of weathering to complete the look.  This one sharp looking 262.

Fabby Borromeo has done a gorgeous job building and finishing his 1/48 Tamiya Douglas A-1J Skyraider.  This particular Spad was based in Thailand and Fabby gave it a full weapons load to show the capabilities of this amazing ground support aircraft.  Fabby used a SEA camo along with noseart to complete the look.  I love the look of this Spad.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 A-4 Skyhawk Ejection Seat with Safety Belts from QuickBoost


Here's a product article for the 1/32 BAC Lightning - Pitot Tube from Master


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Curtiss P-40E Control surfaces set from CMKThis set is designed for the Academy kit.


Monday,    July 28  2014

Peru Independence Day

WW1 Events - July 28 1914 - 
  • Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.  
  • Russia mobilizes.

Giuseppe Santaromita is here to honor Peru's Independence Day with his 1/72 Master Craft Sukhoi Su22 Fitters.  Giuseppe built his Fitters out of the box and finished one in desert camo and the other in jungle camo.  Beautiful work Giuseppe.

Paul Coppin is here with a very unique looking 1/48 Monogram B-29 Superfortress.  This is his B-29 wearing green camo and the markings for " Old Battler"  with the 444th BG/58th BW.  His finished model is quite the cool looking B-29.

Ercan Karakas has done a fine job with his Turkish 1/32 Revell F-104 G Starfighter.  Ercan chose a rare early paint scheme to finish his Starfighter and gave it a very subtle weathering job.  This one looks fantastic.

Christopher Price has done a marvelous job building and finishing his 1/48 Tamiya Focke Wulf 190D-9.  Christopher upgraded the gun barrels and then gave his Dora a flawless paint job with just the perfect amount of weathering.  I love the look of this Luftwaffe fighter.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-51D Mustang interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 J2M3 Raiden Gun Barrels from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-40B/C Seat with Wide Lap Belt Harness from Ultracast.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-61 Black Widow weighted wheels from Royale Resin.


Sunday,   July 27  2014

Korean War Armistice Date 1953


Saturday,   July 26  2014

Liberia Independence Day

Maldives Independence Day


Friday,  July 25  2014 
Gabriel Stern is here with a very complicated and involved build of his 1/72 Heller-based scratchbuilt Potez 62.  Gabriel scratchbuilt the whole interior and then finsihed it in Argentinean livery.  This was a very extensive project as you will see in his article and there is a link in his article to the full build article.  WOW WOW WOW!!!

Burt Gustafson has done splendid job on his 1/48 HobbyBoss Rafale C Fighter.  This is actually a model of the Rafale C prototype (Rafale C01) and Burt tells the history of this and other Rafale prototypes and then goes on to detail the build and the areas that need special attention.  This is a stealthy Rafale with it's flat black paint and Burt's finished model look very sharp.  

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Me-262A Schwalbe interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/48 British Sea Harrier pilot, Falklands War from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 F-15C Eagle Electronic Boxes from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Bell P-63D-1 Kingcobra model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.


Thursday, July 24  2014 
Jens Gerber built his beautiful 1/48 Eduard Bf 109 G6 Profi Kit with some added stretched spue antenna wires plus cannons / pitot tubes.  He then finished it in mid-war markings for Ofw. Alfred Surau with 9/JG 3.  I love the camo scheme Jens chose for his 109.....it looks perfect.

Sertac Bayar is here with 2 F-5's wearing Turkish Stars markings.  These are his 1/48 Academy - Testors NF-5A & B with scratchbuilt details in the cockpit and landing gear and custom painted markings to get these exciting and eye catching paint schemes.  These have got to be one of the best looking schemes worn by Turkish jets.  I love the look of both of them Sertac.

Zdenek Fabik went all out detailing and finishing his stunning 1/72 Tamiya P-51D Mustang.  Zdenek used an Aires cockpit set and Eduard photo etch to get all the detail right before he gave it a flawless bare metal finish with the very cool markings for "Fighting Duck" flown by Capt. Donald R. Emerson.  This Mustang would be the highlight of any display case.

Gary Wickham is here with his very eye catching 1/48 Hasegawa A-4E Skyhawk.  This Scooter is posed in-flight with re-positioned control surfaces and finished off with Twobobs decals and just the perfect amount of weathering.. I love the look of these aggressor jets.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 J2M3 Raiden Gun Barrels from QuickBoost.  This set is designed for the Zoukei Mura kit.

Wednesday,   July 23  2014

Egypt National Day

WW1 Events - July 23 1914 - 

  • Austria-Hungary sends an ultimatum to Serbia. 

  • The Serbian response is seen as unsatisfactory.


Waldemar Pupar has done an exceptional job painting and weathering his 1/48 Dragon Ju-88 C6.  Waldemar  chose to finish his JU-88 in the very difficult weathered lokk of the winter camo worn on the Eastern Front during WW2.  Amazing work Waldemar. 


Christophe Coudert is here with his big beautiful 1/32 Academy CF-188 Canadian Hornet.  Christophe built this beauty with plenty of aftermarket sets and finished in as a Canadian jet for his friend that is a CF-188 pilot with 409 Sqd in Cold Lake.  It looks fantastic Christophe.


Will Hendriks is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk Ia.  Will added detail to the cockpit and exterior of his Spitfire and then gave it some gentle weathering to complete the look.  Today is the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and this particular Spitfire was flown by a Scottish pilot. 


Deun Yu is here with his excellent looking 1/72 Tamiya Rafale C.  Deun added extra detail to get his Rafale looking right.  He has included some excellent in-flight photos of his Rafale. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F4U-7 Corsair Engine from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-27 Missile Pylons from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Dassault Mirage F.1 - Pitot Tube & Angle Of Attack probe from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Bf 109E/F/G/K control column from CMKThis set is designed for the Hasegawa/Eduard kit.


Tuesday,    July 22   2014 
Alacrán starts today with a beautiful 1/72 Hasegawa AV-8B.  Alacrán added Quickboost aftermarket detail to the cockpit, undercarriage. wheels, airbrake as well as photo etch from Eduard.  This Italian Harrier is wearing just the perfect amount of weathering....this one is a beauty. 

Vjekoslav Ranec is here with one of the Pearl Harbor defenders.  This is his flawless 1/48 Academy P-36A Hawk "Pajama Party".  It was flown by Phil Rasmussen during the attack on Pearl Harbor and you can seem a pajama clad Phil Rasmussen figure climbing into the cockpit in this diorama.  This diorama is fantastic and captures that historic scene from so long ago.

Sebastian Manfre has sent in pics and an article of his recently completed 1/48 Hasegawa F-14B in VF-103 markings.  Sebastian  detail his Tomcat with a resin cockpit before giving his jet a 3 tone TPS camo scheme with fully and very realistic weathering.  I love those Jolly Rogers markings.

Martin Glogar has done a stellar job on his 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109K4.  Martin added a resin cockpit from Aires and left the canopy open so show off all that wonderful cockpit detail.  The camo is for a late war 109 and it is quite the attractive paint scheme.  Beautiful work Martin.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 BAC Lightning F.2 interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis set is designed for the Trumpeter kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Gloster Gladiator Guns from QuickBoost This set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-17G ‘Hikin’ For Home’ decal sheet from Mike Grant Decals.


Here's a product article for the 1/24 US Navy HA(L)-3 Seawolves decal sheet from Fireball Modelworks.


Monday,    July 21  2014

Belgium Independence Day

No update today.

Sunday,   July 20  2014

Colombia Independence Day

USA Moon Landing  - First Human on the Moon  (1969)

Charles P. Kalina is here to honour this special day with his 1/72 Special Hobby A4b Rocket wearing "what-if" US markings.  Charles tells the full story of the real rocket....a manned V-2 and then he goes on to tell about his very creative model.  It does look like something that is quite possible and a very cool entry for the anniversary of the Moon landing 45 years ago.

Friday,  July 18  2014 
Johan Elvin has put plenty of extra effort to build his 1/48 Tarangus SAAB J 32B Lansen to a very high level of detail and quality.  Johan did a massive amount of scratchbuilding and added detail sets from Maestro Models and further detailing from Eduard.  Then he wrapped up this amazing project with a flawlessly done gently accented paint job that further shows off this model in a spectacular way.  Everything is amazing on this Lansen.    

Jens Gerber has created a masterpiece with his 1/48 Dragon / Revell Ju 88 C6.  Jens picked the most complicated camo scheme worn by the Ju 88 and did an excellent job on it.  He also added scratchbuilt parts to make his Ju 88 a night time radar equipped aircraft.  WOW....fantastic work Jens!!!   

Richard S. Hayward added a resin cockpit and seat to his 1/48 Hasegawa F-8E VX-4.  The markings were custom made by Richard to give him a very colorful jet.  The deployed speedbrake, raised wing and dropped flaps show off his F-8 in a wonderful way.  This one is a treat to see.

Ed Fuquay has done a gorgeous job detailing and finishing his 1/48 Hasegawa SBD Dauntless.  Ed drilled out all the dive-brake holes before moving on to complete his classic WW2 USN PTO divebomber to a very high level.  It is a treat to see Ed's Dauntless on ARC. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 MiG-21MF late interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis set is designed for the Eduard kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Aero C-4/Aero C-104 model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsThis model kit includes markings for 5 different aircraft.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Curtiss P-40E Undercarriage set from CMK This set is designed for the Academy kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/144 C-46 Commando TransAir decal sheet from Maestro ModelsThis model kit includes Transair and UN markings for about 12 aircraft.


Thursday,   July 17  2014

Iraq Republic Day

Sajid Saeed Moughal joins us today with his first article on ARC and I hope to see more of his models on ARC in the future.  This is his beautifully finished 1/72 Tamiya P-51 Mustang wearing a flawless looking bare finish and the markings for one of the most famous Mustangs from WW2.  I love the look of this P-51...welcome to ARC.

Paul Coppin is here with his eye catching 1/48 Monogram A-4E Skyhawk.   Paul gave his Scooter a weapons load and drop tanks and finished it off in a hi-viz paint scheme from USS SHANGRI-LA.  This Monogram kit does build into a very fine looking model as you will see in Paul's photos.

Trey Andrews is here with his 1/144 Arii P3C Orion.  Trey built this one in 3 days for his wife.....3 long days, but the end result is fantastic as you will see in the photos.  Trey explains the process he used to make and weather the runway.  I'm impressed how detailed this model is considering it is 1/144 scale. 

Mazlan Yusof has done a marvelous job building and finishing his  1/48 Frems Aermacchi MB339AMazlan finished his MB339 in the national markings for the Royal Malaysian Airforce (RMAF).  I like the camo scheme on this trainer.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 P-51A Exhaust resin set from QuickBoost.  This detail set is designed for the Academy kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Sorbitsya Pods for the Su-27, Su-30 and Su-35 Flanker from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Dassault Mirage F.1 - Pitot Tube & Angle Of Attack probe from Master.


Tuesday,    July 15   2014 
Chris Parsons is becoming a P-51 fan and you will see in his article.   Chris is here with 1/32 to 1/144 Mustangs - Bottisham Four all flying in formation.  The 1/32 Mustang is the Tamiya kit and Chris has a very high opinion of that kit and his finished models turned out looking first class and the 4 of them flying in formation is a very cool idea.

Dragan Cvetic is here with his very attractive looking 1/72 Hasegawa F-15I Israeli Air Force.  Dragan dressed up the cockpit with seatbelts and then finished it off with a Israeli camo scheme complete with subtle panel line shading for add effect.  I love the look of the Israeli jets.

Gianni Chirico is here in style with his 1/72 Revell Messerschmitt Me-262 A-1a.  Gianni added seatbelts and brakelines and then gave it a very complicated camo scheme with just a careful amount of weathering to complete the look.  His 262 looks excellent from every angle.

Richard Boxem got all the details looking perfect on his 1/48 Tamiya A-1H Skyraider.  Richard gave his Skyraider a full weapons load and then chose a very colorful scheme to complete his model.  This is one very sharp looking Skyraider model.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 N1K2-J Shiden-Kai Gun Barrels from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Su-27 Flanker late style wheels and paint masks from Aires.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F/A-18F "Live By The Sword" decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Sea Hawk FGA.6 resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis set is designed for the HobbyBoss kit.


Monday,    July 14  2014

France National Day

Bartosz Piotrowski is here to honour Bastille Day with his 1/72 Heller Mirage IV A.  Bartosz added seatbelts to dress up the cockpit and then finished it off in French markings to make it the perfect addition for today's update.  I love the paint work you did Bartosz. 

José Miguel did an exceptional job on his 1/72 Cyber Hobby F6F-5N Hellcat.  José added Eduard photo etch to the cockpit to give it that extra detail and then gave the paint job the multi-shaded faded look of a Hellcat that did battle under the hot Pacific sun aboard the USS Independence in 1944.

Darius Aibara is here with one of the best looking paint schemes worn by a Mirage V.  This is his sharp looking 1/48 Academy Mirage V BR in a special Belgium Air Force paint scheme.  Darius did some extra work to convert this  recce bird Mirage III into a Mirage V and even upgraded parts of the cockpit for a better look. This one is sweet!!!

Jorge Bonilla Alvarado has taken the classic 1/48 Monogram P-39 Airacobra and built it out of the box to a very high level.  These older Monogram kit certainly build up nicely if you give them a tiny bit of effort.  Very nicely done Jorge.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 P2V-7 Neptune interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 USAF 150 gallon fuel bowser from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 F-14D Tomcat Front Undercarriage Covers from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Fw 190A-F Prop & Spinner VDM 9-12153A Metal Blades with external weights from Ultracast.


Saturday,   July 12  2014

Sao Tome and Principe Independence Day


Friday,  July 11  2014

Mongolia National Celebration Day

Richard Speckley has been busy getting his 1/48 Tamiya Fairey Swordfish Mk 1 looking just right.  This is a wonderful model kit and Richard did it justice.  His Swordfish is flawlessly built and the faded paint job looks very realistic. 

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with his very good looking 1/48 Hasegawa F-18B Hornet.  Shawn built this beauty for a Group Build here on ARC and finished it in NASA markings and a splendid white paint scheme.

Yuval Kizner has done a gorgeous job detailing 1/72 Revell Do-335.  Yuval gave his Pfeil full engine detail for both engines which is quite the achievement in 1/72 scale.  The rest of the model is a beauty as well.

Bud Norris is a very famous modeller and this is his Three 1/48 Revell F-86Ds that appeared on ARC in the past.  This diorama represents a scene from his time at Naha AB, Okinawa, circa 1958.  It's always a special event if you ever get to see Bud's work and this Sabre Diorama is loaded with endless detail.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-47D-25 Thunderbolt interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis set is designed for the Academy Minicraft kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/48 MiG-3 Late Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Trumpeter kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/144 Douglas C-33 model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsThis model kit has markings for 2 aircraft.


Thursday, July 10  2014

Invasion of Sicily - Allied Landings at Sicily in 1943 

Carmel J. Attard is here with two 1/72 Matchbox-Revell FJ-4B Fury.  Carmel used some aftermarket items and his own highly skilled scratchbuilding skills to improve the detail on both of his Furys and then finished them off in some very attractive markings.  Both of these are a treat to see and his article is a treasure trove of helpful step by step info on building an 1/72  FJ-4B Fury.

Ian T.M. Holahan is here with his big and very impressive 1/32 Revell of Germany He-219 Uhu.  Ian chose a very complicated camo scheme with just the perfect amount of weathering to complete this night fighter.  I love the job he did on the cockpit.

Dave Ramshaw has done a spectacular job weathering his 1/48 Hasegawa F-14A.  The Tomcat is known for having plenty of weathering and Dave captured this look very well indeed.

Darius Aibara has done an exceptional job on his bare metal finish 1/48 Tamiya F-51 Mustang.  Darius reveals a very good technique to help you get that multi-shaded effect on your next bare metal finish.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 J2M Raiden Pitot Tube from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Jaguar GR1/3 cockpit set from NeomegaThis set is designed for the Kitty Hawk kit.


Wednesday,   July 9  2014

Argentina Independence Day

Mauricio Castro is here with one of the most famous and best looking Mustangs.  This is his 1/32 Tamiya P-51D Mustang Cripes A’Mighty 3rd George Preddy in all it's wonderful glory with excellent detailing, flawless painting and full D-Day stripes.  It doesn't get much better than this.....sit back and enjoy each photo. 

Fly-n-hi has added plenty of aftermarket goodies to his 1/48 Italeri IAF F-16C Barak.  The resin items included a cockpit, burner can, wheels and pitot tubes along with weapons from different sources and it was all pulled together with a big amount of patience and persistence to pull it all together into this stunning Israeli jet.  I love the look of the finished model....this one is a gem.

Moses is here with his big eye popping  1/450 Hasegawa IJN Akagi.  Moses added Eduard photo etch railings and then preceeded to build this WW2 Japanese carrier to a very high level of quality.  Moses is an exceptional modeller and it is always a special treat when one of his models is on the ARC homepage.

Shaun Bowman-Davies is here with his fully loaded and marvelous looking 1/72 Revell BAe Harrier GR7.  Shaun built his RAF Harrier with a weapons load that was used during the Gulf War and he finished it off with just the perfect amount of weathering to capture the true look of a British Harrier.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Japanese Type 98 WWII Gunsight from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/24 German aircraft machine gun MG 17 barrels from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Bf 109E wheels from CMKThis set is designed for the Eduard and Hasegawa kits


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Aermacchi MB 326 resin cockpit set from Pavla Models.


Tuesday,    July 8   2014 
Paul Coppin gets things started in style today with his 1/48 AMT A-20G Little Joe.  This aircraft served during WW2 in the Philippines and Paul gave it a weathering job to show the way it would look in the PTO.  Very nicely done Paul.

Serge Dompierre has done his usual flawless job on his 1/48 Heller Dassault Super Étendard.  Serge chose French Navy markings and a very attractive camo scheme.  I love the look of the camo on this jet...beautiful work Serge.

Albert Moore joins us with his beautifully done OOB build of the 1/48 Hasegawa AH-64D.  Alby chose US Army markings and his Apache looks fantastic from every angle.

Peter Doll is a very talented modeller and you will see that in his 1/48 Monogram Convair B-58A Hustler.  Peter covered his B-58 with kitchen aluminum foil, which is a very difficult thing to do, but Peter did an exceptional job with flawless results.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-27 Early Tail Stinger from Zactomodels.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Sea King AEW radar cover from QuickBoost This set is designed for the Hasegawa kit


Here's a product article for the 1/48 MiG-15 Cockpit from Jaguar.


Monday,    July 7  2014

Solomon Islands National Day

  Terrorist Subway attacks in the UK July 7 2005 

Pelikan Guys are here with some photos of their recent Pelikan Guys Model Show - Riccione 2014 in Central Italy.  It looks like it was a very enjoyable day for everyone involved.....thanks for sharing guys.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with his cool looking 1/48 Hasegawa A-4E.  Shawn built this one for a Group Build on ARC and I must say I love the look of the camo on this A-4.  Shawn built this one using Twobobs decals.


Dragan Cvetic is here with a chopper you don't see very often.  This is his 1/72 Heller Soko Gazelle Gama in the markings of a Yugoslav Gazelle complete with missiles.  I love the look of this chopper.

Bill Bulek is here from Canada with his 1/32 Academy F-18, which turned out looking excellent....Bill has a very funny story about his CF-18.

H.Ufuk Aydiner is here with a camo scheme I love to see on the 109.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa Me-109 F4 in a flawlessly done winter camo.  This is a very tricky paint scheme to do, but Ufuk got his 109 looking perfect.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Wellington Mk. III interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis set is designed for the Trumpeter kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 SB2C-4 Helldiver Exhaust from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Academy kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Fw 190A-F Prop & Spinner VDM 9-12067A Metal Blades from UltracastThis set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Sunday,   July 6  2014

Comoros Independence Day

Malawi Republic Day


Saturday,   July 5  2014

Cape Verde National Day

Venezuela Independence Day

July 5 1914 - 
  • Austria-Hungary seeks German support for a war against Serbia in case of Russian militarism. 
  • Germany gives assurances of support.

Friday,  July 4  2014

United States of America Independence Day

Rwanda Liberation Day

I'd like to wish everyone in the good ol' U.S. of A. a very happy and enjoyable 4th.  Have a beer and steak and enjoy good times with friends and family.

Uncle Bill's in Calgary Alberta Canada is having their final closing sale.  Click here for more info.....huge savings. huge savings.

His store will be open Friday July 4, Saturday July 5, Sunday July 6


Lucian Capraru gets this special July 4th update started with his 1/48 Italeri UH-1D Iroquois.  This UH-1D  has excellent interior detail and the markings look just like it should for a United States Army 1st Cavalry Iroquois during the peak of the Vietnam war.  I really enjoyed seeing this one.....it reminds me so much of the choppers used in the movie "We were soldiers".

Carmel J. Attard always builds very unique and interesting versions of common aircraft.  Today he is here with his 1/72 Airfix VB-29 which is a SAC long range VIP transport version of the B-29.  Carmel explains the whole conversion process and I must say the finished model is a very attractive version of the B-29 and compared to the more common bare metal B-29s.  This one is a beauty and a very good choice for a July 4th update.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here to mark the 4th with his 1/48 AFV Club F-5E.  Shawn had a good time building this F-5 and I do think he made an excellent choice of camo on this gem.  Very nice indeed Shawn.

Andrew Johnson is here with a B-17 that is not seen very often.  This is his 1/72 Academy B-17E Flying Fortress as it appeared in the PTO during WW2.  Andrew added a large amount of detail to the interior with aftermarket items and his own scratchbuilding and then gave his B-17 and wonderfully shaded paint scheme showing how it would look after spending time in the harsh PTO sun.  Beautiful work Andrew.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Bf 109G-10 interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Jas-39 Gripen Refueling Probe from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Kitty Hawk kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Douglas DC-2 model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsThis model kit includes markings for 6 different aircraft from 5 different European Airlines from 1936 to 1941.


Thursday,   July 3  2014

Belarus Independence Day

Uncle Bill's in Calgary Alberta Canada is having their final closing sale.  Click here for more info.....huge savings. huge savings.

His store will be open Friday July 4, Saturday July 5, Sunday July 6


Burt Gustafson gets your Thursday update started in style with his just finished 1/48 Hasegawa T-4 Blue Impulse.  This is the jet used by Japan's aerobatic team and in this blue and white scheme if is quite attractive.  Burt found this model easy to build and he finished it to his usual high standards.  This one is a beauty Burt....thanks for sharing.

Danny Zhao is here with something a bit different today.  This is his 1/72 Hobby Master Junkers Ju 87G which is a die-cast aircraft kit finished as the tank busting version of the Stuka.  Danny did an excellent job painting and finishing his Ju-87 and this is a very appealing option for modellers that want a diecast model in their own specific paint scheme.

Thomas Neuss is here with his spectacular looking 1/32 Revell ECR Tornado “Tigermeet 2001”.  As with most modellers I enjoy seeing Tigermeet jets and this one is one of the better looking jets.  Thomas added weathering to get that very realistic look on his big and very impressive Luftwaffe Tornado.  Wow...I love the look of this Tornado.

Thang Le did an exceptional job on the classic 1/48 Monogram P-39 Airacobra.  Thang has never been shy of building the older kit and his finished models always look top notch as you will see when you enjoy all the photos of his P-39.  I always enjoy seeing Thang's model on ARC.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-29 Wheels and painting masks from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 A6M5 Zero Gun Barrels from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 VF-101 F-14 Last Tomcat Demo decal sheet from Vagabond Decals.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-8E/H/J/K US Navy fighter pilot with ejection seat from Aerobonus.


Wednesday,   July 2  2014 
Mauricio Castro is here with a very rare air racer.  This is his 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire MkXVIe RACER 6 as it appeared in 1949.    Mauricio used pre-shading to get that perfect looking panel line effect.  His Spitfire looks fantastic and he has included photos of the complete build process. 

Prokopis Kroustallis is here with his Second Star Wars submission in as many weeks.  Today you get to see his 1/72 Fine Molds Tie Interceptor which is a beauty.  Prokopis did something very special on the solar panels by painting them black and then finishing them with Alclad II Prismatic Sapphire.  This gave the panels a very realistic look, which looks so much better than just straight black paint.

Erik Wauters was very persistent and built the 1/144 Minicraft Boeing B-377 Stratocruiser.  Erik gives this kit a very poor grade for fit but as you will see in his photos......it does build into a  gorgeous model of this early airliner.  I love the look of his Stratocruiser.

Matthias Becker did a stellar job on his 1/72 Hasegawa F-4E Phantom II.  Matthias chose an American Phantom based in Ramstein Air Base wearing a SEA camo scheme in the '80s.  He added full cockpit detail and darkened the panel lines and gently shaded the paint job for a weathered look.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 F4F-3 Wildcat Wing Conversion from  QuickBoost.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Soviet air force fighter pilot - winter suit from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 German aircraft machine gun MG-17 barrels from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-86F-40 Sabre – Exterior set from CMK.  This set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Tuesday,   July 1  2014

Burundi Independence Day

Canada  Day

Rwanda Independence Day

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here to mark Canada Day with his flawlessly finished 1/48 Kinetic CF-116D (F-5B) #2.  Shawn chose a baremetal jet and he used the multi-shaded effect for maximum realism.  It's a special treat to see his 2 seater on ARC on Canada Day.

Serge Dompierre is also here from Canada with his amazing 1/48 Hasegawa Hawker Typhoon MK-1B.  Serge dressed up his Typhoon with resin goodies from Ultracast and then gave his RCAF Typhoon D-Day stripes as it appeared in June of 1944 in it's mission to push back Germany armour from the Normandy area.

Somchai 'Blackeyes' is here from Thailand with his outstanding 1/72 Italeri Super Entendard.  This is a French Air Force jet as it appeared over Bosnia.  He chose an excellent looking paint scheme and added a weapons load for that finishing touch.

Fernando Azurdia is here with his war weary 1/72 Hasegawa A6M5 Zero Type 52.  Fernando opened the canopy to show off the cockpit detail he added.  He then gave his Zero a chipped paint look to match how Japanese planes looked later in the war.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 CF-5 Freedom Fighter "Wraparound Camo" decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Kfir C2/C7 Pitot Tubes from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Kinetic kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Air Wing All Stars: Super Hornets Part 1 decal sheet from Furball Aero Design.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Mirage F-1C resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis set is designed for the Italeri kit.