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Monday,    Mar 31  2014
Andreas Gordes has hit a home run with his 1/48 Tamiya F-16C - Washington Viper.  Andreas used a variety of goodies to get exceptional detail, but it is the Tailart that is the focal point of this beautifully done F-16.  Andreas  gave his F-16 a full but carefully done weathering job and loaded it with a full weapons load to show it' potential in life.  I love the look of this F-16.

Greg Kerry shows his expert diorama skills with his 1/72 Hobbyboss Bf-109G.  Greg created a scene from 1945 of an abandoned 109 and damaged half track using all the wonderful techniques that armour modellers take as second nature and thankfully he explains all this in his article.  I think Greg's scene is very convincing and does remind me of the scenes I've seen in pictures of abandoned Luftwaffe airfields.  Very nicely done Greg...you rock!!!

Here's a product article for the 1/32 EA-18G 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 1/48 OV-1 Mohawk propellers with alignment tool from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Roden kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Buccaneer cockpit set from NeomegaThis set is designed for the Airfix kit.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 TBD Devastator weighted wheels from Royale Resin.


Friday,  Mar 28  2014 
Carmel J. Attard is here with a special treat today.  This is his 1/72 Sword Grumman JRF/G-21 Goose done up in the very attractive bare metal finish of the US Coast Guard.  Carmel provides some wonderful history about the Goose as well as what was required to build his Goose....but his photos are a real treat to see.

Fly-n-hi joins us with his 4th model on ARC.  This is the classic 1/48 Monogram AV-8B Harrier complete in a late '70's USMC camo and loaded with a full weapons load.  This is an older kit, but as you will see in the photos.....it still builds into a very good looking model if given a tiny bit of love and patience. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Ki-45 "Nick" Exhaust from QuickBoost.  This set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 MHU-191/M munition transporter with aero 58 adapter from Aerobonus.  


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Mirage 2000C resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis set is designed for the Heller/Eduard kit.


Thursday, Mar 27  2014 
Sorry....no update today.

Wednesday,   Mar 26  2014 

Bangladesh Independence and National Day

Rolando Sorne dropped by the ARC  corporate office in the Philippines with his recently completed 1/72 Trumpeter F-105G Wild Weasel.  Rolando did an expert job on his F-105 giving it full weathering and plus a very detailed weapons load.  This is Rolando 's 4th model on ARC and I always enjoy seeing his latest model on ARC.  Enjoy your summer in the Philippines Rolando...I wish I was there. 

Claudio Moura joins us from beautiful Brazil with his 6th article on ARC.  This is his flawless 1/72 Hobbyboss F4U-4 Corsair in the markings for the Fuerza Aérea Hondureña (Honduran Air Force ).  Claudio  did quite a few changes to his Corsair to make it more accurate and added photo etch parts to the cockpit and resin parts that were scratchbuilt to the exterior.   It was all finished with a full weathering job including exhaust stains.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat Engine from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Tamiya kit.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-27 Nosecone correction kit from ZactomodelsThis set is designed for the Trumpeter kit


Here's a product article for the 1/72 SAAB 35 Draken (mid and late versions) - Pitot Tubes & Angle Of Attack probe from Master.


Tuesday,    Mar 25  2014 

Greece Independence Day

Royal Navy - Sea Mosquito first carrier  landings (1944)

Giannis Doxas gets this special Greek update started with his fully detailed 1/48 Heller M-2000 EGM Mirage.  Giannis added plenty of aftermarket sets and then did plenty of scratchbuilding on this old Heller kit to produce his highly detailed Mirage.  It does not get better than this.

Dragan Cvetic has done a wonderful job on the classic 1/72 Revell T-2C Buckeye.  Dragan has added scratchbuilt details to the cockpit and also rescribed his Buckeye before giving it one of his special paint jobs for a Hellenic Air Force T-2C Buckeye.  I love seeing Dragan's latest model on ARC.

Fabien Antonietti is here with a very special Greek jet today.  This is his 1/72 Esci Northrop F-5A "Freedom Fighter" wearing the famous "Aegean Blue camo scheme.  Fabien is very skilled when it comes to weathering and you will see that when you enjoy all the photos for his Hellenic F-5.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 PV-1 Ventura Engines from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Revell kit. 


Here's a product article for the 1/32 BAe Hawk T.1a Interior set from CMKThis set is designed for the Revell kit. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-39 / P-400 Tubular Exhausts from Ultracast This set is designed for the Eduard kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-86 Sabre RCAF Europe decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.


Monday,    Mar 24  2014
Ryan Gay is a longtime ARC'er and he joins us today with his first model on ARC.  This is his exceptionally detailed 1/32 Revell Bristol Beaufighter Pt. 1 complete with hundreds of scratchbuilt parts.  Ryan detail almost every area of his big Beaufighter and also corrected many inaccuracies in the process of building this classic model kit.  Ryan has gone to great lengths on his big Beaufighter and I'm excited to see part 1 of his article on ARC for this amazing build.  Enjoy all the photos.....this is one amazing Beaufighter.

Raúl Corral has got the weathering and detailing looking perfect on his 1/72 Academy F/A-18A Hornet.  Raúl  added resin and photos etch to make his Hornet truly detailed and then finished it in the markings for a Spanish jet commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fighter Wing 12 or "Ala 12".  I love seeing Raúl's latest model on ARC. 

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Bf 109G-6 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 1/48 S2F Tracker Propellers w/ Tool from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Kinetic kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-47 Thunderbolts decal sheet from Mike Grant Decals.


Here's a product article for the 1/35 OH-6A in Vietnam decal sheet from Fireball Modelworks.


Sunday,   Mar 23  2014 

Pakistan Day 


Friday,  Mar 21  2014 

Namibia Independence Day

Chile - Anniversary of the Chilean Air Force

Raul Corral gets things started in style with his flawless 1/48 Eduard Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXe.  Raul finished his Spitfire as a Polish Squadron bird complete with full weathering and sexy noseart.  This one is a beauty.

Olaf Sprenger has done a very fine job on the 1/72 Revell Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.  Olaf displayed his Blackbird with the canopy open complete with pilot figures and even tiny custom printed US flags on their special SR-71 flight suits.  Olaf was a radar operator in Europe and he tells the story of East German MiG's flying up to attempt to intercept the Blackbird as it flew it's missions.  A very enjoyable read and a great looking model of this very unique aircraft.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Bf 110C-7 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 F-105 Thunderchief Pitot Tube from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Short Sunderland Mk.I resin cockpit set with vacuformed canopy from Pavla Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Hawker Hunter T.7/T.8/T68 Conversion kit from PJ Production.


Thursday, Mar 20  2014 

Tunisia National Day

Rodrigo AD joins us from El Salvador with his beautifully detailed 1/35 Dragon MD500E.  Rodrigo modified his chopper to be a El Salvador Air force aircraft with a variety of photo etch and scratchbuilt detail parts including a scratchbuilt tail rotor assembly.  This is a great looking MD500 with all the added detail...I enjoyed seeing it very much.

Rod Bettencourt has gone the extra mile on his 1/48 Hasegawa F-18F.  Rod added a large selection of aftermarket detail sets including a resin cockpit and intakes and metal landing gear along with aftermarket decals.  But it is his photos that will leave you in awe....they are very realistic. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Dornier Do-335 Pfeil Engine from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Tamiya kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-100 Super Sabre Intake Correction kit from Zactomodels

Here's a product article for the 1/48 SAAB 35 Draken (mid and late versions) - Pitot Tubes & Angle Of Attack probe from Master


Here's a product article for the 1/32 BAe Hawk T.1a Speed brake + intake & exhaust FOD covers from CMKThis set is designed for the Revell kit.


Wednesday,   Mar 19  2014 
Greg Kerry has done a very nice job weathering his 1/72 Revell Hawker Hurricane IIc.  Greg built his Hurricane mostly out of the box with full weathering and even added a truck to complete the WW2 scene.  Very nicely done Greg.

Kees Kuyper is back with a very creative pusher aircraft based on the F-89.  This is his Northrop heavy fighter and I have to admit it is an aircraft that actually looks like it would fly.  Kees always amazes me with his creative aircraft.   

Here's a product article for the 1/72 F9F Panther wingfolds from Aires.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Ju 52 Seat with Safety Belts from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 DH Vampire T.11 resin cockpit set from Pavla Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-39 / P-400 Flared Exhausts from Ultracast.


Tuesday,    Mar 18  2014 

  Çanakkale Victory Anniversary 2014 

No update today, my younger daughter had her wisdom teeth removed today.  I'm pleased to say her older sister is doing fine after having her wisdom teeth removed last week.

Monday,    Mar 17  2014 

Ireland - St. Patrick's Day

Burt Gustafson gets things started today with his beautifully done 1/48 HobbyBoss F-105G Thunderchief.  Burt outfitted his Thud with drop tanks and a loadout specific to the F-105G as it appeared over Vietnam.  Burt tells the history of the F-105G as well as what was required to build this Gem of a model.

Dragan Cvetic is here with one of the prettiest 1/72 Airfix BAE Hawk's I have seen.  The desert camo of this UAE Hawk looks excellent.  Dragan added some scratchbuilt detailing to the cockpit and complete his Hawk with the canopy open to show off all the added detail.  It's a great look camo scheme for a Hawk. 

Pablo Angel Herrera joins us from Guatemala with his exceptional 1/32 Eduard Bf-109E-4 Weekend Edition.  Pablo modified the landing gear to get the correct look and then gave his Emil a very skillful camo job that looks fantastic from every angle.  I'd like to send my greetings to everyone at IPMS Guatemala.
 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-39Q/N Aircobra Engine from QuickBoostHere's a product article for the Eduard kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-39 / P-400 British Fishtail Exhausts from UltracastHere's a product article for the Eduard kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 SAAB 32 Lansen Pitot Tubes from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 BAe Hawk T.1a Undercarriage Bays set from CMKHere's a product article for the Revell kit.


Friday,  Mar 14  2014 
Claudio Moura gets things started today in style with his very attractive 1/72 Academy A-37.  Claudio gave his Dragonfly resin and photo etch detail parts and finished it off on the earth colored camo of the Chilean Air Force.  I always enjoy seeing Claudio's latest model on the ARC homepage. 

Raul Corral has finished his 1/48 Eduard Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXc Late in a full D-Day stripes with a pilot figure displayed in-flight and full weathering.  Raul is a skilled modellers and you will see that in the photos of his Spitfire including the pre-assembly shots of the cockpit and pilot.  There is no WW2 fighter that is quite as pretty as the Spitfire.

Dragan Cvetic had quite the roller coaster ride with bad luck during the build of his 1/72 Academy Super Etendard.  Dragan dropped this one quite a few times requiring much effort to piece the wreckage back together.  He did add Eduard photo etch and Superscale decals to complete this gem.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 P-51D Interior early ser.5-15 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 Fw Ta 152C Propeller W/Tool from QuickBoost


Here's a product article for the 1/48 WWII U.S. Bomber Pilots from Jaguar


Here's a product article for the 1/48 SAAB J32B Lansen fighter model kit from Tarangus


Wednesday,   Mar 12  2014 

Mauritius Independence Day


Tuesday,    Mar 11  2014 

Lithuania Independence Day

Train bombings in Spain 2004


Monday,    Mar 10  2014

My older daughter had her wisdom teeth removed today and I'm heading out of town for a few days with my younger daughter....time to focus on family.  Next update will be this Friday.  Sorry about this.


Friday,  Mar 7  2014 

Busolini Massimo has done a gorgeous job detailing and weathering his 1/48 Hasegawa F-104ASA-M Starfighter.  Busolini added a cockpit set, avionics bay, resin ejection seat and other detail parts to create his awesome Starfighter in Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) markings.


Polly Singh has created quite the time capsule of a scene for his 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A-3.  Polly did a splendid job on his Tamiya 190 and then scratchbuilt the muddy battle time scene complete with figures and a German medal.  I enjoyed seeing every photo of this diorama.


Michael "Chewie" Choo joins us with his very colorful 1/72 Hasegawa F-16C 111FS Texas ANG.  Michael chose retro markings to adorn his F-16 in an in-flight display.  It's a very cool looking paint scheme and Michael pulled if off in style.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 MiG-15 interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis set is designed for the Hobby Boss kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Supermarine Scimitar F.1 "Folding Wings" kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsThis is a resin and photo etch wing fold set.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 B-17G Flying Fortress 'Heavenly Bodies' decal sheet from Zotz DecalsThis decal sheet includes markings for five different 1/72 B-17G Flying Fortress in bare metal and all sporting colorful noseart and on some there is sexy noseart. 


Here's a product article for the 1/72 F-15C Eagle cockpit set from AiresThis set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Thursday, Mar 6  2014 

Ghana Independence Day

Busolini Massimo has done an amazing job creating his 1/48 Trumpeter F-100C Supersabre.  Busolini replaced the exhaust and cockpit with Aires sets and opened up access panels along the fuselage and gave his F-100 a peeled paint job for a tired former Turkish jet.  The weathered paint job on this Supersabre is amazingly realistic. 

Bill Dedig has taken the 1/72 Monogram SNAP-TITE and poured aftermarket goodies including resin engines and his own skill into rescribing the model along with other work to turn this rather basic kit into a stunning example of an early B-26.  Enjoy his article as Bill takes you on his modeling odyssey and then enjoy the photos he took along the way.  I love the choice of paint schemes.

Ramon R. Lomeli did an exceptional job creating his 1/48 Monogram EF-4C Phantom.  Ramon started with a F-4C Phantom that he converted to EF-4C configuration with some scratch built parts.  Ramon gave his Phantom a weapons load and drop tanks and full weathering for a Vietnam War jet using decals from TwoBobs.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Sepecat Jaguar speed brakes set from Aires.

This set is designed for the Kitty Hawk.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 VF-101 F-14 Last Tomcat Demo decal sheet from VF Decals that is available from Vagabond Decals.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Sepecat Jaguar A Antennas from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Kitty Hawk kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 MB 326K Impala resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis set is designed for the Italeri/Supermodel kit.


Wednesday,   Mar 5  2014 

Spitfire - Maiden flight of Spitfire in 1936

Frederick Smith has done an exceptionally fine job finishing his 1/144 Revell Shuttle Stack.  Frederick did some scratchbuilt detailing to improve on the Revell kit and then excelled at his technique for doing heat tiles on the underside.  Thankfully there is a photo of the underside for you to marvel at.    Frederick built a very eye catching display to showcase his Space Shuttle and from my point of view I can not think of anything that could make this Space Shuttle display and model look any better. 

Orlando Sucre Rosales joins us from warm Caracas, Venezuela with his latest gem.  This is his 1/72 Hasegawa TBF-1C Avenger in WW2 North Atlantic camo and detailed with antennas and antenna wires and other details.  This is a very eye catching Avenger and I always enjoy seeing Orlando's latest models on ARC.  

Dragan Cvetic has been skillful in rescribing the panel lines and adding rivets to his 1/72 Academy MiG-23 MF.  Dragan used a cockpit and nose cone from another kit and scratchbuilt weapons pylons before finishing his MiG-21 as a Syrian jet with the ever so attractive desert camo.  I love the look of this 'Fishbed'. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-400 Aircobra Engine from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Eduard kit

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-23 Splitter Plates from ZactomodelsThis set is designed for the 1/32 Trumpeter MiG-23.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 SAAB 32 Lansen Pitot Tubes from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 US M260 Hydra rocket pod (2 pcs) from CMK.  The rocket pods were developed in 1970 for ground attack aircraft and helicopters (OH-6, OH-58, AH-1, AH-64, UH-1, OV-10, A-37...).


Tuesday,    Mar 4   2014 
Richard Spreckley is here with his beautifully detailed 1/48 Kittyhawk Jaguar GR3 wearing one of the most attractive camo scheme worn by the Jaquar.  Richard added an Aires cockpit, opened an avionics bay and added scratchbuilt detail to one of the engines that he exposed.  He added weapons from Flightpoath and wrapped it all up in one of the amazing looking Snowcat camo schemes.  The winter theme was continued with his diorama base.  This project pulled together excellently and shows Richard's high level of skill and patience as a modeller.

Carlos Escobar has added great levels of detail including scratch built and after market detail items to his 1/35 Dragon Hughes 500M Armada.  This is a Spanish Navy chopper and all the details were done to add plenty of accuracy for a Spanish Navy bird.  The model is secured with chains to a carrier flight deck diorama base with flawless realism.  1/35 leaves plenty of room for detailing and Carlos kept busy adding plenty of glorious detailing to his chopper.  This one is a beauty.

Tolga Ülgür joins us from Turkey with his nicely detailed and exceptionally well finished 1/48 Hasegawa F-104G.  Tolga went with a Turkish Starfighter wearing a weathered and multi-shaded bare metal finish.  The cockpit received special detailing as well giving his F-104 a very realistic look from every angle.  For me personally it is always a treat to see Tolga's latest model on ARC and this one is no exception....I love the look of it.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 B-24 Liberator Part 4 decal sheet from Lifelike DecalsThis decal sheet includes 4 B-24's with noseart including 2 with sexy noseart.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Heinkel He 111 H-1/3/6/8 Exhaust from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Revell kit. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 "Killer Whales" A-3 Skywarrior decal sheet from Furball Aero Design.  This decal sheet continues the "AirWing All Star" line and features markings for seven F-14A CAG aircraft.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk I/II/V De Havilland 3-Blade Prop & Spinner from UltracastThis set is designed for the Tamiya and Hasegawa kit. 


Monday,    Mar 3  2014 

Bulgaria National Day

Morocco National Day

Gary Hatherly starts today off in a very big and highly detailed way with his 1/32 Tamiya F-15C.  Gary used a massive amount of aftermarket goodies and scratchbuilt parts and then completed his Eagle with a most impressive shading and weathering job.  This F-15 is a must see.

Carmel J Attard is here with his splendid looking 1/72 Italeri Fairchild C-119G Boxcar.  Carmel chose an RCAF C-119 using Leading Edge Decals for the attractive high viz bare metal finish that the Canadian C-119's were famous for.  This is an excellent addition to Carmel's display case.

Eric Hargett has done a stellar job on his 1/48 Kinetic Grumman EA-6B Prowler.  Eric added the Aires cockpit set along with scratchbuilt detail and then posed his Prowler with folded wings.  The crowning touch was the painting and weathering job for his USN Gulf War jet.  Very impressive work Eric.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Harrier GR. Mk.7 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 N1K1-J Shiden Exhausts from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 OV-10 Bronco weighted wheels from Royale Resin.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Aircraft warning cones from Aerobonus.


Saturday,  Mar 1  2014 

Wales - St David's Day


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