Homepage Text - December 2004

Saturday,  Dec 31  2016            Happy New Year Everyone!!!

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Thursday,  Dec 29  2016      
No Update today and Friday.

I am sick with a nasty flu virus that has forced me to stay in bed 24 hours a day.  I fought it for 2 days, but at this point the virus is winning.

A reminder, Silly Week begins next week so send in your articles.


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Wednesday,  Dec 28  2016

Nepal - Birthday of H.M. Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev 

Australia - "Proclamation Day" in South Australia

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Tolga Ülgür starts today with his big and beautifully done 1/32 Hasegawa Focke Wulf Fw-190A8.  Tolga dressed up the cockpit with aftermarket detail items and then added extra detailing to the exterior before finishing it in the markings from the end of the war.  Tolga is a very skilled modeller and his work is always a special treat to see.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler joins us with his good looking 1/48 Hasegawa F-4D Phantom #187.  This F-4 is in the markings of a triple MiG killer, which makes this a rare jet.  I quite enjoy seeing Shawn's latest model on ARC.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-25 PD-62-8 Pylons from Zactomodels.  This set includes one pair of PD-62-8 pylons, launch rail mounting hardware and aileron actuator brackets.  The PD-62-8 pylons were often used on the Su-25.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 AN/AAQ-28 (V) Litening Pod from Eduard Model Accessories.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Su-24M (Fencer D) Pitot Tube from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F4U-5 Corsair Exhaust resin set from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Tuesday,  Dec 27  2016      
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Patrick Vossenberg has done a flawless build of the 1/72 Revell P-47M Thunderbolt.  Patrick used aftermarket decals and gave his P-47 a subtle but very complete weathering job that looks fantastic.  This is Patrick's 12 model on ARC.

Dragan Cvetic joins us today with his OOB build of the 1/72 Academy F-35.  As is usual for Dragan, he dressed up the cockpit with seatbelts to give his F-35 that final critical bit of detail.  This is one sweet looking F-35. 

Here's a product article for the 8" Mk R Multi-head Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small Shop.  Secures parts up to 8" long – Second largest Photo Etch Bender on the Market!


Here's a product article for the 1/72 CF-101 Voodoo Canopy Mask from Canuck Model ProductsThis masking set is designed for the Revell/Monogram kit.  This masking set is also available in 1/48. 

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Fw 190A-8 MG131 Mount from Eduard Model Accessories.


Monday,  Dec 26  2016

Slovenia Independence Day 

No update today.  I got a bit busy during Christmas.

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Sunday,  Dec 25  2016                                Merry Christmas!!!
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Alvis 3.1 joins us this Christmas Day with his What would Santa Fly 1930's.  This is Santa's Polikarpov I-53 complete with custom made Christmas markings.  Very cool indeed.

Alvis 3.1 is here with his second Christmas entry this year.  This is his What would Santa Fly in the 1960's which is a Caribou with a Beaver in it's back as a cleaver present delivery system.  No doubt about it....this one is hugely hilarious and a hoot to read about.  Well done Alvis.

Saturday,  Dec 24  2016

Serbian Air Force Day

   Beginning of Hanukkah (Festival of Lights)   

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To track Santa on Christmas Eve with your kids...go to this website http://www.noradsanta.org/  this is the NORAD Santa tracking website with plenty of great videos of Santa doing his deliveries on Christmas Eve.

Dave Bailey aka The Rat is here to mark Christmas Eve with his Operation Toy Store. There is an amusing story with this very amusing model.  I love it Dave.

Friday,  Dec 23  2016

Japan - Birthday of H.I.M. Emperor Akihito

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Jonathan Li is here with his first model on ARC and I'm quite excited about that.  This is his beautifully weathered 1/48 Hasegawa F-14D VF-103.  Jonathan used the salt weathering technique with great success.  This is a great looking Tomcat Jonathan, welcome to ARC.  Your models are always welcome on ARC.


Andreas Gordes is back with Part 2 of his 1/72 Amodel Scaled Composites Voyager.  Andreas gives some excellent insight into building this short run kit and his helpful hints will save you time and help you build a more accurate model.  I quite like how his model of this historic aircraft turned out.  His model is am beauty.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Vietnamese Spads Part 1 decal sheet from AOA Decals This decal sheet gives you markings for 10 different South Vietnamese Skyraiders including some with artwork.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Vickers Colt Mk.1 WW1 gun from Eduard Model Accessories This gun was used on WW1 British and French aircraft.


Thursday,  Dec 22  2016    
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Thomas Brückelt starts today with a very interesting what-if interceptor.  This is his 1/72 Bird Models Lippisch Nightfighter with quite a quite a bit of custom work including twin engines and 2 man cockpit. Thomas even added a rocket motor to assist with take off.  I love the thought process Thomas put into this special little night-fighter.  This Lippisch Nightfighter was great too see....well done Thomas.

El Rey has been busy scratchbuilding details on his 1/50 Classic Airframes J2F-6 Duck.  El Rey was determined to build this kit and turn it into the high quality model you will see in his photos and I quite like seeing he chose to finish his Duck in Armada de México markings using Aztec decals.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 SAAB J32 Lansen interior detail set from Maestro ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Tarangus kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Kh-25ML missiles from Eduard Model Accessories


Wednesday,  Dec 21  2016    
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Burt Gustafson did a beautiful OOB build of the 1/48 Tamiya Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero FighterBurt's Zero is beautifully finished and even includes 4 pilot figures.  Lovely work Burt. 

Bernard Lapeyrie has opened the panels and dropped the flaps on his 1/48 Revell F9F Panther.  Bernard added some wonderful detail and then added figures to his carrier deck diorama.  I enjoyed see his Panther very much.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-21 BD3-60 Pylons from Zactomodels These resin BD3-60 Pylons are designed for the MiG-21 and include the early and later 'heavy duty' version of the BD3-60 Pylons.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-25J Mitchell External Gun Packs from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the  Monogram/Revell kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 GBU-16 Paveway II Bombs from Eduard Model Accessories.


Tuesday,  Dec 20  2016    
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Dragan Cvetic has taken the tiny 1/144 Revell F-14D and dressed it up to a very high level.  This Tomcat has a resin cockpit and other aftermarket items including decals and if given a nicely weathered paint job.  It is very sharp looking and well detailed.

Mike Muth is here with a very colorful 1/48 Eduard Fokker Eindekker.  Mike found some colorful markings for an Eindekker used by Austria-Hungary during the Great War.  Mike gives some excellent history on this radical new monoplane as well as what he did to build his Eduard kit into such a  fine looking model.  Be sure to check out the rigging, it's most impressive.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-105D/F/G Tan Canopy Framing decals from Furball Aero DesignThese are designed for the Revell-Monogram kit. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Su-17, Su-20, Su-22 (Fitter) Pitot Tubes and 30mm gun barrels from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 P-51D Mustang early version resin cockpit set & vacu canopies from Pavla Models This detail set is designed for the Tamiya/Academy kit.


Monday,  Dec 19  2016   
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Stephen A. Carr starts today with something VERY special.  Stephen took the classic 1/48 Monogram B-26 Marauder and created this stunning  Hangar Queen Diorama.  Pulling together a diorama of this high calibre takes much effort, but the finished product far exceeds the effort as you will see in his photos if his very pleasing diorama.  I love this one Stephen.

Dirk Schenk has joined us today with a very unique conversion.  This is his 1/72 Heller Aerospatiale SA316 Alouette III Gunship that he explains in his article wearing South African markings and fully loaded for it's gunship role.  This is quite the fascinating article and a great looking version of the Alouette III.  Very cool Dirk...thanks for sharing.

Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Cut-Off Set - Large from The Small Shop.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 AIM-9D Sidewinder missiles from Eduard Model Accessories.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 E-2 Hawkeye Kits (Early) weighted wheels from Royale Resin.


Sunday,  Dec 18  2016

Niger - Proclamation of the Republic 

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Saturday,  Dec 17  2016

Bhutan National Day

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Friday,  Dec 16  2016

Bahrain National Day

Kazakhstan National Day

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Onami is here with his highly accurate 1/32 Hasegawa A6M5a Type-Zero Model 52-Kou.  Onami reworked the skin to give his model a more authentic look as well as other fine details that bring a model to life.  Then this Zero was given very careful weathering to make this Zero very realistic.  Beautiful work Onami. 

Konstantinos Vergos added scratchbuilt details to his 1/48 AMT/ERTL ES-3A Shadow.  He then darkened the panel lines and finished his Shadow with some special commemorative markings that include some colorful tail markings.  This is quite the great looking ES-3A Shadow. 

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


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Su-15 Flagon Pitot Tubes for all versions from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 P-51D/K Mustang late version resin cockpit set + vacu canopies  from Pavla ModelsThis set is designed for the Tamiya/Academy kit.


Thursday,  Dec 15  2016    
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Ermanno Bonafin did an amazing job detailing and weathering his 1/48 Great Wall P-61B Black Widow.  Ermanno used Eduard photo etch on the highly detailed cockpit and also gave full detailing to the engines.  He then painted his Black Widow and finished it in the markings for "Cooper Snooper"  over Iwo Jima in 1945.  The weathering and paint chipping is excellent and not overdone.  This P-61 is perfect.


Douglas Conrady joins us today with one of the oddest looking aircraft.  This is his 1/144 Revell Super Guppy which I love the look of.  Douglas built this beauty for his wife over a period of time and faced some challenges during the painting process, but that did stop him from turning out a first class model. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Bf 109G Radio Compartment from Eduard Model Accessories.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 USAAF M1 Weaver Bomb Loading Cart from RESIN2DetailThis bomb cart is also available in 1/48 scale.


Wednesday,  Dec 14  2016

 

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Andreas Gordes joins us from Germany with his 1/72 Amodel Scaled Composites Voyager Part 1. This is a fascinating aircraft and Andreas tells the story of the epic round the world non-stop trip.  His model looks exceptional and part 2 will be on ARC in about 9 days.  Beautiful work Andreas.


Dragan Cvetic has done a fantastic job detailing and finishing his 1/144 Revell F-104G.  Dragan added cockpit details like seatbelts a gunsight and cockpit side walls and then finished up his Belgian Starfighter using decals from Balkan Models with a carefully level of weathering.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Kern County Fire Department Bell/UH-1H decal sheet from Fireball Modelworks.  This decal sheet is also available in 1/35, 1/48 and 1/32.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Mirage IIIE/R resin cockpit set from SBS ModelThis detail set is designed for the Kinetic kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Tornado IDS wheels from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Revell kit.


Tuesday,  Dec 13  2016

Saint Lucia Independence Day

No update today...I'm starting a new job and need to get to bed.

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Monday,  Dec 12  2016

Kenya Independence Day

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Tolga Ülgür has done extensive work detailing and correcting inaccuracies on his 1/32 Revell Spitfire Mk.IIa.  Tolga has taken the Revell kit and turned it into a VERY accurate Spitfire Mk.IIa and then finished it in markings for a famous Spitfire with a wonderful level of weathering.  This Spitfire is as perfect as you can get.

Luqmanul Hakim A.K.A Mee Wan is here with something very rare today.  This is the 1/144 Revell RMAF A-400M ATLAS 2015.  This big A-400M ATLAS is finished in Royal Malaysian Air Force markings using custom made decals.  This transport aircraft looks quite big, even in 1/144 scale.  I love how it looks.  

Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Standard Rolling Set from The Small Shop.  This Photo Etch Bending Tool is the Photo Etch Standard Rolling Set.  Make curved photo etch parts. Aluminum base makes rolling your parts easy!


Floyd S. Werner, Jr. is here with a product article for the  1/48 SH-2G "Super Seasprite" model kit from Kitty Hawk.  This model kit has markings for USA, Poland, New Zealand and Egypt.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Bf-109G late style wheels from Eduard Model Accessories.  This set is designed for the Eduard kit.


Sunday,  Dec 11  2016   
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Saturday,  Dec 10  2016

Constitution Day in Thailand

Sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales and Repulse   (1941)

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Friday,  Dec 9  2016    
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Mike Regan has stepped up to the plate and completed his 1/48 Classic Airframes Fokker D.XXI to a very nice level.  This is quite the kit complete with a resin motor and photo etch parts and Mike built it in style and completed it with a very attractive camo scheme for a Dutch fighter.  Nicely done Mike.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler has been busy folding the wings on his sharp looking 1/48 Trumpeter A-3B Skywarrior.  Shawn made the folding wings removable and finished his Skywarrior in some great markings from Furball decals.  This one looks very good in Shawn's collection.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 World Wide Airways Mosquito Racer decals from Thunderbird ModelsThis decal sheet is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Su-9 / Su-11 (Fishpot / Fishpot C) - Pitot Tubes and missile rails heads from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Bf 109G resin cockpit set + vacu canopy from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Revell/Heller kit.


Thursday,  Dec 8  2016    
I'm back from my vacation in the Philippines.  It is good to be back home and I look forward to the day my wife and daughter join me in Canada.

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Tolga Ülgür begins today with his stunningly beautiful 1/32 Trumpeter P-51B Mustang.  Tolga finished his Mustang in the markings for “Ding Hao” with plenty of added detailing using numerous aftermarket items.  All this was followed by Zotz decals and a full weathering job.  It doesn't get better then this....simply stunning Tolga.

Sertaç Bayar did some added scratch built detailing on his big beautiful 1/32 Italeri F-104G Tiger Sq. TurAF Sertaç chose the very attractive Turkish camo scheme and finished it off with full weathering and drop tanks.  This one is a gem to see.

Here's a product article for the 5.5" (5 Speed) Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small Shop.  This is the Revolutionary 5 Speed – Most features of any Photo Etch Bending Tool Ever.   


Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-21-BD3-60 late-pylons from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 SC-250 German Bombs from Eduard Model Accessories These were used by most Luftwaffe bombers during WW2, especially the Ju-87.


Wednesday,  Dec 7  2016

Pearl Harbor - Attack on U.S. base 1941

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Tuesday,  Dec 6  2016

Finland Independence Day

I'm on vacation on the island of Boracay, Philippines with my wife and daughter and you can see our ongoing vacation photos on my facebook page if you are interested.

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Monday,  Dec 5  2016

Thailand National Day

Russia - Soviet winter counteroffensive under Moscow   (1941)

I would like to express my sadness to the people of Thailand over the recent death of their King.  He was a much loved King and I was sad to hear the news of his death.

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Blackeyes joins us to honor the Thai national day with his excellent looking 1/72 Airfix L.T.V A-7E Corsair II.  Blackeyes finished his Royal Thai Navy Corsair II to a very high high quality using Siamscale & JEAB decals.  Beautiful work Blackeyes.

U.Chokchai is here with his beautifully done 1/72 Airfix RTN AV-8S Harrier as it appeared sitting on the deck of the Royal Thai navy light aircraft carrier HTMS Chakri naruebet. This Harrier is flawless looking and I loved seeing it on ARC on this special day.

Sunday,  Dec 4  2016

  India Navy Day 

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Saturday,  Dec 3  2016       
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Friday,  Dec 2  2016

Laos Proclamation of the Republic

United Arab Emirates National Day

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Alexander Breunig starts today with his amazing 1/48 Luftwaffe Tornado ECR.  Alexander chose some amazing markings for his in-flight Tornado.  Wow...I love it.

Paul Coppin has done a marvelous job finishing and weathering his  1/48 Revell Ju-87B-2.  Paul added seatbelts and went with markings and camo for a Stuka in North Africa in 1941.  The weathering looks perfect.

Angelo M Picardo has been busy added plenty of detail to his 1/32 Revell AH-1G Cobra.  Angelo added a  resin cockpit and plenty of other detail including some that was scratchbuilt that took his Cobra to a whole new level.  Wonderful work Angelo.

Thursday,  Dec 1  2016

Central Africa National Day

Romania National Day

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