Homepage Text - March 2004


Monday,  Mar 30  2020
Jay Vlad has done an exceptional job finishing his 1/48 Revell Rafale C.  Jay built his Rafale as a French jet with the perfect shade of custom mixed grey and just the right amount of weathering.  He gave it a full weapons load to show the potential of this jet.  Beautiful work Jay.

Pablo Angel Herrera is here with something you do not see very often on ARC.  This his built from the classic 1/72 Revell PB4Y-2 Privateer kit and finished with custom noseart honouring his son.  Pablo gave his PB4Y-2 Privateer a full weathering job which looks very good indeed. 

Here's a product article for the The "BUG" RTH Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small ShopThis Photo Etch Bending Tool is the The "BUG" RTH Hold and Fold.  Loaded with Features in a Tight little Package! Perfect for close-up work! Little bends are no problem when using the "Bug"!   


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Albatros D.V/Va Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  This detail set is designed for the Wingnut Wings kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Thursday,  Mar 26  2020 

Bangladesh Independence and National Day

  Italian Air Force Day 

André R Manzano has done an outstanding job finishing and weathering his  1/48 Hasegawa F-4E Phantom.  André gave his Phantom a full weapons load and that awesome Israeli camo scheme.  I love this F-4.

Karl Wenk is here with his 3rd model on ARC and this is quite the beauty.  This is his 1/72 Dragon Westland Seaking HC.4 with interior detail and finished in a great looking camo scheme.  Beautiful work Karl.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-17G bomb bay photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the HK Models kit.

You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Alpha Jet A - Pitot Tube & Angle Of Attack probes from Master.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Wednesday,  Mar 25  2020 

Greece Independence Day

Royal Navy - Sea Mosquito first carrier  landings (1944)

Laurent “angus” Beauvais spent 11 years building his 1/48 Italeri A-10A Hawg Smoke 2006 and giving it plenty of super detailing.  This was a combination of resin aftermarket parts and scratchbuilt detailing and redoing all the rivets.  Spectacular work Laurent.

Géza Szekér joins us from Hungary with his beautifully done 1/72 Zvezda MiG-21bis AP75.  This MiG-21 got extra detailing and was finished it as a Hungarian jet in a great looking diorama base.  Very nice indeed.  

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-27 intake correction set from Zactomodels.  These resin intakes provide corrected, wider intakes with detail inside and out and a choice of FOD guard position.  This resin set does a wonderful job correcting the Trumpeter kit parts on the Su-27B.  Trumpeter has 'retooled' this part of their kit on the SU-27UB, Su-30MKK and newer releases of the Su-27 Flanker B.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-17G undercarriage and exterior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the HK Models kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Tuesday,  Mar 24  2020
Rafael is here from with another gem from the Venezuela Air force.  This is his 1/48 Kinetic CF-5A Freedom Fighter with added scratchbuilt detail and finished in CAF camo and Venezuela Air force markings from custom made decals. 

Michael Phillips has done a fantastic job finishing his 1/48 Hasegawa F-22A Raptor - Ghost of Langley.  Michael was very successful at replicating the sheen on the paint and the canopy and he explains his techniques in his article.  The F-22 is an attractive and unique looking jet and looks best in-flight as Michael chose to display it.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Wellington GR Mk.VIII bomb bay photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.

You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Harrier GR.1/3, AV-8A Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions This detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Monday,  Mar 23  2020 

Pakistan Day 

Scott Smither a.k.a. Desertpilot has been a member of the ARC forums for over 14 years and I am honored to feature his latest model on the ARC homepage today.  This is his 1/48 What-If F-8S Crusader II “Templar” with an excellent what-if story to go with this beauty.  Quite the fantastic job Scott, I love the model and your story. 

Carl Jarosz has finished a real gem of an airliner.  This is his 1/144 Minicraft Boeing 737-300 Western Pacific Airlines “Colorado Springs” Livery.  Carl has quite the helpful build story in his article.  It looks great Carl.

Here's a product article for the Extra Foil for Nutter Set - 6" x 6" from The Small Shop.  Foil for use with the Nutter & for Scratch Building!


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Saturday,  Mar 21  2020 

Namibia Independence Day

Chile - Anniversary of the Chilean Air Force


Friday,  Mar 20  2020 

Tunisia National Day

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with the classic AMT and Polar Lights Romulan Warbirds given the addition of modern lighting.  Shawn is quite the talented guy at lighting Star Trek models and I have enjoyed seeing them all on ARC.

Carl Jarosz has done an exceptionally nice job building and finishing his 1/72 Hobby Boss A-7A Corsair II VA-153 “Blue Tail Flies”.  Carl added details to the cockpit and a cover to the intake and chose markings that show off the A-7 very well.  This one is a beauty!!!

Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-17G landing flaps photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.  This detail set is designed for the HK Models kit.

You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 De Havilland Mosquito Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft ConversionsThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Thursday,  Mar 19  2020
Gerd Wilcken starts today with 2 very attractive 1/72 Revell F-16 C's.  Gerd converted them into two Aggressor Aircraft of the 18th AGS and the paint schemes he chose were complimented with aftermarket decals and displayed as in-flight models.  Very nicely done indeed.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with the iconic Canadian jet interceptor.  This is Shawn's 1/49 Hobby Craft CF-105 Arrow built out of the box and finished as an in-flight model.  Shawn also has a photo of another of his Arrows. 

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Gladiator Mk. I photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the ICM kit.  

You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Avro Lancaster - set of 8 British Brownings .303 cal from Master This detail set is designed for the HK Models kit.  


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Wednesday,  Mar 18  2020 

  Çanakkale Victory Anniversary 2014 

I'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to ARC Moderator Terry Sumner Happy Birthday Terry!!!

Michael Phillips starts today with one of the best looking camo schemes ever worn by the F-16.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16D Aggressor - Red 75 with aftermarket goodies including a resin cockpit and aftermarket decals.  This is quite the impressive F-16D. 

Shawn "phantom" Weiler joins us today with his rebuilt 1/350 Polar Lights USS Enterprise NX-01.  Shawn too this one apart to give it new lights and the end result does look great with the working lights.  I love seeing Star Trek models on ARC.

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


Here's a product article for the 1/72 F-35B interior and exterior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.  This detail set is designed for the Italeri kit.

You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Tuesday,  Mar 17  2020 

Ireland - St. Patrick's Day

No update today.

Monday,  Mar 16  2020
Torsten Schroeder is here with his first model on ARC.  This is his 1/32 Kitty Hawk T-38 Talon Conversion that he converted from the F-5 model.  Torsten did an amazing job on it and I'm pleased to see his T-38 on ARC.  Welcome to ARC Torsten.

Thomas Brückelt is here with a very cool project.  This is a model of him flying his 1/18 RC Bo-105 which is very fun and cool to see.  Thomas explains the build process in his article and even includes links to youtube videos of him flying his RC Bo-105.  I really enjoyed see this diorama on ARC. 

Here's a product article for the 4"x4" Photo Etch Bending & Rolling Deluxe Brass Assist from The Small Shop.  This Photo Etch Bending Tool is the Photo Etch Bending & Rolling Deluxe Brass Assist for "True" cylinders, tie downs, hinges, clamps, brackets & grab handles all with one tool.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 RQ-4B Global Hawk Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  This detail set is designed for the Skunkmodel kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Friday,  Mar 13  2020
Patrick Vossenberg is here with 2 very smart looking F-5's.  These are his 1/72 Revell F-5B (2x) with one wearing Spanish markings and the other dressed in Dutch markings.  Added resin and scratchbuilt details were added to the cockpit and both models were given very realistic weathering jobs.  It's great to see these on ARC. 

Rafael joins us from Venezuela with a gem today.  This is his 1/48 Planet Model Vultee BT-13 Valiant which is a resin kit and the decals are homemade.  Rafael did a perfect job on the finish and weathering on this Venezuela Air Force trainer.  I love the look of it.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 A-26B Invader bomb bay photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the ICM kit.

You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 B-29 Superfortress Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  This detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Thursday,  Mar 12  2020 

Mauritius Independence Day

Tom Valaoras has added a resin cockpit to his 1/48 Monogram B-58 Hustler and then finished it with a beautifully done bare metal finish using foil.  This is Tom's 9th model on ARC and I always enjoy seeing his latest model.  It is a treat to see Tom's B-58.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with one of the famous Lancasters that was part of the Dam Buster Raid.  This is the classic 1/72 Airfix Lancaster with aftermarket decals and beautifully built and finished. 

Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-29 Exhausts from Zactomodels This detail set is designed for the Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-29.  These resin exhausts  corrects the shape of the exhausts and includes highly detailed resin and photo-etch replacement parts.  The kit includes 10 parts cast in beige resin and photo-etch flame holders and includes highly detailed parts


Here's a product article for the 1/48 UH-1N interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the Kitty Hawk kit.

You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Wednesday,  Mar 11  2020 

Lithuania Independence Day

I am gutted to hear from my close friend Terry that his beautiful wife has died in her sleep.  She is a beautiful woman inside and out.....a real Angel.  Today is dedicated to Terry's beautiful wife Carolyn.

This was posted by Terry Sumner

I have lost my wife 
This is probably the saddest message I will ever write here. Yesterday in the late afternoon, I lost my beautiful wife and soulmate Carolyn of the past 38 years. She passed away in her sleep unexpectedly at home. She had been ill for the past 26 years, having spent 1,836 days in 8 separate hospitals due to her Crohn's Disease, Breast Cancer and a host of other medical problems. I have been her 24/7 caregiver for two decades now and I am totally lost without her. I feel like a ship sailing without a compass.  

Tuesday,  Mar 10  2020
Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with a very famous B-26.  This is his 1/72 Airfix B-26B Marauder finished in the markings for "Flak Bait".  This particular B-26 holds the record within the United States Army Air Forces for the number of bombing missions survived during World War II.  Shawn's B-26 looks excellent. 

RSK48, Rafael is here with something you will not see often.  This is his multi-media 1/48 Alley Cat DH Vampire FB-Mk52 wearing Venezuela markings and finished as a bare metal Vampire fighter with just the perfect amount of weathering.  It is a great looking Vampire.

Here's a product article for the 2" Mini Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small ShopThe Small Shop has a huge selection of photo etch bending tools as well as tool for square and rounded bends.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8, F-5 Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions This detail set is designed for the Revell kit, 2015 mold.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Monday,  Mar 9  2020
No update today.  I got roped into a double shift to cover for another employee.

Friday,  Mar 6  2020 

Ghana Independence Day

RSK48, Rafael starts your friday update with  his bare metal 1/48 Revell B-25J Mitchell.  The B-25 is different from most because it is wearing Venezuela Air Force markings that wear custom printed for this model.  The gentle weathering and all the guns of the later B-25 version make this quite the eye catching model.

Christos Papadopoulos is here with his striking looking yellow nosed 1/48 Hasegawa Bf 109E.  Christos chose one of the most interesting camo schemes and his 109 also has noseart and a flawless weathering job.  I enjoy seeing these early war yellow nosed 109's.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 A-26B Invader undercarriage and exterior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the ICM kit.  You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Fw 190 Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft ConversionsThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Thursday,  Mar 5  2020 

Spitfire - Maiden flight of Spitfire in 1936

Michael Phillips is here with a stunning build today.  This is his 1/48 Kinetic Su-33 Flanker-D - Тигр Сирии fished in an awesome blue camo with flawless weathering and a full weapons load.  This one is a treat for the eyes.

Reza H Monjezi has done a lovely job building and finishing the 1/72 Italeri Lockheed C-130H Hercules.  Reza chose a desert camo for this Iranian Herc and finished it off with a very well done weathering job.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-100 Super Sabre Intake Correction kit from Zactomodels.  This resin seamless intake corrects the shape of the front profile and includes the inner radar bulge missing from the original kit.  Also included in this set is an optional FOD cover.  The FOD cover can be fitted on the plane saving the hassle of filling the internal seams or positioned next to the plane as a diorama accessory.


1/48 Tornado GR.1 Desert Babe upgrade photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Eduard kit.  You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Wednesday,  Mar 4  2020
No update today.  I spent the day doing activities with my wife. 

Tuesday,  Mar 3  2020 

Bulgaria National Day

Morocco National Day

Thomas Brückelt is here with something very unique today.  This is his 1/72 KP Let Z-37A Čmelák which is a crop duster from the Czech Republic.  Thomas gave his Čmelák a full weathering to show it's nature of work.  This is a very cool looking aircraft.

Dragan Cvetic has gotten the weathering look just right on his 1/72 KP MiG-23ML of the Iraqi Air Force.  This was a quick build and looks excellent.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Wellington GR Mk. VIII landing flaps from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.  You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 US WWII Pitot Tube - "Streamline" type probe from Master.

In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Monday,  Mar 2  2020
Sertac Bayar has been busy getting things right on his very sharp looking 1/32 F-104G Hasegawa.  Sertac added a resin seat and gave his Starfighter a great looking camo scheme and Turkish markings.  I love the look of his 104.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler has done a lovely job building and finishing his 1/72 Minicraft B-24D LiberatorShawn gave his bomber nose art and finished it in desert camo, which always looks good.  This is not an easy kit to build, but that did not stop Shawn from building a beauty.

Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Bending Folding Blade 8 Inch from The Small ShopThis Photo Etch Bending Folding Blade 8 Inch is for bending and folding PE parts. Complements the 8" Tool head Workstation (This item is included with the 8" tool).  Features of this tool:
  • Using the correct blade helps you fold longer parts easier
  • Beveled edge to make perfect folds on your PE parts.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 F-4 Phantom II Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft ConversionsThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit (newer tooling with recessed panel lines).


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.