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Friday,  Mar 27   2015     
Dennis Brackett is here with the first KC-10 on ARC.  This is his dynamic in-flight refueling diorama using the 1/200 Hasegawa KC-10 Extender and 1/200 DML B-2 Spirit.  Dennis has special talent building in-flight dioramas and this one is top notch....I love it.

Dragan Cvetic has done an outstanding job building and finishing his 1/48 Kinetic S-2A Tracker.  Dragan folded the wings and finished his Tracker in marking for the Royal Netherlands Air Force.  It is quite the impressive looking Tracker.

S K Loh is here with a very special 1/144 Academy MiG-29 Fulcrum wearing Polish markings that honor WWII Polish fighter pilot Cdr Marian Pisarek.  S K created demo bird model using custom made decals and plenty of careful attention to detail.  The in-flight photos look fantastic.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-22A wheels and wheel chocks from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail 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 A-1D (AD-4) Skyraider cockpit set from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Trumpeter kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-101A/C Voodoo Fuel Vents from QuickBoost.  This detail set is designed for the Kitty Hawk kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Su-25 Frogfoots decal sheet from Balkan Models.  This decal sheet includes markings for 8 different 1/48 Su-25 Frogfoots from 6 different countries.  


Thursday,  Mar 26  2015 

Bangladesh Independence and National Day

Iván Aceituno C. did a huge amount of work to convert his 1/48 Trumpeter MiG-23UB model into a 2 seater.  This project involved plenty of aftermarket items including the Neomega  conversion set....many hours of scratchbuilding then all the hours of work to pull this whole project together.  This model has a stunning finish and figures and crew ladders and a beautifully done display base.  Enjoy the photos....this one is a BEAUTY!!!

Mike Pattison has taken a  the 1/32 Revell Hurricane IIc Trop to a new level of enjoyment. Mike built this classic kit in 3 days and used some artistic license with the camo and markings and ended up with a sharp looking Hurricane.  It's amazing to build this gem in 3 days....way to go Mike......keep making the hobby fun....that is what it is all about.

Sodasorb has done the 1/48 Revell A-6E Intruder in style as a Gulf War USMC bird complete with a weapons load and just the perfect amount of weathering to hit the perfect mark for realism.  Sodasorb points out a few of the tricks to building this kit, which he built for his brother who is a Gulf War Vet.  What a great gift to give to his brother.....lucky brother.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 CF-104 Starfighter Symmetrical Era Markings decal sheet from Canuck Model ProductsThis decal sheet allows you to build any Symmetrical era scheme from the Canadian based Natural Metal to the European based Olive Green and Variegated Camouflage.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-104G/S Starfighter Control Levers from QuickBoost This detail set is designed for the Italeri kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Lavochkin LA-5F/FN cockpit set from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Zvezda kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 35LB. Lubricating Bucket Pump USAF from Aerobonus This pump can be painted yellow or gray.


Wednesday,  Mar 25  2015 

Greece Independence Day

Royal Navy - Sea Mosquito first carrier  landings (1944)

Burt Gustafson gets things started in style with his 1/48 Airfix BAe Hawk T. Mk1 wearing British Royal Navy markings.  Burt built his RN trainer out of the box with excellent results.  I'm impressed by the variety of aircraft Burt builds....it's good to see his Hawk on ARC..

Hugo Cabral is here with his post war Portuguese 1/48 Accurate Miniatures SB2C-5 Helldiver.  Hugo converted his SB2C-4 to a SB2C-5 and he explains the process in his article.  This is the first Portuguese Helldiver on ARC and this one is beautifully done and Hugo's article is quite an interesting read. 

Michael "Chewie" Choo is here with his show bird of the 1/72 Hasegawa EA-18G VAQ-129 CONA.  Mike used the TwoBobs decal sheet for the CONA markings which uses retro markings on modern jets to mark the 100th anniversary of the USN.  Very nicely done Mike. 

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Hawker Hunter Mk. 9 Conversion from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Revell kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


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


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC - Hispano Mk II 20mm cannons from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-104G Starfighter Engine set from CMKThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 AH-1S/F resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the HobbyBoss kit.


Tuesday,  Mar 24   2015     
Cenker Olut has done a first class job detailing his 1/48 Eduard Focke Wulf FW 190/A8 "weekend edition".  Cenker used a combination of Eduard Zoom sets and his own highly skilled scratchbuilding skills to detail his 190.  He then gave it a flawless paint job with the perfect amount of weathering.  I love the engine detail on this one and the camo is quite attractive.

Douglas Conrady joins us with a very special 1/48 Sword T-38A he made for a pilot friend.  Douglas carefully researched this project which shows in the finished model.  I do like the way the model is climbing but also is tilted to one side.  It's a beauty from every angle and I do like the way he pulled it all together with the model and custom base.  I'm sure his friend was quite impressed when he received this gem.  

Kees Kuyper joins us from the Netherlands with another 'what-if' aircraft from the NESA NEtherlands Space Agency.  Kees is a rare and very creative mind and this is his  Lockheed Skyking with the rarely seen bypass turboprop engines.  His aircraft is wearing NESA colours as it would appear in Suriname (former part of the  Kingdom of the Netherlands),  Nicely done Kees.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Lancaster B.II Gun Barrels from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Cockpit details- World War II decal sheet from Mike Grant Decals.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Typhoon Wheels from Ultracast.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 German Luftwaffe pilot WWII from Aerobonus.


Monday,  Mar 23  2015 

Pakistan Day 

Mike Pattison starts today with a gem of a Spitfire.  This is Mike's 1/32 Revell Spitfire Mk IIa with an Eduard cockpit set and rescribed panel and enhanced rivet detail.  This is a sweet looking Spitfire and Mike really demonstrates the gem that can be made from the Revell kit.  I love the weathering and cockpit detail Mike added to his Spit.

Gerd Wilcken shows the excellent detail available on the 1/144 Revell Harrier GR Mk 7.  Gerd gave his RAF Harrier a full weapons load to truly show off the multi-role value of this very versatile jet.  Gerd's skill at painting and weathering really brings his 1/144 Harrier alive.....I love it.

Carmel J. Attard is a master modeler especially when it comes to vac-u-formed kits as you will see in the photos of his 1/72 Airmodel Caudron C.445m Goeland.  Carmel did the usual extra detailing on his post WW2 French Navy aircraft and then did some further enhancements to really bring his Caudron C.445m Goeland to life.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Me 163B Komet resin cockpit set from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Meng kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-22A Raptor Ejection Seat from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 TBM-3 Avenger Exhaust Pipes from QuickBoost This detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 USCG HH-60J Jayhawk conversion set from Fireball Modelworks.  The decal set includes numbers to build any of the 42 Jayhawks that were produced.


Sunday,  Mar 22   2015   
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Saturday,  Mar 21  2015 

Namibia Independence Day

Chile - Anniversary of the Chilean Air Force


Thursday,  Mar 19   2015   
Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here to start this update in true Jolly Rogers style.  This is his 1/48 Academy F-4B, Phantom #176 in hi-viz VF-84 markings complete with folded wings.  This one is a beauty complete with crew figures and the photos of Shawn's display shelves is always a special treat to see.

Vladimír Žucha is here with his big beautifully done 1/32 Azur Morane Saulnier M.S.406.   Vladimír captured the look of this classic French fighter very well......it's a very impressive model in 1/32 scale.

Thomas Brückelt has done an exceptionally nice job building and finishing his  1/72 Airmodel Products Flettner FL 265 "Blauer Anton".  Thomas chose a what-if scheme for this little German chopper that honors the designer of this very early little chopper.  The design of this chopper is very interesting......it actually has 2 rotors....it's a wonder the blades don't hit when the engine is running.  Beautiful work Thomas.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Desert Bogeys decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This decal sheet includes markings for 17 different 1/48 Adversary aircraft with VFA-127, VFC-13 and NSAWC.  The 17 aircraft include F/A-18A/B and F-5E/F. 


Here's a product article for the 1/32 35Lb. lubricating bucket pump US NAVY from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk "Airship Fighter" model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsThis resin model kit includes markings for 3 different aircraft.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Spitfire late types exhaust (round) from SBS ModelThis detail set is designed for the Special Hobby kit.


Wednesday,  Mar 18  2015 

  Çanakkale Victory Anniversary 2014 

Sertac Bayar joins us from Turkey with the first of this type of aircraft on ARC.  This is his beautifully done 1/72 Tan Model TAI / Hürkuş-A.  Sertac added scratchbuilt details in the cockpit including ejection seat belts, pitot tube and canopy parts.  He then finished it in great looking TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) red and white markings.  Beautiful work Sertac...it is great to see this new Turkish trainer on ARC.

Mejarbee Wan Hashim has done a spectacular job on the big 1/32 Academy F/A-18D RMAF “What If".  This Hornet is loaded with lots of aftermarket items and plenty of long hours of careful work.  It is absolutly first class model in every way.  It is always great to see Malaysian aircraft on ARC.

Ken Duffey is here with something truly unique today.  Ken is a long time ARC regular and an expert on Russian aviation, so it is not surprising to see him build the 1/72 Modelsvit Beriev-Bartini VVA-14.  This aircraft has a very unique design and Ken explains fully the whole story behind this rare aircraft and what it took for him to build this particular model kit.  This is one amazing looking design Ken.....thanks for showing it to us on ARC.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Bf 109G Gun Covers from QuickBoost.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Su-27 resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Academy kit


Here's a product article for the 1/72 C-46 Commando BOAC decal sheet from Maestro Models.  


Tuesday,   Mar 17  2015 

Ireland - St. Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day to everyone!!!.

We arrive home tonight and regular updates will begin tomorrow.   

Paul Coppin starts things off today with a rare bird.  This is his 1/48 Revell He-111-H22, which is the V-1 launching He-111.  Paul chose a very sharp looking camo scheme complete with black underside.  This is an excellent kit and in Paul's skilled hands it came out looking flawless. 

Jeong Cheol, Kim joins us from Korea with an amazing looking 1/32 Academy H.A.F. F-16CJ.  Jeong Cheol added a  resin cockpit as well as many other aftermarket items including decals from Zotz Decals and Hobbydecal before completing his F-16 as a weathered Greek F-16 wearing that fantastic looking blue HAF camo.

Fausto Muto has been busy getting everything looking perfect on his well weathered 1/32 Hasegawa A6M5 Zero.  This Zero has areas of paint that are worn down to the metal.....which looks very realistic.  Beautiful work.

National Convention

Columbus, OH July 22 - 25

ARC Groupbuilds

Star Wars Group Build - ends May 4th 2015

StarFish Group Build - ends  March 1st 2015

Tiger group build - ends July1st 2015

Search and Rescue Group build (SAR) - ends July 1st 2015

The Shelf Queens Group Build - ends March 2014

Model Shows


Ashland, NE Mar 28 2015


Kenner, LA Mar 28 2015


Venice, FL Mar 28 2015


Chicopee, MA Mar 29 2015


Wayne, NJ - April 4 2015

Anniston, AL Apr 4 2015


Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Apr 10 - 11 2015


San Jose, CA Apr 11 2015


Des Moines, IA Apr 11 2015


Freeport, NY Apr 11 2015


Saco, ME Apr 12 2015


Cheektowaga (Buffalo), NY Apr 12 2015


Winnipeg, Canada Apr 17 - 18 2015


Bixby, OK Apr 18 2015


Las Vegas, NV Apr 18 2015


Vancouver, WA Apr 18 2015

Grand Junction, CO Apr 25 - 26 2015


Knoxville, TN Apr 25 2015


Stafford, TX Apr 25 2015


Winooski, VT Apr 25 2015


Fairfax, VA Apr 25 2015


Renton, WA Apr 25 2015


Cedar Rapids, IA - April 25 2015 

Auburn, IN Apr 30 - May 2 2015


Albany, NY - May 2 2015

Madison Heights, MI - May 2 2015 

Dunedin, FL May 2 2015


Puyallup, WA May 3 2015


Louisville, KY May 9 2015


Baton Rouge, LA May 16 2015


Crossville, TN May 16 2015


Pensacola, FL - May 16 2015 

Oldsmar, FL May 16 - 17 2015


Port Clinton, OH - May 30 2015 

Crystal Lake, IL May 30 2015


Fayetteville, NC June 5 - 6 2015


Warner Robins, GA June 6 2015


El Cajon (San Diego), CA June 6 2015


Santa Rosa, CA June 13 2015


Columbia, SC June 19 - 20 2015


Eagle River, WI June 20 2015


Branson, MO June 20 2015


Bremerton, WA June 27 2015


National Convention

Columbus, OH July 22 - 25

Spring, TX Aug 1 2015


Crystal Lake, IL Aug 2 2015


Roanoke, VA Aug 15 2015


St. Louis, MO Sept 12 2015


Arlington, TX Sept 12 2015


Reno, NV Sept 12 2015


Hudson, MA Sept 13 2015


Orlando, FL Sept 18 - 20 2015


Sharon, PA Sept 19 2015


Rapid City, SD Sept 19 2015


Carlisle, PA Sept 19 2015

Leavenworth, KS Sept 19 2015


Little Rock, AR Sept 26 2015


Covington, LA Sept 26 2015


Milpitas, CA Sept 27 2015


Wausau, WI Oct 10 2015


Cincinnati (Sharonville), OH Oct 10 2015


Wichita, KS Oct 10 2015


Poughkeepsie, NY  Oct 17 2015


Salisbury, NC Oct 17 2015


Nashua, NH Oct 18 2015

Fort Snelling, MN Oct 24 2015


Murfreesboro, TN Nov 7 2015


Deerfield Beach, FL Nov 14 2015


Columbia, MO Nov 14 2015


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