Friday,  Dec 31  2004                    Happy New Year everyone!!!

I have successfully arrived in the UK.  It was a long uneventful trip.  I would like to take this time to wish you all good health and much happiness in 2005.  Please remember to donate to the disaster relief in Asia.

Thursday,  Dec 30  2004         
Wednesday,  Dec 29  2004         
Tuesday,  Dec 28  2004        Australia   "Proclamation Day"   

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

Our little planet has been hit by a horrible disaster.  More than one ARC'er has been affected by this earthquake and the Tsunami in Asia.  Please give something for disaster relief on this one to your local Red Cross or Red Crescent or a relief agency and have the funds directed to the relief effort.  These folks need our help and it's time to do our part.  

I.P.M.S. Morrrselle in Belgium is having a show on January 22 and 23.  Click on their poster to the right or click here for full details.  

Monday,  Dec 27  2004          

Silly Week 2005  (A reminder)   This goofy week of fun will go ahead this year.  I currently have no articles for Silly Week 2005.  I need articles sent to me by midnight Dec 28.  I'm flying out to the UK on Dec 30 and I need to have all content loaded and ready before I leave.  At best, I'll have a modem connection in England.  I will return home on Jan 5.  Please send me articles of silly aircraft or any other models.  

Sunday,  Dec 26  2004          Slovenia Independence Day   
Friday,  Dec 24  2004  
To track Santa on Christmas Eve with your kids...go to this website

Silly Week 2005   This goofy week of fun will go ahead this year.  I currently have no articles for Silly Week 2005.  I need articles sent to me by midnight Dec 28.  I'm flying out to the UK on Dec 30 and I need to have all content loaded and ready before I leave.  At best, I'll have a modem connection in England.  I will return home on Jan 5.  Please send me articles of silly aircraft or any other models.  

  • Alvis 3.1 gets this special update started with his very timely and informative article about Santa's Aircraft: 1900-2000.  Now you've got to check this one out!!!

  • William Tsang is here with a follow-up article on his recent F-15 article.  Today's article deals with Modifying Kit Pilot Figures and provides step by step instructions on how to do your figures.  This will be a very helpful Tools n Tips article.

  • Leonardo is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa Ju-87R Picchiatello.  This is the Italian Ju-87.  Look carefully at the paint scheme and you'll see the original Luftwaffe markings are painted over.

  • Chee Wee, Sim has dropped by with his 1/144 Dragon F-16C.  It is very hard to believe this is a 1/144 model.....very nicely F-16. 


Thursday,  Dec 23   2004      Birthday of H.I.M. Emperor Akihito    
Wednesday,  Dec 22  2004          No update today.....sorry folks.
Tuesday,  Dec 21  2004          
Monday,  Dec 20  2004          
Sunday,  Dec 19  2004
I will not be able to do weekend updates for the next month or so as I spend time with my young kids during Christmas and New Year's.  In early January, I  will be traveling to the UK to bring my very ill Dad home to be with his kids.....if he can make the trip.  Keep my Dad in your prayers.....he is in much pain.

Saturday,  Dec 18  2004     Niger Proclamation of the Republic  

Friday,  Dec 17  2004                       Bhutan National Day  
Thursday,  Dec 16  2004          Bahrain National Day    Kazakhstan National Day  
Wednesday,  Dec 15  2004          

The update is late today.  I got sidetracked moving the ARC Domain name to a faster server.  With luck the home page might load a bit faster.  The homepage on the old server will remain up to redirect people.  I would suggest after you read this note that you hold down your "Ctrl" key and press your "F5" key.  This will get this new webpage in your computers cache and will load the new correct links in the top ARC banner.

  • Phil Hastie is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa Douglas AD-6 Skyraider.  Although Phil built this Skyraider out of the box, he does include helpful info in his article about building this kit.  Nice one Phil. 

  • Armin Knes is here with his 1/48 Monogram Su-25K (early).  Armin used his airbrush for the first time building his Su-25.  Quite the attractive paint scheme Armin.....I like it. 

  • Leonardo joins us with his very nice 1/48 Classic Airframes Re.2001.  A very attractive model of this Italian fighter. 

  • Christopher Tyson joins us with his highly detailed 1/48 Monogram F-4C/D Phantom II.  Although this one was built mostly out of the must take a close look at the paint job......quite a bit of skill and effort went into the tiny details on the paint job.   


Tuesday,  Dec 14  2004          
Monday,  Dec 13  2004           Saint Lucia Independence Day   
Sunday,  Dec 12  2004            Kenya Independence Day  
  • Colin Whitehouse joins us today with an article in honour of Thailand's national holiday on Dec 10th.  This is Colin's 1/48 Revell F-5E done up in Thailand Air Force markings.  A pleasing looking paint scheme.

  • Stefan Woltmann joins us with his 1/48 Revell Dornier 217.  I was impressed when I saw Stefan's Do-217 and discovered this is his first model with an airbrush.  Stefan seems to have natural skill at using an  airbrushing.

  • Emad F.Tabsh is here with an Inbox preview of the 1/48 Special Hobby  Gloster E.28/39 Pioneer

  • Andreas 'Goggo' Gordes is here with an Inbox Preview 1/48 Aires Messerschmitt Me 262A Engine Set for Tamiya Kit.   


Saturday,  Dec 11  2004          

Meteor Productions is having a special Christmas Sale.  

The Sale Started Wednesday and ends on Sunday, December 12th  (Midnight).
Following discounts on ALL ITEMS at Meteor Productions, Inc!

10% off all orders more than $50.00
15% off all orders more than $150.00

The Staff at Meteor Productions

  • You can now post pics to the ARC forums on the ARC servers.  I've finally finished uploading all the pics to the new ARC forums and triple checking all 25,000 photos are there.  


Thursday,  Dec 10  2004          Constitution Day in Thailand  
Wednesday,  Dec 8  2004      

Tuesday,  Dec 7  2004         Pearl Harbor  63rd Anniversary  
Monday,  Dec 6  2004                  Finland Independence Day  
Sunday,  Dec 5  2004          Thailand National Day  
  • Mr Apiruk begins today's special Thailand update with his first article on ARC.  This is his  1/48 Hasegawa F-16BThis is a special Royal Thai AF Anniversary scheme using very colourful Siamscale decals.  Welcome to ARC!!

  • Colin Whitehouse joins us with his prop entry for this special Thailand update.  This is Colin's 1/48 Aeroclub DHC Chipmunk which he used a selection of decals including some from Siam Scale Decals out of Thailand.  Very nice's good to see a Chipmunk in these markings. 

  • I have a review of the 1/72 F-16A/B  Royal Thai Air Force decals from Siam Scale Decals.  Siam scale is based in Thailand, so they are very close to the source for these decals and this particular sheet offers markings for 14 different Thailand F-16A/B's.


Saturday,  Dec 4  2004        No update today....still doing those forum pics.    
Friday,  Dec 3  2004          
  • I'm finishing up the last of the uploading of the ARC Forum images...only about 5,000 more images to go.  But this is keeping me from getting much done on the updates.  I'm pushing hard to get this over with as soon as possible.

  • If you are having problems logging into the ARC forums.....Your problem is simple.  Your computer is trying to log into the old forum.  Make sure you are using this URL   

    If you still have problems....delete your temporary internet files by doing the following...  In IE, go to the menu bar at the top of the browser, click Tools, and then Internet Options. From there, a popup window will appear - click Delete Files and Delete Cookies, and then in the next column down, click Clear History.

    Then, when you come back to ARC, hold down the CTRL key and press F5. This will force a full refresh of the page. This should do it. Contact me if you still have problems after doing the above.

Ming Ho  is here today with his Dec 2004 desktop calendars  which include the new ARC Logo designed by our own Steve Filak


Thursday,  Dec 2  2004    Laos Proclamation of the Republic    United Arab Emirates National Day  

The downloading of the forum images from the old server is complete.  The total was over 25,000 images and over 1.1 gigs of data.  Well done don't worry ARC has unlimited space.  I'm in the process of almost uploading them.....once that is complete......I can permit uploading of images again.  The process is slow and it does tie up my ARC computer making updates very difficult to get done on time.....but it's getting there.

  • Christian Curec - aka Chris Cat is here with an article for yesterday's National Day in Romania.  This is his   1/48 Gavia Kozedub’s Lavoshkin La-7 a lovely weathering job and equally fantastic looking diorama base.  This aircraft was flown by Ace Ivan Kozhedub (the top scoring Ace of WW2.  

  • Philip Jones is here today with his 1/48 Hasegawa Phantom FG Mk. 1.  This is a RAF Phantom II and Philip has gone into some great detail in his article how he achieved his impressive results. 

  • Stuart Quinn-Harvie is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Academy Spitfire 14c in D-Day stripes and full weathering.  This Spitfire is built out of the box and the end result  is very nice indeed.  Welcome to ARC Stuart.

  • Prama Sobari joins us with his 1/72 Kopro MiG-19S done up in Pakistani markings.  Prama finished his Mig in a bare metal finish.....this Mig looks fast even when it's parked....nice one Prama.

  • I have a review of the new 1/48 Spitfires Eagle and Aces Part 1  decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This decal sheet features 3 Eagle Squadron Spitfires and one British Spitfire flown by Robert Stanford-Tuck.


Wednesday,  Dec 1  2004               Romania National Day   Central Africa National Day   
Meteor Productions will be attending the Model Fest in College Park, MD on Saturday, December 4th10AM-1PM (Opens at 9AM for Early Birds).  the location is the Holiday Inn at 10000 Baltimore Ave in College Park, MD, United States.  Click here for a map.  Here's your chance to do some Christmas shoping for yourself.
  • Ion Tesu is here to mark Romania's National Day with his 1/32  Revell Tornado.  This jet might not be a Romanian jet, but Ion is originally from Romania.  His Tornado is in German markings with aftermarket detail items.  You'll enjoy this one.

  • Laurent Boildieu joins us with his 1/48 Hasegawa J2M6 Raiden.  Laurent calls his article about his Raiden The Last Samurai.  He's been busy detailing and weathering his Raiden to give it that realistic look. 

  • Matthias Simon joins us for the first time with his 1/72  vacuformed Cornelius XFG-1 fuelglider from Airmodels.  Matthias has proved some good info about building this greaty looking Vac-u-fomed model and if you've ever wondered "what's involved" should read his article.  Welcome to ARC Matthias!!!

  • I have a review of the 1/48 F-4J (UK) 74 Sqn "Tiger", RAF decal sheet from Yellow Hammer Decals.  This is sure to appeal to RAF and Tiger meet fans.

  • Zotz Decals has come out with a selection of 9 different Tee shirts Tee-shirts featuring artwork from their decals.  These are 100% cotton Tee-shirt and I've taken piles of photos of each shirt so you can see the artwork on each of these comfortable Tee shirts.