Saturday,  July 31  2004           

Friday,  July 30  2004        Vanuatu Independence Day  

I'm pleased to welcome a new ARC Sponsor.  They are Kits Discount and are a hobby shop that has been in business since 1996.  Drop by their website and check them out.  

  • Juan Ramon Garcia begins today's update with his 1/72 Tamiya P-51D.  Juan gave the P-51 some very special attention of detail and weathering usually only seen on 1/48 models.    

  • François Maheux is here with his first article on ARC.  This is François's 1/48 Hasegawa A-7E Corsair II which he added a variety of aftermarket detail items to and then finished it off with a elicately and realistic done weathering job.

  • Murli Rajan is here with his 1/72 Academy Hawker Hurricane.  Murli added some exhaust weathering to his Hurricane and then finished it off in Indian Air Force markings. 


Thursday,  July 29  2004    
  • Gary Wickham begins today's update with his 1/72 Hasegawa Grumman X-29.  This is the Forward Swept Wing Technology Demonstrator and Gary found this kit to be quite the straight forward build.  Cool looking jet. 

  • Charles Kalina is here with his 1/288 AER Antonov An-12 CUB .  Charles did this one up as an in-flight display.  A treat to see Charles work on ARC. 

  • Dennis Weber is here with the 1/48 Monogram Heinkel He-111H-4.  This is an exceptional kit and Dennis did a splendid job on it. 

  • John Loughman is the webmaster of the Australian Vietnam Veterans National Museum.  I've added a link to their site to the ARC Museum links page, but I couldn't resist showing you a pic of one of their displays. 


Wednesday,  July 28  2004                Peru Independence Day  
Tuesday,  July 27  2004    
Monday,  July 26  2004              Liberia Independence Day   

    Maldives Independence Day    

Sunday,  July 25  2004      No update today.
Saturday,  July 24  2004    

Friday,  July 23  2004      Egypt National Day  
  • Luc Janssen is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Luc's big 1/32 Hobbycraft MIG - 15 Fagot which he id some extra detailing to.  He finally created a diorama base to display his excellent looking MiG-15.  Welcome to ARC Luc!!! 

  • Shaun Bowman-Davies is here today with his 1/72 Revell Westland Sea King HAR.3.  Shaun finished off his eye catching Sea King as a British Search and Rescue machine.  He's included info about building his Sea King in his article.

  • Gavin Rees is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Gavin's 1/48 Revell F-15E Strike Eagle which he did a very nice job on.  Welcome to ARC Gavin!!!

  • Konley Kelley is here with his 1/48 Tamiya P-51B which he has used to create a piece of artwork.  Very nice indeed.  


Thursday,  July 22  2004    
Wednesday,  July 21  2004           Belgium Independence Day  
Tuesday,  July 20  2004           Colombia Independence Day  

  USA Lands First Human on the Moon 

Monday,  July 19  2004     
Sunday,  July 18  2004    
I will be dropping weekend updates until Sept.  This is to free up badly needed time to focus on other work on ARC as well as to free up some time for my kids during the summer months.  I will continue to update the TPC on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday,  July 17  2004             Iraq National Day   

Friday,  July 16  2004     
  • Grzegorz Stróżek begins today's update with his 1/72 Academy P-40B.  Although Grzegorz built his Flying Tigers P-40 straight out of the box.....he did produce a very fine and well finished model of this legendary aircraft.  It's always a treat to see a Flying Tiger model. 

  • Nathan Meyers is here today with his first article on ARC.  This is Nathan's 1/72 Hasegawa B-47E done up with a diorama base.  Nathan did a bit of scratchbuilding to improve upon the kits detail.  this is one big and impressive model....welcome to ARC Nathan!!!   

  • Mark Davies has dropped by to show everyone his 1/72 Airfix Henschel Hs 123.  Mark did a variety of things including scrathcbuilding to improve upon this model of this strong little bi-plane. 

  • Dan Duna is here with his 1/48 Scratchbuilt Proximan Fighter.   Dan has a fill imagination and this model proves it......he's included a variety of photos including one of the model before it was painted.  Very creative Dan!!!

  • I have a full review of the recently released 1/48 Bf-109D decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This decal sheet has a connection to the Olympic games in Berlin in 1936. 

  • I have a full review of the recently released 1/72 F/A-18E VFA-115 OIF Screamin' Eagles decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features 3 different OIF birds.

  • I have a full review of the recently released 1/72 Loening M-8-1 resin model kit from Pro Resin (part of Olimp Models).  You WW1 modellers are going to love this gem of a kit.


Thursday,  July 15  2004     
  • Haik Martirossian gets today started with 2 of his very special airliner.  This is Haik's 1/100 VEB Tu-134 and Tu-154 and on one of them Haik painted all the markings himself, which on an airliner is not an easy job.

  • Bill Lachance is here with another of his gems.  This is Bill's 1/48 Accurate Miniatures TBM-3D Avenger which he built up into quite the piece of scale art.  Not much to say except Bill did this exceptional kit justice. 

  • Ray Utter is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Ray's 1/48 Academy MiG-29UB that he built with the "assistance" of his two young sons.  A well done MiG-29UB model Ray....welcome to ARC!!!

  • Robert-Jan Willekens is here with his well weathered and brightly painted 1/48 Monogram Douglas C-49K.  Robert-Jan has done some very effective paint chipping/scuffling to his C-49.....I quite liked the yellow markings. 

  • I have a full review of the recently released 1/72 F-16A/B/N Top Gun Vipers decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsYou get 7 different Top Gun style jets!!! 

  • I have a review of the 1/32 F4U-4 Corsair decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks This includes the first African American Naval aviator and a pilot that was awarded the Medal of Honor.  You'll also find  a Honduran Corsair on this sheet as well.  Three Corsairs in all.

  • I have a inbox review of the 1/48 Academy CH-46E model kit  from Hobby shop.  This kit is impressive in detail and quality as well as size.  A must have for folks with an interest in the CH-46. 


Wednesday,  July 14  2004                  France National Day   
  • Anton Alerte is here today with his 1/48 Revell F-8 (FN) Crusader.  Anton finished his Crusader in French markings for the D-Day anniversary paint scheme.  Definitely an attractive paint scheme.  Welcome to ARC Anton!!! 

  • I was out of town all day today visiting family with my kids and I'm quite tired, so today's update is quite small, but I wanted to get at least one article up for my friends in France.


Tuesday,  July 13  2004     
Monday,  July 12  2004  Sao Tome and Principe Independence Day 
  • Manuel J. Armas S. begins today's update with his 1/48 Academy F-14A Tomcat.  Manuel weathered his F-14 and then posed it in some in-flight shots to further add realism.  Very realistic display. 

  • David Matusek is here with a beautifully done 1/48 Hasegawa P-51D Mustang.  David's mustang has quite the famous paint scheme.....Big Beautiful Doll.  Excellent results David.

  • Lin,Chih-Kuan is here for the first time on ARC.  this is his exceptional 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C complete with weathering and wingfolds.....a very impressive job on this complicated kit. 

  • Alex Bigey is here to WOW you with his 1/144 Airfix / Welsh Vickers Vanguard.  This is a colourful example of this oilder prop airliner. 

  • I managed to respond to 700 e-mails on Sunday......this put a serious dent in my e-mail backlog.


Sunday,  July 11  2004      Mongolia National Celebration Day 
  • No update today.....I'm answering e-mails all day.


Saturday,  July 10  2004     
  • David Rapasi begins today's update with another of his bare metal beauties.  This is two of his 1/48 Accurate Miniatures SBD-1's.  both are beautifully done and finished in colourful markings. 

  • Alfonso Patrón is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his  1/72 Zvezda Sukhoi 37.  Alfonso has provided 4 photos of his Sukhoi 37.  He has also provided his article in Spanish for those of you that prefer Spanish.  Good to see your Su-37 Alfonso....welcome to ARC.

  • Marcius Cesar Costa is here with his 1/72 Frog Vultee A-31 Vengeance.  Marcius has finished his Vultee in Brazilian markings.  It's always good to see some Brazilian planes on ARC. 


Friday,  July 9  2004        Argentina Independence Day 

I have set up an Zotz/Albatros Decals forum.  This will permit modellers to actively discuss these product lines with Eli himself as well as other modellers.  A forum like this is very helpful to a manufacturer like Eli.

  • David Rapasi kicks off today's update with his 1/48 Tamiya P-47-D-26.  this is a great looking bare metal finish...something Dave is very skilled at.  Dave then finished his P-47 with some excellent looking markings.

  • Ted Taylor is here with his 1/48 Revell/Monogram F-105D.  Ted decided to make this build 'interesting' and modify this F-105D to an early "D".  Read his article for more info on what this involves.  It finally worked out in the end and Ted ended up with one of his usual stunning models. 

  • Giovanni Chirico joins us from Italy with his 1/72 Heller Yakovlev Yak-3.  Gianni built this one basically out of the box with some weathering to finish it off.  Good to see someone building a Yak-3....nice one Gianni. 

  • Stefan Szymanski is here with his 1/48 Revell "Eurofighter".  Stefan finished his off in a 2 tone camo scheme......and although this may not be the paint scheme used by the Eurofighter when it enters sure does look sweet!!!  Beautiful job Stefan.

  • No reviews today.....I've been busy catching up on some behind the scenes work on ARC.


Thursday,  July 8  2004      

I'm pleased to welcome a new ARC sponsor.  They are an online hobby shop called and they sell a variety of items from kits, decals, resin detail items and even display cases plus much more.  Check out their website.

Wednesday,  July 7  2004        Solomon Islands  

Zotz/Albatros Decals and Black Box have announced a joint venture.  Black Box will be producing Zotz/Albatros 1/32 F-105D/F/G resin wheel wells and landing gear doors.  Jef will start casting next week.  You won't be disappointed.

  • Iván Peña Nesbit is here from Venezuela with his 1/48 Revell-Monogram Rafale M.   Iván quite enjoyed building his Rafale....nice fitting kit and he built it out of the box except for the repositions control surfaces and some weathering.   

  • Andy Gudbergsson has dropped by with his big 1/32 Revell Hurricane Mk II.A.   Andy rescribed the panel lines and weathered his Hurricane.   

  • Cris Valverde is here for the first time today with a model on ARC.  This is Cris's 1/48 Hasegawa F-18C which he found to be a treat to build.   Welcome to ARC Cris.  Nice looking F-18C.

  • Giovanni Saladino is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109 G6 that he finished in a very complicated paint scheme. 

  • I have a p review of the 1/48 & 1/32F/A-18A+ "Fights On" Hornet decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features a Marine Corps F-18 in a ferris paint scheme.


Tuesday,  July 6  2004          Comoros Independence Day    

  Malawi Republic Day

Monday,  July 5  2004           Cape Verde National Day        Venezuela Independence Day    
No update today......I've been busy catching up on archiving articles.
Sunday,  July 4  2004                   US Independence Day  
I want to wish everyone in the US a very Happy 4th.  For today's special update, I've selected a wide variety of famous US aircraft....and even some pics of the Mars Rover.   Enjoy!!!
  • Albert Moser begins today with 4 amazing in-flight photos of his F-4J and F-16C.  Albert digitally adds the cloud backgrounds to his photos......beautifully done as always Albert. 

  • Drew Thompson has sent in photos of his Blue Angels 1/48 ProModeler A-4F Skyhawk.  Drew has added a resin cockpit and some aftermarket decals to further improve his Skyhawk.  Drew goes into great detail about building his A-4.

  • Tony Crews is here with his 1/72 AMT/ERTL EC-135C Looking Glass.  This aircraft was a big part of the defense structure of the Cold War and Tony explains the role of this unique aircraft.  

  • Mike Wood is here with his 1/48 Monogram B-17G.  The B-17 is one of the most famous US bombers and Mike's B-17 has a flawless baremetal finish and exhaust stains on the wings.  Very nice job on this one Mike. 

  • Neil Burkill has built the 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18A Hornet and finished it in 'VFA 113 Stingers' markings.  Neil has given his Hornet a wonderful level of weathering and panel line shading....very nice indeed Neil.  

  • Darren McGuinness is here with hone of the most famous US fighters from WW2.  this is Darren's 1/48 Tamiya P-51D Mustang done up in a baremetal finish.  Daren added gun smoke stains as well as exhaust stains to get a quite realistic look.  

  • Radim Schimmer is here with one of the most famous US aircraft.  This is his 1/72 Tamiya Bell X-1......nicely done Radim 

  • Jeff Brundt is here with another of the famous WW2 American fighters.  This is his 1/48 Academy P-47D  Thunderbolt done up in very colourful markings.  Love the photos Jeff!!!    

  • Bret Xu is here for the first time today.  This is Bret's 1/72 Testors B-2A Spirit and to even finish this kit is worth noting.....and Bret's B-2 came out looking as good as I've seen.  Welcome to ARC Bret.   

  • Kelly Quirk is here to finish up this special update with his 1/48 Sword T-38 Talon.  Kelly used Twobobs decals to finish off his multi-media Talon.  It's always a treat to see Kelly's latest model on ARC. 

  • Justin Davenport is here with some Mars Exploration Rover walkaround photos.


Saturday,  July 3  2004                     Belarus Independence Day  
  • TomᚠJuriga begins today's update with his 1/48 Tamiya P-51DThis is the first article on ARC for Tomáš.  He used some resin detail parts and also scratchbuilt a variety of items to detail his baremetal P-51 further.  A darn fine example of what can be done with many months of serious effort.  Welcome to ARC Tomáš.

  • Chip Jean is here with his award winning 1/48 Academy Su-27 Flanker.  This is a beautiful kit of a beautiful aircraft.....but even so.....Chip has done his up very well.  The awards were well deserved.  

  • Sungjun Jang is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his  1/48 Monogram Mosquito done up in markings for a captured Mosquito in Luftwaffe markings.  It's a treat to see this mosquito in these markings.  welcome top ARC Sungjun!!!

  • Colin Whitehouse is here with his 1/48 Falcon Hawker Seahawk.  Colin deserves much credit for completing this vacuformed model.  It did require a fair bit of effort including a scratchbuilt cockpit. 

  • Emad F.Tabsh has dropped by with a Preview of 1/32 Hasegawa FW-190 A-8.  It's good to get a look at this kit....thanks Emad. 


Friday,  July 2  2004      
The update is late today.....I was quite occupied doing Canada Day celebrations with my family yesterday.
Thursday,  July 1  2004   Burundi Independence Day    Canada Day     Rwanda Independence Day

The Rocky Mountain Model Club has wrapped up their RMMC's RCAF/CAF Group Build and would like to present it here on Canada Day.  Go to this link to see more.