Monday,  May 31  2004             USA Memorial Day   
Sunday,  May 30  2004                Archiving continues.  

Saturday,  May 29  2004    
I'm taking this weekend off to put some serious time into catching up on the ARC Gallery archiving which is quite behind.  I will continue to update the Test Post Clubhouse page with a new joke and funny picture.

Friday,  May 28  2004     Armenia National Day     Ethiopia National Day    Azerbaijan National Day 
  • Spencer “Warthog” West is here with his first article on ARC.  This is part one of his 1/35 Trumpeter Mil Mi-24V Hind-E article.  Spencer is superdetailing this kit so expect more updates on this model as he progresses.  This is going to be sweet when it done Spencer.....Welcome to ARC.

  • Ömer Erkmen is here from Turkey with his first article on ARC.  This is Ömer's 1/72 Hasegawa F-16A finished off in Pakistani markings and very well done weathering.  It is a treat to see this excellently done Viper in non-US markings.  Welcome to ARC Ömer.  

  • Leon Storla is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Leon's 1/48 Tamiya F4F Wildcat which he detailed the cockpit.....darkened the panel lines and finished it off with a diorama base.  Inspiring work Leon....welcome to ARC.

  • Jorge Bonilla Alvarado has dropped by today with a few photos of his 1/48 Revell MiG-25.  This is a well done clean build with subtle weathering and a weapons load.   

  • I have a preview of the new 1/72 F/A-18A/C/D OEF/OIF Marine Hornets decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics This sheet features 3 F-18' of which has some Stars and Stripes markings.

  • I have a review of the new 1/48 F-4J/S/RF-4 Seamless intakes from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  These are very well done and will greatly improve the very poor intakes on the 1/48 Hasegawa kit.

  • After nearly two years out of print, Dana Bell's Aviation Color Primer #1, US Export Colors of WW II, has been reprinted and is available exclusively from Meteor Productions for $10.99. This monograph was first released in very limited quantities at the IPMS-USA national convention in 2002, and has been unavailable since shortly thereafter. It covers the colors and camouflage patterns used on American aircraft exported to the Allies during WW II.   It's available again in a very limited printing, and as usual, first come, first served.  Product # is DBACP001A   This is a MUST have for all serious modelers.


Thursday,  May 27  2004        
Wednesday,  May 26  2004                 Georgia National Day   
Tuesday,  May 25  2004          Argentina National Day         Jordan Independence Day
Monday,  May 24  2004            Eritrea Independence Day  
  • Kelly Quirk kicks off your week with his impeccably build and detailed 1/48 Italeri US Coast Guard HH-60J "Jayhawk".  Kelly had to cut up his kit and add a resin set from Cobra Company to get his Jayhawk....but the end results were worth it. 

  • Iván Peña Nesbit is here from Venezuela with his 1/48 Academy T-33 which he finished in FAM (Mexican Air Force) markings.  A very well done model of this famous jet.  Everyone will enjoy this one.....especially the ARC regulars from Mexico.

  • Marcius Cesar Costa is here from Brizil with his 1/72 GIIC Models EMB 121 Xingu.  This is a VIP transport used by the Brazilian Air Force.  It's always good to see these Brazilain aircraft on ARC. 

  • To honour Eritrea's Independence Day, I have a review of the new 1/72 and 1/48SU-27 S / SK / UB Flanker B/C decal sheet from Hi-Decal Line.  The camo schemes and markings on this sheet are varied and fantastic.  This sheet features aircraft from Eritrea, Angola, Ethiopia and Indonesia.


Sunday,  May 23  2004        
  • Dennis Weber begins today's update with his 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109 G14 in Croatian markings.  Dennis's article goes into some very good detail about building his 109.  Nice to see a 109 in non-Luftwaffe markings for a bit a of variety. 

  • Edwin M. is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa S-3A Viking.  Edwin did a very pleasing job on his Viking.  Good to see it turned out so well.  

  • Emad F.Tabsh  is here today with an Inbox Preview of the new 1/32 Azur Dewoitine D.520 C-1.  Thanks Emad. 

  • Ted Taylor has a review of the new 1/72 Handley Page Victors decal sheet from Euro Decals.  Markings include Operation Granby (Desert Storm).


Saturday,  May 22  2004        Yemen National Day (1990)  
  • Kairasp Daruwala joins us today with the 1/72 "Airfix" Harrier T-10 2 seater.  This is a nicely done model that is a treat to see.

  • Mark Davies has dropped by today with his 1/72 Azur Breguet Br 27.  A very nice little multi-media kit that builds up easily.  Read Marks article for more details about his very well done little model.    

  • Emad F.Tabsh is here with a book review of the new "Uncovering The F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornet" from Daco.  This book is packed with photos and other info.  Thanks Emad.


Friday,  May 21  2004        
  • H.Ufuk Aydiner begins your update today with his 1/48 Revell-Monogram Fw-190D11.  H.Ufuk has been busy building these JV-44 Dora's with the red and white bottoms.  This latest one of his is up to his usual beautiful standards.

  • Charles Kalina is back from Iraq.  but before he left he photoed his 1/72 KP and Toga MiG-21s which are in Iraqi markings.  Yes....the background in his photo is Iraq. 

  • Héctor Alonso is here with his 1/48 Accurate Miniatures IL-2.  Hector has a talent of weathering and you'll have to have a close look at the photos in his article.  Very nice indeed.  

  • Luis Fernando Salazar G. is here for the first time.  Luis lives in Bolivia and he has dropped by with his 1/48 Revell F-5E Tiger II.  He added some nice detail to his F-5 including Remove-before-flight tags to his model.  Well done Luis.  Welcome to ARC!!!  

  • Konley Kelley is here with digital artwork of his 1/48 Tamiya Swordfish.  Konley calls this artwork Sink The BismarkThis is definately an very exciting way to photo a model.

  • I have a review of the new 1/48F/A-18C SSHWF Golden Dragons decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  If you like special CAG bird paint schemes....then check out this review.


Thursday,  May 20  2004       Cameroon National Day       Cuba Independence Day
  • No update today.....I've got to take a day off.....I've been very busy this week helping out at my daughters school and this has greatly limited my time for ARC.  


Wednesday,  May 19  2004             
  • Murli Rajan is here from India with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Academy MiG-27 which is finished in Indian Air Force markings.  A very nice first article Murli....welcome to ARC.

  • Robert-Jan Willekens is here with his 1/48 Otaki/Arii Nakajima Ki-43 HayabusaThis is a classic example of an older kit being built to a high standard. 

  • Sergei Galicky is here from Russia with his 1/48 Italeri F/A-18FSergei heavily reworked most areas of this Italeri kit to improve the detail level.  The end result is quite pleasing to see. 

  • Radim Schimmer is here from the Czech Republic with his 1/72 Smer (Heller reboxing) Dewoitine D-520.  I enjoyed seeing the paint scheme on this D-520....a nice change and quite the involved camo scheme.

  • Marcelo Ribeiro is here with a very helpful Tools 'n' Tips article called Easy Mask Cutters.  This article has an excellent technique for masking wavy camo lines.  


Tuesday,  May 18  2004        
  • Craig Sargent begins your update today with his 1/72 Hasegawa F-104S Starfighter.  Craig finshed his Starfighter in the special anniversary Reparto Sperimantale Volo paint scheme.  Very nice Craig.

  • Ted Taylor is here with a very attractive 1/48 AMtech Henschel HS-123A.  Ted finished his Hs-123 in markings for an Eastern Front scheme from 1942.  A beautifully done example of this Luftwaffe Bi-plane.

  • Edison Franco joins us with his jet diorama of his 1/48 Kfir TC-7 and Kfir C-7.  Edison finished his jet in markings for Fuerza Aérea Colombiana FAC

  • Aleksandar Šekularac has sent in some photos of his recent has sent in some photos of his recent has sent in some photos of his recent Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.  holy heck....this looks like quite the museum and lives up to it's reputation. 


Monday,  May 17  2004                 Norway Constitution Day  

Today's update is mostly devoted to Norway.

  • Terje Opsahl (and IPMS Norway) is here to begin this special update with his article about Norway's Aircraft.  This article features beautifully done models by Tor Gressberg, Tormod Sørvang, Nils Mathisrud, Terje Opsahl.  Nice one!!!

  • Jens H. Brandal is here on ARC for the first time.  this is Jens's 1/72 Revell F-16AM  in Norwegian markings of course.   The quality of the finishing o this one is very well done.  Welcome to ARC Jens.

  • Espen Eriksen is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk.IXe in RNoAF to honour this special day devoted to Norway.  It's always good to see a well done Spitfire.  Welcome to ARC Espen!!!

  • Fabien Arnaud is here with his 1/48 Tamiya Dewoitine D520.  This one isn't in Norwegian markings....but it looks good all the same. 

  • Here's a review I thought I'd rerun.....featuring 1/48 Norwegian Spitfire Decals  from Norseman Decals 

  • Here's a review I thought I'd rerun.....featuring 1/72 Norwegian Spitfire Decals  from Norseman Decals 


Sunday,  May 16  2004          
  • Keith Money is here for the first time today.  Keith has Gone to town detailing his 1/32 Revell F-14A Tomcat.  Keith scratchbuilt detail and added aftermarket detail to get his super detailed F-14.  He then made his own decals.  Quite nice.  Welcome to ARC Keith!!! 

  • Arie (Lion) Cohen is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is Arie's 1/48 Revell Ju-52 done up as an airliner.  It's good to see this version of the Ju-52.  Welcome to ARC Arie!!!  

  • Simon Wallis has dropped by with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-104C Starfighter.  Simon finished his F-104 in a bare metal finish and then painted various panels in different shades of metal to improve the look of his bare metal finish.  The effect is very satisfying to see.  

  • Hal Marshman, Sr. has dropped by with a figure today.  Now I know ARC is an aircraft site.....but we'll make an exception for Hal.  This is his 1/16 Tamiya German machine gunner which Hal went to great lengths to shade his figure to give it that cold and tired look. 


Saturday,  May 15  2004          
  • Michal Sekula has built the 1/48 Special Hobby X-15.  This particular aircraft is the speed record breaking version X-15A-2.  It is quite impressive that Michal finished this kit.....but to have it look so well is very impressive.  

  • George Rosa is here with his 1/48 Monogram AV-8B Harrier II.  George added a resin cockpit and other aftermarket goodies to his Harrier.  Then he used Twobobs decals and weathered his Harrier.  A very nice example of this older kit.

  • Don Ryan is here with his is here with his is here with his 1/72 Italeri UH-34D “Sea Horse”.  Don has provided some detailed info in his article about building his UH-34.  A very fine model of this unique looking chopper.


Friday,  May 14  2004            Paraguay Independence Day   
Thursday,  May 13  2004          
Wednesday,  May 12  2004          
Tuesday,  May 11  2004          
Monday,  May 10  2004          
  • Mark Kubes is here with his first model article on ARC today.  This Mark's 1/48 Monogram F-14A which he finished in the rare and eye catching "Ferris" Scheme.  This is Mark's second model since re-entering the Hobby and I like his style.  Welcome to ARC Mark. 

  • Polly Singh is here with his article he calls Last Samurai .  It features his 1/48 Tamiya J2M3 Raiden (Jack) all weathered with chipped paint  to simulate the WW2 Japanese aircraft.  

  • Jan Mikes has been very busy on his excellent 1/48 Academy Mikoyan Ye-8 "Super Fishbed"This is a conversion starting with the Academy MiG-21PF to create this Russian X-Plane.  Jan has given his Ye-8 the usual skillful attention to detail.

  • Jason Liang is here with his first article on ARC today.  this si Jason's 1/72 Academy Fw-190A8.  This is Jason's first paint scheme with an airbrush and to attempt a Luftwaffe scheme is quite the goal.  It came out very well.....nice weathering.  Welcome to ARC Jason. 

  • I have a review of the new 1/144 NB-52 "Balls Eight" NASA Mother Ship  resin conversion from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis is a resin conversion for the Crown/Minicraft B-52H to make one of the famous NASA B-52 launch vehicles.

  • I have a review of the new 1/48Thunderbolts and Vikings OIF decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  If you like Vikings or USMC aircraft....then this sheet will interest you.

  • I have a review of the A-10 CD Rom from Flightline Media.  This is a CD containing over 250 large high resolution detail photos of the A-10 as well as information about the A-10.


Sunday,  May 9  2004              Europe Day    
  • Rian W. Jones begins today with his first article on ARC.  This is Rian's 1/48 Tamiya He 219A-7 Uhu which he built more or less out of the box with a well done free-hand paint scheme.  His article includes some good info.  Welcome to ARC Rian!!! 

  • Dave Poff is back with another of his 1/72 beauties.  This is Dave's 1/72 Italeri A-10 Warthog with skillfully done panel line shading and weathering.  Dave's A-10 also includes a full weapons load.  Well done Dave.  

  • Giuseppe Penna is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Accurate Miniatures TBM -1C Avenger.  The model and photos are quite well done......I can almost smell the salt air and feel the hot sun.  Welcome to ARC Giuseppe!!! 

  • Igor Petrovic has dropped by with his inbox preview of the 1/72 L & M Pilatus PC-9A.  This is a resin kit with Croatian AF and Slovenian AF markings.


Saturday,  May 8  2004                V.E. Day         Victory in Europe (1945) 
  • Simon Wallis is here with his 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1D Corsair.  Simon weathered his Corsair and added details to the cockpit to further enhance this lovely kit.  This is a very fine example of the famous Corsair.

  • Masa Narita is here with his first article on ARC.  He did a fantastic job on his big 1/32 Tamiya F-14D Tomcat carrier deck diorama.  Masa's F-14 is beautifully weathered and detailed and his diorama is equally stunning.  Masa finished his F-14 in VF-213 Black Lions markings.  Welcome to ARC!

  • Thang Le has finished building another of his stunning models from a somewhat older Monogram kit.  This is Thang's 1/48 Monogram P-47 complete with weathering and a weapons load. 


Friday,  May 7  2004       No Update today.
Thursday,  May 6  2004       

I'm currently sick with an head cold, so forgive me if the updates are a bit smaller than normal.

  • Stefan Szymanski starts your update with his 1/48 Revell "Hokum".  Stefan finished his Hokum in an attractive camo scheme and added a figure.  Always good to see another chopper on ARC. 

  • Fabien Arnaud is here with one of my favourite Luftwaffe aircraft from WW2.  This is his 1/48 Dragon Messerschmitt Me262 A-1a and Fabien decided to show the engine with it's cowling removed.  Very nice. 

  • Bob Aikens is here with his very well done and attractive 1/48 Tamiya P-51B Mustang.  Bob did a pile of stuff to this one including varied panel colours, weathering and cockpit detailing.  Always a treat to see Bobs work.


Wednesday,  May 5  2004          Mexico      Cinco De Mayo  
  • Christian Muschitiello is here with his first article on ARC.  this is Christian's 1/48 Hobbycraft Hurricane Mk IIC done up as a Malta hurricane.  Christian chipped the paint and added weathering such as exhaust stains to give his Hurricane a very realistic look.  Welcome to ARC Christian. 

  • Armin Knes is here with 2 of his Soviet jet models.  These are his 1/48 Hobbycraft MiG-23S & ESCI MiG-27 and both with full weapons loads.  Very nice indeed.

  • Cyril Worley is here from Malta with his first article on ARC.  This is his  1/48 Tamiya Beaufighter Mk I diorama and Cyril really did a stunning job on adding detail to his beaufighter an then creating a fantastic base to sit his beaufighter on.  Welcome to ARC Cyril.  


Tuesday,  May 4  2004          
Monday,  May 3  2004          Poland Constitution Day   
  • Sam Chia is here with another of his stunning bombers.  This is Sam's 1/48 Revell B-26B in D-Day stripes.  Sam has seriously impressive  talent at painting and weathering. 

  • Pedro Leal Antoniazzi is here from Venezuela with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa A-4E Skyhawk  Aggressive Scooter to keep the jet modellers happy today.  Good to have you with us on ARC from Venezuela!!!  

  • Tolga Ulgur is here to blow your socks off with his 1/32 Hasegawa Fw 190 D-9.  Even if you're not into prop aircraft....check this one out.....the underside detail for the main landing gear wells is impeccable. 

  • Carl McGehee has sent in 63 photos of the Airbus A380 first fuselage section.  These were forwarded to Carl and he figure the airline modellers would get a kick out of seeing them.

  • I have a review of the new 1/48 Me 163 B Komet decal sheet from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis sheet features seven different Me-163's including a 2 seater in Soviet markings.

  • I have a review of the new 1/24 P-51D Tuskegee Airman decal sheet from AMtech.  This decal sheet features 2 Red tailed P-51's both with nudie nose art.  The Tuskegee Airman is a very special story and I tell about their story in my review. 

  • The May 2004 computer desktop calendar images by Ming Ho had a slight mistake in that the calendar only had 30 days for May.  Ming has reloaded a corrected set of images.  So download the new images.  Also....this month is a Mexican honour of Cinco De Mayo.   


Sunday,  May 2  2004          
  • Geoff Pereira from Johannesburg South Africa is here with his first article on ARC.  This Geoff's very good looking 1/48 Academy P47 D "Eileen" has partial D-day stripes.  Geoff added a weapons load to his Jug as well as a set of markings with noseart.  Welcome to ARC Geoff.

  • Jeff Stoermer is here with more proof his on  a MiG-29 quest.  Today Jeff treats to a selection of his Indian Air force 1/72 Hasegawa MiG-29 Fulcrum.  This particular model is in a very attractive bright paint scheme. 

  • Peter Valica is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is Peter's 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I with very well done weathering and some of the most amusing noseart to come out of WW2.  Welcome to ARC Peter. 

  • Andy Ludwig has sent in 4 more pics for his 2004 Northwest Scale Modelers Show  article.  the new pics are at the top of his article and show the models tabels snaking around a full sized SR-71 in a museum.  

  • The May 2004 computer desktop calendar   images by Ming Ho are ready for you to use.  Click on the link or image and download the size you need.  If unsure how to do this......I've provided links to a "how-to" page.   


Saturday,  May 1  2004          
  • Edward Lowdell is here today with another of his big and beautifully built models.  Today Edward is here with his 1/24 Trumpeter P-51D Mustang in a bare metal finish with the markings for Big Beautiful Doll. 

  • Rahmi Kocaman is here with his bare metal 1/48 Revell F-86D.  This Sabre Dog has interesting markings and a very well done finish and detail. 

  • Stewart Bailey is here with some pictures of the recent  Air Zoo Museum Move.  This museum is located in Portage, MI if you ever happen to be in that neighbourhood.