Saturday,  Apr 30  2005                 Netherlands Queen's Day    

       End of Vietnam War April 30  1975   

  • Darren McGuinness is here to start todays update with his beautifully done and displayed 1/144 Revell British Airways Concorde.  Darren caught this jet in it's classic nose down configuration. 

  • Kai Peters joins us with his 1/48 Tamiya P-51D Cripes A´Mighty.  This is one of the more well known Mustangs that was flown by the US during WW2....the "Blue Nosed Bastards" had quite the reputation.  Kai has brought this famous Mustang to live with his skill.  


Friday,  Apr 29  2005      
  • Mark L. Rossmann is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Mark's very nicely done 1/48 Pro-Modeler F4U-5N Corsair with night fighting gear and a full weapons load.  Welcome to ARC Mark!!!  

  • Ray Seppala has a creative streak and today he joins us with one of my favourite movie scenes from the movie The Final Countdown.  This in-flight diorama includes his 1/72 Hasegawa Grumman F-14A Tomcat  and 1/72 Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero.  Nice one Ray.....I must rent that movie. 

  • Laurent Boildieu is here with his impressive looking 1/48 Hasegawa Macchi Mc 202 done up in quite the involved Italian camo schemes.  Laurent also did up some scratchbuilt details. 

  • Andy Gudbergsson is here with his attractive 1/72 Hasegawa F-3 Tornado done up in Tigermeet markings.  Looks good Andy......I also like seeing Tigermeet markings. 


Thursday,  Apr 28  2005      
Wednesday,  Apr 27  2005          Sierra Leone Independence Day  

  South Africa Freedom Day    Togo Independence Day  

Tuesday,  Apr 26  2005      Tanzania Union Day

Neil from Paragon Designs has announced that production is going along well and some of his products are now available for sale as more will be available as time goes by, as well as some new products.  Click here for more details.

Monday, Apr 25  2005     ANZAC Day  --  Australia and New Zealand   

My deepest respect and sympathies for all remembering this solemn day.  They will never be forgotten.

  • Mark Ross is here from Australia to mark this ANZAC Day... which is one of the most important days in Australia and New Zealand.  This 120mm Light Horseman figure is from the West Australian 10th Light Horse Regiment from Gallipoli

  • My daughters had last Friday off we packed up our old minivan and drove 400 KM to attend the 9th birthday party for their friend on Saturday....then we drove back home on Sunday.  I managed to keep the updates going on ARC the past few days while out of town using my laptop, but I'm too tired to get a full done for Monday.  I'll get back to daily updates on Tuesday.


Sunday,  Apr 24  2005      
  • Eugene Trapezontas joins us today with his 1/48 Italeri Mirage F-1 "Talos".  This mirage with the Greek airforce was painted in an anniversary scheme of a mythic Greek figure.  Eugene did much excellent scratchbuilding to detail areas such as the cockpit.  

  • Fabio M. Moretti is here with a creative diorama....this is his 1/48 Hasegawa F6F-5 Hellcat as it would appear in a museum.  He calls it "Well-earned rest".  The detailing to the floor below the Hellcat further adds to the scene.  nice one Fabio.


Saturday,  Apr 23  2005           England  St. George's Day   

  Turkey  National Independance and Children Day  

  • Polly Singh is here today with his 1/48 Tamiya A-1J Skyraider done up in a SEA camo scheme and panel line shading and other very finely done weathering.  Polly finished off his Skyraider with noseart. 

  • Prama Sobari joins us with his small 1/72 Italeri Sea Harrier.  A well done model....but the very best photo is at the bottom of the article.  Very cute indeed.......the Harrier is nice as well.


Friday,  Apr 22  2005      
  • Pierre Greutert is here with Part 3 of his 3 part article detailing the building of his 1/144 Revell Airbus A380Nice one Pierre!!!

  • Kai Peters is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Kai's beautifully done 1/48 Hasegawa P-51D done up in the famous markings for `Passion Wagon´...complete with the sexy noseart.  Welcome to ARC Kai!!!

  • Marc "Grizzly" Anselmetti has dropped by with his very well done bare metal finish 1/32 Trumpeter MiG 21 MFMarc's MiG wears decals from Cutting Edge for a North Vietnam MiG-21. 

  • Craig Rollo is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Craig's big 1/35 Academy AH60L DAP.  Craig scratchbuilt extra detail to further enhance this already very nicely detail kit.  The finished results look excellent.  Welcome to ARC Craig!!! 


Thursday,  Apr 21  2005  

  Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second 

Wednesday,  Apr 20  2005      
  • Andy Stark begins today with his 1/24 MPC Spitfire MkIAndy finished his big Spitfire in the markings of one of the most famous Aces to fly the Spitfire during the BoB .  Andy's Spitfire came out looking great.....especially considering his Spitfire has a nasty you'll read in his article. 

  • Tim Schneider joins us with his beautifully done 1/48 Dragon He-162A-2 complete with a diorama base.  Tim did some extra scratchbuilding detail which he talks about as well as how he did the diorama base.  I love the detail on this one as well as the grass.  

  • Ausonus is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Hasegawa and Revell Polikarpov I-16s, which are posed together in a diorama scene to help show off the detail of these I-16 models. 

  • Pierre Greutert is a master modeller that never builds his kits without very serious effort.  Today he presents his 1/144 Revell Airbus A380 Part 1 of 3.  This is one very impressive airliner.....part 2 of this article runs tomorrow.

  • I have a review of the new 1/72 TSR.2 Canopy & Wheel Hub Painting Masks from Black Magic Painting Masks for the 1/72 Resitech / Aardvark / Heritage TSR.2 kit. 

  • I have a review of the new 1/48 F-18A/B/C/D Export Bugs decal sheet from F-4DableModels This sheet is also available in 1/72 and 1/32 and includes markings from Finland, Spain and Switzerland. 


Tuesday,  Apr 19  2005      
  • Jaroslav Král is here here with his first arile on ARC.  this is his tiny and excellent looking 1/72 Hasegawa Mitsubishi J8M1 Shusui, which is the Japanese version of the Luftwaffe's Komet rocket powered interceptor.  It's good to see your work on ARC Jaroslav....welcome to ARC!!!

  • Igor Cernisevski joins us with his beautifully weathered 1/72 Italeri P-47N Thunderbolt.  Igor did lots of extra work to detail his kit and the end results prove that his efforts were not wasted.  Well done Igor. 

  • Knes Armin joins us with his 1/48 Monogram F-105 D.  This is proof that this older kit builds up well even by today's standards.  Nice one Knes. 

  • Carlos Quiroz is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa Ju-87 B2/U4, which is a darn fine kit and Carlos did it justice and turned out a very pleasing model of this famous dive bomber.  Welcome to ARC Carlos!!!  

  • I have a review of the new 1/72 B-25H/J Canopy & Wheel Hub Painting Masks from Black Magic Painting MasksPainting masks will save you much time and grief.

  • I have a review of the new 1/48 Canadair Sabres decal sheet from FlightDecs.  This sheets includes Canadian, RAF and German F-86's....5 aircraft in all.


Monday,  Apr 18  2005         Zimbabwe National Day  
Sunday,  Apr 17  2005               Syria Independence Day   
  • Kostas Zervas begins today's article with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Hasegawa F-102A Delta Dagger finished in the markings for the Greek Air Force.  Great looking F-102 Kostas....welcome to ARC!!! 

  • Jeff Brundt is here with his 1/72 Italeri MH-53E Sea Dragon.  Jeff's article provides some good info about building this kit.  Good to see Jeff's Sea Dragon turn out looking so good. 


Saturday,  Apr 16  2005       
  • Derek Derks begin your Saturday update with his 1/48 ESCI Skyraider AEW 1.  Derek put plenty of scratchbuilding effort into this old ESCI kit including building an engine and the wingfolds.  The results are well worth it all his effort. 

  • Stuart Porteous is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Stuart's 172 Airfix HS Dominie T1 which came out looking excellent.  I love the last photo in his looks like the real plane.  Welcome to ARC Stuart!!! 


Friday,  Apr 15  2005       
Thursday,  Apr 14  2005       
  • Duncan Lake is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Duncan's 1/72 Italeri Sepecat Jaguar GR1.A done up with a weapons load and a great looking display base and cover.  Welcome to ARC Duncan!!!

  • Tyler White is here with his first article on ARC.  this is his 1/48 Monogram Mil Mi-24 Hind D done up with extra detailing and weathering.  An excellent looking model and display Tyler.....welcome to ARC.

  • Marc "Grizzly" Anselmetti is also here with his first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/32 Tamiya F-4 D detailed up with Cutting Edge seats and aftermarket decals and a very attractive looking Vietnam era camo scheme.  Welcome to ARC Marc!!!  

  • Ian Carter joins us with his 1/72 Italeri Spitfire Mk VB Trop in markings for a RAF Spitfire based on Malta.  Ian also did some light weathering on his Spitfire.  Welcome to ARC Ian!!!

  • I have a review of the new 1/32 F-15C & F-15E Turkey Feather-less Nozzles for the Revell F-15 kit from  Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This resin set with improve upon the "less that stellar" detail of the kit parts.


Wednesday,  Apr 13  2005       


Tuesday,  Apr 12  2005       
  • Michael Schretter begins today with his first article on ARC.  This is Michael's 1/72 Italeri A-10A Thunderbolt II which he went the extra mile to add detail and it shows.  Welcome to ARC Michael!!! 

  • Andy Stark is here with his 1/48 Monogram B-29 with a beautifully done bare metal finish.  I was impressed with the bare metal foil technique Andy used for the canopy framing.  You'll love the multi-shade bare metal finish.

  • Patrick Sitters has dropped by with his 1/72 Italeri F-104 A Starfighter.  Patrick finished his Starfighter in bright red Canadian markings using decals from Leading Edge model.  Nice one Patrick. 

  • Tim Schneider is here with his first article on ARC today and what an absolutely impressive model it is.  This is Tim's 1/48 ICM Yak-7A in an underwater diorama he calls "Cast Away" .  Welcome to ARC Tim!!! 


Monday,  Apr 11  2005       
Sunday,  Apr 10  2005       
  • Damian Murphy starts today with his first article on ARC.  Damian has built an impressive looking 1/32 Trumpeter F4U-1D Corsair complete with folded wings and weathering and a resin cockpit.  Welcome to ARC Damian. 

  • Ted Taylor is here with his 1/72 Revell Hawker Hunter Mk 6 in his typical beautiful quality.  Ted finished his Hunter in markings for an RAF jet.  Ted give very good insight into building this kit.


Saturday,  Apr 9  2005       Portugal  "Dia do Combatente"  
  • Gary Wickham is here today with his beautifully finished 1/72 Academy F-8E Crusader.  Gary did his Crusader in an in-flight display in markings for VMF(AW)-235 Death Angels.  Nice one Gary.

  • Hung Tran is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/32 Hasegawa Bf-109G-6 done up with a variety of weathering techniques to get that realistic look.  I look forward to seeing more of Hung's work on ARC.  Welcome to ARC Hung!!!  


Friday,  Apr 8  2005       
Thursday,  Apr 7  2005       
  • Eduardo "Fulcrum" Cárdenas is here from Peru with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Airfix/Heller FAP Mirage 2000DP beautifully finished off in markings for the Peru Air force.

  • Ercument Sarikaya has dropped by with his 1/35 Scratchbuilt Cardboard P-47D Thunderbolt.  This 3 dimensional cardboard model was constructed from scratch and then painted.   

  • Shaun Bowman-Davies joins us with his 1/48 Airfix Tornado F-3.  Shaun has included lots of helpful info from the building process of his good looking Tornado.   

  • I have added some follow-up photos of the completed LEGO® Sopwith Camel that my daughters and I built for the April Fools day update.  They were keen to see me post completed pics of this big beast on ARC.  I must admit this is quite the LEGO kit.

  • I'm pleased to present pics of the coming release of a 1/48 PB4Y-2 Privateer kit from Cutting Edge.  There's quite a bit of detail put into this new kit and is sure to be of interest to those who enjoy building multi-engined WW2 bombers. 

  • I have a preview of the new 1/48 A-4M Lo-Vis Mikes Part II decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsThis sheet features 3 different A-4's.


Wednesday,  Apr 6  2005       

Here's a chance to buy your ARC Shirt before the US and UK National conventions later this year.  It is very doubtful these will be for sale again this order now if you want one for the Nationals.  Special big thanks to Ken Middleton for doing all this unpaid work!!!  Your efforts are much appreciated Ken.  You can visit a ARC Discussion Forum thread about these shirts here.

  • Polly Singh begins today with his 1/48 Academy and Airfix SEAC Spitfires.  Polly has 2 Spitfires in his article including the usual great history and a vintage photo of artwork on one of thezse spitfires.  Great as always Polly. 

  • Jong-ho Park is here from Korea with his 1/32 Trumpeter Su-27 done up in a beautiful paint scheme.  This is one very big model and Jong-ho enjoyed the finished model quite a bit.  Welcome to ARC Jong-ho!!!

  • Bruno Vanclee is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his A day at the races which includes a diorama with a P-51 racer complete with working electric motor to spin the prop.  Quite the cool idea.  Welcome to ARC Bruno!!!

  • Trevor Murphy is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Trevor's 1/48 Tamiya A-10 Thunderbolt II complete with battle damage from a story we saw on TV during Gulf War 1.  I've always wanted to build this battle damaged A-10 and Trevor did an amazing job on it.  Welcome to ARC Trevor!!!  

  • I have a preview of the new 1/48 A-4M Lo-Vis Mikes Part I decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation GraphicsThis sheet gives you markings for 3 different A-4's.


Tuesday,  Apr 5  2005       
  • Leandro Maldonado is here with his first article on ARC.  this is his 1/72 Italeri IDF Kfir C-2 finished off with weathering and other excellent accenting to bring his model alive.  Welcome to ARC Leandro!!!

  • Laurent Boildieu joins us today with his 1/48 Hasegawa Hurricane Mk I.  Laurent decided to finish his Hurricane as a Battle of Britain fighter.  Nice one as usual Laurent. 

  • Miroslav Adamovic is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-86E Sabre finished off in Flightdecs decals for the Yugoslav Air Force.  This is one of the more interesting airforces to fly the F-86.  Looks great Miroslav.

  • Gianni Chirico is here from Italy with his 1/72 Airfix Douglas A-1H  SkyraiderGianni did some extra work and scratchbuilt a cockpit then finished his Skyraider in marking for the VA-65 - USS Intrepid. Well done Gianni.

  • I have a preview of the new 1/48 F/A-18C Blue By You Hornets decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features Markings for the CAG jets from VFA-83 and VFA-113.


Monday,  Apr 4  2005       

I've got most of my computer problems sorted out.....after quite a few 18 hour days during the past week.  I had a programmer friend visiting town and between the two of us, we were able to make some badly needed upgrades to my ARC computer (including 2 new hard drives) so my ARC computer now runs 3 hard drives.  I've also been able to recover over 500,000 files from my damaged hard-drive (although some of those files were damaged), so all looks pretty good.  Special thanks to the many people from the ARC family that offered help....that definitely moved things along quicker.   Steve B

Ming Ho gets things going today with his Apr 2005 Calendar images.  This months desktop image was taken by Katsuhiko Tokunaga over at   Great as always Ming.
  • Chas Bunch is here with his first article on ARC.  this is his 1/48 Classic Airframes CR-42 which is a lovely looking model and Chas put some nice thought into his photos as well.  Welcome to ARC Chas!!!

  • Luis Fernando Salazar G. is here from Bolivia with his award winning 1/48 Revell A-37B Dragonfly.  It's always good to see Luis's model on ARC.....I'm not sure how many other people from Bolivia visit ARC.  

  • Michael Chilestone (MikeC) is here with his first article on ARC.  This is Mike's 1/48 AMT P-40N done up in camo with a Dragon's Teeth (not sharks mouth)  painted on the nose.  A fine looking P-40....welcome to ARC Mike!!!

  • Chris Lai is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his well done 1/72 Kangam Yak-38 which he built straight out of the box.  Chris has also included photos of his good looking Harrier in his article.  Welcome to ARC Chris!!!   



Saturday,  Apr 2  2005                            Falklands/Malvinas War Anniversary (1982)
  • I hope you enjoyed the April Fools Day update yesterday....I know all of us involved enjoyed creating the articles for that update.  I'd like to thank all the contributors and give special credit to Ming Ho for creating the header banner.

  • I'm moving forward with replacing one hard drive in my ARC computer and adding a third hard drive for back-up purposes.  I'm also still investigating the retrieval of data from the damaged drive.  I'll be attempting to begin daily updates on Monday.


Friday,  Apr 1  2005           Canada RCAF Birthday       United Kingdom RAF Birthday 
  • Ken Middleton and Michael Middleton are here to begin today's update with photos of Various LEGO® Aircraft they have built.  Welcome to ARC Michael.....great looking aircraft......I especially liked the Star Wars spacecraft!!!!

  • Sean Bratton has been busy researching colours in his article called It ain’t easy bein’ green.  Sean spent many hours researching the Lower Utopian Green Speculation, Part Deux, Mark 3, Mod 9c.  Now you have no excuse for not using the correct colour LEGO® blocks on your next Lower Utopian aircraft.

  • Ken Middleton is here with some photos of a LEGO® SAS Airliner built by the folks at LEGO®

  • Sean Bratton is here with a review of the latest LEGO® pilot figure.  Adding a figure to your LEGO® aircraft will add a level of realism and improve your in-flight photos of your LEGO® models.

  • Ken Middleton and Michael Middleton are here with a selection of photos of Brick Blox Accessories detail sets to help further improve the detail on your latest LEGO® model 

  • I have a review of the big and very detailed LEGO® Sopwith Camel.  This particular kit has over 500 parts.  Definitely not your average quickie build.

  • Ken Middleton has provided some background info About LEGO®

  • Sean Bratton is here with a LEGO® Block Walk Around.