Homepage Text - August 2005

Wednesday,  Aug 31    2005           Malaysia National Day  

  Trinidad and Tobago National Day  

The guys in Malaysia are celebrating their National Day in a big way on ARC today.  Enjoy the huge update everyone and HAPPY MERDEKA DAY!!!


K.T. Goh has sent in photos of a 1/72 Royal Malaysian Air Force C-130H Air Drop Diorama built by Mr. Johan aka "Brutus", Major Muzzafar (10 Para Brigade) and members of the 10 Para Brigade Air Detachment.  Check it out....it's VERY cool.


Brian Param & Thomas Ng are here with their two different 1/72 Italeri Mig-29Ns.   They have included history about the Mig-29 in Malaysian service in their article.


Jason Cheah of F-4DableModels is here with his The Hobby HQ Collection Photos.  This is a large selection of models from a Hobby shop display case.  


Jason Cheah is here with his 1/48 Italeri F/A-18D (converted).  Jason did some improvements to his model kit to convert it to the 2 seat F-18.


Mazlan Yusof is here with his 1/48 Airfix BAe Hawk  Mk 208.  This the Airfix kit with some resin detail items and weathering.  


Brian Param is here with his  1/48 Hasegawa A-4C.  Brian added a resin seat and then did an excellent job chipping the paint on his Skyhawk.   


Brian Param is here with his 1/48 Airfix Hawk Mk 108.  Brian used a resin cockpit set to his Hawk.  His article includes background info about the Hawk.  


Mazlan Yusof is here with his 1/48 Academy Mig-29N.  Mazlan used a resin cockpit set and some photo Etch detail parts to detail his MiG-29.   


Aidy Abdullah is here with his 1/72 Mini Hobby F-5E and Revell F-5B.  Both of his F-5 models are done in different paint schemes.  enjoy his photos.   


Aidy Abdullah is here with his two of his 1/48 Hasegawa A-4PTM models.  Both are well done models  


Thomas Ng is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18B.  Thomas built this one out of the box with some subtle chalk weathering.    Mazlan Yusof is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa A-4C.  This is a well weathered aerial tanker.   


Brian Param & Thomas Ng are here with their two 1/48 Italeri RF-5E Tigereye models.  Both of these models have attractive camo patterns. 


I have a review of the new 1/48 P-40 Curtiss Cuties Part 2 decal sheet from PYN-UP Decals.  This sheet features 2 different P-40's....one with the RAAF and one in American markings.


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the 1/48 F-106A “Delta Darts Part 2” decal sheet from Eagle Strike Productions.  This decal sheet is available for $8.00 from North American Hobbies website.


I have a review of the new 1/48 resin and photo etch US 500 Lb bombs (Universal set) from Griffon Model Accessories.


I have a review of the new 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt Part 3 decal sheet from Lifelike Decals.  This decal sheets features 3 different P-47s.


Tuesday,  Aug 30    2005                 Victory Day in Turkey    Kyrgyz Republic National Day  

Emre Demirkılıç begins this special update honour Victory Day in Turkey with his 1/72 Tamiya F-84G Thunderjet.  This is a beautifully done and realisticly weathered jet.   


Barkin Bayoglu is here with his 1/72 Tamiya Spitfire Mk I TuAF.  Barkin has included gun powder stains on the wings as well as other weathering to give his Spitfire that more detailed look. 


Suleyman Girit  joins us with his 1/48 Classic Airframes Fairey Battle I.  Suleyman had to do a bit of extra work to build his Classic Airframes kit but the finished model was well worth it.  He tells about what is involved in his article.  


Emre Demirkılıç is here with his 1/72 Revell Hawker Hurricane.  Emre finished his Hurricane in desert camo and added weathering to complete his Hurricane's look.  


H.Ufuk Aydiner joins us with his 1/48 Revell F-E Phantom II in Turkish markings that he built out of the box in only 5 days.  A darn fine Phantom.   


Barkin Bayoglu  joins us with his 1/72 PM Lippisch P13a.  Barkin finished his good looking jet in "What-if" markings.  


Emre Demirkiliç is here with his 1/72 Revell P-47 Thunderbolt.  Emre finished his P-47 in a  great looking bare metal finish complete with panel line shading. 


I have a review of the new 1/72, 1/48, 1/32 Roundels Of The World decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This sheet (5 sheets in fact) features roundels in 3 different scales for 29 countries.


I have a review of the new 1/32 resin wheels for Tamiya F-15 from Contact ResineThis set is available from Design & Marketing Int'l


I have a review of the new 1/48 P-39 Airacobra Cuties Part 1 decal sheet from  PYN-UP Decals.  This sheet features 2 aircraft with nude artwork.  


Steve Filak is here with a review of the 1/48  F-14B Last of the Tomcats 1 decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features Jolly Rogers markings. 


Mike Grant of Mike Grant Decals is here with some Sopwith Triplane Walk Around photos.


Monday,  Aug 29    2005           

I've been following the latest hurricane Katrina news most of the night and luckily it didn't hit New Orleans head on, but it looks like a very disturbing situation.  I do know some ARC'ers that are currently in the path of this Hurricane and their safety and well being is the prime concern of all ARC'ers.


Mark L. Rossmann begins your week with his selection of 1/48 Kawanishi N1K Aircraft.  These models include kits from Tamiya, Hasegawa and Otaki.  Mark has provided info about the history and building each of these beauties. 


Manuel J. Armas S. has built this stunning 1/48 Academy F-14A Interceptor for his girlfriend.  He's included quite a few photos of his F-14.   


Maurizio Bressan is here with his 1/48 Academy CH-46E.   Maurizo did some extra detailing to his CH-46 and he's included photos of this detailing before he glued the fuselage together.  Very nice indeed.   


Rodney Williams joins us with his 1/48 Revell F-86D Sabre Dog.  Rodney always builds the most interesting models and his Sabre Dog  is a great kit built to Rodney's usual high standards.  


David Bey is here with his well done Singapore 1/72 Italeri C-130H.  David did some extra detailing to his C-130 and he's included photos of this detailing during the build process.  David went the extra mile to detail his C-130. 


Jeff Hamel is here with his 1/48 Academy Mig-21MF.  Jeff used a Blackbox cockpit and finished his Mig with a beautifully weathered paint job. 


Sunday,  Aug 28    2005              Polish (Military) Aviation Day   

Aaron Hughes is here with his 1/72 Airfix Lightning F.1A.  Aaron did some delicate weathering and finished his Lightning in markings of the "Firebirds" aerobatic display team using Cutting Edge Decals.  A fine model of this classic British jet.


Paul Hastings joins us with two of his 1/48 Hasegawa Macchi C205.  Paul chose 2 quite different and attractive paint schemes for his Macchi 205 and finished them with some very effective techniques.


Saturday,  Aug 27    2005                 Moldova National Day  

Rick Reinbott starts today with his 1/48 Hobbycraft FB11 Sea Fury.  Rick built his as a slightly weathered Bay of Pigs Sea Fury, which is something I've not seen done as a model before.  Good one Rick.  


Billy Goodman is here with a 1/72 Revell Israeli F-16A he built long ago.  Billy's F-16 stands the test of time with all the extra detailing he did on it.  Always good to see these jet models with the extra detailing .    


Friday,  Aug 26    2005    

We arrived home late last night after a busy day visiting family and shopping.  Here's a photo of me with my oldest daughter riding a Fred Flintstone type car.....I'm a car nut....so this photo was a must do sort of thing.  We had an amusing time at this attraction 90 west of Vancouver, BC. 


Le Thanh Tung is here with his 1/32 Trumpeter A-10A.  Tung did some changes to his A-10 such as a Blackbox resin cockpit to improve upon the detail of the very good Trumpeter A-10.  This and a stellar airbrushing job gave him a masterpiece A-10.


Graham Symmonds is here with his dirty 1/35 Academy AH-1W Super Cobra.  I was quite impressed with the outcome of Graham's weathering job.....it looks just like photos of the real chopper.      


Pavel Krejci has dropped by with his 1/48 HiPM MIG-19S.  Pavel chose to finish his MiG in the markings of the Patrik aerobatics team, which is a very unique and pleasing choice.  His bare metal finish has the look of the real aircraft.  


Jesús Alcocer joins us with his 1/72 Fujimi Aichi D3A2 ValJesús also weathered his Val to get that war weary look.......a very convincing model.    


Thursday,  Aug 25    2005         Uruguay Independence Day  
Wednesday,  Aug 24    2005                  Ukraine National Day   
I've managed to hook onto my nephew's net connection, so I will continue updates while I'm out of town.  The first day of our family vacation went good......we spent hours and hours at a Flintstone theme park.  And I've got a picture of myself in a Fred Flintstone car.  

Keith Beraska begins this update in honour of the Ukraine National Day with his eye catching 1/72 Hasegawa MiG-29 "Ukrainian Falcons".   This is one of the jets that was part of the Ukrainian national flight demo team.....painted in the very attractive national colours of blue and gold.


Joe Youngerman is here with another of his beauties.  This is Joe's 1/72 Revell Blohm & Voss BV P-194 in a what-if scheme.  Joe also added some extra detailing to improve the look of his BV P-194.


Cruise Wang is here with his 1/72 Revell F-16A Block 20 done up in Taiwanese markings.  Cruise had to change the kit slightly to get the details correct and make his own markings for some of the decals.....but he got it done and it turned out quite good.


Phil Hastie has been busy building his 1/72 Academy P-47D.  This is one heck of a nice kit and Phil turn it into a very well done model of this famous WW2 fighter. 


Tuesday,  Aug 23    2005    
I'll be out of town for a few days on vacation with my wife and kids.  This will be our big family vacation this year.  If I can get an internet connection while out of town, I will continue updates while I'm out of town.  

Konley Kelley begins today with his 1/72 Academy Memphis Belle B-17F.  Konley has digitally posed his B-17 bomber in the midst of it's mission.  I always get a kick out of Konley's digital creations using his models.  


Denis Belyanin is here with his beautifully done 1/72 Academy F-14A Tomcat.  Denis did a stunning job on his Tomcat.  Enjoy.  


J.C. Bahr is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa Beaufighter Mk.21.  J.C. did some extra detailing on his Beaufighter and then finished it in Australian markings creating his very pleasing model.    


David Shen is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his  1/72 PM Ta183 done up in a very realistic looking paint job.  Welcome to ARC David!!!   


Monday,  Aug 22    2005            Happy Birthday Chris Hughes!!!

There's a little long standing joke on ARC between Chris Hughes and myself.....we share the same birthday and each year I've always wished him a happy birthday on our birthday.....now you know why.  I'd also like to wish a Happy Birthday to other ARC'ers born on this day.  

My sister had us over for a big Birthday Roast Beef feast yesterday and tonight I'll be going to my favourite steak house with my wife and daughters for a big time out to celebrate my 45th birthday.  


Paul Parkes is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his beautifully done 1/48 Revell / Italeri X-32B that he converted from the X-32A kit.  Paul makes his own marking when needed and he's also included photos of his X-35B in operational markings.  Welcome to ARC Paul.  


Yufei Mao is here with his impressive 1/48 Hasegawa B5N2 Kate.  Yufei has detailed his Kate with photo etch from Eduard and scratch built items for his Pearl Harbor attacker.  The paint job on that one is a sight to behold....enjoy.


Armin Knes has dropped by from Austria with his nicely done 1/48 Revell Convair B-58A.  Armin built this huge model and and finished it in a baremetal finish with different shades of metal to give his B-58A a more realistic finish.      


Eric Bade is here with his 1/72 Eduard Lavoshkin La-7.  Eric did his usual extra detailing on his La-7 and then finished it with a spectacular paint job. 


I have a review of the new 1/72 and 1/48 Italian 'smoke ring' camouflage decals from Mike Grant Decals.  Some have called these the End of the Hobby.......I consider them revolutionarily positive change for the hobby. 


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the 1/72 F-14A “Tomcat Alley” decal sheet from CAM DecalsThese decals retail for $8.00 from North American Hobbies


Sunday,  Aug 21    2005    

Laurent Boildieu begins today with his 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt.  Laurent finished his beautifully built  P-47 in the markings of the famous US Ace Lt. Colonel Francis Gabreski.  


J.C. Bahr is here with his 1/72 Northrop F-89D.  J.C. tells about building one of these in 1/72 and how to get the same great results he did on his brightly coloured F-89D.


Saturday,  Aug 20    2005              Hungary National Day  

Erik Wauters is here to mark the National Day in Hungary with his 1/144 Academy Su-22 Fitter in Hungarian markings.  Have a good look at this one....Erik did a splendid job on it.


Pablo Calcaterra joins us today with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Hurricane MkI.  Pablo's built the last hurricane flown by Ace pilot Pat Pattle and his article contains a full history and all the info about the conversion he did on his hurricane....including 40 photos.  Sit back and enjoy.


Friday,  Aug 19   2005    Dieppe Raid 1942

Rick Reinbott begins today with his 1/48 Monogram F-86 Sabre.   Rick finished this beauty in a baremetal finish.


Pete Morgan is here to treat you to photos of his 1/48 Hasegawa Typhoon.  Pete was very busy detailing his Typhoon and then creating a diorama to display it in all it's glory.   


Denis A. Belyanin has dropped by with his 1/72 Revell Su-27.  Denis did plenty of extra work to detail and weather his Flanker.  The finished model is stunning.  Welcome to ARC Denis. 


Rafi Ben-Shahar joins us with his 1/48 Pro Modeler SB2C-4 Helldiver.  Rafi used a wing fold set to fold the wings on his Helldiver to further enhance the look and detail of his model.  The work was well worth the effort....it looks great.   


Ken Middleton is here with his review of the 1/48 F-14A/B Colorful Cats decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  


Wednesday,  Aug 17   2005          Indonesia Independence Day    Gabon Independence Day   

Iwan Winarta is here from Indonesia to begin this special Indonesian update.  This is Iwan's 1/72 Academy P-40N in RAAF markings with weathering and sexy noseart. 


Alex Sidharta is here from Indonesia with his 1/48 Trumpeter MiG-19S Farmer.  Alex finished his Yugoslavian MiG-19 in a baremetal finish with weathering.   


Rahman Ramadya is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar) Indonesian air force markings.  Rahman gave his Oscar a chipped worn paint job and a weathered look.   


Alex Sidharta is here with his 1/48 Italeri F-16A Block 15 OCU Fighting Falcon.  Alex finished his F-16  in an attractive camo pattern and added a weapons load complete with messages on the bombs.  


Iwan Winarta joins us with his 1/72 Revell Boeing Kaydet in  Indonesian Air Force markings.  Iwan also includes the history behind this little gem.


Alexander Sidharta is here with his single seater 1/48 Airfix BAe Hawk 209.  Alex used a resin conversion set from Neomega to further detail his Hawk.


Iwan Winarta joins us with his 1/72 Fujimi F1M2 “Pete” that was seized by the Indonesian and repainted in Indonesian markings.  Iwan did rigging on his biplane and  he talks about this in his article. 


Iwan Winarta finishes today's update with his 1/72 Academy P-40E.  Iwan includes history of his P-40 and one thing I really enjoyed was the fire breathing beast on the noseart.   


Tuesday,  Aug 16   2005 

No update today.  I'm in London, Ontario, Canada....spending time with 4 of my siblings before we bury our Mom's ashes on Wednesday.  My hotel has free high speed internet....which is very cool. 

There will be no update on Tuesday.  I hope to have an update on Wednesday.  I will be flying 4,000km on Monday to attend the burial service of my Mom's ashes.  I fly back on Wednesday and hope to be home Thursday. 


Monday,  Aug 15   2005       Republic of Korea National Day 

  India Independence Day       Congo National Day       

Murli Rajan begins today's India Independence Day update  with his 1/72 Academy Spitfire.  Murli painted spitfire in SEAC camo.   


Shekar K. Rao is here with his 1/48 Academy Mig-21 MF.  Shekar has painted his MiG-21 in an eye catching camo scheme in honour of the Indian Air force.  


Polly Singh is here with his 1/72 Italeri Bell-47G-2.  Polly has included the history of the Bell 47 in Indian Air Force service to go along with the pictures of his sharp looking Bell 47.   


Murli Rajan joins us with his 1/72 Tamiya Mig-29.  Murli made his own decals and use a Neomega seat to complete his nicely weathered MiG-29.  


Aamod Potdar is here with his 1/48 Academy Sukhoi-30This is Aamod's first plastic model kit and I think he is doing very well.   He finished his Su-30 in Indian air Force markings.


Murli Rajan joins us with his 1/72 Airfix Hawker Hunter.  For markings he went with the Indian Air Force markings. 


Bill Weber is here with his 1/48 Tamiya P-51D Mustang.  Bill used one of my favourite Mustang schemes and has included the interesting wartime history of this aircraft.    


Pablo A. Girgulsky joins us with his 1/48 Esci A-4b Skyhawk.   Pablo discusses the history behind his Skyhawk.


I have a review of the new 1/48 A-20 Havoc "Havoc Hussies Part 2" decal sheet from PYN-UP Decals.  This sheet features 2 A-20 Havocs with noseart.


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the new  1/48 F-16C Golden State Griffins decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics


I have a review of the new 1/48USAF F-16C's decal sheet from IsraDecal This sheet includes Gulf War noseart.


I have a review of the new 1/24 resin Trumpeter Bf-109 G2/G6 prop and spinner from Contact ResineThis set is available from Design & Marketing Int'l


Sunday,  Aug 14   2005        Pakistan Independence Day  

Haroon Hamid bigns today's special Pakistan Independence Day update with his  1/48 Academy Mirage IIIRP.  Haroon has provided some interesting history behind his Mirage IIIRP and some of it's wartime it's operational history.  The model and display base came out very well.   


Omair Zafar is here with his Pakistan Indep. Day article including a selection of his models.  I'm glad that Omair has joined us for this update, because these special update....have a Happy Independence Day guys. 


PS is here with his 1/72 Academy P-47D-25PS has included info about the history of this P-47 as well as info about building this beauty. 


Dima Mudrakou is here from Belarus with his 1/72 KP Su-7BKL.  Dima has done much work on his Su-7BKL to correct the kit and add extra detail.  The finished model is stunning. 


Saturday,  Aug 13   2005  

Stephen Prior begins today with his 1/48 Tamiya P-51 Mustang III.  Stephen finished his mustang in the markings for a RAF Polish squadron Mustang in those great looking D-Day stripes. 


KEi is here with his 1/48 Italeri F/A-18E.  KEi replaced the kit cockpit with one from Blackbox and used decals from Twobobs to finished off his Italeri model.  


Friday,  Aug 12   2005  

Meesha begins today with his 1/48 Academy MiG21-PF.  Meesha did a huge amount of work detailing and modifying his MiG-21 and you'll see his excellent work when you read his article and look at his photos.  


Frederic Pierre is here with his  1/48 Tamiya P-51D Mustang.  This Mustang really stands out and looks perfect.  Frederic includes history about this famous P-51 as well as things he did when building his Mustang.   


John McCormick has dropped by with his 1/32 Hasegawa OA-4M.  John did a fair bit of extra detailling to his Shyhawk to improve the cockpit and other areas of his A-4.  then he finished it off with a beautifully done paint job. 


Max Tollens Jr. is here with his 1/35 MRC AH-1W Super Cobra.  Max built his Super Cobra as a Desert Storm chopper with extra engine detailing as well as some cockpit detailing.   


I have a review of the new 1/48 B-25 Mitchell's Honeys Part 1 decal sheet from PYN-UP DecalsThis sheet features 2 B-25's with sexy noseart.


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the new  1/32 F-16C Golden State Griffins decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics


Steve Filak is here with a review of the 1/48 F-14 Basic Lo-Viz Stencils decal sheet from Eagle Strike Productions.  You can buy this sheet from North American Hobbies for $6.49.


I have a review of the new 1/48 Spitfire MkVII conversion set for the Hasegawa Spitfire MkVIII or IX from Griffon Model Accessories.


Thursday,  Aug 11   2005          Chad Independence Day  

Loïc Lemarchand begins today with his 1/48 Hasegawa Hurricane MkILoïc built his Hurricane in the markings for Douglas Bader's aircraft and he even included a Douglas Bader figure in his diorama.    


Pascal Coupienne is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Hasegawa Crusader F8-E.  Pascal did a variety of things to his Crusader to improve the basic detail level of this kit.  The finished model came out looking very well with his weathering job.


Armin Knes has dropped by today with his 1/32 Revell He 162 A-2.  Armin has done a fine job on his He-162 and displayed it on a very realistic diorama base.  The open engine cowlings help to show off the beautiful detail on Armin's He-162.   


Rick Reinbott joins us with his 1/48 Tamiya A6M2 Zero.  Rick has done much extra work to improve upon the smaller details of this kit.  These differences are talked about in his article and he even mentions a lucky accident that happened during the building process. 


Christian Curec is here with his 1/48 Revell Helmut Wick’s Me-109 E4/7.  Christian was very busy adding detail to his 109 and finished it off with a very complicated camo pattern.  A beautifully done 109.   


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the new 1/32 F-16C Fighting Fulcrums decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  


I have a review of the new 1/48 A-26 Invader Babe Invaders Part 1 decal sheet from PYN-UP Decals.  This sheet features 2 aircraft....both with sexy noseart.


I have a review of the new 1/24 resin Trumpeter Fw-190 D-9 cockpit set  from Contact Resine.   This and other Contact Resine, Redux and Montex detail items are available from Design & Marketing Int'l.


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the new 1/32 F-16CJ Block 50 55th FS “Shaw Shooters” decal sheet from Afterburner Decals.  This sheet features 3 different F-16's.


Wednesday,  Aug 10   2005      Ecuador Independence Day  

IPMS St. Louis has information about the upcoming 7th Annual Plastic Model Show - Rolla, MO on Saturday, August 13, 2005, 11am - 4pm.  For more information click here.  http://www.ipms-stlouis.org/calendar.html  Rumour has it that ARC'ers Ivan Rich and Jeff Brundt will be there.


Jimmy Galvez begins today with 2 images of Ecuadorian Air Force Jaguars.  I had the special pleasure to meet Jimmy at the Atlanta Nationals.....he's a first class guy.   


Fernando Jimenez is here with some photos of his 1/72 Hasegawa Sepecat Jaguar.  This Jaguar wore the same camo as RAF Jaguars and has a full weapons load.


Galo Perez joins us on this special day with his 1/72 Sword T-34c Turbo Mentor.  Galo goes into the history of this aircraft and tells about building his special two seat trainer model.  


Juan Montesinos is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa Mirage F1.  Juan has included 3 images of his attractive Mirage F-1.  


Javier Johnson has dropped by with his 1/72 Hasegawa Mirage F-1JA.  Javier's Mirage F-1 was successful during wartime and Javier tells a bit about this in his article of his sharp looking Mirage F-1. 


Fernando Jimenez joins us with his 1/144 Revell Airbus A 320.  Fernando had to use extra creativity when he came to the markings on his good looking airliner.  It's a treat to see airliners from the smaller airlines around the world. 


Galo Perez  is here with his 1/72 Italeri K-FIR CE.  Galo did quite a bit of extra work to make his Ecuadorian K-fir more accurate.  His finished model captures the look of the Ecuadorian K-fir very well.  


Juan Montesinos is here with his 1/48 Monogram A37 Dragon Fly.  Juan added RBF tags to his Dragonfly as well as panelline shading and other special touches to detail his Ecuadorian beauty.  


Fernando Jimenez C. is here with his well done 1/72  Hasegawa Mirage F1 JA.  Fernando has done some scratch building on his Mirage's weapons to get the correct weapons load.


Juan Montesinos finishes up with his 1/72 Italeri K-Fir.  This is one of the aircraft used in the Cenepa's war with Peru.  A good looking model on this famous Ecuadorian jet.


I have a review of the new 1/48 A-20 Havoc Hussies Part 1 decal sheet  PYN-UP Decals.  This sheet features 2 aircraft with sexy noseart.  


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the new 1/48 F-14B/D VF-143/213 Last of the Tomcats 3 decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.


Steve Filak is here with a review of the new 1/48 Tomcats Part IX decal sheet from Eagle Strike Productions


I have a review of the new 1/48 resin and photo etch US 250 Lb bombs (Universal set) from Griffon Model Accessories.  


Tuesday,  Aug 9   2005          Singapore National Day  

Low Jer Wei is here with his 1/48 Academy AH-64D LongBow in Singapore markings.   Jer Wei kept busy doing an eye catching job on painting and detailing his Apache giving him some outstanding results.


Leslie Choy has dropped by with his Singapore 1/48 Hasegawa A 4SU Skyhawk.  This particular model is an aircraft that flew with the Singapore "Black Knight" aerobatic team.  Leslie made changes to kit parts to get his attractive A-4 to be more accurate for a Singapore A-4.  


Lee Chee Hwa is here to further support Singapore today with his 1/48 Hasegawa AH-64D.  Chee Hwa built this Apache a few years back and it's good to see it on this special day for Singapore.  


Leslie Choy has been busy getting ready for this Singapore update 1/48 Aeroclub Strikemaster.  Leslie did quite a bit of work on his Strikemaster trainer to improve the details and accuracy.  The finished model looks very good. 


Lee Chee Hwa is also here with his second model for this special update for Singapore with his 1/72 Fujimi E-2C.  This is an attractive model in Singapore markings.  Nice one Chee Hwa. 


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the new SHOCK AND AWE book from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This book is written written by Greg L. Davis and includes aircraft Nose Art & Mission Marks etc from Operation Enduring / Iraqi Freedom.


Steve Filak is here with a review of the new 1/32 resin A-10 GAU-8 Gun Muzzle from Cutting Edge ModelworksThis is quite the resin gun and is a must have for anyone building the 1/32 Trumpter A-10....reads Steve's review to find out why. 


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the new 1/32 F-16C Block 40 421st FS “OIF Black Widows” decal sheet from Afterburner DecalsThis sheet features Current F-16CG Block 40 markings for two Commander's jets, one for Operation Iraqi Freedom and one for OIF II, plus 2 line jets.


I have a review of the new 1/48USAF F-16C's decal sheet from IsraDecal.  This decal sheet includes 3 F-16's with nose artwork from the Gulf War in 1990-91.  One of the aircraft has sexy artwork and the "chalk" artwork decal is done is a very realistic way.


Monday,  Aug 8   2005  

Justin Davenport is here with his 1/144 Airfix Space Shuttle done up in Discovery markings.  Justin shares our happiness at the expected safe return of Discovery after her special mission in orbit and the return of a shuttle to space.  Thanks Justin.


Melanie Koppelaar is here with her first article on ARC.  This is her 1/72 Academy F4U- 1 Corsair which is also her first model aircraft.  Her Dad Henk has good reason to be proud of her.....she builds excellent models. 


Guy King has dropped by with his very unique one-of  1/72 Revell B-17F Aphrodite Drone Conversion from WW2.  Guy has provided a full history in his article of this unique B-17 done up beautifully to replicate this pilot-less drone. 


Carlos Arvizú is here with his 1/72 Italeri/Zveda S-37.  You'll enjoy seeing the paint scheme on this one.....it really stands out in a very pleasing way. 


Pavel Senk joins us with his 1/72 Sword Northrop N-9MA.  This is a limit run kit of a very decent quality according to Pavel.  His finished model looks very good and resembles this famous flying wing very well. 


I have a review of the new 1/48 PB4Y-2 Privateer Water Nymphs Part 2 decal sheet from PYN-UP Decals.  This sheet features 2 different Privateer's with VERY sexy noseart.


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the new  1/48 F-117A Kosovo Bandits Updated with Plant 42 Markings decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet includes the markings for the F-117 that was shot down over Yugoslavia.


I have a review of the new 1/48 Mirage F-1 CT Salut beauti!! decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This sheet features 10 different French Mirage F-1 CT with sexy noseart.


I have a review of the new 1/48 resin Fuel Drum Type 1 from Griffon Model Accessories.  They sell 3 different types of fuel drums.....go to their website to see more.


Sunday,  Aug 7   2005                   Cote d'lvoire National Day  

Tolga Ulgur begins today with his 1/48 Hasegawa P-40 E Warhawk.  Wow....the cockpit and paint job on this one show the high skill level of Tolga.  You'll enjoy the photos Tolgas has included of this beauty.


Dave Tietjen is here with his "what-if" story to go with his 1/72 AMT/Ertl XB-70There is no doubt about it....this is one well written story.  A darn fine looking model as well.  Grab a coffee or tea and enjoy the story and photos. 


Saturday,  Aug 6   2005    Bolivia Independence Day  

  60th Anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing 

David Chong is here to mark the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing with his 1/72 Academy B-29 'Enola Gay'.  David used a variety of techniques to bring out the detail in his historical B-29.  Thanks for sending it in David. 


Jeremy Neo is here with one of the WW2 fighters that was used to defend the Japanese Home Islands from the Allied bombers.  This is his 1/48 Otaki Hien Ki-61 done up with quite the complicated camo job.  


Friday,  Aug 5   2005                          Jamaica National Day  

  Croatian Victory Day or Dan Domovinske zahvalnosti  

  Russia - End of Kursk operation (1943)  

Mel "Webster" Silvestre and Jim "Bigman" Gonzales of IPMS Philippines Bert Anido have been very busy building the 1/48 Trumpeter Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor.  This is one very big model....great job guys!!


Mattias Kaeck joins us with his first article on ARC today.  This is his a selection of his very well done 1/72 Academy P-47 Razorbacks.  Mattias is from Sweden and I look forward to seeing more of his work on ARC in the future.  Welcome to ARC Mattias!!!  


Darren McGuinness is here with his strikingly attractive 1/48 Italeri Mirage 2000C.  This looks like a very nice kit....especially with this paint scheme. 


Michael Reeves (not Mike Reeves) is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa Hurricane Mk IId.  Michael chose to build the tank busting version of the Hurricane in desert camo......always a favourite combination of mine.  Nice one Michael.   


Thomas Neuss is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa F-14B Tomcat.  You'll like this one....great base....great model.....Jolly Rogers Last Tomcat Cruise markings and a helpful article....what else could you want.


I had this article linked to the Preview yesterday......so here it is again....Ken Middleton is here with a review of the1/48 F-14B VF-11 Red Rippers Last of the Tomcat Part 2 decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics


I have a review of the new 1/48 P-40 Curtiss Cuties Part 1 decal sheet from PYN-UP Decals.  This sheet features 2 different P-40's....both with sexy noseart.


Max Tollens is here with a review Kit Review:1/48 Hasegawa Skyhawk - Last Skyhawk with special attention paid to the markings in this particular reboxing. 


Thursday,  Aug 4   2005                  Burkina Faso National Day  

Tommy Hecker ARC'ers page has arrived for your viewing.  Tommy has some good photos for you all to enjoy.


Leslie Choy is here with a well done 1/32 Trumpeter F4F-4 Wildcat.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea and prepare for a nice long look at this beautifully done Wildcat.....plenty of detail and flawless workman ship on Leslie's part came together to to create this marvel.


David Longhitano is here with his 1/48 Revell Rafale-M in French markings.  You'll enjoy seeing the job David did on this one.....very nice indeed.


Dennis Weber joins us with his 1/48 Monogram Classic Hawker Typhoon Ib.  Dennis has captured the look and feel of this famous WW2 attack plane and he goes into very helpful detail in his article about building this kit.  I particularly enjoyed the paint chipping he did. 


Ilan Askapa joins us with his 1/48 Tamiya A-10A Thunderbolt ll.  Ilan has provided much insight about building the 1/48 Tamiya A-10 and what to do to avoid some of the problems with his kit.  His A-10 came out looking very well done indeed. 


Steve Filak is here with a review of the 1/48 Clear and Colored Formation/Nav Light Stock from Cutting Edge Modelworks


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the1/48 F-14B VF-11 Red Rippers Last of the Tomcat Part 2 decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics


I have a review of the new 1/48 Hellenic Air Force F-16C 15 year Special Anniversary Artwork decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This sheet features a Greek F-16 with artwork of the ship from Jason and the Argonauts and the quest for the Golden Fleece.


I have a review of the new 1/48 and 1/72 BAe/Sepecat Jaguar GR1/1A Royal Air Force  Part 1 decal sheet from Model Alliance Group.  This sheet features 9 different RAF Jaguars including a winter camo scheme.


Wednesday,  Aug 3   2005   

My 9 year old now can now ride a 2 wheeler bike.  We did our usual practicing this morning and then she asked for the pedals to be installed on her bike and after a few tries....she rode unassisted for about 10 feet......a successful milestone.  This has got to be one of the trickier jobs for a Dad during these early years.  I feel pretty good about it.


Jojo B Cruz begins today with his weathered 1/72 Academy F-14 Tomcat.  Jojo brushed painted his F-14 and I must admit I wish I could brush paint a model to look so well. 


Jeff Brundt is here with his 1/32 Hasegawa Fw-190A-8.  Jeff has provided some historical background on this Luftwaffe interceptor as well as insight about building this particular model kit.  Excellent results on your Fw-190 Jeff.


Armin Knes joins us with his 1/72 Revell MiG-21 F-13.  This model sports a bare metal finish that Armin buffed to get that certain level of shine.  Well done Armin.


Dennis Weber is here with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Spitfire XIVe.  Dennis finished his Spit in RCAF 402 Squadron markings along with gentle amounts of paint chipping and weathering.  Dennis includes lots of good info about building his low cost Hobbycraft kit. 


I have a review of the new 1/48 PB4Y Privateer Water Nymphs Part 1 decal sheet from PYN-UP Decals.  This sheet features 2 aircraft....both with very sexy noseart!!!


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the 1/72 F-117A Kosovo Bandits decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features 4 different F-117's...including the one that was shot down over Yugoslavia.


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the 1/48 F-16CJ Block 50 55th FS “Shaw Shooters” decal sheet from Afterburner Decals.  This sheet features a Commander's jet,  plus 2 line jets from Operation Northern Watch.


Tuesday,  Aug 2   2005   

Mel "Webster" Silvestre is here with his very inspiring Scratchbuilt 1/48 Grumman Hu-16 Albatross.  I can not imagine the effort that is required to create such a model from scratch.  Well done Mel.


Dennis Weber is here with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Morane Saulnier MS-406.  Dennis wrote a pretty colourful and amusing article to go along with his Ms-406.  For markings he chose to go with French markings.  A very well done and attractive model from a far from perfect model kit.


Bernd Korte has been busy building his 1/72 Italeri C-119G/L "Flying Boxcar".  Berdd did an outstanding amount of work to rescribe and detail his C-119 and it shows when you read his article and enjoy the in-progress photos as well as the finished photos of this wonder.


Dan Duna is here with another of his creations.  This is Dan's  1/72 unnamed Junkers jet bomber.  I'm a big fan of Dan's less than common model and this one is another gem of his creative genius mind at work.  


I have a review of the new 1/48 P-47 Thunderbolts Beautiful Jugs Part 3 decal sheet from PYN-UP Decals.  This sheet features 2 different P-47's with sexy nose art.


I have a review of the new 1/72, 1/48, 1/32 Dutch F-16 NATO Tiger Meet 50 year Squadron Anniversary decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  If you like Tiger Meet jets...then you MUST check out this sheet.


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the 1/72 F/A-18F VFA-102 Diamondbacks 50th Anniversary Scheme decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.


I have a review of the new 1/32 RAAF 20 years Hornet decal sheet from Model Alliance Group.  This much talked about Aussie jet is a RAAF F/A-18A Hornet in 20th Anniversary scheme during the 2005 airshow season.


Monday,  Aug 1   2005   

Yesterday's day trip with my 9 year old daughter went very well.....we attended a car show 2 hours from our city.....600 cars entered including a 1917 Ford Model T to expensive custom hot rods to new Porsches.....we both had a grand time.


The bike riding lessons continued this morning.....I've removed the pedals from their bikes and both of my daughters are propelling themselves with their feet as they gain balance and confidence.  So far so good.  


Jeff Brundt begins today with his 1/48 Tamiya A6M2 Zero.  Jeff his Zero out of the box, but that didn't stop him from turning out one great looking model.  He's provided some history about this older Tamiya kit and about building it.


Lee Chee Hwa is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16D Brakeet Chee Hwa built his Israeli F-16 out of the box, but that still gave him one heck of an attractive looking jet.  These Israeli jets look fantastic in their camo.


Hal Marshman (who I had the deep pleasure to meet at the US Nationals in Atlanta) is here with his 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1 Corsair.  Hal did quite a bit of effort and modifications to his Corsair and as you'll see by the paint job....Hal has things figured out very well. 


Ilan Askapa is here with his  1/48 Heller OH-58B Bell 206B (Syphan).  This is an Israeli chopper that is finished with decals from IsraDecal.  Another sharp looking Israeli aircraft in desert camo.


Ken Middleton is here with Part 2 of his US Nationals 2005 model photos.  Today Ken includes 60 photos including  a pic of the 1/48 Monogram F-4 built by Cyrus Tan.....this one had to be seen to be believed.  Cyrus put in an incredible effort to update this good but older kit.  


Steve Filak is here with a review of the 1/32 Corrected resin Exhaust Nozzles for Revell F-15C/E from Cutting Edge Modelworks


Ken Middleton is here with a review of the 1/72 F-14B VF-103 Last Tomcat Cruise decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.


Ken Middleton  is here with a review of the 1/48 F-16C Block 40 421st FS “OIF Black Widows” decal sheet from Afterburner Decals.  This is their first sheet and we'll see many more sheets from this energetic company.