Sunday,   Dec 31  2006 
  • Tigre del Aire joins us with his 1/72 Matchbox Fiat G.91Y.   Tigre del Aire  did quite a bit of extra work on his model and made a runway display base for it with figures.

  • José Carlos Simón has been busy adding details to his very sharp looking 1/32 Tamiya F-4EJ Phantom JASDF.  José added scratchbuilt details and aftermarket details to his F-4 and then finished it in Japanese markings with weathering.   

  • Chee Hong Wong joins us with his 1/72 ACE RA-5C Vigilante.  This isn't the best kit but Chee Hong stuck with it and turned out a very nice Vigilante.  


Saturday,   Dec 30  2006 
  • Paul Fernandez has done a first class job building, finishing and weathering his 1/72 Hasegawa F-4.  Although this kit is built mostly out of the box, Paul gave it a fantastic finish.   

  • Thierry Jacques is here with his very well done 1/72 HobbyBoss P47D.   Thierry used aftermarket decals and built his P-47 mostly out of the box in French markings.

  • Dave is here with his first article on ARC today.  He had quite the time building his 1/144 Revell Germany Concorde.  The finished model came out looking great......but not without plenty of effort by Dave.   

  • Tim Groombridge has dropped by the ARC Corporate in the UK with his 1/48 Revell Sopwith Camel.  Tim built his Sopwith mostly out of the box and I do agree with him this was one of the more impressive planes flown by the British side during WW1.   

  • Aaron C. Rhodes has done a great job on his 1/48 Monogram A-10 Warthog.   Aaron used plenty of aftermarket items on his A-10 including decals from Twobobs as well as a resin cockpit. 


Friday,   Dec 29  2006
We returned late Thursday night from a  2 day - 2 city trip to visit relatives on both sides of the family.  We had plenty of good laughs and many good meals as we caught up on the latest news with our family.  It was a very enjoyable trip and we wish we could have stayed longer.
  • Armin Knes has done an outstanding job building and detailing his 1/48 Italeri Mikojan-Gurewitsch MiG-23MF.  Armin put plenty of extra effort improving his MiG-23MF to make it more realistic.  

  • Rafi Ben-Shahar has built the 1/48 Eduard Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8.  And although Rafi found the kit less fun to build than most kit....he did manage to turn out a great looking Fw-190 up to his usual high standards.   

  • Oishi stopped by the ARC Corporate offices in Thailand with his 1/32 Hasegawa F-5E Aggressor.  Wow....this F-5 is quite the beauty to see.   

  • Simon Lewis stopped by today with a sharp looking 1/48 Tamiya Beaufighter Mk 21.  Any parents will enjoy reading Simon's article and his gift for understatement.  Looks great Simon.   

  • Alfonso Barajas joins us from sunny Mexico with his 1/48 Classic Airframes De Havilland Vampire.  This beauty was finished in RCAF markings.....a favourite of mine :-) and Alfonso found it to be a very nice kit to build.


Tuesday,   Dec 26  2006

  Slovenia Independence Day  

Christmas went very well at the Bamford home.  Our kids had a grand time and my wife and I have some great memories, although they are slightly clouded by too little sleep as the result of two very excited little girls waking up early on Christmas morning.

I'll be taking a couple of days off from updates to spend time with extended family members on both sides.

Monday,   Dec 25  2006

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I would like to extend my very warmest Christmas wishes to everyone on our little planet.....especially military members far from family serving overseas.
  • Nick Walton is here with today's only article.  This is Nick's 1/72 Pro-Modeler Spitfire in a Christmas diorama.  Peace on Earth. 

  • In the Test Post Clubhouse there is a new funny picture and a story telling about the Christmas Truce of 1914.

Sunday,   Dec 24  2006 

  Serbian Air Force Day  

It is a holiday tradition here on ARC to speculate what vehicles Santa will use to deliver presents on Christmas Eve.  Alvis 3.1 is here today to present 3 of Santa's toy delivery vehicles.
To track Santa on Christmas Eve with your kids...go to this website

  • Alvis 3.1 begins with his answer to the question....What Santa Will Fly: 2468.  Any Star Trek fans out there.....this article will make you grin.  

  • Alvis 3.1's second model tells about the  Tales from Area 51*.   Alvis 3.1 reveals for the first time to real truth behind Roswell....

  • Alvis 3.1 reveals reveals the answer to What Santa Will Fly: 2006.  I won't tell you too much about this Alvis 3.1's story to learn the amusing truth.   


Friday,   Dec 22  2006 
  • Elton Zhu has done an outstanding job detailing and weathering his 1/48 Italeri F-18F.   The weathering has to be seen.....excellently done.  

  • Jason Cooper has put quite a bit of effort into his sharp looking 1/48 Tamiya Me109 E3.   Jason has turned out a flawless 109.

  • Alexandre Studer has done an exceptionally nice job building and finishing his  1/48 Italeri Mirage 2000C.  This is quite the paint scheme.   

  • James Griffiths has been busy getting the details right on his 1/720 Italeri USS Constellation (CV-64).   Outstanding job James.  


Thursday,   Dec 21  2006 
  • Dan Greening begins today with his special 1/72 Avro Vulcan B2.  Dan calls his diorama "Scrap Metal"  of a Vulcan bomber being scrapped.  Wow Dan did a brilliant job on this one as he added plenty of scratchbuilt detail.    

  • Warren Osborne has done a lovely job building and weathering his 1/72 Italeri ACH-47.  I love the way the weathering turn on on Warren's Chinook. 

  • Trevor Murphy "thundervett" has done an outstanding job building and detailing his 1/48 Hasegawa F-104G "ZELL".   This Starfighter in-flight diorama has a ZELL rocket being launched.  Very well done Trevor.

  • Rafi Ben-Shahar has done an outstanding job building and finishing his1/48 Accurate Miniatures TBF-1 Tarpon I.   Yet another beauty from Rafi.

  • Damien Nott has a selection of photos from the Red Bull Air Race in Australia.   


Wednesday,   Dec 20  2006 

No update today.....I've been dealing with some items in my own life that have been taking much more of my time than I expected.


Tuesday,   Dec 19  2006 
Cutting Edge has some exciting news about their new  Signature Series resin Seamless Intakes  Click here for all the details and photos ;
--1/32 Academy F/A-18C & F/A-18D
--1/48 Monogram/Revell A-6/EA-6A/EA-6B
--1/48 Hasegawa F-8 Crusader (all variants)

--1/48 Revell F-15E Strike Eagle

  • Angel Mesa begins today with a flawlessly done 1/72 Hasegawa AV-8B Harrier II Plus.  Angel finished this fantastic Harrier with weathering and Spanish markings.   

  • John M Rosie is here with his  first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/72 Esci-Ertl Mil Mi-24 Hind D.  Wow you've got to read Jphn's artiocle to see the level of effort and scratchbuilt detail he added to his Hind.  Welcome to ARC John!!!   

  • Carlos "Cachito" Nacer joins us from Ecuador for the first time on ARC today with his 1/72 Tamiya F-84G Thunderjet.  This is a lovely kit and Carlos turned it into a first class F-84G model.  Welcome to ARC Carlos!!!    

  • Carmel John Attard joins us from Malta with two of his 1/72 beauties.  This is his 1/72 Airmodel VFW614 & 1/72 Airmodel Pembroke.  Very nice as always Carmel.    

  • Ernesto "Tu-22m3" Molina has some photos from the recent XXIV Contest La Silla Club de Modelismo, Monterrey Mexico 2006.   This Ernesto's first article on ARC and he also includes members at the show dressed in Afrika Korps uniforms with a BMW motorbike with sidecar.  Welcome ot ARC Ernesto!!!


Monday,   Dec 18  2006

Niger - Proclamation of the Republic

  • I've  created a new ARC Forum for ARC'ers attending the 2007 IPMS/USA National Convention in Oranage County, California.  It is going to be one heck of a show and this forum will permit ARC'ers to discuss all aspects of the convention.  Special thanks to the 2007 IPMS/USA National Convention staff for putting on this event: Nat Richards, James Woody, Mike Bradley, Steve Munroe, Pete Hiatt, Tony Avalos, Brian Casteel, Terry Huber, Lindy Woody and Reed West.

  • Oishi starts today with his beautifully done 1/32 Hasegawa F-5E Aggressor.  These Aggressor aircraft are some of the most interesting camo schemes used by US forces.  This particular model uses decals from Twobobs 

  • Rick Reinbott has put quite a bit of effort into his attractive 1/72 Academy Hawker Typhoon 1B.  If you're planning on building a Typhoon, you'll find Rick's article VERY helpful.   Nice job Rick.

  • Hal Marshman, Sr. has done his usual highly quality job on his 1/48 Hasegawa RF-86F.  Read Hal's comments about building his German Sabre.  

  • Zafer Yilmaz is here with his nicely done 1/72 Italeri MH 53 J.  This particular Pavelow in finished as a chopper used by the special forces in the Gulf War.  

  • I have a review of the new 1/72 resin Boulton Paul P.120 model kit from Pro Resin.  If you like British aircraft or rpotypes or delta winged'll want to have a look at this kit.  


Sunday,   Dec 17  2006

  Bhutan National Day  

  • Sacha Columberg has done a lovely job building his 1/48 Hasegawa Bf 109F-2.  It is built out of the box and put on a very convincing diorama base.  Very nice Sacha.   

  • Artur Oslizlo joins us from Poland with his 1/48 KP Su-22M4.  Although the KP is not the best kit, Artur did some scratchbuilding and added aftermarket resin and photo etch to make a great looking Su-22M4 model.   


Saturday,   Dec 16  2006 

  Happy Hanukkah - the Festival of Lights  

Bahrain National Day        Kazakhstan National Day

Today is the first day of Hanukkah.  Hanukkah is very special Jewish holiday that includes traditions such as eating foods fried in oil, giving gifts to children, parties and festive events.  It is a time for family and friends to draw close and share special memories.  The highlight of this 8 day festival is the lighting of a candle on the "menorah" or a "hanukkiah" each day during the 8 days of Hanukkah to remember the victory by the Maccabees (led by Judah) over the Hellenistic Syrians in a revolt that took place around 165 BCE.  The victory in itself was considered a miracle, but once the Temple Mount in Jerusalem had been reclaimed, the Temple had to be rededicated. According to legend, only one jar of sacramental oil was found, enough for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, thus the eight days of Hanukkah.  
I'd like to wish all our Jewish ARC'ers a very happy Hanukkah!!!    Steve B
  • Shawn Phantom Weiler is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa A-4C or CVW-8 part 10.  Shawn built his Skyhawk in the markings for CVW-8 and also includes 2 of his other Skyhawks in his article.  Nice one Shawn. 

  • Armin Knes dropped by the Austrian ARC Cprporate offices with his very eye catching 1/48 Revell Mil Mi-24D.  Armin built his sharp looking Hind mostly out of the box with the exception of opening the cargo door. 


Friday,   Dec 15  2006 
We've got another even more powerful windstorm with 100kmph - 60mph winds.  This storm should hit in a few hours and I fully expect power outages in our neighbourhood with all the trees.  We usually get one of these storms every few years.....this is the third one in 7 days.  
  • Laurent “Angus” Beauvais is here with something very special and unusual.  This is his Virtual 1/24th D520.  

  • Freddy Pedrique has done a wonderful job detailing, finishing and weathering his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16A.  This attractive F-16 was finished in Venezuelan national markings.

  • Tim Groombridge is here with his nicely done 1/72 Matchbox AH1 Cobra.  Tim finished his Cobra in USMC markings.  

  • Denis Boban has dropped by with his 1/48 Academy MIG 21 bis D HRZ.  Denis did quite a bit of work to gett he details correct and even added some aftermarket parts before a multi colored camo pattern and weathering were applied.  Markings are for the Croatian air force.


Thursday,   Dec 14  2006 
I come down with a nasty cold.  My energy level is slightly above zero.
  • John A Thomas is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/48 Hobbycraft A-4C with some aftermarket goodies to improve the details.  John explains the special connection this A-4 has with the famous 13 day in October 1962.

  • Pavel S. Maksimov joins us with his very nicely done1/35 Academy Sikorsky UH-60L.  Pavel is currently building a MH-60 and is in need of detail his article for the full details.   

  • Fausto Muto has done a beautiful job building his 1/72 Zvezda MiG-21PFV.   Looking good Fausto.

  • Renato NIGHTRIDER Torin Junior. has been busy building and detailing his 1/48 EMBRAER T- 27 Tucano GIIC - Resin Kit.   Renato added extra detail to his trainer aircraft.

  •'s pic is a bit sexy.....and might not be "work safe".

Wednesday,   Dec 13  2006

  Saint Lucia Independence Day  

We had a coastal wind storm blow in last night with 80kmph - 50mph winds.  As luck would have it....the winds knocked out power to our neighbourhood while I was putting together today's update....hence the very small late update.
Tuesday,   Dec 12  2006

  Kenya Independence Day  

  • John McCormick went above and beyond in making his 1/32 Revell/Monogram F-4G.  John put a gigantic amount of effort and aftermarket items into this project.  He goes into very helpful detail in his articles and provides lovely photos of his Phantom.   

  • Malcolm Reid is here with a stunner.  This is his 1/35 Academy OH-58D Kiowa.  Malcolm enhansed critical areas in his model to bring it to life with extra detail and an impressive paint job.   

  • Jorge Bonilla is here with some in-progress photos of his 1/48 Tamiya Me-262 clear edition.  This will be a beauty when it's done.  

  • Stéphane Colin has done a beautiful job building his 1/72 Fine Molds Yokosuka R3Y2 Keiun.   Stéphane added details to improve the look of his model.  

  • It’s An Aluminum Christmas! Hawkeye’s Hobbies LLC is having an SnJ Spray Metal Finishes sale until Dec 21 2006.  Check it out and buy yourself some SnJ for Christmas.


Monday,   Dec 11  2006 
  • Warren Osborne joins us for the first time on ARC with his sharp looking   1/72 Airfix Seaking.  Warren added extra detail to most areas of his Seaking and finished it off in the colourful German markings.    

  • Travis Chalmers has stopped by today with his 1/72 Italeri B-26K Counter Invader.  Travis took on the big job of Converting it to an Airspray Tanker and Travis tells all about it in his article.  

  • Ben "Zebra" Mears is here with his  first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/32 Academy F-16CJ.  Ben has done an outstanding job detailing and weathering his F-16 as you'll see in his article and photos.   

  • Yufei Mao is here with another of his beauties.  This is his 1/72 KP MiG-17PF.  Yufei did extra work to get the details right on his MiG.  

  • I have a review of the  Roundels Of The World Part 5 decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This sheet includes 1/72 1/48, 1/32 all on one sheet.   

  • Here's a preview of the new 1/48 & 1/72 CAF Golden Centennaires decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.   


Sunday,   Dec 10  2006

  Constitution Day in Thailand  

  Sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales and Repulse  

  • Eric Salazar starts today's update off with his 1/48 Revellogram F-14D.  Eric added a variety of aftermarket items including decals for the Grim Reaper and finished his Tomcat off with careful weathering. 

  • Shawn Phantom Weiler joins us today with his 1/48 Tamiya Mitsubishi Isshikirikko Type 11 (Betty).  Shawn built this one mostly out of the box with very nice results as you'll see in his photos.   


Saturday,   Dec 9  2006 
  • Suresh Patel begins today with his well done 1/48 Academy Sukhoi SU-30 MkI.  Suresh did quite a bit of extra work on his Su-30 to improve the detail of his model.

  • Mark Stanton is here from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates with a rare little aircraft.  This is his 1/48 Pegasus Supermarine Seafang and also his first article on ARC.  Nicely done Mark....welcome to ARC!!! 


Friday,   Dec 8  2006 
I'm pleased to welcome a new sponsor to ARC.  They are called Airshow Traveler Magazine.  
Airshow Traveler magazine spans the country to bring you the best photo spreads and reviews of US airshows. They also cover aviation museums, military patches, and aircraft from airshows past.  
Other items for sale on their website include airshow photos, calendars, and greeting cards.  They bring the airshow experience to your home every month.
Thursday,   Dec 7  2006

  Pearl Harbor Anniversary 2006  

  • Bill Lachance begins this special update with his 1/48 Hasegawa Nakajima B5N Kate.   This particular plane was one that was part of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec 7 1941.  Bill did it up in his usual very high level of quality.

  • Alfredo García is here with a very historically significant 1/48 Hasegawa B5N2 Kate.  This is a model of the actually plane that sank the USS Arizona in Dec 7th 1941.  Alfredo tells the story of building his Kate in his article.

  • Graham T has been very busy adding detail to his  1/48 Italeri Tornado GR4A.  Graham added quite a few resin items to his Tornado and finished it off in Anniversary markings. 

  • Alberto Borzellino joins us with his beautifully done1/48 Monogram RF-101B Recce Voodoo.  Alberto added a resin cockpit and made his own decals to complete his Voodoo.  

  • Here is a selection of Pearl Harbor Photos.


Wednesday,   Dec 6  2006 

  Finland Independence Day  

Tuesday,   Dec 5  2006

 Thailand National Day 

 Russia - Soviet winter counter offensive at Moscow   (1941) 

Monday,   Dec 4  2006 
Sunday,   Dec 3  2006 
  • Tolga Ulgur begins today with his very nice 1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk IXe.  Tolga added quite a few aftermarket items and weathered his spitfire to get it looking as close to a reference photo of the same aircraft in 1/1 scale.   

  • Chris Lovell (Yellowbelly) is here with his first article on ARC today.  Chris has done an exceptionally nice job building and detailing his 1/48 Hasegawa FGR-2 Phantom.  Chris added quite a few aftermarket goodies to his Rhino to get it looking just right.   


Saturday,   Dec 2  2006

 Laos Proclamation of the Republic 

 United Arab Emirates National Day 

  • Peter Doll begins today with his exceptional bare metal 1/48 Revell F-86D Sabre Dog.  The bare metal finisah and paint scheme on this one is quite nice.  

  • Nicolás Hakime Fernández aka El Hereje joins us today with his 1/48 Tamiya Fw-190.  This is a captured plane in US markings with photo etch details and weathering.   


Friday,   Dec 1  2006

 Romania National Day    Central Africa National Day