Monday,  July 31  2006             
  • Gee, I Wish I Could Have Gone To The Nationals SUPER SALE at MeteorMeteor Productions is having an open house.  This rare event is well worth attending.  Click the image for all the details.  A 1/48 Privateer will be one of the many door prizes

  • Things are ramping up fast as the lucky few prepare to attend the 2006 IPMS USA Nationals in Kansas City, MO.  One of the highlights for ARC'ers will be the Twobobs Hospitality!!!  Here is the banner showing the companies (including ARC) that are paying for the free beer.

  • I want to alert on ARC'ers from Chile that the Museo Histórico Militar de Chile EXPO 2006 in Santiago, Chile in on from July 25 to August 31.  Click link for more information.

  • Giuseppe Penna has put quite a bit of effort super detailing his 1/48 Italeri S-3 Viking.  I'm deeply impressed by the added detail in this is spectacular.  

  • Carmel John Attard dropped by today with his 1/72 Nimrods.  These 2 models are both Nimrods.....from different time periods. 

  • Bartosz Piotrowski has done a fine job building his  1/72 ESCI Dassault Mirage F-1C.  Bartosz used a resin seat and aftermarket decals to detail and finish his Mirage.    

  • Brad Evans joins us today with his 1/72 Academy F4U-1 Corsair.  Brad built this beauty out of the box and it came out looking quite good.  

  • Ken Middleton is here with a review of the 1/72 F-15C/D "Aggressor Eagles" 65th Aggressor Sq. Nellis AFB decal sheet from Afterburner Decals.  This decal sheet includes 4 different aircraft. 


Saturday,  July 29  2006 
Friday,  July 28  2006      Peru Independence Day  
Thursday,  July 27  2006 
  • I have some news on the exciting new sets from Meteor Productions
    • 1/32 P-38F/G/H Conversion for Trumpeter
    • 1/32 F-5A/F-5B/F-5C (P-38) Recce Nose Conversion
    • 1/32 P-38F/G/H Super Detailed Cockpit With Posable Seatbelts
    • 1/32 P-38J/L Super Detailed Cockpit With Posable Seatbelts
    • 1/32 F-4E(S) Peace Jack Nose for Tamiya F-4E
  • Rafi Ben-Shahar joins us with his expertly built 1/48 Classic Airframes Gloster Meteor FR 8.   Rafi did find this Classic Airframes kit to be a bit of a struggle to complete, but the end results were well worth his effort.

  • Jon Keib joins us with his 1/144 Minicraft USAir MD80.  John finished his airliner with bare-metal-foil and the end results came out very well indeed.

  • El Rey has been busy getting the details right on his 1/72 Italeri MD-530F.  This little chopper has quite a few scratchbuilt parts and is finished in Mexican Air Force markings.

  • Lyle Brown is here today with his Goodyear FG-1D Artwork.   If you don't know the story of the Goodyear Corsairs.....look in the ARC Gallery was quite the Corsair.


Wednesday,  July 26  2006     Liberia Independence Day  

    Maldives Independence Day 

I just got home last night from an 8 day family road trip with my wife and daughters.....we covered 2500km.  The trip went very well but it's always nice to be home.  Needless to say I've got quite a few e-mails to catch up on.
Tuesday,  July 25  2006 
I was having problems with my Internet connection yesterday and was unable to load an update.
Friday,  July 21  2006   Belgium Independence Day 
  • Laurent “Angus” Beauvais is here today with the 4th and final part of his 1/48 FM Lockheed PV1 Ventura article.  Today he deals with painting and weathering.  It is quite amazing how much work and effort went into this one model.

  • Dave Cornett has done an outstanding job building and finishing his 1/32 Hasegawa F-86F Sabre.  Dave used an aftermarket resin cockpit and finished off his Sabre in a first rate bare metal finish.  

  • Oishi Thailand has done a fine job building and detailing his 1/48 Airfix Bf-109 E.   This particular 109 is from the Battle of Britain and is finished in the markings for a famous Luftwaffe ace from this time period.

  • Mukund Vora joins us with 2 Russian built aircraft.  These are his 1/48 Revell Mig 25 and 1/48 OEZ finished in Syrian markings and the other in Iraqi markings.   

  • Ken Middleton is here with a preview of the  1/48 JAS-39A/B/C/D Rippen' Gripens decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.   


Thursday,  July 20  2006   USA Moon Landing  First Human on the Moon 
I've posted up the ARC USA Nationals schedule.  This will tell you where we'll be gathering for meals and parties.  Click here for the schedule.  There will be slight revision leading up to the Nationals in August.
Wednesday,  July 19  2006 
Delta Models has undergone some major changes and is now Blackbird Models and they have new bits out and on the way soon, due any time is the Swept Wing P-63 conversion in 1/72nd scale and there are items such as the Hs 293 missiles for the Revell he 177 kit, and also these for the planned He 111Z Attack Zwilling, hopefully out this next month.  Their new site and online store are at
Tuesday,  July 18  2006   
No update today.....I'll be out of town for the day with my family.

Monday,  July 17  2006      Iraq National Day  
I'm pleased to welcome Fence Check as the newest ARC Sponsor.  
Fence Check is the first online Aviation Photography Magazine. Aside from the magazine, they offer a great free online community forum which can be a fantastic resource for ARC-ers who are looking for reference material. 
They have a special section for ARC-ers, where you can place photographic requests for that rare bird you’re trying to recreate as accurate as possible. Please drop by and let them know how they as photographers can help you out.
Saturday,  July 15  2006  
I'll be stopping the weekend updates during the summer to spend more time with my daughters and wife while our kids are out of school for the summer.  I'll go back up to 7 day a week update schdeule in September.

Friday,  July 14  2006     France National Day - Bastille Day 
Thursday,  July 13  2006 
Wednesday,  July 12  2006     Train Bombings in India  July 11 

  Sao Tome and Principe Independence Day  

  • I am shocked, saddened and enraged by the senseless bombing of trains in India.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this horror.
Tuesday,  July 11  2006    Mongolia National Celebration Day  
I'm very pleased to report Eli Raphael is doing very well and is now processing orders for Zotz head on over there and buy some decals or just send him an e-mail to let him know you're glad he's recovering so well.  Good to have you back Eli.
  • Gianni Chirico has done a fine job building his 1/72 Hasegawa J2M3 Raiden.   Gianni added chipped paint and gun powder stains and other weathering to add life and realism to his WW2 Japanese fighter.

  • Jorge Paz has been busy getting the details right on his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4 Phantom.  This model represents a IDF Phantom from 1973 Yom Kippur war  complete with resin and scratchbuilt details and a weapons load and weathering.  

  • Gabriel Stern is back with another of his less common aircraft models.  This is the 1/72 AMT-ERTL Northrop X/YB 35 complete with some very well done details and a killer bare metal a darn good article to boot..   

  • Derek Derks has done an outstanding job building his 1/48 Airfix Blackburn Buccaneer RN.  Derek used plenty of after market detail sets to make this masterpiece.....but it still required much skill of Derek's part to pull off this project.  

  • I have a review of the  1/32 A-7D Hot Slufs Part 2 decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This sheet features 3 different A-7's.  


Monday,  July 10  2006           Allied Landings at Sicily in 1943 

  Congratulations to Italy for the World Cup Win!!!  

  • Ronny Wezel begins the week with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Revell F-4F Phantom II.  Ronny used aftermarket resin and decals and finished this beauty in Luftwaffe markings.  Welcome to ARC Ronny!!! 

  • Chuck Holte has done a fine job building his 1/72 Franklin PS-2 Gliders.  These are limited edition kits and Chuck has included history and full build details in his articles about building these attractive little gliders. 

  • Shaun Foo dropped by today with his first article on ARC.  This is his very well done 1/48 Academy Flanker B  and Shaun did this wonderful kit justice.   I enjoyed seeing his Flanker on ARC today.  Welcome to ARC Shaun!!!    

  • Gonzalo Vidal is here to make all the bent wings fans happy.  This is his 1/32 Trumpeter F4U-4 Corsair.  Gonzalo added extra detail to his Corsair and then finished it off with a stellar paint job and weathering.  

  • Les Wells is here with some photos from the IPMS Torbay & South Devon Show 2006.  This looks like it was one first rate show.   


Sunday,  July 9  2006       Argentina Independence Day  
  • Shahrukh Ali begins today with his 1/48 Academy F-16C.  Shahrukh did an excellent job on his F-16 and you've got to see what paint he used.....a very creatuive solution to his shortage of a good local hobby shop. 

  • Tolga Ulgur joins us with his 1/48 Hasegawa Grumman Hellcat Mk II from FAA.  Tolga used some aftermarket goodies to get the details correct and finished off his Hellcat with one of his flawless weathering jobs.   


Saturday,  July 8  2006 
  • Darrell Thompson begins today with his 1/48 Tamiya P-47D-11 Thunderbolt.  Darrell added some resin details parts and scratchbuilt items to get the details looking perfect....then he finished it up with a beautifully done paint scheme. 

  • Luc Harvey is here with his 1/72 Italeri Mig-29.  Luc chose markings for an Eritrean Mig to finish off his very nice jet.   


Friday,  July 7  2006          Solomon Islands National Day  

  London Subway Bombing Anniversary  

Thursday,  July 6  2006        Comoros Independence Day  

  Malawi Republic Day  

  • Steve Brauning begins today with his 1/48 Blohm und Vos BV141B diorama that he calls The Eyes of the Eastern Front .  Pretty cool diorama.

  • Jürgen Knizia is here with his very well done 1/32 Tamiya F-4CJürgen finished his Phantom is Spanish air force markings and added plenty of extra detailing.

  • Thierry Jacques joins us with his French air Force 1/72 Hasegawa Beaufighter.   Thierry did a fine job building this very nice kit to create an excellent looking model.

  • Yvan Vansteenkiste has done a excellent job on his 1/32 Trumpeter MIG-29 Fulcrum.   Wow....this is Mig came out lookign very nice indeed.

  • David Watson is here with some Eurofighter Typhoon F.2 walkaround photos. 


Wednesday,  July 5  2006       Cape Verde National Day   

   Venezuela Independence Day   

Tuesday,  July 4  2006      USA Independence Day   
Today's models focus on some of the many fighters flown by the US of A as well as a few other aircraft and other special articles.
  • Chris Mignone starts this special update with his Home of the Brave artwork.  Very moving Chris.

  • Here's some photos of a very Special Hummer owned and driven by a proud Mom that lost her son fighting for his country.

  • Greg D. Williams is here with his very detailed article about building his very well done 1/72 Blue Angels F/A-18A Hornet.   

  • Ken Middleton is here with quite the well rounded selection of photos from the 2006 Westfield International AirshowAnd of course the Blue Angels attended as well as some vintage WW2 aircraft and a rocket powered truck and much more. 

  • Frank McVeigh has been busy getting the details right on his 1/144 Launch Complex 39A diorama.  Wow!!!  

  • Brad Henson has dropped by with some pics from the Dixie Wing model collection.  This collection features over 400 models.  

  • Cal Cochran is here with some photos of a well known "Fightertown" F-14. 

  • Damian Murphy has done an amazing job finishing his 1/32 Trumpeter P-40B/C.  Damian finished his outstanding P-40 in AVG markings.  

  • Mark Buchler joins us with his beautifully done 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt.   Mark did pre-shading on his P-47 and finished this gem with sexy noseart.

  • Rafi Ben-Shahar is here with two of his 1/48 Grumman Hellcat with a resin wingfold set installed.  Very nice as always Rafi.   

  • Andy Frill has dropped by with his 1/48 Monogram F4U-5N Corsair.  Andy built his well done Corsair out of the box and finished it with pastel chalk weathering. 

  • Max Trout is here with his  first article on ARC today.  This is his  1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat.  You'll find this article fun to read.  Welcome to ARC Max....nice looking Wildcat!!!  

  • Girolamo Lorusso has put quite a bit of effort super detailing his 1/32 Trumpeter A-10A.   Wow!!!

  • Stewart Gordon is here with a photos of his award winning 1/32 Tamiya F-4 Phantom II.   

  • Eric Bade has done a wonderful job weathering his 1/72 Hasegawa Grumman F-14D Tomcat.   Eric goes into some very helpful detail for building his F-14.  Excellent as always Eric.

  • Sahdev Gahlay has done a fine job building his 1/48 Revell-Monogram F-15E Strike Eagle.  Good to see Sahdev.  

  • Jaroslav Hajecek joins us with his 1/48 Academy F16N.  Jaroslav did a very careful job on the cockpit  which gave him flawless results.....he also did some pre-shading before his final painting.

  • Ken Middleton has been busy building his 1/48 Testors F/A-18A Hornet.  This is a special F-18 Ken built....he explains some of the features of building his very nice F-18 in his article.  

  • Bill Dedig has done a gallant attempt at building the 1/48 Italeri F-22.  Bill built it out of the box and ended up with a great looking example of the newest American fighter. 


Monday,  July 3  2006       Belarus Independence Day  
  • Gianni Chirico starts your week with his nicely done 1/72 ICM Iljushin I-1 (IL-400b).  This  is an odd looking little aircraft....nice one Gianni.  

  • Dave Bächi is 15 years old and joins us from Switzerland with his first model on ARC.  This beautifully finished 1/72 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon is a treat to see.  Welcome to ARC Dave!!!   

  • Julian Schüngel has been busy scratchbuilding details on his 1/48 Italeri Bell EH-1H Super-Huey, CDF.  This well done chopper is a model of an actual fire fighting chopper.  

  • Jong-ho Park is here with his big impressive and well detailed 1/32 Trumpeter Su-27.   This is quite the big beautiful model.


Sunday,  July 2  2006 
  • Pieter Posthumus begins today with his 1/32 Revell F 104 S.   Pieter did quite a bit of scratchbuilding on his Starfighter and gave it a humourous paint scheme.

  • Louis Chang has been busy building his 1/48 Mauve P-40N.   Louis added scratchbuilt cockpit and landing gear details to complete his P-40.


Saturday,  July 1  2006       Burundi Independence Day   

   Canada Day       Rwanda Independence Day  

Here's some articles to celebrate Canada Day!!!