Friday,   July 30  2010

  Vanuatu Independence Day 

José Alvarez has been busy adding foil to the 1/72 Airfix F-80C Shooting Star to give it a bare metal finish.  I do like the way it turned out and it is cool to see it finished in FUERZA AÉREA ECUATORIANA markings.

David Rapasi is here with something you won't see that often.  This is flawless looking 1/48 Hasegawa Junkers Ju-87 Stuka as it appeared in the summer of '41 on the Russian Front.  The paint scheme looks excellent. 

Blackheart – 1Malaysia has got everything looking perfect on the big 1/35 Trumpeter Mil Mi-4 Hound.  This Mi-4 is a treat to see and I know you're going to enjoy the photos. 

Zotz Decals has a new 1-32 P-47 Thunderbolts decal sheet.  You get 4 different P-47 with markings that include a selection of sexy noseart. 

I have a product article for the new 1/32 F-8E/H Crusader detail set from Aires.

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Thursday,   July 29  2010 
Mark Chen has done a flawless job on his 1/48 Tamiya F-16C Block 40.  Mark backdated a Block 50 F-16 to a  Block 40 and then gave it just the right amount of weathering before using aftermarket decals for a jet that was involved in Operation Allied Force.

Tolga ULGUR is here with another of his super detail gems.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya P-47 D28 Thunderbolt and it is loaded with scratchbuilt and aftermarket detail items. 

Rafi Ben-Shahar is here with not one but two 1/48 Hasegawa Arado 234B-2/N.  Rafi built both of his Arado 234 as night fighters, but he did choose quite different camo schemes.  Both of them look excellent.

I have a product article for the new1/48 A6M5 Zero Exhaust from QuickBoost.

Radek Lhotsky is here with a product article for the new Messerschmitt Bf 110 Volume 1 - C,D,E variants book from REVI Publications.

Sean Martin  is here with a product article for the new  Aviation Pencil Art Prints from Agata Archangielska.

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Wednesday,   July 28  2010

  Peru Independence Day 

Konley Kelley gets things fired up today with his excellent looking 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt 'bubbletop'.   Konley shares some secrets of how he does his digital aircraft photography.  His P-47 is a beauty from every angle.....gotta' love those D-Day stripes.

Zenden Ng has been busy getting everything looking perfect on his 1/48 Academy Mig-29A Fulcrum.  Zenden weathered his MiG and then finished it in German markings and a full weapons load.  I do love seeing Luftwaffe jets. 

Jerry Hawhee (Old Blind Dog) joins us today with the latest addition to his display case.  This is his 1/72 Academy F6F-5 Hellcat that was dressed up with photo etch seatbelts and finished in the markings for a plane with VF-83 operating from the USS Essex in 1945.  Looking good Jerry.

Zotz Decals has a new 1-32 P-47 Thunderbolts decal sheet.  You get 5 different P-47 with markings that include a selection of sexy noseart and D-Day stripes. 

I have a product article for the new 1/72 F-100C/D Super Sabre exhaust nozzle from Aires.

Steve Filak, Sr. is here with a product article for the new 1/48 VAW-125 E-2C - “Tiger Tail Hawkeyes” from Vagabond Decals.   The markings for this sheet were sized to fit the new Kinetic 1/48 Hawkeye kit, and the sheet contains markings for three aircraft from the Tigertails from the 2005-2009 time frame (two CAG birds and one line jet).

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Tuesday,    July 27  2010 
Hot Babe of the Week!  this week  from Twobobs are some detail images of an ALQ-188 Pod that I took back in 2000. These pics will come in handy for any aggressor aircraft you're building since they typically carry the 188 pod on their missions when emulating enemy aircraft. Enjoy!  Bob

Mark L. Rossmann is here on the anniversary if the date the Korean War Cease fire was signed on July 27th, 1953. On this historic anniversary Mark is here with his 45th TRS Korea article featuring his RF-51.  Mark tells the history from that time period as well as all he did when building this special RF-51. 

Wiggy has been on quite the challenging but enjoyable ride with his 1/32 Williams Brother's 1932 Springfield BULLDOG Racer.  Wiggy modified his racer and did plenty of detailing such as wiring the engine compartment.  I really do like the look of this little racer. 

Steve Negley has done a gorgeous job building and finishing his 1/48 Monogram Vought F-8E Crusader.  Steve gave his Crusader a full weapons load and posed it on a carrier deck ready for it's next mission.  I love the look of this Vietnam era jet.

CMR Models is here with a  product article for the 1/72 De Havilland Vampire FB.5 model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 Su-27 Flaperons from QuickBoost

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Monday,    July 26  2010

  Liberia Independence Day 

  Maldives Independence Day 

Paul Coppin starts things off today with a rare bird.  This is his 1/48 Revell He-111-H22, which is the V-1 launching He-111.  Paul chose a very sharp looking camo scheme complete with black underside.  This is an excellent kit and in Paul's skilled hands it came out looking flawless. 

Jeong Cheol, Kim joins us from Korea with an amazing looking 1/32 Academy H.A.F. F-16CJ.  Jeong Cheol added a  resin cockpit as well as many other aftermarket items including decals from Zotz Decals and Hobbydecal before completing his F-16 as a weathered Greek F-16 wearing that fantastic looking blue HAF camo.

Fausto Muto has been busy getting everything looking perfect on his well weathered 1/32 Hasegawa A6M5 Zero.  This Zero has areas of paint that are worn down to the metal.....which looks very realistic.  Beautiful work.

I have a product article for the new 1/32 BAE Lightning  Seat with Safety Belts from QuickBoost.


I have a product article for the new 1/32 F-86 Sabre Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.


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Friday,   July 23  2010

  Egypt National Day 

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Bob has images of the latest releases....which include Harriers, Candy Cane F-15's, Greek F-16's and Aggressor F-5's.  Wow.....so much to choose from......Bob has outdone himself with this batch of new sheets.

Jean-Paul Wrona had a good time building the 1/72 Hobbyboss Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair.  Jean-Paul chose a Corsair with sexy noseart to finish his bent wing bird for a groupbuild.  Noseart always looks good. 

Benner has taken the 1/48 Tamiya F-117A Nighthawk and added a Black Box resin cockpit to make his own stealth jet.  The things that really stands out about Benner's Nighthawk is his choice of a slightly lightened black color.  This helps to show off the very angular lines of his F-117.  This is one fine looking Nighthawk .

Gabriel Stern is taking it easy this week and building a model from a styrene  kit.  This is his 1/72 Heller Caudron Simoun which is a very cool and slightly odd looking design.  It's a plane that entered a race in Egypt in 1937. 

Here is a product article for the new 1/48 Kawasaki Ki-100 Exhaust from QuickBoost.

Here is a product article for the new 1/72 De Havilland Vampire F Mk.1 from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.

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Thursday,   July 22  2010 
Tony Granata begins your Thursday update with one very sharp looking 1/144 Revell B-52G Stratofortress.  Tony goes into some very helpful detail about painting the B-52 and building this kit in particular.  I love the weapons load his B-52 is carrying. 

Wally Civitico has taken the resin 1/72 Liberty Models Resin Buffalo model kit and built it into a Buffalo he saw in Halim Jakarta in 2000.  To complete this build Wally made his own decals....with great success I might add.  I do like the look of a Buffalo in Indonesian markings. 

David Rapasi joins us today with a Corsair you don't see that often.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1 Corsair I built as a British Corsair with clipped wings to fit on the British carriers.  And of course Dave gave it one of his stunning weathering jobs. 

I have a product announcement of the new1/48 Nakajima Ki44-II Exhaust from QuickBoost.


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Wednesday,   July 21  2010

  Belgium Independence Day 

Micheal gets things off to a fine start today with his beautifully done 1/32 Promodeler BF-109G4.  I'm not sure what it is....but the paint scheme on this 109 really caught my eye.....I definitely like the way it turned out. 

Rafi Ben-Shahar has done an outstanding job finishing his 1/48 Hasegawa TA-4J Skyhawk Navy Trainer.  Rafi's Skyhawk has a nose "borrowed" from an Aggressor Skyhawk and shows the first signs of outdoor static display deterioration.  The weathering effect is bang on and looks perfect.

Jerry Hawhee (Old Blind Dog) had a grand time building the 1/72 Tamiya N1K1-J Shiden "George".  Jerry has built three of these over the year, so he has some very insightful pointers about avoid any pitfalls.  The finished model captures the look of this formidable fighter very well.  

Twobobs is here with a product article for the new 1/48 F-5E PACAF Gomers #2 decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation GraphicsThis sheet includes six different aggressor aircraft from the 26th Aggressor Squadron of Clark AFB, Philippines. Enough markings on this sheet for five complete aircraft!

I have a product article for the new 1/72 A-1 Skyraider Antennas from QuickBoost.


I have a product article for the new 1/32 MiG-29 Fulcrum C conversion from Zactomodels If you want to build a 1/32 MiG-29C, then this is the set to buy.

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Tuesday,    July 20  2010

  Colombia Independence Day 

  USA Moon Landing  - First Human on the Moon  (1969) 

Duncan gets today update started with his 1/144 airwing 8 FCD (part 1).  Duncan has included a selection of models and they are all exceptional. 

Andy Davies is here with a very special model.  This is his fantastic looking 1/72 Italeri SR-75 and XR-7 Aurora.  Andy includes some of the background info on this secret aircraft before he tells us what was involved in building it.  Read how Andy applied the decals using Klear (Future).  This is an excellent technique and well worth reading about.  The multi-shade paint jobs on these model is a treat to see. 

Tolga ULGUR joins us with his beautifully detailed and flawlessly finished 1/32 Eduard Messerschmitt Bf 109E1.  I quite enjoyed seeing the unique paint scheme and loved seeing the photo of the painted and weathered cockpit before it was installed in the model.  Spectacular work Tolga!!!

I have a product article for the new 1/48 Wyvern Main wheel bay from Aires.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 Hunting Percival Jet Provost T.3/T.4 model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.


I have a product article for the new 1/48 B-57 Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.

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Monday,    July 19  2010
No update today.
Friday,   July 16  2010 
Carmel J Attard gets things stated today with his 1/72 Wings 72 Nakajima E8N 1 &2 ‘Dave’.  Some of us fear vac-form kits and some of us fear bi-plane kits because of the rigging........this is a vac-formed bi-plane kit.  And if if that wasn't enough work, Carmel scratchbuilt the launching trolley and cradle assembly.  Plus this is a beautiful sight to see this delicate looking Japanese bi-plane floatplane.

Denis COUDERT is here with one of my favourite Canadian Hornets.  This is his beautifully done 1/144 Revell CF-18 Hornet which is a small model but the decals are quite good and the kit itself is quite the nice little kit.  As you can see by his photos it does build into a great model.  Everyone ion Canada will be smiling today. 

Jerry Hawhee (Old Blind Dog) joins us with his very well detailed 1/72 Hasegawa F4F-3 Wildcat.  Jerry added a resin cockpit and wheels wells to dress up his Wildcat.  A great build of a classic fighter, I love it.

Twobobs is here with a product article for the new 1/48 F-5E PACAF Gomers #1 decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation GraphicsThis decal sheet includes six different aggressor aircraft from the 26th Aggressor Squadron of Clark AFB, Philippines. Enough markings on this sheet for five complete aircraft!

I have a product article for the new  1/48 BAE Lightning Ejection Seat with Safety Belts from QuickBoostCheck out the seatbelt detailing......WOW!!!

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Thursday,   July 15  2010 
Eric BADE has been very busy doing extra detailing on his 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet.   Eric dropped the control, surfaces and added resin seats before giving his Hornet just the right amount of weathering.

Ermanno Bonafin has been busy adding details to his 1/48 Tamiya Douglas Skyraider.  Ermanno  dressed up the cockpit with some Eduard Photo Etch and then added plenty of scratchbuilt detailing before giving his Skyraider a SEA camo scheme complete with weathering and of course a full weapons load.

Andrew Doppel has added a huge number of aftermarket detail parts to his 1/32 Tamiya F4-E RAAF Phantom.  But it is Andrew's skill and patience that pulled this impressive project together into this beautifully detailed Phantom.  Read his article for the full story and enjoy the photos.

Twobobs is here with a product article for the new 1/48 F-5E Nellis Gomers #4 decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation GraphicsThis sheet features five different aggressor aircraft from the 57th FWW of Nellis AFB. Enough markings on this sheet for five complete aircraft!

Here's is a preview of an upcoming 1/32 Hurricane decal sheet from Zotz Decals.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 Spitfire Mk. V cockpit set from Aires.

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Wednesday,   July 14  2010

  France National Day 

Bartosz Piotrowski joins us from Poland to honour Bastille Day with his excellent looking 1/72 Heller Mirage IIIR.  Bartosz finished his Mirage in French markings complete with artwork.  

Jean-Paul Wrona is here from France to honour Bastille Day with his 1/72 Heller & Hasegawa Mirage F1C/CR.  Jean-Paul  is a very skilled modeller and you will see this when you read his article as he tells you about all the tiny details he added to his Mirages.  Very nice indeed.

Jean-Paul Wrona is back today with his fine looking 1/72 Revell Republic P-47D Thunderbolt.  This P-47 has some careful weathering and scratchbuilt details to complete the model.  I love the look of this P-47. 

Twobobs is here with a product article for the new 1/48 F-5E Nellis Gomers #3 decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation GraphicsThis sheet gives you five different aggressor aircraft from the 57th FWW of Nellis AFB. Enough markings on this sheet for five complete aircraft!

I have a product article for the new 1/72 Spitfire Mk. XIV  Round Exhaust from QuickBoost.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 Canberra Landing Gear (CA) from Scale Aircraft Conversions.


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Tuesday,    July 13  2010 

Hot Babe of the Week!  this week  from Twobobs are some Vipers from 2005 when the Hoolings with the 119th were still flying them. These guys are Predator operators now. Long live the ADF Viper. Courtesy of Don Logan.  Bob


Jinoo Koo has done an exceptionally nice job building and painting his 1/72 Revell Fw-190F-8.  He then created a desert diorama to display his Fw-190.  The scene in his diorama brings his model to life perfectly.  I can almost feel the heat in the air and the dust on the ground.

Rodrigo Rendon is here with a very special diorama that he built for a friend.  This is his 1/144 Dragon F/A-18E and Carrier Deck diorama complete with a full weapons load and carrier deck crew members.  The flight deck and F-18 are flawlessly weathered.  I love the look of this one.

rogue one is here with his first ever plane model.  He picked the 1/48 Revell Spitfire Mk.IX as his first model, everyone loves the Spitfire.  One very impressive feature of this Spitifre is the hand painted noseart.......not many of us would attempt this or get such good results on our first model.  Keep at it rogue one, you have natural talent.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 English Electric Canberra wheel bays from  Aires.


Radek Lhotsky is here with a product article for the new 1/72 A5M4 Claude decal sheet from Rising Decals.


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Monday,    July 12  2010

 Sao Tome and Principe Independence Day 

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Bob has images of the Candy Cane Eagles as well as the upcoming USMC Harrier decal sheets....and don't forget about the Greek F-16 decal sheet. 

Daniel Colombi has put much effort into his first model on ARC.  This is his big and beautiful 1/32 Hasegawa A4-AR Fightinghawk C-905.  This A-4 is modified to make it an Argentina Air Force A-4 and the work did require plenty of careful scratchbuilding including a scratchbuilt vac-u-formed canopy.  Beautiful work Daniel.  Welcome to ARC Daniel, I look forward to seeing more of your article on ARC in the future.

David Rapasi joins us with another of his masterfully painted and weathered beauties.  This is his late war 1/48 Tamiya FW 190-A8 and if you look carefully at the photos in his article, you will notice this plane is a mixture of salvaged parts from other aircraft. 

Tom Crayne joins us today with a his first model on ARC.  And what a model it is.  This is Tom's 1/32 Trumpeter F-8E using a Paul Fishers F-8C conversion.  But tom didn't stop there, he also I dressed up the cockpit with Black Box resin cockpit set and used the Eduard photo-etch to enhance the interior and exterior.  Then he gave it a flawless paint job and built a display base to further enhance this stunning F-8 Crusader.  Welcome to ARC Tom, I look forward to seeing more of your article on ARC in the future.

Hal Marshman Sr has been building Corsairs recently and this is one of the Corsairs.  Hal has included some insightful help in his article regarding the flap area on his 1/48 Tamiya Corsair F4U-1A.  He dressed up the exterior lights using MV lenses before giving his Corsair one of his very skilled airbrushed paint jobs paying careful attention to getting the colors correct for this particular fighter. 

I have a product article for the new 1/32 Spitfire Mk. IX Fishtail Exhaust from QuickBoost.

Radek Lhotsky is here with a product article for the 1/72 Japanese Aircraft of Training Units decal sheet from Rising Decals.

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Sunday,   July 11  2010

 Mongolia National Celebration Day 

Saturday,    July 10  2010

Invasion of Sicily - Allied Landings at Sicily in 1943 

Friday,   July 9  2010

 Argentina Independence Day 

Gil Gregg (aka DutyCat) has been bust doing a huge amount of modifying to his 1/72 Fujimi VFA-86 F-18C Hornet.  I am quite impressed with the level of modifications Gil did on his Hornet.....if you've ever tried to drop the flaps on a Hornet you know this is a major undertaking.  The finished model is well worth checking out.

Michael Presley had a grand time building his 1/48 Eduard Yakovlev Yak-3.  This kit is loaded with goodies, but Michael did scratchbuild a few items for added detail, before painting and weathering his little Russian fighter.   

Burt Gustafson has done a gorgeous job building and finishing his 1/48 Revel Germany F-105G Wild Weasel III.  Burt added a proper weapons load to his SEA bomber before giving it a sharks mouth on the nose.  Looks perfect Burt.

Carmel J Attard joins us with his very delicate looking 1/72 Frog De Havilland DH60M.  Carmel did some research and finished his Gipsy Moth in the markings of an aircraft that flew in Malta.  He tells all about the history and building process in his article.  I do like seeing the Gipsy Moth in 1/72 with all it's rigging.   

Twobobs is here with a product article of the  1/48 F-5E Nellis Gomers #2 decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.

Nick Moore is here with a product article of the 1/48 Special Hobby Polikarpov I-152 with Skis from HobbyLink Japan

I have a product article for the new 1/72 Spitfire Mk. IX Broad Chord Rudder from QuickBoost.


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Thursday,   July 8  2010 
The Alclad website has been updated-among the new features they have a 'guest gallery' for modellers to show their Alclad projects.  I'm pleased to see quite a few ARC members have submitted photos of their work on the Alclad website.
http://www.alclad2.com/

Juan Jesús Moreno joins us with his 1/48 Tamiya Bf-109E7.  This particular yellow nosed 109 is finished in Russian Front markings and weathering.  It's neat to see a Russian front yellow nosed 109E as most models are of the BOB yellow nosed E's.  Juan is a very skilled modeller as you will see when you view his photos.

Baran Cakmak has been busy with the Alclad II metal paints.  This is his 1/72 Amodel Yak-27R "mangrove" with a  Neomega resin KK-2 ejection seat to dress up the cockpit and a multi shade baremetal finish to get the perfect look.  A great looking model of this Russian jet. 

Guy Wilson joins us with his big beautiful 1/32 Hasegawa Spitfire Vb.  Guy built his lovely looking Spitfire OOB in the desert scheme, which always looks great.  The Spitfire is a naturally beautiful aircraft and Guy's Spitfire is a beauty from every angle. 

Zenden Ng has been busy building the 1/72 Kitech EA-6B Prowler.  It doesn't have the same fit as a Tamiya kit but the price sure was good.  Zenden finished this great looking Prowler as a heavily weathered aircraft. 

Twobobs is here with a product article of the  1/48 F-5E Nellis Gomers #1 decal sheet from Twobobs Aviation Graphics.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 F-16D block 30 fighting Falcon cockpit set from Aires.


Radek Lhotsky is here with a product article of the 1/72 Royal Fortress decal sheet from Rising Decals

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Wednesday,   July 7  2010

  Solomon Islands National Day 

  Terrorist Subway attacks in the UK July 7 2005  

Hot Babe of the Week! this week is pretty topical given that yesterday was Independence Day here in the US. Day late on this newsletter since we were out and about yesterday with friends celebrating the weekend.  
That being said, here you go. I got these walk-arounds a couple of years ago on a business trip to Nellis AFB. The T-Bird guys there were nice enough to let me hang with them in their MX hangar and let me crawl around one of their jets. Good stuff. 
Bob Sanchez


Steve Kemper joins us today with his first article on ARC....and what a beauty it it.  This is his 1/48 Academy F-86F Sabre Jet finished in a  bare metal scheme using Alclad II with the colorful markings of the USAF applied over the Alclad II.  One sharp looking Sabre to be sure.  Welcome to ARC Steve and I look forward to seeing more of your models on ARC in the future. 

Gabriel Stern joins us today with his vacuformed Execuform 1/72 Abrams Explorer.  There is no doubt about it.......this is one odd looking aircraft design.....pusher engine, glass nose and twin tail boom.  Gabriel tells the story of building this little jewel and he provides plenty of photos of the build process to help explain it all perfectly.  It always looks so easy when he does it. 

Zsolt Szivak is here with a beautifully finished 1/48 Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat.  This F-14 sports the markings of the Bounty Hunters along wiht some very mild weathering to bring the model to life.  Gotta' love those red, white and blue stripes.......I'll never grow tired of that.

Denis COUDERT has done a marvelous job building and finishing his 1/72 Heller PZL 23 KARAS.  Denis actually built this model for a friend....a very lucky friend.  I certainly do like the look of it. 

Ryan F. - "Plastic Weapons" is here with a product article of the 1/48 BAe Hawk Full Depth Intake Combo Set from Two Mikes Resin AccessoriesThis set is designed for the for Airfix T.Mk1 Hawk and Hawk 100 kits.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 Fairey Gannet Exhaust from QuickBoost.

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Tuesday,    July 6  2010

  Comoros Independence Day 

  Malawi Republic Day 

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Bob has plenty of instruction sheet images on the upcoming Candy cane Eagles.  Plus Bob is coming out with a new Harrier sheet featuring the new gunship gray Harrier scheme.  Plus Greek F-16's and F-4 stencil data. is up.  Bob has plenty of instruction sheet images on the upcoming Candy cane Eagles.  Plus Bob is coming out with a new Harrier sheet featuring the new gunship gray Harrier scheme.  Plus Greek F-16's and F-4 stencil data. is up.  Bob has plenty of instruction sheet images on the upcoming Candy cane Eagles.  Plus Bob is coming out with a new Harrier sheet featuring the new gunship gray Harrier scheme.  Plus Greek F-16's and F-4 stencil data. 

Orlando Sucre Rosales joins us today with his excellent looking 1/72 Italeri F-16B Tigermeet in Royal Netherlands Air Force markings.  Orlando tells his struggles with F-16 kits over the years and I'm pleased to see there is a happy ending.  Also, special wishes to Orlando and his wife Omaira today on their 25th wedding anniversary.  Bravo!!!

Gary Adams got everything looking just right on his late war 1/48 Hasegawa FW 190A-8.  Gary's 190 wears a paint scheme indicating this aircraft was patched together using donor parts from different aircraft.  A very cool effect and quite accurate towards the end of the war.  Very nicely done Gary....I love it.

Rafi Ben-Shahar has now taken to adding more accurate 3D effects to the noseart decals on his latest model.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa Austrian Draken complete with Dragon noseart modified by Rafi with his airbrush......AMAZING!!! 

Peter Ermel is here with one of my favourite Mustangs.....the blue nosed Mustang.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya P-51D Mustang in the markings for the famous American Ace Capt Donald S Bryan, of the 328th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, Bodney, November 1944.  What a treat it is to see this beauty.

Radek Lhotsky is here with a product article of the 1/48 Japanese Carrier Bombers decal sheet from Rising Decals.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 Hawker Sea Fury wheel bay from Aires.

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Monday,    July 5  2010

  Cape Verde National Day 

  Venezuela Independence Day 

Orlando Sucre Rosales joins us today from Caracas, Venezuela with his very nicely done 1/72 Academy Bf 109E-4.  Orlando  chose the very distinctive yellow nosed Battle of Britain paint scheme of a famous ace for his 109.  He also tells in very helpful detail some of the trick to successfully building this Academy kit.

Yufei Mao joins us from sunny warm China with his 1/48 Trumpeter J-10A.  Yufei added quite a few aftermarket detail items to his J-10, but it is his skill as a modeller that pulled this whole project together in the detailed masterpiece you will see in his photos.  I always enjoy seeing Yufei's latest model.

Orlando Sucre Rosales is back again today with the other half of his Battle of Britain display.  This is his 1/72 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk. I in the markings of the famous pilots from the Battle of Britain.  Orlando gives very good insight into building this Spitfire kit from Hasegawa.  I do like how it looks.   

Tom Crayne is here with his big and impressive 1/32 Kinetic F-86-30 Sabre.  Tom added a rein cockpit as well as photo etch from Eduard to dress critical areas of his Sabre before giving it a fantastic baremetal finish complete with some great looking noseart.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 Spitfire Mk. IX Standard Chord Rudder from QuickBoost.


I have a product article for the new 1/48 C-47, DC-3 Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.


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Sunday,   July 4  2010

  United States of America Independence Day 

Hal Marshman Sr is here to celebrate the 4th of July with his folded wing 1/48 Tamiya F4U-2 Corsair.  Hal has some very good thoughts regarding the painting on his Corsair and I found his opinion quite insightful.  His Corsair is of course a treat to behold.  

David Rapasi is also here on the 4th with his flawlessly finished 1/48 Academy F-111F AARDVARK.  This particular F-111 is how it appeared before the famous bombing mission against Libya.  Beautifully done Dave. 

Charles Leung joins us on the 4th with his model of one of the legendary Flying Tigers.  This is 48 Hasegawa P-40E finished to perfection.  I always enjoy seeing a model of one of the Flying Tigers as it reminds me yet again of there epic story. 

Jean-Paul Wrona has done something quite amazing.  This is his 1/72 Hobbyboss Republic F-84E Thunderjet wearing a bare metal finish applied with Humbrol Metalcote colors.  The results look fantastic on this Korean War jet. 

Jean-Paul Wrona finishes up this special July 4th update with his 1/72 Hobbyboss FM-1 Wildcat.  This very well done Wildcat was finished during a 24 hour period for a special Group Build.  I love how the finished model looks. 

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Saturday,    July 3  2010

  Belarus Independence Day 

Friday,   July 2  2010 
Michael Presley joins us with something quite rare today.  This is his 1/48 Williams Bros. Ford Flivver which was supposed to be the Model T of the air.  Michael includes the history of this Ford aircraft as well as insight into building this Williams Bros kit.  A neat little aircraft to be sure.

Eric BADE has done a truly impressive job on his 1/72 Fujimi LTV A-7E Corsair II.  Eric added a resin cockpit and some scratchbuilt detailing before giving his Greek A-7 a beautifully done SEA paint scheme.  It just looks perfect from every direction.

Jerry Hawhee (Old Blind Dog) is here with his blast from the past trip down memory lane.  This is his 1/72 Monogram P-36A that he built with fond memories from building the same model decades ago.  His latest build of the P-36A includes rescribed panel lines and a bare metal finish.  A great looking model and an enjoyable article to read. 

Carmel J Attard has dropped by the ARC Corporate offices in Malta today with his 1/72 Pavla Models Archangelskij Ar-2.  Carmel tells the history and build process behind his little known Soviet bomber.  I do like the shape of this aircraft and the Pavla kit does build into a great looking model.

Dave Johnson is here with a product article of the 1/48 Eduard Messerschmitt Bf.110G-4 Nacthjager from Hobby Link Japan.


I have a product article for the new 1/72 Junkers Ju 87D-5N Night Exhaust - Type B from QuickBoost.

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Thursday,   July 1  2010

 Burundi Independence Day 

 Canada  Day 

 Rwanda Independence Day 

Shawn "phantom" Weiler gets Canada Day 2010 started off on the right foot with his 1/48 Airfix CT-155 Hawk Snowbird.  Shawn actually has two Snowbirds to show you and one is equipped with sidewinders......which he explains in his article.  Happy Canada Day Shawn.

Charlie 'Cheetah' Arsenault is here with his award winning 1/32 Academy CF-188A Hornet.  Charlie has done a stunning job on his big CF-188 with the help of some aftermarket detail items......but mostly it is just Charlie's skill that makes this Canadian Hornet so magnificent.  

Baran Cakmak joins us on Canada Day from Turkey with his 1/48 Airfix Hawk 100 finished in Canadian markings.  Baran added a cockpit set to improve the 2 seater cockpit before finishing his Hawk with the beautifully applied gloss blue finish.

Shawn "Phantom" Weiler is here with not one but two Canadian Sabres.  These are his 1/48 Academy and Hasegawa Canadair F-86 Sabres in bare metal finishes.  One has the engine exposed and the other is in-flight.....they both look excellent. 

Nick Moore is here with a product article of the 1/48  Special Hobby Morane-Saulnier Type AI from Hobby Link Japan. 


I have a product article for the new 1/48 F-16C Barak cockpit set from Aires.

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