Wednesday,   Mar 31  2010 
Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos from TwobobsThese F-5 Aggressor pics were taken by Don Logan. This is just a small sampling and Twobobs will get some more up in the coming weeks to help you out with your forthcoming F-5 Aggressor builds!

Jim Knight is here with one heck of a great looking 1/48 Monogram F-8C Crusader.  Jim used the Cobra Company conversion kit and the decals are from a Cutting Edge sheet for VF-84.  The finished model with a flame job on the sides of the intake plus the folded wings makes this Crusader really look exceptional.

Burt Gustafson has done a lovely job on his 1/72 Hasegawa E-2C Hawkeye.  Burt was very impressed with the Hasegawa kit and I do like the colorful markings he chose for his Hawkeye.

Graham Mansell has been rushing to get his 1/72 Hobbycraft Bell X-1 finished for a club group build.  Graham got her finished  hours before the club meeting and I'm proud to say he did win an award for his sharp looking X-1. Nicely done Graham. 

Tim Cvetic has done an excellent job on his 1/48 ARII F6F-3 Hellcat.  Tim dressed up the cockpit with a resin cockpit and then he added scratchbuilt detailing to the wheel wells to get that area looking right.  Check out the amazing shading he did on the underside.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 F-14 Pitot Tube & AOA Probe set from Hobby Decal.


Paul Parkes from Parkes682 decals is here with news about Custom white decals that he can now offer.


I have a product article for the new 1/48 F-105 Thunderchief wheel bay set from Aires.


I have a product article for the new 1/72 SAAB S.32 Lansen detail set by Maestro Models Conversions and available from Rebell Hobby.


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Tuesday,   Mar 30  2010

First day of Passover

I had a major brain fade with yesterday's update and had the wrong link for the Twobobs newsletter and I forgot to upload all the review articles.  Anyways......I've got all that corrected and added it to today's update along with today's selection of gallery articles. 

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is loaded with news.  Bob has plenty of info on the new F-5F decal sheets in the works which includes 6 new sheets featuring a variety of Gomer jets and PACAF jets.  There's even one with a sharks mouth!!!  Bob also has a large list of clearance sheets that are quickly selling out.  Get em before they're gone!

Rafi Ben-Shahar starts today with his very sharp looking 1/48 Eduard Focke wulf Fw 190D.  Rafi not only treats you to photos of his Eduard Dora, but he also has photos of his Dragon/Trimaster and he compares the pros and cons of both models.  I think after you read his article you will be pondering building a Fw-109 Dora.....I know I sure would like to start on one.

Dragan Cvetic is here to show you his fantastic looking 1/72 Italeri Mirage 2000 DP.  It is finished in the blue/grey camo scheme of a Mirage 2000DP flown by the Peruvian Air Force.  I don't know why, but blue camo schemes sure do look nice.

Mark L. Rossmann has done a gorgeous job building and finishing his 1/48 Monogram B25J Gunship.  Mark provides a wealth of historical info on the B-25 in his article before telling you what was involved to build it.  Beautifully done Mark.....I love how it looks. 

Kurt Warren joins us with a very special and historical aircraft. This his 1/72 ERTL/AMT F-15C Eagle in the markings for a triple shoot-down Eagle from the Gulf War.  Kurt made the decals on his home computer to complete this very unique jet.  The finished model looks excellent. 

Here's a first look at the instruction sheet of the new 1/48 Venomous Widows P-61's at War Part 1 decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This is decal sheet ZTZ48/035 and will be available in the second week of April.

Here is a product announcement for the 1/72 P-40E Warhawk Gun Barrels from QuickBoost.

Dave Johnson is here with a product announcement for the 1/32 Wicked Women P-38 Lightenings decal sheet from Bombshell Decals

Here is a product announcement for the 1/48 F/A-18A-D Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.

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Monday,    Mar 29  2010
This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is loaded with news.  Bob has plenty of info on the new F-5F decal sheets in the works which includes 6 new sheets featuring a variety of Gomer jets and PACAF jets.  There's even one with a sharks mouth!!!  Bob also has a large list of clearance sheets that are quickly selling out.  Get em before they're gone!

Aaron Malone is here with one of my favourite 109's.  This is his 1/48 Monogram Me-109 finished with weathering and the colourful red and white markings of the Swiss Air Force.  These are great looking markings that I always enjoy seeing. 

Silvio Pietropaolo has been busy getting the details right on his 1/72 Heller Boeing E 3B Sentry.  This model required some changes to get things accurate and Silvio used his scratchbuilding skills to make the changes to the engines and pylons to make his Sentry much more accurate. 
 

El Rey is here with something rare and special today.  This is his 1/50 Minicraft Cessna 182 Conversion.  El Ray converted the Cessna 172 into a Cessna 182 Skylane which required a fair amount of skill to complete the changes.  He then gave it full weathering and Mexican Air Force markings.  Nicely done El Ray.

Laurent Stern had a heck of a time building the 1/72 Amodel Yak-28PP.  Although the finished model looks excellent, Laurent did have to put in plenty of effort to pull it off and get his slick looking Yak-28PP completed.  This aircraft represent a Ukrainian Air Force jet.

Here is a product announcement for the 1/72 P-40E Warhawk Gun Barrels from QuickBoost.

Dave Johnson is here with a product announcement for the 1/32 Wicked Women P-38 Lightenings decal sheet from Bombshell Decals


Here is a product announcement for the 1/48 F/A-18A-D Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.


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Friday,   Mar 26  2010 

 Bangladesh Independence and National Day 

Silvio Pietropaolo has done an exceptionally nice job on his 1/72 Italeri Northrop YB 49 Flying Wing.  Silvio finished his flying wing in a multi-shade bare metal finish with some very subtle weathering to complete it.

Burcin Emren dropped by the ARC Corporate offices in Turkey with his 1/48 Italeri F-4S.  Aftermarket decals were used to complete the model as an in-flight Phantom complete with full weathering and a full weapons load.

André Pacheco de Moraes has done an exceptionally nice job on his 1/72 Airfix Embraer T-27 Tucano.  André took the Arifix's Shorts Tucano T-1 and converted it to the Embraer T-27 Tucano using a conversion set and then added weathering and Brazilian markings.

James Olschlager Jr. joins us with his very nicely done 1/72 Hobby Boss HH-60H.  James chose the markings for an HH-60H aboard the USS Harry S. Truman CVN-75

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

I have a product article for the new 1/48 Bf 109 G-9 cockpit set from SBS Model.


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Thursday,   Mar 25  2010 

  Greece Independence Day 

 Royal Navy - Sea Mosquito first carrier  landings (1944) 

Axel Grundmann is here to mark the Greece Independence Day with his flawless 1/32 Trumpeter A-7E Corsair.  Axel added resin goodies from Aires, Eduard and Zactomodels and then gave his big Corsair a full weathering job with panel line shading to complete the look.  

Gabriel Stern is here with his latest aviation masterpiece.  This is his Scratchbuilt Hulburt 1909 which is an odd but very neat looking design and it is hard to imagine the original designer ever expect this design to fly.  Gabriel used his exception talent to capture this odd little aircraft in perfection in 1/72 scale. 

David Rapasi joins us today with two of his 1/72 Hasegawa Furies.  Dave built these in the early 70's.....and I must say they are both high quality builds.  The second Fury is a dark blue US Navy jet.  Nicely done Dave.  

Eric Hargett has gone all out on his 1/48 Monogram Heinkel He-111H-14 using a variety of items including resin goodies, decals and canopy masks.  Eric captured the look of the He-111 perfectly with carefully done detailing and very well done weathering.

I have a product article for the 1/32 VF-31 "Tomcatters" F-14D Felix 101 decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This decal sheet includes markings for 3 different 1/32 VF-31 "Tomcatters" F-14D Felix 101. 


I have a product article for the new 1/32 Bf 109E-4/E-7 cockpit set from Aires.

I have a product article for the new 1/32 Swiss Bf-109 decal sheet from Victory Productions.  This new decal sheet includes markings for 16 different 1/32 Bf-109s flown by the Swiss Air Force.

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Wednesday,   Mar 24  2010 
Jinoo Koo is here from Korea with his model on ARC.  This is his fantastic looking 1/48 Italeri Fiat CR42 diorama complete with figures, a car and all the added details needed to complete this WW2 desert scene.  Welcome to ARC Jinoo Koo.  I look forward to seeing more of your models on ARC in the future.

John Heller has pulled out all the stops in his 1/48 Hasegawa F-14B Tomcat refueling diorama.  The refueling basket is scratchbuilt from 49 pieces.  Every little aspect of this model hits the mark perfectly to complete the scene........I really love the way this whole diorama came together.  Decals were from  Fightertown Decals. 

Andrew (kaysersoze) Holloway has joined the small club of people that have completed the new 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Mk. IXc.  Andrew added extra engine plumbing and finished his Spit in the most famous markings of James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson.  It doesn't get much prettier than this. 

Jeff Brundt is here with his colourful 1/48 Tamiya F-84G in Thunderbirds markings.  Jeff chose to use the pre-painted chrome finish and I must say the finished model came out looking perfect.  It's always a treat seeing a Thunderbirds jet. 

Here is a preview of the new 1/32 P-40 Warhawks decal sheet from Zotz DecalsThis new decal sheet from Zotz Decals includes markings for four P-40s...all with noseart or artwork...one with sexy noseart.  I'll do a full article when a review sample arrives.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 Macchi C. 205 Exhaust from QuickBoost.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 KC-135 Stratotanker Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.

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Tuesday,    Mar 23  2010 

  Pakistan Day 

Ian Buick had quite the challenging journey building his 1/72 Heller RAF Sentry AEW.1.  This is not the easiest kit in the world, but Ian stuck with it and turned it into an impressive centrepiece  for his RAF collection.  I loved seeing it Ian.........the finished model was worth the effort.....well done!!! 

Paolo De Sanctis has done a wonderful job on his 1/72 Airfix Curtiss P.40E.  This is the older Airfix kit that Paolo built mostly OOB with some added scratchbuilt detailing in the cockpit.  Paolo finished his P-40 in RAF markings and desert camo complete with a sharks mouth on the nose.

Karel Sláma joins us with his big 1/48 Revell MIG-25 Foxbat.  Karel finsihed his Foxbat in Russian markings with a full weapons load .  This really is a sharp looking jet. 

Darius Aibara has finally completed his vac-form 1/48 I.D. Models Douglas C-133A Cargomaster.  But to make things more challenging Darius scratch built the entire interior - the cockpit and the cargo compartment.  Wow......this one is impressive!!! 

Testors Classic Model Aircraft Kits by Testors Corp.  They are designed for modellers with intermediate experience.  The price point is very good.....MSRP of US$7.49 each.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 P-400 Airacobra cockpit set from Aires

Dave Johnson is here with a product article for the new 1/32 Wicked Women P-38 Lightenings decal sheet from Bombshell Decals.

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Monday,    Mar 22  2010
Shawn "Phantom" Weiler is here with today's first model.  This is his 1/48 Tamiya Lancaster finished up in Canadian Rescue markings, which is quite the change from the usual war time camo.  Aftermarket goodies come from a variety of companies to pull this whole beautiful project together.  Nicely done Shawn. 

Laurent Stern has been busy doing plenty of detailing and scrachbuilding to his excellent looking Croatian 1/72 Zvezda MiG-21 bisD.  Laurenrt's Mig wears a NATO camo scheme and if you want to learn about making your next MiG-21 more accurate.....then Laurent's article is a gold mine of helpful information. 

David Walker has done a wonderful job detailing, finishing and weathering his 1/48 Hasegawa Shiden-Kai (George).  David tells the history of this great fighter and then goes on to explain in helpful detail the work he did to improve his model....including a resin engine.  He then finished it off with just the right amount of paint chipping to add realism.  I really like the look of the finished model.

Jeong choel Kim joins us from Korea with his heavily detailed 1/32 Tamiya F-15I Ra'am.  There were quite a few aftermarket items used to create this beautiful F-15I before it was given a flawless camo paint job and Israeli markings.  You're going to love the photos of this Ra'am. 

I have a product article for the new 1/72 A-4 Skyhawk Refueling Probe - Type A from QuickBoost.  

I have a product article for the new 1/72 SAAB 32 Lansen vacform canopies by Maestro Models Conversions and available from Rebell Hobby.

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Sunday,   Mar 21  2010 

  Namibia Independence Day 

  Chile - Anniversary of the Chilean Air Force 

Oxiel Carrizo (Necsac) joins us from Chile with a very highly detailed 1/48 Hasegawa F-16 MLU Viper.  Oxiel  added plenty of aftermarket items, but it is his skill as a modeller that pulled this whole project together into the beautiful f-16 you see here.  And yes.......it is wearing Chilean markings.

Reinaldo Orellana (Shark)  is also here from Chile with his outstanding 1/32 Academy F-16 C Peace Puma.  Reinaldo added extra scratchbuild detailing plus a full weapons load before finishing off his F-16 in Chilean Air Force markings using Two Bobs decals.

Alacrán is here on the Chilean Air Force Anniversary day with his 1/72 Hasegawa B-25J.  Alacrán spent 7 months building his Chilean Air Force B-25 and used a lot of upgrades from companies such as BIG ED, CMK and Quickboost.  The finished model looks fantastic.

Rodrigo Rejas is here on the Chilean Air Force Anniversary day with his 1/72 Matchbox BAC Canberra PR.9.  Rodrigo did plenty of extra work to transform this older kit into a flawless and well detailed model of the Chilean Canberra 341.  

Alacrán is here with his second model for the Chilean Air Force Anniversary day.  This is his 1/72 Pioneer Models C-45.  Alacrán showed his skill as a modeller by adding much scratchbuilt detail to transform this into a very accurate model of the C-45.  And of course it is wearing Chilean Air Force markings.

Alacrán has done much added work to his 1/72 Italeri F-5 Tiger III.  Then Alacrán finished his F-5 in Chilean Air Force to mark this special day for the Chilean Air Force.

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Saturday,    Mar 20  2010 

  Tunisia National Day 

Friday,   Mar 19  2010 
Agnieszka Kuś joins us from Poland with her 1/72 Amodel Global Flyer.  Agnieszka posed her Global Flyer as an in-flight model which is the best way to capture the delicate look of this special aircraft.  Agnieszka is a very skilled modeller and she did plenty of extra work on her Global Flyer to make it perfect.  I always enjoy seeing her  latest model on ARC.

Burcin Emren joins us from Turkey with his great looking 1/48 Academy MiG-29.  Burcin added an Aires cockpit set and then finished his MiG-29 in Luftwaffe markings and camo.....which looks excellent.  

Carmel J Attard is here with not one but two 1/72 Rareplanes Beechcraft 17 Staggerwing/Traveller.  One of these has connections to the Royal family in the Netherlands during the war.  This is a vacuformed kit, but that didn't cause any problems for Carmel as he is an expert that is skilled at building sort of kit. 

Rafi Ben-Shahar finishes up today's model gallery selection with two of his 1/48 Hasegawa TF-104G Starfighters.  One is in Italian markings and the other in in Spanish Air Force markings.....both are up to Rafi's high level of finish.  Check out the detailed cockpit photos of the Aires cockpit set.

Anatoly Sushon is here with a product article of the 1/72 APA-5D USSR/Russian Airfield Mobile Starter Unit from ARMORY This is the perfect item for a diorama.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 P-61 Black Widow Cowl & Engine Update Set from ModelshackGet these while you can, they will sell fast.

I have a product article for the new1/48 Fw Ta 154 Exhaust resin set from QuickBoost.


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Thursday,   Mar 18  2010 
David Rapasi gets things started today with very unique his 1/48 Tamiya A 10-A Thunderbolt ll.  This particular desert camo is from 1991 and was a proposal for the Gulf War.  Dave of course....carried it off very well. 

Kees Kuyper dropped by with something I've never seen before.  This is his 1/72 Matchbox Zero finished off in the markings for a captured Zero flown by the British intelligence unit. 

Mark Doherty has been very busy getting the details just right on his 1/24 Airfix Sea Harrier.  Mark added plenty of scratchbuilt detail to the cockpit as well as full engine detail.  The high quality of the final painting that really makes this Sea Harrier stand out.

Chris Causey joins us with photos from the recent  Jaxcon 2010 show that was held in Florida.  The models all look great and this looks like a show well worth checking out in the future.  Thanks for sharing the photos with us Chris. 

I have a product article for the new 1/32 VF-84 F-14A's Nose Art Desert Storm decal sheet from Fightertown Decals


Miles Lumbard is here with a first look at the 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet from Trumpeter.


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

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Wednesday,   Mar 17  2010 

 Ireland - St. Patrick's Day 

Mariano Milanés joins us from Argentina with his first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/48 Trumpeter Sukhoi Su-15 Flagon A in a rare red paint scheme which looks really good on the Su-15.  Welcome to ARC Mariano and I look forward to seeing more of your models on ARC!!!

Kin Wong has done an amazing job finishing his 1/72 Italeri F-5E Tiger II.  This colourful F-5 is in the Tiger scheme used by the Swiss Air Force.  I love Tiger Meet jets.

Kairasp Daruwala has been busy building and weathering his 1/32 Revell P-40E Warhawk.  This particular P-40 is an Aleutian Tiger complete with the big colourful Tiger head noseart.  It's good to see Kairasp's Aleutian Tiger on ARC.

Fabian Mario Vera joins us with his excellent looking 1/72 Hasegawa Fw 190A-8.  Fabian added Eduard photoetch and Condor Decals as well as a perfect Luftwaffe paint job.  This 190 looks perfect.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 Arado Ar 234B-2 Engine from QuickBoost.

Dave Johnson is here with a product article for the new 1/72 Corsica B-25J Mitchell Bombers from Bombshell Decals


I have a product article for the new 1/48 B29 Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.


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Tuesday,    Mar 16  2010 
Eli Raphael (my good friend from Zotz Decals) is here with his just finished 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire IX.  Eli is a very talented modeler as you can see by his Spitfire and of course it is finished in markings from the new Zotz Decals Spitfire decal sheet.  And of course....his Spitfire has sexy noseart.

Paolo Yuen is here with another of his carriers.  This is his 1/700 Trumpeter USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 2006.  Paolo used aftermarket items from Gold Medal Model Eduard.  This is amazing detail he did in 1/700.

Darius Aibara has done what few modellers would atempt....he build a stunning example of the 1/48 I.D. Models Douglas C-133A Cargomaster.  Darius is a highly respected modeller here on ARC for his ability to build very difficult kits that would reduce most modellers to tears.  Darius scratchbuilt a full interior for this HUGE C-133A Cargomaster.  Good grief.....most people would just be pleased to get this kit half built.  Way to go Darius!!!

Busolini Massimo did a beautiful job detailing and weathering his 1/48 Hasegawa F-104J Starfighter.  Busolini added an Aires resin seat as well as an open the engine compartment from CMK.  I love the paint job and weathering on this F-104........it looks perfect.

Dave Johnson is here with a product article for the 1/32 Ki-44 Shoki Exterior Photo Etch Set from Eduard .   This set is available from Hobby Link Japan.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 J35 Draken vertical fin set from Aires.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 VMFA-451 Warlords F-4J decal sheet from Impact Decals.


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Monday,    Mar 15  2010
Rafi Ben-Shahar has done an exceptionally nice job building, detailing his  and finishing his   1/48 Academy F-15I "Ra'am".  Rafi added a full weapons load as well as a stunning weathering job to finish his Israeli F-15I.

Harv had quite the challenging time building his 1/72 Hobbycraft Ch-113 Labrador.  Harv corrected flaws in the kit and added scratchbuilt resin goodies to improve his Labrador before finishing it in the SAR markings of a chopper that met a very tragic end.  Harv tells the whole story in his article.

Juan Jose Moreno has reworked the wings on his 1/48 Hasegawa F-86 Sabre to create the F40 version and then he gave it a flawless bare metal finish with Spanish markings.  He also added extra detailing to areas such as the landing gear wheels to further improve his Sabre.  The finished model is a beauty and the extra work was well worth it.   

Konley Kelley joins us today with his Snow Day B-24J Liberator in 3D.  Konley posed his Liberator in formation with others being attacked by a  Me-262.  Pretty cool image....I like it. 

I have a product article for the new 1/72 F-5A Freedom Fighter Air Scoops from QuickBoost.


I have a product article for the new 1/72 SAAB 37 Viggen upgrade set by Maestro Models Conversions and available from Rebell Hobby.

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Friday,   Mar 12  2010 

  Mauritius Independence Day 

Simon Talbot joins us today with his first article on ARC.  This is beautifully finished 1/48 Trumpeter Su-15A.  Simon is a big fan of Alclad paints and that is what he used to get this flawless bare metal finish.  Welcome to ARC Simon, I hope to see more of your models on ARC in the future.  Cute looking bird by the way.

Agnieszka Kuś is here today from Poland.  She is a very talented and well known modeller on ARC and I'm pleased to see her 1/72 Amodel Voyager.  Agnieszka did plenty of her special work to her Voyager and then she posed it as an in-flight model to show the true beauty of this very unique aircraft.  Excellent model Agnieszka....I admire each of your models when they appear on ARC. 

Burcin Emren is here from Turkey with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-104 G.  This very attractive Starfighter is finished in Luftwaffe markings in the usual high quality finish we enjoy seeing from Burcin.  I love Luftwaffe jets!!!

Brent Leidig joins us from sunny Florida with his second article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Revell SNJ finished with figures and weathering to bring his little trainer to life.  I enjoyed seeing the photos of Brent's SNJ. 

I have a product article for the new 1/32 Nakajima Ki 44 Exhaust resin set from QuickBoost.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 SAAB AJ37 Viggen resin cockpit by Maestro Models Conversions and available from Rebell Hobby.


I have a product article for the new Master class Clinic #3 - Building and Painting Small Scale Figures from Werner's Wings.


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Thursday,   Mar 11  2010 

  Lithuania Independence Day 

Train bombings in Spain 2004

Tim Dix is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his exceptionally well done 1/144 VF-154 Black Knights, Phantom, Tomcat and HornetAlthough these jets are 1/144, you'd never know it by looking at the photos.  Welcome to ARC Tim, I look forward to seeing more of your models on ARC in the future.

Pierre Christian Baudru has done an exceptionally nice job building, detailing his  and finishing his 1/72 Italeri MQ-1 Predator.  Pierre has it displayed in a  diorama setting to bring his Predator to life.  Wow....I love it.

Mark L. Rossmann is here with a Sabre you don't see very often.  This is his Japanese 1/48 Hasegawa F86- 40 Sabre with the eye catching blue “Lightning Bolt” tail markings of the 9th SQ 4th Air wing Sabre.  

Carmel J Attard stopped by the ARC Corporate offices in Malta with his 1/78 Vac Wings Antonov A-7 Assault Glider.  This is a very rare model of a glider that I've never heard of.  Carmel tells the history behind this WW2 Russian glider as well as what was required to build this vacformed kit.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 Refuelling Probe Tip from Hobby Decal


I have a product article for the new 1/72 Fw 190A-3/A-5 wheels from Aires


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Wednesday,   Mar 10  2010 
Frédéric Schwebel joins us today with his first article on ARC.  This is 1/48 Tamiya P-51 Mustang expertly finished with self adhesive aluminium foil and the markings for Big Beautiful Doll with full weathering.  The quality of this model is perfect.  Welcome to ARC Frédéric.  I look forward to seeing more of your work on ARC.  

Ken Middleton is here to brighten your day with another of his simply inspiring in-flight dioramas.  This is his 1/48 Academy F-15C Eagle with a full weapons load and finished in the markings for the 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard.  Ken is an expert at these in-flight dioramas and the high quality of his work is always a pleasure to see on ARC.

Juergen Klinglhuber is here with his 1/72 Agusta Bell AB204B in the special Ciao Bell’a retirement paint scheme.  This is an Austrian chopper that required much work on the part of Juergen to create as the correct kit wasn't available at the time of the build.  The end result is a great looking chopper and I admire Juergen for getting it done.  It doesn't look like it was an easy project to build but he got it done.

John Lanning has done a marvelous job building his 1/72 Revell F-101B Voodoo.  John finished his Voodoo in the markings for the F-101B Voodoo, North Dakota ANG as it appeared in 1975.  Nicely done John.

I have a product article for the 1/144 NSAWC Tomcats F-14A's decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.

I have a product article for the new 1/48 F-105D Thunderchief Position Lights from QuickBoost.


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Tuesday,    Mar 9  2010 
The Hot Babe of the Week! photos from Twobobs is courtesy of a couple of world-class aviation photographers, Greg "Cactus" Davis and Jim "Hazy" Haseltine.  All air-to-air Viper pics this week from the Kun and the Arizona desert. Enjoy.

Eugenio E. Alés starts this update with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Fine Molds X-Wing which looks fantastic.....but take a close look at the stars painted on the display base....that is very creative.  Welcome to ARC Eugenio!!!  I hope to see more of your models on ARC in the future.

David Rapasi modified his 1/48 Pro Modeler SB2C Helldiver in all the right places to represent a Helldiver patrolling off Midway in late 1944.  But of course Dave's Helldiver wouldn't be complete without one of his stellar weathering jobs. 

Val Golez is here with one of the coolest Canadian jets ever painted.  This is his tiny 1/144 Revell CF-18 finished off in the colourful Hornet paint scheme.  It looks excellent Val.

Gabriel Stern joins us with another of his aviation wonders in his article entitled Sorta Put Together 1/72 Wiley Post's Orion/Explorer Hybrid.   This plane in real life was a combination of different planes and had a connection to Will Rogers which is explained in the article.  I like it because it is a float plane....and Gabriel built it.

I have a product article for the new 1/32 Su-27 Missile Pylons from ZactomodelsThis set gives you 10 different pylons including weapon and wing tip pylons  

I have a product article for the new 1/48 MiG-17PF Fresco D cockpit set from Aires.


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Monday,    Mar 8  2010
This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Rough Raider sheets are selling fast. Pretty good seller this group and the 72nd scale sheets are doing very well. Get em while you can!   1/48, 17/72 and 1/32 F/A-18B Casper and His Bandit Ghosts sheet are available now.  Wow...this sheet rocks!!! 

Sakis Georgiadis starts today's update with his first model on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Trumpeter F-105G Thunderchief beautifully finished with preshading and weathering.  Welcome to ARC Sakis!!!  I hope to see more of your models on ARC in the future.

Paolo Yuen is here with something special you don't see very often.  This is his 1/350 Trumpeter Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier. Paolo added Gold Medal Models photo etch parts to further add detail to his Russian carrier.

Massimiliano Bianchi has added a huge amount of detail to his big 1/32 Ruporator MiG-27M.  This is a resin kit and was given a full weathering job and then finished off in Sri Lanka Air Force markings.  Beautiful work. 

Danny Dinh is here with his flawlessly finished 1/72 Italeri H-19B Chickasaw.  Danny added extra detailing to improve his Chickasaw......read his article to find out why his chopper is wearing USAF and VNAF markings.....it's quite an interesting history.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 MiG-21 MF/bis/SMT Air Scoops from QuickBoost.

I have a product article for the new 1/32 P-40, P-36, H-75 Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.

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Friday, Mar 5  2010 

  Spitfire - Maiden flight of Spitfire in 1936 

Matthew G. marks this special day in the history of the Spitfire with his 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk.1a.  Matthew added some cockpit detail and added realism to his Spitifre with some weathering.  This old Airfix kit is a classic and Matthew did his up well. 

Shawn "Phantom" Weiler has done his typical flawless job on the 1/48 Hasegawa CF-104 Starfighter.  Shawn is built this one for a group build here on ARC and it is finished in bare metal finish and Canadian markings.

Fernando I. Moreno Villa did an excellent job on his 1/72 OKit Mil Mi-2.  Fernando finished his chopper in the markings for the  in the markings for Armada de México.  His article give you some very helpful tips in you are building the Mil Mi-2.  

Jean-Charles Goddet has done a huge amount of work on his 1/72 Hasegawa F-16C.  There is plenty of aftermarket resin added to detail this great looking F-16 and then it was finished in the Arctic Aggressor paint scheme markings from TwobobsGrab a coffee and sit back and enjoy this one.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 MiG-21 MF/bis/SMT Correct Ventral Fin from QuickBoost.

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Thursday,   Mar 4  2010 
Burcin Emren joins us from Turkey with this great looking 1/48 Tamiya F-16 Block 50.  This F-16 is built out of the box with a full weapons load and weathering to bring the model to life. 

Micah Reysio-Cruz joins us from the warm Philippines with his 1/72 Testors/ Italeri Douglas C-47/ R4D.   This C-47 is a USN bird with a sharks mouth on the nose.  I enjoyed reading Micah's childhood story about building this kit long ago.

Manfredo Aceituno is here with a classic kit of a classic aircraft.  This is his 1/48 Lindberg PT-17 Stearman in those beautiful bright colors.  Manfredo  did an excellent job on this Stearman.

Manuel Negri has been busy getting the finish just right on his 1/32 Hasegawa A-4F.  This is a USN Skyhawk complete with the weathering for a USN bird.  Beautiful job Manuel. 

Dave Johnson is here with a product articles for the 1/32 Hasegawa Focke-Wulf Fw190 D-9 ‘JG4’  kit available from Hobby Link Japan

I have a product article for the new 1/48 J35 Draken control surfaces from Aires.

I have a product article for the new 1/72 J32 Lansen conversion including belly tank by Maestro Models Conversions and available from Rebell Hobby.

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Wednesday, Mar 3  2010 

  Bulgaria National Day 

  Morocco National Day 

Andrew Thorne is here with one of the more eye catching paint schemes ever seen on a  P-47.  This is his 1/32 Hasegawa P-47D with a Quickboost Resin engine,  Eduard prepainted belts, and Techmod decals complete with nose art and partial D-Day stripes.  Very nice indeed Andrew.

E. Amacher joins us all the way from Switzerland with this very skillfully done 1/48 Revell F-4 C Phantom.  This F-4 was detailed further with the new exhausts Aires and wheels from Royale resin.  Then this beauty was finished in the colors and markings for the Michigan ANG.  It's always great to see jets in ANG markings.    

Michael Presley had quite the adventure detailing and building his 1/48 AMT Beechcraft G-17S Staggerwing.  This is an older kit with some serious issues, but Michael not only completed the beast but he built it into a gorgeous model of this very attractive aircraft.  I tip my hat to you Michael....a very fine build indeed.

Ido Barnea has put quite a bit of effort into his attractive 1/48 Academy F-86F-30 diorama.  The F-86 has a multi-shade barematal finish complete with noseart and markings from the Korean War.  The diorama is a winter scene with all the smaller details needed to bring the diorama to life.  Sabres are always such great looking jets and this one is no exception.

Two Bobs has reprinted their ever popular 1/32 US Air-To Air Missile Markings decal sheet.  Now is your chance to buy this sheet before it sells out again. 

I have a product article for the new 1/32 F-100 Refueling Probe - Type B from QuickBoost.


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Tuesday,    Mar 2  2010 
This Hot Babe of the Week from Twobobs is courtesy of Robin Polderman and Rodrigo Armijo. Robin is a frequent contributor of reference material at Twobobs. Thanks very much for the pics Robin!  Rodrigo Armijo also contributed one photo.....thanks Rodrigo.

Shawn "Phantom" Weiler  joins us today with his 119th Phantom on ARC.  This is Shawn's 1/48 Hasegawa F-4E finished in Iranian Air Force markings and a full weathering job.  Shawn used decals from Hi-Decal Line to complete his Phantom.  I love the look of this one Shawn.

Rafi Ben-Shahar has tackled the big 1/32 Trumpeter Swordfish Mk. I for the second time.  Rafi folded the wings on this Swordfish and finished it to his usual very high standard.  This really is an impressive model in this scale with the wings folded.  WOW!!! 

Stanislav Lelko has done a wonderful job on his bare metal 1/48 Trumpeter MiG 15 UTI Midget.  Stanislav finished his MiG 15 in a bare metal finish in the markings for a 2 seater MiG 15 with the Czechoslovak Air Force.  It's cool to see one of these 2 seaters.

David Rapasi  is here with another of his beauties.  This is his big 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109 G4 wearing a flawless camo and Italian markings form WW2.  This one is a beauty.....well done David!!!. 

I have a product article for the new 1/32 Big Bandits C Hornets F-18C's decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.


I have a product article for the new 1/48 A-7E Corsiar II (late v.) cockpit set from Aires.


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Monday,    Mar 1  2010 

  Wales - St David's Day 

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  There are plenty of new decal sheets including :
  • 72-081 F-15E/S Anaconda Squeeze Play/Khamis Mushait Eagles
  • 48-202 T-2C/C/E Colorful Buckeyes
  • 48-203 F-15S Khamis Mushait Eagles
  • 48-209 F-16A/C/D Press to Test Vipers
  • 32-028 AIM-7E/M Missile Markings (Reprint)
  • 32-058 F-15S Khamis Mushait Eagles

Plus the VFA-125 sheets are ready to go! Get em while they're hot! The 72nd and 32nd scale sheets are chock full of options and are a great value for the price.


Peter Straka is here today with his first article on ARC.  And what an amazing model Peter has chosen as his fir model on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Eduard Fokker Dr.I Stripdown.  Peter chose to build his model without the skin and he added extra details such and control cables to further improve the detail level on his amazing little Tri-plane.  Welcome to ARC Peter and I look forward to seeing more of your models on ARC.

Tom Valaoras  has been busy getting all the details just right on 1/32 Trumpeter Shenyang J-5.  Tom explains to you the inaccuracies of this kit and how to correct them and make a very accurate Shenyang J-5.  Tom carried it one step further and added plenty of extra detailing and finished it all off with paint chipping and weathering in a diorama with a historical story to tell.  Very nice indeed.

Gabriel Stern has been busy adding details to his very sharp looking Modified Execuform 1/72 Vultee V-1AS.  This is a Vac-u-formed kit that Gabriel added full interior detail before scratchbuilding plenty of added details and scribing the panel lines before finishing it off as a float plane.  Beautifully done Gabriel.

Wally Civitico is here with something very rare and special today.  This is his   1/48 Monogram Intruder, converted to KA-6D. Wally created all the added parts himself and even made the decals for his Hi-viz tanker.  The finished model is a beautiful and rare sight to behold and enjoy.  Very nicely done Wally.

I have a product announcement of the new 1/72 RAF/RN Pitot tube Mid from Hobby Decal.


I have a product announcement of the new 1/48 Junkers Ju 87D-5N Standard Night Exhaust from QuickBoost.

I have a product announcement of the new 1/48 F7U Cutlass Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.

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