Recent Reviews

 
Friday,  Feb 5  2016

San Marino - Santa Agata Day 

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Duncan gets things fired up in a very fun way today with his 1/60 Monogram Snap-Tite helo’s.  These are Snap-Tite kits that Duncan built to a pretty impressive standard.....and they sure do look like relaxing and fun builds.  Two are wearing US markings and one is in Swiss markings.  The detail on this kits looks pretty good.

Emre Tuzun is here with his 4th model on ARC and what a great build of this classic kit this is.  He took the 1/48 Revell A-37A Dragonfly and added some True Details photo etch and some scratchbuilt details to make this a epic looking build of this older kit.  I like the addition of the photo etch....it does a fine job dressing up the Dragonfly.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4C ejection seats from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Academy kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Polikarpov U-2/Po-2 Propeller from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the ICM kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Harrier GR.1/GR.3 wheel set from SBS ModelThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 J33 Venom SwAF Night fighter resin model kit from Maestro ModelsThis kit includes markings for 6 different aircraft.


Thursday,  Feb 4  2016

Sri Lanka Independence Day

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Shawn "phantom" Weiler gets things fired up today with his four 1/48 Hasegawa CF-104 StarfightersAll 4 are wearing Canadian markings and feature a variety of markings and camo producing a very good display.  Shawn has certainly been busy building Starfighters recently...I know you'll enjoy seeing all 4 of these.

Alacran built a great looking Chilean 1/72 Italeri Sikorsky S-55C helicopter.  Alacran added Eduard photo etch and then did extra work to make this a more accurate Chilean H-55 complete with weathering.  This is one sweet looking model of this classic chopper.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-27 Missile Pylons from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/24 warheads for British RP-3 Rockets from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 MiG-15 resin cockpit set + vacu canopy from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the KP kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F4U-5 Corsair Night Exhaust from QuickBoost This detail set is designed for the Hobby Boss kit.


Wednesday,  Feb 3   2016    
No update today.

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Tuesday,  Feb 2   2016    
Happy Ground Hog Day.  A Canadian Ground Hog named "Winnipeg Willow" died in the past 2 days...if a groundhog dies...does this mean the Canadians will get 6 more months of winter?  Hopefully Punxsutawney Phil will be kinder to Americans.

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Burt Gustafson starts your update today with his 1/48 Airfix Supermarine Seafire FR.46 in the markings of the Royal Navy from 1948.  Burt tells the history of the Seafire in his article.  It's a treat to see Burt's Seafire on ARC.

Jean-Charles Goddet has done a first class job on his 1/72 Hasegawa Boeing F-15SG RSAF.  This is a Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15 using Miliverse decals and special features specific to the RSAF such as conformal fuel tanks and other details before finishing it off with a gentle weathering job and a weapons load.  This one looks perfect Jean-Charles.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Yak-3 control surfaces from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Zvezda kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Russian Pilot WWII from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 de Havilland Defiant Mk.I Propeller w/tool from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Monday,  Feb 1  2016

  Space Shuttle Columbia Accident 2003 

Rwanda Heros Day

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Eric Morningstar starts your week with his first article on ARC and what a stunning model it is.  This is his 1/48 Kinetic F-16D Blk 52+ with Eduard and Aires aftermarket items and finished to a very high level as a Polish jet.  The camo scheme and weathering looks perfect.  Excellent work Eric....welcome to ARC!!!

Mark L. Rossmann is here with his very interesting "Block Island Corsair" 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1DMark tells the development of the Corsair as a carrier based fighter with the USN along with plenty of other WW2 history.  His articles are always a treat to read if you enjoy history.  His Corsair is a beauty with it's folded wings and sexy noseart.  Enjoy!!

Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Bending Folding Blade 5 Inch from The Small Shop.  This tool is designed for folding longer parts.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Mk.77 incendiary bombs from Eduard Model Accessories.  These are the modern version of the incendiary bombs.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Su-9 Fishpot Air Scoops from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Trumpeter kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Curtiss P-40 Seats with British Sutton Harness from UltracastThis detail set is designed for the  B-M variants.


Sunday,  Jan 31   2016   
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Saturday,  Jan 30  2016

Liberation of Camp Pangatian, Philippines

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Friday,  Jan 29   2016    
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Philippe Cléro joins us from Switzerland with his first model on ARC.  This Philippe's 1/72 Hasegawa F-16 FSW "Whatif" finished with custom made decals.  This one great looking f-16 and I'm very pleased to see Philippe join us here on ARC.  Welcome to ARC Philippe.

Greg Kerry joins us with another of his stellar dioramas.  He has combined the 1/72 Revell Ki-61 & Zvezda Samurai figures to create quite the action packed and colourful scene.  His photos really are a feast for the eyes......this is quite the scene and very well done.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Mk.81 bombs from Eduard Model Accessories.  This set includes six Mk.81 bombs and 4 different types of fuses for each bomb.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 A-36A Apache Gun Barrels from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Italeri/Accurate Miniatures kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Fiat G91 cockpit set from Neomega.  This detail set is designed for the Heller kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Military underwear WWII on the clothesline from Aerobonus.


Thursday,  Jan 28  2016

  Space Shuttle Challenger Accident 1986 

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Richard Spreckley has done an exceptional job on his 1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire T9 with Brigade Models resin conversionRichard also added Eduard photo etch and wrapped it all up with a stunning weathering job.  This particular airframe fought as a single seater with the RCAF during WW II and was converted to a 2 seater after the war.  Richard's work is impeccable.

J.J.Chen joins us with 2 Skyhawks today.  These are his 1/72 Hasegawa A-4E & Diecast A-4M SkyhawkJ.J. finished both of these complete with stunning weathering jobs in 2 very different camo schemes.  I love the look of both of these A-4's.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Fw 190D-9 Gun Cover - Early from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 USAF OV-10A Bronco FACs Vietnam War decal sheet from AOA DecalsThis decal sheet includes 16 marking options for OV-10A Broncos used by the USAF in the Forward Air Controller (FAC) role during the Vietnam War.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Modern Fighter Jet cockpit photo etch upgrades from airscaleThis brass photo etch set includes 259 individual brass photo etch parts suitable for a modern jet fighter cockpit.

This set includes:

  • Multi Function Displays

  • Instrument Bezels

  • Side-console Switchgear & Panels

  • Ejection Seat details & handles

  • Canopy rear-view mirrors

  • Fine relief etching for three dimensional effect


Here's a product article for the 1/48 SeaHawk Mk. 100/101 resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Trumpeter kit.


Wednesday,  Jan 27  2016

Russia - End of Leningrad blockade  (1944)

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Roderick Vargas starts today with his 4th article on ARC.  This is his flawless 1/32 Revell BK117 Orlando Regional Medical Center.  Roderick  used custom decals by Firebird Designs and finished it to a very high standard.  You can see more of his helo models by clicking the link at the bottom of his article.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with another of his RCAF jets.  This is his 1/48 Esci Starfighter #27 finished in the colourful markings using Leading Edge decals. Shawn makes the Esci kit look very good.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 German Pilot figure WWII for Bf 109 late version from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Sorbitsya Pods for the Su-27, Su-30 and Su-35 Flanker from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Fairey Firefly Hispano 20mm cannons with uncovered barrels from Master.


Tuesday,  Jan 26  2016

Australia Day

India Republic Day

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Tom Thounaojam has been building his 1/72 Heller Su-30MKI to honour the Indian Republic Day.  Tom had a challenging time building this Heller kit and the modifying it and adding further details to make it an Indian Su-30. It's good to see this model on this special update.

Murli Rajan is a huge supporter of these special Indian updates and today he is here with his 51st article on ARC.  This is his 1/144 Minicraft C-130J-30s Hercules which he extended the fuselage on and then added a selection of other details to complete.  Murli did a huge amount of extra work on his Indian Herc and he included photos so you could follow along in his build.  This is an impressive build.

Tom Thounaojam is back with his second article today.  This is his 1/72 Revell Hawker Hunter in Indian markings.  Tom found this kit a joy to build and the end result looks first class.  It's good to see a Hunter in Indian markings.  Beautiful work Tom.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 USAF 2-wheel tilt cabinet - late version from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 CF-188 Hornet - '100 Years Navy' Scheme decal sheet from Canuck Model ProductsThis decal sheet is also available in 1/72 and 1/32.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Gloster Gladiator Air Intakes from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Monday,  Jan 25   2016    
For you folks struggling under the big snowstorm in the eastern US all I can say is....hang in there.

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Gerd Wilcken starts your week with one of the best looking F-14s to ever take to the air.  This is the 1/144 Trumpeter F-14A NAS Fallon in one of those famous Aggressors schemes from 1999. Gerd is a master at this smaller scale and you can see more of his excellent work by clicking the link at the bottom of his article.  I love the look of this F-14...well done Gerd.

Pablo Angel Herrera joins us from sunny Guatemala today with his 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109E-4/B.  Pablo chose a very interesting camo scheme for his Emil and finished it to his usual very high standard.  For you folks in snow country.....the weather in Guatemala today is sunny with temps in the mid 86F... 30C for you metric types...which sounds pretty good to me.  The muted look of this camo scheme looks perfect.

Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Bending Tool - The Wrangler Wire Forming Tool from The Small Shop.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 MiG-15bis Engine set from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Eduard kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Mk.81 bombs w/ airbrake from Eduard Model Accessories.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk I Control Surfaces from Ultracast This detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Sunday,  Jan 24   2016   
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Saturday,  Jan 23   2016    
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Friday,  Jan 22   2016    
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Ermanno Bonafin is here from Italy with his 30th article on ARC and it is one of the famous Goodyear racing Corsairs.  This is his 1/48 Special Hobby Super Corsair Racer #57 which was one of the more famous post war racers.  Ermanno tells some of the history of this famous aircraft.  Beautiful work Ermanno.

Dragan Cvetic joins us today with his 114th article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 R.V.Aircraft MiG-23 MLD with added scratchbuilt cockpit details as well as some added exterior detailing.  Dragan chose to make his MiG as a Syrian jet with it's great looking camo scheme and weapons load.  I love the look of the camo on this one.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 LAU-10/ A ZUNI rocket launchers from Eduard Model Accessories This set give you the option of arm or unarmed rocket launchers.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Polikarpov I-153 Cockpit Doors from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the ICM kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 BAe Harrier GR.7 resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa/Revell kit.


Thursday,  Jan 21   2016    
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Burt Gustafson did a first class out of the box build of the 1/48 Hasegawa F-4S Vandy 75This is a special 75th anniversary scheme and Burt captured it beautifully.  I love the job he did on this Phantom.

Thomas Brückelt is here with a very special model.  This is his 1/72 Mach2 Kaman HH-43 Huskie which is the first Huskie on ARC.  Thomas did quite a bit of detailing on the interior and exterior to dress up the detail to make this quite the eye catching model with it's counter rotating rotors.  Very nice indeed Thomas.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Free French Fighter Pilot WWII Normandie-Nieman from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-1B Canopy Vinyl Mask Set from Furball Aero DesignThis detail set is designed for the Revell kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 HU-5 Wessex Exhausts from Royale ResinThis detail set is designed for the Italeri kit. 


Wednesday,  Jan 20   2016    
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Shawn "phantom" Weiler has taken the classic 1/48 Esci CF-104 Starfighter #26 and turned it into a gem.  He did do a bit of extra work to build this older kit and then finished it off with the top notch Leading Edge decals as one of the famous Canadian Starfighters. Shawn also included another photo of his red RCAF Starfighters.

J.J.Chen is here to make you smile with his 1/72 Hasegawa F4U-1 ‘Skipper’.  This is the Corsair from the movie 'Planes' with dropped flaps and eyes painted on the windscreen. J.J. also added them same Jolly Rogers style artwork as seen on the Corsair in the movie.  I loved seeing this one.....J.J. is quite the Dad to build this one for his young son.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-27 Early Tail Stinger from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F4U-5 Corsair Engine Reductor from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Volvo starter truck Stb 953 model kit from Maestro Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 MER pylons (Multiple Ejection Racks) from Eduard Model Accessories.


Tuesday,  Jan 19   2016    
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Carmel J. Attard is here with a very special model.  This is his 1/72 Rareplanes Piper L-4 Grasshopper given some scratchbuilt details and finished in a silver paint scheme.  This is a very neat little aircraft and Carmel tells the history behind this aircraft.  I'm pleased to see the first Grasshopper on ARC.

Klaasjan Schuuring is here with his 3rd article on ARC and what a beauty this is.  This is his 1/32 Kinetic F-86F-30 Sabre Golden Hawk with some great detail inside the rear fuselage that shows well when the tail section is removed to show off the engine.  Klaasjan  also added extra detailing to the cockpit.  I love the job he did on the gold paint scheme.

Here's a product article for the The Nutter Set - Scale Model Nuts & Rivets from The Small Shop.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Su-9 Fishpot Antennas from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 MiG-19PM (Farmer E) Pitot Tube and missile rails nose parts from Master.


Monday,  Jan 18   2016

  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

No update today......I've been under the weather.

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Sunday,  Jan 17   2016   
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Saturday,  Jan 16   2016    
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Friday,  Jan 15   2016    
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Chi Hung/Hung is here with his first model on ARC and it is a beauty.  This is the 1/72 Trumpeter Su-24MR.  Extra work was done to modify and correct this kit to make it a more accurate reconnaissance version and I must say I love the look of the finished model.  Excellent Su-24.  Welcome to ARC!!!

Thomas Brückelt has a passion for the 1/48 AcroKit MDM-1 Fox two-seat aerobatic glider.  He flies the 1/1 version of this glider so it was only natural he would build a model of this beauty.  He added a cockpit and it you look closelyt you will see it has a sharks mouth which is fitting for such a sleek aerobatic glider.  He's also included a video of the full sized glider in flight.  Very cool Thomas...I envy you.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Lockheed C-2 ejection seat from Aires.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4J cockpit from Eduard Model Accessories.  This set is designed for the Academy kit.


Thursday,  Jan 14   2016    
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Ronald Dorenbos is here with a Silly Week entry that looks quite realistic and this is also his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Fokker Starhunter which is a combination of the Starfighter fuselage and Hunter wings as developed by the Dutch.  The design is very well done and Ronald also includes a great story to go with his cool aircraft.  Welcome to ARC Ronald. 

Mark L. Rossmann joins us with his "Defence of the Reich” 1/48 Monogram Bf-109G-6.  Mark tells the history of the decline of the Luftwaffe during WW2 and his Gustav is one of the aircraft featured in his article.  Mark's 109 is built and finished to a very high standard and features weathering and his article captures the events in the epic battles in the latter half of WW2 in Europe.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 A-36A Apache Exhaust resin set from QuickBoost.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Type 97 Fighters Pt. 3 decal sheet from Lifelike Decals.


Bryant Dunbar is here with a product article for the New Fan Caps, Fan Cap Kits and Color Cups from Grex Airbrush.

Wednesday,  Jan 13   2016    
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Floyd S. Werner, Jr. is here with an in-depth full build review of the 1/48 Eduard Bf-109G.  This is part of the Royal Class series of kits and Floyd is a 109 expert, so his insight is quite helpful to say the least.  Plus seeing him build a model is a special treat.  I love the fact this model kit comes with a Luftwaffe beer glass.  Sit back and enjoy Floyds article.

J.J.Chen is here with his beautiful build of the classic 1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier FRS Mk1.  J.J. added drop tanks and missiles to complete his Harrier and added a pilot to complete the look.  The RN Sea Harrier is a great looking jet and it is always a good day when one is featured on ARC. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-40K Kittyhawk Exhaust resin set from QuickBoostThis detail set is designed for the Italeri kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-29 Wheels and painting masks from ZactomodelsThis detail set is designed for the Trumpeter MiG-29.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 MiG-19PM (Farmer E) Pitot Tube and missile rails nose parts from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 S-3A Viking resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa/Revell kit.


Tuesday,  Jan 12   2016    
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Onami joins us from Japan with his first article on ARC.  This is the classic 1/72 Revell (ex.Matchbox) Handley Page Victor K.Mk.2 with it's horrible fit issues all corrected and modified to a level that makes this model a Masterpiece.  At the bottom of the article is a link to Onami's website with a large selection of in-progress photos showing the extreme work involved to turn this kit into such a masterpiece.  You will be shocked and amazed when you see the work that was done during the 1 year it took to build.  Welcome to ARC Onami!!!


Emre Tuzun is here with his 3rd article on ARC and what a beauty it is.  This is the classic 1/72 Heller Sea King finished and weathered to a very high standard as a Belgium SAR Sea King.  I particularly enjoyed seeing the camo scheme on this chopper.  Beautiful work Emre. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Exhaust Nozzles - Closed from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 US Navy Pilot WWII - Pacific Theatre figure from Aerobonus.  This figure is suitable for a variety of aircraft including F2A Buffalo, F3F, F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat. F8F Bearcat, SBC/SB2C Helldiver, SBD Dauntless, SB2U Vindicator, TBB Devastator, TBM/TBF Avenger.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb Control Surfaces from Ultracast This detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Arctic Cobra decal sheet from Fireball Modelworks.  This decal sheet includes markings for 2 different Cobras doing testing in Alaska.


Monday,  Jan 11   2016    
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Eugene E. Madara, Esq. has been very creative building his Norwegian Indigenous Fighter Design “Svart Wolf”.  This is a little known aircraft that has been hidden from history, but Eugene is here to tell you the story.  Excellent design Eugene.


George Oh is here with an amusing diorama of an equally amusing story from down under called Dynamite Dog.  I do love George's diorama....it fits the story perfectly.  This one is a hoot!!!


Here's a product article for the Wire Assist Forming Tool - Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small Shop.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War decal sheet from AOA Decals.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hurricane Mk. I wheels from Eduard Model Accessories.


Sunday,  Jan 10  2016

Russia - Soviet counteroffensive under Stalingrad.

The beginning of the end (1943) 

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Saturday,  Jan 9   2016    

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Friday,  Jan 8   2016    
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Eugene E. Madara, Esq. is here with his USAF “Space Defender” Mk. VII in it's space camo.  Eugene explains about the base on the moon that operates these fighters in the future....read his article for the full story about his model.


George Oh joins us from Down Under during his summer to show us his Not-the-Titanic.  George has successful replicated the sinking of a ship with all the air that gets released.  I quite enjoyed seeing this little diorama.....definitely different and refreshing and very well done. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Rhino Airwing CAG's Pt. 2 decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This decal sheet includes markings for 8 different 1/48 F/A-18E/F's from 7 different squadrons including two jets with VFA-103 Jolly Rogers.  


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hurricane Mk. I exhaust stacks from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Bristol Beaufighter propeller set from SBS Model.  This detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Thursday,  Jan 7   2016    
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Alvis 3.1 is here with a VERY interesting tale related to the Falklands Islands.  This is his what-if article titled 1/72 Su-24:There's Something Wrong With Our Ships Today.  I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I did...Alvis3.1 is in spectacular form as always. 

Eugene E. Madara, Esq. is here with his Republic of Kurdistan Air Force “Saladin” Mk. 1.  This V-TOL aircraft borrows technology from the A-10 to create the ultimate ground attack aircraft.  I loved seeing this one.....very creative.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 SBD Dauntless flaps from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 CF-188 Hornet - 'Battle of Britain' Model Kit from Canuck Model Products.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Gannet T.Mk.2 resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Trumpeter kit.


Wednesday,  Jan 6   2016    
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Silly Week continues with 2 more great models.
Carl Gootzen has never stopped surprising me with the variety of models he builds and this massive 1/?? Conversion of Thomas Train is no exception.  This was an unwanted project donated to him that he remade into Thomas and then donated it to his daughters pre-school classroom.  Carl's work was excellent and you can only imagine the excitement of the kids when they saw this in their classroom.  Well done Carl!!!

Dave Bailey, aka The Rat is capturing the excitement of the new Star Wars movie currently at the theatres with his what-if 1/72 Hobbycraft CX-100.  Dave's X-wing model looks fantastic....but it his story that will really make you smile.  Fun times Dave....thanks for sharing.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-27 Wingtip Pylons from Zactomodels.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Gloster Javelin Pitot Tubes from Master.


Tuesday,  Jan 5   2016    
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Eugene E. Madara, Esq. joins us in top creative style with his first article on ARC.  This is his great looking North American X-51 “Naboo Class” Fighter.  This is a model of a top secret post war Mustang that was developed for the USN.  I quite enjoyed the way the lines flow so well on this what-if and I'm pleased to say we'll have more models from Eugene on ARC in the future.

Brian Duddy joins us with his second model on ARC and this one is a treat to the eyes.  This is his Finnerschnitzel 109G as flown by a very successful Finnish pilot.  Brian pulled this one off in fine style....I love it and the Finnish pilot figure just makes it perfect.  Beautiful work Brian...welcome to Silly Week.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk I Exhausts from UltracastThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 TER (triple ejector rack) from Eduard Model Accessories.


Monday,  Jan 4  2016

Union of Myanmar Independence Day

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Dave Bailey, aka The Rat gets today started with his Blackburn Skua IIR.  Dave tells of a fictional mission in his article of the attack against the Germany invasion fleet.  His Skua looks the part and his story is a very interesting read.

Kees Kuyper is here with his very creative jet powered 1/72 Matchbox Dornier 28 J in ARC Airline livery.  Kees has built a few of his What-if Donier 28's and I've enjoyed seeing all of them.

Here's a product article for the Extra Foil for Nutter Set - 6" x 6" from The Small Shop.


Sunday,  Jan 3   2016  
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Saturday,  Jan 2   2016  
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Friday,  Jan 1  2016

Cuba  -  Anniversary of the Revolution

Haiti Independence Day

Sudan  Independence Day

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Dave Bailey starts Silly Week 2016 with his what if 1/220 Transall C-260Dave added 4 engines to the C-160 to create this new aircraft and he explains the whole story in his article.  A very cool design Dave.

Carl Gootzen is here to add to Silly Week 2016 with his 1/3 naked Gnome couple.  Carl is famous on ARC during Silly Week with his Gnomes and I'm glad to see his entry this year.  Very amusing Carl.

Thursday,  Dec 31   2015  
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Roderick Vargas is here with his 1/32 Revell EC145 masterpiece.  The cockpit is scratchbuilt with fantastic results.  Then he added photo etch to and finished his EC-145 in custom markings for a EC145 Florida Hospital Florida Flight 1 air ambulance out of Orlando, Florida.  The scratchbuilt interior is a joy to see.....every detail is perfect.

Carmel J. Attard is here with a very rare post war prototype.  This is his 1/72 MPM XP-56 ‘Black Bullet' in it's bare metal finish.  Carmel tells the history of this short lived prototype that led to further successful designs plus he tells what was involved to build this classic kit.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Vympel R-27ET - AA-10 Alamo-D missiles from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 MiG-19PM (Farmer E) Pitot Tube and missile rails nose parts from Master.


Wednesday,  Dec 30   2015  
Silly Week reminder;  I've only got a small number of models for this years Silly Week......so if you have some to share....please send them in.

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Floyd S. Werner, Jr. is here with an in-depth experts review of the new 1/48 Eduard Bf-109G-6.  Floyd gives a full run down of this kit and what was involved to build it.  And build it he did....and to his usual very high standard.  It's always a special treat to see Floyd's models on ARC.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler shows us his "hat trick" with his 1/48 Hobby Craft CT-114 Tutor, times 3.  Shawn is building a variety of Tutors in different paint schemes reflecting the 50 years of service in the RCAF for this trainer.  I quite enjoyed seeing the three he shows us today.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Airwing All-Stars Phantoms Part 3 decal sheet from Furball Aero DesignThis decal sheet has options for six 1/48 F-4J aircraft, all painted in the attractive Gull Gray over white scheme. Enough stencils and data are included to build 2 complete models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-104 Starfighter pylons from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis set includes resin and photo etch parts and a decal sheet.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb Exhausts from UltracastThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kits.


Tuesday,  Dec 29   2015      
No update today.

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Monday,  Dec 28  2015

Nepal - Birthday of H.M. Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev 

Australia - "Proclamation Day" in South Australia

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Chris Parsons gets things started today in style with his Monogram "box scale" Cessna 180 floatplane.  Chris did quite a bit of extra work on his 185 and then gave it a beautifully applied striped paint job.  The weathering and base do wonders for adding realism.  I love floatplanes.


Burt Gustafson is here with his brightly colored 1/48 Airfix Folland Gnat T.1.  Burt had an excellent time building this Airfix kit and chose the bright colors and markings for an RAF trainer jet.  It looks sharp from every angle.


Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Cut-Off Set - Large from The Small Shop.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Shenyang J-6/F-6 gun barrels set, & Pitot Tube from Master.


Sunday,  Dec 27   2015  
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Saturday,  Dec 26  2015

Slovenia Independence Day 

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Friday,  Dec 25   2015  
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!  

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Thursday,  Dec 24  2015

Serbian Air Force Day

Larry Randel has passed away.  Larry was a core member of The OHMS (Oregon Historical Modelers Society) and an avid modeler.....he will be dearly missed by all that knew him.  This is very sad news indeed.

To track Santa on Christmas Eve with your kids...go to this website 
http://www.noradsanta.org/  this is the NORAD Santa tracking website with plenty of great videos of Santa doing his deliveries on Christmas Eve.  He has already begun his trip.

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Paolo Yuen has used many many aftermarket sets and 11 months to super detail his 1/350 Trumpeter USS Franklin CV-13.  The Ben Franklin or "Big Ben" had a great looking camo scheme and Paolo did a fantastic job getting everything perfect....I loved seeing the photos and reading about all the detail he added....AMAZING work Paolo!!!

Jens Gerber joins us from Germany with his 1/48 Hobby Boss Antonov An 2.  Jens added a Eduard PE set and that completed his AN-2 to his usual high quality and posed it on a grass Tarmac to complete this beauty.  I love the look of his An-2 from every angle.

Wednesday,  Dec 23  2015

Japan - Birthday of H.I.M. Emperor Akihito

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Richard Spreckley starts today with a Spitfire double-header.  These are both RAF machines.....one operating in England and one from Malta.  These are his 1/48 Airfix Spitfire Mk1 & MkVb with aftermarket resin sets and seatbelts and finished with full weathering.  Both of these are spectacular and built to a very high standard.  It's such a joy to see them.

Emre Tuzun has done a first class job on the classic 1/72 Hasegawa A-10.  This Warthog was built out of the box and given a full weapons load to show the true intent of the A-10 and then finished with a very skillful and realistic weathering job.  I really enjoyed seeing the photos of this A-10 on ARC.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Vympel R-27ER - AA-10 Alamo-C missiles from Zactomodel.  This type of missile  has been carried by a variety of Russian jets.  This resin set includes 2 complete missiles.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Gloster Gladiator Control Surfaces from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Control Surfaces from Ultracast.  This detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Tuesday,  Dec 22   2015      
No update today.....my daughter is in town on break from University and I spent the day with her.

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Monday,  Dec 21  2015
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Paulo Castro begins your week with his very special 1/72 Academy P-40E.  This is a Brazilian P-40 with a stunning weathering job.....Paulo has done amazing work bringing the 1/72 Academy P-40E to life.  I love the carefully done weathering job.

Yvan Vansteenkiste is here with one of the best tiger schemes I've seen.  This is his 1/72 Revell Tornado ECR "Tigermeet 2011" in Luftwaffe markings.  I know you'll enjoy seeing the photos of this Tornado.....I certainly enjoyed seeing them. 

Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Extended Roller Set - Use with Brass Assist from The Small ShopThis set compliments the Deluxe Brass Assist Rolling Set without duplicating any of the all metal roller set included with the Brass Assist.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Fw 190A-8 engine from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Eduard kit. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-100 Super Saber Kits (Late) weighted wheels from Royale Resin.


Sunday,  Dec 20   2015  
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Saturday,  Dec 19   2015  
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Friday,  Dec 18  2015

Niger - Proclamation of the Republic 

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Carmel J. Attard is here with another of his vac-u-formed beauties.  This is his 1/72 Rareplanes AJ-2 Savage complete with 3 crew figures and a gentle amount of weathering.  Carmel does a great job explaining the process to building a vac-u-formed kit and believe me....he has plenty of skill and experience at it.

Mohammad Adl did a spectacular weathering job on his 1/144 Revell C-17A Globemaster.  Mohammad add lighting to the interior and exterior which shows off all his wonderful detailing in the cargo area interior.  Mohammad  put a huge amount of effort into his C-17A and it looks fantastic.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Fw 190F-8 wheels from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the Revell kit. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 L-29 Delfín nose nitrogen bay from Aires This detail set is designed for the AMK kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Mirage IV resin cockpit set from Pavla Models This detail set is designed for the Heller kit.


Thursday,  Dec 17  2015

Bhutan National Day

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Blackeyes is here with an article that was intended for the Thai holiday on Dec 5.  This is his 1/72 Airfix H-19A Chickasaw in a BMF with the most amazing weathering job.....each rivet is dirty.  His H-19 is wearing the Royal Thai Air Force markings, which always look good on any aircraft.

Thomas Brückelt is here with a What-if model of the 1/72 Airmodel Products Messerschmitt Me 163D.  This rocket powered aircraft was designed to replace the Me 163 Komet but never made it into operational service.  Thomas gave his vac-u-formed model a scratchbuilt cockpit and finished in markings for an operational aircraft.  It's a very cool model and the first Me 263 on ARC.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Vympel R-60 - AA-8 Aphid missile from Zactomodels.  The Vympel R-60 - AA-8 Aphid missile is an infrared homing missile and is one of the world's smallest air-to-air missiles and was carried by a variety of Russian jets including the MiG-21, MiG-29.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Shenyang J-6/F-6 - gun barrels set, & Pitot Tube from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Type 97 Fighter Part 2 decal sheet from Lifelike DecalsThis decal sheet features 6 different Type 97 fighters stationed in Japan, the Philippines, Mongolia, China and Manchuria in the early stages of the World War2. 


Wednesday,  Dec 16  2015

Bahrain National Day

Kazakhstan National Day

No update today...I've come down with a cold and seem to be at the worst of it today. 

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Tuesday,  Dec 15   2015      
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Luc Harvey starts today with his beautifully weathered bare metal finish 1/72 Hobbycraft F-86 Sabre.  Luc tried some new techniques on his Sabre with very good results.  I love the way it looks.

John Irwin (11Bee on the ARC forums) is here with something very special today.  This is his 1/48 Kinetic US-2B Tracker that he built as a memorial to the two crew members who lost their lives avoiding a residential area as their stricken Tracker lost power in both engines.  John provides a link in his article for more info on his built.  This is a moving tribute to both crew members.  Beautifully done John.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-51D Mustang control surfaces from Aires This detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-24H 'Witchcraft' decal sheet from Mike Grant Decals.  This was a highly decorated B-24 Liberator that is wearing the mission markings after she completed her 130th mission.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk I Exhausts from Ultracast This detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Monday,  Dec 14  2015

   End of Hanukkah (Festival of Lights) 

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Paulo Castro joins us from Australia with this first model on ARC and what a beauty it is.  This is his 1/72 Airfix P-51D Mustang built and finished to a very high standard paying close attention to replicating the details of the real aircraft.  Paulo has high praise for this Airfix kit as well as the Eagle Cals decals he used on it.  Welcome to ARC Paulo...I'm darn pleased to have your models on ARC.


Sertac Bayar has outdone his usual stunning work.  This is his 1/32 Trumpeter A-10 Thunderbolt II in one of the coolest paint schemes ever applied tot he A-10. Sertac added plenty of scratchbuilt detailing to almost every area of his A-10 and even painted the Warthog mouth himself.  This Warthog is a beauty and well worth checking out.


Here's a product article for the 8" Mk R Multi-head Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small Shop.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Fw 190F-8 cockpit from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Revell kit. 


Sunday,  Dec 13  2015

Saint Lucia Independence Day

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Saturday,  Dec 12  2015

Kenya Independence Day

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Friday,  Dec 11   2015  
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Chris Parsons starts today with his beautifully finished Monogram "box scale" Cessna 185 floatplaneChris gave his Cessna full engine detailing including wiring before finishing it in the colour scheme for Pat Bay Air.  The weathering job Chris did shows off the float detail on his model exceptionally well.  It's a treat seeing this float plane on ARC.

Dragan Cvetic is here with something rare today.  This is his 1/72 Revell J-7 in the markings for the Albanian Air Force.  Dragan opened the canopy to show off all his scratchbuilt cockpit detailing. 

Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-104G/S Starfighter Airbrakes from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Italeri kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Best of the Best - TOPGUN decal sheet from Fightertown DecalsThis decals sheet features 26 different TOPGUN jets.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 BAC TSR-2 resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.

Thursday,  Dec 10  2015

Constitution Day in Thailand

Sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales and Repulse   (1941)

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Nat Krairojananan is here to mark Constitution Day in Thailand with this beautifully finished 1/72 Hasegawa F-16A RTAF 103 SQN.  Nat added Eduard photo etch and a resin seat to the cockpit and used markings from Siam Scale to finish his Thai F-16.  The weapons load looks impressive and complete this Viper beautifully.


Kees Kuyper is here with another quite realistic looking design.  This is his Dornier 28S (Staggerwing) in bi-plane form with only 1 engine.  This is quite the creative design....I love it.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Fw-190 Undercarriage legs & doors from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Revell kit. 


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Bristol Blenheim engine cowling + exhaust from SBS Model This detail set is designed for the Airfix kit. 


Wednesday,  Dec 9   2015  
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Shawn "phantom" Weiler starts today with his good looking 1/48 ICM C-45 (CC-128) Expeditor.  Shawn used goodies from Belcher Bits and finished off his Expeditor in a classic Canadian paint scheme using Caracal decals.  It's very cool to see Shawn's Expeditor on ARC.

Luc Harvey joins us today with his flawless looking 1/72 Fujimi MiG-21 PFM lateLuc chose to build his MiG as an Egyptian interceptor with it's attractive camo scheme using decals from Bergemot decals.  Luc added missiles to complete the look of his interceptor.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Boulton Paul Defiant control surfaces from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Vympel R-27T - AA-10 Alamo-B missiles from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 MiG-19S (Farmer C) gun barrels set, & Pitot Tube from Master.


Tuesday,  Dec 8   2015      
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Aaron Liles joins us with his first article on ARC.  This highly detailed 1/72 Heller Aérospatiale SE-3160 Alouette III is wearing Lebanese marking and Aaron added special details to make this model much closer to the real chopper.  I love the  very delicate and highly detailed look of this model.  Welcome to ARC Aaron.

Richard Spreckley is here with his very attractive 1/48 Hobby Boss Tornado F3 56 Sqn RAF.  Richard chose the eye popping ‘Firebird’ anniversary paint scheme and finished it off with added photos etch and scratchbuilt detailing.  The whole project pulls together into an excellent model of the  RAF Tornado.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Soviet Pilot - the Cold War period from Aerobonus.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Hurricane Mk II / Spitfire Mk V Exhausts from UltracastThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16 Aces II Seat - Early / Loose Harnesses from Sierra Hotel ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya/Kinetic F-16C/D/N kit. 


Monday,  Dec 7  2015

Pearl Harbor - Attack on U.S. base 1941

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Gerd Wilcken is here with a great looking 1/87 Arsenal M Airpower87 C-47 IAF.  Israel has great looking camo schemes and this C-47 looks awesome with it's sun faded camo.  Gerd added antennas etc to improve the detail on his IAF C-47.  Beaufiful work Gerd.

Burt Gustafson had an enjoyable time building his 1/48 Kitty Hawk JAS-39 A/C Gripen.  Burt added a full weapons load and flawless painting to complete his Gripen with Swedish markings.  This is a beautiful looking Gripen thanks to Burt's skilled hands.

Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Cut-Off Set - Standard from The Small Shop.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Do 335 muzzle brakes from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the HK Models kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 A6M Zero control surfaces from AiresThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Sunday,  Dec 6  2015

Finland Independence Day

   Beginning of Hanukkah (Festival of Lights) 

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Saturday,  Dec 5  2015

Thailand National Day (H.M. The King's Birthday)

Russia - Soviet winter counteroffensive under Moscow   (1941)

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Blackeyes is here with to honour the Thai holiday today with his 1/72 Airfix H-19A Chickasaw in a BMF with the most amazing weathering job.....each rivet is dirty.  His H-19 is wearing the Royal Thai Air Force markings, which always look good on any aircraft.

Nok Apiruk is here to honour the King of Thailand with this 1/144 F-RSIN ATR 72 Thai Airways International.  This special Thai airliner is wearing markings that celebrate the King.  The decals are from Siamscale. 

Nok Apiruk is here with 2 Thai 1/72 Hasegawa F-16A/B in special anniversary markings with beautiful tailart.  The decals are from Siamscale.  These F-16's look fantastic.

Friday,  Dec 4  2015

  India Navy Day 

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Murli Rajan is here to kick off this special India Navy Day update here on ARC with his 1/72 Airfix Hawker Sea Hawk.  Murli scratchbuilt an ejection seat and then rescribed his Indian Sea Hawk before giving it  a flawless weathering job.  I't s a perfect way to begin this special Indian update.


Leonard Prakasam is here with his first NMF model and I must say he seems to be a quick study at applying Natural Metal Finishes.  This is his stunning 1/72 Cyber-Hobby DH Vampire-FB.52 with some excellent shading around the engine exhaust.  It's great to see this Indian Vampire on ARC....excellent work on the NMF Leonard. 


Aamod Potdar has done a first class job on his Indian Navy 1/48 Airfix Sea Harrier.  Aamod built this beauty as part of a group build on the  Indian Scale Modelers group and for a paint scheme he went with a clean finish as this jet looked back in 1982.  I really like the look of Indian markings on a Harrier.  Well done Aamod.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F/A-18E/F Superhornet Ball West Coast decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.  This new decal sheet includes markings for 7 different 1/48 F-18E/F's with the US Navy Squadrons on the west coast.  


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Spandau WWI guns from Eduard Model Accessories.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Kamov Ka-29 Helix-B cockpit set from Neomega.  This detail set is designed for the Italieri/Zvezda kit.


ARC Groupbuilds

Big Kit, Big plane, Small (ish) scale GB ends Jan 1 2016

Iron Men, Plastic Ships GB ends Jan 1 2016

A-4 Skyhawk Group Build - ends Jan 1st 2016

The Graveyard Shift - ends Mar 1st 2016

Skis and Floats, Anything But Wheels - ends Mar 1st 2016

Vietnam War Group Build - ends March 1 2016

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