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Friday,   Dec 30  2011 
ARC Auto was updated today  was updated today - drop by and check it out.....plenty of great models to see.

Dairo Sánchez joins us from IPMS Colombia with a most amazing and realistic looking 1/35 Tamiya Mutt 151 A2.  Dairo built his model out of the box and then added additional detail items and then gave it a full weathering job using a variety of techniques which he explains in his article.  Beautiful work Dairo.

Shalom Yair joins us from sunny Israel with his 1/35 Academy M163A1/ Vulcan SPAAG.  This is an Israeli APC and Shalom added extra gear to the outside for added realism.  I do like the look of this model and it is a very interesting anti aircraft gun that uses the 20mm Vulcan gun mounted on a  modified M113 APC vehicle that fires over 1,000 rounds per minute.

Sebastijan Videc is here with a very delicate looking 1/72 ZZ Models P-35 radar.  This model kit includes photo etch parts and looks very complicated as a completed model.  Sebastijan includes the history and capabilities of this particular radar unit.  Nicely done Sebastijan.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.A/B/C Idler Wheel from Passion Models.

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan.


Here's a product article for the 1/35 JGSDF LAV 4x4 Sagged Wheel set from DEF.Model.

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com.


Wednesday,   Dec 28  2011

   End of Chanukah (Festival of Lights)  

  Australia - "Proclamation Day" in South Australia 

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

Serge Dompierre gets things started today in style with his 1/35 Bronco Canadian T17E1 Staghound MK 1.  Serge added to the exterior of his Staghound and then finished it as a Canadian Staghound at Blankenberge Belgium in Sept 1944.  I love the models Serge builds. 

Charles Kalina gets your Friday update started with his impressive looking 1/72 Dragon M1A1 Abrams.  Charles chose to build his M1A1 Abrams in the woodland camouflage from the Operation Iraqi Freedom time period.  Charles also gave it a dusting of Iraqi sand/dust for that authentic look.  The M1A1 Abrams is an impressive machine and Charles captured to the look of it very well. 


olri1 joins us with a most impressive model of the 1/72 Hasegawa K5 railway gun used by Germany during WW2.  These railway guns could not fire sideways, so there were a variety of techniques used to aim the gun. olri1  did gave this model a very realistic paint job. 

Here's a product article for the 1/35 17pdr Barrel Set (for Dragon Sherman Firefly) from Passion Models. 

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan.


Here's a product article for the 1/35 WWII Finnish Army Assault Gun BT-42 Basic photo etch set from Voyager Model.

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com.


Monday,    Dec 26  2011

  Slovenia Independence Day 

ARC Auto was updated today  was updated today - ARC Air was updated today  was updated today - drop by and check it out.....plenty of great models to see.

Rob Haelterman starts today off with one of the smallest Kettenkrads I've ever seen.   This is his tiny 1/144 Trumpeter Sd.Kfz.2 Kettenkraftrad which was included with his Me 262 kit.  It is full of detail and Rob enhanced that detail with his own work on this tiny little gem.  It really is quite the well detailed tiny little model and once painted by Rob it turned out looking excellent.

El Rey is here with his very realistic looking 1/72 Italeri Matilda Mk II in a diorama from the Tobruk desert.  El Rey has added to the scene with a Panzer IV turret laying on the ground, but what really brings the scene to life is the weathering done to his Matilda tank........it really has that dry dusty look to it that is common of all tanks in a desert enviroment.

Vladimir Bilbija is here with photos from the recent IV. New Year's Cup.  This is an event held each year near Belgrade in Serbia in an aircraft museum and this year's event attracted 138 competitors from Bosnia, Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and Bulgaria.  

Here's a product article for the 1/48 U.S. Sherman accessories set from Black Dog.

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com.


Here's a product article for the 1/35 Churchill Early Pattern Tracks Link & Length Resin Tracks from Resicast.

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan.


Sunday,    Dec 25   2011

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish everyone a peaceful Christmas full of warm memories as they spend time with the people you love.  Merry Christmas everyone.

Saturday,   Dec 24  2011

  Serbian Air Force Day 

Christmas Eve

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.

Friday,   Dec 23  2011

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

ARC Auto was updated today  was updated today - drop by and check it out.....plenty of great models to see.

Jeff Brundt is here with one of the best looking and most impressive German tanks from WW2.  this is his 1/35 Tamiya King Tiger w/Porsche wearing winter camo.  Jeff tells the fascinating history of this tank that proved to be the most formidable tank the Allies had to face during WW2.  His article is a great read and his King Tiger is an awesome model.....enjoy the photos.  Wonderful work Jeff.

Greg Kerry has done an exceptionally fine job on his 1/35 Trumpeter LAV 25.  Greg built it out of the box and then completed the scene with figures and a diorama base.  He explains the whole process in his article and when you check out his photos you will see that Greg really knows his stuff and has some very effective techniques.  Beautifully done Greg.

Maurizio Bressan did a beautiful job building, detailing and finishing his 1/35 M13-40.  Maurizio displayed his Italian tank on a desert diorama as it would have looked in North Africa during WW2.  The weathering on this tank is fantastic and looks very realistic. Maurizio is an excellent modeller.

Here's a product article for the  1/35 Upgrade Equipment for Stryker Series from AFV Club.  This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan


Here's a product article for the 1/35 WWII German Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J (Last Production) photo etch set from Voyager Model.  This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.comThis detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com


Tuesday,    Dec 20  2011

   Beginning of Chanukah (Festival of Lights)  

There will be no updates on Wednesday.....I'll be tied up with out of town guests....Next Update will be Friday.

Monday,    Dec 19  2011
ARC Auto was updated today  was updated today - drop by and check it out.....plenty of great models to see.

John Doerr is here with a very special Bradley.  This is his 1/72 Dragon M2A3 " Baghdad Bradley" which is the an exact replica of the Bradley his son was a trooper in.  John used the Dragon M2A3 with the interior, suitably modified, from a M2A2 kit.  The finished model shows an astounding attention to detail, which I think accurately show John love and admiration for his son.  I was pleased to read John's son returned home safe and sound.  It's an astounding build John.

Jason Cameron is here with what has to be one of the most impressive kits ever offered to modelers  This is Jason's 1/35 Tamiya M-26 w/ Sturmtiger and what a fantastic feast for the eyes this combination is.  It's a fantastic kit and Jason took it to a whole new level of perfection with outstanding weathering and loads of detailing.  Grab a coffee or tea and sit back and enjoy.....this is quite the model(s).  Outstanding work Jason.

Murli Rajan has got everything looking perfect on his 1/35 Zvezda T-72.  Murli added extra gear to the back side of the turret and then dressed up his T-72 main battle tank with multiple shades to weathering to capture the realistic look of the T-72.  This is a great looking model and what a sight it must be to have the pleasure to see this model with your own eyes.  Beautiful work Murli.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Cromwell accessories set from Black DogThis detail set includes 28 different pieces.

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com 


Here's a product article for the 1/35 Tiger Ferdinand (VK-4501) Special Combo Set from AberAber's special "Extra Value Sets" combine up to six of Aber's excellent photo-etched metal detail and metal gun barrel sets into one box, providing an absolute avalanche of detail at an extraordinarily inexpensive price!

This extra value combo detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan


Sunday,    Dec 18  2011

  Niger - Proclamation of the Republic 

Saturday,   Dec 17  2011

  Bhutan National Day 

Friday,   Dec 16  2011

  Bahrain National Day 

  Kazakhstan National Day 

Carlos Herrera joins us from Monterrey, N.L., México with his filly loaded 1/35 Tamiya M1a2 Abrams.  Carlos built the tank OOB then loaded the top with all the gear and supplies often found on the Abrams during operations.  He also gave it a very well done weathering job to make it look like the full sized tank.  I love the look of the finished model.

Amos Hadad joins us from Israel with his big and impressive 1/35 Dragon "Scud B".  Amos chose to build his Scud as one of the launch vehicles used 20 years ago during the Gulf War to launch Scuds against Israel.  In 1/35 scale this is a big model and Amos did an excellent job on it....I love the way the missile can be moved up and down.

Marcelo Irigoyen joins us from Argentina. with his Scratchbuilt 1/24 M3A2 Israeli halftrack.  This amazing scratchbuilt model took 3 years to complete and it is loaded with detail.  I couldn't even imagine where to begin when scratchbuilding a model like this.....amazing.  Have a close look at the photos.....this halftrack is loaded with gear and endless detail.  Beautiful work Marcelo.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 Canvas for Stug III C\D from Black Dog.

This detail item from Black Dog is available directly from Lucky Model.com


Here's a product article for the 1/6 WWII Schweres Wurfgerat 41 Rocket Launcher from Cyber Hobby.  

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan.


Wednesday,   Dec 14  2011 
ARC Auto was updated today  was updated today - drop by and check it out.....plenty of great models to see.

  Hobbylink Japan was at the recent All-Japan Mokei Hobby Show 2011 and they have a series of videos about the latest news and kit releases.  There is even a interview video with Mr. Tamiya himself!

Konley Kelley has been busy creating his Virtual Airbrushing and Zimmerit - 1/35 Academy Tiger & 1/35 Tamiya Cromwell.  This article actually contains a Tiger tank in summer and winter camo along with a Cromwell tank all combined in digital artwork. 

Shawn Phantom Weiler has taken a green 1/18 Toy Jeep and transformed it into a well weathered desert rat jeep from WW2.  Shawn did this on commission for a friend and I'm sure his friend was quite impressed when he saw the finished model.  Nicely done Shawn.

Serge Dompierre is here with a tank you don't see very often.  This is his 1/35 Tamiya M3 Stuart with a careful amount of weathering.  The markings are for a Canadian tank used for training in England before the D-Day landings.  This is very cool to see Serge.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 German sidecar accessories set from Black Dog.  This new accessories kit from Black Dog is available directly from Lucky Model.com

Tuesday,    Dec 13  2011

  Saint Lucia Independence Day 

Monday,    Dec 12  2011

  Kenya Independence Day 

Roman Schilhart starts today with a truly exceptional looking 1/72 Dragon Tiger I Ausf. E.  This is a Tiger that served on the Eastern Front in 1944.  This model has added detailing from photo etch to add a more delicate look and then Roman made two attempts at the camo and I must say I love the way the camo looks on it.  This is one great looking Tiger.

Jeff & Evan Brundt teamed up to do a stunning job on their 1/72 Hasegawa Leopold K5(E) Railway Gun.  Jeff tells the amazing history of this rail gun before he goes into great detail about what it took to built this very unique and impressive model.  Jeff & Evan got the weathering and details looking perfect.....I love the look of the finished model.  Well done guys!!! 

Maurizio Bressan joins us with his highly detailed 1/35 Italeri Marder III Ausf. H.  Maurizio used Eduard PE as well as some scratchbuilt details to bring his model to life and with some careful painting an weathering it does look fantastic.  Excellent work Maurizio...I love all the tiny details you added.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 Wicket Type C style gates from Aber.  This are the types of gates you'd add to a diorama scene.  This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com

Here's a product article for the 1/35 M 26 Pershing Crew (WWII) from  Royal Model.  These 1/35 resin figures are available directly from Hobby Link Japan

Saturday,   Dec 10  2011

 Constitution Day in Thailand 

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

Friday,   Dec 9  2011 
Nissim Tzukduian has been busy adding outstanding detail and giving his 1/35 Academy Magach 6B "GAL" a very realistic look.  Nissim  upgraded his model with a replacement turret and then got very busy with all the extra scratchbuilt details before completing this beauty with a  perfectly faded and weathered paint job.  Amazing work Nissim .

Heico van der Heide dropped by today with a heavily weathered and tired looking 1/35 Dragon Panther ‘d’.  Heico  used a variety of techniques on this Panther and those are talked about in the article.  I particularly liked the look of this Panther 'd'......well done Heico.  

Rob Haelterman joins us with his what-if 1/76 Sd.Kfz.234/5.  Rob took the standard chassis and upgraded it with a custom built turret that features  two 30mm cannons.  The completed model looks very cool indeed.....nicely done Rob.....you've got quite the imagination.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 British 155MM AS90 SPG Workable Track Link set from Bronco Models  These track links are for the modern British AS-90 self propelled gun.  This new track link set from Bronco Models is available directly from These track links are for the modern British AS-90 self propelled gun.  This new track link set from Bronco Models is available directly from These track links are for the modern British AS-90 self propelled gun.  This new track link set from Bronco Models is available directly from Lucky Model.com

Here's a product article for the 1/35 French Advertising Posters from Archer Fine Transfers.    These 1/35 posters are printed on paper.  Sixteen large French outdoor posters in twelve different styles. These are LARGE oversize advertisement posters in the Art Deco style. Printed with waterproof ink on paper.  These posters are available directly from Hobby Link Japan

Wednesday,   Dec 7  2011

 Pearl Harbor - Attack on U.S. base 1941 

Rodney Williams gets things fired up today with his M-47 Patton Tank.  Rodney used some very creative techniques for doing the ground work and I think you will find his article to be quite the interesting and informative read.  I really enjoyed seeing the weathering job Rodney did......very nice indeed.

Bill Bunting is here with 2 very neat 1/48 scale WW2 vehicles.  These are his 1/48 Tamiya British Universal Carrier MkII and Citroen IICV and I must agree with Bill.....these would be perfect in an aircraft diorama.  Bill managed to build the Citroen IICV in about 2 hours....which is pretty impressive Bill.  Both of these little vehicles turned out looking very nice indeed.

Christian Curec - aka Chris Cat  has spent months building, modifying and detailing this stunning 1/35 Dragon SdKfz 181 Panzerkampfwagen VI (P).  Christian added Zimmerit and battle damage and fixed quite a few tiny details to make his Tiger ! more accurate.  He also added scratchbuilt details before finishing it in 3 color camo.  This Tiger 1 looks exactly like the real tank from WW2.....beautiful job Christian.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 Beep WC51/57 Front Grill Set from Wako Kamizukuri.  The Beep was the Bigger cousin of the well known Jeep from WW2.  It was built by Dodge and has a 92 HP motor.  This series of vehicles came in different body styles and the  ambulance you see on the M.A.S.H. TV show was a WC-54.  This grill and other parts are for the 1/35 Beep WC51/57 from AFV Club.  

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan


Here's a product article for the 1/35 Modern USMC Stryker M1134 w/Slat Armor from Voyager Model.  

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com


Tuesday,    Dec 6  2011

 Finland Independence Day 

Monday,    Dec 5  2011

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

 Russia - Soviet winter counteroffensive under Moscow   (1941) 

Rick Reinbott is here to honor the 70th anniversary of the Great Soviet (Russian) counter offensive in 1941.  This is Rick's 1/35 Tamiya T-34/76...which was the main battle tank from that time period and Rick built his T-34 way back in 1983....almost 30 years ago.....hah now you're all feeling old.  It's a good looking T-34 Rick...thanks for sharing it with us today and welcome to ARC armor.

Shalom Yair joins us from Israel with an exceptionally well done 1/35 Dragon SS-1c Scud b.  Shalom did some extra detailing his Scud transporter, but mostly it is an oob build....wow in 1/35 this must be massive.  I love the look of it and with the doors open you get a very good view into the cab of this 8 wheeled monster.  Beautiful work Shalom.

Jens Gerber has done a marvelous job building and weathering his 1/35 Tamiya Churchill Crocodile.  Jens added extra aftermarket detailing from a variety of companies and then  pulled it all together with one of his fantastic weathering jobs.  Your Churchill looks excellent Jens.....I love the look of your Churchill with the trailer.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 SAS/L.R.D.G Jeep Conversion Set No.2 from Swash Design and available directly from Hobby Link Japan

Here's a product article for the 1/35 Modern US M2A2 ODS Infantry Fighting Vehicle Basic detail set from Voyager Model and available directly from Lucky Model.com

Friday,   Dec 2  2011

  Laos Proclamation of the Republic 

  United Arab Emirates National Day 

 Polly Singh is here with a very interesting diorama.  This is his 1/72 Italeri T-62 and 1/72 Airfix Hunter FGA 9 posed in a historical scene....the Hunter wears Indian markings and the T-62 is a battle damaged piece of armor that was destroyed by the Hunter and hauled back to the airfield as a war trophy.  Polly includes the full story in his article as well as more photos of the battle damaged T-62....welcome to ARC Armor.

John Green has done a lovely job on his 1/72 Hasegawa Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind.  John built his anti-aircraft gun mostly out of the box with the exception of a photo etch gun sight and then he finished it off with a classic 3 color camo with great results.  It's an attractive looking Wirbelwind John....welcome to ARC Armor.John built his anti-aircraft gun mostly out of the box with the exception of a photo etch gun sight and then he finished it off with a classic 3 color camo with great results.  It's an attractive looking Wirbelwind John....welcome to ARC Armor.

Daniel joins us from Switzerland with his very big and impressive Operation Iraqi Freedom diorama.  Daniel has includes a large selection is US AFV's in his diorama as well as figures and buildings and ground work to complete the scene.  It is quite the impressive display.  Beautiful work Daniel...welcome to ARC Armor.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 Centurion Suspension & Wheel Set from AFV ClubYou can buy this new detail set directly from Hobby Link Japan

Here's a product article for the Russian ASU-85 airborne self-propelled gun Mod.1956 Basic from E.T. Model  This new detail set from E.T. Model is available directly from Lucky Model.com.


Thursday,   Dec 1  2011

  Central Africa National Day 

  Romania National Day

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