Friday,   Nov 28  2008

  Mauritania Independence Day 

I've added a link to the Special Interest Group forum dedicated to the P-51 Mustang  P-51 SIG Forum

The Ultimate paint Conversion Chart has been so popular that it has moved to a new URL.  The new URL is http://www.paint4models.com  There is now a new web-based interactive application which allows the user to select individual columns of ranges or brands to be displayed, sorted (multiple criteria), show color swatches.

Le Vander McGinnis let his wife pick the paint scheme for his 1/48 Revell F-86D Sabre Dog and I must admit she has good taste.  The baremetal finish is fantastic looking. 

Chip Berseth is here with his impressive 1/48 Monogram B-24J Liberator.  Chip tells the tragic story of this B-24 and the fate of her crew.  The noseart of for "The Queen Of Hearts".

Chris Causey joins us with his Vietnam era 1/48 Hasegawa A-4C Skyhawk.  Chris chose to us the markings for VA-15 "The Valions" and because this is a Vietnam era jet, the markings are colorful.  

Franz Galli is here with the best known air racer from the 1930's.  this is his 1/48 Testors Gee Bee Racer finished in the classic white and red scheme.  Franz did an excellent job on his Gee Bee. 

Here's a review for the new 1/72 or 1/48 B-24 Libby Girls Part 4 decal sheet from Zotz Decals.  This decal sheet includes 2 different B-24's both with noseart including one with sexy noseart. 


Here is a product announcement for the F/A-18C Hornet VFA-34 Blue Blasters, NE401 / 165405. CVW-2, USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 - 2006 print from Deployment Productions.     This print is available in 5 different sizes .  Remember 20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community member! 


Here's a review for the new 1/32 MiG-29 Exhausts from ZactomodelsThis set includes resin and photo etch parts to replace the exhausts on the 1/32 Trumpeter MiG-29. 

Thursday,   Nov 27  2008 

  US Thanksgiving Day  

I'd like to wish all Americans at home and abroad the best for Thanksgiving Day and it is my hope that you can spend this special holiday with family or friends.  Happy Turkey Day everyone and special greetings to all American service personal that are away from their families......you service is much appreciated. 

Ermanno Bonafin gets things started today with his 1/48 Pacific Coast Models Macchi C.200 Serie VII.  Ermanno buiilt his Macchi C.200 mostly out of the box with some scratchbuilding and a beautifully done desert paint scheme with very delicately done paint chipping.  These WW2 Italian fighter have some great looking paint schemes.

Chris Causey joins us today with his first model on ARC.  This fine looking 1/48 Hasegawa F-16C by Chris is done up in the markings from his home state of Florida and includes a full weapons load to give this F-16 some fangs.  It is my pleasure to welcome Chris to ARC and I hope to see more of his work on ARC in the future. 

Tigre del Aire joins us from Colombia with his tiny SG-38, Hitlerjugend´s basic training glider.  This is one of those pre-war gliders that were so successful at training Luftwaffe pilots that would later be busy during WW2.  Nicely done Tigre del Aire.

Greg Long has done a marvelous job building and finishing his 1/72 AMT KC-135R.  Greg finished his tanker with Wolfpak Decals and then displayed it on a diorama display base that shows off his big KC-135 very well with old Glory as a back drop to show everything off perfectly.

It is with great pleasure I have a review of the new 1/48 or 1/72 Italian F-16 Vipers decal sheet from Zotz DecalsThis sheet includes 5 diufferent aircraft in Italian markings including one with huge greyhound artwork on the fuselage and an Octoups on the tail.  This sheet also includes options of different coloured travel pods and even one plane with World Cup Football (Soccer) championship markings.  The hard part will be deciding which of the 5 Italian Vipers to build. 

Here is a product announcement for the S-3A Viking VS-24 Scouts, AJ701 / 160138. CVW-8, USS Nimitz CVN-68 - 1978 print from Deployment Productions This print is available in 5 different sizes .  Remember 20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community member! 

Wednesday,   Nov 26  2008 
Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos from TwobobsThese photos are of the Thief of Baghdad F-14 were taken by Ron O'Neal.. 

Mario Glozinic joins us from Croatia with what has to be one of the most amazing 1/72 F4F-3S Wildcatfish models ever built.  This tiny 1/72 model has 1200 scratchbuilt parts to give half the model a skinless framework showing all the mechanical detail.  Wow....and this was built in 1 month.  Amazing work Mario.

Hugo Cabral is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Belcher Bits Westland Lynx Mk95.   Hugo spent 300 hours over 17 months creating this master piece as it would have appeared in Portuguese service.  Hugo....you as a master modeller.....welcome to ARC!!!

Okutman Murat Madak joins us from Turkey with his flawless 1/48 Tamiya Me 262.  This Me-262 has a paint scheme that makes me green with envy........it looks perfect....I love how this one looks.

Shawn "Phantom" Weiler joins us with another beauty from his workbench.  This is Shawn's 1/48 Italeri S3-A Viking that he recently refinished....with very good results I might add.  Looking good Shawn.

  •  

Tuesday,   Nov 25  2008 
No update today.  I've been busy tending to matters on the forums and didn't have time to get an update together.

Monday,   Nov 24  2008 
This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Bob has info on his decal clearance sale.....most of the decal sheets on sale are now down to 25 to 50 sheets, so get them while you can.  They won't last much longer and the price is something you really can't pass up.

David Bey from DrPepperResins is here with his stunning 1/48 Hasegawa F-14B.  David used goodies from DrPepperResins as well as Steel Beach along with decals from Twobobs to detail and complete his F-14.  But the real beauty of this model is the skillful weathering paint job.

Jaroslav Hajecek is here with his article originally intended for the Czech Republic National Day.  This trio of 1/48 OEZ and Academy MIG 21's includes a wealth of effort to add the extra detail to his Mig's before he dressed them up in 3 very different and attractive paint schemes.  This is a great looking selection of Czech Mig-21's.. 

Federico Kunz joins us from sunny Mexico with his 1/48 Hasegawa J2M6 Raiden (Jack) Type 31.  Federico captured the paint chipped look of the Raidens from WW2.  I really like how this turned out......and the best part......his Mother-in-law buys his kits.

Eric Hargett has left me in awe with his 1/48 Classic Airframes Grumman J2F-5 Duck.  As soon as I saw his Duck I knew it was time to make a hot drink and sit back and enjoy his article and photos.  This really is an exquisite model with weathering that will make your jaw drop. 

  •  

Friday,   Nov 21  2008

    UK Nationals 2008 Special Update   

Tim Mansfield is here with his photos of the F-4 SIG Display at the UK Nationals 2008. 

geedubelyer  is here with his photos from the UK Nationals 2008. 

Forestfan is here with his photos from the UK Nationals 2008. 

Forestfan is here with his photos from the UK Nationals 2008. 

Patrick Nevin is here with his photos from the UK Nationals 2008. 

Ken "Flankerman" Duffy is here with his photos of the Soviet SIG Display at the UK Nationals 2008. 

Hugh Janus is here with his photos from the UK Nationals 2008. 

  •  

Thursday,   Nov 20  2008

  Mexican Revolution Anniversary 

Manuel Negri is here with his very good looking 1/48 Hasegawa F-16 C Arctic Bandits.  Manuel added cockpit detail and a very delicate weathering job and finished it off with a weapons load.

Laurent ‘Angus’ Beauvais has been busy getting the details correct on his 1/48 AZ Model Kayaba Ka-Go Ka1.  Laurent added scratchbuilt detail to fix the areas of this kit that lacked accuracy.  I do like how it turned out.  His article includes a link to a video of this little craft. 

Hal Marshman, Sr  has been keeping busy on his 1/48 Tamiya P-51D.  Hal used a mixture of scratchbuilding and other items to enhance his Mustang and then finished it off in the markings for the Famous fighter Frenesi.  It doesn't get any better than this, but my friend Hal is a very experienced modeler.

William Anderson has done a wonderful job detailing and finishing his 1/32 Trumpeter A-10 N/AW.  William added a Verlinden cockpit and finished off his big 2 seater A-10 with a full weapons load and an What-if operational paint scheme.  Beautifully done William.

I have a product announcement for the new S-3B Viking VS-22 Checkmates, NF700 / 160161. CVW-17, 2007 print from Deployment ProductionsRemember they offer a discount to all ARC'ers.

  •  

Wednesday,   Nov 19  2008

  Monaco National Day 

  The Day of Artillery in Republic of Belarus and in Russia  

Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos from TwobobsThis weeks photos are of a  F/A-18C VFA-151 CAG jet. 

David “drhornii” Horn is here with an article I was supposed to include in yesterdays F-18 Anniversary update.  This is his 1/32 Academy F/A-18A complete with folded wings, resin detail items and back dated forma  C to an A and finished off with the attractive “shades of Gray” decals from Twobobs.

Franz Galli (senior) is here with his first article on ARC today.  This is his 1/48 Revell P-51D Mustang done up with a very eye catching paint scheme and partial D-Day stripes.  Franz added weathering and paint chipping to bring his Mustang to life with excellent results.  Welcome to ARC Franz!!!. 

Sabri Sencer is here with one of the sharpest looking 1/48 Revell F-84F I've seen in recent memory.  Of course it is made more attractive with noseart and Luftwaffe markings from the 1960's.  Very nice indeed.. 

Juan Jesús Moreno has dropped by today with his 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109 F4 Trop.  I'm not sure why, but I always enjoy seeing the desert 109's so this one is a special treat for me to see. 

Here's a new S-3B Viking VS-22 Checkmates, NF700 / 159732. CVW-17, 2007 print from Deployment ProductionsRemember they offer a discount to all ARC'ers.


I have a review of the new  1/72 Weasels, Warhorse & Props decal sheet from Wolfpak DecalsThis new decal sheet includes markings for 8 different aircraft including an F-105G, A-6B, OV-10A, A-6E, CV-22B and a UH-60L. 


  •  

Tuesday,   Nov 18  2008

  Latvia National Day  

     Oman National Day 

  30th Anniversary of the first flight of the F/A-18 Hornet  

Craig Sargent is here from New Zealand to kick off this special F-18 update with his 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet.  Craig folded the wings, used a Black Box cockpit, an Aires seat and MAW decals before finishing it off with skillful weathering.  Check out the stars and stripes centerline fuel tank. 

Dan McWilliams has dropped by today with his special Canadian 1/32 Academy CF-18 2008 Demo.  Dan built this in-flight beauty for the actual pilot of this aircraft and finished it with decals from Leading Edge Models. 

Simone Fiorito has done an excellent job on his 1/48 Hasegawa EF-18A.  This is a Spanish Hornet complete with a full weapons load and flawless weathering.  Simone added a resin cockpit, Eduard photos etch and much more aftermarket resin and aftermarket decals.

  •  

Monday,   Nov 17  2008 
This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Bob has some excelelnt new!!!  The QF-16 Victim Viper sheet will be released after all!!!  Read about that and check out the new F-16B Press To Test Viking sheet........this one definately caught my eye.

Tyler White gets things started today with his 1/48 Hasegawa NSAWC F/A-18A.  Tyler did this fine kit justice and it looks first rate.  I wish I had one of these in my display case.  One day I will.

PHAN NGUYEN Hoang Nguyen has deeply impressed me with his 1/72 Italeri H-34 VNAF.  This chopper has homemade decal to get the correct markings and is finished to a very high level of quality.......I love how good it looks. 

Stephen Cornett has been very busy creating his 1/32 Academy F-16CJ and Revell F-16XLCG and he didn't use the conversion set.  Wow this is amazing he pulled it off.  The Zotz decals make it look even better.......this is impressive.. 

crjmechanix is here with something I really do like the look of.  This is his 1/144 Minicraft 757 Dutch Bird.  I've never heard of the Dutch Bird livery and I must say I'm impressed with the seemingly endless selection of airliner liveries to choose from. 

I have a review of the new 1/48 Italian WW2 Aces Part 3 decal sheet from Stormo DecalsThis new decal sheet includes markings for six different 1/48 Italian fighters from WW2 in a good variety of paint schemes and all with some sort of artwork.  

I have a review of the new 1/48 CAF CF-18 Norad 50th 2008 Demo bird decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.  This new decal sheet includes markings for one specially painted CAF CF-18 anniversary jet to mark the 50th Anniversary of NORAD as well as the 400th anniversary of Quebec City.  

  •  

Saturday,   Nov 15  2008 

ARC Air turns 9 years old!!!

9 years ago, a modest little site called Aircraft Resource Center was launched by the 3 Steves.  Steve Stohr of North American Hobbies, Steve Filak and Steve Bamford.  We consisted of 2 Americans and one crazy Canadian with no idea how much work we were getting ourselves into. Aircraft Resource Center became known as ARC.....and then ARC Air.  It has been a crazy ride and currently the new ARC Air database driven site is being created which well be launched sometime in 2009.  The best part of ARC is the wonderful group of modellers spanning the globe that call themselves ARC'ers.  Long ago we became a family.....sharing the birth of our kids and the passing of our spouses, parents and grandparents.  We've lost jobs, got divorced........switch careers and found new spouses......bought cars....even purple cars......bought houses and along the way we've shared the good and bad with each other on the ARC Air forums.  It's been a  fun 9 years......here's a toast to all ARC'ers!!!   

Friday,   Nov 14  2008 
The UK Nationals are this weekend at Telford.  I hope everyone has the best of times meeting with friends, admiring the models on display and picking up the latest goodies for your next project. 

Fred Amos is here with an F-16 that I found quite interesting.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16C finished in a special 90th anniversary with Yellow Wings.  Fred did a lovely job on his F-16 and it will really stand out in his display case or at the next model show.

Ermanno Bonafin got everything looking perfect with this 1/48 Hasegawa Curtiss P-40E.  The addition of  an Eduard Zoom set, plus brakes lines and decals with noseart take this P-40 to a higher level.  Ermanno then added exhaust stains and weathering to complete this P-40. 

Paolo Yuen has done an exceptionally nice job building and weathering his 1/72 Hasegawa Harrier GR MK.7.  Paolo did some work on the fuselage to get the curves right and  finished it off in markings for ‘Operation Telic’.  The cockpit detail looks very good.   

Pete Morgan is here with something a bit different for him.  This is his 1/35 Tamiya Challenger II done up as a desert tank complete with a diorama base to help show off this intimidating looking Challenger II. 

I have a review of the new 1/72 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Part 3 decal sheet from Lifelike Decals This sheet includes 3 American P-47's.....two with sexy noseart.

  •  

Thursday,   Nov 13  2008 
Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos from TwobobsThese Royal Danish F-16 photos were taken by the very talented aviation photographer......Bob Sanchez.  Way to go Bob!!!

Rafi Ben-Shahar is here to brighten your day with his eye catching 1/48 Hasegawa/Isradecal F-16I "Sufa".  There's no doubt about it, these Israeli jets look great and to see one built by a modeller as skilled as Rafi is a special treat. 

Burt Gustafson has done an outstanding job building and finishing his 1/48 Tamiya A-1J Skyraider.  Burt finished his Skyraider in Vietnam era colors and makings and finished it off with a full weapons load which shows off the full intent of the highly praised ground attack aircraft.

Sean Langley has done a stellar job on the 1/48 Esci MiG-23MS Flogger-E.  Sean rescribed the panel lines, added a Neomega cockpit and two Eduard PE sets for the exterior and the exhaust nozzle.  No doubt about it.....Sean persisted and turned out a beautifully done MiG-23 

Fabrice MICHEL has a passion for the Tomcat  and today he is here with a  variety of his big 1/32 Tamiya F-14's.  There's quite the selection of F-14's with various mods and paint schemes to honor this magnificent jet.

  •  

Wednesday,   Nov 12  2008 
I had an incorrect link for the Twobobs Newsletter.....so I'm running it again incase you got sent to the old newsletter instead of the new one.
This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Bob has packed this newsletter with all the latest releases from Twobobs......including F-105D Wrap-Around Thuds, F/A-18C Werewolves of Beaufort, Saab Viggen, A-10A Philadelphia Freedom Hawgs and Wisconsin 60th Anniversary Dairyland Vipers.

Chris Causey starts today with his very first article on ARC.  This is his 1/48 Monogram F-15C done up in true air superiority style.  Chris did an excellent job on his F-15 and I look forward to seeing more of his models on ARC in the future.  Well done Chris and welcome to ARC!!!

Vasilij "Tarner" Ratej is here with one of the more amusing markings ever seen ona  jet.  This is his 1/32 Tamiya F-16 in the "How's My Driving?" markings from Twobobs and made famous in a TV commercial.  This F-16 model is stunning!!! 

Ermanno Bonafin is here with something very different today.  This is his 1/48 Flying Machine Fiat G.55 Centauro completed as a torpedo bomber.  I've never seen one of these that I recall and I do like the idea and the cockpit painting and exterior camo paint are first class.

Paolo Yuen is here with a selection of 3 Harriers.  These are the 1/144 Revell Harrier AV-8B done up in US, UK and Spanish markings.  Take a close look at these tiny 1/144 Harriers complete with weapons loads and weathering.....in 1/144!!!  That is skill. 

  •  

Tuesday,   Nov 11  2008

  Poland Independence Day  

   Armistice day / Veterans Day /  Remembrance Day    

Today is the 90th anniversary of the end of the War to end all Wars......also called the Great War.....but sadly later called the First World War when we began numbering our global conflicts.  My Grandfather fought in the 14-18 war with the British Army.  Our valiant young warriors are still fighting in far off lands to protect us.  Remember them and those who have served.  Thank a Veteran today and honor them everyday.  To all the ARC Veterans that have served and still serve......thank you for all you do, I will think of you as I attend the ceremony at 11am.

Ido Barnea starts today with this colourful 1/48 Tamiya F-16C "Thunderbirds" .  Ido has high praise for this Tamiya kit and I have high praise for how well this Thunderbird F-16 turned out.

Manuel Negri has done an amazing job on his 1/72 Italeri Westland Wessex has3.  This little chopper looks to be full of detail, which is even more impressive when you consider the fact this model is 1/72.  Very well done Manuel.

Stanislav Lelko has done an exceptionally nice job building, detailing his  and finishing his 1/48 Academy MiG 29 Fulcrum A.  Stanislav added plenty of aftermarket and scratchbuilt detail and finished this beauty in the markings for the Slovak Air Force

Shawn "Phantom" Weiler is here with one of my favourite CF-18's.  This is Shawn's  1/48 Hasegawa CF-18 Hornet finished in the D-Day anniversary markings.  Shawn has very high regards for the Leading Edge Models decals and painting masks he used on his Hornet. 

  No reviews today out of respect for this solemn day of Remembrance.



Monday,   Nov 10  2008

  USMC Birthday (1775) 

  Indonesia's "Remembrance" day 

This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Bob has packed this newsletter with all the latest releases from Twobobs......inmcluding F-105D Wrap-Around Thuds, F/A-18C Werewolves of Beaufort, Saab Viggen, A-10A Philadelphia Freedom Hawgs and Wisconsin 60th Anniversary Dairyland Vipers.

Nicolas "El Hereje" Fernandez is here to mark the USMC birthday today with his 1/72 Italeri VH-34 - Marine One.  This is the chopper used by JFK an others US Presidents.  Nicolas added Eduard etched parts and scratch built the passenger cabin to complete his vintage Presidential helicopter.

Chew Eng Hui is here with one of the most colorful Super Hornets I've seen.  This is his 2 seater 1/72 Hasegawa F-18F complete with folded wings and aftermarket decals.  No doubt about it, this one looks great with folded wings. 

TK Yeo joins us from Singapore with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Mig-17.  TK added a bit of scratchbuilding and finished it in the camo and markings for the NVAF.  I really like how well the camo paint job turned out.

Jim Sotiropoulos has done a first class job on his 1/72 Hobby Boss A-7D Corsair II.  Jim added an Aires cockpit that he painted with great skill, then painted and weathered the wheel wells before finishing it in Ohio ANG markings.  And all this in 1/72.....Amazing!!!  

I have a review of the new resin 1/32 WWII American Fighter Pilot Francis Gabreski from Ultracast The detail on this resin figure has to be seen to be appreciated.  


Here's a preview to the new  1/48 CF-18 2008 "NORAD 50th" decal sheet from Leading Edge ModelsThis sheet is also available in 1/72 and 1/32.

  •  

Sunday,   Nov 9  2008 

  Cambodia Independence Day 

 First flight of AV-8B Harrier Nov 9 1978

Craig Sargent is here to mark the 30th Anniversary of the first flight of the AV-8B with his 1/48 Hasegawa AV-8B Harrier II+.  Craig has gone to great lengths to get his Harrier looking perfect and you'll appreciate that when you read his article and see his photos. 

  •  

Friday,   Nov 7  2008 
Carmel J. Attard gets thing started with the 5th and final part in his Rareplanes series.  This is his 1/72 Rareplanes vacform Skynight which is a aircraft that is seldom seen as a model and I must say Carmel did an excellent job on it.  

Oliver Weston is here with his 1/72 Matchbox Hawker Fury with some colourful markings.  Oliver has a high regard for this fine fitting little kit and he built it mostly out of the box with the addition of wing bracing and antenna wire with very fine results. 

Carl Jarosz has done a perfect job on his Indiana ANG 1/72 Hasegawa F-4E Phantom II with noseart.  This beauty is built mostly out of the box with the addition of a Eduard photo-etch boarding ladder.  Carl's carefully attention to the finer details and paint pulled this whole project together with impressive results.

Ermanno Bonafin is here from Italy with a floatplane I've never seen before.  This is his 1/48 Scale Czech Model Curtiss SO3C Seamew complete with a stunning cockpit and a first class weathering job.  It doesn't get any better than this. 

I have a review of the new 1/72 or 1/48 or 1/32 or 1/24 Sopwith Camels "In foreign hands" decal sheet from Spada Decals This decal sheet includes markings for 4 different 1/32 Sopwith Camels "In foreign hands" : German, Red Russian and Latvian during WW1.

I have a review of the new 1/48 P-47 Thunderbolts Part 2 decal sheet from BarracudacalsThis new decal sheet  includes markings for 3 different P-47 Thunderbolts....all with noseart including 2 with sexy noseart.

  •  

Thursday,   Nov 6  2008 
Twobobs has added more sheets to their clearance sale.  $3 per decal sheet.  The last time Bob did this the sheets sold out very fast so act quickly or you will be disappointed.    

Carmel J. Attard gets things started today with his 1/72 Rareplanes vacform Demon.  Carmel captured the look of the Demon perfectly and he's even included in-flight photos of this beauty. 

Nicolas "El Hereje" Fernandez is here with something different.  This is his 1/72 Academy P-40 in captured Japanese markings.  Nicolas also added weathering and gun powder stains to his P-40. 

Kairasp Daruwala has done a fantastic job on his 1/48 Revell (Gmb) Dassault Rafale M.  Kairasp explains the history of the Rafale and then tells about his sharp looking Rafale M.

David C S Teo has been busy making things look perfect on his  1/200 Hasegawa SQ B777-300.  David finished his B777-300 in the livery for Singapore Airlines using custom made decals.  Airliners don't get much nicer than this.

  •  

Wednesday,   Nov 5  2008

 Guy Fawkes Day 

Here's the latest Hot Babe of the Week! photos from TwobobsThese F-16 photos were taken by Greg Davis. 

Carmel J. Attard is here with his 3rd article featuring a Rareplanes model kit.  This is his 1/72 Rareplanes vacform Savage in all the glory that we have come to enjoy seeing in Carmel's models. 

George Athanasiadis has done an amazing job on his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4E Phantom II.  George added resin and photo etch aftermarket items and home made decal and finished his phantom in a paint scheme that you have to see to believe.  Sadly I didn't get to include this model on the Hellenic Independence Day.

Andy Bannister has had a somewhat challenging time with his1/72 Italeri H04S-3.  Andy added extra detailing and decided to go with Canadian markings to finish his little chopper, which came out looking very good in the end. 

Pete Malaguti is well known for his scratchbuilt detailing here on ARC and his 1/24 Revell Gemini Spacecraft is no exception.  Pete shows his spacecraft with a  astronaut in the middle of a space walk.  Outstanding work Pete!!! 

I have a review of the new  1/48 MAW Hornets Part II decal sheet from MAW DecalsThis new decal sheet includes markings for 3 different 1/48 F/A-18A, C & D.  


I have a review of the new 1/48 Italian WW2 Aces Part 2 decal sheet from Stormo Decals.  This new decal sheet includes markings for six different 1/48 Italian aircraft from WW2 in a good variety of paint schemes and all with some sort of artwork.  


  •  

Tuesday,   Nov 4  2008 
This weeks Twobobs Newsletter is up.  Bob has some preview images of the upcoming J35J Swordfsh Draken sheets.  One of these Draken sheets includes a "ghost" for artwork on one of the planes.

Carmel J. Attard is here to show you his stellar 1/72 Rareplanes vacform C-54.  I have deep respect for anyone that can complete a vacuformed kit, but to turn out such a  fine model form a vacuformed kit is a feat not all modellers are capable of.  Well done Carmel.  

Busolini Massimo is a skilled modeller and today he is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa RF-4E Phantom II in Hellenic markings..  I love how Busolini does his panel line shading, read his article to learn his very effective technique.  

ARIFDHANI has done an excellent bare metal finish on this 1/48 Heller T-6 D/G Texan.  This little train has painted markings and is finished in Indonesian Air Force markings.   

Serge Dompierre is well known here on ARC and I am always amazed by the variety of models he builds from WW1 Tri-planes to modern jets.  Today Serge is here with his 1/48 Academy Hunter F-6 in the markings for the the squadron commander’s aircraft complete with black and yellow checkered tail.  

Isaac Zelazny is here to show you his 1/72 Soviet Air forces jets This is a massive selection of aircraft models in a huge variety of great looking paint schemes.   

  •  

Monday,   Nov 3  2008

 Panama Independence Day 

Twobobs is having a clearance sale on certain decal sheets.  $3 per decal sheet.  The last time Bob did this the sheets sold out very fast so act quickly or you will be disappointed.    

Jim Knight is here with his big beautiful 1/32 Hobbycraft Sea Fury.  Jim tells the story of the short crash prone life of this particular Canadian Sea Fury before he goes on to explain all the little details he added to dress this kit up into the special model you see in the photos. 

Carmel J. Attard joins us from Malta with the first in a 5 part series devoted to Rareplane vacformed model kits.  Today he shows us his 1/72 Rareplanes vacform Skywarrior.  And yes......this Skywarrior is up to his usual high standards.

Fabrizio Frassica is here with his stunning 1/48 Revell/Hasegawa F-86 F30/40.  Fabrizio built his Sabre out of the box, but the real beauty of this model is the great looking camo and weathering complete with sharks mouth and Fuerza Aerea Argentina markings.  

Rafi Ben-Shahar is here with his perfect looking 1/48 Hasegawa Macchi Mc 202.  This one is built out of the box with fantastic results, but that's easy when you're Rafi. 

Dave Hoernle is here with some Helo Pics from MarauderCon 2008.  No doubt about it.....there were some very talented modellers at this show.

  •  

Saturday,    Nov 1  2008

 Algeria - The Revolution Day of 1st November 

I'm now deep into loading and checking articles into the new database driven ARC site.  I expect this job to take 5- 8 months if I work on it 10 hours a day.  For this reason I need to drop weekend updates to free up time to focus more heavily on the new site.