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Monday,    Dec 31  2012
I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year in 2013!!!

Harv is here with his very colourful 1/48 Revell "100 Yrs CF-18".   This is a Canadian jet so the decals came from Leading Edge Models and they look like it was quite the job to install all those big decals.  Beautiful work Harv.

Artur Oslizlo/Arkady72 has done an exceptional job on his weathered bare metal 1/48 Trumpeter MiG-19S.  Artur added Eduard FE for the cockpit and Quickboost air intakes and finished it all off in Czech markings.  What an amazing looking MiG-19 model.

Patrick Nabinger has done a wonderful job detailing and finishing his 1/50 Heller Piper Cub J3.   Patrick did his first solo flight in a Piper Cub J3 and I think he captured the look of this little aircraft perfectly.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Su-27 Flanker A interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Zoltan Pocza is here with a product article for the F-15A Eagle 102nd FW, 101st FS, MA/77-0102 / 2006 print from Deployment Productions.

20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Sea Vixen FAW.9 Air Intakes from QuickBoost This set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Friday,  Dec 28  2012

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

Australia - "Proclamation Day" in South Australia

Carmel J Attard has used his usual magic and masterful skills to create his 1/136 Monogram NC-121k Warning Star.  Carmel did quite a bit of work to create this model from the Monogram Super Connie kit....but as you can see from his photos...his effort paid off very well.

Jorge Bonilla Alvarado is here from warm and sunny Monterrey, Mexico with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-15C.  Jorge added a weapons load along with many other details and flawless weathering job to complete his stunning Eagle.  I love the look of his F-15 model.

Heinz Johannsen is a master at in-flight photos of his amazing models.  Today he is here to share 2 photos of his 1/32 Tamiya P-51 Mustang in all it's bare metal glory over Europe during WW2.  Enjoy the photos everyone. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-25B/C Mitchell Gun Barrels from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Italeri kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Messerschmitt Me-163A Komet armament set from Master.  


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


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Supermarine Attacker FB.1/FB.2 model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsThis model kit has markings for 4 different aircraft.



Thursday, Dec 27  2012 
I hope everyone had a very enjoyable time over the Christmas holidays.
Piotr Dmitruk is here with a very well done resin model of the 1/72 Attack Squadron  Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout.  I was unaware of this unmanned drone helicopter, but thankfully Piotr has provided the history and story of this chopper as well as info about building this kit. 

Erkin Bora is here with his outstanding build of the 1/48 Academy MIG29-A Fulcrum.  Erkin used a ton of aftermarket resin goodies to give his MiG  a stunning level of detail and then finished it all off in Iranian markings complete with a full weapons load.  Excellent work Erkin.

Tim Jones has done full detail job on his 1/24 HobbyCraft Spitfire Mk Vb.  Tim has been busy added scratchbuilt detail to his BIG Spitfire including extra cockpit detail and full engine detailing.  He's added a pilot figure and set his Spit in a north African scene.  You're going to love the detail on Tim's Spitfire.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 HAS.2 Lynx interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis set is designed for the Hobbyboss kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Zoltan Pocza is here with a product article for the Boeing 737-800 (N512AS) - Alaska Airlines / United States of America print from Deployment Productions.

20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here's a product article for the 1/48 M.S. 406 Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube from QuickBoost. These are designed for the for Hobby Craft kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16 Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal.


Dec 26  2012

 Slovenhiia Independence Day 

Dec 24  2012

 Serbian Air Force Day 

Dec 23  2012

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

Friday,  Dec 21  2012 
Ausonus is here with a stunning little model of the 1/72 Italeri MD 500 Defender done up as an R/C chopper.  Have a close look at this one....it is very amusing and VERY well done.  I love it.

Mukund Vora has done a beautiful job on his 1/48 Trumpeter Su-15.  I was very impressed how he adjusted the angle on the nose on his Su-15....quick, cheap and simple.  The finished model looks sharp with it's clean paint job and full weapons load.

Eric Hargett joins us today with a stunning example of the 1/48 Focke-Wulf Fw-189A-1.  Eric gave his Fw-189 a flawless weathering job complete with markings from the Russian front during 1942.  Beautiful work Eric. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf-109F-2 Western Front decal sheet from Authentic Decals.

This decal sheet set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-86 Ejection Seat with Safety Belts from QuickBoost.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Gloster Meteor F.8/FR.9 model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR ModelsThis model kit has markings for 8 different aircraft.



Thursday, Dec 20  2012 
Carlos Escobar has added plenty of extra detail to his 1/72 Tamiya Bell 206 Jet Ranger III.  He then finished it off as a TV station chopper in Texas, but it is his attention to all the tiny details that really make this model special..  

Mark Forster has done a first class job on his 1/48 Hobbyboss Messerschmitt Me262/U5.  As with all WW2 Luftwaffe aircraft the most difficult part is painting the complicated camo schemes, but as you will see in the photos...Mark has excellent freehand airbrushing skills.

Carmel J Attard has done his usual stunning job on his 1/72 Pavlamodels Polikarpov I-15.  This is a short run multi-media kit and Carmel put it together with flawless quality.  And of course the markings are for Spain and they look pretty sharp on this little bi-plane.

Sinuhe Hahn is here with a product article for the 1/32 & 1/48 scale decals for Swiss Air Force BAE Hawk Mk. 66 decal sheet from Matterhorn Circle Decals.

Terry Sumner is here with a product article for the 1/32 Scale F-15 A/B/C/D/J/DJ Corrected Exhaust Nozzles from Two Mikes Resin.


Floyd S. Werner, Jr. is here with a product article for the Messerschmitt Me-262 Production & Arado Ar-234 Final Operations book from JaPo.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Ecs. Pipes - Early Version from QuickBoost.



Wednesday,   Dec 19  2012 
Juhwan Lee is here with his heavily weathered and battle weary 1/48 Tamiya A6M5 Zero.  This Zero looks very realistic and even has a diorama base to help set the scene for this amazing Zero model.

Mukund Vora is here with his beautifully done 1/48 Trumpeter J-10.  Mukund finished his J-10 in a what-if scheme that looks first class on this jet.  I love the look of this camo.

Ed Fuquay is here with his article entitled A one man's show.  Ed put on a display of his models for his students and it was quite the display that was very well received.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 F4F-3 Wildcat (Late) Conversion Cowling from QuickBoostThis conversion set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4 Phantom II sensor probes (short nose versions) from Master These F-4 Phantom II's include the short nosed versions of the F-4B, C, D, J, N, S and all British variants.  The 3 probes included in this set are the Pitot Tube, RAM Air Inlet and Angle Of Attack Probe.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa Part 1 decal sheet from Lifelike Decals.  This decal sheet features five different Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa's.  This is Part 1 of  a series dealing with the Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa with the Japanese  from Oct 1942 in Vietnam to 1945. 



Tuesday,    Dec 18  2012

Niger - Proclamation of the Republic 

ARC Auto was updated yesterday - drop by and check it out.  Show everyone your models on the ARC sites.
Jay Vlad has done quite the flawless job on his 1/48 Academy F-15E.  This is the Strike Eagle and Jay gave his a full weapons load which looks excellent in the photos of the underside.  The resin Aires resin featherless exhausts look excellent thanks to Jay's perfect painting and shading.   This is one sweet looking Mudhen. 

Heinz Johannsen joins us from Germany with his first article on ARC.  This is his beautiful looking 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire posed in-flights in a very realistic looking photo.  I am pleased to say you will see another model by Heinz on ARC in about 1 week.  Welcome to ARC Heinz.......keep on building these excellent models.....I love to see your work on ARC.

Kees Kuyper is here with another of his What-if NEtherlands Space Agency models.  Today Kees is here with his NESA Neil Armstrong Monument posed on Earth as well as on the moon.  Got to love that.  :-)  Very creative work Kees.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 A6M Zero Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal.


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 P-51D Mustang Propeller w/tool from QuickBoostThis prop is designed for the Hobby Boss kit.


Monday,    Dec 17  2012

Bhutan National Day

ARC Armor was updated yesterday - drop by and check it out.  Show everyone your models on the ARC sites.
Jorge Bonilla Alvarado is one of the regulars from Monterrey, Mexico and he is here with his 1/48 Testors Me 163 Komet.  Jorge built his Komet out of the box with excellent results.  Very nicely done Jorge.

Rick Reinbott joins with with a very special 1/72 Academy P-40E Warhawk.  Rick has built an P-40E "Aleutian Tiger" Warhawk from the '42-'43 time period with careful attention to details and weathering and then displayed it on a  base with all the correct realistic looking groundwork.  I love it.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with a non-Phantom model, but it is still an F-4D.  This is his 1/48 F-4D Skyray with wings folded and ready to be stored below decks for R&M.  I really like the look of the VF-102 markings on this Skyray.....good choice Shawn.  Decals are from Furball decals

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Mi-24V Hind E interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Zoltan Pocza is here with a product article for the new Airbus A320-200 (N658JB) - JetBlue Airways / United States of America print from Deployment Productions.

20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Sea Vixen FAW.2 Pitot Tube from QuickBoostThis is designed for the Airfix kit.


Sunday,  Dec 16  2012

Bahrain National Day

Kazakhstan National Day

Thursday, Dec 13  2012

Saint Lucia Independence Day

Carlos Escobar joins us with his amazing 1/72 AZ Model Hughes MD-500E.  This is a model of the helicopter that won the Around the World ‘World Speed Record’ in a helicopter.  Carlos added plenty of detail to this fantastic looking little chopper.

Philipp joins us with his article entitled "My Collection".  There are 49 photos in all of his amazing collection of aircraft that includes a broad selection of jets and even a chopper and tank.

Francone Diego has been busy adding extra details to his spectacular  1/72 Dragon Heinkel He-219 Uhu.  Francone added an Eduard set for the interior, resin wheels from True Details and radar antenna from Master.  Then he finished it off with a great looking camo scheme.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 A-26K Invader Gun Barrels from QuickBoost.


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 1/48 Mirage 2000C/B/D/N exhaust nozzle – opened from Aires.  This exhaust set is designed for the Eduard kit

Here's a product article for the 1/32 CF-188 A/B tail replacements from WINTERVALLEYThese are for the early version of the CF-188 and are designed to fit the Academy kit.


Wednesday,   Dec 12  2012

Kenya Independence Day

ARC Armor was updated yesterday - drop by and check it out.  Show everyone your models on the ARC sites.
Burt Gustafson is here with his very attractive looking 1/48 HobbyBoss Yak-38A Forger.  Burt tells the history behind this amazing aircraft as well as what his experience was build the HobbyBoss kit.

Rob Haelterman is here with his Luft 46 What-if 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-109H-10.  Rob combined parts from 2 kits and then did some mods and finished his high altitude 109 with very attractive what-if markings.  This is a very cool looking 109.

Angelo M Picardo joins us with his stunning 1/72 Airfix Avro Vulcan.  Angelo went to town with numerous detail sets plus his one scratchbuilding plus all panel lines were rescribed before his model was finished with a flawless paint and subtle weathering job.  Heck Angelo even added some cockpit detail, which is very serious considering how small the cockpit windows are.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Bf-110 Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-61A/B Black Widow External Fuel Tank from QuickBoostThis item is designed for the for GWH kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-4 Phantom II (long nose versions) detail set from Master.  There are suitable for the for the F-4E, F, G, EJ and recce variants RF-4B, C, E, EJ.



Monday,    Dec 10  2012

Constitution Day in Thailand

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

Today's update is late....I was in the hospital getting a routine CT scan.

Chokchai U. is here to mark the Constitution Day in Thailand with a beautifully done 1/72 Williams Brothers RSAF Martin B-10.  I've never seen the B-10 in Thai markings and I really like the way it looks.

Aditape Phromyothin is also here to mark the Constitution Day in Thailand with very attractive looking 1/72 Fujimi Alphajet RTAF.  This sharp looking Alpha jet is wearing grey/green cmao and Thai markings from Siam scale decals....this is a really great looking Alpha Jet. 

Somchai Blackeye has done an exceptionally fine job on his 1/48 Roden Fairchild AU-23 Peacemaker RTAF.  This Roden kit is well detailed, but Somchai added extra detail and then gave it a flawless camo job and Thai markings.  I always enjoy seeing Somchai's latest model on ARC. 

Nat Krairojananan has done a huge amount of detailing on this 1/72 Fujimi A-7E RTN.  This is 1/72 but the detail level looks like 1/32....enjoy the photos and read his article for the full story.  WOW!!!

Here's a product article for the 1/72 F-16I SUFA interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Zoltan Pocza is here with a product article for the Airbus A320-200 (N655JB) - JetBlue Airways / United States of America print from Deployment Productions.

20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Bf 109E Seat with Safety Belts from QuickBoost.


Saturday,   Dec 8  2012 

   Beginning of Chanukah (Festival of Lights) 

Friday,  Dec 7  2012

Pearl Harbor - Attack on U.S. base 1941

Blackheart – 1Malaysia joins us today with his amazing 1/24 Airfix Ju 87C.  This is the old Airfix kit that has been converted into one of the Ju-87C's that was to fly aboard the German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin during WW2.  The level of detail added to this model is amazing.

Mukund Vora has done an outstanding job on his 1/48 Academy F-15E.  Mukund added aftermarket weapons and decals to to make an most amazing F-15E....I love it.

Carlos Escobar is here with something truly unique.  This is his 1/48 Academy Spitfire Mk.XIV in the markings of an Air Racer operated by the RCAF.  This is a beautifully done model with it's multi-shade bare metal finish and a very interesting aircraft.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-5N/F VFC-111 Sundowners NAVY Aggressors decal sheet from Authentic DecalsThis decal sheet includes markings for 6 different USN Aggressor aircraft.

This decal sheet is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/32 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Ecs vents - early from QuickBoost..



Thursday, Dec 6  2012

Finland Independence Day

Wednesday,   Dec 5  2012

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

Russia - Soviet winter counteroffensive under Moscow   (1941)

Aditape Phromyothin starts this special update with his 1/72 Eduard L-39 Albatros RTAF.  This L-39 has a very well done multi-shade green camo scheme and is finished with decals from Siam Scale.  It is beautifully done.

Somchai Blackeye is here with a very special 1/72 Hasegawa F-16 B ADF RTAF wearing a special Tiger anniversary scheme.  This F-16 has a variety of aftermarket detail items and the decals come from 2 different decal sheets.  I always love seeing jet with a Tiger scheme.

Albatross joins us with a expertly built 1/72 Airfix O-1 Birddog RTAF.  This is an older kit with raised panel lines, but   Albatross rescribed the panel lines and thinned the clear parts to turn this 30 year old kit into a truly exceptional model.

Tik Korat is here with a very attractive 1/48 Classic Airframes F-5B RTAF.  This Thai F-5 is wearing a classic camo scheme which looks fantastic.  This is a very well done model.

Nat Krairojananan has added a huge amount of detail to his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16A RTAF.  There is a combination of Verlinden detail sets and scratchbuilding and aftermarket decals from Siam Scale to create this masterpiece. 

Here's a product article for the 1/72 F-15A/C Ejection Seat from QuickBoost.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-29 Wheels and painting masks from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Hawker Tempest Mk.II model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.



Tuesday,    Dec 4   2012 
David Rapasi starts this update with he stunning 1/48 Tamiya P 47D Thunderbolt.  Dave gave his Jug a full weathering job and a bomb load and finished it all all with custom made decals.  Beautiful work Dave.

Vorya Hidaryan is here with his very attractive 1/72 Revell Su-24.  This Su-24 is wearing desert camo for an Iranian bird with the IRIAF.  His Su-24 is carrying as weapons load as well.

Mark L. Rossmann joins us wiht his article called "The Voice".  This features his 1/48 Monogram C-47 outfitted with loud speakers and used by the French in Indochina.  Mark tells the whole history of this mission and has some great photos of this very cool plane. 

Zoltan Pocza is here with a product article for the Airbus A320-200 (N651JB) - JetBlue Airways / United States of America print from Deployment Productions.

20% off of any products for every ACTIVE, registered ARC community members!


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Heinkel He-162 Salamander - armament and detail set from Master.  These items include MG 151 barrel tips, nose gear indicator and Pitot Tube.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 P-40B/C Exhaust & Damper Cooler from QuickBoost.



Monday,    Dec 3  2012
ARC Armor was updated today - drop by and check it out.  Show everyone your models on the ARC sites.
Christos Tourlis gets things started today with his sharp looking 1/72 Hasegawa Bf-109E3.  Christos chose the markings for the famous Luftwaffe Ace Heinz Bar with 1/JG51.  Christos has much praise for the quality of this kit and his finished model looks excellent.

Paolo Yuen has done an exceptional job on his 1/350 AirFix HMS Illustrious 2008.  Paolo used a photo etch set from White Ensign models to add further delicate detail to his carrier as well as the aircraft.  The flight deck is a busy place and even include a chopper in flight.  Also you'll notice a submarine in some of the photos.

John Smalbrugge has done a gorgeous job on the baremetal finish on his 1/48 Hasegawa CF-104D Starfighter "Limited Edition".  John posed his 2 seater Starfighter in-flight shortly after take off with the landing gear partially retracted.  And of course the markings are for a Canadian jet.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Ju 188 interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-16 Dry Transfer Stencils from Hobby Decal.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Curtiss P6E Hawk photo etch rigging wire from Starfighter Decals This set is designed for the Monogram Kits and can also be used on the Olimp P-6E with slight modification.


Sunday, Dec 2  2012

Laos Proclamation of the Republic

United Arab Emirates National Day

One of the tables in the ARC forums database has crashed, so I'm working with my hosting company to get a back-up of the forums database from 1 day before the crash and then I will get the tech guys to import the database and effect the repairs.  There will be a loss of between 1 and 24 hours of data as the back-up will be from the day before the crash. 
Saturday, Dec 1  2012

Central Africa National Day

Romania National Day

There is a database error on the ARC forums....repairs are underway.....I have no idea when the forums will be back online.

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