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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 conversion.  Richard 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 Skyhawk.  J.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 75.  This 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-260.  Dave 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.

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