Homepage Text - February 2020

Friday,  Feb 28  2020
Chris Parsons starts today with his sharp looking 1/43 Cessna 182. Chris scratchbuilt a new windshield and added cockpit detailing to improve this classic gem.

Dragan Cvetic is here with another of his youtube builds.  This is his stunning 1/72 Eduard MiG-21M in a bare metal finish and Yugoslavian markings.

David Teo has done a flawless job building and finishing his 1/144 Zvezda Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 (9V-SCJ).  David extended the fuselage to accurately create this version of the 787.  The finished model look exceptional.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 T-38 Talon / F-5B / RF-5A, E, S - Pitot Tube and 20mm gun barrels from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 SE.5a Main Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  This detail set is designed for the Wingnut Wings kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 P-40N instrument panel photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.  This detail set is designed for the Trumpeter kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Thursday,  Feb 27  2020

Dominican Republic Independence Day

Reza H Monjezi has done a gorgeous job on his 1/48 Hobby Boss FB-111 Aardvark.  Reza has included an airfield diorama with ground equipment to fully compliment his outstanding F-111.

Rob Nieuwenhoven did a huge mount of work improving his 1/48 Revell-Monogram Bell AH-1P Cobra.  This was a massive project and Rob details the whole project in his article.

H. Davis Gandees is here with a beauty.  This is his 1/48 Revell/Monogram F-102A with some great markings to create this colorful “Deuce”.  I love how this one looks.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 OH-58D Kiowa Exterior Detail Set from Zactomodels.   This detail set is designed for the  MRC/Academy kit.  This new resin set includes 20 resin parts, 131 photo-etch parts, reflective tape for the disco ball and irridescent lenses for the MMS.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Wednesday,  Feb 26  2020

Kuwait Liberation Day 

No update today....my computer isn't working quite right and needed some TLC.

Tuesday,  Feb 25  2020

Kuwait National Day

Greg Kerry gets things started today with another of his great dioramas.  This is his 1/72 Hobbyboss Eurofighter Typhoon with some of his great looking ground equipment.  Greg offers some honest insight into this Typhoon kit.

Thomas Brückelt has done a great job on his 1/48 Hobby Craft Bell 222B.  Thomas put some extra effort into improving this kit and the finished results came out looking really good.

Dragan Cvetic joins us today with his flawless looking 1/72 Trumpeter MiG29SE 9.13.  Dragan gave it a great looking camo scheme complete with weathering and finished in Sudanese markings.  Dragan has included a link to his build video on youtube.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 TBF/TBM-1 landing flaps photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.  This detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-61 Black Widow Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  This detail set is designed for the Great Wall kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Monday,  Feb 24  2020

Estonia National Day

Sertac Bayar gets things started this week with his outstanding 1/32 Hasegawa F-104S.  Sertac finished it as a Turkish jet complete with it's great looking grey green camo.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with a first on ARC and a real blast from the past.  This is his 1/7600 AMT Space Station K-7 from the classic Star Trek episode The Trouble with Tribbles complete with a Tribble.  Shawn went the extra mile and added lights to complete this classic gem.

RSK48, Rafael did quite a bit of working creating his very accurate 1/48 Alley Cat Tucano Venezuelan Air Force.  Rafael redid panel lines and added scratchbuilt details and finished off this beauty with home made decals.  I love the look of this little trainer.

Here's a product article for the The Nutter Set - Scale Model Nuts & Rivets from The Small Shop.  This tool is the Nutter Set - Scale Model Nuts & Rivets.  The Nutter - A Revolution in Ultra Detailing! 


Here's a product article for the 1/72 BAe Sea Harrier FRS.1, FA.2 Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions This detail set is designed for the Airfix and Special Hobby with slight modification.  


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Sunday,  Feb 23  2020

Brunei National Day

Guyana National Day


Friday,  Feb 21  2020
Hỏa Long (C7A) is here today to mark the historic events of the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam war.  He has brought us his 1/48 MatchBox AD-5 that was made using parts from the  Monogram AD-6 kit.  Also included in his article is the the heroic story of the plane he modeled on the final day in this long and painful war.  This is a fitting memorial to the South Vietnamese pilots that fought and died.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-104 G Starfighter #19 finished in the rare and attractive paint scheme worn by the a NASA Starfighter.  Shawn built this one for a Group Build here on ARC and it is one sharp looking jet.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F6F Hellcat engine from QuickBoost.   This set is designed for the Hasegawa kit

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Heinkel He 111P Tail undercarriage strut and bay from CMKThis set is designed for the Revell kit


Thursday,  Feb 20  2020
Lucian Capraru joins us with his Iraqi 1/48 Italeri MiG-21 MF.  Lucian tell the history of 2 of the Iraqi Air Aces as well as the history behind the MiG- 21 and it's Iraqi service.  His model turned out looking excellent and his article is a very interesting read for the MiG-21 and the Iran-Iraq War.

Vince Pedulla did quite the impressive job detailing and modifying his Korean War 1/48 Tamiya AD-4NA Skyraider.  Vince details the process and the aftermarket goodies his used to create this beauty.  I'm very impressed with how the whole project came together.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Spitfire Mk. Vb / trop interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis set is designed for the Hobby Boss kit.

You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Sepecat Jaguar A Air Intakes from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Kitty Hawk kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Gloster Gamecock Mk.I model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.


Wednesday,  Feb 19  2020
CJ is here with an absolutely stunning 1/48 Hasegawa F-22 TIGER.  CJ did a custom Tiger stripe paint scheme that fully takes advantage of the awesome lines of the Raptor. The stripes were painted over a special mix of paint that has the sheen that the F-22 is famous for.  Check out the Tiger heads on the tails.  WOW!!!

Ryan Gay is here with a special treat today.  This is his 1/32 Revell Bristol Beaufighter Pt. 2 and in today's installment Ryan explains the scratchbuilding he did on the interior as well as how he rescribed the panels lines.  Ryan followed all this up with a variety of weahtering techniques including one interior weathering technique that involves painting different layers of different shades of paint, then using a damp Q-tip to rub off layers of paint for a worn looks.  I find this technique fascinating. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-105G Thunderchief Antennas from QuickBoost.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-22 Corrected Nose/Radome from Sierra Hotel Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Adversary Ghosts Topgun decal sheet from Fightertown Decals.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-39 Airacobra Seats (with American Harness) from Ultracast.


Tuesday,  Feb 18  2020

Gambia Independence Day 

Shawn "phantom" Weiler has been very productive building his 1/32 Hasegawa / Belcher Bits CF-116A (CF-5A).  Shawn combined the Belcher Bits CF-116A conversion set with an F-5A to back date the big kit and make a Canadian fighter from the famous Cold Lake AFB.  This one is a beauty Shawn.

Chris Parsons took on a very involved project with his 1/32 Revell with AIMS Models Ju88 G-6.  Chris used the very extensive Aims Models conversion kit to convert the Revell Ju 88 A 4 to a G-6.  This is an amazing conversion kit and in the skilled hands of a modeller like Chris, it builds up into a spectacular model.  I particularly loved the camo Chris chose.  Spectacular. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 U.S. Mk.8 Gunsights from QuickBoostThis set includes 6 identical gunsights.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-27 intake correction set from Zactomodels.  

Here's a product article for the 1/48 SAAB JAS 39 Gripen Pitot Tubes & Angle Of Attack probe from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Heinkel He 111P Undercarriage bays from CMKThis set is designed for the Revell kit. 


Monday,  Feb 17  2020

  Washington's Birthday 

Alacran gets things started with his Peruvian Air Force 1/72 Mastercraft Su-22M2 Fitter A.   Alacran added extra detail including Pavla SK-2/3 ejection seat, Neomega wheels and finished it off in style with a great looking camo and Aztec decals.

Phillip Steele did a top notch job adding scratch built details to his 1/72 Hobby Boss Mi-2URP Hoplite anti tank.  His chopper is fully armed and given full weathering and markings for a Polish bird.  It's very cool to see one of these with door guns.

Kevin Payne went all out building and detailing his 1/72 Gene Hooker vac-form Vickers Vanguard.  Kevin basically scratchbuilt or redid every area of the kit including casting resin parts.....the boarding ladder is also from scratch including the markings.  I recall seeing this aircraft at Brooklands during a visit to the UK and Kevin's model goes above and beyond what most people would be able to do with this vac-u-formed kit. 

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

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Final Flight Over The Balkans decal sheet from Balkan ModelsThis decal sheet includes markings for 5 different 1/72 jets including the F-117 that was shot down in 1999 and 4 other jets that were either shot down or damaged in combat sorties over the Balkans.  


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Westland Lynx HAS.2 resin cockpit set from Pavla Models This detail set is designed for the HobbyBoss kit.


Sunday,  Feb 16  2020

Lithuania National Day


Saturday,  Feb 15  2020

Singapore - Fall of Singapore (1942)

Serbia National Day (Dan Drzavnosti Srbije)


Friday,  Feb 14  2020
Lorenzo Cassinadri has done exceptionally skilled detailing on the big 1/32 Revell Heinkel He 162A-2.  Lorenzo added scratchbuilt details to most areas of his Volksjäger and then gave it a beautifully subtle weathering job that looks perfect.  His tarmac base is made from real concrete...read his article for the details.  Simply perfect.

Olivier Barles has been busy getting the weathering just right on his 1/32 Hasegawa Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai.  Japanese planes were famous for their peeling paint and weathered look and Olivier has captured this look very well.  Olivier did add some extra detailing to his model, but it is the weathering job that really shows well on this miniature beauty.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 AH-64A interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.

You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Eurofighter Typhoon single seater resin cockpit set from Pavla Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 He115 photo etch detail set from Maestro Models.

You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


Here's a product article for the 1/144 Avro Shackleton MR.2/AEW.2 model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.


Thursday,  Feb 13  2020
Kees Kuyper begins today on a very creative note.  This is his Fairey Rotodyne AWACS with extended wings and and prop motors on the wings.  No doubt about it....this is one very creative design. 

Lucian Capraru has done a first class job on his bare metal 1/72 Academy MiG-21 F-13.  Lucian chose Romanian markings for his MiG and also includes some history about the Romanian MiGs in his article.  Very nicely done MiG Lucian.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F4F Wildcat Exhaust from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Hobby Boss kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 SH-60B/F Seahawks decal sheet from Mike Grant Decals.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX Replacement Standard Wing Tips from UltracastThis set is designed for the ICM kit.


Wednesday,  Feb 12  2020
Carlos Vargas joins us from Venezuela with his absolutely stunning 1/48 Hasegawa Focke Wulf 190 A-7.  Carlos rescribed the panel lines and added critical extra detail and wrapped it all up in a flawless weathered camo scheme for Heinz Bar.

Juan Jaramillo joins us with his very impressive build of the 1/32 Trumpeter Su-27B.  Juan is a very skilled modeller as you will see in his photos and his big Flanker turned out looking very realistic in everyway.  I quite enjoyed seeing each photo of this big Su-27.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-47D-5/6 Cowl Flaps Conversion from QuickBoostThis set is designed for the Tamiya kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models


Here's a product article for the 1/72 SAAB JAS 39 Gripen Pitot Tubes & Angle Of Attack probe from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Heinkel He 111P Interior set from CMKThis set is designed for the Revell kit.


Tuesday,  Feb 11  2020

Iran - Anniversary Revolution

Dragan Cvetic has put quite a bit of work into his very realistic looking 1/72 Hasegawa Mirage F1 CG.  Dragan rescribed the panel lines, added a Pavla resin cockpit and made the pitot tube out of a sewing needle and then finished it all off with Hellenic markings and a full weathering job.  Very nice indeed.

Frederick Smith has created a detail rich and very intriguing scene with his 1/72 Fine Molds Y-Wing Diorama.  Frederick explains the process in his article and what he did to pull off the masterpiece.  I love every photo of this Star Wars diorama.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F4F Wildcat pitot tubes from QuickBoost.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 Spitfire F Mk.22 resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis set is designed for the Airfix kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 CF-18 Canada Combat Hornets decal sheet from Leading Edge Models.


Monday,  Feb 10  2020
My wife and I are heading out of town for 10 days.  Due to time limitations, ARC will be featuring articles from past updates until I return.  

Burt Gustafson 1/48 has a busy time building his Italeri Kfir C1/C2.  This is not the best fitting kit on the market...but Burt is not a modeller to step back from a build, so he pressed on to get himself a first class looking Kfir in all the glory of an Israeli jet.  For an added touch in the cockpit Burt used photos etch seatbelts.

Harv has done a gorgeous job detailing and weathering his 1/72 Italeri/Testors C-119 Boxcar.  Harv finished it in RCAF markings complete with open cargo doors and a resin nose to compliment the Leading Edge decals.  This one is a beauty from every angle.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 A-4F interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis set is designed for the Trumpeter kit.  

You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Kfir C2/C7 Antennas from QuickBoost.   This set is designed for the Kinetic kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/144 Douglas DC-2 in "U.S. Airline" service model kit from Czech Master Resin - CMR Models.


Friday,  Feb 7  2020

Grenada Independence Day

Thomas Brückelt is here with something very unique.  This is his 1/72 FanKit Models Coanda Jet 1910 which must be the earliest jet aircraft.  It is very cool to see this on ARC.

Reza H Monjezi has done an impressive weathering job on his 1/32 McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet.  This Hornet is finished in a famous USMC markings.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Ar 196A-3 interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.  This detail set is designed for the Revell kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Pfalz D.IIIa Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions This detail set is designed for the Wingnut Wings kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Thursday,  Feb 6  2020

New Zealand Waitangi Day

No update today.

Wednesday,  Feb 5  2020

San Marino - Santa Agata Day 

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with something completely different.  This is his kit bashed 1/650 USS Iroquois NCC-1217 made from a combination of kit parts and scratchbuilt parts.  The name of this one is a Canadian name and Shawn tells the whole story in his article.

RSK48, Rafael has done a first class job on his 1/48 Heller Mirage 50DV Venezuelan Air Force.  Rafael added a variety of aftermarket parts and finished off this great looking Mirage in a great looking camo complete with colorful tailart.  It is great to see this Venezuelan jet on ARC.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 F-16 NSI small mouth Intake Correction Set from Zactomodels.    This detail set is designed for the Academy kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-17G waist gun section interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Hong Kong Models kit.

You will be required to fold the photoetch in this set, but if you have one of the Hold & Fold photo etch benders from The Small Shop, then this will be an easy process.  They have a variety of benders for sharp corners as well as rounded corners and in many different sizes.


Here's a product article for the F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (shark nose versions) - F-5 E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm gun barrels from Master.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Tuesday,  Feb 4  2020

Sri Lanka Independence Day

Shawn "phantom" Weiler has done some exceptional work giving his 1/1000 Polar Lights Constitution class USS Constellation NCC-1017 a huge amount of battle damage.  Sit back and enjoy.....I love this one.

Dragan Cvetic had a good time building his 1/72 Sova-M Pilatus U-28A.  This is a short run kit and as you will see in Dragan's photos, it builds into a great looking model.  

In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Monday,  Feb 3  2020
Douglas Conrady is here with a very special and historical diorama with a connection to his family.  This is his 1/32 Trumpeter P-47D-6 in a crashed diorama in an Oklahoma wheat field.  Douglas includes historical photos and more and tells the whole story and how he built that amazing diorama.

Sertac Bayar has done an excellent job on his big 1/32 Trumpeter F-18E Super Hornet.  Sertac added extra details and finished it off in hi viz markings and a great weathering job.

Here's a product article for the Photo Etch Cut-Off Set - Large from The Small Shop.  This tool set is the Photo Etch Cut-Off Set - Large.  Use for removing larger pieces from the PE frets. Especially useful for scale modellers. 


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Mirage 2000 Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  This detail set is designed for the Heller & Eduard kit.


In the ARC Joke Page there is a new daily funny photo and daily joke.


Saturday,  Feb 1  2020

  Space Shuttle Columbia Accident 2003 

Rwanda Heros Day