Homepage Text - January 2020

Friday,  Jan 31  2020
Jean-Charles Goddet has done a stunning job on his 1/72 Hasegawa Boeing F-15C California ANG.  Jean-Charles  picked a great looking scheme using aftermarket decals.  I love the look of this camo scheme.

Reza H Monjezi has showed some serious skill in building and weathering his 1/48 Academy MRC CH-46 "Sea Knight".  Reza displayed this Sea Knight on a carrier deck which is equally well done and certainly shows this model well.  Very nice indeed.

Dragan Cvetic is here with something you don't see often.  This is his 1/72 Testors YF-23 beautifully finished as it appeared 30 years ago.  Dragan added extra details to dress up the detail on his model.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-17G nose interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories.  This detail set is designed for the HK 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 1/72 P-38 Lightning Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  This detail set is designed for the Academy and RS Models kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-47 Thunderbolt .50 Browning M2 barrels (8pcs) from Master.


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


Thursday,  Jan 30  2020

Liberation of Camp Pangatian, Philippines

No update today.

Wednesday,  Jan 29  2020
Jean-Charles Goddet is here with one of the more attractive F-16s.  This is his eye catching 1/72 Hasegawa Lockheed F-16B NAWDC in that great looking blue camo.  Jean-Charles used aftermarket decals and did excellent work to complete his F-16. 

Shawn "phantom" Weiler has done a kick ass job on his 1/1000 Polar Lights Constitution Class Starship" USS Defiant NCC-1762.  Shawn  (like many of us is a Star Trek fan and you will enjoy reading his article.  Shawn has also included another of his star Trek models, complete with battle damage. 

Greg Kerry is here with a Golden oldie.  This is his 1/72 Airfix Handley Page Halifax in the classic camo from WW2 in a diorama setting with a bowser in the scene.  It's good to see these older kits being built.  Nicely done Greg. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Bf 109G-10 Erla exterior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the Eduard 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 1/32 MiG-23 Pylons from Zactomodels.  This resin set includes 6 highly detailed corrected 1/32 MiG-23 Pylons with detailed launching mechanisms on the undersides of all of the pylons plus 4 trees of optional hardware.

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


Tuesday,  Jan 28  2020

  Space Shuttle Challenger Accident 1986 

Thomas Brückelt is here with a model of the Swiss Jetman.  This awesome model is his 1/27 Jetman - Yves Rossy "The coolest way of flying!" complete in-flight and even includes a Lambourghini Countach.  This model is very cool and I applaud Thomas for making it.  You can see videos of the Jetman on youtube.

Paolo Yuen is here with his highly detailed and beautifully finished 1/32 Tamiya DeHaviland Mosquito.  Paolo exposed the engines and did an impressive job on the cockpit detailing.  I love this Mosquito and how it turned out.

Gerd Wilcken used a variety of aftermarket sets to convert the 1/72 Zvezda Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback into an accurate operational Su-34.  Gerd explains the process in his article and has some great photos showing the added level of cockpit detailing and his very well done weathering job.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 MiG-21MF interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesYou 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 1/32 OV-10 Bronco Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  This detail set is designed for the Kitty Hawk kit. 


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


Monday,  Jan 27  2020

Russia - End of Leningrad blockade  (1944)

Lukasz Studniarz has done an impressive job building and weathering his 1/48 Eduard Spitfire LF IXc.  Lukasz finished his Spitfire as a fighter flown by a Polish pilot complete with artwork.  His finished model looks fantastic.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler is here with his custom built 1/650 AMT USS Huron, NCC-1231.  This ship's name and number have a Canadian connection.  Shawn has included a photo of his or Star Trek models.  Nicely done Shawn.  

Photo Etch Standard Rolling Set from The Small Shop.  This Photo Etch Bending Tool is the Photo Etch Standard Rolling Set.  Make curved photo etch parts. Aluminum base makes rolling your parts easy!


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


Sunday,  Jan 26  2020

India Republic Day

Australia Day

Murli Rajan starts this special Indian update with his sharp looking 1/48 Hawker Hunter F56A (Academy F.6/FGA.9).  Murli added a resin seat and gave his Hunter n excellent weathering job.

Tom Thounaojam is here with 4 models today in honour of India.  This is his 1/48 Arii Spitfire Mk VIII finished to a very high level of quality.. 

Sherbir also joins us today with his 1/72 Condor MiG-21 Bison, Indian Air Force.  Sherbir added some great detailing and includes some interesting history.

Leonard Prakasam is here with a eye catching 1/48 Kopro Su-7 BMK (Fitter) Type S-22 wearing Indian markings.  Check out the excellent cockpit detailing on this model.

Rahul Kulkarni joins us on ARC for the first time today and this is a very special looking jet.  This is his 1/48 Academy Mirage IIIR in NATO Tiger Meet Scheme.  This paint scheme is spectacular.  Welcome Ruhul.

Murli Rajan did an outstanding job on his 1/72 Trumpeter MiG-29 UPG IAF.  I love the look of Murli's MiG.

Tom Thounaojam did quite a bit of work on his tiny 1/72 Heller HAL Chetak/Alouette III including opening the side door to show off the detailing.

Murli Rajan is here with the first DH89 on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Heller De Havilland DH89 Dragon Rapide in markings for an aircraft with Indian civilian history before . 

Tom Thounaojam improved the cockpit on his 1/72 Condor MiG-21 Bison.  Although this is a tiny model, Tom put effort into adding the correct details for an Indian MiG. 

Murli Rajan has done an excellent job on his 1/144 Eastern Express Mi-26.  I love the look of the camo on this chopper.

Tom Thounaojam finishes up this Indian update with his 1/72 Hasegawa IAF Jaguar.  Tom gave his Jaguar a weapons load and drop tanks.

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


Friday,  Jan 24  2020
Douglas Conrady has been very busy building and modifying his 1/144 Hobbycaft NB-36.  This is a bomber that carried a nuclear reactor and Douglas tells the story in his article.  The build is fantastic to follow in his article.

Dragan Cvetic is here with another of his MiG-23's.  This is his 1/72 Kopro MiG-23MF wearing Iraqi markings and a great looking camo scheme.  I love the look of this Flogger.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-26B-50 Invader undercarriage & exterior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the ICM kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 US WWII Pitot Tube - "Shark-fin" type probe from Master.  These were used on P-36, P-39, P-40, P-47, A-36, B-239, T-6, B-25 and many more.


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


Thursday,  Jan 23  2020
Thomas Brückelt gets things started today with his eye catching 1/32 Revell Lockheed F-104G Starfighter with B61 "Silver Bullet".  Thomas added cockpit detailing including a resin pilot and finished his big in-flight Starfighter in Luftwaffe markings using aftermarket decals. 

RSK48, Rafael has taken the old 1/48 Testors Rockwell OV-10 Bronco and turned it into a masterpiece.  Rafael added plenty of extra detailing and finished it in Venezuelan Air Force markings complete with weathering.

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


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Tempest Mk.V Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft ConversionsThis detail set is designed for the Eduard (Early Mold) kit.


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


Wednesday,  Jan 22  2020
Mike Hickey is here with an exceptionally great looking 1/48 Hasegawa F-4EJ Kai Phantom II.  Mike used aftermarket decals for a Dragan artwork scheme on a Japanese Phantom.  Sit back and enjoy the photos, this one is a beauty. 

Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-23 Pylons from Zactomodels.  These new resin pylons 1/32 MiG-23 Pylons corrects accuracy issues on the kit parts.  This set includes detailed launching mechanisms  on the undersides of all of the pylons.  The kit includes 6 resin pylons plus 4 trees of optional hardware.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-17G radio compartment photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Revell 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.


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


Tuesday,  Jan 21  2020
Waldek Pupar begins today with his highly detailed 1/72 SDKFZ 231 and Kubelwagen diorama.  Waldek also included a motorcycle sidercar rig to this scene and completed it with layers and layers of diorama detailing.  Very impressive indeed.

Here's a product article for the 5.5" (5 Speed) Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small Shop.  This is the Revolutionary 5 Speed – Most features of any Photo Etch Bending Tool Ever.   


Here's a product article for the 1/72 A-3 Skywarrior Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  This detail set is designed for the Hasegawa kit. 


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


Monday,  Jan 20  2020
Tolga Ülgür starts your week with his exceptional 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Mk.XVIe.  Tolga added aftermarket detail parts and finished his Spitfire to a very high level of detail with a lovely weathering job and markings for a Polish pilot in the RAF.

Dragan Cvetic has done a marvelous job building and finishing his 1/72 R.V. Aircraft MiG-23BN.  This MiG-23 is finished in Ethiopian markings, which is rare to see and is cool to see.

Juergen “jott” Klinglhuber is here with a rare little chopper.  This is his 1/72 AModel SM-1/300 with additional wings finished as a Polish chopper.  I love the look of this little chopper. 

Here's a product article for the 1/48 F-14D interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the AMK 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 F3H Demon Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft ConversionsThis detail set is designed for the Hobby Boss kit.


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


Thursday,   Jan 16  2020 
Dragan Cvetic starts today with his brightly painted 1/144 Mark1 Westland Wessex.  This is a tiny kit but the detail level looks very nice indeed.  Dragan finished it in hi-viz Royal Navy colours with a beautifully done weathering job.

Carl Jarosz is here with a beauty today.  This is his 1/48 Hasegawa F-4E Phantom II with resin seats and FOD covers and RBF tags and a nicely done weathering job.  Carl finished it in the Indiana ANG markings, which always looks good to me.  Beautiful work Carl. 

Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-25 PD-62-8 Pylons from Zactomodels.  This set includes one pair of PD-62-8 pylons, launch rail mounting hardware and aileron actuator brackets.  The PD-62-8 pylons were often used on the Su-25.  The pylons are not included in the Su-25 kit, but it does include mounting holes for them (how convenient!). 


Here's a product article for the 1/72 MiG-21PFM photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the Eduard 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.


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


Tuesday,  Jan 14  2020
No update today.  My wife and I are going out of town for a day trip.

Monday,  Jan 13  2020
Shawn "phantom" Weiler offer a fantastically insightful comparison of the Hasegawa and Kinetic F-18 Hornets.  These are his 1/48 Hasegawa and Kinetic CF-18 Hornets 71 and 72 both finished as RCAF Hornets with 2 very unique paint schemes and markings.  Both look fantastic and his comparison is very helpful. 

Tolga Ülgür has done a stunning job detailing and weathering his 1/32 Hasegawa P-40E Warhawk Stardust.  Markings are for a US fighter that operated out of Darwin during 1942 and feature nose art.  The weathering on this P-40 is first class and the added detailing is a treat to see in the cockpit and elsewhere.

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 RA-5C Vigilante Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  This detail set is designed for the Trumpeter kit. 


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


Friday,  Jan 10  2018

 Russia - Soviet counteroffensive under Stalingrad. The beginning of the end (1943) 

Brian Duddy is here with a very well done and amusing diorama called STOP THAT PLANE!  This plane was flown during WW2 by Captain “Wild Bill” Kelso. Belushi.  Brain tells the rest of his story in his article.

Kees Kuyper has been very creative with his 1/72 Italeri Trimotori DC-3.  I like the idea of a 3 engined DC-3 and the Spanish paint scheme completes the scene.

Carmel J. Attard is here with his very cool looking what-if Jupiter in RCAF service.  I love the look of this Jupiter.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Lockheed F-104J "Eiko" photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories This detail set is designed for the Eduard 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.


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


Thursday,  Jan 9  2020

Kees Kuyper is here with another of his electro powered gliders.  This is his 1/32 Revell Duo Discus glider with a lone centrally mounted electric turbine engine and very appealing wing design. 


Dave Bailey, aka The rat is also here today with his Aeronavale Firefly FR.1 finished in French markings.  Dave has provided the background history on his Aeronavale Firefly FR.1.  Very cool to see this one on ARC.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 P-40N seatbelt steel photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail 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 F4U Corsair Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft ConversionsThis detail set is designed for the Hasegawa 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.


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


Wednesday,  Jan 8  2020
Kees Kuyper begins today with his tilt rotor 1/144 Revell Airbus A-400 Mini.  This is quite the involved design and it does look quite real.  This is cool to see.

Dave Bailey, aka The rat has created his 1/72 Douglas Dauntless target tug.  This idea seems to make good sense and Dave pulled it off very well with great results.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-21 BD3-60 Pylons from Zactomodels.  These resin BD3-60 Pylons are designed for the MiG-21 and include the early and later 'heavy duty' version of the BD3-60 Pylons.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 B-17G interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model Accessories This 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.


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


Tuesday,  Jan 7  2020
Kees Kuyper is here with another of his what-if electric powered gliders.  This is his 1/32 Revell Duo Discus glider with a very unique twin boom and twin tail design.  Very creative Kees. 

Dave Bailey, aka The Rat is here with the 3rd part of his 3 part series that was featured last year during Silly Week.  This is his what-if article about the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Jamaican Response, part 3.  Dave has included a background story to go with his what-if model.

Here's a product article for the 1/72 F-14D interior photo etch detail set from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Great Wall Hobby 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 Alpha Jet A - Pitot Tube & Angle Of Attack probes from Master.


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


Monday,  Jan 6  2020
Dave Bailey, aka The Rat is here with his what-if article for his Republic Of China Air Force Commonwealth Boomerang.  Dave has quite the story to go with his Flying Tigers Boomerang, which I found quite convincing.

Kees Kuyper has a series of electric powered gliders to show you this week.  This is his 1/32 Revell Duo Discus glider with an electric powered turbine engine and V-tail.  Always creative Kees. 

Here's a product article for the 4" Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool Mk IV from The Small Shop.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Fw 190 Focke Wulf Landing Gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions.  This set includes a pitot tube and ring antenna which are not supplied in the kit. 


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


Saturday,  Jan 4  2018

Union of Myanmar Independence Day


Friday,  Jan 3  2020    Silly Week2020
I've been battling a flu bug for the past couple of days.

Dave Bailey, aka The Rat begins today with his sharp looking what-if RCAF Saab Lansen.  Dave has included an excellent what-if history to go with his Lansen.  This would have been a very cool RCAF jet.

H. Davis Gandees has captured a real life scene that happened long ago between him and it wife-to-be.  He calls his diorama Love at First Sight! and tells the whole story in his article. 

Kees Kuyper is here with his what-if 1/72 Revell Harvard (Texan) wearing Dutch markings and given different landing gear as it was built by Fokker.  Kees tells the whole story in his article.

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


Thursday,  Jan 2  2020
I've been battling a flu bug for the past couple of days.

Wednesday,  Jan 1  2020

Cuba  -  Anniversary of the Revolution

Haiti Independence Day

Sudan  Independence Day

Operation Bodenplatte (Baseplate)

Silly Week 2020!!!

Kees Kuyper is here to begin Silly Week 2020 with his striking F-117 Starhunter finished in a deep space camo scheme.  This is a great way to begin the New Year!!  I love it Kees.

H. Davis Gandees has been creative in this kit bashed Grumman F8F "Learcat" Reno Racer.  This what-if air racer uses parts from the learjet, T-33 and P-51 to create a very convincing air racer.  Excellent work Davis.

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