Homepage Text - Jan 2012

Monday,    Jan 30  2012

  Liberation of Camp Pangatian, Philippines 

Tudor Gheorghiu is here with one of the best looking tanks I've seen.  This is his 1/35 Dragon Panzer IV Ausf. H wearing a very complicated and attractive camo.  This is Tudor's first armor model....which is amazing.  Beautiful work Tudor.

Blackheart – 1Malaysia has been very bust building this Scratch built 1/35 PACV.  This is an absolutely fantastic looking and highly detailed model of this military hovercraft.  Ant only is it a beautifully done model but the painting and weathering job is first class.   

John Doerr joins us with his 1/35 Academy M2A2 Bradley.  This is a model of the vehicle his son rode in while serving in Iraq.  John's Bradley has a full interior and a flawless looking dusty weathered look.  This is a stellar looking Bradley.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 Leopard 2A6 photo etch detail set from  Eduard Model Accessories This photo etch detail set includes 4 frets of photo etch and they are all for the exterior of the Leopard 2A6. 

This photo etch set from Eduard is available directly from Sprue Bros


Here's a product article for the 1/48 King Tiger Ammo Boxes from  Black Dog.  This set includes 10 "wooden" crates as well as 15 unused shells and 10 spent shell casings.  

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com


Here's a product article for the 1/35 German 3t Halftrack Sd.Kfz.11 Late Model Vol.2 Additional Set from Aber This set focuses mainly on the fenders and engine covers. 

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan


Saturday,   Jan 28  2012

  Space Shuttle Challenger Accident 1986  

Friday,   Jan 27  2012

  Russia - End of Leningrad blockade  (1944) 

ARC Auto was updated today  was updated today - ARC Air was updated today  - drop by and check them out.....plenty of great models to see.

Michael Johnson is here to mark the End of Leningrad blockade with his 1/72 Dragon T-34/85.  Mike has a passion for armour modelling and you will see that when you read his article about his T-34.  I found Mike's techniques for the groundwork on the diorama base to be particularly interesting.  Beautiful work Mike.

Rahamim Avraham joins us from Israel with his first article on ARC.  This is his Imaginary diorama of a “DHL” Delivery truck in Bagdad and I must admit I had a big grin when I saw the pictures for this one.  This is very creative and funny.....I love it.  Welcome to ARC Rahamim!!!  I love the work you did on this diorama.

Valentin “Huh?” Bueno is here with something you will never see again.  This is his very creative 1/35 M3 Stuart/BT 42/M4 HST Frankenstein and I have to admit when I saw this tank my eyes widened and then I started to grin from ear to ear.  Read his article for the whole background story of what has to be the tallest tank in "history"......I love these What-if projects......you never know what you're going to get. 

Here's a product article for the 1/35 M60A1/3 Turret set from DEF.Model

This multi-media detail set is available directly from Sprue Bros


Here's a product article for the 1/35 WWII Italy Carro Armato L6/40 detail set from Voyager Model

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com


Here's a product article for the 1/35 Gate Type A from Aber

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan


Thursday,  Jan 26  2012

  Australia Day 

  India Republic Day 

ARC Air was updated today - for the Australian and Indian National Days......plenty of great models to see.

Michael Johnson is here to honour Australia Day with his 1/76 Airfix Matilda "Hedgehog".  This is a fascinating combination and Mike got it looking perfect......I really like how well the diorama and Matilda turned out.  Beautiful work Mike.  Happy Australia Day Mike.

Murli Rajan is here from India to honour the Indian Republic Day with his 1/72 T-72.  The T-72 is an impressive looking tank and I'm glad to see Murli's T-72 on ARC Armor for this special update.  Nicely done Murli.  "Jai Hind" Murli.

Ray Seppala is here with one of the big guns from the Australian Army.  This is his 1/35 Italeri M109 A6 with flawless weathering and finished in an  eye pleasing "what-if" desert camo.  No doubt about it....this one looks great. Happy Australia Day Ray.

Alan Williamson joins us from Australia on this special update with his 1/48 Tamiya British Universal Carrier Mk.II.  Alan has high praise for these 1/48 Tamiya armour kit and I must say I quite like how this one turned out in Alan's capable hands.  Happy Australia Day Alan.

Wednesday,   Jan 25  2012 
ARC Auto was updated today  was updated today - ARC Air was updated today  - drop by and check them out.....plenty of great models to see.

Jeff Brundt starts today off with style with his beautifully done 1/35 Tamiya Matilda Mk. III/IV.  Jeff tells the fascinating history of the Matilda before he goes into detail about building his North African Matilda.  I learned quite a bit from his article and I must say I love the paint scheme Jeff chose for his Matilda.....this is one sharp looking tank.

Angelo M Picardo is here with one of my all time favourite vehicles from WW2.  This is his 1/35 Tamiya Schimmwagen with Eduard photo etch details and Tamiya figures.  Angelo mixed then all together with his home brew of mud and snow into a diorama that carries quite the story.  Read his article for more insight into how he did everything....then sit back and enjoy his photos.  Very nicely done Angelo.

Gabriel Zvulun has done an exceptional job of capturing the look of realism with his 1/35 Tamiya M1A2 Abrams.  Gabriel added plenty of gear to the exterior and then finished it all off with a dusty layer of desert weathering.  Wow this Abrams looks perfect.

Here's a product article for the Small Europrean Ruin Resin Diorama Base from Alliance Model Works.

This diorama base is available directly from Sprue Bros.


Here's a product article for the 1/16 US Calibur .30 Barrel for Browning M-1919 A4 w/Two-Part Muzzle from Aber.

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan


Here's a product article for the 1/35 Modern British Defender 110 Hardtop detail set from Voyager Model.

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com


Monday,    Jan 23  2012

Happy Chinese New Year!!!          Happy Lunar New Year!!!

Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year.  In China, this is the year of the Dragon.  I want to wish everyone a happy New Year and I hope you all have good health and much wealth during this New Year.  For a dragon image, I picked one with 5 claws.....that is the most lucky Dragon.

Alvis 3.1 is here with some Top Secret pics of his 1/24 PanzerPorschen 928.  This is a model of the actual ARC Moderators car that they prowl the forum in as they deal with spammers and problem threads.  It has a trailer hitch...but that is another story.......check out the license plate.  Too cool!!!

Rick Reinbott has done a stunning job on his 1/35 Tamiya M3 Stuart.  This is an older kit and Rick gave it added detailing and then finished it off in US markings.  this is actually a cool looking Tank...well done Rick.

Gabriel Zvulun has done a very realistic looking job detailing the 1/35 Tamiya M1046 Humvee.  Gabriel  left the rear door open to show off the added cargo and details.  The exterior was giving just the perfect amount of weathering to give this Humvee that dry dusty look of a vehicle serving in Iraq.  Wow...doesn't get much nicer than this.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 PaK 97/38 75mm AT Gun photo etch detail set from Eduard.

This photo etch set from Eduard is available directly from Sprue Bros.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Tiger l ammo boxes from Black Dog.

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com.


Here's a product article for the 1/35 Chinese PLA ZTZ 96A MBT photo etch set  from Voyager Model.

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan.


Friday,   Jan 20  2012 
Rob Haelterman is a true master modeller when it comes to armor.  This is his scratchbuilt 1/72 Jagdsherman which is a what-if American tank destroyer for the Western front in WW2.  The model looks surprisingly realistic and begs the question......why didn't they make something like this?  Very cool Rob. 

Vasilij "Tarner" Ratej has created a truly amazing looking 1/35 Tamiya M2 Bradley.  This Bradley looking more realistic than a 1/1 Bradley.......fantastic work Vasilij.  Wow!!!

Ian Buick has been busy as heck creating his 1/72 Airfix Centurion (Israeli Sho`t).  This Israeli Centurion required endless modifications and scratchbuilt details to create, but the finished results is quite the impressive sight.  Ian explains the various markings and the history behind this tank in the 1973 war.  I love it.

Here's a product article for the Small Europrean Rubble Resin Diorama Base from Alliance Model Works.

This diorama based is available directly from Sprue Bros.


Here's a product article for the  1/35 Sturmgeschutz III Ausf G Photo-Etch Set from  Passion Models.

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan.


Here's a product article for the  1/35 Browning M1919A4 Machine Gun Barrel SBF (Steel Blue Finish) from Alders Nest 

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com


Wednesday,   Jan 18  2012 
Pete Morgan has done an extraordinary job on his 1/35 Tamiya Challenger II.  Pete added extra exterior detail items and then finished it off as a dusty desert tank complete on a  diorama base to bring the scene alive.  This really is a great looking Challenger..

Serge Dompierre joins us from Canada with his 1/35 Max Peerless Chevrolet 15 CWT.  Serge built his truck with a trailer and finished it off with a perfect weathering job as a truck with the legendary Royal 22th infantry regiment ( the Vandoos).....if you speak French, the you will know why the 22th infantry regiment  is called the Vandoos.  Excellent looking model Serge.

Raja Bose is here with a historical diorama.  This diorama is called Surrender Or Else! and depicts a scene from the A Scene from the Battle of Asal Uttar India-Pakistan War of 1965.  Raja explains the scene in his article....quite interesting history.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 Merkava Mk. IV stowage basket photo etch set from Eduard.

This pre-painted photo etch set from Eduard is available directly from Sprue Bros.


Here's a product article for the 1/35 Modern US M1A2 SEP w/TUSK2 Abrams super detail set from Voyager Model.

This super detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com.


Here's a product article for the 1/35 EOD Tactical Robot 1 model kit from AFV Club.

This model kit is available directly from Hobby Link Japan.


Monday,    Jan 16  2012

  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  

Heico van der Heide is a very skilled modeller and today you are lucky to see his 1/35 Dragon Tauchpanzer IV.   This tank is pulling a trailer loaded with fuel drums to extend it's range.  The weathering is exceptional and Heico tells how it was done in the article.  Wow this one is a beauty.....enjoy all the photos.

Stevie Murray is here with another of his miniature die cast wonders.  This is his 1/76 BW Models Landrover 110 defender Hardtop.  This landrover is painted in the markings for the UNPROFOR Mission in the former Jugoslavia.  Nice one Stevie.

Luiz Delazari joins us from Brazil with photos from the recent 10th IPMS Curitiba Contest.  This was a well attended show and if you click on the link in this article you can see hundreds of models that were on display at this show.  No doubt about it....the folks in Brazil know how to put on a successful show.  Wonderful work everyone.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 DEF Model K511 'R.O.K ARMY' Cargo Truck Conversion Set from DEF.MODEL.

This conversion set is available directly from Sprue Bros.


Here's a product article for the 1/35 German Ambulance Kfz. 31 model kit from Plus Model.  This is a full kit of this very interesting looking Berman ambulance.

This model kit is available directly from Hobby Link Japan.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Food supplies set # 2 from Black Dog.

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com.


Friday,   Jan 13  2012 
Heico van der Heide has done an amazing job on the 1/35 Tamiya M2A2 Bradley.  The detailing and weathering on his model are exceptional.....Heico is a very skilled modeller.  Wow......what a great looking Bradley.

Vasilij "Tarner" Ratej is here with his flawless and beautifully weathered 1/35 Tamiya M1046 Humvee TOW.  Vasilij gave his Humvee a perfect weathering job that makes it look like the real vehicle. 

Jorge Bonilla joins us from Monterrery, N.L. Mèxico with his 1/35 Tamiya Matilda MkII.   Jorge  gave his Matilda a weathering job that includes such things as rusty exhaust pipes.  Have a close look at the photos....there is some excellent work on this model.

Wednesday,   Jan 11  2012 
Hakan SÖYLEMEZOĞLU starts your Wednesday update with his very impressive 1/35 Tamiya Merkava I.  Hakan modified his Merkava I to match some reference photos. and then gave it a full weathering job along with sand on the front deck as seen on the real  Merkava I.

Franz Galli has done a stellar job on his tiny 1/72 Academy Kubelwagen.  Franz gave his Kubelwagen a full weathering job including mud.  This is quite the detailed model and Franz did an excellent job on it.

Serge Dompierre has done a fantastic job on his 1/35 Tamiya M60A-3.  Serge finished his M60 in a 3 colour camo scheme with a very subtle weathering job....I love the whole look and the tracks look particularly realistic.  Beautiful work Serge.

Here's a product article for the 1/35 AFV Club 20 Pdr Gun Barrel (A Type) for Centurion from AFV Club.

This pre-painted photo etch set from Eduard is available directly from Sprue Bros


Here's a product article for the 1/72 80cm K(E) Dora Railway Gun model kit from Hobby Boss.

This model kit is available directly from Hobby Link Japan.


Here's a product article for the 1/35 WWII German Tiger I Late Version photo etch set from Voyager Model.

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com


Tuesday,    Jan 10  2012

Russia - Soviet counteroffensive under Stalingrad. 

The beginning of the end (1943) 

Monday,    Jan 9  2012
ARC Auto was updated today  was updated today - ARC Air was updated today  was updated today - drop by and check it out.....plenty of great models to see.

David Qu starts your week off with a truly exceptional 1/35 Academy M2A2 Bradley IFV.  This Bradley looks more realistic than the real vehicle.  Read David's article to learn his painting and weathering techniques.....his results are amazingly realistic.  I'm glad you're enjoying the ARC Armor site David.....thanks for joining in the fun by sending in your Bradley.

Stevie Murray is here with his sharp looking 1/76 CMSC Leyland-DAF Drops.  This truck wears the markings for a truck with the UNPROFOR Mission in the former Jugoslavia.  Nicely done Stevie.

Rob Haelterman is quite the accomplished modeler and today he joins us with his outstanding 1/72 Euromodel Plus Panzer IV Ausf. K (or L).   This is a resin kit that Rob reworked and added further details and even some Zimmerit....he explains all this in his article and shows it in his photos.  I really enjoyed seeing the photos of the finished model. 

Here's a product article for the 1/35 British 25-Pdr Field Gun Mk II with Limber & Crew from Dragon

This new model kit from Dragon is available directly from Sprue Bros


Here's a product article for the 1/48 Sherman deep wadding trunks from Black Dog

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com


Here's a product article for the 1/48 WWII German Africa Corps Infantry Set from Tamiya

Here's a fine set of figures depicting German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and seven other German Army figures in desert uniforms. Accessories include a tent, crates, radio with battery, jerry cans, and fuel drums. Also includes a smattering of weapons and accessories for the soldiers. Perfect for dioramas with vehicles and aircraft! 

This figure set is currently on sale 40% off and available directly from Hobby Link Japan


Friday,   Jan 6  2012 
Greg Kerry gets things started in fine style with his 1/35 Trumpeter Type 89 IFV.  Greg outfitted his Japanese infantry fighting vehicle with figures and full weahtering and mud and then displayed in on a diorama base.  This is a fantastic model of this not very common vehicle.

Adam Baker has done an exceptional job on his 1/35 Dragon Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz.  Adam used individual track links and he explains the process to get them nice and straight.  For the complicated camo he used a very effective masking technique that he talks about in his article.

Benny Attar joins us with a selection of photos from the recent Israel IPMS annual exhibition - 2011.  There were some amazing models on display including a good selection of Armor models.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Jagdpanther late exterior photo etch set from  Eduard.

This photo etch detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com


Here's a product article for the 1/35 WSS Grenadier Late War #1 (w/2 heads) from Alpine Miniatures.

This figure is available directly from Hobby Link Japan


Wednesday,   Jan 4  2012

  Union of Myanmar Independence Day 

ARC Auto was updated today  was updated today - ARC Air was updated today  was updated today - drop by and check it out.....plenty of great models to see.

Rob Haelterman is here with his "What-if" 1/76 Hetzer Zwischenlösung.  Rob used a high degree of creativity in creating his Hetzer Zwischenlösung and I must say his article has some very convincing history.  It's an excellent read.

Max Tollens Jr. has done an exceptionally fine job on his 1/35 Trumpeter LAV-25 USMC.  Max dressed up some of the finer exterior the details with some Eduard photos etch and then finished it off in a tri-color camo.  It's a great looking model of a USMC LAV-25.....nicely done Max.

Alan Williamson has got the painting and weathering looking perfect on his 1/48 Tamiya U.S. Tank Destroyer M10.  Alan added extra detail in the way of gear stowed to the outside of his tank destroyer, but you've got to have a close look at the job he did on the weathering....it looks fantastic..

Here's a product article for the 1/35 WWII Finnish Army Assault Gun BT-42 Fenders photo etch set from Voyager Model.

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com


Here's a product article for the 1/35 37mm Barrel Set Panzerkampfwagon 38(t) from Passion Models. 

This metal barrel is available directly from Hobby Link Japan


Monday,    Jan 2  2012
ARC Auto was updated today  was updated today - ARC Air was updated today  was updated today - drop by and check it out.....plenty of great models to see.

Serge Dompierre starts off today's update with his 1/35 Dragon Panther ausf G.  Serge has created quite the WW2 diorama and he explains the whole story in his article. The models and figures and diorama base all come together wonderfully.  Beautifully done Serge.

Benny Attar has dropped by today with his 1/72 Bedford MK Truck.  This truck has seen wide spread use by British forces and Benny did his Bedford MK justice. with a small amount of added detailing.  Nicely done Benny.  

José Carlos Simón joins us from Spain with his 1/72 Italeri Matilda Mk.2 Tank.  José  built his Matilda out of the box and then gave it a very well done and dusty looking weathering job.  Have a close look at the painting and weathering job......it is very realistic looking.  Excellent work José .

Here's a product article for the 1/48 US Marine Sherman accessory set from Black Dog.

This detail set is available directly from Lucky Model.com


Here's a product article for the 1/35 Merkava MkIII Track Set from Legend Productions.

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan


Sunday,   Jan 1  2012

 Cuba  -  Anniversary of the Revolution 

 Haiti Independence Day 

 Sudan  Independence Day 

Happy New Year everyone!!!      I hope everyone has a Fantastic 2012!!!