Homepage Text - Dec 2011

Wednesday,   Dec 28  2011

   End of Chanukah (Festival of Lights)  

 Australia - "Proclamation Day" in South Australia 

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

Vince14 gets things fired up today with his brightly colored 1/20 Tamiya Lotus 99T.  This particular F1 car was used in the '87 season by Ayrton Senna and Satoru Nakajima.  Vince14 added photo etch from Studio 27 and then finished it off with decals from Tabu Design.  Wow....seeing this model sure does bring back memories from that classic time in F1 history when Ayrton Senna was alive. 

William Tsang has been very creative in making his Junk yard model 1/10 concept car - "The Cinderella II Pumpkin".   William used a large and very creative selection of parts to create this very custom car.  The finished model looks amazing and is loaded with great looking detail....enjoy the photos.

Koray Bayramoglu has done a marvelous job on his 1/24 Tamiya Porsche 911 GT2.  Koray finished his GT2 as the road version, but this is still very much a high performance car complete with roll cage and producing about 450 HP.  Wow......great looking GT2 Koray.

Here's a product article for the 1/24 Ferrari 599XX Super Multi media model kit from Hobby Design 

All Hobby Design products are 20% off at Hobby Link Japan.

Here's a product article for the 1/24 Cayman wide body conversion set from  KA Models.

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

Here's a product article for the 1/48 Generic Police and Fire decal sheet from Microscale.

This decal sheet is available directly from Police CarModels.com

Monday,    Dec 26  2011

  Slovenia Independence Day 

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

Kris Pete a.k.a Bigasshammm has been showing his passion for motorbikes with his 1/24 Heller Ducati Desmosedici.  I've been following the build of this model on the ARC forums and Kris sure did look like this was an enjoyable build once it got going.  It turned out looking great Kris......I look forward to seeing the other 2 motorbikes in this 3 bike set.

Brian Waldorf is here with his award winning 1/24 Revell Castrol GTX Top Fuel Dragster.  This is a model of Gary Ormsby's top fuel dragster and Brian was sure to add plenty of detail to the motor which really brings his Dragster model to life.  Very nicely done Brian.....I can see why won the awards.

Terry Davis has been very busy scratchbuilding items and detail for his 1/25 AMT/ERTL Ford Ranger XLT.  Terry scratchbuilt a huge assortment of items and his truck  including a coffee cup that sits on the side rail of the box.  He also scxratchbuilt the directional arrow bar, battery box, road barricades, wheel chocks, stop/slow sign and post, roof top beacon, safety vest, and antennas.  Wow....what a cool project....way to go Terry.

Here's a product article for the 1/12 Honda RC166 Grand Prix Racer model kit from Tamiya.

This model kit is available directly from Lucky Model.com.

Here's a product article for the 1/12 Honda RC166 Wheel Set from Tamiya.

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan.

Sunday,    Dec 25   2011

Merry Christmas 

I would like to wish everyone a peaceful Christmas full of warm memories as they spend time with the people you love.  Merry Christmas everyone.

Saturday,   Dec 24  2011

 Serbian Air Force Day 

  Christmas Eve 

To track Santa on Christmas Eve with your kids...go to this website 
http://www.noradsanta.org/  this is the NORAD Santa tracking website with plenty of great videos of Santa doing his deliveries on Christmas eve.

Friday,   Dec 23  2011

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

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

Albert Moore is here with another of his stunning  NASCAR models.  This is Alby's 1/24 Revell 1998 Ford Taurus with some scratchbuilt details and aftermarket decals from Wetworks as well as Slixx decals.  Alby has a passion for NASCAR and it really shows in his models.  Awesome model Alby.

Andrew Desautels has gone all the way in detailing his 1/25 kitbash/scratchbuild "POSSUM VAN" from The Red Green Show.  This van is loaded with all the tiny scratchbuilt details that bring it to life.  This is an awesome model and  thanks to Andrew the whole build is explained with plenty of helpful text and photos that show off all the wonderful detail.  You Rock Andrew!!! 

Here's a product article for the 1/12 GT40 Mk. II Super Detailing Deluxe Pack from KA Models.

This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan

Here's a product article for the 1/20 Lotus Type 79 1978 model kit from Tamiya.

This model kit is available directly from Lucky Model.com

Tuesday,    Dec 20  2011

   Beginning of Chanukah (Festival of Lights)  

There will be no updates on Wednesday.....I'll be tied up with out of town guests....Next Update will be Friday.

Monday,    Dec 19  2011
The subnmissions of gallery articles to this new site is only about 2 articles per week, which is not enough.......this week's updates will only contain 2 gallery articles.  My goal is to run 5 updates a week with 3 model gallery articles in each update. Click here to submit an article

Brian Waldorf is here with a very cool looking Hot Rod that most of you will recognize.  This is his 1/24 Revell 32' Ford 5 Window Coupe built to match John Milner's 32' Coupe from the movie "American Graffitti".  Brian added plug wires, fuel lines and a throttle cable to dress up the exposed engine compartment and finished it off with a personalized license plate on the rear.  I got a kick out of seeing this one Brian.....thanks.

Dave Taylor is here with something I always enjoy seeing.  This is his 1/12 Tamiya Ducati Desmosedici, which is a MotoGP bike ridden by Loris Capirossi.  Dave used many different tricks and aftermarket items to get his Ducati looking so fine including such things as carbon fibre decals.  Ducati makes beautiful bikes, Tamiya makes great kits.....and Dave makes astounding models......it doesn't get much better than that.

Here's a product article for the 1/24 - 1/25 Billet Wheel Set with knock off photo etch center from Detail Master.

Here's a product article for the 1/12 Honda RC166 Metal Chain Set from Tamiya Includes a clever jig to assist in assembly. Photo-etched metal and other metal parts.

Sunday,    Dec 18  2011

  Niger - Proclamation of the Republic 

Saturday,   Dec 17  2011

  Bhutan National Day 

Friday,   Dec 16  2011

 Bahrain National Day 

  Kazakhstan National Day 

Albert Moore starts today with his very colorful 1/24 Revell 1999 M&M's Pontiac Grand Prix.  This is #39 from the 1999 season driven by Ernie Irvan.  Alby is an ol' pro when it comes to building NASCAR models and you will see that when you check out the photos of this yellow M&M car.

John Green has done a stellar job on his 1/43 K&R Replicas Escort RS2000.  This is a white metal model kit that builds up into a very accurate and highly detailed model in the skilled hands of someone like John.  John chose to make a model of his own car and the finished model is loaded with fine detail.  A great looking model of an equally great looking car.....well done John.

Terry Sumner is back with another of his hot Rods.  This is his 1/25 Revell 1932 Ford Deuce built mostly out of the box with some additional engine wiring and plumbing.  Terry is a master at getting high gloss finishes on his cars and he explains that a bit in his article.  Nicely done Terry.....this one looks like the full sized Hot Rod.

Hobby Link Japan currently has the 1/24 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition model kit from Tamiya on a Inventory Clearance sale for 3,024...that's a 28% savings while supplies last.

Here's a product article for the 1/24 Windshield Wiper Set A from KA MODELS

These photo etch windshield wiper set from KA MODELS is available directly from Lucky Model.com

Here's a product article for the 1/24 - 25 Connecticut State Police decal sheet from PoliceCarModels.comThis sheet gives you license plates for 2 different cars.

Wednesday,   Dec 14  2011 
ARC Armor was updated today - drop by and check it out.....plenty of great models to see.

  Hobbylink Japan was at the recent All-Japan Mokei Hobby Show 2011 and they have a series of videos about the latest news and kit releases.  There is even a interview video with Mr. Tamiya himself!

Pieter Posthumus starts today's update with his very highly detailed 1/12 Tamiya Honda NSR 500.  Pieter added a tremendous amount of scratchbuilt detailing to further enhance the already high level of detail on this top quality Tamiya kit.  Wow....have  a close look at the photos.....this 500 cc motor sport class race bike is first class.  You did a fantastic job on your model Pieter.

Koray Bayramoglu has done some very tasteful modifications to his 1/24 Tamiya Nissan Primera.  All the windows were given black tinting, suspension was lowered and all the exterior trim was blacked out.  This Nissan Primera looks exactly the way I would expect the real car to look on the street.  Nicely done Koray.

Andy Gudbergsson is here with something you don't see very often.  This is his Chevy truck diorama with his dented and stripped pick-up sitting sad and abandoned.  Andy did quite a few changes to his truck and he tells about the  build process in his article.  A very creative solution for an abandoned model kit Andy....I'm very impressed by the job you did on it.

Here's a product article for the 1/24 Ferrari FXX PE Parts from TamiyaThis photo etch set from Tamiya is available directly from Lucky Model.com

Tuesday,    Dec 13  2011

  Saint Lucia Independence Day 

Monday,    Monday,    Dec 12  2011

  Kenya Independence Day 

Paolo Yuen starts today with his big and very impressive /32 Fujimi Hino S'elega SHD.  The bus is loaded with detail and Paolo did a beautiful job building it and then gave it a flawless paint job.....this really is a spectacular model.  I loved seeing it Paolo.

Antonio Serrano Beardo is here with his very colourful looking 1/24 ESCI Land Rover.  Antonia did the custom paint job himself and also gave his Land rover plenty of scratchbuilt details...including a roll bar...extra lights and more extra details inside the Land Rover.  the paint job and added detailing really is amazingly well done. 

Caz Dalton is here with his absolutely stunning 1/24 Merit/SMER Talbot Lago.  Caz added many scratchbuilt details to every part of this model along with aftermarket details items.  Check out the spoke wheels...they are a masterpiece in their own right.  Caz tells about the real car in his article and then follows up with a fascinating full build article explaining the whole process to build this magnificent model of this historic racer.  Truly fantastic Caz!!!

Here's a product article for the 1/12 Motorcycle Chain Set from Model Factory HiroThis is a set to create a chain, link by link, including each link side as photo-etched metal parts, with plastic parts for the inner link parts, and metal sprockets.  This detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan

Here's a product article for the Billet Wheel Set With Red Eagle Photo Etch Center from Detail Master.  These are  finished Billet wheel set with red eagle photo etch center. 

Saturday,   Dec 10  2011

Constitution Day in Thailand 

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

Friday,   Dec 9  2011 
Dave DeLang built this excellent looking 1/25 Revell NASCAR Ford Taurus for a friend that worked for UPS.  Of course Dave chose a Stock car that was sponsored by UPS and then went to town custom mixing his colors to get everything looking perfect for his friend.  Dave includes some very interesting info on chassis design for the full sized stock cars.  It turned out looking excellent Dave....well done.

Stephen Murray has done a marvelous job building and finishing his 1/76 BW Models Bedford "Green Goddess".  This is an RAF fire engine and Stephen manages to get the painting and markings perfect for his fire engine.  This is a white metal kit and Stephen explains the build process in his article.  I love how the finished model looks Stephen. 

Dave Michener Jr has done a gorgeous job detailing and finishing his 1/25 Aoshima Delorean Time Machine kit.  Dave added extra interior detail to better mach the car in the movie and then he used a creative approach to get the proper look for the stainless steel body panels.  I enjoyed seeing all the Back to the Future movies and it made me grin when I saw Dave's Delorean Time Machine model.

Here's a product article for the  1/20 Helmet Set C 1980s from E. JAN.  These helmets are available directly from Hobby Link Japan.  Decals are included for Ronnie Peterson (1978), Gilles Villeneuve (1981-82), Nelson Piquet (1981-82), Mario Andretti (1979), Jochen Mass (1979), Elio de Angelis (1981-84), Niki Lauda (1984-85), Alan Prost (1985-86), Ayrton Senna (1985-87), and Nigel Mansell (1989).

Here's a product article for the 1/24 DBS Detail-up Etched Parts from KA Models  This photo etch detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan

Wednesday,   Dec 7  2011

  Pearl Harbor - Attack on U.S. base 1941 

Rodney Williams starts today with a very special car.  this is his Oldsmobile Aerotech - An Experimental Race Car which was created by GM to break various speed records.  It was powered by a highly turbocharged engine and had adjustable panels on the underside to control down force front and rear.  Rodney gave his model one of Rodney's famously flawless paint jobs.  A very cool car and beautifully done Rodney.

Ufuk AYDINER has done an exceptionally nice job building and finishing his 1/24 Tamiya Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec.  Ufuk added graphics to the hood and roof and then completed the look of his street racer with some very tasteful mods followed up by dry brushing on the underside for the final touch of realism.  This is a great looking Skyline.....welcome to ARC Auto Ufuk.

Terry Sumner is here with one of the wilder dragsters I've seen.  This is his amazing 1/25 MPC Wild Willie Borsch's 23 T AA/FA which is a 1923 Ford with a massive super charged engine.  Terry custom made new front coilover shocks turned on the Unimat lathe along with custom made coil springs.  Terry used enamel gloss black and then rubbed SNJ aluminum powder onto the parts to get his amazing polished aluminum looks.  Read Terry's article and enjoy the photos of his amazing model. 

Here's a product article for the 1/24 Streethawk Lightbar from PoliceCarModels.com

Here's a product article for the 1/24 Tool & Tool Box Set Photo-Etched Parts from Aoshima  This model kit is available directly from Hobby Link Japan

Tuesday,    Dec 6  2011

  Finland Independence Day 

Monday,    Dec 5  2011

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

  Russia - Soviet winter counteroffensive under Moscow   (1941) 

David Fuller (2qwik4u) starts your week with his flawless 1/25 Moebius 1953 Hudson Hornet.  David gave his Hornet a 2 tone interior and used bare metal foil for all the exterior chrome trim piece.  The dash is loaded with detail and looks just like the full sized car including numbers on the radio dial.  David finished his Hornet in a metallic blue color with white body inserts on the sides.  I'm quite impressed how well David's Hornet turned out.  Welcome to ARC Auto David.

Phil Ciborowski is here with not one but two 1/24 Revell of Germany Mercedes GP-01 from the 2010 F-1 season.  These represent the cars of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.  Phil kept very busy applying all the decals including a large assortment of carbon fiber decals.  The finished models capture the look of the real cars perfectly in every detail.  Welcome to ARC Auto Phil.

Dmitriy Shapiro is here with his 1/24 Monogram Shelby 350GT that he built when he was 10 years old.  I think for most of us with a passion for the Mustang......this would be the body style and version we would dream of having in our garage.  Dmitriy  is lucky to have a scale version of the legendary Shelby GT Mustang in his display case.  Welcome to ARC Auto Dmitriy.....it's a good looking Mustang. 

Here's a product article for the 1/4 Dodge 426 Street Hemi model kit from Hawk   This model kit is available directly from Hobby Link Japan.

Here's a product article for the 1/24 Lt Gray Torque Thrust Finished Wheel Set from Detail Master.

Friday,   Dec 2  2011

  Laos Proclamation of the Republic 

  United Arab Emirates National Day 

Neil Burkill is here with one of the funniest F-1 cars I've ever seen.  This is his 1/72 Fureari F-262 kit bash between an F-1 car and a Me 262 jet from WW2.  Very creative and amusing.  This model was built a few years ago and Neil includes in his article what inspired him to make this very amusing car.   Welcome to ARC Auto. 

Bob Seminsky is here with 2 of his models.......one is his 1/25 Armoured Truck which is mostly scratchbuilt and the other model is a big school bus......nicely done Bob.....I enjoyed seeing both of them.  Welcome to ARC Auto. 

John Green has done an exceptionally nice job building, detailing and finishing his 1/16 Airfix AC Cobra 427.  This is a big kit and John went to the extra effort to fix and modify certain issues on this kit to improve it and make his Cobra exactly that way he preferred.  The finished model really did turn out looking excellent.  

Here's a product article for the 1/20 McLaren MP4/4 1988 F1 Champion Car Super Detail-Up Set from Top Studio   This new detail set is available directly from Hobby Link Japan

Here's a product article for the 1/24 Truck Accessories from ItaleriThis accessory set from Italeri is available directly from Lucky Model.com

Thursday,   Dec 1  2011

 Central Africa National Day

 Romania National Day