Modeler extraordinaire Tom Grigat has returned with a new stop motion video which details the construction of Special Hobby’s 1/48 Pfalz E.I in the most entertaining way possible.

Tom reports that the model is painted mostly with Alclad II metallic and milspecs colors while rigging components were sourced from Uschi van der Roste (rubber thread) and Albion Alloys (different tubes).

Prior to the outbreak of WW1, Pfalz produced Morane-Saulnier monoplanes under license, and the E.I’s design was heavily influenced by these French machines. The aircraft entered service in 1915 equipped with a single synchronized machine gun and went on to see service in Europe and the Middle East.

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Earlier today, the Shuttleworth Collection’s Spitfire Vc performed its first engine test since restoration of the machine began nearly a decade ago.

The aircraft (AR501/G-AWII) was originally built by Westland Aircraft at Yeovil and was issued to No. 310 (Czech) Squadron in 1942, where it escorted USAAF B-17 and B-24 bombers. Later, it would serve with RAF’s Central Gunnery School before finding use as an instructional airframe at Loughborough College. AR501 was acquired by the Shuttleworth Collection in 1961 and restored to airworthy condition for the 1968 film The Battle of Britain. It entered the shop once again in 1973 for restoration to its authentic wartime condition, eventually returning to flight in in 1975.

The most recent work was initially expected to last only 18 months, but eventually expanded into an extensive overhaul that has seen the aircraft completely dismantled and rebuilt. The result is said to be “95% original”, and while there is still much to do, today’s engine run marks a major milestone in the effort to return the historic machine to the skies.

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In addition to their upcoming 1/32 Aviatik D.I kit, HpH Models has announced the development of an additional 1/18 scale kit that will detail the machine’s engine section.

The kit will reportedly contain laser-cut plywood parts, as well as highly detailed resin and brass parts in order to provide the most realistic appearance possible. As newly released photos suggest, the result is truly impressive and will no doubt make builders long for a structure model of the complete aircraft.

A final release date for the 1/32 and 1/18 scale kits have not yet been announced. Click below to check out additional photos.

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On Saturday, Erickson Aircraft Collection’s newly restored Me 109 took to the air for its first post-restoration flight with pilot John Romain at the controls.

As previously reported, the aircraft was originally a Buchon HA-1109 built under license by Hispano Aviación and equipped with a Rolls Royce Merlin engine. It was used in the 1969 film The Battle of Britain before finding its way to Erickson’s facility in Madras, Oregon. Pacific Fighters performed the restoration of the machine, bringing it as close as possible to a German Me 109 configuration. Work included equipping it with new exhaust stacks, an original cowling and an Allison engine as a substitute for the original Daimler-Benz.

Restoration work was completed earlier this month, with the machine being finished in the colors of the G-6 “Green 1” flown by Hermann Graf of Jagdgeschwader 50. Click below to check out photos and video of the recent test flight.

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The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre’s effort to put a third Avro Lancaster back in the skies is once again on track after a shortage of paint delayed the project.

Last October, the organization announced that NX611 “Just Jane” would be returned to airworthy status after 50 years as the result of a £3.5m restoration initiative. Work commenced late last year beginning with a complete strip and assessment of the airframe prior to the application of new paint.

The insufficient supply delayed the project and threatened to derail the plan to have the colors and markings applied by the end of April. Thankfully, Lincoln-based Witham Oil and Paint has stepped forward and donated eight different types of paint to complete the task, manufacturing the full range of traditional colors in a mere two days. [click to continue…]

HK Models is following up their recently released de Havilland Mosquito B Mk.VI model kit with new Mk. IX and XVI versions in 1/32 scale.

Few details have been released so far, but the company reports that the new offering employs “creative kit engineering” for easier construction as well as several famous wartime Mosquito liveries, including ML897/D of 1409 Met Flight, LR503/F of 105 Squadron and MM199/M5-Q of 128 Squadron.

The new kit is currently slated for release in mid-May. Click below to check out additional images.

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The Imperial War Museum has amassed a collection of 78 rare photos from their archive which document the Second World War as it was seen by those who lived through it: in full color.

The Second World War in Colour represents the surviving examples of more than 3,000 color images captured by British photographers between 1942-1945, many of which haven’t been seen in more than 7 decades. The “striking and powerful” images became part of the IWM collection in 1949 and are said to show us “a new – or at least long-forgotten – World War II”: [click to continue…]

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A recently restored example of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-12 two-seat trainer has hit the market.

The aircraft (S/N 440738 / D-FMGZ) was converted from a Hispano Aviación Buchón by MeierMotors GmbH in Bremgarten, Germany and is powered by an original DB605 engine. It performed its first post restoration flight on August 4, 2016 and is said to be the only example of the two-place G-12 trainer in existence.

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Two new titles from publisher Pen and Sword are set to provide new insights into WW1 aerial combat by focusing on the pilots who used budding technologies to wage an entirely new form of warfare.

Norman Franks’ 144 page book Great War Fighter Aces 1916-1918 “explores the many ways in which fighter pilots developed tactics in order to outdo the opposition in the fight for allied victory” while also looking at “the development of militarized flight during the course of these key years, revealing how each side constantly endeavored to improve their aircraft and their gunnery.”

In addition, author Barry M. Marsden has penned the new, 192-page biography Camel Combat Ace: The Great War Flying Career of Edwin Swale CBE OBE DFC*, which “follows the First World War career of Captain (later wing commander) Edwin Swale, CBE DFC and bar, who served with 210 Squadron RAF, piloting Sopwith Camel scouts between March and October 1918.” [click to continue…]

Yesterday, an estimated 16,000 people gathered at the USAF Museum near Dayton, Ohio to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, a daring “one-way” mission which saw 16 B-25 bombers launch from an aircraft carrier to bomb Tokyo following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

The memorial service included a wreath laying at the museum’s memorial park, speeches, and a flyover of 11 B-25 bombers and two B-1 bombers from the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons. In attendance were family members of the 80 airmen who participated in the operation, as well as 101-year-old Richard E. Cole, the last surviving member who served as co-pilot aboard the B-25B flown by the mission’s leader, Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle. [click to continue…]