At a hobby show in Shizuoka City, Japan this past weekend, Tamiya unveiled the prototype of a new kit that will apparently be released sometime in the new year.

Although no details have yet been released, it appears that the kit will represent the Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien in 1/72 scale.

The Japanese Ki-61 fighter was designed by Takeo Doi and Shin Owada and manufactured with a license-built versions of the Daimler-Benz DB 601Aa and 605 engines. The type performed its maiden flight in late 1941 and, although plagued by a number of shortcomings, proved effective against P-40s and was even used to engage B-29 bombers at high altitude. It went on to serve until the end of WW2 with about 3,000 examples being produced.

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HpH has released their massive, limited edition 1/48 B-36 Peacemaker model kit.

The kit reportedly includes fiberglass parts with resin details, metal reinforcements, photoetched parts, decals, mask, and a special certificate bearing a serial number. It is being produced in an extremely limited edition of 100 pieces, and according to HpH, 83 pre-orders had already been accepted prior to release.

Due the technological difficulty and duration of production of such an exclusive kit, the company will manufacture approximately 10 pieces per month, with new orders being dispatched in about 10 months.

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Complete Aircraft Care of Caboolture, Queensland has reported a major milestone in the overhaul of CA-18 Mk. 21 A68-110 with the reunification of the machine’s fuselage and wing.

The aircraft, an Australian-built example of the P-51D, was delivered to the RAAF in 1948 and saw little service prior to being decommissioned in 1957. After being sold, it sat for nearly four decades before becoming the focus of a seven-year restoration by Sandora Aviation in North Brisbane, during which it was converted to a two-seat configuration. In 2002 it returned to the air and is now the the centerpiece of the Caboolture Warplane Museum, providing regular flight experiences with the nonprofit Mustang Flights Australia while also supporting local war service commemorations.

Following the rebuild, the Mustang will reportedly “be better than original” and as historically correct as it was when it came off the production line. The exacting work even includes minor changes to the livery to make it a better representation of A68-769 “Snifter,” a machine that served with 82 Squadron in Japan and 77 Squadron in Korea.

Currently, the Mustang is said to be “very near completion” and will undergo full power ground runs and a test flying program before returning to commercial operations. Click below to check out a video of the recent joining of the fuselage and wing.

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A Curtiss Jenny project accompanied by “many extra parts” has hit the market.

According to the listing, the aircraft is “on its way back together” with all work done by professionals. The fuselage was reportedly restored with tubing, the wings recovered and the original powerplant replaced with a 351 Ford Windsor motor generating about 200 hp. The project is also said to include extra control surfaces and an original Jenny dataplate.

The aircraft, described as a “fun project” and “not a kit,” is located Great Falls, Montana and is currently being offered for $46,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Arma Hobby has released the first photos of test sprues for their upcoming new tool Fokker E.V model kit.

As previously reported, the 1/72 model will be released in separate “Expert” and “Junior” boxings. The Expert edition (70012) will reportedly feature plastic parts and photo-etched fret as well as an extensive decal sheet with four marking options. The decals are also said to replicate the fabric structure on the lozenge and wooden structure of the propeller and interior parts. The Junior set (70013) is a simplified, less expensive version with plastic parts and two liveries.

The test parts were reportedly photographed last week and have since received further refinements. The company is now “waiting impatiently for confirmation that production may start.”

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A newly released video is giving the world its first clear look at Fiat G.59 4B MM.53278/D-FIAT in flight following restoration.

As previously reported the aircraft, a two-seat trainer variant of the famous G.55 Centauro WW2 fighter utilizing a Rolls Royce Merlin engine, was originally built in 1950 bearing construction number #179 and served with the Italian Air Force Flight Test Wing as “RS-25” before being stored at the Museo Storico dell’Aononautica Militaire in central Italy.

In the early 1980s, the machine was acquired by a private owner in Australia, receiving restoration in Chino, California and winning the Lindbergh Award at the 1987 Oshkosh fly-in. During this time it was also adorned with fictitious Italian camouflage (seen above) in order to prevent it from being mistaken for a P-51 – an error that apparently occurred with irritating frequency. [click to continue…]

Tamiya’s new tool 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 is currently due out on January 20, but YouTuber “Andy’s Hobby Headquarters” has obtained an early sample copy of the kit which is examined and assembled in a newly released video.

As previously reported, the model is said to include a complete engine, a cowling designed for open or closed display and marking options for 9./JG54, 7./JG27 and 9./JG52 machines. It will retail for $53.

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A rare example of the KB-50 Superfortress at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida is reportedly being prepped for disassembly and transport to its new home.

The aircraft (S/N 49-0389) was originally built by Boeing as a B-50D and delivered to the USAAF around 1949. During its service life it was converted to a KB-50 variant carrying auxiliary fuel tanks and a hose pod under the wings. In 1958 it was again modified, this time to a KB-50J refueling tanker which included the addition of two turbojet engines. In 1965 it was flown to Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, where it became part of the USAF Museum collection. It remained at the museum until 1996, when it was loaned to MacDill.

Worldwide Aircraft Recovery of Bellevue, Nebraska is reportedly carrying out the work that will see the aircraft relocated to the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover AFB in Delaware. There it will join a KC-97 and a KC-135 and complete AMC’s collection of the oldest tankers in the USAF.

A timeframe for transfer and display at AMC has not yet been reported.

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MotionRC has announced the upcoming release of the Freewing’s 64mm F-105D Thunderchief RC model.

The model is touted as the first example of the Vietnam-era fighter bomber in PNP format and “an ideal first hand launch EDF (electric powered ducted fan) for novice pilots wanting to learn how an EDF jet handles versus a propeller driven model aircraft of a similar size.”

The model reportedly offers EPO foam and reinforced construction, realistic shape and detailing and minimal assembly. It is powered by a 64mm 5 blade EDF fan unit, 30A ESC and 2627-4500kv brushless outrunner motor and is said to reach a top speed of 116kph/72mph using a single 3s 1000mAh-2200mAh lipo battery with XT60 connector.

The Freewing F-105 is currently available for pre-order with an expected release in January. Click below to check out a video overview.

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The Peterson Air and Space Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado recently unveiled their static P-40 Warhawk following restoration and the application of a new livery.

The mounted reproduction was heavily damaged in a hail storm in July 2016 and restoration was carried out by contractors earlier this fall. During the process the display was repainted to represent a typical P-40 flown by the 268th Army Air Forces Base Unit located at Peterson Field during 1944-45.

The 268th AAFBU operated a fighter pilot training school at Peterson, training new Army Air Forces pilots in basic air combat and ground attack tactics and methods prior to their assignments to combat units. The museum’s P-40 now represents the student fighter pilots and their instructors that trained at Peterson Field, and the ground crews that supported them.

As seen above, the aircraft previously wore the markings of Lynn II, flown by Lt. John S. Stewart of 76 FS/23 FG.

The restored P-40 can be seen at the corner of Peterson Boulevard and West Ent Avenue, across the street from the museum’s entrance. Click below to check out a post-restoration image.

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