Airfix has announced the upcoming release of their new tool Hawker Hunter F.6 model kit (A09185) in 1/48 scale.

Originally entering service with the RAF in 1954, the Hunter went on to operate with a large number of countries and in a number of conflicts. Its design arguably peaked with the Rolls-Royce Avon 203-powered F.6 variant, which is described as “the definitive interceptor version of the Hunter.”

The kit’s livery options have reportedly changed since initial reports and are now said to include XE597/A of 63 Squadron (Commander’s aircraft specially marked for the 1958 Battle of Britain display), XF509/73 of 4 Flying Training School and N-209 of 324 Squadron.

The expected release date has also changed from October to December, although pre-orders are now being accepted. Click below to check out additional images.

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On October 6, C-53 Skytrooper “Beach City Baby” returned to the air for the fist time in 25 years following over two years of work.

The aircraft (S/N 41-20095) was constructed by Douglas and was on the factory floor when the Pearl Harbor attack occurred in December 1941. It was delivered to the USAAC in January 1942 and was soon flown to Africa to participate in Operation Torch. The machine also saw service transporting troops and VIPs during the war and completed its service with FEA, Cairo Division.

Following civilian service with Danish Airlines/SAS and a stint as “Buckeye One,” the official state aircraft for the governor of Ohio, the Skytrooper was retired and flown to the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio where it remained until 1990, when it was acquired by Ohio University of Athens and stripped of its engines. Eventually Ken Joseph stepped in and returned it to an airworthy state, obtaining a ferry permit and flying it to Beach City, Ohio in 1992. [click to continue…]

The USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio is currently in the process of restoring their Avro 504K and recently released a time-lapse video detailing the process of removing fabric from the machine’s fuselage.

As previously reported, this particular example of the famous WW1 British trainer was originally constructed by the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Aircraft Maintenance & Development Unit in 1966-67 using original parts, including a 110 hp Le Rhone rotary engine. It arrived at the USAF Museum in 2003 and has since been on display in its Early Years Gallery wearing the colors of an aerobatic trainer of AEF No. 3 Instruction Center, based at Issoudun, France in 1918.

The next steps will include cleaning the airframe structure and engine and replacing the fabric with a period correct linen.

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Modeler extraordinaire Tom Grigat is back with a new stop motion animation video detailing his construction of Airfix’s 1/72 B-17G model kit.

The build included aftermarket parts from CMK (Special Hobby) and also saw Tom simulating “stressed skin” for the first time, although he reports that he ran into some issues, stating that he “scratched to hard into the surface and the effect might be a bit too strong.”

The machine’s metallic surfaces are simulated using several paints from alclad II (accentuated with metal powder from Uschi van der Rosten) while engine detail and antennas saw the use of material from Albion Alloys.

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Modelsvit has announced the upcoming release of a new tool XP-55 Ascender model kit in 1/48 scale.

The aircraft, built by Curtiss-Wright, performed its maiden flight in 1943 but its performance was found to be lacking. Only three examples of the type were built – two of which were destroyed in crashes. The third is currently on long-term loan from Kalamazoo, Michigan’s Air Zoo to the National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC.

The kit (4808) is the company’s first in a new series focusing on experimental U.S. aircraft and will reportedly include a PE sheet, adhesive masks, two canopy options, detailed cabin and two marking variants. A release date has not yet been announced.

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1951 Canadian Car & Foundry Harvard Mk IV N52494 (S/N CCF4-387) has hit the market. The listing states:

Beautifully Polished And Well Maintained Harvard Mk IV. Flown Regularly. Needs Nothing.

The airframe reportedly has a total time of 5,000 hrs, while the Pratt & Whitney R-1340 has 490 SMOH by Aero Engines. Additional features include an avionics package, preoiler, Redline wheels and brakes, new seats and original exhaust.

The aircraft is located in Missouri and is currently being offered for US$185,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(via Trade-a-Plane Top Photo: Bill Larkins via Wikimedia Commons)

A T-33 forward fuselage/cockpit section has hit the market.

The listing states that the machine is on a trailer which is included with the sale. The section is described as a “great sign or display” – its canopy will reportedly open with a 110 volt extension cord and both seats remain in cockpit, although they are in need of recovering.

The section is located in Nacogdoches, Texas and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

After seven years of planning and construction, Franz Obenauf’s 1/4 scale Junkers Ju 188 recently performed its maiden flight.

The machine spans 18 ft, weighs 1876 lbs and is powered by two Moki 250cc engines spinning 30.7″ 3 blade Ramoser propellers. The colors and markings were applied by Klaus Herold, who is an expert at painting and weathering WW2 RC aircraft.

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Hawker Sea Fury FB.Mk II VH-SHF has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

1953 Hawker Sea Fury FB.MK 11, Former Royal Iraq Air Force ID Code-326, Previous USA Reg-N43SF, Australian Reg-VH SHF, Serial No-41H643827, TTIS 365. original configuration, Bristol Centaurus Engine.

The machine is located in Australia and is reportedly being offered as an online auction sale. The auction will end on October 18. Click here for additional details.

(via Trade-a-Plane Photo: Jeff Gilbert – via Wikimedia Commons)

Zoukei-Mura has released an update and new renderings of their 1/32 Fw 190 kit, which is currently in development.

The company states that the process has been “fraught with hurdle after hurdle” but “has at last reached a turning point”:

How should we bring you the SWS take on the famous “butcher bird”?! In search of the answer, we happily enjoyed an indescribable continuation of hardships. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Just like those wise words, we have begun to see a terrific form of the Fw 190, fit for an SWS kit.

The company had previously stated its desire to make the Fw 190 kit the “strongest,” “most beautiful” and overall best SWS (Super Wing Series) kit ever. The recent update notes that the release will take some time due to “the confirmation of details, negotiation and meetings with the mold production,” but concludes on a positive note: “To all of the worried Fw 190 fans, now it’s just a matter of time and patience.”

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