Special Hobby has revealed the four marking options to be included in their highly anticipated new tool Short Sunderland Mk V model kit.

The 1/72 offering (SH72162) will reportedly contain liveries for ML796, NJ177 and PP117, as well as SZ566, which was flown by Vaclav Bergman in Singapore during the Korea War and is featured on the box art shown above. The marking options appear to represent post-war machines, which is reflected in the kit’s “Fighting Commies” release title.

As previously reported, the company describes the product as “a brand new model, yes just ours – no cooperation with anyone else.” It is currently slated for release in April.

Click below to check out livery profiles.

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A 1943 North American SNJ-4 project has hit the market.

The machine has reportedly amassed only 38 hours since complete airframe overhaul while the Pratt & Whitney 1340 engine has 1000 SMOH. The listing states that the “pilot landed on dirt and flipped,” with the aircraft sustaining “damage to cowling, canopies, roll over structure, vertical, rudder, left wing, prop strike.”

Photos identify the machine as S/N 88-13243 / N243CC. It is located in El Cajon, California and is currently available for $100,000, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

A “full-scale fixed-based” 747-400 flight simulator has been spotted for sale. The listing states (in part):

The simulator is two years old and all components are in perfect condition. This is NOT your standard home cockpit, and comes with all the bells and whistles… Purchased new, this simulator, the computers and software which run it, and the high definition visual system would cost close to $200,000 USD. Please note that this is a full 1:1 scale Boeing 747-400 replica flightdeck with a 200 degree FOV wraparound visual screen and, as such, a ceiling height of at least 8ft as well as a (minimum) 17x15ft space would be required to fit the simulator.

The simulator is located in Henderson, Nevada and is currently being offered for US $125,000, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing, which includes a lengthy list of its features.

The “beautifully restored” cockpit section of Vought A-7B Corsair II B/N 154456 has hit the market.

Described as “a truly a one-of-a-kind offering,” the cockpit was reportedly found in “derelict condition” five years ago, filled with “20+ years of desert sand.” It was sent to Century of Flight restoration services and brought back to life over a two year period. The listing states (in part):

Completely cleaned inside and out, and then blasted down to the bear metal, the nose gear was removed to accommodate a mounting point for an extremely sturdy, custom-built frame with heavy-duty casters. The entire aircraft can easily be rolled/moved by one person. The interior and exterior were then primed and painted to reflect an A-7B serving in VA-205 in the late 70s/early 80s. All avionics were taken apart, cleaned, painted and look showroom new. Gunsight has been fitted with LED lighting…allowing you to keep gunsight reticle on without overheating. Refueling probe freely moves. ESCAPAC seat has been restored with the same attention to detail as the rest of the aircraft. Purchase includes a complete radar w/ NOS dish, and LTV-produced canopy support strut.

The cockpit is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and is currently being offered for US $37,500, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Eduard has shared a series of images suggesting that a new line of 1/48 Spitfire kits is in the works. In a recent post, the company states:

Láďa Jonáš is finalizing the design of a Spitfire Mk. Vb. Other Spitfire versions – Mk.I, Mk.II, Mk.Va, Mk.Vc, Seafire as well as Spitfires Mk.VI and Mk.VII, are also a part of the project.

At the moment additional details, including a time frame for release, have not yet been announced. Click below to check out additional images.

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An example of the Norden bombsight, described as “perhaps the most iconic ww2 aircraft component,” has hit the market.

The artifact is touted as original and in excellent condition, with no noticeable flaws apart from a section of the data plate being marked out. It reportedly comes complete with stand and is located in Santa Rosa, California.

The bombsight is currently being offered for US $7,995.99 although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Over a four hour period yesterday, the Museum of Flight in Seattle relocated their newly restored B-52 “Midnight Express” to its new, permanent home on the west side of the Museum’s Aviation Pavilion.

As previously reported, the bomber (S/N 59-2584) had been parked outdoors at the museum’s Paine Field facility for 26 years before a $2.2 million restoration effort was launched. The machine will now serve as the centerpiece of a new Vietnam Air War Memorial Park, which is slated to open on May 25, 2019 and will pay tribute to the aircraft of the Vietnam War and honor the service members who flew and supported them.

Click below to check out video of yesterday’s move.

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New Zealand-based aircraft manufacturer The Vintage Aviator, Ltd. has expanded its list of machines for sale, with offerings now including four WW1 aircraft reproductions and two rotary engine types.

In addition to the Hispano-Suiza-powered SE.5a and Le Rhone-powered Sopwith Pup listed in November, TVAL is now offering RAF1a-powered BE.2e G-CJZP, which has amassed a total time of 42 hours, and Bentley B.R.2-powered Sopwith Snipe G-CKBB (pictured above) which represents F2367 of 70 Squadron.

TVAL has also expanded their inventory to include powerplants, and is currently offering a limited number of reproduction 110 hp Le Rhone and 230 hp Bentley B.R.2 rotary engines.

Click here to check out the full aircraft listings, and here for engine listings.

(Top Photo: Alan Wilson via Wikimedia Commons Thanks, Pascal!)

Eduard has released the first test shots of their upcoming new tool P-51D Mustang model kit in 1/48 scale.

The company states that they successfully tested the first two of six tools needed for production. The early test provided a “nice result with some flashes, but without shrinkages.” It is expected that the next test will move both tools “very close to production status.”

As previously reported, the kit makes use of “every technological innovation” at Eduard’s disposal and will initially be released as a ProfiPACK edition, followed by limited edition releases that will be theme related.

Check out additional photos below.

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The Spitfire AA810 Project has begun restoration of the PR.IV flown by Alastair “Sandy” Gunn of 1 PRU RAF.

As previously reported, the machine departed RAF Wick in Scotland for a photo reconnaissance mission to Trondheim, Norway on March 5, 1942. During the flight, Gunn was forced to bail out after being shot down by two Messerschmitts of Jagdgruppe Losigkeit near Surnadal. Gunn became a POW and took part in The Great Escape in 1944, but sadly was recaptured and executed.

The remains of the Spitfire were recovered in July, with “some 70% of the aircraft” remaining intact. It will now receive a full restoration to airworthy status and will reportedly incorporate a significant amount of original material. The Project has enlisted Airframe Assemblies to provide CAA Part 21 services and Kennet Aviation for Part 23 and 25 services. [continue reading…]