After receiving many inquiries, Kinetic Models has provided an update on its highly anticipated 1/48 Harrier GR.1 kit (48060).

The company states, “Same as our T-Harrier, this GR1 fueslage, cockpit, in take will be tooled according to our latest tooling quality. So, for those who has the T-Harrier, you know what you will get.”

The GR.1 is also said to have a product code assigned and CAD prepared (although not final round). It is slated to be released in time for the Telford model show in November with pre-orders expected to launch at the end of August.

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For the latest installment of his “Kermie Cam” series, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks paid a visit to the late Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in Washington State for a tour of the facility.

The video captures Weeks exploring the impressive collection of military aircraft and vehicles with Executive Director Adrian Hunt, and also discussing the status of the museum since Allen’s passing last year.

The visit will be chronicled in two videos, the first of which can be seen below.

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Academy has released a new B-25D “Pacific Theatre” model kit in 1/48 scale.

The kit (12328) reportedly includes a highly detailed cockpit interior, bomb bay and machine guns as well as options to build the landing gear and bomb bay in extended or retracted positions. Also included is a canopy mask and Cartograf decals with three marking options representing 41-30024 “Red Wrath,” 41-30026, “Near Miss” / “Hilda” and 41-30669 “Tondelayo.”

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Offers are now being accepted on a 1914 80hp Le Rhone engine located in Sonoma, CA. The listing states (in part):

80 hp Le Rhone engine complete less Intake tubes. Excellent condition, disassembled and cleaned for inspection.

Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: National Archives and Records Administration via Wikimedia Commons)

Airfix has released an update on its upcoming new tool Spitfire FR Mk.XIV in 1/48 scale.

The update offers the first images of the completed model wearing its “lead scheme option” representing NH902 VC-P ‘Lazy Lady V’, flown by Squadron Leader James Bernard Prendergast of 414 Squadron, RCAF. This particular livery was worn by the machine when Prendergast scored his double Fw 190 kill on May 2, 1945 and when he was flying on VE Day.

The kit (A05135) was developed with the aid of “a vast collection of research materials, original drawings and photographs relating to Spitfire production” as well as computer base model shape data from their Spitfire Mk.1 kit released in 2014. A second livery representing TZ112 will also be included.

The kit is currently slated for release at the end of the month. Click below to check out additional photos.

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The Historic Aircraft Collection has announced the first post-restoration flight of de Havilland DH.9 E8894/G-CDLI.

As previously reported, the aircraft is one of two DH.9s discovered in an elephant stable in India and restored over a 15 year period by Guy Black’s Retrotec workshop in East Sussex, England. While the first example (D-5649) was rebuilt for static display at the Imperial War Museum, this second DH.9 was restored to airworthy status and is powered by the only airworthy Siddeley Puma engine in the world. The aircraft is owned by Retrotec’s sister company Aero Vintage and operated by Historic Aircraft Collection.

The flight was reportedly conducted yesterday from the Imperial War Museum’s Duxford airfield with pilot Dodge Bailey at the controls. It lasted 30 minutes and was described as “trouble free.”

Click below to check out photos and video of the test.

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Airfix has released a new series of images offering a glimpse at the wing folding feature on its upcoming Blackburn Buccaneer S Mk.2 kit in 1/72 scale.

The kit (A06021) was reportedly designed to be “a highly accurate scale representation of this famous aircraft” which will include parts to model the aircraft with its wings extended for flight or raised for carrier stowage.

To illustrate this feature, Airfix designer Matt produced a quick sample build consisting of test frame components from the first plastic injection through the new mold. The resulting photos can be seen below.

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A 7/8 P-26 Peashooter reproduction has hit the market. The listing states:

We just do not have the time to finish this project, it is about 75% done, will need an engine and prop! Aircraft is at American Flight Museum (KFOE) in Topeka, KS

The aircraft is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Brickmania has released a new, limited edition 1/35 C-47 Skytrain LEGO model kit.

The offering (BKM2231) consists of 2,220 new-condition LEGO and Brickmania elements, a high-quality sticker sheet, printed elements and full-color building instructions. Additional features include brick-built invasion stripes, posable flaps and rudders, a detailed cockpit and radio room, a historically accurate radio antenna configuration, brick-built engine exhaust, new landing gear design, and a removable door to convert the model between paratrooper and cargo carrying missions.

Click below to check out the product page and a video overview of the new kit.

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Airfix has released a new series of images featuring test frames for their upcoming Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17F model kit (A03091) in 1/72 scale.

The representation of the iconic cold war jet was reportedly produced utilizing scan data from a restored example of the type as well as research visits that allowed the team to check of specific details and capture many reference photos.

The newly released images show the first test frames for the upcoming kit, and although the company states that this latest new tooling project is “advancing nicely towards its scheduled release date,” it emphasizes that the frames are “very much at the development stage and still represent a relatively early stage in this process.”

Currently, the MiG-17 kit is slated for release in November. Click below to check out additional photos.

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