Modelsvit has announced the upcoming release of a new tool Messerschmitt Bf 109 C-3 model kit in 1/48 scale.

The company emphasizes that the kit is manufactured with new molds and notes that it will include two canopies (open/closed), PE sheet (instr.panel, seat belts,etc.) and decals for two machines.

The new kit (4805) is currently slated for release in the second half of November.

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Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has posted a new FoF Mechanic’s Corner video dealing with the restoration of his extremely rare Seversky P-35A. The new update will be released in two parts and features Fantasy of Flight’s metal specialist Rick Reeves “taking us through the process of restoring the P-35 wing.”

To help show all the steps in detail, we’ll follow one particular wing skin through the whole process. Rick starts by pulling the old wing skin off the frame, and then goes through all the steps it takes to bring a new skin to life.

As previously reported, the machine was acquired years back in a trade with the USAF Museum and is reportedly one of only three remaining examples of the single seat fighter, which was introduced in the mid-1930s and saw limited action at the beginning of WW2. It came from the Swedish Air Force and was stored in underground bunkers during the war, which resulted in significant pitting and surface corrosion. Additional damage was sustained when Hurricane Andrew struck Kermit’s Florida-based collection in 1992. When complete, this will be the only airworthy example of the type in the world.

Click below to check out part 1 of the new series.

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North American F-86F S/N 52-5303 is available for sale.

The listing states that the machine is in poor condition and therefore for parts or static display. It also lacks an engine. It is located in Troutville, Virginia and is currently being offered for $55,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

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A “very hard to find” WW1 Bamberg compass has been spotted for sale. The listing states (in part):

Fantastic compass used on the German planes of the first war. Manufacturer: Carl Bamberg N. 38075 Berlin-Friedenau. Very used in aircraft Fokker Dr.1, Albatros, Gotha Bomber, and others… No water inside.

The compass is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

A Hawker Tempest Mk II project has been spotted for sale.

Details are scarce, although the listing states that the project includes an original engine, is almost complete and in “V.G. condition.” Pricing is not mentioned.

Click here to check out the complete listing.

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Brickmania has released a new, limited edition 1/35 Lockheed F-22 Raptor LEGO model kit.

The offering (BKM8005) consists of 1528 LEGO elements, a high-quality sticker sheet, printed elements, custom F-22 pilot minifigure and full-color building instructions. Additional features include working landing gear, posable flaps, elevators, and thrust vectoring nozzles, as well as a detailed cockpit, arresting hook and Gatling gun door. Also included are three opening missile bays and a combat load out that includes two Sidewinders and two AMRAAM missiles, as well as a brick-built display stand.

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

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A Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (S/N 48423 / N423RS) with “many spare parts” has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

Standard WWII military configuration. Seats removed other than radio operator position. In fair condition. Flight deck is in fair condition… Aircraft has been in storage after shipment to Florida from UK. There are spares with the project including tail component, rudders, props, main wings, struts, cowls.

The airframe reportedly has 12049.2 TT, while the Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92S engines each have 650 SOH. The machine is located in New Smyrna, FL and is currently being offered for US $275,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

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A 1963 Bell UH-1B (S/N 62-2084 / N832M) described as “restored” and “ready [to] fly on the airshow circuit” has hit the market.

The airframe reportedly has 10,463.6 TTSN, while the T-53-11D engine has 3039.5 TTSN / 1105.5 SMOH. The blades are listing as having amassed 2365.6 and 22,374.5 TSN. The machine is painted in USN markings with “excellent condition” interior restored to stock.

The aircraft is located in California and is currently being offered for US$190,000. Click here and here to check out complete listings.

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The Kent Battle of Britain Museum and the Westland Whirlwind Fighter Project have announced a cooperation to build and display an example of the Westland Whirlwind Mk 1 at the Hawkinge-based museum.

According to the announcements, the museum will be helping to raise the needed funds and each sub assembly will be displayed in their Stuart-Buttle Memorial Hangar as they are built. These displays will “bring the work of the Whirlwind Fighter Project to a wider audience” and provide an opportunity for the public to “expand their knowledge of airframe construction and design.”

The twin-engine, single-seat Whirlwind fighter-bomber was developed in the 1930s and went on to serve in WW2, where it saw use in a variety of roles including bomber escort and ground attack. In addition to Hawker Hurricanes, 263 Squadron was equipped with eight Whirlwinds during the Battle of Britain. It was eventually withdrawn from service in 1943 and succeeded by the Hawker Typhoon. [continue reading…]

A P-51 project described as a “flying experimental homebuilt 80% scale replica” has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

Here was a flying experimental homebuilt 80% scale replica of a P-51 Fighter. Two seats. Made the cover of Sport Aviation with a detailed article in 1996. It suffered a landing mishap and needs repairs or rebuilding. All aluminum construction. The original fuselage has many parts that can be used on the nearly finished second new fuselage. Most control surfaces and landing gear are reusable. The 3 blade constant speed propeller has been overhauled. The engine is a Lycoming GO-480 290 HP and is installed in the original fuselage. It will need inspection before further flight. The main part of the project is to build a new wing. Digital wing plans, sheet aluminum for ribs, and wing skins included.

The project is located in SW Washington near Portland, Oregon and is currently being offered for US $25,000, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.