MENG has released new images of its upcoming 1/48 assembled model of the P-51D.

The Mustang, which will be the company’s first assembled model, wears the colors of 44-63223 “Sweet Arlene” flown by USAAF ace Lt. Arthur Reed Bowers and reportedly features two 75gal drop tanks, an adjustable stand and “the same fine details as we can find on plastic model kits.”

The release will be limited to 500 models, although it appears that pricing and an exact release date have not yet been announced.

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Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk S/N AK803 (C-GHTM) has hit the market.

The aircraft was delivered to the RCAF in October 1941 and based at an RCAF Station in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where it saw use in anti-submarine patrols. Later, the machine was flown 4,000 miles to Annette Island, Alaska (setting a record in the process) before moving on to Boundary Bay near Vancouver, British Columbia, where it performed fighter affiliation work with B-24s and B-25s.

Following a landing accident on Vancouver Island, AK803 was sent to Coates Limited on Sea Island, where it was stripped to bare metal, polished and used as part of a War Bond drive at Brockton Point Oval in Vancouver.

After being declared surplus in 1946, the Kittyhawk was acquired by noted warbird preservationist George Maude, who transported it from Patricia Bay to Saltspring Island, British Columbia, where it became a tourist attraction.

The machine has been restored and, apart from six 50 inch caliber machine guns, is considered to be one of the most original examples of the type in existence. It has reportedly amassed 569.20 total hours since new, and 3.30 since military overhaul, which included a new Allison V-1710-73 engine.

The Kittyhawk is currently being offered for $1,895,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Tamiya has released their highly anticipated 1/32 model kit of the F4U-1D Corsair.

The kit includes new parts to depict the type (the first Corsair to be cleared for use on aircraft carriers) including accurate representations of its semi-bubble canopy, thicker propeller roots, wing hardpoints for carrying of bombs and drop tanks, improved tail wheel cover, extended outer wing sections with rocket mounts and modified cockpit floor. Additional features include representation of two 1,000lb bombs, eight 5-inch HVAR rockets and two drop tanks, marking options for Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, photo etched details and two figures depicting standing and sitting crew members.

Builders can choose between flight or parked positions, folded or extended wings and flaps and elevators in either up or down positions. A two-piece cowling can also be removed to display the kits detailed Pratt & Whitney engine.

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On Wednesday, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will officially hand over Avro Lancaster KB882 to the National Air Force Museum of Canada (NAFMC).

As previously reported, the aircraft is one of 430 Mk.X models built by Victory Aircraft Ltd. in Canada, and is one of only 17 complete Lancasters known to exist. It served with RCAF Group 6 Bomber Command in WW2 and performed 11 operational sorties over Europe before being transported back to Canada in preparation for deployment to Japan (the war ended before this plan came to fruition). The bomber has been on outdoor display at Edmundston Airport in New Brunswick for over 50 years and constant exposure to the elements has left it in “critical condition”. The city of Edmundston had previously transferred ownership of the aircraft to the Alberta Aviation Museum, but a Kickstarter campaign failed to raise the funds needed to transport and preserve the machine.

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Airfix has released new details on their upcoming 1/72 B-25C/D Mitchell model kit, including livery options, sprue photos and box art.

As previously reported, the new tool offering will serve as a 21st century upgrade to Airfix’s previous 1/72 B-25 (which was originally released in 1965), utilizing “the very latest design and production techniques”. The kit is touted as “a highly accurate” representation of the machine, created with the aid of original construction drawings obtained from the Smithsonian as well as data gathered from an up-close inspection of B-25D FR193 (41-30792) based at the National War and Resistance Museum in Overloon, Holland.

Special attention has been paid to accurately reproducing the type’s “distinct gull-winged appearance”, which includes “a slight anhedral being incorporated to the outer wing area from the engine nacelles outwards.”

Two livery options will be recreate B-25D-15 41-30409 “Lady Jane” of the 23rd Anti-Submarine Squadron and B-25C 41-12860 “Desert Warrior” of the 12th Bombardment Group. The kit is currently slated for release in November.

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The world may soon have a second airworthy example of the Avro Anson Mk 1 following a recent acquisition by the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Association in New South Wales, Australia.

The Anson, MG422, reportedly served as a training and patrol aircraft in WW2 before being retired from service and sold in 1953. It began a period of decline until being acquired by Grahame and Helen Field of Forbes in 2001. The pair brought the project to several airshows around the country, however, their plan to restore it to operating condition did not come to fruition, as Grahame developed lung cancer in 2004.

Helen decided to sell the machine after Grahame’s passing, seeking a buyer who could possibly fulfill his dream. This eventually led to a deal with Evans Head, who plans to return the rare machine to “flight capabilities” and display it in a new exhibition called “the Grahame and Helen Field collection.”

MG422 is said to be extraordinary due to it original, unmodified fuselage and original logbook detailing its history. A timeframe for its completion has not been revealed, although the process will reportedly take “some time.”

Currently, New Zealand-based Mk 1 MH120 is the only airworthy example of the type known to exist.

(via Forbes Advocate and Evans Head Heritage Aviation Museum Photo via Flickr)

New Zealand manufacturer Kiwi Models has announced the development of a 1/72 kit of the Lockheed A-12 Oxcart, the predecessor to the famous SR-71 Blackbird.

The Oxcart was developed under a program that commenced in 1957 “to create a craft that could avoid Soviet air defense through high-altitude supersonic flight”. Requirements included the use of special materials, including titanium to endure top speed temperatures of 550 degrees Fahrenheit. As titanium was exceedingly difficult to work with at the time, the machine had to be built by hand.

Extensive test flights and improvements were implemented prior to its first active deployment in Vietnam in 1967. A year later, the A-12 was retired in favor of the SR-71, having pioneered advanced supersonic flight and improved pilot safety, design, aerodynamics and manufacturing.

Details on Kiwi’s upcoming kit are limited, but it will reportedly include injection molded plastic parts, Falcon canopies and decal options for three versions. A final release date has not been announced.

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A nearly complete example of the famous Consolidated PBY Catalina has hit the market.

Details are relatively scarce, but is has been reported that the machine is currently not airworthy and is lacking some of its instruments. It is also said to be free from salt water landings.

The Catalina is currently being offered for $500,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

As part of his “Kermie Cam” series, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks filmed his first trip back to his Polk City, Florida museum after Hurricane Irma caused widespread devastation across the state this past week.

As the video reveals, the buildings did see some water intrusion, but the aircraft remained mostly untouched – a far cry from the heavy damage the collection saw following Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Click below to check it out. Apart from surveying the damage, the video also serves as a brief tour, allowing viewers to catch some quick glimpses of current projects, including their Hawker Tempest and Sopwith Pup.

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Flight simulation developer Aeroplane Heaven has announced the development of an all new Spitfire Mk.1A for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D.

The model is touted as their “most faithfully authentic rendition of a Spitfire” and is said to include “enormous amounts of minute detail, meticulously researched and accurate features” as well as beautiful rendering “using all the latest 3D modeling and graphics techniques, including PBR workflow for incredibly realistic textures.”

The newly released screenshots (additional examples of which can be seen below) present the model in the colors of P9374, a Mk.1A that was fully restored in the 1980s after being recovered from a beach in Calais, France, where it landed after being shot down by a bomber on May 24 1940 – its pilot, Flying Officer Peter Cazenove, spending the rest of WW2 as a POW.

A final release date for the new Spitfire has not yet been announced.

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