AFV Club has released their highly customizable new tool F4U Corsair model kit in 1/144 scale (AR14406).

Each kit reportedly contains parts for two F4Us with options to build F4U-1/F4U-1A/F4U-1C/F4U-1D variants. Two types of movable propellers are said to be included, as are two types of fuel tanks and a variety of armament options including machine guns or cannon, as well as 1,000 lb / 250 lb bombs and HVAR projectiles.

Additional features reportedly include cowl flaps that can be modeled open or closed, landing gear that can be modeled in extended or retracted positions and marking options for four machines, including F4U-1 of VF-17, USS Bunker Hill, July 1943; Mk.I [F4U-1] of 1834 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, Quonset Point, July 1943; F4U-1A of VMF-214, Solomon Islands, December 1943; and F4U-1A of 18 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Guadalcanal, 1945.

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National Steel Car Corp. (Westland) Lysander 3A C-FVZZ, one of only three airworthy examples of the type in the world, has hit the market.

The machine’s fuselage reportedly came from S/N 1206 (RCAF 2365), built by the National Steel Car Corp., while the wings were sourced from another unconfirmed ex-RCAF airframe. It was initially restored to airworthy condition by Harry Whereatt and later restored again by Vintage Wings of Canada before returning to the air in June 2010.

The Lysander’s airframe reportedly has a total time of 990.9 hrs since new. Since its rebuild, the airframe and Mercury XX engine (S/N 57337) have amassed 74.7 hrs. The livery represents National Steel Car Lysander 416, the first built by the company in 1939.

The Lysander is currently being offered for US$950,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

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With 2018 in its infancy, YouTubers “RCScaleAirplanes” and “tbobborap1” have compiled their annual supercuts showcasing some of the most brutal RC model airplane mishaps of the year.

As the videos show, models encountered a variety of perilous situations, and while some were saved by the skill of their pilots, others were reduced to scattered piles of wood.

Hit the jump to check them out, and watch out for some NSFW language.

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B-25 “Old Glory” has hit the market.

The aircraft (S/N 44-28938) was originally delivered in 1944 and served with the 12th Air Force in Italy before returning to the US in 1945. After initially being stored in Texas, the machine was put back into service in 1947, operating in an administrative role at McClellan Field, California.

After a decade at McClellan, the machine was declared surplus and sold. The following years saw it pass through the hands of numerous owners, spending time as a fire bomber before being restored to its military configuration and wearing the names “Dream Lover” and “Spirit of Tulsa” before being renamed “Old Glory” in 1995.

Pricing on the aircraft has not been reported. The full listing and contact details can be found here.

(via Photo: BrokenSphere via Wikimedia Commons Additional Information via B-25 History Project and Warbird Registry)

Among the latest limited edition releases from Brickmania are 1/35 scale LEGO model kits of the P-51B Mustang and Bell X-1.

The representation of the legendary P-51 reportedly includes 391 genuine new-condition LEGO elements, high quality sticker sheet, custom printed minifigure and retractable landing gear. Meanwhile, the model of the X-1, the first machine to break the sound barrier, includes 319 LEGO parts, a sticker sheet, a 360 degree custom printed minifigure, retractable landing gear, a display stand, and a removable hatch opening to the cockpit.

Click below for product links and video overviews of each model.

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A Douglas A-1D Skyraider has hit the market.

The machine is said to have an extensive history in the Korean War, during which it operated from CV-47, USS Philippine Sea. It has reportedly been flying on the civilian registry since 1979, amassing a total time of 3,600 hrs with 700 SMOH. It is also said to be IFR certified with moving map GPS comm.

The machine is currently based in Houston, Texas and is being offered for $1,100,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

The Sywell Aviation Museum at Sywell Aerodrome in Northampton is seeking donations of military/aviation books, models and model kits in order to raise funds for the restoration of the collection’s Hawker Hunter F.2.

The aircraft, WN904, was constructed by Armstrong Whitworth in 1953/54 and performed its maiden flight on July 27, 1954 before being delivered to 257 (Burma) Squadron, RAF. However, its service with the squadron was cut short in January 1956, when it was reported as damaged and in need of manufacturer/contractor repair. Documentation suggests that the incident may have been an emergency landing at RAF Kenley that saw it go through two hedges and over a public road.

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This reproduction Spitfire cockpit section has been spotted for sale on eBay. Details are scarce, but it was reportedly built “many years ago” and is mounted on wheels for easy moving.

The cockpit is reportedly located in Altrincham, UK and is currently being offered for £550. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Commissioners in Venango County, Pennsylvania have reportedly approved a “memorandum of understanding” with Vintage Wings, Inc. that will see their newly restored C-53 Skytrooper housed at the Franklin Venango Regional Airport.

The unanimous decision paves the way for the Skytrooper to be flown from its current location in Ohio to its new home – an event that is expected to take place this summer.

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…]

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched offering an impressive LEGO kit representing the iconic Buffalo Airways DC-3.

The kit is reportedly being produced in a limited run of 200 by ICHIBAN Toys and is touted as featuring a 21.7 inch wingspan, over 600 brand-new genuine LEGO pieces, functional landing gear, professionally designed step-by-step instructions and a laser-cut sticker sheet.

The Kickstarter campaign has been wildly successful, although, as of this writing, kits still appear to be available for a pledge of CA$269 or more.

Click below to check out a video of the production prototype.

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