Dora Wings has released their new tool model kit of the P-63E Kingcobra in 1/48 scale.

The new kit (DW 48004) appears to include plastic parts, photo etched details, a painting mask and marking options for six machines, including USAF and Fuerza Aerea Hondurena machines, as well as one example bearing civil registration N9003R.

Product Page ($34)

Flying Colors Aviation of Benton Harbor, Michigan has reported the first run up and taxi tests for an F4U-7 Corsair which they recently refinished.

The aircraft appears to be B/N 133714, which was once on display at the USMC Museum in Quantico and flew in the TV series Baa Baa Black Sheep. It now wears the colors of AU-1 B/N 129378 (pictured above) flown by Marine Corps pilot Lt. Col. John F. “Jack” Bolt, who served in WW2 and the Korean War and earned ace status in both conflicts.

The aircraft will reportedly by departing soon, although an exact date and time had not been announced at the time of this writing. Click below to check out a photo of the repainted machine and a video of the recent engine test.

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French model manufacturer MustHave Models has released the first images of their upcoming Nieuport-Delage NiD.29 resin model kit in an impressive 1/32 scale.

Designed and built by Nieuport-Delage for the French Air Force, the Hispano-Suiza -powered NiD.29 performed its maiden flight in 1918 but wasn’t ordered into production until 1920. It was the fastest service fighter in the world at the time and went on to serve in numerous countries. It was also used for racing and set eight world speed records while also winning the 1920 Gordon Bennett Trophy and the 1922 Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe competition.

Little is known about the upcoming kit at this point, although it is said to be “coming soon.” Click below to check out additional images.

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In order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia will be hosting a fly-in featuring a number of British warbirds.

“The Great British Fly-In” will reportedly feature more than ten former RAF aircraft that are either currently on display at the museum or will be flown in for one-day-only event. In addition to Spitfires, a B-25 Mitchell and a P-51 Mustang, the fly-in will feature talks by RAF officers and museum experts, presentations about the museum’s newly acquired Sopwith Camel (featured in The Flying Machine #6), interactive STEM demonstrations and performances from the RAF Band and drill displays from the Queens Colour Squadron.

The event is currently scheduled to take place at the museum on April 15th from 10am-4pm. Admission is free, although parking will cost $15. Click here for additional information.

Lone Star Models has released a new a resin and metal model kit of the Felixstowe F.2A WW1 flying boat in 1/48 scale.

The kit (LSM 480606) reportedly offers “very good attention to detail and accuracy” and includes parts for a beaching trolley as well as early or late versions of the type.

Click below to check out the product page and kit images.

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Flight Replicas, which creates “high quality simulator aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX and Lockheed-Martin’s P3D” has released new screenshots of their upcoming Handley Page Halifax Mk.III.

The aircraft is still a work in progress and additional details are scarce, although the package will reportedly include a representation of the HP.70 Halton civilian Halifax variant.

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Dora Wings has released their new Gee Bee R1 model kit in 1/48 scale.

The R1 (DW48002) compliments the new tool R2 kit (DW48001) released last year and reportedly offers plastic and photo etched parts, masks and decals for NR2100 and NR2101.

Product Page (£19.30 or about $27 Dora Wings via AeroScale)

Earlier today, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford returned their Hawker Hurricane gate guard to display with a new livery.

As pictured above, the reproduction previously wore the markings of P2954 of 302 (Polish) Squadron flown by Tadeusz Pawel Chlopik, RAF (Polish Air Force). The new colors represent V7467, flown by Douglas Bader of 242 Squadron, RAF.

Click below to check out a photo of the Hurricane’s new appearance.

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As part of quest to build a flying Iron Man suit, YouTubers “the Hacksmith” acquired a model aircraft turbine engine that is expected to provide the majority of the proposed suit’s thrust.

As part of the process, the team conducted a safety test that involved studying the effects of the engine’s heat. To do so, they positioned a synthetic Ivan Head zombie analog directly behind the engine and fired it up. The result is a perfect illustration of why turbine engine safety guidelines should be closely followed.

Check out the video below, and (needless to say) don’t try this at home.

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Fighter Pilot Adventure Flights, a Brisbane, Australia-based flight adventure company, has announced that their Spitfire Mk XVI (TE392) is about to arrive following a 10-year restoration.

The aircraft operated with the Royal Air Force and served as a gate guard at numerous RAF bases (including Wellesbourne Mountford, Waterbeach, Kemble and Credenhill) before being acquired by Warbirds Of GB, Ltd. and partially restored. It passed through the hands of several additional owners before arriving at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Texas, where it was restored to airworthy condition. It returned to the air in December 1999 but was damaged by flooding caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

The current restoration is nearing completion and Performance Aero will reportedly reassemble the aircraft and apply finishing touches before its expected arrival next week. It is expected to grace Australian skies by August of this year.

(via Fighter Pilot Adventure Flights Additional Information via Warbird Registry Photo: Bill Abbott via Flickr)