David Bremner has detailed the recreation of his grandfather’s Bristol Scout in his new book Bristol Scout 1264: Rebuilding Granddad’s Aircraft:
In 1916, Flt Sub Lt F. D. H. Bremner RNAS flew Bristol Scouts for No. 2 Wing in the eastern Mediterranean. In 1983, his grandson David discovered three aircraft parts from Scout no. 1264 in his late grandfather’s workshop and twenty years later he, together with his friend Theo Willford, researched the possibility of rebuilding her from these three parts.
The new book reportedly interweaves the previously unpublished early life of the Scout’s designer Frank Barnwell and his brother Harold, the operational and technical history of the aircraft, Bremner’s flying career, and the challenges faced by Theo together with David and his brother Rick in recreating 1264 and getting her back in the air.
For additional information on the Bremner Scout, check out The Flying Machine #3.
Product Page: (£7.80-£25.00, or about $10-$32)
HK Models has released their highly anticipated Avro Lancaster model kit in 1/32 scale.
The limited release kit (HKM-01E010) reportedly spans 972mm and measures 664mm in length. It features over 824 parts and includes a one piece molded top and bottom wing section, photo etched details and Cartograf decals for three machines, including W4783 of 460 Squadron and two incarnations of R5868 “S-Sugar” of 83 and 467 Squadron RAAF, which became the first bomber to complete 100 missions.
An example of the extremely popular Pietenpol Air Camper, a homebuilt aircraft originally introduced in 1928, has hit the market as a project/parts machine. The listing states (in part):
Damaged 2015 Pietenpol Air Camper with 92hrs TT; engine, propeller, and the engine mount are not included. Skin removed from the lower portions of the wings and portion of the fuselage for inspection. To my best knowledge the damages are limited to: lower cowling, landing gear legs, landing gear bracket, left wing – minor damage to the 1 rib (during aircraft transport), right wing – 2 ribs, 1 wing strut – slightly bent.
The Pietenpol is currently available for US $2,590, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.
A “superb” Honda V6 powered Titan T-51 Mustang “B” model (G-CIFD) has hit the market. The listing states:
Currently a single seater with removable long range ferry tank. Based Shobdon. TTSN 125 hours; a fully sorted aircraft. 35-40 l/hr at moderate rpm and 165 – 170 mph cruise. Great air display machine with highly impressive ROC. Endurance 4.5 hrs. Whirlwind C/S prop, authentic look and feel including cockpit area. Easy flight and ground handling characteristics. Featured in Pilot Magazine and LAA magazine. Winner of two Commendations at LAA Rally. Located at Shobdon, always flown by builder/owner and hangared. Permit till August 2019.
The machine, which is said to be “approximately 75% scale of P-51” is currently being offered for £120,000. Click here to check out the full listing.
Just Flight has released their new Avro Vulcan B Mk 2 for FSX and P3D v4.
The model was reportedly built using “real-world aircraft plans and comprehensive photography of the real aircraft (XM655)” and is said to include many detailed animations, a range of payload options, varying external parts for several configurations, Olympus 201 and 301 engine nozzle types and ground equipment.
Additional features reportedly include 4096×4096 textures to produce the highest possible texture clarity, bump and specular mapping to produce a truly 3D feel, “a truly 3D virtual cockpit” and 11 marking options.
Click below to check out the product page and a video overview.
A 1944 Douglas C-47A / DC-3C D-Day and Market Garden veteran has hit the market.
This C-47A-5-DK was reportedly built in January 1944 by Douglas Aircraft Company at their plant in Oklahoma City and has the manufacturer serial number 12253 and tail number 42-92451. It was assigned by the USAAF on January 24, 1944, and was taken on charge by the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Dorval, Montreal, QC on February 4th 1944. It received RAF registration FZ668 and was ferried to England and assigned to 271 Squadron.
The listing states (in part):
Aircraft condition: Project, not airworthy, sold as is and without warranty. The aircraft is sold without engines / propellers / instruments / seats / elevators. Airframe: 43354 hours. No logbook but enough documents to get a new one issued. Airframe is in good condition and can be restored to airworthy condition. The buyer must pay a non refundable $750 deposit within 48h after the end of the auction.
The machine is located at CYHU – St-Hubert Airport in Montreal, Canada and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing, including the aircraft’s history.
Arma Hobby has released their new tool Hawker Hurricane Mk I “expert set” model kit in 1/72 scale.
The kit (70019) reportedly includes plastic / photoetched parts, canopy / wheel masks and Techmod decals with four markings options representing P3059 and V7234 of 501 Squadron, R4175 of 303 Polish/RAF Squadron and 284 of 3 Squadron SAAF.
Product Page (US $16.90)
The Spitfire AA810 project has announced a new partnership with Kennet Aviation to provide CAA A8-23/25 oversight for the restoration to flight of a Spitfire PR.IV (example shown above).
As previously reported, Spitfire AA810, flown by Alastair “Sandy” Gunn of 1 PRU RAF, departed RAF Wick in Scotland for a photo reconnaissance mission to Trondheim, Norway on March 5, 1942. During the flight, Gunn was forced to bail out after being shot down by two Messerschmitts of Jagdgruppe Losigkeit near Surnadal. Gunn became a POW and took part in The Great Escape in 1944, but sadly was recaptured and executed.
The remains of the Spitfire were recovered in July, with “some 70% of the aircraft” remaining intact. It is now receiving a full restoration to airworthy status and will reportedly incorporate a significant amount of original material. Plans also call for a few unsuitable elements of the aircraft to be used in various memorials. [continue reading…]
Flight simulation developer Flight Replicas has released new interior and exterior screenshots of their upcoming Bf-109G6 for FSX and P3D.
The new set of images reportedly show WIP (but essentially complete) views of the Bf-109G6 exterior wearing the colors of the machine flown by Lt. Elias Kühlein and a representation of the late-production G6 cockpit. Models will also include a slightly earlier version of the G6 plus a Trop.
In addition to the G6, the company is also developing a Rolls Royce-powered HA-112 Buchon that will reportedly include the original Spanish Air Force colors, “examples as they appeared in the 1968 film Battle of Britain, plus some more present-day examples.”
As of this writing, a release date has not yet been announced. Click below to check out additional images.
Idaho-based restoration company Pacific Fighters is offering a Hawker Sea Fury project for sale.
Pricing and details on the machine were not mentioned, although the listing does include contact details and a number of photos. Click below to check it out.