Hasegawa has released their new Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Type 52 Night Fighter model kit in 1/32 scale.

The kit is reportedly based off the new tool A6M5 Type 52 “Zeke” released in 2016 and includes additional parts to “reproduce the nighttime fighter type with a 20 mm oblique gun mounted behind the cockpit.”

The kit (08252) is said to include additional parts, including: rear windshield, diagonal [oblique] gun and sighting component. Three livery options are also included representing 32-89, 32-82 and 32-85 of 332 Navy Air Corps and “Yo D-129,” 302 Navy Air Corps First Squadron affiliation machine.

Product Page ($39.50 via AeroScale and Scalemates)

Supermarine Spitfire XVI SL721, formerly operated by Vintage Wings of Canada in Ottawa, has been sold to an enthusiast and will be making its way to a new home in Belgium.

As previously reported, SL721 was built in August 1945 and delivered to the RAF, where it became the personal aircraft of Air Chief Marshall Sir James Milne Robb, a WW1 pilot who served as Commander-In-Chief – Air Forces Europe following WW2. The Packard Merlin 266/R55-powered machine was sold in 1967 and transported to the US, where it would stay until 2002, when it was acquired by Vintage Wings of Canada. Today it is considered one of the most original airworthy Spitfires in the world.

Details regarding a home base and future plans are reportedly forthcoming.

(via Belgian Aviation Preservation Association and Platinum Fighter Sales Photo: Ahunt via Wikimedia Commons)

Eduard is planning to release a new Heinkel He 280 ProfiPACK edition model kit in 1/48 scale.

The He 280 was the first turbojet-powered fighter aircraft in the world, however, it was plagued with engine problems and only nine examples of the type were built before the project was cancelled.

The new kit (8068) will reportedly include options for machines powered by either HeS 8a or Jumo 004 engines, as well as pre-painted photo etched parts, paint masks and markings for three aircraft (although the ones shown are provisional).

The new kit is currently slated for release in April. Click below to see more.

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An “ultra rare” MiG-3 Soviet WW2 fighter / interceptor has hit the market.

The aircraft (S/N 4958) was reportedly built in 1941 and experienced a forced landing near Murmansk in December of that year. After the wreck was discovered in 2000, it was recovered and restored by Rusavia of Moscow.

The machine was test flown in 2005 “using parts salvaged and restored together with a compete Mikulin Am-38 engine ex Il-2.” It is currently painted in Soviet AF colors and is said to be fitted with an Allison V-12 engine “for easier operations.”

It appears that the price is available on application. For additional information click here.

(via Historic and Classic Aircraft Sales Photo: Alan Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)

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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