Tamiya has announced the upcoming release of an “all new” addition to their popular 1/48 scale aircraft line, and offered a series of photos that serve as clues to its identity.

The company states that the product will be announced at the Tamiya Modeler’s Gallery 2019 and the 3rd Shizuoka Expo in Hokkaido, both of which run from July 25 to July 30. Visitors to these events will reportedly have the opportunity to purchase “a special preview version of the kit in a white box, containing prototype parts and materials.”

Tamiya is also hoping to share the model with U.S. modelers at the 2019 IPMS USA Nationals in Tennessee from August 7. The kit is scheduled for release sometime this autumn.

So far, the most popular conclusion is that the model is a P-38, however, we will have to wait a bit longer to know for sure. Click below to check out additional photos as well as the full announcement.

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Two examples of the F+W C-3605 “Schlepp” have been spotted for sale.

The F+W C-3605, nicknamed Schlepp (“Tug”) or “Alpine Anteater”, was a target towing aircraft operated by the Swiss Air Force from 1971–1987. The aircraft was developed during the latter half of the 1960s by the Swiss Federal Construction Works (Eidgenoessische Konstruktionswerkstaette) (EKW), renamed Farner Werke (F+W) in 1972, as a conversion of the existing C-3603 ground attack/target towing aircraft. Following a successful prototype conversion in 1968, 23 aircraft were converted between 1971–1973 with 2 still flying in private hands.

Available examples include S/N C-509 (HB-RDH) which is pictured above. The airframe reportedly has 2156.21 TTSN, while the Lycoming T-53-2-7 engine has 837.21 STO (Turbine Time: 837.21). It is painted in its original markings and has a stock military interior in “good condition.” The machine is located in Switzerland with pricing available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing. [continue reading…]

Eduard has released an update on its upcoming, limited edition “Chattanooga Choo Choo” P-51D model kit, which includes the box art seen above.

The offering (11134) is described as the first item based on the new 1/48 P-51D Mustang kit and is focused on the D-5 production block with additionally mounted dorsal fin fillet assembly. It will decals by Cartograf for six markings of 8th and 15th USAAF Mustangs.

The kit will reportedly be released as a “show special item” for IPMS USA Nats in Chattanooga on August 7th, 2019. From that date will be available also on the Eduard webstore and by selected retailers.

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Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat N818F has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

Grumman Bearcat F8F-2, Ownend By “Mustang Mike Coutches” Since 1964, Only 922 Hrs TTSN, Original Complete Navy Log Books & History Since New.

The machine is located in Livermore, California and is currently being offered for US $3,000,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

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Airfix has announced the upcoming release of a Me 262 “Sturmvogel” fighter/bomber variant in 1/72 scale.

The offering (A03090) is described as the next release from their popular Me 262 tooling and will include an additional sprue with new parts representing the type’s two 250kg nose mounted bombs and the R4M ‘Orkan’ rocket packs, as well as two liveries depicting an Me262A-2 of 1.Kampfgeschwader 51 and an Me262A-1A of 9./Jagdgeschwader 7.

The kit is scheduled for release sometime in the autumn and is currently available for pre-order.

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P-40E S/N AK75315134 (N4420K) “Desert Shark,” described as a “total restoration with attention to authentic details” is available for sale.

The listing states that the airframe has only 200 hours since an Oshkosh award winning restoration by Fagen Fighters, while the Allison V-1710-39 engine has 200 hours since overhaul by ACE Allisons. It is also touted as offering a fresh July annual inspection, May 2018 transponder certification, recent tires, new production radiators by Repli-core and new fuel cells restoration.

The aircraft is located in Rockford, IL and is currently being offered for US $2,250,000. Click here and here to check out complete listings.

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YAK-9UM S/N 0470404 (N6373Y) has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

1997 Yakovlev Yak 9-UM. 603 Hours On This Two Seat, Dual Control Yak. P-51 Performance At 1/2 The Price.

The machine is powered by an Allison V-1710-111 with 300 hrs SMOH by Vintage V-12s and reportedly includes a number of spares, including props, extra radiator and oil coolers, wheels and brakes, hardware, Allison engine (core) and custom tools.

The aircraft is located in Delaware and is currently being offered for US $850,000. Click here and here to check out complete listings.

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Today, Paramount Pictures released the first official trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to the 1986 film Top Gun. The new movie, entitled Top Gun: Maverick, is currently slated for release in 2020.

The trailer suggests that the new film will focus on the F-18, although there does appear to be a very quick shot of a P-51 Mustang as well – a development which will no doubt raise a lot of questions about how it will be included in the story line.

Click below to check out the new trailer.

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Douglas A-26C Invader 44-34313 (N4313) has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

Restored and flying regularly with extensive combat history in Korea. Flak damage, wounded crewman. New paint in markings she had in Korea 1952. New glass nose. If you want a turn key WWII/Korea bomber, this is the plane for you. Faster than many WWII fighters. Very extensive 7 year IRAN completed in 2018.

The machine is located in Windsor, CA and is currently being offered for $750,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Chance Vought F-4U-5N Corsair B/N 123168 (VH-III) has hit the market.

The machine was constructed in 1951 for the US Navy and was later delivered to the FA Hondurena in March 1956 as FAH603. In subsequent years, the aircraft passed through the hands of Hollywood Wings Inc. and the Disney Corporation, which gifted it to RNZAF Museum. In 1996 , the unrestored Corsair was traded to its current owner for a P-40F project. [continue reading…]