The restoration of Hawker Typhoon RB396 saw a major development recently as the team was able to make a significant acquisition for the project following a fundraising appeal.

In what has been described as “the project’s most expensive purchase to date,” the team was able to purchase what is thought to be the only genuine four blade Typhoon/Tempest spinner in existence, as well as a complete rear empennage, tail unit and rudder.

The acquisition was made possible because of an appeal to the team’s Supporters’ Club. Although it only sought £10,000 + VAT to secure the parts, the effort has raised over £75,000 in one week. With this, the parts were procured outright along with a large surplus (including a complete anti-shimmy tail wheel setup, and the tailwheel doors) which is expected to be collected later this month. [click to continue…]

Today, game/simulation developers 777 Studios and 1C Game Studios announced future plans for their IL-2 Sturmovik product line, which includes the upcoming release of three new titles – two of which will be focused on aerial combat.

The first is Battle of Bodenplatte, which will explore WW2 air combat near the end of 1944 and into 1945:

The Allies flew many low-level tactical missions into Germany from bases in Belgium and Holland during this time. In a desperate attempt to stem the tide of war, the Germans launched a surprise attack on Allied airfields on January 1, 1945. The ensuing battle became legendary.

The game will reportedly utilize a wide variety of classic fighters and fighter-bombers (Bf-109 G-14, Bf-109 K-4, Fw-190 A-8, P-51D, P-47D, Spitfire Mk. IX, Tempest Mk. V, Fw-190 D-9 (Collector), P-38L (Collector), B-25 (AI)) while introducing the Me 262 as the developer’s first jet fighter. It will also include a European low-countries map with parts of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany; many Allied and Axis airfields, cities, towns and villages; winter and summer textures and new Allied and Axis ground units and scenery. [click to continue…]

In addition to a previously mentioned North American NA-64 Yale, the Aircraft Restoration Company of Duxford is offering Boeing A75-N1 Stearman 75-4041 for sale.

The machine was reportedly built by Boeing as a PT-13B and went on to serve with the USAAF and RCAF before entering civilian service as N75957 and, later, G-RJAH.

The airframe has reportedly amassed a total time of 3974.25 hours since new, while its Continental R-670-5 seven cylinder air-cooled radial engine (S/N 17372) has 121.50 hrs since overhaul. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(via Classic Warbirds Additional Information via Aerial Visuals Photo: John5199 via Wikimedia Commons Thanks, Andrew!)

Airfix has released the first build photos of their upcoming new tool B-25C/D Mitchell model kit in 1/72 scale.

As previously reported, the offering will serve as a 21st century upgrade to Airfix’s previous 1/72 B-25 (which was originally released in 1965), utilizing “the very latest design and production techniques”. The kit is touted as “a highly accurate” representation of the machine, created with the aid of original construction drawings obtained from the Smithsonian as well as data gathered from an up-close inspection of B-25D FR193 (41-30792) based at the National War and Resistance Museum in Overloon, Holland.

Special attention has been paid to accurately reproducing the type’s “distinct gull-winged appearance”, which includes “a slight anhedral being incorporated to the outer wing area from the engine nacelles outwards.”

The model made its first appearance at Telford Scale ModelWorld Show last weekend wearing the colors of 41-30409 “Lady Jane” of the 23rd Anti-submarine Squadron, 26th Anti-submarine Wing. A second livery will also be included in the kit representing 41-12860 “Desert Warrior” of the 12th Bombardment Group.

The kit is currently slated for release in December. Click below to check out additional images.

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In the wake of their newly released FG-1D Corsair for Prepar3D, Quebec-based flight simulation developer Military Visualizations (MilViz) has shared their latest project: the Douglas A-1 Skyraider.

As the model of the cold war era single-seat attack aircraft is currently a work in progress, details are scarce – although the final product will apparently be compatible with both Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D with TacPack capabilities. Judging from the image above, it also appears that it will feature folding wing animation.

Pricing and a final release date have not yet been announced.

(via Military Visualizations)

Among ICM’s new releases for November is this new tool model kit of the Heinkel He 111H-3 WW2 medium bomber in 1/48 scale.

The kit is made from entirely new molds and reportedly includes 10 sprues with clear parts and highly detailed engines / cockpit interior as well as waterslide decals with marking options for four aircraft.

While details on the four livery options are hard to come by, the above box art suggests that one represents A1+DA of Stab/KG 53 as it appeared while based in Lille, France in 1940.

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On Veteran’s Day, the Palm Springs Air Museum dedicated their newly restored F9F Panther as part of a special tribute to those who maintained and flew the type, which was one of the US Navy’s first successful carrier-based jet fighters.

The aircraft (BuNo 125316) was originally built as an F9F-5P, an unarmed reconnaissance variant of the machine equipped with a special camera bay ahead of the national insignia on the forward fuselage. Following its naval service, the Panther reportedly spent time at Pioneer Park in Mesa, Arizona, the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, California and the WASP Museum in Quartzsite, Arizona before being acquired by the Palm Springs Air Museum.

The rare variant was restored over a two-year period and its unveiling ceremony was attended by a number of special guests, including Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Bob Friend and Capt E. Royce Williams, a Korean War Panther pilot who shot down four enemy MiGs.

Click below to check out a photo of the completed aircraft as well as local news coverage of the event.

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Hong Kong Models has released new renderings of their highly anticipated new tool 1/32 Avro Lancaster model kit.

The kit will reportedly represent the Mk 1 and include markings for R5868 “S-Sugar” of 467 Squadron RAAF, which became the first bomber to complete 100 missions.

Most of the major components for the kit are said to be in the tooling stage at the moment and it is hoped that the first test build photos will be ready by January. Release is currently expected for February or March.

Click below to check out additional renderings.

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Brickmania has released their impressive Gotha G.IV custom military LEGO model kit in 1/35 scale.

The company is touted as offering “high quality building kits made from genuine LEGO brand parts, but in subjects falling outside the company’s official product line at the time of their release.” This includes a range of military models from World War 1 to the present.

The Gotha kit reportedly includes 864 genuine new-condition LEGO and BrickArms elements, a sticker sheet, printed tiles, posable ailerons, Brickmania premium fabric textured wing covers, eight bombs and three custom printed minifigures.

The finished product spans 26″ and is said to make an excellent addition to any historical collection.

Click below to check out additional photos and a detailed video overview.

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The city of Toronto has issued a response amid growing public calls to save Avro Lancaster FM104.

The aircraft, which now sits in storage at the Edenvale Aerodrome west of Barrie, was built by Victory Aircraft of Malton, Ontario and installed along Toronto’s waterfront following its retirement from the RCAF in 1964. In 1999, it was moved to a museum in Downsview Park, where a restoration effort began. However, it was relocated once again when the museum closed in 2011.

The removal of FM104 from display has been difficult for some to accept, as it is seen as a connection to the city and a way of remembering veterans’ service and sacrifice. However, calls for the bomber to be saved grew louder when it was recently reported that the city was seeking to dispose of it. [click to continue…]