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.

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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…]

Kineticmodel has shared an update on its upcoming new tool F-104G Starfighter model kit in 1/48 scale.

As previously reported, the offering (48083) will reportedly include the avionics bay, C-2/GQ-7A ejection seat, radar and a detailed landing gear bay. The company states that the kit will be released as part of the “Kinetic Gold” series, which sees all tooling quality/design based on the new standard. In addition, the detail surface will make use the mirror EDM system to represent a shined, polished, bare metal surface.

The company states that the kit is “Closing to your door step” and will hopefully be available after July 20. Click below to check out additional images.

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A 1944 Stinson L-5 project aircraft has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

Great project airplane, the fuselage has surface corrosion does not appear to be anywhere that is corroded through, it has been dry stored inside an hangar in central California for the past 30 years. It appears to be approx. 80% complete and in total rebuildable condition. The whole airplane is loaded on a trailer which is included but probably not good for the long haul. The airplane can be used as a project or as spare parts or patterns.

The machine is located in Modesto, California and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

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For his latest installment of “Kermie Cam,” Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks details his April 2019 visit with Jeff Blakey of Blakey Engine Service in Roanoke, Texas. Kermit states:

“Jeff and I go way way back, and through the years, he’s done a number of engines for quite a few of my vintage aircraft. He’s a great craftsman, one of the last of a dwindling breed, and he’s also one hell of a guy. Come on along with me and visit with Jeff, and check out his shop.”

The visit will be documented in two parts. Click below to check out part 1.

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A full-scale static Fokker Dr.1 museum reproduction has hit the market. The listing states:

With extensive research and skilled craftsmanship we have built an accurate Static Replica using original construction plans. Every bit of detail you would have found in an original, you’ll find in this example. We have constructed nearly every individual part, using the same materials and processes that were utilized in the original design, e.g. Linen cover, linden wooden wing ribs, replica of static engine made from cast aluminum: Oberursel Ur.II rotary engines with Wooden propeller Axial Berlin from Ash and Walnut. As a reference the replica was presented during “AERO Friedrichshafen 2017” exhibition and in “Polish Aviation Museum” in Krakow.

The triplane is located in Gdansk, Poland and is currently being offered for US $88,900. Click here to check out the complete listing.