Arsenal Model Group (AMG) has announced the upcoming release of a new P-63A/C/E Kingcobra in 1/72 scale.

Details are scarce but a number of CAD renderings have been released, the remainder of which can be seen below.

The kit is currently slated for release in November.

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With less than a month to go, a Kickstarter campaign to build a permanent home for the newly restored B-29 “Doc” has gathered only a small fraction of its target, prompting “an added sense of urgency” for the bomber’s caretakers.

As previously reported, the proposed $6.5 million B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center will be based along the 1700 block of south Airport Road on the grounds of the Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita, Kansas. Offering a total of 32,000 sq ft (including 24,000 sq ft of hangar space), the new facility will not only serve as a home for the historic bomber, but also as “a working maintenance facility where the public can come and watch crews maintain Doc with hands-on learning experiences inspired by science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.”

As of this writing, only around $7,800 has been raised, a far cry from the $100,000 goal. However, even if the campaign is not fully funded by the September 16th deadline and the organization receives none of the pledged money, the project will reportedly move forward. A private fundraiser has already gathered $5 million toward the project, while the sale of inscribed bricks and tiles will help fill the gap. According to Doc’s Friends spokesman Josh Wells, “We’re comfortable with the money we have in the bank, and we’re comfortable starting the project.”

If you would like to learn more or contribute to the Kickstarter campaign click here.

(via The Wichita Eagle)

A team searching the waters of Lake Ontario for nine historically significant 1/8 scale models of the Avro Arrow have made an exciting discovery in the form of Nike booster rockets which were likely used for launching.

As previously reported, the models were strapped to rockets and deployed over the lake while the Arrow, a massive cold war interceptor, was in development in the mid-1950s. The recovery of the models is especially important as they could be a rare, tangible connection to the Arrow project, which was eventually cancelled due to to excessive costs, resulting in all completed airframes and engines, as well as associated tooling and components, being destroyed.

It is believed that the three-metre long, sensor equipped scale models were shot over the lake from Point Petre in Prince Edward County. The expedition to locate and recover them has been in the planning stage for the past year and is a collaborative effort between several private companies with assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Military Institute.

If found, the models will be given new homes at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton.

Click below to check out photos and descriptions of the rockets as they were discovered on the lakebed.

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Supermarine Spitfire XVI (S/N SL721 / C-GVZB), considered one of the most original airworthy Spitfires in the world, has hit the market.

The aircraft 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 aircraft was sold in 1967 and transported to the US, where it would stay until 2002, when it was acquired by Vintage Wings of Canada and flown to Ottawa, where it is currently based.

The machine is powered by a Packard Merlin 266/R55 with 49.8 hrs SMOH by 51 Factory, while the airframe has reportedly amassed a total of 896.9 hrs since new.

The Spitfire is currently being offered for £1,695,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: Aldo Bidini via Wikimedia Commons)

Following a gear malfunction, the world’s oldest surviving, airworthy PBY Catalina performed a nose wheel up landing at Lelystad Airport in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

The aircraft (PH-PBY) was initially ordered by the US Navy in 1939 and rolled off the production line on November 15, 1941. The aircraft went on to see service in WW2, sinking three German U-boats and heavily damaging a fourth, making it the most successful example of the type in history.

Following the war, it was used in the production of the film Flipper before being used as a firefighter. It eventually made its way to the Netherlands, where it was found and restored by the Stichting Neptune Association.

A total of 18 people were said to be aboard the machine during the incident and no injuries were reported. Damage to the airframe is also said to be minor.

Click below to check out videos of the landing and its aftermath.

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A number of aircraft operating with Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) have reportedly been grounded following inspection.

In their announcement, BBMF states:

“A routine engine inspection has highlighted a fault with one of our Merlin engines. Consequently, purely as a precaution, we have taken the decision to temporarily pause flying of our aircraft powered by Merlin engines. We will advise further as soon as we are able to. We are still operating our Griffon engined Spitfire. We realise the disappointment this will be to our many supporters and Airshow organisers; however, safety is our paramount concern.”

The RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) is well-known for commemorating the service’s victory against staggering odds in 1940 – operating a fleet of some of the last remaining airworthy examples of the machines that helped win the pivotal conflict, including Spitfires, Hurricanes and an Avro Lancaster – one of only two examples of the type currently flying.

BBMF performs before an estimated 7 million spectators annually and was expected to perform at the inaugural Scampton Airshow in early September.

(via BBC and Flightline UK Photo: By Tim Felce (Airwolfhound) via Wikimedia Commons)

Special Hobby has released new images detailing the production of molds for their forthcoming 1/32 Westland Whirlwind model kit.

The molds are reportedly being created using an electroplating process, sometimes also known as galvanic deposition. The kit’s development has been talked about for some time in the modeling community and its release is anxiously awaited.

The twin-engine single seat Whirlwind fighter-bomber was developed in the 1930s and went on to serve in WW2, where it saw use in a variety of roles including bomber escort and ground attack. It was eventually withdrawn from service in 1943 and succeeded by the Hawker Typhoon. No examples of the type exist today, although a full-scale reproduction is reportedly under construction.

Click below to check out the mold images.

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The Commemorative Air Force’s FG-1D Corsair returned to the air earlier today for the first time following restoration work.

The machine, which has been on the ground for many months undergoing a firewall forward restoration and engine change, departed Kissimmee Airport in Florida for a 25 minute flight with pilot Thom Richard at the controls. It performed “perfectly” and two more flights are reportedly scheduled for this afternoon.

The aircraft (B/N 92468) was built by Goodyear and completed in July 1945. It never saw combat in WW2 and was relegated to stateside duties before being retired in 1956. The following year it was acquired by Ernest Huggins, who held it for one year before passing it on to Skip Underwood of Buckeye, Arizona. It remained in storage until being sold to CAF Hall of Fame member Marvin L. “Lefty” Gardner in 1960.

Click below to check out a video of today’s flight.

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Some interstate drivers will be treated to an extremely rare sight as B-58 Hustler 55-0666 makes its way toward its new home on the west coast.

Over the past year, the cold war supersonic bomber has been disassembled by Worldwide Aircraft Recovery, with a number of components, including the four engine pods, radome, pylon mounts and center line weapons pod being delivered via flatbed from the site of the recently closed Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, Illinois to the machine’s new home at California’s Castle Air Museum. Recently, the effort reached a climax as the wings were removed and the massive fuselage was loaded on a trailer for the journey.

The aircraft performed its maiden flight on March 20, 1958 and went on to log 32 minutes at sustained Mach 2 speeds using YJ79-GE-5 engines. It also performed the type’s longest early test program flight of 11 hours 15 minutes on August 16, 1962. Today it is one of only eight B-58s in existence.

As of this writing, additional details, such as the journey route and a final arrival date, have not been announced. Click below to check out photos of the fuselage after loading.

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On Saturday, a Curtiss Jenny crash landed at a golf course near Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport in Kentucky, sustaining significant damage and injuring the pilot.

The aircraft reportedly departed runway No.3 around 11am and climbed to roughly 100ft before heading toward the No.4 fairway of CrossWinds Golf Course, clipping a tree during its descent. A witness on the course reported seeing the machine coming in low and could tell it was in distress, describing the experience as “the scariest thing I’ve ever seen.”

Players ran to the aircraft after it came to rest and assisted pilot Terry Richardson, who had suffered a head wound. He was reportedly able to walk to the ambulance that arrived to take him to the hospital and was listed in fair condition. Chuck Coppinger, a member of the organization that built the Jenny, stated that Richardson was slated to go home on Saturday night. [click to continue…]