ICM has released their new Ju 88 A-4 model kit, representing the WW2 German twin-engine multi-role aircraft in 1/48 scale.

The A-4 kit (48237) is reportedly based on ICM’s new tool Ju 88 A-5 (48232) that was released in 2015 and includes plastic and clear parts as well as four marking options depicting aircraft serving in the Hungarian, Finnish and Romanian Air Forces.

Product Page ($34.98 via AeroScale and Scalemates)

An all-volunteer group dubbed “B-17 Archaeology” has been working to carry out a cosmetic restoration on a B-17 that has been on outdoor display at Mefford Field in Tulare, California since 1958.

Originally constructed as a B-17G, the aircraft (S/N 44-85738) was delivered to the USAAF in May 1945 and placed in storage before participating in “Operation Crossroads,” a pair of atomic weapons tests conducted at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1946. From there it moved on to Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio and then the Air Proving Grounds at Eglin AFB in Florida before being struck off charge in August 1958. [click to continue…]

Trumpeter/Hobby Boss whet the appetites of Avro Vulcan fans earlier today with the above photo, which has stoked excitement that a new kit representing the iconic Cold War delta wing bomber may be on the horizon.

Unfortunately, no information was included, so scale, kit contents, pricing and availability details are unknown at the moment.

Here’s hoping some light is shed on the mystery in the near future.

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A restored Cold War era Beech T-34 Mentor trainer has hit the market.

The machine (N13T / S/N G-79) is reportedly an ex-USAF “A” model that served as an Air Force Aero Club aircraft in Colorado prior to extensive restoration and a 300 hp IO-550 engine conversion by Charlie Nogle and Black Aviation. It was part of the David Oreck collection for 20 years and has received “very meticulous maintenance,” having always been hangared and kept in “flight ready-squawk free” condition.

The airframe has reportedly amassed a total time of 6,912 hrs, while the IO-550 B (4) engine has accumulated 924 hrs since factory reman. The machine is equipped with an avionics package and several modifications, including heavy duty Cleveland wheels and brakes and a smoke system, and is said to come with complete logs and maintenance manuals.

The T-24 is based in Hendersonville, North Carolina and is currently being offered for $285,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Flyzone has released their new C-47 and DC-3 micro RC model airplanes.

As previously reported, the models are said to offer smooth, stable flight characteristics and impressive micro scale looks. The C-47 variant is depicted in the colors of 42-100882 “Drag ’em Oot,” which participated in D-Day and now operates with Aero Legends of Kent, England. Meanwhile, the model representing the commercial DC-3 configuration is adorned with the colors of C/N 2268 (NC28391) of Eastern Air Lines.

Each model spans 23″ and is available in RTF (Ready to Fly) versions complete with a Tactic 4-channel SLT radio system with built-in battery charger, 1S LiPo flight battery and 5 AA batteries.

Product Page (C-47: $159.99 DC-3: $159.99)

The Royal Air Force Museum in London has just welcomed back their Hurricane and Spitfire gate guards after a year-long restoration.

As previously reported, the reproductions were dismantled and transported to Michael Beetham Conservation Centre in Cosford in early 2017. During refurbishment, each aircraft was given a new livery “to reflect the rich and diverse history” of the London site when it was a working RAF station. The Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 now wears the colors of P2725 flown by Sgt. Ray Holmes of 504 Squadron during the Battle of Britain, while the Spitfire Mk XVI now represents TB288 as it appeared during its service with 601 Squadron.

The aircraft will reportedly be assembled over the coming days and positioned at the museum’s pedestrian and car park entrances.

Click below to check out photos of the restored reproductions following their arrival.

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A new company called Striped Fighter is reportedly gearing up to release new tool model kits of the Messerschmitt Bf-108 B/D Taifun in 1/32 scale.

The aircraft was an all-metal four-seat sports/recreation aircraft introduced in 1935. It served with the Luftwaffe during WW2, acting mainly as a personnel transport and liaison aircraft.

Details on the new releases (SF998032/SF999032) are virtually nonexistent at this point, although Scalemates is reporting that the offerings will consist of plastic sprues, waterslide decals and clear parts. It also appears that the machine will be represented in both military and civilian markings.

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The Bomber County Gateway Trust’s effort to erect a monument to Bomber Command in Lincolnshire featuring a full-scale representation of the Avro Lancaster is closer to becoming a reality after North Kesteven District Council’s Planning Sub-Committee reportedly received a recommendation to approve proposals for the project.

As previously reported, the monument would represent R5689 (pictured above), which is believed to be the most photographed Lancaster of the war, likely because it was used in literature to train pilots to identify the type. R5689 served with 50 Squadron RAF and crash landed at Thurlby Top Wood while limping home to RAF Swinderby after a mission on September 18, 1942 – an incident that claimed the life of RCAF crew member Sgt. J.R. Gibbons. [click to continue…]

Wingsy Kits has released the first photos showing a completed test build of their new Mitsubishi A5M2b “Claude” (Early Version) in 1/48 scale.

As previously reported, the offering appears to be a follow up to Wingsy’s new tool kit representing the late version of the WW2 Japanese carrier-based fighter which was released in 2016. The upcoming early version (D5-03) is said to include plastic and photo-etched parts as well as decals for four machines.

Wingsy states that availability in the near future “will not be a problem, especially in Europe.” Click below to check out additional photos.

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A “Beautiful, original” Ryan STM has hit the market.

The aircraft was reportedly built at the end of 1940 as part of an order for 48 examples of the type placed by the Netherlands Government in Exile for Netherlands East Indies Naval Air Force. Originally shipped to Java, it was relocated to Australia in 1942 for use in training Dutch pilots for the war effort. Along with 34 additional STMs, the machine was later taken over by RAAF and given the designation “Ryan Trainer,” although it was reportedly used primarily for general flying rather than training.

Following WW2 it was refurbished and entered civilian service with Brown & Dureau Pty, Ltd. of Melbourne, Victoria. Over time it experienced engine changes and a variety of minor dings and repairs. The fabric was replaced several times, but the original skins and structure, as well as the instrument panels and most of the instruments are said to have remained.

The STM is reportedly part of a collection belonging to an 82 year old gentleman “who has decided that he won’t be flying anymore.” It is described as “a rare example of a low time, original, 78 year old aircraft” with “less than 1,400 hours total time since new and no major damage history.”

The machine is currently located at Maryborough, QLD, Australia. Bidding starts at US $100,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.