Not even a year after its Early Access release on Steam, Dovetail Games has announced the future closure of Flight Sim World.

The developer notes that the “intensely difficult decision” was made after “many detailed discussions,” stating, “we regrettably don’t see a clear direction that will allow us to keep to the development time we’d want, alongside the player numbers we need.” As a result, the company will “fully scale back all future development on Flight Sim World and remove it from sale on 24th May.”

Dovetail acquired the rights to Microsoft’s popular Flight Simulator series in 2014 and developed the new, 64 bit program that was touted as offering “an unprecedented level of realism and detail” including faithfully reproduced, officially licensed GA aircraft that are “the most authentic and detailed in-sim representations on the market.”

The statement clarifies that those who already bought the sim will be able to keep it in their Steam library for future play in its current format. Add-ons will also be removed from sale, but will reportedly remain available to those who already purchased them.

The complete statement can be read here.

Owls Head Transportation Museum of Owls Head, Maine has released a new video detailing the ongoing restoration of their Fokker Dr.1 reproduction.

The aircraft was built in the 1970s by Kenneth Cianchette and performed at museum events until 2014, when it was discovered that considerable repairs were needed. The museum ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to cover associated costs. As the video below shows, an overhauled Warner radial engine has been acquired and the fuselage is awaiting sandblasting, covering and painting. The wing panels have been shipped to upstate New York for covering by Brian Coughlin, who also covered the ailerons and tail surfaces.

It is hoped that the machine will return to the air by the end of the 2018 season.

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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…]