Earlier today, MotionRC announced the upcoming release of a receiver ready (PNP) 2000mm B-24 Liberator as part of their FlightLineRC line of products.

The model of the iconic WW2 heavy bomber utilizes four 3530-860kv brushless outrunner motors spinning counter-rotating propellers and was designed with assistance from the Collings Foundation, which operates the world’s only airworthy example of the type. It reportedly features an EPO foam structure reinforced with integrated aluminum, carbon fiber, plywood, and plastic as well as a modular design for customizations, including a magnetic nose section for quick switching between B-24 D (“Greenhouse” nose), and J (“Emerson turret” nose) variants. [click to continue…]

After being sold to the UK by its Missouri-based owner in 2015, Supermarine Seafire Mk.XV SR462 could potentially return to airworthy status next year according to a new report from airshow news site “This is Flight.”

SR462 served with the Israeli Defense Force Air Force and the Burmese Air Force and also spent time as a gate guard. The machine then went to the Burmese Air Force Museum in Mingaladon where it received a cosmetic restoration and was displayed as UB415. In the late 1990s SR462 was acquired by a new owner and shipped to Missouri, where restoration commenced.

The recent sale saw SR462 acquired by Tim Percy, whose father, Royal Navy Captain Terence Percy, flew it off HMS Formidable in the South Pacific in 1945. With the machine now based in the UK, Captain Percy was able to be more involved with the restoration of his former mount.

(This is Flight via Classic Warbirds Additional Information via Warbird Registry and Studio M Publishing, LLC Thanks, Andrew!)

Arma Hobby has announced the upcoming release of a new tool Fokker E.V model kit in 1/72 scale.

The kit will reportedly be available in separate “Expert” and “Junior” boxings. The Expert edition (70012) will reportedly feature plastic parts and photo-etched fret as well as an extensive decal sheet with four marking options. The decals are also said to replicate the fabric structure on the lozenge and wooden structure of the propeller and interior parts.

The Junior set (70013) is a simplified, less expensive version with plastic parts and two liveries.

The kits are currently slated for release in December. Click below to check out additional images.

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Restored Curtiss P-40K 42-9733/N4436J has hit the market.

The Allison V-1710-powered aircraft is said to have amassed only 205 hours on its airframe and engine since receiving a ground up restoration by Pioneer Aero Restorations Ltd and Vintage V12s. Airframe work reportedly included a complete rebuild of the aft fuselage and tail feathers, restoration of the cockpit interior and replacement of all components forward of the firewall. The wings were also rebuilt while the wingtips, flaps and ailerons were either rebuilt or replaced.

The machine was originally delivered to the USAAF on August 31, 1942 and served at Great Falls AFB, Elmendorf AFB and Adak AFB before being declared surplus in 1945. In 1969 its remains were salvaged by collector Bob Sturges and went on to pass through the hands of several owners before being rebuilt to airworthy condition, performing its first post-restoration flight in New Zealand in 1992. Pioneer carried out the most recent restoration in the late 1990s with the P-40 returning to the air in 2000.

N4436J is currently located in New Jersey and is available for $1,795,000. Check out the complete listing here.

(Photo: Kogo via Wikimedia Commons)

Following the release of their new Gotha G.IV model last week, Brickmania is continuing their line of German WW1 fighters with this new Fokker D.VII custom LEGO kit.

Arguably the best aircraft produced during the WW1, the D.VII entered service in 1918 and proved itself to be such a formidable fighter that remaining examples had to be surrendered following the Armistice. Brickmania’s new 1/35 kit presents the machine in Jasta 18 colors and consists of 329 genuine new-condition LEGO and BrickArms elements, stickers and a custom-printed minifigure.

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

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An original example of the Auster Mk. V, a WW2 British military liaison and observation aircraft produced by Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) Limited, is being offered for sale.

The ex-Army aircraft (callsign RT486) reportedly flew over Northern France and up to the Belgium/Dutch border in September 1944 on a reconnaissance mission to gather information for Operation Market Garden, the unsuccessful attempt by the First Allied Airborne Army to establish a foothold at Arnhem in Holland.

The Auster was flown by Colonel T. C. J. Willett and flew from Andover, via Farnborough, to Tangmere on the 6th September then departed the UK on the 7th, returning to Tangmere on the 12th then to Heston aerodrome that same day so that Colonel Willet could make his report as soon as possible. The aircraft flying time for the period was 23 hrs 45 mins!

The machine is powered by a Lycoming O-290 engine and is said to have a LAA Permit that is valid until 16/05/18. Based in Southampton, United Kingdom, the Auster is being offered at £12,000, a low price that is reportedly due to the recent development of a misfire at top of climb when reducing power.

Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Additional Information via Outofcontrol39)

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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