Fiat G-59-4B S/N MM-53774 (I-MRSV), touted as one of only two flying examples of the type in the world, has hit the market.

The aircraft is one of only ten G.59-4Bs built and performed its first post restoration flight on May 25, 1992 from Lido di Venezia Airport. The airframe reportedly has 240 hrs since restoration while the Rolls Royce Merlin 500/20 engine has 240 hrs SMOH by Zeuschel Racing Engines.

I-MRSV is located in Italy and is currently being offered for €1,200,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

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Today, Airfix released its highly anticipated, new tool F6F-5 Hellcat model kit in a massive 1/24 scale.

As previously reported, the model was originally announced at the Telford model show in November 2018. It reportedly includes over 600 parts with full cockpit detail; a complete, fully detailed radial engine, engine mount and all ancillaries; separate engine cowling and forward fuselage panels; detailed undercarriage, undercarriage bays and arrestor hook; fully detailed gun bays with complete machine guns and ammunition trays and realistic surface detailing showing rivets, fasteners and rippled stressed skin. Drop tanks (2 types), 250lb and 500lb bombs and rockets are also included.

The kit (A19004) is also touted as offering four liveries and options to display the wings extended or folded, the canopy open or closed and the landing gear and flaps either extended or retracted.

Product Page ($145.95)

The NZ Warbirds Association has reported that the owners of Classic Jets Fighter Museum in Adelaide are retiring and an auction of listed contents has been set for July 24 at 10:30 am.

The auction listing describes “An Extraordinary Collection of War Time & General Aviation to Incl, Vampire R.A,N Jet Plane, Pilot Less Jet Aircraft, Mirage Cockpit, Ejector Seats, Jet & Turbine Engines, Plane Components, Avionics, Paraphernalia, Uniforms, Sort After Memorabilia, Parts, Personal Items, Clothing, Art Work and more.”

Click here to check out the auction page. The announcement can be seen below.

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Kermit Weeks has released a video documenting the unboxing of a “mystery” shipping container that he has been waiting over a year to receive.

As we see, the container is filled with a variety of components, and Kermit challenges us to guess the plane before he reveals its identity (which occurs around the 9 minute mark).

Click below to check it out.

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A Consolidated Vultee B-24 Liberator project has hit the market.

The listing describes the project as “LB-30. Wrecked, needs complete restoration.” Additional details are scarce, although a number of photos are included.

The project is located in Utica, Florida and is currently being offered for US $175,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

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On June 6, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, flight simulation developer Aeroplane Heaven announced an upcoming Douglas C-47 for P3DV4.4+ which will focus on “That’s all Brother” – the C-47 that led the armada of Skytrains across the English Channel to Normandy on June 6, 1944.

The developer states that this will be their “most challenging and rewarding project to date” as the team is planning to make the offering “the most detailed, Hi-Definition models of this aeroplane ever produced.” Features will reportedly include: [continue reading…]

A 1943 Stearman PT-17 is available for sale. The listing states:

REBUILD FEBRUARY 2013 S.M.O.H. 325 HOURS ELECTRIC STARTER/ALT. RED LINE BRAKES FLYING REGULARY KING 155 I/COMM KR76 TRANSPONDER ALWAYS HANGARED CONTINENTAL R670-5 220H.P.ALL CYLINDERS OVER 70/80 S.T.C. SMOKE AND TAIL HOOK JUNE 2019 ANNUAL INSPECTION IN PROGRESS

The aircraft is located in Miami, Florida and is currently available for US $69,000, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Airfix has announced the upcoming release of a 1/72 Vickers Wellington GR Mk.VIII, a type which was “specifically built for Coastal Command duties and equipped with new equipment designed to detect and destroy U-Boats.”

The upcoming kit (A08020) is reportedly based on the new tool Wellington Mk.IA/C (A08019) released last year and will include additional part frames for the GR Mk.VIII variant. Newly released 3D CAD images show the installation of some of the additional parts including Leigh Lights – which are described as “a fascinating aspect of the air war during WWII and one which made a significant contribution to the Battle of the Atlantic.”

Two different versions of the variant can be represented, including HX379 of 172 Squadron, which includes a “the full antenna array which was a feature of the ASV Mk.II radar equipment installation and has the front turret removed and glazed over.” The second livery option represents HX485 of 38 Squadron, which displays the full ASV Mk.II radar antenna array but retains its front turret.

The new Wellington GR Mk.VIII is currently slated for release in September. Click below to check out additional images.

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A “museum quality,” two-seat MiG-21UM cockpit section “autographed by Ace pilots” has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

MiG-21UM 9354. It spent half of its life in the Warsaw pact then the last half with NATO. It is autographed by US Air Force Ace “Chuck DeBellevue and US Navy ace” Duke” Cunningham, both of whom gave presentations with the cockpit. Photos are included of them both signing the cockpit and of DeBellevue sitting in the cockpit. The cockpit interior is in beautiful and original condition

The cockpit is described as including a custom built metal stand with caster wheels, a boarding stair platform, an original Polish MiG-21 boarding ladder, an original Polish MiG-21 nose intake cover, white LED cockpit floodlights for museum settings and more.

The cockpit is located in Enid, Oklahoma and is currently being offered for US $23,000, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

In an exciting development, Microsoft has announced the revival of their Flight Simulator with a new trailer that gives us a glimpse of “the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises.”

Beyond what the video offers, details are currently scarce. However, the new incarnation is described as offering highly detailed and stunning aircraft ranging from light planes to wide-body jets which operate in “an incredibly realistic world.” Flight plans and flying will reportedly be available anywhere on the planet with a focus on “the authenticity of flying and visually stunning environments.”

By revamping our tech, working in close collaboration with the community and pursuing the best partnerships across the industry, we intend to deliver the best-in-class flight simulation experience.

The release will reportedly be available for “Windows 10 with Xbox Game Pass in 2020, and coming to Xbox One at a later date.” Click below to check out the new trailer.

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