Airfix has released the first full kit build images of their upcoming new tool DH Mosquito B.XVI.
The 1/72 offering (A04023) is still “very much in development” and the photos show the kit constructed from test frames, which are the subject of ongoing refinement and modification. The final product will reportedly boast a wingspan of 229 mm and include plastic parts and marking options for two machines: ML963 and ML957.
The kit is currently slated for release in August. Click below to check out additional images.
Tamiya has released a flood of new details about their upcoming new tool F-4B Phantom II model kit, including a video overview of the kit’s contents and a release timeframe.
The 1/48 offering (61121) is reportedly based on “exhaustive studies of the actual aircraft” resulting in a “precise recreation of the distinctive form.”
The parts breakdown offers ease of assembly. J79-GE-8 engine nozzles, cockpit, and landing gear bays are realistically recreated. Choose between folded and extended wingtips. One-piece horizontal stabilizer right and left sides move in concert. Choose between open and closed canopy, and extended and retracted refueling probe/boarding ladder. Different types of antennae and cockpit consoles can be chosen depending on the marking option selected. Air-to-air missiles (AIM-7E Sparrow and AIM-9G/H Sidewinder) and two types of drop tanks are included. Includes 2 sitting crew figures, 3 marking options, and masking stickers.
Marking options represent VF-51 “Screaming Eagles,” VF-111 “Sundowners” and VF-161 “Chargers” (Wing Commander’s Aircraft). The kit is currently due out in June. Click below to check out additional images as well as a newly released video overview of the kit.
A 1939 Luscombe 8A project has been spotted for sale.
The listing states: “no engine, fabric wings – no fabric, logs from the 70s, no reserve.”
The project is located in Boulder City, Nevada and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.
P-51 S/N 44-74813 (N151BW) has been spotted for sale. The machine is described as a grand champion award winner (Oshkosh 2002) which is very well cared for and flown very little, but regularly, since restoration. The listing states (in part):
385 Hrs since Midwest Aero restoration and Vintage V-12 Overhaul. 50 Hrs since Roush Heads & Banks. All the goodies! Spitfire Mirrors, Guns, Ammo-belts, Drop-tanks, Gunsight, very stock panel, New Cuffs on Prop in’17. Pre-oiler, spin-on oil filters, Rotax Mags, Hinz filter, Shadin, Looks fantastic!
The airframe reportedly has 1500 hrs TT (estimated) and is equipped with a Packard/Rolls Royce V-1650-7 engine (S/N v-333953) and a Hamilton Standard 25D-50 Hub (S/N 150699) with 7523A-24 blades. The aircraft is located in Mason City, Iowa and is currently being offered for $2,900,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
(Photo: 270862 via Flickr Thanks, Chris!)
Eduard has released a new “ProfiPACK” edition Mustang Mk.IV model kit in 1/48 scale.
The kit (82104) focuses on the aircraft “in service of Commonwealth air force units, the British version of the P-51D, as well as the P-51K.” It includes Eduard plastic parts and decals, pre-painted photo-etched parts, a painting mask and marking options for six machines: KH680, KM232, KH655, KH716, KH852 and KH663.
A 1946 Luscombe 8A “refurbished project airframe” has been spotted for sale. The listing states (in part):
Metal fuselage, tail feathers and ailerons, with fabric covered wings with metal spars. This aircraft has several very desireable mods: The fuselage tank has been remved and replaced with 12.5 gallon tanks in each wing. Paperwork has been filed and accepted for a 100 h.p. 0-200 engine conversion ( engine not included here). Cleveland wheels and disc brakes have been fitted. Shoulder harnesses have been fitted. All of the paperwork is in excellent condition and the logbooks are complete from day 1 to the last annual in september of 2008… The airframe is undamaged!… This is a ready to finish up and paint project, not a time intensive job.
The aircraft is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing, which includes additional information and a number of additional photos.
After years of development, Special Hobby has released their new tool Westland Whirlwind Mk. I “Cannon Fighter,” making this the first example of the type ever kitted in 1/32 scale.
The offering (SH32047) is described as “highly detailed” with “accurate and well researched decals.” The model portrays the fighter variety of the type, and includes ten styrene sprues and one with clear parts. Marking options are provided for four machines ranging from the earlier green and brown camouflage to the later grey and green schemes:
1. P6985, HE-J, No.263 Squadron RAF, Exeter Air Base, March 1941
2. P7061, HE-A, No.263 Squadron RAF, Charmy Down Airfield, September 1941
3. P7118, HE-F, “Bellows Argentina No.2,” Pilot S/L Eelse, No.263 Squadron RAF, Colerne Airfield, Wiltshire, Winter 1941/42
4. P7081, HE-E, “Bellows Argentina No.3,” No.263 Squadron RAF, Charmy Down Airfield, October 1941
Click below to check out an additional photo and a product link.
1941 Stearman PT-17 S/N 75-2812 (N132JD), described as “always hangared, logs complete, fresh annual” has hit the market. The listing states (in part):
Airframe: Total restoration in 2009 by Denny Caruso. Upgrades include Jasco 12V, 50amp alternator, Delco started, electrical panel with avionics master, Becker comm and mode C transponder, Whelen strobes, Uavionix Tailbeacon ADSB-Out, Red Line Brakes, and Compro smoke system. Engines / Mods / Prop: Continental W670-6A engine. 270 hours SMOH by Denny Caruso, including Olde Thyme Aviation Crankshaft bearings and intake and exhaust valve guide STCs. All compressions 70 or better. Air Wolf remote oil filter, No leaks! Sensnich W98AA-66 propeller and hub 50 hours SNEW. Avionics / Equipment: Becker comm and Mode C transponder, Uavionix ADSB-Out
The airframe reportedly has 4,020 TT, while the engine has 270 SMOH. The prop has 50 SNEW. The aircraft is located in De Leon Springs, FL and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Roden has released a new Convair B-36D/F/H/J Peacemaker model kit in 1/144 scale.
The offering (337) is reportedly based on the company’s new tool B-36B kit released last year.
The main difference was the installation of four additional General Electric J-47 jet engines with a thrust of 5,200 lbf each (23kN), which significantly improved basic characteristics such as speed and range.
Details on the kit contents are limited, although photos of the decal sheets have been released. Click below to check out the product page and additional images.
A 1948 Cessna 170 has hit the market. The listing states:
Pretty and clean 1948 Cessna 170. 5685 TT 1710 SMOH. Wings and fuselage were completely stripped of multiple layers of aged paint and old fabric, cleaned up as needed, and then new fabric and paint completed in 2018. While doing all the work on the outside we added new interior panels, carpets, headliner, and seats. KX 155 Nav/Comm, Narco AT 50A Transponder, Uavonix Skybeacon ADS-B. Mods include: PPonk gear box with C-180 legs finished with Alaska Bushwheels wheels and brakes and 8.00 tires. VG’s, Spin-on oil filter with quick drain oil sump, new engine driven fuel pump. Added inline fuel tank on pilot side bringing total fuel from 35 on the original 170 up to 46 total gallons. New glass all around including 1 piece windshield. Auto fuel STC. Compressions at annual Dec ’20: 78/78/78/74/74/78. This plane has been my baby for nearly 15 years, and I am sad to sell but getting something bigger for bigger family use. Will deliver anywhere in North America for the cost of fuel and return ticket. Can also provide endorsement for tailwheel transition for a pilot who is a current and capable flyer.
The aircraft is located in Sandy, Utah and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing, which includes a number of additional photos.