Eduard’s new tool 1/48 model kit of the Focke Wulf Fw190A-4 will reportedly be among their new releases for October.

The kit will be offered as a ProfiPACK edition complete with plastic parts, pre-colored photo etched details, paint masks and decals for five aircraft.

Click below to check out livery profiles as well as images of some of the kit’s contents.

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On August 26th, the world’s last remaining example of the P-38G Lightning (S/N 42-13400) returned to static display at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska following a year-long restoration program.

The aircraft was originally constructed by Lockheed in Burbank, California and delivered to the U.S. Army, where it was assigned to the 54th Fighter Squadron bearing the nose number 95. During a training mission over the Aleutian Islands on January 1, 1945, the P-38 crashed into the snow after pilot 2d Lt. Robert Nesmith experienced “a little fluctuation” from the port propeller. The impact tore off the starboard engine and port propeller, but Nesmith managed to escape unharmed.

The machine was stripped of its guns, propellers, instruments and wingtips and abandoned. It remained in its place until June 1999, when it was recovered and transported to Elmendorf. Volunteers began restoration in December of that year and in August 2000 the completed aircraft was placed on display at the McCloud Memorial Park, where it serves as “a reminder of the sacrifices made in the ‘Forgotten War’ of the Aleutian Island chain.” [click to continue…]

Among Eduard’s new releases for September is this new tool 1/48 ProfiPACK Edition model kit of the Hispano-Suiza-powered S.E.5a.

The new release compliments the company’s previous Viper variant and reveals some of the distinct features associated with the type, including a one-piece, half-round radiator, four-bladed propeller and a representation of the early steel landing gear, which was eventually redesigned and reinforced following a series of landing gear failures.

The kit reportedly features plastic sprues, photo-etched details, painting masks and waterslide decals for five aircraft.

Click below to check out the kit contents, product link and livery profiles.

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Earlier today, Hawker Sea Fury T20 VX281/G-RNHF returned to the air for the first time since 2014, marking the completion of a three year restoration process.

As previously reported, the aircraft suffered an engine failure during the 2014 RNAS Culdrose Air Day, which resulted in an emergency landing. In the process the machine’s undercarriage collapsed, causing it to skid off the runway. Following the incident, Weald Aviation Services of Essex restored the airframe and assembled a newly acquired Bristol Centaurus 18 radial engine that had been stripped back to its component parts and completely overhauled.

Today’s flight was conducted from North Weald with Lt.Cmdr Chris Gotke AFC at the controls. Gotke is the same pilot who masterfully landed the aircraft following its engine failure, an action that earned him the Air Force Cross.

The flight was filmed from the ground as well as the cockpit and can be seen in the videos below.

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A Le Rhone-powered Sopwith Dove reproduction currently maintained and flown by the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire, England is slated to hit the auction block.

The two-place aircraft, derived from the famous Sopwith Pup, was developed as a civilian sporting and utility aircraft following WW1 and was described as offering “fast climb, high-speed, quick manoeuvrability and wide speed range.”

This particular machine was constructed by Skysport Engineering in 1993 and is said to incorporate some original parts from the Shuttleworth Pup, which was originally a Dove, as well as such a high level of detail that it is essentially “another Sopwith Dove.” The machine represents G-EAGA (W/O 3004/1), which was originally registered to the Sopwith Aviation & Engineering Co Ltd on 3rd July 1919 as K157.

The aircraft, which has an estimated value of £250,000-300,000 (US$320,000-390,000), will reportedly be auctioned by Bonhams at the Goodwood Revival on September 9. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(via Silodrome Photo: Alan Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)

A Lockheed EC-121 “Warning Star” is in the early stages of its transition to Atwater, California’s Castle Air Museum.

The aircraft, a military variant of the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation, has been a fixture at the Helena Regional Airport in Montana since 1981, when the USAF donated it to Helena College for use in their airframe and powerplant mechanics program. The EC-121 was reportedly turned back over to the government several years ago and was acquired by Castle in 2014.

Regarding the machine’s condition, Helena Regional Airport Director Jeff Wadekamper states:

“All of the radar stations and all of the stuff inside the aircraft is as complete as the day it was operational. There’s even still spare parts back in the back of the airplane. So that’s the unique ability of this aircraft, that it’s so complete.”

A crew from Worldwide Aircraft Recovery of Bellevue, Nebraska arrived at the location on August 23rd to begin the process of disassembling and relocating the Warning Star, a process that is expected to take about two weeks. After arrival, it will reportedly be restored for static display.

Click below to check out photos of the aircraft prior to disassembly.

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New details have been released on the grounding of warbirds operated by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) after the discovery of a “fault” relating to the Merlin engine.

A Ministry of Defence (MOD) investigation has reportedly traced the issue to a pinion gear, a development that will allow for inspections to confirm that the components meet the MOD’s exacting standards.

As previously reported, the discovery of an issue earlier this month led to BBMF implementing a pause on flights of their Merlin-powered aircraft, leaving their upcoming schedule of appearances in doubt.

The MOD reports that the BBMF and industry are “putting all of our efforts into getting these beautiful aircraft safely back in the air as soon as possible” – although it is not known whether the machines will be ready in time for the inaugural Scampton Airshow in early September.

(via RAF and The Lincolnite Photo: Simon Boddy via Wikimedia Commons)

An F-84G Thunderjet project, along with a number of spare parts, is being offered for sale.

The aircraft, currently based in Maine, was reportedly acquired from a museum that had collected “many parts over the years” and consists of a fuselage and wings sourced from a former Norwegian Air Force machine, as well as a spare tailcone and other misc parts from a former Danish Air Force F-84. Additional components include a “worn out” Allison J-35 jet engine, two vertical stabilizers, extra wheels and tires, eight new instruments, two canopies, an ejection seat, a box of fuselage fillet panels, a horizontal stabilizer and some extra nose gear components, as well as an extra fuselage nose section that is cut off just before the cockpit.

The project is said to offer enough parts “to put a museum or restorer well on their way to build up a nice static example” – although it is noted that the aircraft spent a number of years on outdoor display and is in need of significant restoration.

A starting bid for the project has been set at $35,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

On Monday, the Kwajalein MIA Project announced the discovery of a PB2Y-3 Coronado, a large flying boat patrol bomber used by the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater of WW2.

The group, which exists to locate and identify WW2 aircraft and other wreckage in the Kwajalein Atoll lagoon, discovered the submerged wreckage on August 21st, identifying a wing and two engines on side-scan sonar imagery. On August 25th, divers confirmed the discovery of the machine’s wing and forward section and it has been identified as an aircraft that crashed on September 14, 1944.

Navy Pharmacist’s Mate 1st Class Fred Matson was lost in the incident and his family has reportedly been notified of the discovery, as has the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the commander of US Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll.

The organization is currently planning additional dives to document the aircraft’s remains.

Click below to check out initial photos.

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Wingnut Wings has released photos and details on their upcoming 1/32 kitset of the Jeannin Stahltaube (Steel Dove), a copy of the Etrich Taube employing a steel tube fuselage.

The kit will reportedly boast 165 high quality injection moulded plastic parts, 21 photo-etched metal detail parts and a number of build options, including 100 hp Daimler-Mercedes D.1 and 120 hp Argus AS.II engines and injection moulded or photo-etched wire wheels. Builders can also choose from optional propellers, exhaust manifolds, gravity fuel tanks, pistol armament and hand dropped bombs.

Cartograf decals will feature markings for 5 aircraft, including 172/14 (Lt. Fritzlohn), 180/14 (Deutches Technikmuseum Berlin), 271/14 (Emil Wendler), 283/14 (Adlershof-Johannisthal) and 319/14 (Armee-Flug-Park 9b).

The kit is currently slated for release in October and will reportedly sell for US$119. Click below to check out additional images.

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