At the recent Scale Modelworld 2019 event in Telford, Airfix announced the development of a new tool Avro Vulcan B.2 model kit in 1/72 scale.

Although the project is relatively early in development, Airfix had a prototype model on display at their stand which reportedly represents a “significant investment for the company” and “a fascinating and rather expensive stage in the production of this magnificent new tooling.”

So far, a number of CAD renderings have been released, including an exploded part view, as well as images of the prototype model. The kit is currently slated for release in November 2020. Click below to check out additional images as well as a newly released video interview with the kit’s designer.

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A 1964 MiG-17 project (N604LS / S/N 1J0604) has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

Aircraft is in excellent condition with low airframe/engine hours, and would be a good candidate for restoration or museum display. Always kept in hangar with many spares including new flight control surfaces, spare canopy, ejection seat parachute, new airframe hoses (from Specialty Hose Co), new set of landing gear and drop tanks. Also comes with ground handling/servicing equipment including tail support cart, tow bar, super bee ground power cart, ground power rectifier (with adapter plug), and strut/nitrogen bottle servicing adapter fittings. Complete engine and airframe logs included with English translation, as well as set of maintenance manuals and aircraft inspection program.

The airframe reportedly has 599 TT, while the engine has 650 SNEW. The project is located in Tacoma, WA and is currently available for $35,000 USD, although this price is said to be negotiable. Click here to check out the complete listing.

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Lukgraph has announced the upcoming release of a new Sopwith Baby model kit in 1/32 scale.

The offering will reportedly be a full resin kit released in four boxed versions representing aircraft in British, French and Italian service, as well as a captured German machine complete with wooden trolley. Livery details are as follows:

In total there will be 9 paintings in 4 boxes.

32-22 3 x British schemes
32-23 2 x Italian schemes
32-24 1 x French + 2 x Norwegian schemes
32-25 1 x German scheme (captured plane)

The sets will also contain masks, photo-etched parts and bombs / Clerget 9B and Le Rhone type J engines printed directly with 3D technology. It is hoped that the kit will be ready for a December release. Click below to check out decal sheets as well as additional renderings and details.

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1944 P-51D Mustang “Rosalie” (S/N 44-75009 N51TC) has hit the market.

The listing states that the airframe has amassed 1903 TTSN, while the Packard -1650-7 engine with Rolls Royce 720 heads and banks has 115 hrs SMOH and 25 hrs since top overhaul by Roush Aviation. The aircraft also includes an avionics package, new oil and coolant lines (2018) and P-63 wheels and brakes. It is painted in Nevada ANG markings.

The aircraft ic surrently being offered for $1,995,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Image: USAF [Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons)

A reproduction of the Junkers F13, the world’s first all-metal commercial aircraft, has been spotted for sale.

The aircraft (HB-RIM S/N 13-001) reportedly has an airframe total time of 161:50 h (284 landings), while the Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior R-985-AN-14B engine has a total time of 91:33 h. The machine is described as seating 1–2 crew / 4–5 passengers and boasts “leather Interior Vienna + Santa Fe Brown” as well as an intercom and avionics package.

The F13 is located in Switzerland and is currently being offered for USD $2,100,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: Matti Blume via Wikimedia Commons)

HpH Models has announced the upcoming release of a massive 1/32 B-52 Stratofortress cockpit section model kit.

The new offering will reportedly be priced at 150 Euro, although this will drop to 120 Euro when ordered together with the upcoming B-52 1/48 scale kit. The company notes that the new 1/32 scale cockpit section kit consists basically of enlarged parts from the fully detailed cockpit included with the full 1/48 offering.

The cockpit section kit is currently slated for release “in 3 or 4 weeks.” Click below to check out additional images.

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A Grumman F3F pedal plane has been spotted for sale, accompanied by the following description:

2250hr TT, 450hr SMOH, Current certificate but needs cosmetic attention to bring back to original condition. one owner, 7 lessees, numerous flybys, airshows, fly-ins, 4th of July Parades. Missing engine and pilot, in search of new plane captain.

The listing also points out that the pedal plane was “rebuilt 1989” and in “Good operating condition, combat damage repairs in evidence.” It is located in Cleveland, Ohio and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Kitty Hawk has announced that their new tool 1/48 FJ-2 Fury model kit will be “coming real soon.”

The FJ-2 is a variant of the F-86 Sabre which was adapted for carrier use with the addition of folding wings and modified nose gear. It was introduced in 1954 and saw service with the US Navy and Marines before being phased out in 1962.

Details on the upcoming kit (KH80155) are scarce, although it is reported to include plastic sprues and decals for a number of machines. A few photos have also been released, additional examples of which can be seen below.

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A 1944 Douglas A-26B Invader (S/N 44-34778 C-GWLT) has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

1944 Douglas A26-B Invader, 4438TT, 3666/1059 SNEW Engine, 40 SNEW Prop, G430, Transponder, Dual Flight Controls.

The machine is located in Calgary, Canada with pricing available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Top Image: TSRL [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

E-Flite has released its new F-18 Hornet 80mm EDF RC model.

As previously reported, the product is touted as offering “an all-new design with the size, scale details, functional features and performance to deliver an unmatched flying experience.” Equipped with 6S LiPo power, its V2 12-blade 80mm fan, high-RPM brushless inrunner motor and 100A ESC “deliver fantastic performance with virtually instantaneous throttle response.”

Extra details reportedly include molded-in panel lines and hatches, removable ordnance and drop tanks, a pilot figure, LED navigation lights, full-flying stabs, operational flaps, retracts and sequenced gear doors. [continue reading…]