Hangar 9 has announced the upcoming release of a P-51D Mustang 20cc, 69.5″ ARF (Almost-Ready-to-Fly) RC model.

The aircraft (HAN2820) is described as “expertly constructed” from lightweight, laser-cut balsa and plywood with “finely detailed, satin-finish covering” offering “scale nomenclature, panel lines, and more.” Additional features reportedly include a detailed cockpit with 3D instrument panel, an “expertly painted” pilot bust, retract ready fixed landing gear with 4″ wheels / realistic shock-absorbing struts, functional flaps, scale control surface hinge lines, gear doors, wing guns and antenna, optional-use wing pylons with removable drop tanks and two marking options representing “Geraldine” or “Sky Bouncer.”

The model is currently available for pre-order with the next shipment expected in early October.

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An extremely rare, post-WW2 Boeing YL-15 Scout (N4770C) has hit the market. The listing states:

The last one of 12 L-15s, built Mar.8,1949 at Boeing Wichita, KS. This is the only airworthy example of the remaining 7. N4770C was awarded Grand Champion Warbird Post WW II, at Airventure 2017. I received the Gold Wrench Award for the Restoration. Included with the sale of 70C is a 2nd wrecked YL-15, S/N 47-423, lots of new old stock spare parts, the Restricted Aircraft Type Certificate (transferable) & approx 3000 digitized blueprints. Boeing’s last piston, prop, man carrying design. Built for observation, liaison, & forward air control. Family owned since Feb.1954. Be the next caretaker!

The machine is currently hangared at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. pricing is available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.

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Dora Wings has released the first renderings of a new Seversky P-35 that is reportedly being developed in 1/48 scale.

As of this writing, there seems to be no additional details about the kit, so kit contents, liveries, pricing and a release date remain a mystery. Click below to check out additional images.

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Tamiya has announced the development of a new tool Spitfire Mk. 1 model kit in 1/48 scale.

The kit (61119) will reportedly include parts to recreate various specifications of the Mk. 1, open and closed canopy options, realistic cockpit detailing, photo-etched parts, seated pilot figure and three marking options.

Additional details, including a possible release date, have not yet been announced. Click below to check out a recently released rendering.

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A Fighter Escort Wings Replica P-51D Mustang has hit the market. The product description states (in part):

FEW P51D Mustang, 2/3 size replica, composite construction. Almost ready for sign-off. Taxi tested. Experienced builders wish to sell as a project rather than as flying aircraft. Airframe largely complete, and primed ready for topcoat. All systems installed and functional. Some minor finish details and avionics to be completed. Weight & balance as per specifications. Engine 383 cu.in. Chevrolet bowtie cast iron small block stroker, professionally built by experienced race-engine builder.

The machine is reportedly equipped with an “actual P-51 electrical panel” while offering “exceptional workmanship throughout.” It is located in Hillsboro, Oregon and is currently being offered for US $165,000, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Airfix has released their new Gloster Meteor FR.9 model kit in 1/48 scale.

The FR.9 was based on the F.8 fighter variant and served as an armed reconnaissance machine, equipped with an elongated nose housing a Williamson F.24 camera as well as external wing and ventral fuel tanks for increased range.

The new kit (A09188) is reportedly based on the new tool F.8 kit (A09182) released in 2016 and comes with two livery options representing WL263 of 208 Squadron and WB116/G of 2 squadron.

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The cockpit section of Sepecat Jaguar T2 XX140 has hit the market as a restoration project. The product description states:

Jaguar T-Bird cockpit sections are very rare. To our knowledge there are only two. This one and the one on display at Norwich Aircraft Museum.

We are now offering up the cockpit as a project cockpit as can be seen from the photos it needs some work. The cockpit is reasonably complete externally (see pics). It has a “new old stock” canopy all fitted to the fwd cockpit which on its own cost £5k. The nose cone is included. We can unbolt it at the bulkhead if required if the new owner required the intakes removing to make the unit more manageable, however we think the intakes really make it!

The section is located in Selby, United Kingdom and is available for £9,999.99, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Modelcollect Hobby has released the first test build photos of their upcoming new tool B-52H model kit in 1/72 scale.

The kit (UA72200) will reportedly feature two detailed engine parts, detailed tail, 12 AGM-129 missiles and full interior details. As of this writing, a release date has not yet been announced.

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Blue Sky Flight Simulations has released new images and details for their upcoming Rolls Royce Griffon 65-powered Spitfire Mk. XIV.

As previously reported, Blue Sky initially began developing the aircraft for Dovetail Games’ Flight Sim World (FSW), however, with FSW’s closure in May, the team is now working to prepare the Spitfire for P3D v.4.

Additional work is focused on getting the flight dynamics ready and fixing animation errors. This will be followed by “major internal testing to make sure all systems and flight functions are working” as well as external beta testing.

It is hoped that the aircraft will be ready by the end of September. Click below to check out additional screenshots, as well as a recent live stream showing “gauge animation development in 3D Max and a quick aerobatic test flight around Duxford.”

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A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to recover the remains of Avro Lancaster NF920 “Easy Elsie” from the site where it crash landed during WW2.

The aircraft came to rest in a swamp near Projus, Sweden on October 29, 1944 after being struck by anti-aircraft fire while attempting to bomb the battleship Tirpitz as part of “Operation Obviate.” The crew escaped without serious injury and the machine’s remains were abandoned, remaining at the site until the present day.

The aircraft is said to be the last remaining example of the type from the famous Dambusters 617 Squadron, and the wreck is in jeopardy after being “ravaged by war, time, vandals and souvenir hunters.” [click to continue…]