At the Telford model show over the weekend, Airfix announced the upcoming release of a new tool F6F-5 Hellcat model kit in 1/24 scale.
The Airfix team has been working on the project for some time, designing a kit with “over 600 parts, extensive detail and four decal schemes.”
The kit (A19004) is currently available for pre-order with an expected release in May 2019. Click below to check out additional images as well as newly released videos detailing the model and is development.
On Saturday, the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM) in Everett, Washington unveiled a Junkers Ju 87 R-4 Stuka that is currently under restoration to flying condition.
The machine was built in 1941 and served with Lehrgeschwader 1 and Sturzkampfgeschwader 5 in northwest Russia. In April 1942 it crashed after being shot down by Soviet fighters during a mission to bomb Murmansk. Its remains were finally recovered in the 1990s and were displayed at the Deutsches Technikmuseum before being acquired by FHCAM.
Restoration began in 2013 and, when complete, it will be one of only three surviving Stukas left anywhere in the world and the only one in flying condition. The process is reportedly expected to last another 1.5 years.
Click below to check out a videos of the newly unveiled airframe.
On Wednesday, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio lowered their Curtiss Jenny from its suspended position and relocated it to floor display in an area previously occupied by their Avro 504K.
The museum’s Avro is currently undergoing restoration and will reportedly hang above the Jenny in the museum’s Early Years Gallery upon its return to display. To learn more about the Avro restoration, check out the new Fall 2018 edition of The Flying Machine journal.
Click below to check out photos and video of the Jenny’s recent move.
A Spitfire recovered in July 2018 will be restored to airworthy condition, according to a recent announcement.
On March 5, 1942 Spitfire PR.IV AA810, flown by Alastair “Sandy” Gunn of 1 PRU RAF, departed RAF Wick in Scotland for a photo reconnaissance mission to Trondheim, Norway. During the flight, Gunn was forced to bail out after the Spitfire was shot down by two Messerschmitts of Jagdgruppe Losigkeit near Surnadal. Gunn became a POW and took part in The Great Escape in 1944, but sadly was recaptured and executed.
The remains of the Spitfire were recovered in July, with “some 70% of the aircraft” remaining intact. It is now receiving a full restoration to airworthy status and will reportedly incorporate a significant amount of original material. Plans also call for a few unsuitable elements of the aircraft to be used in various memorials.
The first flight is currently planned for 2023/24 and it is hoped that the machine will attend airshows “far and wide.”
(via Spitfire AA810 – Restoring Sandy’s Spitfire and Spitfire AA810 Additional Information via Aviation Safety Network Photo: RAF via Wikimedia Commons Thanks, Pascal!)
Modelsvit has announced the development of a new tool P-51H Mustang model kit in 1/48 scale.
Details are scarce at the moment, although the company has released the 3D CAD renderings seen above. They have also stated that the new kit is currently slated to become available sometime in 2019.
(Modelsvit via AeroScale)
A Grumman SA-16B Triphibian (Air Force SAR #51-0043) project airframe has hit the market. The listing states (in part):
TT:6915.7. Built in 1951, It was flown in the U.S. Air-Force until 1972 when it was retired in Tucson, AZ. It has been in storage in Tucson since retirement. It is a low time Air Force Long wing “B”, it would be nice to find someone, that would like to make the investment to restore the old bird. It was once owned by Charlie Blair and Maureen Ohara, of Antilles Air Boats. It does have some storage rash in some places but it is a real nice airframe.
The aircraft is located in Vail, Arizona and is currently being offered with a starting bid of US $12,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Eduard’s newly designed and tooled 1/48 Tempest Mk V model kit will reportedly be introduced during the upcoming Scale Model World event in Telford, UK on November 10th and 11th.
The kit (82121) will be offered as a ProfiPACK edition representing aircraft manufactured within Series 1. It reportedly includes Eduard sprues, pre-painted PE-sets, a painting mask and Cartograf decals with six marking options.
The kit is currently slated for release in December, although, 200 pieces will reportedly be available for the Telford event. Click below to check out additional images.
A 1911 Curtiss Model D Type IV reproduction has hit the market. The listing states (in part):
For Sale Or Trade for? 1911 Curtiss Model D-IV. Second aircraft built for the U.S Army Air Corps. Aircraft is partially covered. Aircraft is currently assembled for viewing.
The machine is located in Springfield, OH. Click here to check out the complete listing.
(Photo: U.S. Air Force)
Brickmania has released a new, limited edition 1/35 F-4C Phantom LEGO model kit.
The offering reportedly includes 1,290 “new-condition LEGO bricks,” two custom-printed minifigures, retractable landing gear and a detailed cockpit with custom printing. The model also includes representations of armament including four AIM-7E Sparrows, four AIM-9 Sidewinders, two MK-77 napalm canisters and a SUU-16/A gun pod.
Click below to check out the product page and a video overview of the new kit.
On November 4, Hawker Hurricane KZ321 (OO-HUR), which is believed to be the only airworthy Mk IV in existence, completed two successful flights from Brasschaat airfield near Antwerp, Belgium.
As previously reported, the machine was built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. sometime after 1942 and delivered to No. 6 Squadron RAF in 1943, serving in Greece, Italy and Yugoslavia before the end of WW2. It was abandoned in Israel in 1947 and was recovered decades later from a Jaffa scrapyard by Warbirds of GB, Ltd., who returned it to the UK in 1983.
In 1991, the Hurricane was acquired by The Fighter Collection of the Imperial War Museum. Restoration by Hawker Restorations, Ltd. commenced in 2001 and the aircraft was returned to “zero hour condition” using original and refurbished parts. It performed its first post-restoration flight in 2003 and was operated by The Fighter Collection until acquisition by Vintage Wings of Canada in 2006. The machine was recently sold to a Belgian owner and arrived at the FAST Aero shop in Brasschaat in May, where it was prepared for its return to flight.
Click below to check out a video of the machine returning to the air.