Boeing Stearman 450 N52969 (S/N 75-5082) has hit the market.

According to the listing, the machine is an SRA Fly-In trophy winner in “excellent condition with standard airworthiness certificate.” It is reportedly equipped with a 450 hp Pratt & Whitney 985 rebuilt By Covington and has a total time of 4,000 hrs with 175 SMOH. Additional features reportedly include an avionics package and “fresh annual with sale.”

The aircraft is located in Richmond, Indiana and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Wingnut Wings has released the first model / sprue images for their upcoming 1/32 Avro Lancaster kit.

Two kits will reportedly be available, including a B.Mk.I/III and a B.Mk.III “Dambusters.” The B.Mk.I/III (32043) will feature a highly detailed RR Merlin XX (for B.Mk.1) or Packard V-1650-1 Merlin 28 (for B.Mk.III), optional early and late tailwheels, unweighted or weighted (with full bomb load) main wheels, H2s radar, 500lb (UK and USA), 1000lb, 4000lb “Cookie” and SBC bombs, FN.20 or FN.120 rear turret with optional cut away perspex, early and late bomb aimer’s blisters and windows and early DH.5/40 (needle) and late A5/138 (paddle) type propellers and spinners. Optional dummy engine blocks will also be included so you don’t need to assemble complete engines to build the model. [click to continue…]

Aeroplane Heaven has posted renderings of liveries for its upcoming Heinkel HE 111 P-2.

Six authentic options will reportedly be available, each being created using new-technology “PBR Workflow” techniques to provide “a new level of realism to your flight simulation experience.” In addition, a A “pro”-quality paint-kit will also be provided to create your own marking options.

The aircraft is being developed for FSX/SE, P3DV3+ and P3DV4+ and is said to offer a high fidelity model with “an enormous amount of authentic detail.” Additioanl features reportedly include a fully animated complex control systems for rudder, aileron and elevator, “secret” modern navigation suite fitted to the cockpit for IFR navigation, highly realistic, animated pilot, bomb-aimer and mid/upper gunner, detailed Daimler Benz V12 engine under removable nacelle panels and authentic stereo sound pack with the signature “out of sync” engine throb at full throttle.

A final release date has not yet been announced. Click below to check out additional livery renderings.

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Wingnut Wings has announced the development of two Halberstadt CL.II model kits in 1/32 scale.

The kits will represent early and late models of the type, with the early variant offering 193 high quality injection molded plastic parts (including 14 exclusive to early production aircraft) nine photo-etched metal detail parts and a representation of the very early production rudder. The kit will also boast two high quality cartograf decal sheets with fitted five color lozenge and marking options for five early production aircraft.

The kit representing the late production variant will reportedly include 201 high quality injection molded plastic parts (including 22 exclusive to late production aircraft) nine photo-etched metal detail parts and a representation of the very late production gun ring. The kit will also include three high quality cartograf decal sheets with fitted five color lozenge and markings for five aircraft.

Both kits will reportedly feature optional 160-180-200 hp engine/cowlings, radio, generator, propellers, armament, fine in-scale rib tape detail and full rigging diagrams.

The kits are currently expected to be available in late 2018.

(via Wingnut Wings)

Supermarine Spitfire XIVe RN201 (N201TB) has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

“Post WWII, this Spitfire XIVe was part of the Belgian Air Force. It was displayed on a pole at a Belgian Air Force Base from 1953-1990. In 1990 it was sold to a British buyer who returned the Spitfire to the UK. It was restored by Historic Flying Ltd. between 2000-2002. It was then sold to the current owner in 2007 who has operated the Spitfire in the United States ever since. In 2007 this Spitfire won the EAA Grand Champion Award at Sun N’ Fun in Florida.”

The airframe has reportedly amassed only 117 hrs since restoration, which included new wing spars and the replacement of all rivets with aluminum rivets. The Rolls Royce Griffon 66 engine is also said to 117 hrs SMOH by Universal Airmotive. The machine is currently being offered for £1,900,000. Click here or here to check out complete listings.

(Photo: By Mike Freer – Touchdown-Aviation via Wikimedia Commons)

Supermarine Spitfire IXe PL344 (N644TB) has hit the market. The listing states (in part:)

This Spitfire IX was recovered from a Technical School in Holland in the early 1980’s and restored by Charles Church Spitfires Ltd. and registered in the UK as G-IXCC. Its first civilian flight was in March 2001. It was sold to Kermit Weeks and re-restored to original military configuration by Personal Plane Services. It was then sold to the current owner in 2001 who had the aircraft overhauled and repainted by A.R.C.O. in the UK before shipping the Spitfire to the United States.

The airframe has reportedly amassed only 182 hrs since restoration, which included new wing spars and the replacement of all rivets with aluminum rivets. The Rolls Royce Merlin 266 engine reportedly has 171 hrs SMOH by Vintage V-12s. The machine is currently being offered for £2,500,000. Click here or here to check out complete listings.

(Photo: Flickr user “tataquax” via Wikimedia Commons)

Yesterday, the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust’s newly restored Albatros D.Va (G-WAHT) performed its first engine test at the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire, UK.

As previously reported, the reproduction, formerly ZK-TGY, was a regular performer on the UK Airshow Circuit in 2015-2016 and was originally constructed by The Vintage Aviator Ltd. of New Zealand, which also carried out the recent work. As seen above, it initially appeared in the colors of the machine flown by Paul Baumer of Jasta 5, however it has been repainted to represent D.2263, flown by Otto Kissenbert of Royal Bavarian Jasta 23b.

The Albatros arrived at The Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire, UK last month where it underwent reassembly. It is expected to remain at the location until the process of obtaining a flight permit is complete. Click below to check out a video of yesterday’s test.

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Last week, a convoy of trucks carrying Avro Lancaster FM104 arrived at the British Columbia Aviation Museum near Victoria International Airport in North Saanich, Canada.

The bomber was originally built by Victory Aircraft of Malton, Ontario in 1944 and, installed along Toronto’s waterfront following its retirement from the RCAF in 1964. In 1999, it was moved to a museum in Downsview Park, where a restoration effort began. However, it was relocated once again when the museum closed in 2011. The machine has spent recent years in storage at Edenvale Aerodrome west of Barrie while its future became a topic of debate.

In July, the museum became the successful bidder and, now having formally taken possession of the machine from the city of Toronto, the “long process of restoration” will begin. The work will be carried out in cooperation with Victoria Air Maintenance and will focus on returning the machine to flying condition. The machine’s components will reportedly be on public display throughout the process.

Click below to check out photos of FM104’s arrival at its new home.

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Tamiya has provided the first look at their upcoming new tool Spitfire Mk. 1 model kit in 1/48 scale.

The kit (61119) will reportedly benefit from “new information to make this new release many times more historically accurate.” It will also include parts to recreate various specifications of the Mk. 1 while providing open and closed canopy options, realistic cockpit detailing, photo-etched parts, seated pilot figure and three marking options.

The newly released images, which can be seen below, show a full build along with cockpit details and sprues. Additional details, including a possible release date, have not yet been announced.

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Airfix has announced its first new tool kit for 2019 in the form of a 1/48 Spitfire FR Mk.XIV.

The kit (A05135) is being developed with the aid of “a vast collection of research materials, original drawings and photographs relating to Spitfire production” as well as computer base model shape data from their Spitfire Mk.1 kit released in 2014.

The kit is currently slated for release sometime in the new year, although the company hopes to have a prototype sample model of the kit on display at November’s Scale ModelWorld Show at Telford.

Click below to check out additional renderings.

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