Special Hobby has shared a new update on the development of their upcoming Westland Whirlwind Mk.1 model kit in 1/32 scale.

The kit’s (SH32047) development has been talked about for some time in the modeling community and its release is anxiously awaited. Previous updates have focused on the the molds, which are reportedly being created using an electroplating process sometimes also known as galvanic deposition, as well as test fittings of parts.

The newly released renderings detail the cockpit, which will reportedly be “very detailed.” According to the company, the kit will be plastic, with the gold parts being PE fret. Click below to see more.

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Dora Wings is slated to release a new Westland Lysander Mk.III model kit in 1/72 scale.

The upcoming release (DR72024) is reportedly based on the company’s new tool Lysander Mk.III SD kit (DW72023) released in 2019 and includes “one new form.” Liveries have also been announced, the profiles for which can be seen below.

The kit is currently slated for release in September.

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1933 WACO UIC S/N 3767 (N13408) has hit the market.

The airframe reportedly has 1425 TTSN (140 hrs since restoration) while the Continental W-670-6A engine has 375 TT (185 hrs SMOH by Aero Engines). Additional features include disk brake conversion, Jasco alternator, Eclipse direct drive starter, wheel pants (not presently installed), locking tailwheel, 75 gallon fuel, navigation lights and beacon. Avionics include a Garmin 250XL map / com, King KT76A transponder / encoder and PS Engineering PS-1000 4 place intercom. A fresh annual is reportedly included with sale. [continue reading…]

Grumman TBM-3 Avenger “Charlie’s Heavy” has been spotted for sale.

Details in the listing are extremely limited at the moment, but according to the Flying Legends website, the machine (HB-RDG) was manufactured in 1945 and is powered by the original 1925 hp Wright Double Cyclone R-2600-20 engine. It wears the colors of Marine Torpedo Squadron 132 based on USS Cape Gloucester during 1945.

Pricing is available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: Charlie Jackson / CC BY via Wikimedia Commons Additional Information via Flying Legends)

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Wingsy Kits has been in the process of designing a new Bf 109E model kit in 1/48 scale.

In their latest update, the company has announced the completion of work on the “exterior and hull parts.” The cockpit details are apparently next in line before molds are produced.

At the moment, additional details such as kit contents, liveries, pricing and an expected release date have not been announced, although a number of new renderings have been released, additional examples of which can be seen below.

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A BAC MK3 modified Jet Provost has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

XN553 Forsale MK3 converted to a 4, One of kind conversion Jet Provost, Cleveland Brakes, pre-oil sysytem, 2750 lbs thrust, empty weight 4100 lbs, King Air seats, G5s, alot extras to much to list. Reno Racer very fast modified

The machine is located in Forked River, New Jersey and is available for $85,000 B/O, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Airfix has released a new version of their Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.1 kit in 1/48 scale.

As the least effective of the RAF’s interceptor fighters at the start of the Battle of Britain, it is interesting to note that the Boulton Paul Defiant actually entered service much later than either the Spitfire or Hurricane, but was quickly relegated to nightfighter operations when it became obvious the extra weight of the power operated turret made the aircraft a relatively easy target for Luftwaffe fighters.

The new offering (A05128A) is part of the company’s commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and is reportedly based on the new tool Defiant released in 2016 (A05128). It includes new decals representing N1801 / PS-B “Coimbatore II” of 264 Squadron, and L7021 / PS-H of RAF No.264 Squadron.

Click below to check out the product page and additional images.

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A 1943 Cessna UC78 “Bamboo Bomber” has been spotted for sale. The listing states (in part):

Pros: Fully restored in the mid 1990s. Suffered water damage in Galveston flood 2008. Water damage repaired. All wiring, cables installed. Airframe, wing wood, empennage, upholstery and head liner are in excellent condition. Attractive instrument panel. 30 gallon aux fuel. Current Registration/Airworthiness Certificate. Cons: Needs fabric covering and reassembly. No Lycoming R680-13 engines. No propellers. No radios.

The machine is currently being offered for $19,900.00 “with a contract to return to service by our shop Big Sky Stearman.” Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: Alan Wilson via Flickr)

Eduard has released a new “Weekend Edition” F6F-3 model kit in 1/48 scale.

The offering (84160) includes Eduard plastic parts and decals representing VF-27 (USS Princeton) and VF-15 (USS Essex / flown by Lt. Arthur Singer).

Click below to check out the product page as well as livery profiles and kit contents.

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