Aerodynamic Media, LLC is proud to announce the release of the Fall 2019 edition of The Flying Machine: Early Aero Quarterly.

Issue #13 Contents (36 Pages): Military Aviation Museum’s Thomas-Morse S-4C Restoration (Part 1); Spotlight: Golden Age Air Museum’s Sopwith Pup; Military Aviation Museum Biplanes & Brews 2019 Recap; News Briefs: Pioneer Flight Museum’s Thomas-Morse S-4C Restoration, Newly Completed Fokker D.VII Begins Ground Testing, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Completes Avro 504K Restoration; Products

In addition to our latest issue, we have also released a new 2019 collection containing issues 10-13 of the journal. Click here to view our complete selection!

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AFV Club is slated to release a new U-2C Dragon Lady Early/Late Type model kit in 1/48 scale.

The kit (AR48114) will reportedly include landing-gear doors and airbrake that can be positioned open or closed, accurate cockpit details, appropriate”Type B” camera that can be displayed independently, two intake types, long dorsal electronics fairing and “Sugar scoop” infrared deflector. It is said to also include photo-etched parts and markings for USAF and Republic of China Air Force machines.

A final release date has not yet been announced, although the kit is described as “coming soon.”

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Kermit Weeks has released the second part of his FOF Mechanic’s Corner video series detailing the wing skin fabrication of his Seversky P-35A.

In the new video, Fantasy of Flight’s sheet metal specialist Rick Reeves continues the process of restoring the P-35 wing, which was damaged in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew struck the Florida-based collection. The wing skin work begun in part 1 is carried through the final steps of the fabricating process and Rick demonstrates the paint prep and painting, followed by the the wing skin going to the wing for fitting, clecos, and riveting.

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A Hawker Sea Fury project has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

One of the last Iraqi Fury projects around. F-102 Wheels & Brakes, Second seat installed, R-3350 engine mount kit, and one Alameda OH R 3350-26WD. Restoration started by Pacific Fighters. Most of the parts have been stripped, Inspected and painted. Center section stripped and cleaned ready for paint. Cockpit section restored and painted back to stock military configuration.

The project is located in Idaho Falls, ID. Pricing is available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Image: Crown Copyright or Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

An 80% scale Loehle 5151 P-51 project is currently available for sale. The listing states (in part):

I would say that 80% or more of the plane is complete, Wings, Rudder, most of the fuselage, etc. I am building this as an LSA so the gear is fixed, however I do have most of the parts to make it a retract. I have the engine a NEW 582 Rotax Blue Head, (65 HP lists for over $5300.00) Includes all carbs (Bing) exhaust, manifold, all fiberglass nose forward (this was an additional add on to give it a realistic look a $2000.00 add on)) spinner, fiberglass wing root covers and wing tips. fabric and most instruments for the engine and a couple of complete sets of seat belts. The cost of the original kkit was over 12K. Plans are included. The canopy, slide rails and hardware are complete. Need to construct the forward portion (parts are included) and cut the canopy to fit. Includes the extra wood, and aluminum, cables and fuel lines and much more. The plane has installed custom aluminum fuel tanks (one in each wing and nose – installed). The wings are complete including “faux” machine guns. The control linkage is complete. The aircraft has been registered with the N Number N-51YF.

The project is located in The Colony, Texas and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

An “airworthy” Me 109 G fuselage project “complete with Werk Number ID Plate” has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

The complete fuselage was made from airworthy skins and stringers provided by Hartmair GmbH in Germany. NUMEROUS parts are also included, most also being airworthy. Wing Parts, Elevator Parts, Gear Leg Parts, and much more

The project is located in Westlake Village, CA and is currently being offered for $299,999. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Top Image: B. Huber at de.wikipedia via Wikimedia Commons)

Arma Hobby has released their new tool Yak-1b “Expert Set” model kit in 1/72 scale.

The kit (70027) reportedly includes new plastic parts (metal molds), photo-etched parts, canopy/wheel masks and marking options for six aircraft.

The company describes the kit as “the first long-run set of metal moulds manufactured since the 1980s” and notes that its design incorporated “the experience from the Hurricane Mk I, an aeroplane with similar construction, but a larger one than Yak. We hope that easier assembly and a higher level of detail meets your expectations.” [continue reading…]

The cockpit section of a cold war-era Lockheed P2V Neptune maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft has hit the market.

Details on the section are limited, although it is described as “for parts or not working” and reportedly includes “a very large compliment of the original instruments.” As seen in the photo, windows are covered with a protective spraylat coating.

The section is located in Toquerville, Utah and is currently available for US $25,000, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Tamiya has released its highly anticipated new tool P-38 P-38F/G Lightning model kit in 1/48 scale.

The kit (61120) is reportedly the product of “extensive research and ever-evolving mold making techniques” and is described as “the best fitting and most accurate P-38 Lightning F/G model assembly kit to date.”

It is touted as accurately depicting early P-38 features such as slimline engine cowlings, intercoolers in leading edges and the curved canopy front. Additional features include a detailed cockpit with wheel-type controls, radio, throttle box and more; parts to recreate two each of 150- and 300-gallon drop tanks and weights to ensure correct balance of the model when displayed.

Two livery options are also included representing “White 147,” a P-38G which took part in the interception of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in April 1943, and P-38F “White 33.

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MiG-17F Project Offered For Sale

A “beautiful example” of a 1959 MiG-17F has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

This airplane was built in Poland as a LIM 5 with afterburner. Serial number 1C1423. The aircraft has nice paint and is in original unmodified condition. Sale includes the airframe, VK1F afterburner engine, logbooks and towbar. The aircraft served with the Polish airforce 34th PLM at Gdynia. It was imported to the USA in 1993. It is not currently registered with the FAA and is not certified. The airplane is not currently airworthy. The aircraft had some water damage in the cockpit that would need restoration before preparing for certification. Additionally some elevator repair needed. Engine turns freely but was not started.

The machine is located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.