An “excellent condition” Loehle 5151 Mustang has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

Rotax 582 Electric Start, 162 total hour, airspeed, ALT, compass, tach, fuel gauge, water temp., dual EGT, Electric Trim, BRS, Com, 760 Radio, 3 Blade GSC Prop, Heel Brakes Retracts, Fuselage and Wings all Sitka Spruce. Always hangered in a climate controlled building.. 12 1/2 gallon tank. Excellent Condition! The aircraft is mostly made of Sitka spruce & aircraft plywood and covered with Poly-Fiber Finish.

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

HpH Models has announced the release of their new tool B-52 Stratorfortress model kit in a massive 1/48 scale.

The company states that the kit (HPH 48052L) has been finished and the first pre-orders are currently being dispatched:

There are about 60 pre-ordered kits right now and further pre-orders are being accepted. If you pre-order the kit right now, you will get to the pre-orders list once the deposit is paid. New pre-orders will be dispatched during March.

As previously reported, the offering is part of the company’s “extreme” line, which also includes a 1/48 B-36 Peacemaker. It reportedly includes fiberglass main assemblies, vacuum cast resin details and clear parts made of transparent resin. Also said to be included are photo-etched and metal parts, a wet transfer decal sheet and painting masks. [continue reading…]

ICM has released its highly anticipated new tool Gloster Gladiator Mk.I model kit in 1/32 scale.

The kit (32040) utilizes “100% new molds” and is described as ICM’s very first attempt to release a 1/32 plastic of the type into the market. It reportedly includes a highly detailed engine and cockpit interior as well as four marking options.

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A full scale, 2006 Focke Wulf Fw 190A (D-FWUB) has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

This is a Marcel Jurca 1:1 Scale built Focke Wulf featuring a 1380 P&W Twin radial engine producing 1180 HP. The AC has been built by a professionel Pilot over more than a decade and it has already starting flying ist test Programm. Over the last 3 years the AC underwent substantial improvements.

The aircraft’s total time is listed as 12, while the engine hot section time is 800. The machine is located in Lippstadt, NW Germany and is currently being offered for US $395,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

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Airfix has released their new tool Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17F model kit (A03091) in 1/72 scale.

The representation of the iconic cold war jet was reportedly produced utilizing scan data from a restored example of the type as well as research visits that allowed the team to check of specific details and capture many reference photos. The final product includes two marking options representing Vietnamese and Soviet aircraft.

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Earlier today, Paramount Pictures released the new second trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, the highly anticipated sequel to the 1986 film Top Gun. Details about the plot were also included:

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

As reported when the first trailer was released, the new film will apparently focus on the F-18, although the familiar F-14 also makes an appearance, as does a P-51D Mustang.

Top Gun: Maverick is currently slated to hit theaters on June 26, 2020. Click below to check out the new trailer.

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Academy has released its new tool F-14A Tomcat model kit in 1/72 scale.

The kit (12563) reportedly includes “accurately detailed cockpit and landing gears and precisely engraved panel lines and rivets,” as well as drop tanks and various air-to-air weaponry. Additional features include the option to build the wings at maximum or minimum sweep position and Cartograf decals representing US Navy’s VF-143 “Pukin Dogs.”

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A rebuilt C-45H Twin Beech 18 has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

’53 C-45H rebuilt from a ‘43 T-7 that served in Fairbanks, Alaska during WWII. 11,204 TT 201/311 SMOH annual done 4/19, props 6/16. New military-style paint, new windshield, nice 10- place interior, airstar cargo door, Narco 12D with GS, ValCom 760, King transponder with encoder, intercom, auto fuel STC, jack, tow bar.

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

Hong Kong Models has released its new tool B-17G Flying Fortress (Early Production) model kit in 1/48 scale.

As previously reported, the offering (01F001) is the manufacturer’s first kit in 1/48 scale and is described as easy to build with nice surface detail, sensible part engineering, beautiful markings and fantastic box art by Piotr Forkasiewicz.

It appears that marking options are included for two machines, including S/N 42-31353 “Queenie” of 322 BS/91 BG, and S/N 42-98008 “American Beauty” of 834 BS, 486 BG.

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Arma Hobby has released the expert edition of their new tool Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc model kit in 1/72 scale.

The model’s design is said to maintain the rear fuselage shape, wings and tailplane of the company’s previous Mk I kit, with the rest being “an entirely new project.” This includes a longer fuselage before the cockpit, new fishtail exhaust, a new carburetor inlet, a new (longer) tropical filter cover, two variants of cannon barrels, a modified one-piece propeller design, enhanced landing gear bays with improved assembly of the undercarriage legs, and more. It appears that two livery options will also be included.

Eventually, the offering will be available three versions, including this Expert Set (70035), Model Kit (70036) and a Trop Model Kit (70037).

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