The Canadian Historical Aircraft Association has shared an update on the restoration of Avro Lancaster Mk X FM212.

The team reports that the restoration of the cockpit is nearing completion and hope to have it ready by the end of the summer. Reattachment of the nose section and canopy will follow, making two sections of the aircraft fully restored.

Damage to the starboard wing has also been addressed and it is now ready to be reassembled. In addition, many smaller jobs are also said to be underway, including repairing instruments. Restoration is reportedly on track to be completed by 2024. [continue reading…]

France-based Replic Aero is now offering Sopwith Pup kits that reportedly allow you to “assemble your plane exactly as it was 100 years ago.”

“The metal parts are ready to bend and weld, all the wood parts are ready to be adjusted (for some) and assembled. The Sopwith Pup is available as a complete kit, as a series of sub-kits or as portions of a sub-kit. The Sopwith Pup being assembled is for sale, Ready to cover or covered, the engine and the instruments are the choice of the future owner. Also possible ‘ready to fly.'”

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An F4U-1 Vought Sikorsky “Birdcage” Corsair project has hit the market.

Described as one of the most rare and desirable warbird projects, the offering consists of two shipping containers full of parts, and includes the rear fuselage and inner wings/landing gears of BuNo 02608; the main spar and outer wings from 02270; all additional parts from the 02608 crash site; all of the additional parts from 02270 that weren’t incorporated in it’s restoration, and many templates from the restoration of 02270. [continue reading…]

An Airdrome Aeroplanes Morane-Saulnier kitplane project has been spotted for sale. The listing states (in part):

I started to build the plane but due to some life changes I am going to offer it up at auction… This is for a partially built kit only. The Fuselage is 75% built and the Rudder is completed. Both section are well done. If you prefer to start from scratch Airdrome Aerplanes will sell you the just these sub-kits. It’s all there still in the original shipping crate. Instructions and dvd’s are included. all parts are labeled and the kit is very build able (not a big mess). Great big wing, perfect for a smaller 4-stroke engine. Easy & fun flyer. I understand it needs to be a good value to sell so I am starting the bidding off at $499.99. The kit cost new over $5500.00. Does not include engine or prop.

The project is located in Greenland, New Hampshire. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Eduard has announced the upcoming release of a Royal Class Edition Tempest Mk.V model kit in 1/48 scale.

The offering (R0018) will reportedly include Eduard (Dual Combo) plastic parts, 14 Cartograf decal options, pre-painted PE parts, painting mask and a number of resin parts, including undercarriage wheels, exhaust stacks and the cable cutter/shock absorber for TT.5 version. In addition, the kit will include a pictorial book that covers Tempest Mk.V service.

The kit is currently slated for release in July. Click below to check out additional images.

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North American T-28B S/N 138215 / N7044L has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

This warbird is in Very Good condition! Best Looking T-28 in the West Coast. ALWAYS STORED IN HANGER. This plane has been show cased in Reno Heritage Display during the races. EVERYONE HAS SEEN THE PLANE. Bomb racks sold separately. Military Log. NO TIRE KICKERS PLEASE. SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. This aircraft is ready to go.

The airframe reportedly has 13125 hrs TTSNEW while the Curtiss-Wright R-1820-86B engine has 530 hrs SMOH. The machine is located in Los Angeles, CA and is currently being offered for $169,900 USD OBO. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: Tomás Del Coro via Flickr)

Fiat G-59-4B S/N MM-53774 (I-MRSV), touted as one of only two flying examples of the type in the world, has hit the market.

The aircraft is one of only ten G.59-4Bs built and performed its first post restoration flight on May 25, 1992 from Lido di Venezia Airport. The airframe reportedly has 240 hrs since restoration while the Rolls Royce Merlin 500/20 engine has 240 hrs SMOH by Zeuschel Racing Engines.

I-MRSV is located in Italy and is currently being offered for €1,200,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Top Photo: Gian Marco Anzellotti via Wikimedia Commons)

Today, Airfix released its highly anticipated, new tool F6F-5 Hellcat model kit in a massive 1/24 scale.

As previously reported, the model was originally announced at the Telford model show in November 2018. It reportedly includes over 600 parts with full cockpit detail; a complete, fully detailed radial engine, engine mount and all ancillaries; separate engine cowling and forward fuselage panels; detailed undercarriage, undercarriage bays and arrestor hook; fully detailed gun bays with complete machine guns and ammunition trays and realistic surface detailing showing rivets, fasteners and rippled stressed skin. Drop tanks (2 types), 250lb and 500lb bombs and rockets are also included.

The kit (A19004) is also touted as offering four liveries and options to display the wings extended or folded, the canopy open or closed and the landing gear and flaps either extended or retracted.

Product Page ($145.95)

The NZ Warbirds Association has reported that the owners of Classic Jets Fighter Museum in Adelaide are retiring and an auction of listed contents has been set for July 24 at 10:30 am.

The auction listing describes “An Extraordinary Collection of War Time & General Aviation to Incl, Vampire R.A,N Jet Plane, Pilot Less Jet Aircraft, Mirage Cockpit, Ejector Seats, Jet & Turbine Engines, Plane Components, Avionics, Paraphernalia, Uniforms, Sort After Memorabilia, Parts, Personal Items, Clothing, Art Work and more.”

Click here to check out the auction page. The announcement can be seen below.

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Kermit Weeks has released a video documenting the unboxing of a “mystery” shipping container that he has been waiting over a year to receive.

As we see, the container is filled with a variety of components, and Kermit challenges us to guess the plane before he reveals its identity (which occurs around the 9 minute mark).

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