MENG has announced the upcoming release of a new Fokker F.1/Dr.1 model kit in 1/32 scale.
The offering (QS-002) is described as “a carefully studied, large scale” model kit “with precise details,” boasting “accurate exteriors, wing structure and realistic fabric covering.” Additional features reportedly include “completely replicated” cockpit interior and engine construction, PE cooling jackets and sights for the machine guns.
Three build options are included, allowing a representation of the Fokker F.1, Dr.1 (Early Production) or Dr.1 (Late Production). The rudder and ailerons can also be installed at selected angles. As for livery options, it has only been reported that von Richthofen’s machine is included.
According to Scalemates, the model is a rebox of Wingnut Wings’ new tool F.1/Dr.1 offering which, as of this writing, is listed as “in development.” The MENG kit will reportedly be available “soon.” Click below to check out additional images.
A 3/4 scale Fieseler Storch replica has hit the market. The listing states (in part):
…aircraft is complete, has a 1600 cc 4 cylinder Volkswagen engine with 2 barrel carburetor, engine has convention bell housing with starter and build in generator the conversion also includes a belt drive system for the prop, has hydraulic brakes, wing tanks, I am not the builder of the aircraft but have all building logs. The aircraft was quickly disassembled for transport due to a flood the aircraft did not get wet but the elevator and ruder cables are cut and the aileron cables, easy fix! Can help disassemble and load on trailer.
The machine is located in Manchester, Tennessee and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.
The “damaged, cheap” remains of a T-28B Trojan have hit the market.
The listing states that the machine suffered an in-flight fire which resulted in a gear-up emergency landing from which the pilot escaped.
According to the listing, the “forward cabin and center section mostly burned away” although it “retains lots of components that may be helpful to a T-28 restorer or repair facility.” Despite this, it is “best destined as a display, set dressing or a prop.”
The remains are located in Lakeville, Minnesota and are currently being offered for $3,995, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing, which includes additional details on included parts.
North American B-25J N5672V (S/N 10847686) “Betty’s Dream” has hit the market.
The airframe reportedly has 668 hrs since complete restoration by Aero Trader of Chino, CA (Dec. 1998) / 5156 Hrs SMOH. The two Wright R-2600-29A engines each have 668 SMOH by JRS. Additional features include an avionics package, IFR certification, authentic, de-milled guns, functional turrets and gun sights and ammo belts and boxes.
The aircraft, an Oshkosh Golden Wrench Award, Reserve Grand Champion winner, is currently being offered for $2,950,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
(Tomás Del Coro / CC BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons)
Eduard has provided additional details on their upcoming, new tool Spitfire Mk.I model kit in 1/48 scale.
The new offering, dubbed “The Spitfire Story” (11143) will reportedly be released as a limited edition “dual combo” kit focused on machines from its introduction into service to the end of Battle of the Britain. It will include two sets of plastic to build two models in the boxing as well as a resin figure of Douglas Bader.
The kit is slated for release in August. Click below to check out additional images.
Two Grumman F9F Panther projects touted as “suitable for restoration to fly” have hit the market.
A rare opportunity to obtain rare historical and classic jets for a fraction of their restored value. Simple cable controlled and with basic systems, these aircraft will be basic restoration projects without the need for any costly rebuilding. Just rebuild systems and reassemble. Currently no Panthers are flying or under restoration to fly. Exclusive opportunities and airshows certainly await.
The projects consist of an F9F-4 (sitting on landing gear – no known corrosion), and an F9F-5. Two Pratt & Whitney J-48-P-6 Turbojet engines (7,000 lbs thrust) are also stored in cans with test cell logbooks. The current owner has reportedly acquired many spare and NOS Grumman Panther parts for use in the restoration of these two aircraft.
The machines are currently being offered for $140,000 or will package with an F-84G Thunderjet project for $239,000. Trades will reportedly be considered. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Dick Lehr’s new book Dead Reckoning: The Story of How Johnny Mitchell and His Fighter Pilots Took on Admiral Yamamoto and Avenged Pearl Harbor reportedly tells “the definitive and dramatic account of what became known as ‘Operation Vengeance’ — the targeted kill by U.S. fighter pilots of Japan’s larger-than-life military icon, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the naval genius who had devised the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor.”
“AIR RAID, PEARL HARBOR. THIS IS NO DRILL.” At 7:58 a.m. on December 7, 1941, an officer at the Ford Island Command Center typed what would become one of the most famous radio dispatches in history, as the Japanese navy launched a surprise aerial assault on U.S. bases on Hawaii. In a little over two hours, more than 2,400 Americans were dead, propelling the U.S.’s entry into World War II.
Dead Reckoning is the epic true story of the high-stakes operation undertaken sixteen months later to avenge that deadly strike – a longshot mission hatched hastily at the U.S. base on Guadalcanal. Expertly crafting this “hunt for Bin Laden”-style WWII story, New York Times bestselling author Dick Lehr recreates the tension-filled events leading up to the climactic clash in the South Pacific skies – frontline moments loaded with xenophobia, spycraft, sacrifice and broken hearts.
1944 P-51D “Little Rebel” S/N 45-11495 (N5551D) is currently available for sale.
The airframe reportedly has 88 hrs since restoration (fuselage built by Tri State Aviation, wings built by Odegaard Wings). The machine is powered by a Packard -1650-7 w/500 series heads and banks (rebuilt by Jay Johnson, heads and banks by Central Cylinder Machine, Roush Pistons, Eye Engineering – fingers) and spins a Hamilton Standard 24D50 propeller with 88 hrs since overhaul by Maxwell Propeller.
The machine includes an avionics package with a Garmin SL40 comm, Garmin 320A transponder and PS Engineering PS1200 intercom. A rage of other equipment is also included, such as drop tanks, replica armor plating headrest, pre oiler, spin on oil filters and Harrison radiator.
The aircraft is a multiple award winner at EAA Airventure, taking home Best P-51 in 2009, Returning-Best of Class in 2010, and Silver Wrench – Bob Baker in 2009. It is currently being offered for $2,500,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Gaspatch Models has announced the upcoming release of a new Me 163 Comet model kit in 1/48 scale.
At the moment, details appear to be extremely limited, although the kit is touted as being “highly detailed” and “coming soon.”
(Gaspatch Models via AeroScale)
An auction is reportedly set to take place at at Western PA Warbirds Museum in Mercer, Pennsylvania which includes “historic and replica aircraft, instruments and parts.” Available items reportedly include:
Beech 18, Ercoupe 415C, 1939 Taylorcraft (Project), Phantom F-4 Cockpit, Stinson Ambulance Model L-5 fuselage, F-86H fuselage, 2 Hawker Hunter fuselages, 7/8’s scale partial or fully built WWI ultralights– SE-5A, Nieuport 11, Fokker D-8, Spad 13, Nieuport 17. Hundreds of F-86 parts.
The auction will reportedly be conducted by Bullock’s Bid ‘N Buy with internet bedding beginning Saturday July 4; becomes live webcast Saturday July 18 at 10:00 AM EST. Click below to check out additional images and details.