A full-scale Spitfire Mk IX project touted as “very detailed and accurate” has hit the market.

According to the listing, the machine was constructed by a father and son team in Argentina back in 2007 and follows original blueprints of a Spitfire Mk IX. Vinyl-ester resin and aerospace quality fiberglass were reportedly used in construction with the aid of two aeronautical engineers to ensure the correct adaptation from metal construction (of original planes) to composites. The listing states (in part):

In order to produce this plane, it was necessary to build a full-size mock up, with all the details, then molds to laminate each part. I am not selling molds, but they can be taken again, using this replica as a plug. So, you could make molds from this plane to produce an entire squadron of other planes. There are some parts missing as they were never built with this plane: Ailerons (both) One flap… This aircraft was designed and built to be a flying replica, however since it is not finished and to avoid any possible liability issues, I am offering it without the engine and propeller as a NON-flying display replica.

The aircraft is located in Papillion, Nebraska and is currently being offered for US $31,000, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing, which includes additional details and photos. A Spitfire Mk 1 / MJ-100 reproduction project is also available, click here to learn more.

Lukgraph has announced the upcoming release of Hawker Nimrod Mk 1 model kits in 1/32 and 1/48 scales.

According to the company, the fuselage, wings and empennage surfaces will be cast while all other components will be directly 3D printed. The kit will also include photo-etched parts to enhance the interior and “painting schemes 2 or 3 in both scales.”

3D prints included in the set: All struts, wheels, exhaust pipes, headrest, air intake, radiator, rear support (with additional brass wire). 3D printing is also the whole interior and here it is a novelty – the grate is already assembled as a whole (in one piece). Additionally, seat, instrument panel, control column and all elements inside… The kit will be given without resin casting blocks – they will be removed and the model will be pre-cleaned. Supports for 3D prints – the minimum quantity to guarantee a good print. Windscreen as photo-etched frame + laser cut foil 0.5 mm, secured with double-sided foil ensuring perfect transparency.

As of this writing, the models are awaiting their turn for production and are expected to be released “before this winter.” The company states that “due to the advanced release technology, the model should be easy to assemble even for people who have not dealt with resin kits.”

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An 80 Le Rhone-powered Sopwith Dove (G-EAGA) has been relisted for sale.

The type is a two-seat variant of the Sopwith Pup with dual controls. According to the listing, this example was constructed by Skysport Engineering in 1993 and incorporates some original parts from the Shuttleworth Collection’s Sopwith Pup (which was originally a Dove). It inherited the identity W/O 3004/1, which was first registered to Sopwith in July 1919 as K157 (later G-EAGA).

The airframe reportedly has 12 hrs while the engine has 2.5 hrs since complete overhaul. The current owner has an arrangement with the Shuttleworth Collection of Bedfordshire, England, which houses and maintains the aircraft while also using it in their regular air displays. This agreement can be transferred to the new owner.

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

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A Fokker experimental homebuilt project has been spotted for sale.

The aircraft is labeled as a Fokker D.VI 1/2 (N821-72), although it appears to be based on the Fokker D.VIII. The listing states:

Aircraft was groundlooped and has damage to include both ailerons, left wheel, and elevator tips. Designed originally for a 85 horse Continental. Engine and propeller are not included. Logbooks will come with the aircraft. Wings do fold for trailering.

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

A 1973 Aero Vodochody L-29 has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

Airplane is well maintained and flies really good. Needs paint job or strip paint and keep aluminum look.

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

Revell has released a Hawker Tempest Mk V model kit in 1/32 scale.

The offering (03851) is described as a reboxing of Special Hobby’s 1/32 Tempest V (SH32052) with changed decals. The “very detailed, level 5” kit contains nine injection molded frames with “very precise engravings.” Livery options are not listed, but product images suggest JN751 (flown by W/C R.P. Beamont, OC 150 Wing) is included.

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A Westland Lynx cockpit section project has hit the market.

The Lynx is a multi-purpose twin-engine battlefield helicopter which was introduced in 1978 and went on to serve with UK, German, South Korean and French forces (among others), seeing action in the Falklands conflict, the Gulf War, etc. The type was retired by the Royal Navy and British Army in 2017-18.

Details about the section are scarce, although a number of photos accompany the listing. The cockpit is located in Preston, UK and is currently available for £2,995. Click here to check out the complete listing.

ICM has released renderings and sprue images for their upcoming Stearman PT-13/N2S-2/5 Kaydet model kit (32052) in 1/32 scale.

The release follows ICM’s new tool 1/32 Stearman PT-17 kit (32050) kit released earlier this year. Additional details, including liveries, pricing and a potential release date appear to be absent at the moment.

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Offers are now being accepted for a “US registered and FAA certified” Canadair F-86E MK6. The listing states (in part):

A crack in one turbine blade was discovered during 400HR inspection. The turbine wheel can be repaired or the are 3 spare RR Orinda engines that can be purchased with the airplane. We are looking for offers on the airplane. The airplane was operated by Flight Test Systems. It has been stored in Carson City, NV for approximately 10 years.

Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: Public Domain / Robert Sullivan via Flickr)

A “one of a kind” 7/8 scale Gee Bee R-1 is available for sale.

The aircraft described as a “model” in new condition and the sale reportedly includes plans on how it was built. Construction is said to be “all wood” including the motor.

It is located in Berlin, Massachusetts and is currently being offered for US $5,000, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.