Hangar 9 has announced the upcoming release of a 1/4 Fokker D.VII RC model.
The 87″ 30-60cc almost-ready-to-fly model (HAN2890) is described as “an accurate giant scale reproduction of Germany’s famed fighter even the most discerning modeler will appreciate.” It reportedly features lightweight, laser-cut balsa and plywood construction, two-piece lower wing panels and three-piece upper wing for easy transport and assembly, a detailed cockpit with a scale pilot and instrument details, scale engine and machine guns for authentic appearance, 8″ vintage scale wheels, shock-absorbing main landing gear and a sprung wooden tail skid.
The model is designed to accept a variety of 30cc to 60cc 2- or 4-stroke gas engines, or a brushless electric outrunner motor, and is said to include all hardware for the recommended power system options.
Click below to check out a video overview.
Bushmaster Tri-Motor serial #1 (N7501V), touted as “the only Bushmaster still flying” is available for sale. The listing states (in part):
Always wanted a Tri-motor? Here’s your chance! In 1954, Bill Stout purchased the rights to the last Ford 5-AT Tri-motor design. This is Serial #1, the only Bushmaster still flying. Stout’s idea was to offer a simple, rugged passenger aircraft — he certainly succeeded. N7501V has flown from Siberia to Florida and nearly everywhere in between. ‘985 powered and tough as nails. It is available now to anyone interested in historic aircraft representing the culmination of tri-motor designs. Barnstorm around in this Unique, Fun-to-Fly, one-of-a-kind historic aircraft! Available once-in-a-lifetime.
The aircraft is located in Redondo Beach, CA and is currently being offered for $925,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
(Photo: SDASM Archives via Flickr)
A Rolls Royce Viper-powered BAC Jet Provost Mk IV has hit the market.
The Mk IV is “considered to be the hot rod of Provost jets.” This particular machine (S/N XR-701) was reportedly assigned to the British College of Air Warfare and was a member of the MACAWS flight demonstration team. It reportedly “flies great” and includes “complete logs since new including military logs.”
Additional features reportedly include a Garmin radio and PS Engineering intercom and “very original” interior with intact seats and chutes (seats have been deactivated but are believed to be complete).
The aircraft is said to have amassed a TTIS of 5,940 hrs. It is currently based in Sugar Land, Texas and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Kermit Weeks has posted an “updated and lengthened” video showing the arrival and first flight of his Curtiss Wright CW-19R back in 2013/14.
The CW-19 began life as a a civil utility aircraft, performing its maiden flight in 1935. The 19R was a militarized two-seat variant with a Wright J6-7 engine and weapons mountings. The type saw limited use.
Kermit’s example was acquired in 2013 and restored, performing its first post-restoration flight in February 2014. The newly released video captures Kermit flying the machine performing some high flying, a couple of landings and take-offs, and a set of very fast low passes. Click below to check it out.
A full-scale, Warner-powered Fokker Dr.1 reproduction is available for sale. The listing states:
First flight August 2017 (100 year anniversary). 165 H.P. Warner, all aluminum cowing, brakes, tail wheel and tail skid, Spandau machine guns, starter, satin finish Poly Fiber Aerothane, interior placards in German, rudder bar, control stick with blip switch and machine gun levers. Eight years building. 400 pictures available. Beautiful flying airplane; electric start; aerobatic box spars.
The machine wears the colors of von Richthofen’s 425/17 (illustrated above) and is located in Columbus, MI. Pricing is available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.
(Top Image: Herbert Ringlstetter – www.aviaticus.com via Wikimedia Commons)
Following their December announcement of a partnership with Kennet Aviation, The Spitfire AA810 Project has reportedly contracted Airframe Assemblies Ltd to assist with the restoration of Spitfire PR.IV AA810.
As previously reported, AA810 was flown by Alastair “Sandy” Gunn of 1 PRU RAF and departed RAF Wick in Scotland for a photo reconnaissance mission to Trondheim, Norway on March 5, 1942. During the flight, Gunn was forced to bail out after being shot down by two Messerschmitts of Jagdgruppe Losigkeit near Surnadal. Gunn became a POW and took part in The Great Escape in 1944, but sadly was recaptured and executed.
The remains of the Spitfire were recovered in July, with “some 70% of the aircraft” remaining intact. It will now receive a full restoration to airworthy status and will reportedly incorporate a significant amount of original material. Plans also call for a few unsuitable elements of the aircraft to be used in various memorials. [continue reading…]
Special Hobby has announced the upcoming release of their long awaited new tool Short Sunderland Mk V model kit in 1/72 scale.
Details about the upcoming kit (SH72162) are lacking, although the company describes it as “a brand new model, yes just ours – no cooperation with anyone else.” The box art depicts SZ566/Z, which was flown by Vaclav Bergman in Singapore during the Korea War. Liveries to be represented in the kit have not been reported.
The Sunderland is currently slated for release in April.
A 1955 Grumman HU-16C Albatross has hit the market.
The machine, which is being offered for US $17,500, is described as Navy Bureau No. 142428, and is located in Tucson,AZ. Additional details are scarce, although the listing is accompanied by a sizable selection of photos. Click here to check it out.
A 1940 Allison V-1710-F2R engine has hit the market.
The engine is located in El Paso, Texas and is listed as Bureau Model V-1710-27. Additional details are scarce although the listing does feature a number of photos. Click here to check it out.