A Le Rhone rotary engine described as “museum quality” has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

This Le RHONE Model 9J 110 hp rotary engine was manufactured December 29, 1917 for the US WW1 war effort. I assume it was made in France but other manufacturers also built this engine. Amongst others this Le Rhone engine powered the Sopwith Camel, the Focker including the triplane and the Vicker. This engine could possibly be rebuilt and be up in the air again. I am not a pilot nor a mechanic, so to me it is a museum piece for my man cave. It is time for someone else to enjoy my engine – wish it could talk – for it has unknown provenance.

I believe it is in excellent shape. Cooling fins are generally fine. It wheels on its stand and the engine turns easily. It stands about 4′ high on the stand and is about 40″ in circumference but only about 18″-24″ wide. It weighs approximately 330 lbs so it would be expensive to ship. I am going to let the buyer arrange shipping, but I will assist as much as I can. Pick up may be the best option. I have moved it easily on it’s stand up a small incline onto a trailer with two strong guys.

The engine is located in Raleigh, NC and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Eduard has announced the upcoming release of a “New Generation” ProfiPACK edition Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 model kit in 1/48 scale.

The kit (82145) reportedly includes Eduard sprues, pre-painted photoetched parts, a painting mask and Eduard decals with marking options for five aircraft. Preliminary images seen below suggest that the liveries will represent W. Nr. 680747 flown by Oblt. H. Weik of 10.(Sturm)/JG 3 and W. Nr. 682989 of 5./ JG 301, as well as aircraft flown by Karl Spenst, 8./ JG 300, Hptm. Gerhard Schröder of II.(Sturm)/JG 4 and Adalbert Koch of 6./JG 300.

The kit is currently slated for release in June.

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Kermit Weeks has posted a new update on the restoration of his extremely rare Seversky P-35A.

As previously reported, the machine was acquired years back in a trade with the USAF Museum and is reportedly one of only three remaining examples of the single seat fighter, which was introduced in the mid-1930s and saw limited action at the beginning of WW2. It came from the Swedish Air Force and was stored in underground bunkers during the war, which resulted in significant pitting and surface corrosion. Additional damage was sustained when Hurricane Andrew struck Kermit’s by Florida-based Fantasy of Flight attraction in 1992. When complete, this will be the only airworthy example of the type in the world.

The new update reveals the structure of the port wing panel following removal of the skins and details some of the work that will need to be carried out in order to restore the panel to new condition. Click below to check it out.

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HpH Models has released new images of its upcoming B-52H Stratofortress in a massive 1/48 scale.

As previously reported, the kit is part of the company’s “extreme” line, which also includes a 1/48 B-36 Peacemaker. It will reportedly include 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.

The kit (HPH 48052L) will contain a complete interior, undercarriage, open bomb bay and bomb racks with a basic armament fit. Extra accessories will also be released as separate sets that include a complete maximum payload of “steel bombs” (including their appropriate racks), ALCM cruise missiles (including the internal rotary launcher and external racks) and a huge landing flaps kit (it is necessary to order this kit simultaneously with the B-52 kit in order to prepare the basic wing parts for the flaps installation).

Click below to check out a selection of the newly released images.

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In response to a subscriber request, Kermit Weeks has posted a video tour of his Lockheed Constellation.

The video includes a walk-around and walk-through, along with the commentary that is “full of fun and interesting tidbits.” As Kermit points out, if the video has good views and feedback, he will go on to the subscriber’s second choice, the B-29.

Click below to check it out.

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The Fighter Factory in Virginia Beach, Virginia has reported the arrival of the Military Aviation Museum’s latest acquisition, a P-39F Airacobra.

As previously reported, the aircraft is based largely on an ex-Soviet Air Force P-39Q which was recovered around 1995, although it is also said to feature parts obtained from P-39Q 42-20341. The machine (ZK-COB) was restored to airworthy condition by Pioneer Aero Ltd and represents USAAC 220341. On February 26, it performed its first post-restoration flight from Ardmore Airfield in Auckland, New Zealand with NZ Warbirds Association President Frank Parker at the controls.

Click below to check out photos of its arrival at MAM.

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1949 Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk.11 S/N 3733 (F-AZXJ), touted as “the finest Sea Fury in the world” has hit the market. The listing states:

Restored to the highest of standards – Wing-tip mounted smoke winders? – New Pratt & Whitney R-2800 CB3 engine installed in 2016 – Located in France • Airframe 240 TTSMO – engine 85 TTSO – propeller 85 TTSO (Aero Products A642-6805)

Pricing is available upon request. Click here, here and here to check out complete listings.

(Photo: Tibboh via Wikimedia Commons)

MikroMir has released a Handley Page Victor B.Mk1/K.2P model kit in 1/144 scale.

Details on the kit (144-027) are scarce, but images of the contents have been released and appear to show plastic and photoetched parts as well as decals with marking options for three aircraft, including XH648 (seen on the box art above), XA940 and XH592.

Click below to check out the product page and additional images.

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A T-28A Trojan project (S/N 51-7703) has hit the market. The aircraft is described as unmodified from the original version, which was “transferred to Mexico as number 31 of 88 aircraft to upgrade it’s Air Force in the 1950s.” The listing states (in part):

The project is nearly complete with the only major items canabolized prior to return to the US being the instrument panels and radios. The flight controls and side panels are intact with associated controls, switches, breakers. lights etc. It just requires a new front and rear plate for the intrument panels and the assocaited intruments. I do have some loose intruments including the fuel gages, MAP, and flap indicator and landing gear indicators from the aircraft as well as the left and right front windshield plastics. The structure is all present and generally sound with good zinc chromating of the interior fuselage, wings and tail surfaces. It is a restoration project with a number of dents some metal gouges from handling and shipping. It also has some corrosion of a few extrusions characterisitic of it’s age. Nothing that isn’t easily replaced and none in the spars or other major structural elements

The project is also said to include two Curtiss Wright R-1300-1B engines, and although both are in need of overhaul, they provide “a great set of parts including all engine accessories” and “much redundancy.”

The aircraft is reportedly located at the Newport, OR airport and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

After receiving many inquiries, Kinetic Models has provided an update on its highly anticipated 1/48 Harrier GR.1 kit (48060).

The company states, “Same as our T-Harrier, this GR1 fueslage, cockpit, in take will be tooled according to our latest tooling quality. So, for those who has the T-Harrier, you know what you will get.”

The GR.1 is also said to have a product code assigned and CAD prepared (although not final round). It is slated to be released in time for the Telford model show in November with pre-orders expected to launch at the end of August.

Click below to check out an additional image.

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