A 1943 Stearman N2S-5 project has been spotted for sale.

The listing describes the project as “Jig inspected” and “STD cat.” with rebuilt gear, R-680 and Logs since Navy.” The machine is located in Annapolis, MD and is currently available for sale or trade with an asking price of $25,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Top Photo: USAAF [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

For the latest installment of his Kermie Cam series, Fantasy of Flight’s Kermit Weeks has filmed a “full VIP walk around” of his Short Sunderland flying boat.

This particular example was acquired by Weeks in 1993 from Edward Hulton. After five months of work in England he flew the machine across the Atlantic, directly to the Oshkosh Fly-In in Wisconsin with stops in Ireland, Iceland, and Canada. It remained at Oshkosh until 1994, when Fantasy of Flight’s seaplane ramp was completed. Two years later, the machine flew to Sarasota and participated in the Olympic torch relay to Atlanta.

The newly released video serves as part 1 of a two part series and includes “a bit of history, some cool stories and plenty of useful or useless information, depending on your point of view.”

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Trumpeter recently released their new tool P-40F Warhawk in 1/32 scale.

The kit (03227) reportedly includes injected plastic parts, photo etched parts and marking options for four aircraft. It is touted as offering a detailed fuselage and wings with accurate design, a finely detailed cockpit and gear cabin, and grooved tires.

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Kermit Weeks has shared a new series of images detailing the ongoing work on his exceedingly rare Seversky P-35.

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.

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Brickmania has released a new, limited edition 1/35 F4U Corsair LEGO model kit.

The offering reportedly includes 541 “new-condition” elements from LEGO, a brick-built, three-tone camouflage livery, high-quality sticker sheet and an American pilot minifigure.

The model is described as having been updated to include “a new bubble canopy, printed exhaust ports, dive flaps, and an all-around stronger design.” It also includes conversion instructions so it can be displayed with its wings folded up.

Click below to check out the product page and a video overview of the new kit.

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Yesterday, Mosquito FB VI PZ474 performed its first post-restoration flight from Ardmore Airport in New Zealand.

As previously reported, the machine was originally constructed at Hatfield in 1945 and used for RAF training before moving on to New Zealand in 1948, where it was overhauled and delivered to 75 Squadron as NZ2384. In the early 1950s, the aircraft was acquired by new owners and registered as ZK-BCV before being transferred to the United States. There, the Mosquito was given civil registration N9909F and, from around 1955-66, was owned by the Insurance Finance Corp. of Studio City, CA. During this time it was believed that the machine was used by the CIA for intelligence gathering in South America. [continue reading…]

Three original Curtiss JN-6H1 Jenny parts have hit the market. The listing states:

Here are 3 original JN6H1 aircraft parts. The rudder has the original fabric. There are some breaks in the fabric but it is all there. The wicker pilots seat is fragile. The back has partially detached from the bottom. The cowling is in good condition. The leather padding shows some wear. There is no glass in the windscreen frame. Due to the fragile condition of these items I’m asking for local pickup only. If the buyer wishes arrange for a shipper to pick it up they can do that too. Located in Pensacola Florida.

The parts are currently available for US $9,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Top Right Photo: SDASM Archives via Flickr)

A 1:1 scale reproduction of a WW2 French Morane fighter cockpit section built for a movie has hit the market. The listing states:

Would make a perfect Simulator project or museum piece after paintwork refurbishment. The original paint scheme was covered with black wash to look like fire damage, easy to repaint. This has been well built and is heavy, though on castoring wheels.

The section is located in Blackpool, United Kingdom and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Fantasy of Flight’s Kermit Weeks has posted a new video update on his Curtiss Jenny project, presented by restoration specialist Ken Kellett.

As previously reported, the aircraft (S/N A5360 / C/N 2404) was damaged when Hurricane Andrew struck the Florida-based collection back in 1992. Since then, all damaged wood and metal components have been replaced, including all of the wing spars and fuselage longerons. The paint work, which is just about complete, saw the application of the same USAAS markings the machine wore while it was based at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh back in the 1980s.

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