Special Hobby has released new images detailing the production of molds for their forthcoming 1/32 Westland Whirlwind model kit.

The molds are reportedly being created using an electroplating process, sometimes also known as galvanic deposition. The kit’s development has been talked about for some time in the modeling community and its release is anxiously awaited.

The twin-engine single seat Whirlwind fighter-bomber was developed in the 1930s and went on to serve in WW2, where it saw use in a variety of roles including bomber escort and ground attack. It was eventually withdrawn from service in 1943 and succeeded by the Hawker Typhoon. No examples of the type exist today, although a full-scale reproduction is reportedly under construction.

Click below to check out the mold images.

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The Commemorative Air Force’s FG-1D Corsair returned to the air earlier today for the first time following restoration work.

The machine, which has been on the ground for many months undergoing a firewall forward restoration and engine change, departed Kissimmee Airport in Florida for a 25 minute flight with pilot Thom Richard at the controls. It performed “perfectly” and two more flights are reportedly scheduled for this afternoon.

The aircraft (B/N 92468) was built by Goodyear and completed in July 1945. It never saw combat in WW2 and was relegated to stateside duties before being retired in 1956. The following year it was acquired by Ernest Huggins, who held it for one year before passing it on to Skip Underwood of Buckeye, Arizona. It remained in storage until being sold to CAF Hall of Fame member Marvin L. “Lefty” Gardner in 1960.

Click below to check out a video of today’s flight.

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Some interstate drivers will be treated to an extremely rare sight as B-58 Hustler 55-0666 makes its way toward its new home on the west coast.

Over the past year, the cold war supersonic bomber has been disassembled by Worldwide Aircraft Recovery, with a number of components, including the four engine pods, radome, pylon mounts and center line weapons pod being delivered via flatbed from the site of the recently closed Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, Illinois to the machine’s new home at California’s Castle Air Museum. Recently, the effort reached a climax as the wings were removed and the massive fuselage was loaded on a trailer for the journey.

The aircraft performed its maiden flight on March 20, 1958 and went on to log 32 minutes at sustained Mach 2 speeds using YJ79-GE-5 engines. It also performed the type’s longest early test program flight of 11 hours 15 minutes on August 16, 1962. Today it is one of only eight B-58s in existence.

As of this writing, additional details, such as the journey route and a final arrival date, have not been announced. Click below to check out photos of the fuselage after loading.

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On Saturday, a Curtiss Jenny crash landed at a golf course near Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport in Kentucky, sustaining significant damage and injuring the pilot.

The aircraft reportedly departed runway No.3 around 11am and climbed to roughly 100ft before heading toward the No.4 fairway of CrossWinds Golf Course, clipping a tree during its descent. A witness on the course reported seeing the machine coming in low and could tell it was in distress, describing the experience as “the scariest thing I’ve ever seen.”

Players ran to the aircraft after it came to rest and assisted pilot Terry Richardson, who had suffered a head wound. He was reportedly able to walk to the ambulance that arrived to take him to the hospital and was listed in fair condition. Chuck Coppinger, a member of the organization that built the Jenny, stated that Richardson was slated to go home on Saturday night. [click to continue…]

HpH Models has announced the upcoming release of a new tool F7F Tigercat model kit in 1/32 scale.

The kit is touted as offering full resin with a very highly detailed cockpit and wheel wells as well as engines printed with 3D printer. Photoetch, whitemetal, waterslide decals, clear and turned metal parts will also reportedly be included.

The kit is said to be “almost finished” although a final release date has not yet been announced. Click below to check out additional images.

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An F-4D-31-MC Phantom II bearing shrapnel damage from the Vietnam War will receive some much needed restoration work thanks to an effort that is currently underway by citizens of Bastrop, Texas.

The aircraft (S/N 66-8768) was constructed at the McDonnell Douglas plant in St. Louis in 1966 and went on to serve with the 8th Fighter Wing “Wolf Pack”, becoming a Vietnam and Cold War veteran. It eventually completed its service with the 704 Tactical Fighter Squadron Outlaws of the 924th Tactical Fighter Group, and was one of the last Phantoms to be based at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin.

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Airfix has released the first test build photos of their upcoming 1/48 P-51D Mustang model kit.

The new tool model is touted as offering “exceptional levels of detail” and “parts and build options never previously available in a Mustang kit of this scale.” The new collection of photos detail a test build of the kit that allows the team to “assess the quality of the tooling moulds and the impact of any modifications and alterations they may have requested since assessing the previous samples.”

The model is seen here in a ground support configuration complete with wing mounted triple bazooka tube clusters. It wears the colors of “Little Indian” flown by Lt. B.J Mayer of the 2nd Commando Group, 10th AF. A second livery depicting “Jersey Jerk” flown by Captain Donald Strait of the 351st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group will also be included.

The kit is currently slated for release in September. Click below to check out additional pics.

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Four newly discovered Bristol Fighters commissioned by a film studio will be heading to New Zealand after being acquired by a new owner.

The aircraft were among seven examples of the type originally built for the 1983 film High Road to China, but were subsequently written out of the production, leaving their whereabouts a mystery. However, this changed recently when all seven were located in a warehouse east of Los Angeles.

The aircraft were stored in stacked containers as part of a collection of movie props, one of which appeared in another 1980s film entitled Death Hunt (seen above).

The machines are slated to arrive in New Zealand next month where they will reportedly be returned to airworthy status. Current plans are to offer a couple for sale while ensuring that at least one remains at Omaka.

Click below to check out the trailer for Death Hunt, which contains brief footage of one of the Bristols.

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On the heels of his recently completed videos on the P-51D, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has announced that his “Kermie Cam” series will next focus on the Curtiss TP-40N.

In anticipation of the release, Weeks posted a new teaser video featuring a walk around and general information on the aircraft (S/N 44-47923), which is one of roughly 40 examples of the type built with dual controls. Before being acquired by Fantasy of Flight, the machine operated with the Tallmantz Collection and appeared in the films Death Chase and Tora! Tora! Tora!.

Click below to check out the new video. Part 1 is currently slated for release on Friday and will be posted here, along with additional parts in the series as they become available.

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A de Havilland Vampire T.11 is has been spotted for sale as a parts aircraft or restoration project.

Additional details are scarce, but the machine is currently being offered for £15,000.00 and is said to include all engine, wing and internal components.

Click here to check out the complete listing.