With 2018 in its infancy, YouTubers “RCScaleAirplanes” and “tbobborap1” have compiled their annual supercuts showcasing some of the most brutal RC model airplane mishaps of the year.
As the videos show, models encountered a variety of perilous situations, and while some were saved by the skill of their pilots, others were reduced to scattered piles of wood.
Hit the jump to check them out, and watch out for some NSFW language.
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B-25 “Old Glory” has hit the market.
The aircraft (S/N 44-28938) was originally delivered in 1944 and served with the 12th Air Force in Italy before returning to the US in 1945. After initially being stored in Texas, the machine was put back into service in 1947, operating in an administrative role at McClellan Field, California.
After a decade at McClellan, the machine was declared surplus and sold. The following years saw it pass through the hands of numerous owners, spending time as a fire bomber before being restored to its military configuration and wearing the names “Dream Lover” and “Spirit of Tulsa” before being renamed “Old Glory” in 1995.
Pricing on the aircraft has not been reported. The full listing and contact details can be found here.
(via Barnstormers.com Photo: BrokenSphere via Wikimedia Commons Additional Information via B-25 History Project and Warbird Registry)
Among the latest limited edition releases from Brickmania are 1/35 scale LEGO model kits of the P-51B Mustang and Bell X-1.
The representation of the legendary P-51 reportedly includes 391 genuine new-condition LEGO elements, high quality sticker sheet, custom printed minifigure and retractable landing gear. Meanwhile, the model of the X-1, the first machine to break the sound barrier, includes 319 LEGO parts, a sticker sheet, a 360 degree custom printed minifigure, retractable landing gear, a display stand, and a removable hatch opening to the cockpit.
Click below for product links and video overviews of each model.
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A Douglas A-1D Skyraider has hit the market.
The machine is said to have an extensive history in the Korean War, during which it operated from CV-47, USS Philippine Sea. It has reportedly been flying on the civilian registry since 1979, amassing a total time of 3,600 hrs with 700 SMOH. It is also said to be IFR certified with moving map GPS comm.
The machine is currently based in Houston, Texas and is being offered for $1,100,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
The Sywell Aviation Museum at Sywell Aerodrome in Northampton is seeking donations of military/aviation books, models and model kits in order to raise funds for the restoration of the collection’s Hawker Hunter F.2.
The aircraft, WN904, was constructed by Armstrong Whitworth in 1953/54 and performed its maiden flight on July 27, 1954 before being delivered to 257 (Burma) Squadron, RAF. However, its service with the squadron was cut short in January 1956, when it was reported as damaged and in need of manufacturer/contractor repair. Documentation suggests that the incident may have been an emergency landing at RAF Kenley that saw it go through two hedges and over a public road.
Gloster carried out the repairs on the machine, but by this time, 257 Squadron was upgrading to the F.5, which resulted in WN904 being struck off charge in November 1957. [click to continue…]
This reproduction Spitfire cockpit section has been spotted for sale on eBay. Details are scarce, but it was reportedly built “many years ago” and is mounted on wheels for easy moving.
The cockpit is reportedly located in Altrincham, UK and is currently being offered for £550. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Commissioners in Venango County, Pennsylvania have reportedly approved a “memorandum of understanding” with Vintage Wings, Inc. that will see their newly restored C-53 Skytrooper housed at the Franklin Venango Regional Airport.
The unanimous decision paves the way for the Skytrooper to be flown from its current location in Ohio to its new home – an event that is expected to take place this summer.
The aircraft (S/N 41-20095) was constructed by Douglas and was on the factory floor when the Pearl Harbor attack occurred in December 1941. It was delivered to the USAAC in January 1942 and was soon flown to Africa to participate in Operation Torch. The machine also saw service transporting troops and VIPs during the war and completed its service with FEA, Cairo Division.
Following civilian service with Danish Airlines/SAS and a stint as “Buckeye One,” the official state aircraft for the governor of Ohio, the Skytrooper was retired and flown to the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio where it remained until 1990, when it was acquired by Ohio University of Athens and stripped of its engines. Eventually Ken Joseph stepped in and returned it to an airworthy state, obtaining a ferry permit and flying it to Beach City, Ohio in 1992. [click to continue…]
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched offering an impressive LEGO kit representing the iconic Buffalo Airways DC-3.
The kit is reportedly being produced in a limited run of 200 by ICHIBAN Toys and is touted as featuring a 21.7 inch wingspan, over 600 brand-new genuine LEGO pieces, functional landing gear, professionally designed step-by-step instructions and a laser-cut sticker sheet.
The Kickstarter campaign has been wildly successful, although, as of this writing, kits still appear to be available for a pledge of CA$269 or more.
Click below to check out a video of the production prototype.
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Airfix has announced the development of a new tool Hawker Hunter F.6 model kit in 1/48 scale.
Originally entering service with the RAF in 1954, the Hunter went on to operate with a large number of countries and in a number of conflicts. Its design arguably peaked with the Rolls-Royce Avon 203-powered F.6 variant, which is described as “the definitive interceptor version of the Hunter.”
The new kit (A09185) will reportedly include marking options for XF418 (4FTS Brawdy) and XF509 (4FTS) as well as the Dutch AF. Release is currently slated for October 2018.
Click below to check out additional CAD images and livery profiles.
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The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario has applied civil registration C-GCWG to their TBM-3E Avenger in preparation for its upcoming post-restoration test flight, which is expected to take place this year.
The aircraft (S/N 53858) was constructed in 1945 by General Motors, Eastern Aircraft Division and served with the US Navy until the 1950s. Upon entering civilian service it was converted to a spray plane, operating first in California and then New Brunswick before being retired in 1992.
The Avenger was acquired by the museum in late 2009 and a team of volunteers has since invested thousands of hours to restore it to airworthy condition. Although currently without markings, a post-war RCN Avenger AS.3 livery will be applied sometime after the first flight.
An official first flight display will take place, however, dates for the first engine run up and flights are currently described as “moving targets.”
(via Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Additional Information via Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Photo: JustSomePics via Wikimedia Commons)