Flyzone has released their new C-47 and DC-3 micro RC model airplanes.

As previously reported, the models are said to offer smooth, stable flight characteristics and impressive micro scale looks. The C-47 variant is depicted in the colors of 42-100882 “Drag ’em Oot,” which participated in D-Day and now operates with Aero Legends of Kent, England. Meanwhile, the model representing the commercial DC-3 configuration is adorned with the colors of C/N 2268 (NC28391) of Eastern Air Lines.

Each model spans 23″ and is available in RTF (Ready to Fly) versions complete with a Tactic 4-channel SLT radio system with built-in battery charger, 1S LiPo flight battery and 5 AA batteries.

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The Royal Air Force Museum in London has just welcomed back their Hurricane and Spitfire gate guards after a year-long restoration.

As previously reported, the reproductions were dismantled and transported to Michael Beetham Conservation Centre in Cosford in early 2017. During refurbishment, each aircraft was given a new livery “to reflect the rich and diverse history” of the London site when it was a working RAF station. The Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 now wears the colors of P2725 flown by Sgt. Ray Holmes of 504 Squadron during the Battle of Britain, while the Spitfire Mk XVI now represents TB288 as it appeared during its service with 601 Squadron.

The aircraft will reportedly be assembled over the coming days and positioned at the museum’s pedestrian and car park entrances.

Click below to check out photos of the restored reproductions following their arrival.

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A new company called Striped Fighter is reportedly gearing up to release new tool model kits of the Messerschmitt Bf-108 B/D Taifun in 1/32 scale.

The aircraft was an all-metal four-seat sports/recreation aircraft introduced in 1935. It served with the Luftwaffe during WW2, acting mainly as a personnel transport and liaison aircraft.

Details on the new releases (SF998032/SF999032) are virtually nonexistent at this point, although Scalemates is reporting that the offerings will consist of plastic sprues, waterslide decals and clear parts. It also appears that the machine will be represented in both military and civilian markings.

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The Bomber County Gateway Trust’s effort to erect a monument to Bomber Command in Lincolnshire featuring a full-scale representation of the Avro Lancaster is closer to becoming a reality after North Kesteven District Council’s Planning Sub-Committee reportedly received a recommendation to approve proposals for the project.

As previously reported, the monument would represent R5689 (pictured above), which is believed to be the most photographed Lancaster of the war, likely because it was used in literature to train pilots to identify the type. R5689 served with 50 Squadron RAF and crash landed at Thurlby Top Wood while limping home to RAF Swinderby after a mission on September 18, 1942 – an incident that claimed the life of RCAF crew member Sgt. J.R. Gibbons. [click to continue…]

Wingsy Kits has released the first photos showing a completed test build of their new Mitsubishi A5M2b “Claude” (Early Version) in 1/48 scale.

As previously reported, the offering appears to be a follow up to Wingsy’s new tool kit representing the late version of the WW2 Japanese carrier-based fighter which was released in 2016. The upcoming early version (D5-03) is said to include plastic and photo-etched parts as well as decals for four machines.

Wingsy states that availability in the near future “will not be a problem, especially in Europe.” Click below to check out additional photos.

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A “Beautiful, original” Ryan STM has hit the market.

The aircraft was reportedly built at the end of 1940 as part of an order for 48 examples of the type placed by the Netherlands Government in Exile for Netherlands East Indies Naval Air Force. Originally shipped to Java, it was relocated to Australia in 1942 for use in training Dutch pilots for the war effort. Along with 34 additional STMs, the machine was later taken over by RAAF and given the designation “Ryan Trainer,” although it was reportedly used primarily for general flying rather than training.

Following WW2 it was refurbished and entered civilian service with Brown & Dureau Pty, Ltd. of Melbourne, Victoria. Over time it experienced engine changes and a variety of minor dings and repairs. The fabric was replaced several times, but the original skins and structure, as well as the instrument panels and most of the instruments are said to have remained.

The STM is reportedly part of a collection belonging to an 82 year old gentleman “who has decided that he won’t be flying anymore.” It is described as “a rare example of a low time, original, 78 year old aircraft” with “less than 1,400 hours total time since new and no major damage history.”

The machine is currently located at Maryborough, QLD, Australia. Bidding starts at US $100,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Freightdog Models has released their new tool model kit of the Supermarine Type 327 British twin-engine fighter in 1/72 scale.

As previously reported, the Type 327 was a cannon-equipped concept aircraft designed to replace the Spitfire and Hurricane. However, it never entered production, in part because it was believed that other machines, such as the Westland Whirlwind, would likely enter service first.

The kit reportedly includes resin parts cast by CMR, vacform canopies by Rob Taurus and Fantasy Printshop screen printed decals. The result depicts a “what-if” operational version of the Type 327 based on a service entry of late 1942.

Freightdog states that the breakdown of the kit allows for “further developments along the lines of the Spitfire, with larger engines and increased size tail assembly to compensate, naval developments or perhaps a fighter bomber version, which will hopefully follow if sales of the initial boxing are promising.”

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The future of Avro Lancaster FM104 could be determined by a meeting held today.

The bomber was built by Victory Aircraft of Malton, Ontario in 1944 and installed along Toronto’s waterfront following its retirement from the RCAF in 1964. In 1999, it was moved to a museum in Downsview Park, where a restoration effort began. However, it was relocated once again when the museum closed in 2011 and has since been stored at the Edenvale Aerodrome west of Barrie. The aircraft is now said to be in need of extensive restoration.

The future of FM104 has become the focus of significant debate. The city of Toronto is said to lacks the funds, resources and space to properly maintain and display the machine and would like to donate it to the British Columbia Aviation Museum near Victoria, as it is said to be well equipped for its long-term care. However, the group FM104EVER is against the proposal, viewing the Lancaster as an important part of the local community. The team is working to keep the aircraft in the city and has reportedly assembled a team of experts to restore the aircraft while also identifying potential sites for display.

The city’s Economic Development Committee met today to consider the proposals. Click below to watch.

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Special Hobby has released their new Hawker Tempest Mk VI model kit in 1/32 scale.

The new kit (SH32055) is reportedly based on the company’s new tool Tempest Mk.V released in 2016 and consists of eight grey styrene sprues and one with clear parts. Details are said to include very fine rivet lines and decal sheets with a full set of airframe stencils, including those for the interior and fuel tanks.

Four livery options are included which depict NX201 and NX135 of 6 Squadron RAF, NX126 of 249 Squadron RAF and NX179 of 213 Squadron.

Product Page (198.65 PLN or about $58.72)

The nose/cockpit section of Canberra bomber A84-222 has hit the market.

The section is described as surplus from a restoration and is currently located at the Australian National Aviation Museum in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is offered “as is, where is” with a price of AU $2,000.

Click here to check out the complete listing.