1:48 Scale Metal Diecast - North American P-51 (P-51D Passion Wagon) – Length: 8" Wingspan: 9”
This model of the P-51 at 1/48 (not 1/72) scale is quite interesting because of its size. At 8 inches long and 9 inches in wingspan one can see many details that might not be as clear at smaller scales (as 1/72). From the photos one can see that the landing gear is more detailed, tire treads are distinguishable as well as a landing light and even suspension elements.
The wings have movable surfaces and the propeller is made of metal and rotates very smoothly, however, one needs to blow really hard in order to make it rotate since it is quite heavy.
The cockpit is very detailed and the canopy can slide back. One needs to be very CAREFUL sliding the canopy back as it could be broken easily.
A pilot figure is included and at 1/48 scale one can see that the details are painted in different colors.
Two sets of external fuel tanks are included and these are optional to be attached on the wings. Lastly, a display stand is included.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The box measures 9.75 inches by 9.75 inches by 4 inches.
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter andfighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a specification issued directly to NAA by the British Purchasing Commission. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed and first flew on 26 October.
The Mustang was originally designed to use the Allison V-1710 engine, which had limited high-altitude performance. It was first flown operationally by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a tactical-reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bomber (Mustang Mk I). The addition of the Rolls-Royce Merlin to the P-51B/C model transformed the Mustang's performance at altitudes above 15,000 ft, matching or bettering that of the Luftwaffe's fighters.[nb 1] The definitive version, the P-51D, was powered by the Packard V-1650-7, a license-built version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 60 series two-stage two-speed superchargedengine, and armed with six .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns.
From late 1943, P-51Bs (supplemented by P-51Ds from mid-1944) were used by the USAAF's Eighth Air Force to escort bombers in raids over Germany, while the RAF's 2 TAF and the USAAF's Ninth Air Force used the Merlin-powered Mustangs as fighter-bombers, roles in which the Mustang helped ensure Allied air superiority in 1944. The P-51 was also in service with Allied air forces in the North African, Mediterranean and Italian theaters, and saw limited service against the Japanese in thePacific War. During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft shot down.[nb 2]
At the start of the Korean War, the Mustang was the main fighter of the United Nations until jet fighterssuch as the F-86 took over this role; the Mustang then became a specialized fighter-bomber. Despite the advent of jet fighters, the Mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s. After World War II and the Korean War, many Mustangs were converted for civilian use, especially air racing, and increasingly, preserved and flown as historic warbird aircraft at airshows.