North American P-51 Mustang "American Beauty" 1/48 Scale Diecast Metal Airplane by Hobby Master
1:48 Scale Metal Diecast - North American P-51 (P-51D American Beauty) – 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.