- Plastic Snap & Screw Together Model Kit
- Display Stand Included
- No specific Scale
- Dimensions: Approximate Length 7.5” x Wingspan 9”
- Recommend for 10 years and above.
A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, the North American Aviation’s P-51 Mustang was the first U.S. built fighter plane to push its nose over Europe after the fall of France. Mustangs met and conquered every German plane from the early Junkers to the sleek, twin-jet Messerschmitt 262’s.
The new line, designated NA-109, P-51D, was started after the USAAF ordered 2,500 in July 1943. The P-51D did not have a test flight until November 17, 1943, well after the first order was placed. Deliveries to fighter units began March of 1944 and a good supply was on hand for the Normandy Invasion, or D-Day.This unique Cobi block model of the plane has retractable landing gear, rotating propeller, flaps and easy to disassemble pilot’s cabin. In the set, apart from the plane, you can find a figure of a pilot and a stand also made of blocks.
The signature change in the P-51D line was the new bubble canopy. The U.S. was behind the British in canopy development. A British company had designed and built the 'Malcolm Hood' which improved visibility to the rear of the P-51B/C models. The U.S. was not unaware of the advantages of a bubble canopy design. NAA had built a wooden model of the P-51 with a bubble canopy for wind tunnel testing. The technology to build large curves of plexiglass 'distortion free' at that time was being invented and developed.
This New Ray EZ build P-51D Mustang model kit is designed for the beginner modeler. Some parts may be loose fitting due to molding variances, gluing maybe required. The kit is pre painted with the distinctive livery of the 352nd Fighter Group, Eighth Air Force, during WWII.