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Atlas Editions Fighter Aces of World War II 7896-007
North American P-51D Mustang Diecast Model
USAAF 352nd FG, 328th FS, #44-14906 Cripes A' Mighty, George Preddy, Asche Airfield, Belgium, December 25th 1944

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
North American P-51D Mustang   5.25"   6.25"

One of the most famous aces of the Eighth Air Force. George Preddy's last assigned aircraft was this P51D, flown after he returned from an R&R break to take command of the 328th Fighter Squadron. It carries the squadron's standard red rudder and canopy rail name tag. A stylised barber's pole was painted on the right hand side of the cowling reflecting the part time career of of his crew chief. His previous aircraft had included P51D Cripes A'Mighty 3rd and P51B Cripes A'Mighty 2nd as well as the original Cripes A'Mighty, a P47-RE in which Preddy had scored his first three victories.

North American P-51D Mustang

Designed to meet an RAF requirement for fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-51 Mustang was first flown on October 26th, 1940. This versatile aircraft was capable of escorting bombers on long-range missions, engaging in dogfights, and dropping down to destroy German targets on the ground. At least eight versions of the P-51 were produced, but it was the definitive P-51D that gave the Mustang its classic warbird appearance. Britain and the US both tested the airframe with the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, which gave the aircraft tremendous performance gains. The Truman Senate War Investigating Committee called the Mustang "the most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane in existence."

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Atlas Editions Fighter Aces of World War II

The Atlas Editions "Fighter Aces of World War II" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military aircraft in 1:72 scale.

Atlas Editions diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Fixed, non-spinning plastic propellers.
  • No pilot figures.

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