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Forces of Valor 812013B
North American P-51D Mustang Diecast Model
PLAAF 2nd Sqn, #3032, China, October 1st 1949

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

The first organized air unit of the People's Liberation Army was formed in July 1949. A total of 39 Mustangs were obtained from the Chinese Nationalist forces either by capture or defection. These Mustangs were used in various roles with the Communists, and nine of them even had the honor of flying over Beijing on October 1st 1949 for a parade to commemorate the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Although never seeing combat, the Mustangs still had served with the Communist Chinese forces as one of their most advanced fighters until the arrival of Soviet aid.

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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Forces of Valor's 1:72 scale P-51D Mustang is constructed using an intelligent mix of diecast metal and plastic, with solid metal wings and fuselage and plastic components in those areas requiring greater detail. The focal point of this beautiful model is the Rolls-Royce V-12 engine, visible beneath two correctly-modeled removable cowlings. Engines with this level of detail are uncommon in this scale - this one has been meticulously hand-painted, with details seen in the engine block, valve covers, exhaust stacks, supercharge and engine bay framing. Other fine details include a hand-painted hydraulic line inside the wheel wells, and three machine gun ports on each wing with shell casing vents below.

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Forces of Valor

The Waltersons "Forces of Valor" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aicraft.

Waltersons "Forces of Valor" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Fixed display stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Detailed pilots and crew members.
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.

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