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Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series HA8512
North American P-51B Mustang Diecast Model
USAAF 357th FG, 363rd FS, #43-24842 Blackpool Bat, Kenneth Graeff, 1944

1:48 Scale   Length   Width
North American P-51B Mustang   8"   9.25"

On September 15, 1944 several P-51s departed to provide escort for bombers on their way to Warsaw Poland. P-51B 42-106783 "Flying Panther" was assigned to Captain E. K. Simpson Jr. but on this day was being flown by Lieutenant Nowlin. P-51B 43-24842 piloted by 2nd Lieutenant Kenneth F. Graeff had departed first and was loitering while he waited for the rest of the escorts to form up. As Lieutenant Nowlin climbed to altitude he entered heavy overcast conditions and as a result collided with "Blackpool Bat" killing both pilots.

North American P-51B 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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Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:48 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:48 Air Power Series" 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.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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