P-51D Mustang WWII Fighter 1:72 Scale Academy Model with Australian decals

Academy 12485. P-51D Mustang WWII Fighter 1:72 Scale model

 Model comes with RAAF Australian A68 decals in three variants

Said to be the best American fighter aircraft of World War II, the North American Mustang owed its origin to a Royal Air Force (RAF) specification for a single-seat fighter to replace the Curtiss P-40. However, once the basic P-51 design was mated with the proven Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the aircraft became an enormous success.

In 1943, the Australian government arranged for the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) to manufacture the Mustang Mk IV (P-51D) under licence from North American Aviation. The Australian produced Mustang Mk IV (P-51D) were too late for World War II. However, RAAF Mustangs were assigned to Japan for occupation duties and, early in 1946, Nos 76, 77 and 82 Squadrons flew into Iwakuni Japan. In 1949 Nos 76 and 82 Squadrons withdrew to Australia and the Mustangs of No 77 Squadron remained to take part in the Korean War from June 1950 until April 1951, when they were replaced by Gloster Meteors.

Data sheet

Model is supplied unassembled and requires paint and glue (not supplied)
Australian Army Air Force Navy Merchandise
Brand New Item

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