- Item #: MMS180
- Number Of Steel Sheets: 2 Sheets
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Model Dimensions (L x W x H): 4.5” x 5.5″ x 2.5″
- Recommended Ages: 14 & Up
- Set officially licensed by Boeing
- Recommended tools to use: Wire Cutters & Tweezers
Parts can be easily clipped from the metal sheets. Tweezers make an ideal tool for bending or twisting connection tabs.
About the P-51D:
The P-51D incorporated several improvements from the previous Mustangs. The P-51D became the most numerous variant with nearly 8,000 being built. The most obvious change was a new “bubble-top” canopy that greatly improved the pilot’s vision. The P-51D also received the new K-14 gunsight, an increase from four to six .50-cal machine guns, and a simplified ammunition feed system that considerably reduced gun jams.
The P-51D arrived in quantity in Europe in the spring of 1944, becoming the USAAF’s primary long-range escort fighter. The versatile Mustang also served as a fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. Few Luftwaffe aircraft could match the P-51D — by the end of the war, Mustangs had destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft in the air, more than any other USAAF fighter in Europe.
P-51Ds arrived in the Pacific and CBI theaters by the end of 1944. In the spring of 1945, Iwo Jima-based P-51Ds started flying long-range B-29 escort and low-level fighter-bomber missions against ground targets in Japan.
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