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Easy Model Platinum Collection 36357
North American P-51B Mustang Display Model
USAAF 355th FG, 354th FS, #42-106448 The Hun Hunter from Texas, Henry Brown, RAF Steeple Morden, England, April 1944

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

The exploits of the Eighth Air Force fighter pilots in WWII are the stuff of legend and Lt. Henry Brown of the 355th Fighter Group can definitely say he is made of the right stuff! On 11th April 1944, Brown and his Mustang "Hun Hunter from Texas" had finished their bomber escort mission and headed for the deck, in search of targets of opportunity. Four Mustangs screamed towards a Luftwaffe airfield at tree top height and straffed everything in sight. Brown shot down a Focke Wulf 190, just as it was taking off, expending his remaining ammunition in the process. He then found himself alone over enemy territory, as the rest of the flight had made for home he attempted to do the same. At 15,000 feet, he saw a flight of 4 fighters above him and he closed to join the formation. On closer inspection, Brown discovered they were Me 109's, but as he was out of ammunition, he closed into the formation on their blind spot. The reason he was not spotted soon became clear they were closing on a pair of Mustangs! Brown radioed a warning and the Mustangs escaped, but gave away his position in the process. In the ensuing engagement, Brown outwitted the German fighters, despite being unable to return fire. His Mustang took some heavy damage, but he was able to shake them off! Now he just had to get home a feat in itself. Some six and a quarter hours after take-off, he arrived back at Steeple Morden with quite a tale to tell and another kill to his name!

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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Easy Model Platinum Collection

The Easy Model "Platinum Collection" range presents highy-affordable, ready-made plastic models of military aircraft. While these models may not have the same "heft" as their diecast siblings, they do offer remarkable value for money. Most importantly, they look perfectly at home alongside diecast modes, allowing collectors to "flesh out" their collection with types and paint-schemes not yet available in diecast.

Easy Model "Platinum Collection" display model airplanes feature:

  • Molded plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Spinning propellers.
  • Authentic ordnance loads.
  • Permanently extended landing gear.

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