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TAMIYA War Bird Collection No.73

About the North American P-51D Mustang
The appearance of the cutting-edge P-51B Mustang marked a solid improvement to the protection of bomber formations. By the time the final D version was deployed, the control of German airspace was entirely in the grasp of the Allied Forces. The laminar airfoil and undersurface of the fuselage minimized air resistance, making the P-51D aerodynamically polished. For its power source, the P-51D packed a Packard Merlin V1650-7 engine with supercharger.

A teardrop type canopy provided excellent visibility for the pilot, and six 13.7mm guns put daunting firepower at his disposal. Auxiliary drop tanks enabled the Mustang to achieve a continuous flight range up to 3700km, and secure thorough bomber protection all the way to Germany. As a result of the P-51D Mustangfs effectiveness against the Me109 and Fw190 interceptors, a significant reduction in the amount of B-17 losses and a marked increase in pilots achieving the status of Ace was realized .

Aces of the 8th Air Force
Introducing a 1/72 scale model of the P-51D Mustang which served as a bomber escort with the U.S. 8th Air Force. Model includes high quality Cartograf decals for 3 sets of markings representing famous 8th A.F. ace pilots' airplanes.

About the Model
*1/72 scale North American P-51D Mustang plastic assembly kit
*The elegant and aerodynamic form of the Mustang has been perfectly rendered with cockpit shape and radiator located on aircraft belly reproduced in perfect detail.
*High quality Cartograf decals for 3 different markings including "Big Beautiful Doll" flown by ace pilot Colonel John D. Landers, and Captain Chuck Yeager's "Glamorous Glen III"