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34407 Corgi   P-51D Mustang - 357th FS, John Elder & Figures, 1/32 De Cert £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series US34407 is this superb North American P-51D Mustang of the USAAF 355th FG, 357th FS, as flown by ace pilot John Elder, based at RAF Steeple Morden, England, 1945. Complete with 3 groundcrew figures. Limited Edition of only 1510 Pieces Worldwide. Box has a few light scuffs associated with this size of model but nothing that badly detracts. On Planecrazy 1/32 P-51s I have removed the black plastic retainer inside the polystyrene tray as it has a tendency to scratch the paintwork on the model.

1:32 Scale Length 12" Width 14"

One of the 355th's original pilots, John "Moon" Elder became CO of the 357th FS in July 1944, and remained in command until VE-Day. As the unit's most 'successful pilot, he claimed 8 aerial and 13 strafing victories, a number of which are scored in this aircraft. Shown here, a crewman is adding Elder's last victory to his scoreboard. Includes three hand-painted metal figures.

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."

Corgi's 1:32 scale P-51 Mustang is a large scale model loaded with features. All of the control surfaces, the landing gear and gear doors are moveable with metal hinges. The upper portion of the engine cowling is removable, revealing a masterfully rendered V-12 Merlin engine. Beneath the removable covers on each wing are detailed machine guns and ammo belts. The cockpit interior and detailed pilot figure are easily viewed with the canopy open or closed.
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Corgi aviation archive general information

(note not all this information will apply to the above model)

The Corgi Aviation Archive features a vast selection of diecast model airplanes in 1:144, 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales and has become the standard by which all other ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival material. Subject aircraft in the Aviation Archive appeal to all aviation enthusiasts and every diecast model airplane includes such features as:

  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed pilots and crew members (1:72/1:32).
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected interchangeable features such as airbrakes, opened canopies and access panels (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings (1:72/1:32).
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