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34406 Corgi   P-51D Mustang - 361st FS, Jersey Jerk, Working Range (1,610) £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive AA34406 is this amazing 1/32 scale working model of North American P-51D Mustang of the 356th FG, 361st FS, "Jersey Jerk", as flown by ace pilot Don Strait from RAF Martlesham Heath, England in 1945. Limited Edition of only 1610 Pieces Worldwide. Length 12" Width 14".
Box has a couple of small blemishes; typical for this size of box.

This is the world's first range of working diecast model aircraft. With battery-powered propellers, undercarriage and navigation lights, operated from a specially designed stand and accompanied by realistic engine sounds. You can even release the bombs on this superb looking model.

Squadron colours were not adopted by the 356th FG until December 1944, when colored rudders (yellow for the 359th FS, red for the 360th FS and blue for the 361st) were introduced, followed by colored spinners from February 1945. Not equipped with P-51s until November 1944, the same day that Don Strait assumed command of the 361st FS, the 356th FG was the 'hard luck' group of the Eighth, with a higher loss-to-kill ratio than any other fighter unit, claiming 201 aerial and 75.5 ground victories for the loss of 122 aircraft. Strait's 13.5 victories with the 361st FS, 356th Fighter Group, made him the top ace of this group, achieving all but three of his kills in Mustangs, largely in the final months of the war. He led the squadron again on November 26, 1944, when it flew an escort mission over the heavily defended Ruhr. After linking up with the B-17s just east of Holland, the pilots were advised of 40 bandits approaching from the south. As Strait's sixteen Mustangs arrived in the Osnabruck area, they spotted the 40 Bf 109s at 25,000 feet. They dropped tanks and attacked. Then Strait spotted about another 150 German fighters at various altitudes, preparing to attack the bombers. After two more victories on December 5, Strait found more air combat on Christmas Day. In action again against Bf 109s, he had a nasty moment when his first victim left oil and engine coolant all over his windscreen. Skidding away, Strait almost rammed his foe. He continued shooting down German planes in 1945: an Fw-190 on Jan. 14, another Fw-190 on Feb. 14, and three Fiesler Storch light observation planes on Feb. 20. His 13.5 aerial victories led the 356th Fighter Group. After the war he rejoined the NJ Air National Guard, and served on active duty during the Korean War, the Fighter Group. After the war he rejoined the NJ Air National Guard, and served on active duty during the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam.

The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and in several other conflicts. During World War II Mustang pilots claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft shot down, second only to the Grumman F6F Hellcat.

It was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation (NAA), under the direction of lead engineer Edgar Schmued, in response to a specification issued directly to NAA by the British Purchasing Commission; the prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out, although without an engine, 102 days after the contract was signed. The Mustang was originally designed to use a low-altitude rated Allison V-1710 engine, and was first flown operationally by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a tactical-reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bomber. The definitive version, the P-51D, was powered by the Packard V-1650-7, a licence-built version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 60 series two-stage two-speed supercharged engine, and armed with six .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns.

From late 1943, P-51Bs (supplemented by P-51Ds from mid-1944) were used by the USAAF's Eighth Air Force to escort bombers in raids over Germany, while the RAF's 2 TAF and the USAAF's Ninth Air Force used the Merlin-powered Mustangs as fighter-bombers, roles in which the Mustang helped ensure Allied air superiority in 1944. The P-51 was also in service with Allied air forces in the North African, Mediterranean and Italian theatres, and saw limited service against the Japanese in the Pacific War.

At the start of Korean War the Mustang was the main fighter used by the United Nations. Jet fighters, including the F-86, took over this role, and the Mustang became a specialized ground-attack fighter-bomber.

Despite the advent of jet fighters, the Mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s. After World War II and the Korean War, many Mustangs were converted for civilian use, especially air racing.
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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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