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32221 Corgi   P-51D Mustang - The Chief, 3rd ACS, Bud Mahurin (1,260 ONLY) £ 49.99
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  Corgi Aviation Archive US32221 is this superb 1/72 scale model of North American P-51D Mustang "The Chief" of the 3rd ACG, 3rd ACS, as flown by ace pilot Major Walker "Bud" Mahurin, based on the Philippines in 1945. Limited edition of only 1260 pieces, originally intended for US only issue. Now extremely rare and hard to find.

Major Walker "Bud" Mahurin added a solitary Japanese kill to his 20 ETO victories while flying this P-51D during his time as CO of the newly formed 3rd ACS. He claimed a Ki-46 "Dinah" on January 14, 1945, while supporting operations in the Philippines. As a young fighter pilot, bud Mahurin was always photographed with a big smile on his face, especially in his early World War II photographs. He couldn't have known that he would be one of the few U.S. fighter pilots who would be shot down in two different wars. He also couldn't have known he'd become a fighter ace, a POW and an American hero.

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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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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