P-51B Mustang "Ding Hao" (1:48) by Eagles International
Item Number: EI10006
North American P-51B-5-NA (NA-104) 43-6315 Mustang "Ding Hao" (1:48)
Maj. James Howard, CO, 356th F.S., 354th F.G., 9th A.F. Only Ace with AVG in CBI and 9th A.F. in Europe.
Landing gear can be displayed up or down
Canopy can be displayed open or closed
Highly accurate 1:48 scale.
Rolling wheels and other moving parts.
Removable cowling and detailed Packard Merlin engine
Detailed cockpit with pilot
Limited to 1500 units
Only fighter pilot in Europe to win the Congressional Medal of Honor winner. 12.3 aerial victories. 10006 has all of the detail features of "Shangri-La" but with the bulged "Malcolm Canopy" from the Spitfire. Includes Stand, 108 Gal. and 75 Gallon drop tanks.
The P-51B (Inglewood, Cal. Manf.) and the P-51C (Dallas, Tx. Manf.) were a major progression to the original Allison powered P-51A Mustang. The British designation for the B/C was Mustang III. While the P-51A was a fine low altitude fighter, it suffered from the lack of a two speed, two stage supercharger for its Allison engine. Most aerial combat in Europe took place above 15,000 feet, right where the P-51A was running out of steam. The Allison was early into its development, and wouldnt display its full power until the P82 twin Mustang, to late for the war. The P51B/C would mate the Spitfires well developed Merlin Engine (Racing since 1935) , licensed for manufacture in the U.S. by Packard, to its sleek airframe. A four bladed propeller and the new supercharger turned the P-51 into one of , if not the best fighter of WWII. The P-51B/C was actually faster than the P-51D due to later combat weight increases. 3,738 Bs and Cs were built by North American Aviation (Later Rockwell International and today Boeing) ,and 20 P-51Cs were modified into F-6C photo reconnaissance aircraft.