1/33 North American F-51D Mustang Mantell KYANG Paper Model
The North American P-51D Mustang may be one of the most recognized and successful Fighter aircraft of all time of all time. Powered by an American Packard-built Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the P-51 proved to be outstandingly fast and maneuverable, with long range extended by the use of drop tanks. The aircraft also excelled as a fighter-bomber, escorting B-17s and B-24s on raids deep into enemy territory. Serving throughout WW2 in the European and Pacific theaters, it is still flown today in various evolved configurations. After 1948, the P (Pursuit) designation on USAF aircraft was changed to F (for Fighter)...the Mustang became an F-51.
This kit builds the refurbished Mustang assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard (1947). This aircraft was lost in a tragic accident in 1948, killing the Pilot Capt. Thomas Mantell Jr. The incidents and facts surrounding the crash and death of Capt Mantell are still debated today, with claims that Mantell lost control of his aircraft during the pursuit of a reported UFO.
Paper Model Details: over 200 parts including detailed construction diagrams, fuselage and wing formers, recessed/detailed wheel wells, detailed landing gear, detailed cockpit, optional template for clear or printed canopy, optional wing pylons, optional drop tanks, detailed graphic textures and realistic weathering/surface features. Degree of Difficulty: 3/5. If you enjoy building this paper model, please contribute a review!
Text by Robert Turner & Dave Winfield
Text copyright 2012, Robert Turner, Dave Winfield & Ecardmodels.com
(Photos courtesy of designer)