1/33 P-51B/C Mustang Topper III Tuskegee Airmen Paper Model

1/33 P-51B/C Mustang Topper III Tuskegee Airmen Paper Model

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1/33 P-51B/C Mustang Topper III Tuskegee Airmen Paper Model

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1/33 P-51B/C Mustang Topper III Tuskegee Airmen Paper Model

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The North American P-51 Mustang may be one of the most recognized and successful Fighter aircraft of all time. Serving throughout WW2 in the European and Pacific theaters, it is still flown today in various evolved configurations.

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. The first Merlin powered Mustangs (B and C models) appeared in 1943.

Although many other aircraft were used, the P-51 Mustang became the recognized aircraft of the 332nd Squadron Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America's first black military airmen, at a time of racial bias and segregation, when there were many people who thought that black men lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism. They quickly established a reputation of being the "best Fighter escort a Bomber could have"! The outstanding record of black airmen in World War II was accomplished by men whose names will forever live in hallowed memory. Names like Lee Archer and "INA The Macon Belle" and the Tuskegee Airmen.

This paper model builds "Topper III" as flown by famed Tuskegee Airman Capt. Ed Toppins of the 99th Fighter Squadron, and features a historically accurate paint scheme and markings. One of the first of the 99th FSs replacement pilots, Ed Toppins was described as a pilots pilot and almost a daredevil by his fellow aviators. With four kills, he was the second-highest scorer in the group. This aircraft, Topper III, was delivered after Toppins scored his fourth kill; an earlier Topper was scrapped after Toppins warped the fuselage diving on an enemy aircraft (which he destroyed). Following his tour, Toppins married the widow of Sidney Brooks, but he himself was killed in the crash of P-40N 44-7754 at Tuskegee Army Air Field on March 17, 1945.

Paper Model Details: over 160 parts including detailed construction diagrams, fuselage/wing formers, graphic wheel well inserts, fully detailed landing gear, complete detailed cockpit, printed canopy, detailed graphic textures, realistic weathering and surface features.

Degree of Difficulty: 3/5.

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Text copyright Dave Winfield and Ecardmodels.com


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