Colonel Neel Kearby of the 348th FG was, for a time, in competition with Major Richard Bong for the Pacific Theater lead in Allied aerial victories. He flew the P-47D Thunderbolt which he nicknamed the "Fiery Ginger IV." On March 5, 1944, after achieving more than twenty kills, Kearby was shot down by a Japanese Ki-43 near Wewak. His warbird crashed in the jungle and, although he was able to escape via parachute, he did not survive the wounds. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
As a celebration of his selfless service, Hobby Master has released this 1/48 scale, die cast replica of his Fiery Ginger IV, and it features that aircraft's signature artwork, realistic panel lines, a sliding canopy, a well-equipped cockpit, a removable pilot figure, a rotating propeller, a detailed radial engine, full weapons complement including Browning machine guns, optional-position landing gear, and a stylish presentation stand. Measures approximately 9" long with a 10¼" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA8452