Overshadowed by the P-51D Mustang, the P-51B/C versions had their fair share of victories during World War II. Identifiable by their "razorback" canopies, these early variants had the high speed and long range capabilities that made them formidable opponents to the Luftwaffe. Operating with the 356th Fighter Squadron, Richard E. Turner was a prolific P-51B pilot, amassing 12 aerial victories during World War II, many of them in his "Short-Fuse Sallee," an aircraft lightheartedly named for his ill-tempered wife.
A Hobby Master reproduction of Turner's warbird as it appeared in 1944, this 1/48 scale, die cast model features his aircraft's signature bomb artwork, an optional-position canopy, a fully outfitted cockpit (with a hand-painted pilot figure), movable wing flaps, an opening rear coolant scoop, a rotating propeller, removable drop tanks, optional-position landing gear, authentic markings, and a mid-flight display stand. Measures approximately 8" long with a 9¼" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA8509