- Fine recess panel line & rivet detail
- Parts for photo reconnaissance version included
- Eduard canopy painting mask
- Photo etch parts included
- 2020 boxing of the 2019 new tooled kit
- Paint Call outs for Mr Hobby & Mission Models
- Canopy open or closed option
- 6 x marking options included -
- F-6D-15, 44-14874, flown by Lt. John E. Jacoby, 82nd TRS, 71st TRG, 5th AF, Johnson Field, Japan, September 1945.
- F-6D-10, 44-14699, flown by Lt. Clifford S. Slonneger, 109th TRS, 67th TRG, 9th AF, Gosseliers, Belgium, 1945.
- F-6K-10, 44-12223, 118TH TRS, 23rd FG, 14th AF, Chengkung, China, 1945.
- F-6K-15, 75th FS, 23rd FG, 14th AF, Luliang Airfield, China, 1945.
- F-6D-15, 44-15417, flown by Lt. Edwin H. Pearle, 2nd FS, 2nd ACG, Cox's Bazar, India, Spring 1945.
- F-6D-10, 44-14659, 111th TRS, 68th TRG, 12th AF, Furth, Germany, July 1945.
The North American Mustang was first designed for the British Purchasing Commission to provide Britain with a new fighter aircraft. These earlier Mustangs sent to Britain were found to perform badly at high altitudes resulting in them being used for ground attack missions.
After several modifications the P-51D Mustang was born & is accepted as the definitive Mustang. Modifications included the bubble canopy & increasing the armament from four .05 calibre machine guns up to six, with three positioned in each wing. These guns were fitted in the upright position to help eliminate the jamming problem often found in the earlier system, ammunition carried was also increased as well as the strengthening of the under wing pylons to carry the drop tanks or bombs.
The P-51Ds was mainly used to escort allied bombers flying from Britain to Germany thanks to its long range ability & proved to be a superb fighter aircraft. Previously this role belonged to the P-47 Thunderbolt, but this aircraft was switched to the ground attack role with the Mustangs arrival.
During WWII the USAAF used many different aircraft for photo reconnaissance with the Mustang being one of them. The Mustangs used in this role were designated with the 'F' prefix & were fitted with two K-24 cameras, one behind the pilot to the left, the other mounted to face vertically down in the tail section. These aircraft would be used in all regions & as they retained their gun armament many pilots would become aces flying reconnaissance missions.