One of the most outstanding features of the P-51 Mustang, aside from its superior manovourability and firepower, was its significant operational range.
With two wing tanks carrying 184 US gallons and a fuselage tank tucked behind the pilot of another 85 gallons, the aircraft had one of the largest operational ranges of any allied fighter but it was the addition of its two, droppable 110 gallon wing tanks that made it the primary USAAF bomber escort fighter.
The Mustang drop-tanks enabled the fighter to accompany the USAAF bomber streams both to and from targets deep within German territory whilst still allowing for fuel to roam ahead of the bombers to take the fight direct to the Luftwaffe fighters.
This P-51 Mustang wing-tank fuel cap still retains its red surface paint and markings and is an amazing survivor of this iconic WWII USAAf fighter.
Mounted in its 100 yr old Mango Wood Display Stand with engraved plaque and highly detailed custom built 1/72 or super detailed 1/48 scale P-51 Mustang model atop its magnetic arm, this would really make a fantastic pilot gift or a one-of-a-kind gift for that special aviation enthusiast in your life.
This P-51B Mustang Collectable comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
* Note that this Mustang Collectable is pictured with a 1/48 scale model rather than the standard detailed, but smaller 1/72 scale. Click on the 'Model Upgrade' option at the top of this page for the larger 1/48 scale.
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Your North American P-51B Mustang Wing-Tip Fuel Tank Cap, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft,* - or 1/72 Die-cast scale model**
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available in the hand-built and airbrushed plastic version for an additional $35 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
** The Die-cast 1/72 model comes with a fixed colour scheme and closed cockpit but wheels can either be up or down.
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic models are available with 'wheels & flaps up or down' and 'canopy open or closed' options with a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.
Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 5 - 7 weeks approx.
Did you fly, crew or maintain a P-51 Mustang or have a friend, colleague or family member who did? Check out our PERSONALISED ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTABLE OPTION here.