The USAAF Type F1 Ammeter was installed in the iconic USAF fighter - the P-51 Mustang. The USAF had gambled on self-defending bombers for their daylight raids over German targets - it was to prove one of the most costly policies of the war with 137 B17’s being shot down in just two missions alone as the Bomber Group pushed deeper into German airspace beyond the range of escorting allied fighters. After experimenting with more heavily armed B17’s, the P-47 Thunderbolt & P-38 Lightning, it was the highly maneuverable P-51 Mustang, with its 2 additional, 110-gallon drop tanks that provided the much needed aircover.
The USAAF Type F1 Ammeter was installed beside the pilots right knee on the P-51 Mustang’ electrical panel just below the canopy winch handle.
The Mustang’s 24v electrical system was supplied by a 34 amp hr battery located immediately behind the pilot and was charged by an engine-driven, 100-amp generator on the left hand side of its12-cylinder, Packard-built Rolls-Royce Merlin V1650 liquid-cooled engine. Ground-based battery charging from an external power source was done via a plug on the right hand side of the fuselage.
Mounted in its 100 yr old Mango wooden display stand with engraved plaque and highly detailed custom built 1/72 or super detailed 1/48 scale model perched above on its removable magnetic arm together with its high quality printed and laminated Fact Sheet, this Recovery Curios Original WWII P-51 Mustang collectable would be an amazing and treasured gift for any aviation enthusiast.
* 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
This P-51 Mustang Amp Meter comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of the rudder pedal in the aircraft cockpit.
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Your North American P-51 Mustang, USAAF Type F1 Amp Meter, 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 6 - 8 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.