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Air Racers! Air Show # 3 (P-51 D Mustang & P-39 Airacobra) #RL0140
Air Racers! Air Show # 3 (P-51 D Mustang & P-39 Airacobra)
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The kit, “Air Racers!” includes both a North American P-51 D Mustang and Bell P-39 Airacobra scaled model. In the immediate aftermath of World War II, national aircraft races resumed in 1946 but unlike the high powered air races of the 1930s, the aircraft flown were modified former World War II era fighter aircraft.  The P-51 Mustang is a popular plane with the air race pilots and spectators alike.  The P-51 D scaled model included in this kit depicts the “passionate purple” aircraft flown by the legendary Clay Lacy.  Prior to the 1970 air races at Reno, Clay Lacy had placed but had not won a major race. After a very competitive air race, Lacy and his “passionate purple” P-51 D Mustang were awarded first place honors.  Known in air race circles as the “tough guy”, Clay Lacy had won a big race and with it many admiring fans.  The P-39 Airacobra included in this kit was one of the first former World War II era American fighter aircraft to be given a new lease on life as an air racer.  Converted military aircraft had not flown in an air race until the 1946 National Air Races.  During that race, a P-39 Airacobra stole the show and went on to win the famed Thompson Trophy.  The P-39 Airacobra was a favorite at air races, maneuvering around the pylons at speeds of over 400 m.p.h. fifty feet above the ground.  This Air Racers! Kit includes the following features: 1) Authentic markings for Clay Lacy's P-51 Mustang & for the P-39 Airacobra that won the 1946 Thompson Trophy air race; 2) One clear plastic one piece canopy for the P-51 D Mustang & P-39 Airacobra; 3) One P-51 Mustang molded in purple colored plastic & one P-39 Airacobra molded in yellow colored plastic; 4) Optional position landing gear for both the P-51 D Mustang & P-39 Airacobra; 5) Rotatable wheels & 4-bladed propellers for both the P-51 D Mustang & P-39 Airacobra; 6) Two race pilot figures; 7) Two Turn Marshall figures; 8) Cardboard display backdrop including aircraft display stands and 9) Illustrated assembly instructions.  The box is in very good condition.  Never started and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions inventoried.


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