Hobby Master HA7737 1/48 Scale North American Aviation P-51K Mustang IVa Diecast Model CV-P, S/N KH-716, SQNLDR Murray Nash, No 3 Sqn, RAAF
Fano, Italy 1945.
- Wingspan 23.5 cm 9.25 in Approx.
- Length 20.5 cm 8.07 in Approx.
Model Features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- The canopy can be displayed open or closed.
- Undercarriage can be displayed extended or retracted positions.
- Display stand included with this model.
Hobby Master HA7737 – 1/72 Scale P-51K/ Mustang IVa Diecast Model.
1/48 Scale Air Power Series.
Hobby Master HA7737 is a 1/48 scale diecast model of the North American Aviation P-51K Mustang IVa. In the colour scheme and markings of CV-P, S/N KH-716, No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. Piloted by Squadron Leader Murray Nash while stationed in Fano, Italy, during 1945.
Squadron Leader Murry Nash (DSO, DFC and Bar).
Murry Nash (1919-2009) born in North Melbourne, Victoria, enlisted in the RAAF on May 27, 1940, as an aircraftman, rising to the rank of Squadron leader in February 1944. Postings included Command Desert Air Force Training Flight, Air Liaison Officer No 65 Commander Royal Engineers. As well as Command Ground Control Unit (Rover Joe) – attached to American 5th Army and Commanding Officer No. 3 Squadron RAAF. Discharge in December 1945. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar (DFC and Bar).
No.3 Squadron RAAF.
No. 3 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is a fighter unit based at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales. Currently operates the F/A-18A Hornet. Established in 1916 at Point Cook, Victoria, one of four combat squadrons of the Australian Flying Corps during WWI. Served on the Western Front in France, disbanded in 1919. Reformed in 1925, operated in the Mediterranean Theatre during WWII. Based at RAAF Butterworth during the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesia–Malaysia Konfrontasi. The squadron took part in Operation Falconer, the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In April 2016, deployed in support of the intervention against ISIL.
North American Aviation P-51D/K.
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat, single engine fighter and fighter-bomber. Designed for the British, the prototype NA-73X first flew on October 26, 1940. The first Mustangs, Mk Is entered service in January 1942 with No.26 Squadron RAF. Built in several variants, it served with Allies during WWII in Europe, North African, Mediterranean, Italian and Pacific theatres. Later during the Korean War with the United Nations. North American Aviation built all Mustangs except a small number produced in Australia.
The P-51D/K became the most numerous and recognisable variants, manufactured at Inglewood, California (P-51D) and Dallas, Texas (p-51K). They were identical except for the -K’s Aeroproducts propeller in place of the Hamilton Standard propeller of the -D. The Aeroproducts propeller proved unreliable and eventually replaced by the Hamilton Standard.
P-51D/K began to appear over Europe mid-1944 and in the Pacific late 1944. RAF designation, Mustang Mk IV (P-51D) and Mk.IVa (P-51K). Photo reconnaissance variant received the designation F-6D and F-6K, most retained their armament. Several P-51Ds underwent modification to tandem two-seat trainers, designated TP-51D. The canopy accommodated the extra cockpit without change.
In 1948, the USAF changed the P (Pursuit) designation to F (Fighter) and the F (Photographic reconnaissance) to RF. As a consequence, the P-51 became the F-51, and F-6 became the RF-51.
During the Korean War, the F-51 D/K became the primary fighter of the United Nations until the arrival of jet fighters. Their role then shifted to fighter-bomber. The USAF withdrew the last Mustang a P-51D from service in January 1957. The final US military use was by the Army as a chase aircraft for the Lockheed YAH-56 Cheyenne in 1968. The RAF withdrew its remaining Mustangs from service in 1947. The Cavalier Aircraft Corporation purchased the design rights and remanufactured Mustangs for the USAF for the Military Assistance Program (MAP).
The fuselage is a semi-monocoque aluminium alloy structure. The P-51D introduced the bubble canopy with a cut down rear fuselage to rectify poor rear visibility. Along with an improved windscreen resulted in exceptional all-around visibility. The addition of the 322l (85 U.S gal) fuselage fuel tank, combined with the reduced area of the rear fuselage, intensified the handling problems experienced with the B/C variants fitted with the same tank. This problem led to the fitting of a dorsal fin in front of the vertical tailplane as on the B/C variants. The water and oil radiators placed under the fuselage with a single intake to not interfere with wing and fuselage aerodynamics. Later discovery found that the “Meredith Effect” took place in the cooling assembly, heated air exited the radiator with a small amount of jet thrust.
The wings are of cantilever design, low mounted and used a laminar flow airfoil to reduce drag at high speed. The wings incorporated generous sized self-sealing fuel tanks. A fillet added forward of each of the wheel bays to allow new undercarriage and inner-door mechanisms increased the wing area and created a distinctive “kink” at the wing root leading edges. A deepening of the wing allowed the guns to be mounted upright, eliminating gun jamming caused by a sharp kink in ammunition belt feeds of previous variants. The tail unit is a cantilever metal structure.
The undercarriage is a retractable, tail-wheel type. The landing gear doors close with the legs extended, and the retractable tail wheel is steerable or free-swinging.
Armament increased to six 12.7mm AN/M2 “light-barrel” Browning .50 Caliber Machine guns. Strengthened wing racks to carry up to two 450 kg (1,000 lb) bombs. Later production aircraft had removable under-wing ‘Zero Rail’ rocket pylons.
The P-51D/K used the Packard V-1650-7, similar to the Rolls-Royce Merlin 66, fitted with a two-stage, two-speed supercharger.
- Maximum speed: 703 km/h (437 mph).
- Cruise speed: 582 km/h (362 mph).
- Empty weight: 3,463 kg (7,635 lb).
- Loaded weight Normal: 4,581 kg (10,100 lb).
- MTOW: 5488 kg (12,100 lb).
- Range: 950 mi (1,528 mi) clean, (2,656 kilometres)) with external tanks.
- Service ceiling: 41,900 ft (12,800 m).
Hobby Master HA7737 – 1/48 Scale North American Aviation P-51K/ Mustang IVa Diecast Model Aircraft. CV-P, S/N KH-716, SQNLDR Murray Nash, No 3 Sqn, RAAF, Fano, Italy 1945.