The only difference between the North American P-51B and C variants was the B was built in
Inglewood and the C in Dallas. The B variant first flew on May 5, 1943 and the C variant first flew
on August 5, 1943. The B variant saw 1,988 built while the C variant saw 1,750 built. On
December 1, 1943 the P-51B Mustang flew its first combat mission and in March 1944 provided
bomber escort to Berlin. The high shape of the P-51B/C dorsal spine gave it the name
“Razorback”.


Early in 1945 P-51Cs, Ds and Ks began to arrive in the Pacific Theater of Operation since they
were no longer needed in large numbers in Europe. The first units to receive the Mustangs were
the 8th and 32nd Pursuit Squadrons of the 3rd Pursuit Group. These aircraft were also assigned
to the 3rd, 4th and 5th Fighter Groups and eventually equipped seven Chinese Air Force Air
Groups. Between January and June 1945 and with over eight hundred aircraft between the two
forces they carried out attacks against Japanese forces in occupied China.

Specifications for the North American P-51B/C Mustang

The only difference between the B variant and the C variant are the plants where they were
manufactured

P-51B/C Production – 3,738
B – 1,988 produced at Inglewood plant
C – 1,750 produced at Dallas plant

Dimensions
Length – 32.25 ft
Wingspan – 37.04 ft
Height – 13.67 ft

Performance
Power Plant – 1 X Packard (Rolls Royce) V-1650-3-7 producing 1,380 hp in the B variant and
1,490 hp in the C variant
Maximum Speed – 439 mph @ 25,000 ft
Service Ceiling – 41,800 ft
Range
B – 1,180 miles
C – 1,900 miles

Weights
Empty – 6,985 lbs
Normal T/O – 9,800 lbs
Maximum Gross – 11,800 lbs

Armament
4 x .50 cal machine guns with 1,260 rounds
2 x 1,000 lb bombs or rockets
Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
HA8510
P-51C Mustang
No.32 Squadron, Chinese Air Force, 1945
1/48 scale pre-finished
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
Professionally painted.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Cockpit slides open.
Comes with a pilot that can be removed.
Comes with display stand.
Can be displayed with landing gear up or down.
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