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Original U.S. WWII / Post War American and British Recognition Model Airplanes by Cruver - B-25, Lockheed P-2 Neptune (1948), and British de Havilland Mosquito

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Original Items: Only One Set of 3 Available. During World War II, the armed forces used a lot of teaching materials to train gunners and aircrew in identifying aircraft, ships, and ground vehicles. It was crucial for servicemen to be able to recognize "friend or foe" in an instant, as it could mean the difference between life and death in combat. Therefore, recognition training was included in almost every World War II service school. Trained spotters were essential to the war effort, and to help them, 1:72 scale plastic models were made. The primary providers of almost all production models in plastic were the manufacturers Cruver and Design Center for airplane models.

These are original Cruver models, made of cellulose acetate, which showcase the wide range of sizes and types of planes produced. Unfortunately, the material of the two U.S. and British fighters has deteriorated and deformed somewhat over time with noticeable repairs made via heat, while the P2 Neptune is still in great shape, except for being painted white. All the models are marked with the Cruver Ⓒ marking.

Underbody designations read:

- B-25 Ⓒ JULY ‘42 (deformed & repaired): The North American B-25 Mitchell is a medium bomber aircraft that was introduced in 1941 by the United States. It was named in honor of Brigadier General William "Billy" Mitchell, who was a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. The B-25 was used by many Allied air forces and served in every theater of World War II. After the war ended, many B-25s remained in service and continued operating across four decades. The B-25 was produced in numerous variants, and almost 10,000 units were built, making it the most-produced American medium bomber and the third most-produced American bomber overall. Some of the limited models that were produced include the F-10 reconnaissance aircraft, the AT-24 crew trainers, and the United States Marine Corps' PBJ-1 patrol bomber.

Measurements: 8 ½” x 11”

- BRITISH MOSQUITO Ⓒ 3-43 (deformed & repaired): The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito is a British twin-engined, multirole combat aircraft, introduced during the Second World War. Unusual in that its airframe was constructed mostly of wood, it was nicknamed the "Wooden Wonder", or "Mossie". Lord Beaverbrook, Minister of Aircraft Production, nicknamed it "Freeman's Folly", alluding to Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Freeman, who defended Geoffrey de Havilland and his design concept against orders to scrap the project. In 1941, it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world.

Measurements: 9” x 6 ½”

- P2V Ⓒ 7-48: The Lockheed P-2 Neptune (designated P2V by the United States Navy prior to September 1962) is a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. It was developed for the US Navy by Lockheed to replace the Lockheed PV-1 Ventura and PV-2 Harpoon, and was replaced in turn by the Lockheed P-3 Orion. Designed as a land-based aircraft, the Neptune never made a carrier landing, but a small number were converted and deployed as carrier-launched (using JATO assist), stop-gap nuclear bombers that would have to land on shore or ditch. The type was successful in export, and saw service with several armed forces.

Measurements: 6 ½” x 8”

A great group of items ready for further research and display.

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