Original U.S. WWII American and British Recognition Model Airplanes by Cruver - P-61, P-51 and British Martin Maryland

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Original Items: Only One Set Available. During World War Two there was a mass of teaching materials used by the armed forces to train gunners and aircrew in the identification of aircraft, ships and ground vehicles. The ability of servicemen to identify "friend or foe" in an instant was crucial to combat survival and the subject of recognition was taught in just about every World War II service school. Trained spotters were important to the war effort and to aid them 1:72 scale plastic models were made. The manufacturers Cruver and Design Center for airplane models are well known as being the primary providers of almost all production models in plastic.

These are beautiful, original (cellulose acetate) Cruver models with minor distortion and deterioration, but there are imperfections from when they were made. They are all marked with the Cruver Ⓒ marking. Underbody designations read:

- U.S.A. P-61 Ⓒ 2-44: The P-61 Black Widow was the first U.S. aircraft designed to locate and destroy enemy aircraft at night and in bad weather, a feat made possible by the use of on-board radar. The prototype first flew in 1942. P-61 combat operations began just after D-Day, June 6, 1944, when Black Widows flew deep into German airspace, bombing and strafing trains and road traffic. Operations in the Pacific began at about the same time. By the end of World War II, Black Widows had seen combat in every theater and had destroyed 127 enemy aircraft and 18 German V-1 buzz bombs.

Measurements: 10 ½” x 8”

- U.S.A. P-51-D Ⓒ 4-45: P-51, also called Mustang, a single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft originally designed and produced by North American Aviation for the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and later adopted by the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF). The P-51 is widely regarded as the finest all-around piston-engined fighter of World War II to be produced in significant numbers.

Measurements: 6” x 5 ¼”

- British Martin Maryland Ⓒ 2-43: The Martin Maryland 167 was a light bomber designed by the Glenn L. Martin Company in response to the light-bomber requirements issued by the United States Army Air Corps in 1938. However, the aircraft was not approved for operational use by the United States, instead seeing service with France and later Great Britain.

Measurements: 10 ¼” x 7 ¾”

All 3 models are in wonderful condition and come more than ready for display.

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