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Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products below).
The P-51 Mustang is an easy Metal Earth model. It consists of 10 pieces on one sheet of metal. Its simple, reliable engine and large fuel capacity enabled this long-range piston-engine fighter to escort bombers over Germany during WW2.
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Metal Earth was originally called MetalWorks.
Are you curious...?
The prototype for the P-51 was rolled out in September 1940, just 102 days after North American Aviation signed a contract with the British Purchasing Commission, and it entered service the next month. That's right: This iconic American fighter-bomber was first flown by the British RAF. Mustang pilots claimed 4,950 enemy kills during WW2. The Mustang was still the main fighter of the UN when the Korean War broke out, and it continued to fulfill specialized missions even after jet aircraft became common. In fact, there were still some Mustangs on active duty in some militaries as recently as 1980.