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|This is an Accurate Miniatures 1/48 Paul Mantz Air Service P-51C Mustang: Bendix Transcontinental Race Model Kit. This 1/48 scale kit has the following features: - Parts and decals to build 1 model - Finely recessed panel lines - Over 60 parts - Optional tires (weighted and unweighted) - Decals for 2 different Mustangs - Protected decals and clear parts - Detailed instruction sheet - Detailed painting instruction Paul Mantz (August 2, 1903 July 8, 1965) was a noted air racing pilot, movie stunt pilot and consultant from the late 1930s until his death in the mid-1960s. He gained fame on two stages: Hollywood and in air races. Mantz was one of the first to recognize the value of purchasing the USAAFs surplus aircraft which were being sold for as little as $350. At the end of the war, Mantz purchased a fleet of 475 war-surplus bombers and fighters, for $55,000. His intention was to use some of this massive armada in film work at the time, Mantz joked that he had the sixth-largest air force in the world. Mantz would ultimately drain off the fliuds from his fleet and sell the bulk of the aircraft for scrap, keeping a total of twelve planes for his film work. With his film fleet in place, Mantz chose one of the P-51 fighters to convert it into a Bendix Trophy racer. With his long-time mechanic, Cort Johnson, he totally rebuilt the P-51C, stripping out all military issue equipment and modifying the wings with wet fuel cells. In the 1946 Bendix Trophy race, all the competitors flew similar converted warbirds but Mantz prevailed with an average speed of 435 mph. He went on to win the Bendix for an unprecedented three consecutive years (1946 1948) with over $125,000.00 in winnings. Jacqueline Cochran (May 11, 1906 August 9, 1980) was a pioneer American aviator, considered to be one of the most gifted racing pilots of her generation. She was appointed director of womens flight training for the United States in 1942, supervising the training|