P-38J Lightning, "Pudgy IV" 431st FS, 475th FG, Maj. Thomas McGuire (1:48) by Air Force 1 Models
Item Number: AF1-0150
Air Force 1 Model Company proudly brings you today�s announcement featuring their newest premium release!
The second highest-scoring American pilot of World War II, Major Thomas McGuire of the 475th Fighter Group tallied his first kill on August 18, 1943 � a day he took down three Imperial warbirds. The following day, after two more victories, he was already an ace.
All of Major McGuire�s kills were scored in P-38 Lightnings of which he flew numerous iterations, each nicknamed after his new wife: �Pudgy.� While piloting �Pudgy IV� on October 24, 1944, McGuire shot down two Oscars over the Philippines before being forced to land and give up his cherished warplane to the 49th Fighter Group, a unit which suffered heavy attrition.
This 1/48 scale, die cast reproduction of McGuire�s �Pudgy IV� features a striking attention to historical detail including authentic nose art, a glazed canopy, optional-position landing gear, and an all-metal display stand.