Young C. Park dedicated 10 years to the making of three incredible model aircraft. This 1/16 scale cutaway P-51 Mustang model was his third and final aircraft. Like Mr. Park’s first Corsair, this model is paneled on the right side and cutaway on the left to show the internal workings. The model was completely hand fabricated from aluminum and brass, and is detailed down to the hydraulic lines and functional control cables to the rudder, elevator and ailerons. The P-51 even has .50 caliber ammunition fed from the ammo boxes into the three machine guns in the left wing. There are over 10,000 aluminum rivets used in this plane. 

Three years in the making, the P-51 model represents the culmination of Mr. Park’s metalworking and modeling skills. The details, working parts, and panel fits must be seen to be truly appreciated. All of the cockpit controls are connected to the appropriate functions on the engine and control surfaces.  

In 2006, Young Park graciously donated his 1/16 scale P-51 Mustang model to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad, CA. Visitors can get a close-up view of all of Mr. Park’s incredible model aircraft to understand the true level of detail in these magnificent works. Young C. Park also won the Joe Martin Foundation’s Craftsman of the Year Award for 2002. 

Exhibit added: June 1, 2005 - Last modified: August 11, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship