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#AA-2046   1/72 scale  Convair XB-46  Long range jet bomber designed to bomb Reich in World War II

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

33 resin parts

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clear-resin canopy & Decal

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Span 478 mm

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Length 447 mm

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Unit price: US$85

Shipping charge: US$12.00

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$0.5

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Aircraft History and Specification

In 1944, with the success of the German jet bomber Ar-234, U.S. war department was aware of aviation advance in the enemy. So a requirement for a new design of the jet bomber which tactical radius could cover 1000-miles was issued. Convair (Consolidated Vultee Aircraft) submitted the Model 109 mockup. It was approved and awarded contract for three prototypes which designated XB-46. Other designs in the competition included the North American XB-45, the Boeing XB-47 & the Martin XB-48. In fall of 1945, the funds for two XB-46 prototypes was transferred to Convair's other jet attacker project, the XA-44 while the first XB-46 was nearing completion. In August 1946, the B-45 was endorsed to be the immediate production as the threat from Soviet was rising, and the XB-46 was permitted for test purpose. In 1947, first flight was made and accepted by the Air Force but the program was cancelled in the same year. Further flight tests were occurred until 1949.

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Medium bomber prototype

To use in tests of the early jet bomber

113ft.

105ft.9in.

27ft.11in.

4x Allison J35-A-3 turbojets

545 mph

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2x 0.5cal M2 machine gun at tail turret

22000lb. bomb loads

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Model References

The Convair XB-46 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Post war U.S.A.F. bomber

Convair B-36 Peacemaker

Douglas XB-42 (XA-42) Mixmaster

Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster

Boeing XB-44 (B-29D) Superfortress

North American B-45 Tornado

Convair XB-46

Boeing B-47 Startojet

Martin XB-48

Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing

Boeing B-50 Superfortress

Martin XB-51 (XA-45)

Boeing B-52 Startofortress

Convair XB-53 (XA-44)

Boeing XB-54 (B-50C)

Boeing XB-55

Boeing XB-56 (B-47C)

Martin B-57 Canberra

Convair B-58 Hustler

Boeing XB-59

Convair YB-60

Martin B-61A (TM-61) Matador

Northrop XB-62 (SM-62) Snark

Boeing B-63 (GAM-63) Rascal

North American XB-64 (SM-64) Navaho

Convair XB-65 (SM-65 / X-11 / X-12) Altas

Douglas B-66 (A-3) Destroyer

Radioplane XB-67 (GAM-67) Crossbow

Martin XB-68 (SM-68) Titan I

Lockheed RB-69A (P2V-7U / SP-2H) Neptune

North American XB-70 Valkryie

Lockheed XB-71 (SR-71 / A-11 / YF-12A) Blackbird

U.S.A.A.F. jet-powered bomber competition in World War II

North American B-45 Tornado

Convair XB-46

Boeing B-47 Startojet

Martin XB-48

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Post war U.S. experimental aircraft