1/72 scale Budd C-93 / RB-1 Conestoga - World's first stainless steel cargo transport

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#AA-2128   1/72 scale  Budd C-93 / RB-1 Conestoga  World's first stainless steel transport


Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features


44 resin parts +

Clear-resin canopies, Decal


Span 422 mm


Length 288 mm


Unit price: US$148

Shipping charge: US$25

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

Extra decal



Aircraft History and Specification

In 1941, the U.S. War Department required for a twin-engine transport comparable in performance to the Douglas C-47, to be constructed of "non-strategic materials". At the time, U.S. government feared that the thousands of new aircraft needed for the war effort might create shortages of aluminum alloys. Sprang from this requirement, the Curtiss C-76 and Fairchild C-82 were to be constructed of wood. A third respondent, Budd, proposed to design an aircraft made of stainless steel. The U.S. Navy accepted the proposal and placed an order for 200, to be designated RB-1. The U.S. Army Air Forces followed with an order for 600, designated C-93. The RB-1/C-93 prototype first flew in October 1943. The aircraft demonstrated greater than expected fuel consumption and was relatively underpowered. By late 1943, other more conventional cargo aircraft were being produced in large numbers. This caused the Army to cancel its order for the C-93 and the Navy to reduce its RB-1 order from 200 to 25, of which 17 were delivered in March 1944.










Tractial transport and air ambulance

To design and build a transport made entirely of stainless steel to the US military




2x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp radials engine

197 mph


24 troops, 9,600 lb. cargo


Model References

TheBudd C-93 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

U.S.A.A.F. Transport airplane in late time of World War II

Douglas C-47 Skytrain

Douglas C-54 Skymaster

Lockheed C-56/-57 Lodestar

Lockheed C-59/-60 Lodestar

Noorduyn C-64 Norseman

Stout XC-65 Skycar

Lockheed C-69 Constellation

Douglas C-74 Globemaster

Boeing C-75 Stratoliner

Curtiss C-76 Caravan

Cessna C-77

Cessna UC-78 Bibcat

Junkers C-79 (Ju52/3M)

Harlow C-80

Stinson UC-81 Reliant

Fairchild C-82 Packet

Piper C-83 Cub (L-4F)

Douglas C-84

Lockheed UC-85 Orion

Fairchild C-86

Consolidated C-87 Liberator Express

Fairchild C-88

Hamilton C-89

Luscombe C-90Stinson C-91

Akron-Funk UC-92

Budd C-93A Conestoga (RB-1)

Cessna C-94

Taylorcraft UC-95

Fairchild UC-96

Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter

Boeing C-98

Convair XC-99

Northrop UC-100 Gamma

Lockheed UC-101 Vega

Rearwin C-102 Speedster

Grumman UC-103 (F3F)

Lockheed C-104

Boeing C-105 (XB-15)

Cessna C-106

Stout C-107 Skycar III

Boeing YC-109 VIP Transport

Consolidated C-109 Liberator tanker

Douglas C-110

Lockheed C-111 Super Electra