Northrop XB-35 Flying wing

Northrop XB-35 Flying wing model in 1/72 scale 
Jack Northrop designed a flying wing that flew shortly after the second world war. Envisaged as being very efficient with no "dragging" fuselage, it was supposed to be an intercontinental bomber reaching Europe from the US. 

In June 1946, his XB-35 Flying Wing bomber made the first flight. Four Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major engines each drove a pair of four-bladed pushing props ("Y" type), the later version having the counterrotating props ("X" type). 

The XB-35 gave directional problems and a later variant with bigger fins and jet engines as the YB-49 flew later. The flying wing was however never put into production, the B-47 being preferred as a straight conventional bomber.

The Flying wing model is from AMT / ERTL and is in 1/72 scale; model was issued mid nineties. It is an excellent model, the only difficulty being to finish it in metall!  You only need to add some tiny arials.

The model was made straight out of the box

The cockpit is small but was detailled nevertheless.

The kit's nose undercarriage is very weak. I added a solid transparant plastic piece between tyre and strut to strengthen it. Also: add plenty of weight here!

The dramatic view of the XB-35 when you feel you're standing next to it!

The front view. The AMT kit's cooling intakes respresentation in the wing leading edge was made darker with paint, but actually drilling them all out would be nicer...
A more detailled look at the later counter rotating double props.

Finishing it in the metall look requires carefull polishing. Take time to do this!


Final paints were from Testors metalizers with various shades used.

Best reference:  Jack Northrop's Flying wings, Schiffer publ.

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Created December 7, 2000