Northrop XB-35 Flying Wing
November 17, 2012 in Aviation
The XB-35 emerged from the Northrop manufacturing plant in Hawthorne, California and took to the air on June 25, 1946. Powered by four Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major engines which drove contra-rotating four-bladed propellers in a pusher configuration, the XB-35 was instantly beset with problems with engine cooling and reliability of the complex gear box arrangement. A second XB-35 was built and joined the first at Muroc Army Air Field (later renamed Edwards Air Force Base for Air Force pilot Capt. Glenn Edwards who died coincidentally enough while testing the YB-49) for flight test. The third airframe, designated YB-35, dispensed with the contra-rotating props in favor of a more conventional design, but results were still disappointing as the range and top speed were much less than originally predicted.
This 1/72nd scale model (which is long out of production) was a perfect kit with which to hone my – dare I say – “skills” regarding the use of the Model Master buffable metalizers.
This behemoth measures 28 inches from wingtip to wingtip and is not exactly ‘photogenic’. That is to say there’s really no good way to competently photograph the model short of some sort of elaborate outdoor set-up. In any event, here she is, in all her ‘shininess’.
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