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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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5 responses to Northrop XB-35 Flying Wing

  1. Nice metal finish! did you seal it with the testors metalizer sealer? I can’t keep the metal finish looking shiny enough when I seal with them, I use future instead.

  2. I used their “sealer” only once – never again. It dulled the finish and ruined the effect I was trying to get. Let me re-phrase that…I DID use their sealer after that – AS DULLCOTE. And yes, I always use Future. It preserves the NMF, makes a great base coat for decals and retains it’s shine. I’ve even used Future when I’m going to finish the kit flat! Just spray their “sealer” on it when I’m done and it’s dull! lol

  3. Craig,
    I have the same experience with all metal finishes – the sealer (or any kind of lacquer) only makes them look dull. having said that, can you touch this model? My previous applications of metalizer would leave a nice silver finish on my fingers whenever the model was touched.

    For presentation purposes, I would have changed from the diving angle to level flight 🙂

    • Well, I admitted it was a poor photographic setting – lol (and I had a straight-on pic, but you couldn’t see much). Use Future (or similar) for “sealing” in the finish….THEN you can touch it.
      But when you’re workin’ on it, use those cotton gloves from the nail salons…they work great )especially for getting into those hard-to-reach areas for buffin’).

  4. Very good work.

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