Kit #AA2031. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In 1943, Douglas began a company-funded study to design a high speed bomber without the traditional wing mounting engines. The unusual design proposed to install two engines within the fuselage, driving a pair of propellers mounted at the tail. That left the wing and fuselage clean and free of aerodynamics-reducing protrusions. Douglas submitted an unsolicited proposal to USAAF, and was awarded a contract for two prototypes. The first prototype flew in May 1944 with excellent performance. The second prototype joined the flight test program in August 1944, and was destroyed in a crash in December 1945. By the end of war and with the advent of jet-powered bombers, the Army Air Force decided that the XB-42 would not be put into the production. The surviving XB-42 continued with tests and modification until 1948.