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Anigrand #AA2046 1/72 Convair XB-46



 
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Kit #AA2046. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In 1944, with the success of the German jet bomber Arado Ar 234, the U.S. War Department became aware of the aviation advances of the enemy they would soon counter. This resulted in a requirement for a new design for a jet bomber whose tactical radius could cover 1000 miles. Convair (Consolidated Vultee Aircraft) submitted the Model 109 mockup. A contract for three prototypes was awarded, which designated XB-46. Other designs in the competition included the North American XB-45, the Boeing XB-47 & the Martin XB-48. In fall of 1945, the funds for two XB-46 prototypes was transferred to Convair's other jet attacker project, the XA-44 while the first XB-46 was nearing completion. In August 1946, the B-45 was endorsed for immediate production as the threat from Soviet Union was rising, and the XB-46 was still only testing. In 1947, the first flight was made and accepted by the Air Force, but the program was cancelled in the same year. Further flight tests were occurred until 1949. Detailed landing gear. Detailed exterior w/ recessed panel lines.




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