Here is the pictorial representation of the B36 Project build carried out by Mike Pirie and Les Adam from start to finish. The B36 maidened on 4 June 2016 at the hands of Dave Wilshere (Motors and Rotors) and the final picture is that of Mike, Les with Dave and the model after a successful test. Not an aircraft often seen modelled and a great testiment to the skills of Les and Mike. Great stuff lads, well done.
(Pictures: Mike Pirie, Les Adam, Jim Sekirk, Fiona Betteridge)
Model Facts - Scale 1:38 (and it's still a big model !!)
||2.3 kg (5 lbs)
||75 g/dm2 (25 oz/ft2)
|Thrust at Take Off
||1.45 kg (51 oz)
||183 watts/kg (84 watts/lb)
||1 x 2s 2100mAh for each of 3 circuits
The Convair B-36 "Peacemaker” was a strategic bomber built by Convair and operated solely by the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1949 to 1959. The B-36 was the largest mass-produced piston engine aircraft ever made. It had the longest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever built, at 230 ft (70.1 m). The B-36 was the first bomber capable of delivering any of the nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal from inside its four bomb bays without aircraft modifications. With a range of 10,000 mi (16,000 km) and a maximum payload of 87,200 lb (39,600 kg), the B-36 was the world's first manned bomber capable of flying intercontinental without refuelling.
Entering service in 1948, the B-36 was the primary nuclear weapons delivery vehicle of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) until it was replaced by the jet-powered Boeing B-52 Stratofortress from 1955. All bar five examples were scrapped in the 1950s.
The B-36 set the standard for range and payload for subsequent US intercontinental bombers.