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Converted Hobbycraft B-36 in 1/144
Convair YB-60

by Jeff Thomsen


Convair YB-60


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Here is my 1/144 scale Convair YB-60. I converted this model on a Hobbycraft 1/144 B-36 kit.

When Convair built their two YB-60s (to compete with Boeing's B-52 design) they used about 70% of the original B-36 airframe, including the wing, so I tried to do the same on a much smaller scale.


Changes made were:

  • Removing the kit engine nacelles and filling the spaces

  • Cutting and sweeping the wing back 38 degrees and adding new inboard leading edges

  • Removing and filling the lower forward fuselage radome

  • Adding new sheet styrene wingtips

  • Added Cutting Edge resin NB-52 engine nacelles



  • Scratchbuilding new tail surfaces and engine pylons from sheet plastic

  • Cast new resin nose and tail cones

  • Adding a scratchbuilt aft taxi strut

  • Using a toothpick for the instrument probe

The finish is mostly Alclad, some decals are from the kit, some custom printed by Draw Decal.


Building the model was fun but time consuming. I've always thought the YB-60 was a beautiful looking machine and just had to have one.



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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2005 by Jeff Thomsen
Page Created 1 December, 2005
Last Updated 02 December, 2005

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