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Offline McColm

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Convair B-36C Peacemaker
« on: February 18, 2018, 10:56:06 am »
What if the Convair B-36 Peacemaker had 4 turboprop engines instead of the six engines on the earlier versions.
There was a proposal for the B-36C with 6 turboprop engines.
 I've got the Monogram 1/72 RB/B-36H in the stash which will be the donor kit along with parts from my spares boxes. I 'm thinking of using the propellers from the Revell Airbus A400M.

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Re: Convair B-36C Peacemaker
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2018, 12:22:37 pm »
B-36C was proposal with turbocompound engines, R-4360 with variable-discharge turbochargers.  Originally to be installed in tractor configuration, then cancelled, restarted and cancelled again.

Phase 1 with turboprops but standard wing was to be B-36F.

I don't see a diagram online but the Phase 2 turboprop B-36 was to receive swept outer-wings to push Mach limit to 0.75.

It's hard to put ourselves in the mindset of the era but there was such an urgency in arming SAC at the time that there were proposals to defer the B-52 and keep building B-36s as fast as possible. The turboprop '36 would cost about two-thirds of a '52 and be in service far sooner.

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Re: Convair B-36C Peacemaker
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2018, 01:15:08 pm »
Thanks for the info. :thumbsup:

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Re: Convair B-36C Peacemaker
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2018, 12:35:25 am »
In the book 'Convair Advanced Designs Secret Projects from San Diego 1923)1962' by Robert E.Bradley page 153-154, there is a line drawing of Model 35 (1940) with four tractor pusher and two tractor engines with twin rear tail fins.
There's also a photo of the wind tunnel model with stepped B-24 type cockpit enclosure.