North American XB-70 Valkyrie
Plastic model kit.
Manufacturer: Lindberg Models
This kit was made by Lindberg early on in the development of the aircraft, and is made in a ‘fit the box’ non-conventional scale, as was the style of the time. The original box did state, in standard engineering terminology, ‘Scale 1 inch = 14 feet 4 inches’, hence the 1:172 scale oddity.
The kit first appeared in the very early 1960s, and supplies a retractable undercarriage with folding doors. The construction is very simple, with the vast main delta wing being supplied in upper and lower halves, while the slender fuselage, plus the canard wing, fits onto this. Toward the rear are two fins, with working rudders. At the tail, an engine plate, with nozzles for the six General Electric jet engines, holds the elevons in place.