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Martin B-10 Medium Bomber - $11.95

At the time of its creation, the B-10B was so advanced that General Henry H. Arnold described it as the air power wonder of its day. It was 1.5 times as fast as any biplane bomber, and faster than any contemporary fighter. The B-10 began a revolution in bomber design; it made all existing bombers completely obsolete

Martin B-10 Monoplane Bomber

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The Boeing B-9 bomber and the P-26 Peashooter

By the early 1930s, aircraft design and construction technology throughout the world had advanced to the point where it was possible to mass-produce all-metal airplanes. There had been an all-metal plane as early as World War I, but it was an exception.

Most airplanes of the WWI period and the 1920s had been primarily of wood and fabric construction, although many later ones had tubular steel fuselage frameworks.

The Air Corps' first all-metal monoplane bomber was the Boeing B-9. Produced from 1932 to 1933, the B-9 was outclassed by its contemporary all-metal Martin B-10 and only seven were purchased. The Air Corps' first all-metal fighter was the Consolidated P-25 of 1933.

Although only two were procured, the P-25 design was modified into the P-30, later redesignated the PB-2, of which 54 were purchased in 1935. The first all-metal fighter ordered in quantity was the Boeing P-26; 139 were purchased from 1932-1936.

Martin B-10 bomber paper model

The Martin B-10 was the first all-metal monoplane bomber to go into regular use by the United States Army Air Corps, entering service in June 1934. It was also the first mass-produced bomber whose performance was superior to that of the Army's pursuit aircraft of the time.

The B-10 began a revolution in bomber design. Its all-metal monoplane build, along with its features of closed cockpits, rotating gun turrets, retractable landing gear, internal bomb bay, and full engine cowlings, would become the standard for decades. It made all existing bombers completely obsolete.

In 1932 the prototype of one of the last bombers of the interwar generation, the Martin B-10, appeared as an aircraft which incorporated the best technology of the time.

What's more, in 1932, Martin received the Collier Trophy for designing the XB-10.


Martin B-10 bomber paper model
Martin B-10 bomber cardmodel
B-10 300#  bombs
B-10 landing gear details
Drawing of B-10 Bomber
Martin B-10 Bomber model
These two beauties (same on actually), were sent in by designer, Rob Carleen photographed at his home in Florida

"You can't send those nineteen kids up in a crate like that!"
.. Bandied the wags whenever a near score of student pilots filed aboard this controversial Army Air Corps ship in the late Thirties; and as the Senate hearing later confirmed, they were chillingly close to the truth. The 19 neophytes could be sent up, all right; it was a matter of how suddenly and how violently they came back down. Trouble started with the pilot and worked its way back to the man at the rear.

Conceived as "an economical flying trainer", the Air-Pal was so economical that it lacked any intercom system among instructor and pupils. No problem in a two- or even three-seater-but with 19 sets of controls? Elaborate pre briefings, hand signals, screaming all were tried but all fell short of the desired result, unanimity of action, as in "Bank left!" Happily for all concerned, a further economy move halted production altogether only five months after it began. But those who flew or tried to fly her are not likely to ever forget this stillborn regent of the cloud lanes-memories shared by those on the ground lucky and sharp-eyed enough to catch a necessarily brief glimpse of an Air-Pal cart wheeling across the sky while 19 plucky, if somewhat perplexed students tried outguessing one another, their teacher and fate itself.

What people say...
See it fly and drop a bomb. WoW!! ...Film on You Tube

B-10 ---- 5 stars. Great job. David Jackson

There was a mismatch of the wing center section on the regular version. It has been fixed (August 9) Sorry for any problems it might have caused. chip

B-10 model by Dick Doll
Here are three shots of the B10 (one chosen). I had a busy summer and couldn't finish it and photograph until today.
I know it's too late to comment, but I had some alignment problems--nothing that a little mucketing couldn't fix.
Dick D ....PS. These were shot against an open sky.


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The Martin B-10, like many Fiddlersgreen Bombers, has additional instructions
Martin B-10 Bomber

Martin B-10 beta
B-10 beta  build

Martin B-10 parts
Bob Penikas' Beta build parts inventory- June 15, 07. He chose to do the canopies and turret in
plastic and said it was somewhat difficult. The model comes out pretty good with the
paper canopies provided. 10/14/07...lower fillets added

IPMS table display
Bob exhibited his Martin B-10 at the plastic model show and had a stack of the free
(of course!), downloadable FG business cards for visitors.
Martin B-10 bomber model
Since Bob built this model a few small changes were made to the engines. Thanks Bob,
for all your help getting this B-10 finished


Martin B-10The operational career of this aircraft, however, was relatively brief due to the development and appearance of more modern bombers, amongst which was the Boeing B-17, which immediately made the B-10 appear obsolete. The Martin B-10 was directly derived from the B-9 which had been the first all-metal American monoplane bomber. In March 1932 the prototype was delivered to the USAAC for proving trials and made a good impression, mainly by virtue of its speed, which was 197 mph, faster than that of the best contemporary fighters.

In 1933 Martin received an order for 48 series models, to be built in several variants differing in their engines and fuel tank capacity. First deliveries were made in the summer of 1934 and at the beginning of the following year the new bomber became operational.

The variant produced in the largest numbers appeared in 1935, being the B-lOB, of which 103 were built, which apart from numerous detail changes finally adopted the Wright Cyclone 775 hp engine. The assembly lines were kept busy until 1939 and apart from the USAAC orders, the B-10 was successful in export markets: about 190 of them were sold to Argentina, China, the Netherlands East Indies and Turkey.



MARTIN B-10B bomber
Manufacturer: Glenn L. Martin Co;
Year: 1935
Engines: 2 Wright Cyclone 9-cylinder
radial air-cooled, 775 hp each
Wingspan: 70 ft 6 in
Length: 44 ft 9 in
Height: 11 ft 5 in
Weight: 16,400 lb
Maximum speed: 213 mph
Ceiling: 24,200 ft
Range: 600 miles
Armament: 3 machine guns
Bombs: 2,260 lb
Crew: 4

Martin B-10 three view

Side view of B-10 Bomber
The Martin B-10 Bomber-Dutch version


Dave Finkleman's B-10