Superscale 72-127: Martin B-10
|Long out of production|
Notes: The Martin B-10 was a pre-war bomber used by the United States Army Air Corps and exported to several other countries as well. When intoruced in the early 1930s, the B-10 offered several innovations that would become standard in bombers not yet on the world's drawing boards. It was one of the first all-metal bombers. Bombs were stored internally, the landing gear could retract, it had a rotating gun turret, and enclosed cockpits. The USAF Museum notes that "It was so advanced in design that it was 50% faster than its contemporary biplane bombers and as fast as most of the fighters. When the Air Corps ordered 121 B-10s in the 1933-1936 period, it was the largest procurement of bomber aircraft since WW I."
The sheet covers a large number of aircraft, probably since there wasn't a large amount of markings on these early aircraft. All of the US examples covered call for a standard paint scheme involving a blue FS 15102 fuselage, and yellow FS 13538 wing and tail surfaces. There are also additional squadron marking decals provided, but no other details on where they would be placed or what else was ont the barely-mentioned aircraft. The first full example is B-10B "Bird-O-Prey XII", flown by Lt. Col. Clarence Tinker (a WWII MGen. for whom Tinker AFB is named) for the 7th Bomb Group, now flying B-1s out of Dyess AFB, TX.
The second one was a pre-production YB-10 example that was involved in a demonstration flight to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1934. Notably, the flight was led by Lt. Col. "Hap" Arnold, who would later gain fame during World War II. The USAF Museum has a website that discusses this pioneering Mackay Trophy-winning flight at http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/history/prewwii/af.htm
Early Air Corps aircraft also helped deliver the mail, and the third example covers one of these planes that flew a route in 1934. The fourth is the last U.S. example, assigned to the 9th BG (now the 9th BS at Dyess, also flying B-1Bs), which occasionally installed skis on the aircraft for winter operations.
The last two options offer a Dutch Air Force example, with dark green/dark earth camoflage up top and light gray below, and a Turkish plane that used dark green/light earth up top and light blue below.
There is at least one kit occasionally found in 1/72 by Williams Brothers for this aircraft kit.
For additional information, consult the USAF Museum website on the B-10 found at http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/early_years/ey13a.htm
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