1/72 scale Martin XB-51 Experimental attack bomber prototype with competition in English Electric Canberra / B-57

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#AA-2035   1/72 scale  Martin XB-51 (XA-45)  Low-altitude attack bomber


Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

37 resin parts


clear-resin canopy & Decal


Span 296 mm


Length 209 mm


Unit price: US$68

Shipping charge: US$9.00@

Each model kit contents one set of decal. Extra accessories of the canopy and decal can be side-order.

Extra decal



Aircraft History and Specification

In early 1946, USAAF issued requirement for a new attack bomber in succession to the Douglas A-26 Invader. Martin Company proposed its design and won the competition with designation, XA-45. Soon later USAAF revised its requirement for better close-support bombing. Martin accepted the new requirement and was received contract for two prototypes, the project was redesignated XB-51. The first XB-51 made its first flight on Oct 1949. It became the fastest ground support bomber at the time. In 1950, with Korean War outbreak, USAF called for a need of new night intruder bomber. The XB-51 was entered the contest in competition with English Electric Canberra. The XB-51 was faster but its endurance was poor than the Canberra. After a fly-off in 1951, the Canberra was chosen as the winner. Finally the XB-51 project was cancelled in 1952. Although Martin lost an order for XB-51 but received license to produce Canberra under designation B-57.










Experimental medium bomber

To meet attack-bomber requirement by USAAF




3x General Electric J47-GE-13 turbojet

645 mph

8x 20mm cannon

4000 pounds bomb load


Model References

The Convair XB-46 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Post war U.S.A.F. bomber 1946~1962

Convair B-36 Peacemaker

Douglas XB-42 (XA-42) Mixmaster

Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster

Boeing XB-44 (B-29D) Superfortress

North American B-45 Tornado

Convair XB-46

Boeing B-47 Startojet

Martin XB-48

Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing

Boeing B-50 Superfortress

Martin XB-51 (XA-45)

Boeing B-52 Startofortress

Convair XB-53 (XA-44)

Boeing XB-54 (B-50C)

Boeing XB-55

Boeing XB-56 (B-47C)

Martin B-57 Canberra

Convair B-58 Hustler

Boeing XB-59

Convair YB-60

Martin B-61A (TM-61) Matador

Northrop XB-62 (SM-62) Snark

Boeing B-63 (GAM-63) Rascal

North American XB-64 (SM-64) Navaho

Convair XB-65 (SM-65 / X-11 / X-12) Altas

Douglas B-66 (A-3) Destroyer

Radioplane XB-67 (GAM-67) Crossbow

Martin XB-68 (SM-68) Titan I

Lockheed RB-69A (P2V-7U / SP-2H) Neptune

North American XB-70 Valkryie

Lockheed XB-71 (SR-71 / A-11 / YF-12A) Blackbird

U.S.A.A.F. attack aircraft in World War II 1937 ~ 1945

Douglas Y1A-18 Shrike II

Vultee YA-19

Douglas A-20 (P-70) Havoc

Stearman XA-21

Martin A-22 Maryland

Martin A-23

Douglas A-24 (SBD) Dauntless

Curtiss A-25 (SB2C-1A) Helldiver

Douglas A-26 Invader

North American A-27 (AT-6)

Lockheed A-28 Hudson

Lockheed A-29 (A-28B) Hudson

Martin A-30 Baltimore

Vultee A-31 Vengeance

Brewster XA-32

Northrop A-33 Nomad

Brewster A-34 (SB2A) Buccaneer

Vultee A-35 Vengeance

North American A-36 (P-51A) Invader

Hughes XA-37 (XP-73 / XF-11)

Beech XA-38 Grizzly

Kaiser-Fleetings XA-39

Curtiss A-40 (SB3C)

Convair XA-41

Douglas XA-42 (XB-42) Mixmaster

Curtiss XA-43 (XF-87) Blackhawk

Convair XA-44 (XB-53)

Martin XA-45 (XB-51)


Post war U.S. experimental aircraft