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#AA-4016   1/144 scale  Martin XB-16  The winged whale, dream design of 1930s


Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features


150 resin parts +

Clear resin canopies, decal


Span 366 mm


Length 243 mm


Unit price: US$88

Shipping charge: US$14

Each model kit contents 1 sheet of decal. Extra  decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal



Aircraft History and Specification

In 1933, the U.S. Material Division at Wright field began a study for a modern bomber that would able to carry 2500-lb bomb load form 5000 miles and 200mph. This specification was then submitted to the War Department as "Project-A" and received tentative approval. In 1934, the USAAC began contract negotiations with Boeing and Martin. The specifications called for a long range bomber capable of the destruction by bombs of distant land or naval target, and the ability to reinforce Hawaii, Panama and Alaska without the use of intermediate servicing facilities. Martin submitted Model 145 and was accepted to built a XB-16 prototype. The aircraft was similar in size to the Boeing XB-15, but was to use four Allison liquid-cooled engines instead of air-cooled radial engines that normally used on bombers in the 1930s. In order to increase the range and bomb load, Martin revised the XB-16 design making it much bigger. The wing span was increased to 173 feet and six engines were used, four on the leading edge and two on the trailing edge. The XB-16 was considered as being too large and expensive, and the project was cancelled before anything could be built.









Long-range experimental bomber

To meet requirement of the U.S. Army Air Crops "Project-A" for a long-range bomber



6x Allison V-1710-3 engine

256 mph


2500 lbs bomb load / 2x 0.50in. machine gun


Model References

The Martin XB-16 package contents secret kits of three 1/144 U.S. pre-war designs as bonus:

The Martin XB-16 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

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

Boeing XB-15

Martin XB-16

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Douglas B-18 Bolo

Douglas XB-19A Flying Behemoth

Boeing XB-20

North American XB-21 Dragon

Douglas XB-22 Bolo

Douglas B-23 Dragon

Consolidated B-24 Liberator

North American B-25 Mitchell

Martin B-26 Marauder

Martin XB-27

North American XB-28

Boeing B-29 Superfortress

Lockheed XB-30 Constellation

Douglas XB-31 Raidmaster

Consolidated B-32 Dominator

Martin XB-33 Super Marauder

Lockheed B-34 Ventura

Northrop XB-35 Flying Wing

Convair XB-36 Peacemaker

Lockheed B-37 Lexington

Boeing-Lockheed-Vega XB-38

Boeing XB-39 Spirit of Lincoln

Boeing-Lockheed-Vega YB-40

Consolidated-Vultee XB-41

Douglas XB-42 (XA-42) Mixmaster

Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster

1934 Project-A long range bomber competition

Boeing XB-15

Martin XB-16


War-time U.S. experimental aircraft