I was looking at the Martin B-10/B-12 and I can't help but notice some similarities the forward fuselage has to the Avro-Lancaster's. Think about it, the nose cone is located relatively low with a turret up top, with a canopy located above and behind it. You could easily morph the nose of the B-10 into a Lancaster's nose.
Well wouldn't it be interesting if Martin decided rather than create a modified B-10 (Modified Model 146)
, to build something like an American Lancaster to rival the B-17 and B-18? There would inevitably be some differences including the following
- Engines: 4 x V-1710's or 4 x R-1830's
- Cockpit: 2 pilots instead of a single pilot
- Probably some differences in wing design.
- Landing Gear: Forward folding rather than aft folding, and a nose-gear (The XB-16 featured this)
- Different wing design: Maybe something similar in overhead to a Supermarine Sea-Fire F.46 (admittedly this doesn't look much different than the Martin 146)
- Tail-fin design: More like the B-24 or B-25
What do you guys think?