Category Breguet XIX Super Bidon

Breguet XIX Super Bidon – Introduction

The Breguet XIX was a very popular inter-war aircraft. More than 2000 were built. The aircraft that interest me here are the Breguet XIXs that were modified for long-distance flights. These special “Grand Raid” models had up to 3000 litre of fuel capacity and were used to break many distance records. Examples are:

Br-19 – “Jesus del Gran Poder”

  • Tour of Spain
  • Sevilla (Spain) – Naziryah (Iraq)
  • Basora (Turkey) – Madrid (Spain)
  • Sevilla (Spain) – Bahia (Brazil)
  • Around South America
  • Madrid (Spain) – Casa Blanca (Marokko)
  • Madrid (Spain) – Rome (Italy)

Br-19 GR (Grand Raid) – “Nungesser et Coli”

  • Paris (France) – Tunis (Tunesia)
  • Paris (France) – Tokyo (Japan)
  • Paris (France)- St-Louis (USA)
  • Paris (France)- Omsk (USSR)
  • Paris (France)- Djask (USSR)
  • Paris (France)- Calcutta (India)

Br-19 TR Bidon

  • Paris (France) – Beijing (China)
  • Sevilla (Spain) – Bahia (Brazil)

Br-19 TF Super Bidon “Cuatro Vientos”

  • Sevilla (Spain) – Havanna (Cuba)

Br-19 TF Super Bidon – “Point d’Interrogation”

  • New York (USA) – San Francisco (USA) – New York (USA)
  • Paris (France) – Acores (Spain) – Paris (France)
  • Paris – Tsitsikar (Manchuria)
  • Hanoi (Vietnam) – Paris (France)

Actually, I would like to model three of these, simply because they are so historically important, but it will probably have to be either the “Jesus del Gran Poder”, “Nungesser et Coli” or “Point d’Interrogation”.


Specifications (long distance versions)

Crew: 2
Length: 9.61 m / 10.6 m
Wingspan: 14.83 m / 15.90m / 18.30 m
Height: 3.69 m / 4.08 m
Maximum speed: 185 km/h
Powerplant: Various
Fuel Capacity: > 3000 l
Range: > 4000 km

Breguet XIX Super Bidon – 3-Views

I have found a set of 3-views for “Point d’Interrogation” online. It’s not all that detailed, but it will do. Together with knowledge about the formers, and a huge pile of photos, I should be ready to go.



Breguet XIX Super Bidon – Fuselage

The 3-view was quite poor – the dimensions on the 3 views did not really line up. After a couple of hours of cleaning up the 3-view, I have started doing the model. I follow my “normal” way here, i.e. draw flat top and side views and then “glue” them together in Alibre.

I then started drawing the fuselage formers. This went remarkably fast.


Breguet XIX Super Bidon – Scale Size

This aircraft was a long-distance flyer, and had extremely long wings. I have started drawing the aircraft at 1:5, which gives a decent size fuselage (1.92 m), but a wing-span of 3.66 m, which is ridiculously huge. I have decided to go with a scale of 1:10. All the work done will have to be scaled before I can continue.


Breguet XIX Super Bidon – Longerons

The fuselage is now done, complete with crutch and longerons.


Breguet XIX Super Bidon – Bummer!

Unfortunately this aircraft has a canvas covered fuselage and I forgot to count the number of longerons. So, I got to do it all over again.

Breguet XIX Super Bidon – Fixed!

Finally the correct number of longerons – 21.


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