Azur’s 1/72 Breguet 27

By Chris Banyai-Riepl


Quoting from the instructions (which is the only reference I’ve found so far on this odd little French plane): The Breguet 278 prototype first flew on February 23rd 1929.  This all-metal two-seat observation sesquiplane was mostly built of steel.  It was powered by a 500hp Hispano-Suiza 12Hb.  A VIP transport cabin type was also built.  A reconnaissance bomber variant with the 860hp Hispano-Suiza 12Y brs carrying 400kg of bombs, the Breguet 273 was developed in 1934, and sold to China and Venezuela, while a few 27s had been sold to Brazil and Venezuela.  Many observation units of the Armée de l’Air were flying the type in 1936, eleven of them still having some at the beginning of WWII.  Some missions were flown before the planes were withdrawn from first line units because of their vulnerability to German fighters.  A few remained in service after the Armistice.

The Kit

This latest from Azur features a combination of injection plastic, vacuformed acetate and cast resin parts, with a nice decal sheet providing a total of three options.  The plastic parts are very well molded and are of the long run type now seen in MPM kits.  The resin pieces are nicely cast and add a great deal of detailing to the kit.  Both variants are included in the kit, with the most noticeable difference being in the upper section of the cowling.   Azur answers this difference by providing two complete fuselages in the kit.  The rest of the kit is the same between the two, so let’s take a look at the insides.

The interior is what the majority of the resin parts are for, so be prepared for a lot of resin cleanup here.  The arrangement in the fuselage is an interesting one, with a central beam supporting the pilot and observer’s seat.  There’s a control stick on both the front and rear cockpit, as well as matching rudder pedals.  The sidewalls are also resin and have lots of detail, including the door on the left side.  It would have been nice if Azur had molded this door as open to help show off some of this detailing, but a careful bit of work with your knife can open this up if you wish.  The instrument panel and throttle quadrant are also separate.  The front seat includes a mounting point for the radio on the back.  Once all of this is put in place you’ll have a very busy-looking office.

By this time you’ve already decided on which version you’re doing, as you have to attach the sidewalls to the specific fuselage halves.  The export Breguet features a resin radiator face and both fuselages have holes for the individual resin exhaust stubs.  The propeller is made up from a resin hub and plastic blades.  Once the fuselage is together the next step is to attach the clear parts, at least the forward windscreen as this piece provides an attachment point for the upper wing.  This is vacuformed and fairly thin.  This, coupled with its vertical arrangement makes for an interesting joint that will be tough to fill both on the fuselage and on the upper wing so you’ll want to dry fit this piece over and over until it is absolutely perfect.

The flying surfaces are the next step with this kit and being a sesquiplane we’ll look at the small wing first.  This is split into an upper and a lower half, with mounting points for the landing gear.  The landing gear is fairly basic, with the wheels molded integrally with the pants and split into right and left halves.  These have a peg that fits into a matching hole in the wing.  The completed wing then fits into the cutout in the finished fuselage.  Moving slightly aft, the vertical fin is molded with the rear tail boom and this assembly is split into a right and left half.  The one-piece stabilizer fits onto the rear of this, while the one-piece tailwheel gets stuck on the bottom.  After that all that’s left is the upper wing, also split into an upper and a lower half.  A total of six strut pieces support this wing (as well as that center canopy section) and there are a couple of drawings showing the alignment of the struts.  There is no front view, however, so you’ll have to trust the locating holes to get things lined up properly that way.

The decal sheet is well printed by Propagteam and is in excellent register.  There’s two French options and one Chinese.  The first French example is a Breguet 27 of GAO 518, while the second example is a Breguet 27 of an unknown unit seen at Orly in June of 1940.  Both are finished in khaki overall with the engine nacelle in silver.  The first example features the unit emblem on the rear fuselage as seen on the boxtop, while the second has a fuselage roundel with a white bar.  The third example is the Chinese Breguet 270 and it too is painted in khaki overall with a silver engine nacelle.  Roundels are on the wings while the rudder is striped blue and white.  A large white ‘1302’ is on the fuselage sides.


If you’re wanting something really bizarre on your shelf that’ll be simple to paint, this might be for you.  There will be some challenges in construction, mainly due to the full resin interior and the odd wing arrangement, but careful assembly will pay off in the end and you’ll have something that will leave people asking ‘what IS that?”.

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