Breda

Based in Milan Breda was at one time one of largest aircraft companies in Italy. One of its subsidaries was I.M.A.M. who are covered elsewhere. It started aircraft construction in 1917 in order to fufill a contract for 600 Caproni triplane bombers. Production of their own aircraft began in 1922.

Breda 19. A 1932 biplane design used as a trainer by the Regia Aeronautica. Its aerobatic excellence made it a popular display aircraft. The sole extant Breda 19 is preserved at the Caproni Musuem in Trento. Choroszy has produced a neat 1/72 resin kit of his type. The first image is the model I built for a SAMI review article.

Breda 25. This 1930s biplane trainer was the most important and widely used trainer in the Regia Aeronautica. Powered by an Alfa Romeo radial engine, numerous versions were built and Choroszy have kitted two 1/72 resin kits, a single and a two seat. They are better quality compared to the Aerodim 1/72 kit which is now OOP.

Breda 27. An early example of a braced low-winged monoplane, this 1934 fighter design was built for export and only China ever placed an order. The Choroszy 1/72 resin kit is one of their first products but is still worth a look, as are the two AZ Models 1/72 injection moulded kits which cover the prototype and Chinese variants. The second image on the right is the Choroszy model.

Breda 28. This aircraft was a Breda 25 equipped with a more powerful Piaggio Stella radial engine. Choroszy has two 1/72 resin kits of this aircraft in their catalogue, a single and two seater.

Breda 33. A very popular monoplane sport/touring design of the 1930’s. Dujin released two versions of this aircraft in 1/72 resin, as seen in the third and fourth image on the right, both of which were built for a SAMI review. They are now OOP.

Breda 39. A variant of the Ba.33 sport/tourer aircraft with increased performance and dimensions. They had a limited role in the Regia Aeronautica. Both Dujin and Choroszy released 1/72 resin kits of this aircraft. The fifth image is the Choroszy kit built for a SAMI review.

Breda 44. Almost a clone of the Dragon Rapide although with sufficient variation to suggest otherwise. Planet Models released a neat 1/72 resin kit that could be made into a nice model, despite a lack of good internal detail.

Breda 64. This multi-role aircraft design was the precursor to the more widely known Ba 65 design that followed. Choroszys fascination with Breda aircraft continues as they have produced two versions of the Ba 64. They are very well detailed 1/72 resin kits but some parts need careful preparation. The sixth image shows one of these kits built for a SAMI review.

Breda 65. This aircraft is an upgraded version of the Ba 64 with ‘increased’ performance. However, the K14 variant suffered from heavy controls and slow speed thanks to its underpowered PIaggio K14 radial engine. The A80 had more power, thanks to the FIAT A80 radial but it could not cope with the hot & dusty conditions of the North African desert campaign during WWII. Probably due to its distinctive appearance it has been a popular modelling subject. The best example is the 1/48 Special Hobby A80 kit. Three types can be built, the original two-seater, the single seater and the turreted export version. They do have missing or incorrect detail however. For example, the insert for the ‘monoposto’ version does not have any panel line detail and the distinctive carb intakes that should sit over the cowling are incorrect. Earlier A80 kits in this scale were the RCR and Warrior resin kits, which are for collectors only. No 1/48 K14 types are known. An A80 to K14 conversion would require a lot of work as there are many differences. In 1/72, the AZ Models A80 injection moulded kit is the best choice. Other kits in this scale are the Azur K14 and RCR A80. The second to last image on the right is the 1/48 Warrior A80 model built a number of years before the Special Hobby kit release. I should have waited as it needed a lot of work to correct!

Breda 88. Despite early promise and a sleek appearance, the Ba.88 was not a great success. It was found to be unsuitable for combat once fitted out. Stripped of all useful armament & spare parts, they were said to be reduced to the role of airfield decoys! The best kit is the MPM 1/72 injection moulded kit which has since been re-released under the Special Hobby brand. The 1/48 Warrior resin kit is worth tracking down if only because is the sole model in this scale. Both Czech Models and Planet Models released 1/72 resin kits in the past but current availability is not known. The last image on the right is the Warrior kit. I followed the kit instructions to the letter but the scheme is wrong as it was only used on the B88M 'tipo definitivo' prototype that had extended wings and Fiat A74 engines in place of the Piaggios.

Breda 201. This was a prototype dive bomber with cranked wings that showed much promise during development. It did not make it into service as the Regia Aeronautica had sufficient Stukas on strength. The Cunarmodels 1/72 resin kit is worth tracking down, being a faithful model. Italiankits sometimes has this model in their catalogue.