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The Grosse Louis

A Victorian Science Fiction Balloon


The Grosse Louis was designed and constructed in response to the tragic loss of the renowned explorer Hugues Baschet and his friend Professor Théophile Picard during their daring attempt to explore the interior of French Congo by balloon.   Launched June 23rd 1899 from Brazzaville on the Congo River their free balloon drifted Northeast over the jungle and disappeared.   This left Henri Félix de Lamothe, the Govenor of the Colony and the directors of the Société commerciale coloniale de la Mamberé-Sangha holding the bag for the cost of the lost balloon, with nothing to show for it. So they did as governments have always done.  They threw more money at the problem.


February  10th of 1901 saw the first flight of Le Grosse Louis, a daring new rigid  dirigible powered by an experimental liquid paraffin engine rated at 75 horse power. The new balloon was a success, making many exploration flights over the jungles of central Africa.  


Reviresco’s kit of this amazing colonial wonder weapon in 1/64th scale is over 20 inches long and has room for seven 28mm figures in its large basket.   The easy to build downloadable  kit consists of  six sheets plus instructions.   The Balloon’s crew consisting of four French Senegalese Tirailleurs  one officer and an engineer, plus cast metal wheels and assessories is available from Reviresco   

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July 21, 2015
This title was added to our catalog on July 21, 2015.