Beechcraft 1900D blank illustration templates

By Norebbo •  3 min read

Up until 3 weeks ago, I guess I never really appreciated how unique the Beechcraft 1900D really is. Illustrating these blank side view templates (below) made me realize that it’s probably one of the most unique looking turboprop airliners in existence.

And by “unique” I actually mean “weird.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that, because it’s usually the weirdest looking aircraft that perform the best. They’re designed that way for a reason.

Blank side view templates of the Beechcraft 1900D

Because I knew so little about the 1900D before starting these illustrations, I naively assumed that it would be a simple fuselage extension of the King Air B200 that I already created drawings for. With some other minor tweaks of course.

It turns out that my assumptions were massively incorrect. The 1900D is unlike any other side view aircraft template that I’ve created so far.

All White Beechcraft 1900D side view

Side view illustration of an all white Beechcraft 1900D with and without the landing gear deployed

Beechcraft 1900D Line Drawing

The line drawing / blueprint version of it is the most interesting IMHO. There’s a lot of neat little details in the 1900D!

buy the Beechcraft 1900D side view template source files

The most notable design element of the 1900D is the large forehead. I realize they had to do that in order to make it so that the average person could stand upright inside, but it’s a uniquely odd design element nonetheless.

What exactly is a Beechcraft 1900D?

The 1900D is a taller variant of earlier Beechcraft 1900 models. It’s essentially the same aircraft as the 1900 and 1900C models, with the major difference being a taller ceiling. This greatly increased passenger comfort, and turned the 1900D into a more attractive option for airlines needing a versatile 19-seat turboprop aircraft for their fleets.

Of course, I mean “attractive” in a performance sense. Not visual. Defend it however you want, but I still think it’s an odd looking aircraft.

Raising the ceiling added more weight and increased the drag coefficient, so larger and more powerful engines were required (Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67D turboprops).

Winglets and a slightly larger vertical stabilizer helped to improve the aerodynamics. Frankly, the winglets alone helped to offset the weirdness of the raised ceiling IMHO.

Other neat facts about the Beechcraft 1900D

As it always seems to happen whenever I illustrate side profile aircraft templates, I learn a lot of things that helps me to appreciate it more than I did. Here are some neat little tidbits of information that I leaned while creating these 1900D templates:


My name is Scott, and I started in the design industry over 20 years ago with a bachelors degree in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. I have an extensive background in both 2D and 3D illustration, and these days, I spend a majority of my time creating aircraft templates and airliner art. I’m basically an airplane dork.

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