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OV-10D Bronco

BuNo 155483 in 1992

Manufacture:

Hawk / Italeri / Testors

Title / Subject:

OV-10A Bronco (converted to an OV-10D Bronco)

Scale:

1/48

Stock Number:

Hawk: 567, Italeri: 807, Testors: 506

 

I have always like the lines of the OV-10 Bronco. Until recently, though, the choice of kits to build this unique aircraft have been quite limited. In 1/48th scale, the only show in town was the Hawk/Italeri/Testors kit. This kit was really not worth investing the time to make a good model of the OV-10. The list of problems with this kit started with no cockpit and went downhill from there.

Enter Paragon Designs. Paragon Designs markets a conversion set for the OV-10D (stock #48091). This set addresses all the short comings of the Hawk/Italeri/Testors OV-10 kit as well as converting the stock kit to the OV-10D configuration. After acquiring the Paragon Designs conversion set, I dug out an old OV-10 kit I was squirreling away in the attic and started working on it.

The key to me working on this model was the Paragon Designs conversion set. This set is an extensive re-engineering project for the Hawk/Testors/Italeri OV-10 kit. The set includes pieces to replace some substancial portions of the original kit in addition to the pieces that convert the kit to an OV-10D.

In all, only about half of the original OV-10 kit is used to build the model. Paragon Designs provides the rest. The only thing not provided by them (that would have been nice) is the interior of the fuselage behind the cockpit. The best part is that all the new resin pieces fit with almost no issues. Only minor filling and sanding is needed (much less than would have been needed to build the kit out-of-the-box).

Besides incorporating the Paragon Designs conversion set into the kit, I also did a lot of extra detailing of my own.

I used all Testors Model Master enamel paints on the model. It is finished in the three tone camouflage of Marine Green (F.S.34097), Dark Ghost Gray (F.S.36320), and Flat Black (F.S.37038).

For decals, the markings are from the SuperScale decal sheet #48-364 with data markings taken from the Testors kit decals as well as some custom decals printed by me on my PC and laser printer. Some of the OV-10D markings were masked and painted to create the positive / negative appearance needed for things like the "MARINES" markings on the tail booms. The model represents an aircraft from VMO-2 based at MCAS Camp Pendleton in 1992.

Weathering is done with thinned down enamel paint washes and air brushing to highlight the panel lines and show general wear and tear on the airframe. A final pass with silver dry-brushing rounds out the weathering.

 

 

Project Statistics

Completion Date:

9 November 1996

Total Building Time:

97.0

 

Research:

5.5

This time includes time spent investigating the positive / negative markings of the US Marine tri-color camouflage scheme.

Construction:

13.8

 

Painting:

29.1

 

Decals / Markings:

10.5

This time includes time spent creating and printing my own custom decals.

Extra Detailing / Conversion:

38.1

 

 

 

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DWA
(c) 1999 David W Aungst
Last revised: 22 June 1999 at 12:30 PM


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