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Cessna O-2A “Oscar Deuce” – 1:48 (Testors/Italeri)

April 17, 2017 in Aviation

Hi all,
following my previous articles about Vietnam era helicopters, this is time for a fixed-wing!
In late ‘60s USAF introduced twin-powered Cessna O-2A to replace single engine Cessna O-1 (my next project).
Testors/Italeri kit is acceptable but almost basic. It needed a lot of improvements that they absorbed me for 6 months and 293 hours of real work.
Cockpit with avionics rack and rear junction box is fully self-made (… except for cloches).
Continental IO-360 engine is coming by 2 sets of edited Lycoming taken from old Esci Cessna 172 kits to set up a 6 pistons propeller.
Firewall bulkhead, front gear bay and plates are made by styrene. Rivets and panels were rescribed for the whole aircraft.
Pilot is freely inspired by actor Danny Glover who played the role of Capt. Clark ‘Bird Dog’ in BAT21 movie.
The real aircraft is now preserved at National Museum of USAF, Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio.
Cheers, Alessandro
Rome, Italy

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17 responses to Cessna O-2A “Oscar Deuce” – 1:48 (Testors/Italeri)

  1. Fantastic…..great looking model.

  2. Very nice build and a good .subject. Waiting on Rodens 1/32 release will get one for sure.

  3. Very nicely finished and presented, Alessandro….a great job indeed!

  4. Skymaster was the first motor plane that got me up in the air (right after Nam). This model is a perfect reminder of that fantastic first flight.
    Very tasty details and perfect display. Great work – fantastico! Thank you also for these fine detailed photos.
    Sign me up for the 1/32 !

  5. Very nice detailing on this. Excellent results!

  6. Superb model, Alessandro. Great workmanship and a fine looking model for your cabinet. I know there aren’t too many folks who enjoy this sort of subject but I really like these ‘second line’ types… wish there was a contemporary 1:48 kit of the O-2 (and the O-1).

    Ian.

  7. I’m with Ian, time for a newer, more comprehensive one. This O-2 was a Hawk kit, back at the end of the 60s, about at the time of their F-5 and OV-10 and Lysander. It’s a shell. I’m thinking 1967, myself. Pre Army.
    That said, marvelous work on it!

  8. A silk purse from a sow’s ear!

  9. Very nice work, the display base really sets off the model.

  10. Alessandro, this is absolutely beautiful! Your detail work is superb.

    Thanks for sharing. I like that you compared it to the O-2 from BAT 21, an outstanding movie with an outstanding cast.

  11. One of the best I’ve seen. Great work !

  12. Nicely done ! Looks great.

  13. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Very nice work on this one Alessandro, your detailing work is well achieved and really sets this model apart.

  14. Thanks all for your kind words!
    Alex

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