1/48 Testors North American OV-10 A Bronco
VAL-4 “Black Ponies” was the only U.S.Navy group to fly OV-10’s in Viet Nam. Although they were also flown by the U.S.A.F., and U.S.M.C., I’ve always felt that this was the only group that was allowed to use the OV-10 to it’s full potential. The Bronco being my favorite aircraft, this became my favorite scheme. I had already done one decently, and decided to go all out on this one.
Many of you are familiar with the old Testors 1/48th kit. I believe there are more of those, unbuilt, sitting in closets, than Monogram B-36’s. There’s really not much to the kit which is ancient, and a direct descendant of the even older Hawk OV-10, short winged prototype. At the time I built this, there was precious little in the way of reference material, so I made my way to the nearest Air Force base to take pictures. They were very cooperative, even appreciative of my interest in their aircraft. There was no resin or PE available.
I have a list of what was done, but I won’t bore you with it, only to say a couple hundred hours later, it looked like a Bronco to me, right down to the relief tube. Between the time it was built, and these pictures were taken, there had been some major damage and repair, but it now sits in my Bronco collection. I just thought I’d post it before all the 1/32 Broncos light up the internet. Please excuse the dust !
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