Cessna O-2A “Oscar Deuce” – 1:48 (Testors/Italeri)
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.
P.S. First mission for Cessna shortly after roll-out.
Gold medal at Midway Model Meeting 2017, in Perugia (Italy). Sunday, April 30th.
11 additional images. Click to enlarge.