OV-10D Bronco in "VF-84 tribute" paint scheme
It took me about 8 months to finish this Bronco in my favorite navy camouflage.
If you wonder why I made up this scheme - this is my last build for my friend and he did not want to get Bronco in desert or boring gray camouflage scheme.
I know he loves VF-84 colors therefore I decided to surprise him with this unique scheme, never seen on Bronco.
The kit is no ingeneering miracle. It requires a lot of patient, measurements, dry fittings and some innovation to keep together - especially wing structure is very weak and must be strenghten by some plastic or metal rods.
Putting the fuselage together was the same pain - I do not know why, but Kittyhawk split fuselage into 2 parts just where no panel line should be and the surface must be perfecly flat - that took me hours to make it perfect.
For some time I was worried about the plane balance, but it is OK - I filled the nose with lead balls - they are even under instrument panel!
Well, put these obstacles aside, it was very nice and interesting build with impressive "glass" cockpit with many added wiring and re-worked seats, which are quite inaccurate in the kit.
Wheel bays were also "equipped" with wires, but they are OK right from the box, because there is not much wires in real.
One of the most visible inaccuracy of the kit is - except of seats - missing rear bottom step, which must be made from the base. I re-worked them all, because they were very simple anyway.
It was very difficult last year for me and I am very glad that - not only - this build is over, although I enjoyed it.
Besides that I was finishing my new appartment (yes, I was doing everything by myself - just with my wife) with big and very comfortable workbench with new lights, big desk, a lot of shelfs, spraybox and so on. I can return to my main scale 1:48 now.
I am looking forward to start new kit here and present it soon on imodeler!
Take care everybody and enjoy every build you do!
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