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Martin Dytrych
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OV-10D Bronco in "VF-84 tribute" paint scheme

August 31, 2020 · in Aviation · · 24 · 3.3K

It took me about 8 months to finish this in my favorite 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 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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24 responses

  1. That's a treat to look at, Martin! I'm sure your friend will love this unusual mashup. It looks totally unique compared to any Bronco I'll ever see... Love the tail booms.. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is a wonderful build, Martin!
    You did a meticulous job with the challenging Kittyhawk kit. There are so many details I cannot stop looking at.
    The whatif scheme makes it very unique!
    Congratulations on your new appartment and upgraded workbench.
    Waiting for your next post!

  3. Outstanding build! I love unusual subjects, and you have been able to make it even more unique. Congrats!

  4. Nicely done, looks great!

  5. Martine paráda,gratuluji

  6. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    This one is a real show stopper, very well done Martin.
    All the extra details standout and were well worth it.
    Nice scheme.

    • Thank you De4ever, I am just afraid that it is not seeing any show anymore.
      There was some intention to show the whole collection at Bratislava international airport and invite local TV, but I think it will not happen.

  7. You gave this wonderful plane an even more wonderful look, Martin.
    Fantastic build.

  8. Really beautiful, Phantastic build ?

  9. Wow - that one is a stunner! Love all the details, and what a scheme for a Bronco! I'm about to start a Desert Storm Bronco soon for the DS build, and yours will be a nice reference!

  10. Wonderful build and great subject matter.

  11. Love it! Skull and bones suits the Bronco 🙂 Great work!

  12. Wow, I am speechless! Bravo!

  13. Excellent! The cockpit detail blows me away! So does your presentation.

  14. It certainly would have made the movie Final Countdown dogfights a bit more dramatic.

    Excellent work.

  15. I love this build, Fantastic Paint Job, very very nice indeed.

  16. Wow! 😳 Amazing work Martin @naviatik, just amazing! 🍻

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