by David W. Aungst
The lines of the OV-10 Bronco have always appealed to me. It is a rugged looking machine with a real sense of purpose in its unique design. The choice of kits, though, to build this unique aircraft are quite limited. In 1/48th scale, the only show in town is still the Hawk/Italeri/Testors kit. This kit, however, is really not worth investing the time to make a good model of the OV-10. The list of problems with this kit starts with no cockpit and goes downhill from there, including some major proportion errors in the spacing of the tail booms where the booms are too close to the fuselage.
Enter Paragon Designs. Paragon Designs markets an update set for the OV-10A (stock #48090). This set addresses all the short comings of the Hawk/Italeri/Testors OV-10 kit and brings it up to being a significantly more accurate model of the OV-10A. After acquiring the Paragon Designs update set, I dug out an old OV-10A kit I was squirreling away in the attic and started working on it.
The Paragon Designs update set is an extensive re-engineering project for the Hawk/Testors/Italeri OV-10A kit. The set includes pieces to replace some substantial portions of the original kit as well as various details to upgrade the appearance of other portions of the kit.
In all, only about half of the original OV-10 kit is used to build the model. Paragon Designs provides the rest. The only thing not provided by Paragon Designs (that would have been nice) is the interior of the fuselage behind the cockpit, but that is not required to build a great model of the OV-10. The best part of all this is that all the new resin pieces fit with almost no issues. Only minor filling and sanding is needed (much less than would have been needed if you built the kit out-of-the-box).
Besides incorporating the Paragon Designs update set into the kit, I also did a lot of extra detailing of my own.
I used all Testors Model Master enamel paints on the model. It is finished in the standard Marine Green (F.S.34097) over Light Gull Gray (F.S.36440) with an all white wing.
For decals, the markings come from SuperScale decal sheet #48-365. The model represents an aircraft from VMO-2 based at MCAS Camp Pendleton in 1975.
Weathering is done with thinned down enamel paint washes and air brushing to highlight the panel lines and show general wear and tear on the airframe. A final pass with silver dry-brushing rounds out the weathering.
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