1/48 Testors Rockwell OV-10 Bronco

Gallery Article by RSK48, Rafael on Jan 23 2020



Rockwell OV-10 Bronco Venezuelan Air Force

The Venezuelan Air Force (FAV) initially bought 16 Bronco OV-10E, in 1973; later in 1991, 18 additional planes were acquired.  This aircraft proved to be very effective for COIN (counterinsurgency) operations. In 1992 they had a very active participation in the military coup attempt, during which four Broncos were shot down, two of them by F-16A fighter jets.  In 2009, new four-bladed propellers were installed on the aircraft that were still operational, and were used in surveillance & support operations.

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To build this model use old Testors kit, in 1/48 scale, which is very poor in detail, however you can get very good results by adding many missing details. The entire cockpit was totally scratchbuilt, including the two pilotsí seat, front and rear instruments panels; also, the wheels bays, all antennas and radars, machine guns and others. 

The bombs and missiles are from other kits; cockpits windows were cut (split) and other details added; all necessary to turn it into an OV-10E. The paints used are acrylic by Model Master, and all decals are custom, homemade.

RSK48, Rafael

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