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OV-10A Bronco 6 JUNE 1970 SQN LDR Graham Neil RAAF. The man meets the model.


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Here is my 1/32 Kittyhawk OV-10A that I completed late last year.

 

This model was built to represent the aircraft that Squadron Leader Graham Neil and Flight Lieutenant Ken Semmler flew during the Vietnam war on the 6 JUNE 1970. Both of these men were pilots in the Royal Australian Air Force and were part of the group of 36 that served as FACs under the USAF during the conflict. Graham was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross for his conduct as a Forward Air Controller during this mission. I haven't had the chance to show Graham the completed model yet due to Covid19, but I was able to show him the partially completed model during its construction.

 

The model.

 

Additions:

Airscale instrument decals.

Master Pitot tube

AoA decals

Reskit wheels

AMS ejection seats

Eduard exterior photo etch

Aerobonus Helmet with hand painted Roo.

Archer raised rivet detail added to forward fuselage

 

Modifications/Scratch built items:

 

Raised cowl fasteners replaced with engraved ones.

5 x fuel caps scratch built.

Scribed the missing fuel panel on the centre of the top wing.

Scratch built the missing lower left access step.

Scratch built bomb beam inside centre pylon.

Added small bolts to front of spinners.

Scratch built cockpit access ladder.

Scratch built forward air vent in front of the windscreen.

Scratch built the air vent under observers canopy and tops of both crew canopies.

Added lots of wiring inside the cockpit.

Scratch built the throttle and pitch levers.

Scratch built canopy actuator and stay mechanisms.

Scratch built the canopy window locking mechanisms x 4.

Scratchbuilt bulkhead and armour plate behind pilots seat.

Added brake lines.

Faired in pitot tube to the nose cone.

Various antenna and aerial wire.

Scratch built stall warning tab outer right wing.

A few other things I have forgotten.

 

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The actual aircraft after the mission mentioned above:

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