The OV-10A Bronco was designed as a light multipurpose attack aircraft. Its missions were to strike at ground targets, provide close air support to its troops and reconnaissance.
It could also serve as a forward observation and guidance aircraft. The plane was actively used in Vietnam by the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marines. The OV-10A Bronco’s main mission was to provide cover for U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Special Forces units, and patrol the areas where Vietnamese forces were operating. Often these aircraft performed missions formerly assigned to helicopters. While less maneuverable than helicopters, these attack aircraft had a larger payload and were less vulnerable to small arms fire.
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1/48 scale OV-10 Bronco by ICM
Another excellent kit by ICM. The model builds up into an OV-10A from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force or U.S, Marine Corps. I have built one USMC and two USAF versions. In all cases the fit was excellent and I was especially impressed with the engineering that insured proper alignment of the twin booms with no twisting or sag. The cockpits are adequately detailed for the scale and included two rear seat instrument panels which differ on the USAF version. I had only to add seat belts, parachute harnesses and survival kit belts. Absent is the ejection “D ring” on the seats between the pilots’ legs which can easily be fabricated with stretched sprue. The aircraft’s huge canopy ensures any additional cockpit detailing will not go unnoticed. The four piece canopy fits well, but assembly requires care to insure proper fit of all panels. ICM’s softer plastic make removal of the smaller parts such as antennas, landing gear, and tiny bits a delicate operation. I found both the main and nose landing gear to be a bit over-engineered with an excessive amount of small parts on the strut assemblies when one or two struts pieces would enhance the strength of the landing gear. (I used super glue to strengthen the gear.) There is insufficient space forward of the cockpit to add enough weight to counter the weight of the tail booms. I found I could add an adequate amount of lead to the nose wheel well and forward cargo area behind the second seat bulkhead to keep the nose on the ground. None of these “glitches” is insurmountable as long as you proceed forewarned. I flew the USAF variant from DaNang AB from 1971-1972, and we usually carried either the 150 gallon drop tank and two or four of the seven rocket launcher tubes. We also used a 230 gallon tank (not included) for longer missions with two of the seven-tube launchers, one on each out-board sponson station. Only VERY rarely did we carry any ordnance other than rockets and guns. I hope an after market manufacturer comes up with a laser pod, wing drop tanks, and a second seat cockpit configuration to depict the “PAVE NAIL” OV-10A.
ICM 1/48 OV-10A Bronco
The best 1/48 OV-10A kit made as of today …
Great subject matter and definitely needed a new new tooled kit
Looking forward to building it.
Good molding. Fine detail. Thorough instructions, a little complex. Overall a nice kit.
it looks its a going good kit to build i had stroke a couple of years now it takes awhile to get them done thank for the order.
1/48 ICM OV-10A Bronco
We finally have a decent kit of this amazing airplane in 1/48 scale. ICM really did a great job with this kit. I have not yet been able to build it, but the surface finish is very good with recessed panel lines as well as recessed and raised rivet detail where necessary. It also has a good selection of external armament and the decals look nice and thin with good color saturation and all in perfect register. ICM unfortunately did miss out on putting the vortex generators on the horizontal stabilizer but that is a minor point for me. Moldings are all sharp and clean with zero flash anywhere and even the mold lines around the kit are fairly small and should clean up very easily. As soon as I can clean off my work table, this little gem is going to be the first thing that I jump on. Thank you ICM for finally giving us a decent kit of this great little plane.
ICM OV-10A Bronco in 1/48 scale
I was interested in this kit for a while, but, couldn’t find it anywhere in the states. I placed it on my wish list and asked to be notified when it was stocked. Less than two weeks later I received an e-mail and I ordered it as soon as I got home, on the 19th of January and received it three days later! I’m impressed and will continue to do business with Squadron. Continue the great work guys.