North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco Revell 1/72 Review
The North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco was built in 1963 as a result of a tender by the Pentagon for a light-armed reconnaissance aircraft. It should have quick start properties and be up to 560 km / h. This should complement helicopters in certain areas. This aircraft should carry a load of up to 1100kg. The crew should get ejection seats. In August 1964 the decision was made in favor of the NA-300 and on July 16, 1965, the first prototype YOV-10 flew for the first time. After the first tests, the design was thoroughly revised. The span of the wing was increased and at the same time, the distance between the two motor nacelles was increased significantly. Furthermore, more powerful propeller turbines were installed.
The first OV-10A with two Garret T76-G-10/12 propeller turbines (715WäPS) was put into service on August 6, 1967. This variant could carry a payload of up to 1633 kg. Of this variant, 114 were created for the US Marine Corp and 157 for the USAF. Of these, 81 copies were lost in Vietnam. There were 64 copies of the USAF, 10 from the US Marines and seven from the US Navy (these flew ex-US Marines aircraft).
Incidentally, the OV-10B was also used as a target tug by the Air Force in Germany. Thailand, Indonesia, and Venezuela were also first-time users of variants specially built for these countries. Currently, only the Air Force of the Philippines uses some machines for military purposes.
This 1/72 scale kit of the OV-10A Bronco has nothing in common with the well-known Revell kit. It was created in Korea in 1999 and was released under the ACADEMY label. Revell now had some injection molded parts made in Korea for their own needs. In the attractive but impractical pouring box, you will find four light gray injection molded parts with 100 individual parts, a clear molded article with five parts, a decal sheet, and the very good multicolored building and painting instructions.
The injection molded parts look pretty neat at first glance. But there are weaknesses in some details. These can already be seen in the first construction steps. The ejection seats are very simple. For that, they have at least molded back straps. At least there are decals for the two instrument panels. Unfortunately, the inside of the fuselage is completely devoid of details. That’s not enough for me for a kit in LEVEL 4. At least there are currently detail sets for the OV-10A from CMK and Eduard. Before gluing the tip of the fuselage, you should definitely glue it in a counterweight. Revell mentions eight grams here.
The gun case under the fuselage looks very nice. The structure of the wing is very good. So you can find a sharp trailing edge here. ACADEMY had also implemented this for the rudder and elevator. A weak point for me is the air intake of the engine nacelles. The upper smaller air scoops are simply too strong when viewed from the front. The kit cover shows very nicely how it should look and I have added a photo of an OV-10B. I also don’t particularly like the two-part exhaust pipes, but refinements are rather difficult.
Under the small OV-10A, you can hang LAU-10 and LAU-3 missile containers, 150-gallon auxiliary containers, Mk. 82 bombs and AIM-9 Sidewinder. The latter looks a bit simple.
The small decal sheet was perfectly printed in Italy and is the real highlight of the kit. It also contains some maintenance instructions. The painting instructions are impeccably done. The color specifications, which only refer to Revell tones, are a horror for every model maker. Here you should mix the shade C from three (!) Colors. A reference to Federal Standard shades would make a lot of sense and would be very desirable for the future!
Conclusion: Revell supplies the ACADEMY kit of the OV-10A Bronco in scale under its own label. The kit fits into LEVEL 4 and is definitely recommended for the target group.