Static OV 10 Bronco Models

It is often lamented that there is no really accurate plastic kit of an OV-10. However, there are some good add-on kits available to bring the existing kits pretty close to accurate. (Thanks to Bruce Heise for much of the static model info)

News Flash: According to the April 2001 issue of FineScale Modeler magazine, Academy will release the long-awaited D version of their Bronco kit in June 2001. It’s basically going to be their A-model kit with a different nose (and hopefully exhaust stacks) – it will likely be far superior to the old Airfix and the Hasegawa “Long Nose” kits. No word yet on what markings will be available. (Thanks to Joe Copalman for the heads-up!)

  • Testors makes a 1/48 scale kit of the OV-10A. This kit is unfortunately not all that accurate or detailed, but it is widely available. Ed Fernane informs us that this is just a rehash of the orginial Hawk kit put out many years ago, which was done in chrome plate. (Ed should know, he has one. But he is NOT interested in selling it, dern it!)
  • Paragon Designs makes conversion sets to convert the Testors Bronco into an OV-10D or into a better OV-10A.
  • Revell has re-released their 1/72 scale OV-10A Bronco from the early 70s. Same model, but instead of Vietnam vintage illustrations on the box cover it looks more like Desert Storm.
  • If you can find it, German Revell makes the OV-10B target tug.
  • Hasegawa makes a 1/72 scale OV-10A (USMC VMO-2 or USAF 19th TASS 51st TFW) and an OV-10D (Kit number DT108.) The D-model is the same kit as the A, but with a white metal D nose, to be placed after cutting off the A nose. The old decals are still there, but this kit includes new markings for VMO-2 (Light grey/blue grey scheme – Desert Storm), VMO-1 (Dark green/med. grey scheme), and VMO-2 and H&MS-36 in overall FS 34097 Field Green. (Thanks to Brad Hoskin for this bit of info!)
  • Airfix in England produced a 1/72 scale kit of an OV-10D NOGS. Unfortunately, the kit is now out of production. (Thanks to Chris Spinnler for this info.)
  • Academy has released an OV-10A kit in 1/72nd scale and “is clearly better than any of the other offerings in this scale.” It come with a wealth of underwing stores, and comes with Vietnam-era markings for a Marine and US Air Force Bronco. The Air Force markings even feature a shark mouth. The moldings hint to a D model to come later. There are molded cut-outs for the chaff boxes in the tail booms and the nose assembly is separate so that a D model nose can be attached. (Thanks to Kyle Williams for this info.) Other sources have said it has some inaccuracies, but is not a bad kit overall.

DONT MISS THIS!! David W. Aungst used two Testors kits with the Paragon conversion kit to make a great before-and-after OV-10A/OV-10D project. Then he documented it with great pictures and webpages, and allowed us to repost it here for you. Neat stuff to be sure. Read his review pages!

Decals for Plastic Models:
(Thanks to Brad Hoskin for most of this info!)

SuperScale Decals Available:

1/72 scale

Sheet Number 72-552:

Marines: VMO-4
USAF: 1st SOW, 20th TASS, 4410 CCTW

Sheet Number 72-160:
Marines: VMO-2, VMO-1, H&MS-12
Sheet Number 72-553:
Marines: VMO-2

1/48 Scale

Sheet Number 48-364:
Marines: HML-267, VMO-2
Sheet Number 48-365:
Marines: VMO-2

ESCI made a few sheets for the Bronco, but they have been out of production for a long time and are rather hard to find.


  • K & A Models is offering a Speed-400 sized electric OV-10A model, described on page 135 of the November 1999 issue of Model Aviation magazine. Construction is all built-up with many vacuum-formed parts (cowls, cargo door, turtledecks) and has a clear canopy with raised frame lines. This model is designed for two 6V S-400 motors with a 1700 mAH battery and three mini- or micro-servos. The wing uses a NACA 2412 airfoil. This plane has a 42.5 inch wingspan, 335 in2 wing area, 16-18 oz/ft2wing loading, flying weight 38-42 oz. Look for kit number 10133. There was a review of this by Terry McGill in the February 2000 E-Zone online magazine, which is pretty much the source for electric model info. The review is posted here. Terry has given your webmaster a fair bit of advice on his own similar scratch-designed OV-10 model. Check it out!
  • Hobby Hangar offers fellow Indian River Kontrol Society member Rich Uravitch’s design for .25 size engines, with a wingspan of 51 inches. This is a fairly well-known model (the design having initially appeared as an article in Model Aviation magazine) Reports are that this airplane flies well as designed, but it is somewhat heavy for electric power without going on a significant diet. It is not exact scale, but it doesn’t look too bad either… this could have some possibilities for neat detailing.
  • Palmer Plans offers a 96 inch wingspan (1/5 scale) exact-scale OV-10A, details are at the URL All balsa/plywood construction, “Plans were derived, unmodified, from factory drawings.” Wing area is 1670.4 square inches, weight is just under 16 lbs., wing loading is 22 oz./sq.ft., and it’s designed to be powered by counter-rotating Saito FA-80’s or .91’s. The wingtips and booms are removable, so it’s 47 in. wide for transport. Details are provided to build it as a D model. Retracts and fiberglass parts are available from other suppliers. Plans consist of four 36 x 72 in. sheets, and cost $74 (sold direct only.)Also available from Palmer are scale details of the cockpit interior on a 35×66 in. sheet, which includes templates & details of ejection seats, pilot’s instrument panel, left & right consoles, joy stick, observers consoles, & many illustrations from the Natops Flight Manual (Navair O1-6GCB-1.) There is also a booklet having numerous illustrations, photos, & text (excerpted from the Flight Manual) of all elements required to build a quality scale interior. The cockpit detail drawings and booklet is $35.00. Tell Dan we sent ya!
  • Jerome Sigur writes of another set of plans: I’ve had some really old plans (30 yrs. old) by Frank Capan for a few years but put off building it due to the fact that everything needed to be redesigned for todays R/C. It’s gonna be about 855-900 sq inches (depending on what will fit in my truck). I’m basically using the old plans for outline. Got the booms framed up so far. Dunno about power yet, either .45 two strokes or .70 four strokes. Thanks Jerry, keep us updated! These plans are available from Model Airplane News’s plans service ( as plan number FSP09681 for about $25.
  • Bob Rogers writes of a set of Control-Line plans: I have a set of scale plans copyrighted 1964. It is for control line and a pair of .049 to .09 engines. They were put out by Hobby Helpers, who are long out of business. If anyone would be interested in a copy, I could get them copied and mailed out. Just have them call me. Bob Rogers, 217-832-7055

Hopefully all those pictures that people had mentioned on the E-Flight list will reappear soon, now that there is a Bronco site for them to live on. So folks, send them in if you have any, and also tell us a little bit about the model. Like full-scale planes, most models have a bit of a story to be told!

Now… on to the pictures! Click Here To View

This whole Bronco thing started with my idea that it would be a neat subject for my first electric-powered radio-controlled model. I did some checking on the Internet, and there wasn’t that much available… so here we are!! As of this writing (Feb. 2000) I have just started construction… it will have a 44 inch wingspan (1/11 scale) and it will be powered by two Speed 400 motors. Should be fun, when I get further you’ll hear it here or on my favorite Internet model resource, The E-Zone, first!

There are many people here that are interested in the OV-10 as a modeling subject, not only for R/C but for static display and for free flight as well. If you have built an OV-10 model of any sort, we would all like to hear about it and see some pictures! So send them in!!

Lately, there has been increased interest in the Bronco within modeling circles (everyone finally caught on to how neat it is!) so we have separated these pages into three sections covering general model info, flying models, and static models.

Scale Details and Documentation Sources

Of course, all the sections of this site contain useful scale details. However, here are some items that may be of particular use to modelers:

  • U.S. Air Force Technical Order 1-1-4 defines how all service aircraft are to be marked, from camouflage patterns down to stencils and insignia, and everything in between. A 1994 version, which dates back some ways, covers all current aircraft at that time including the OV-10 (and some other neat planes like the F-106 and F-4.) The original was found at the WR-ALC/TILTA Tech Data Home Office site, which is VERY slow. Therefore, we’ve posted a local copy here. This is a large (5.5 MB) PDF file, but has a lot of great information.
  • Our State Department / BATF section has lots of scale details of active (and unusual) D-model Broncos.
  • The Technical page has 3-views and manufacturer dimensional data.
  • Don’t forget to look at OV-10 related books!