Monday, March 9

Taming the Bronco – Kittyhawks’ 32nd OV-10 review PT. II Painting and weathering…

Kittyhawk’s latest kit of the OV-10 Bronco is half completed on François and Nic’s combined working bench. This 32nd scale kit has already been constructed and we have seen some delicate cockpit and engine work – now for painting and weathering this cool looking aircraft. All this and final thoughts in Part II in this build.

Build Review: OV-10D
Kittyhawk Models
1/32nd scale
Available through Kittyhawk’s Distributors Worldwide

Part I the build is here

We’re back with the Bronco! In our first part of the build we left of when the construction was about done and the cockpit and canopy were masked off…

To paint the Bronco, we only needed to use 4 shades of Revell Aqua Color: Light Grey 76, Medium Grey 43, black and white. We mixed quite a lot of shades with these 4 colours to get some life in the kit, though.
First up: a layer of Hellgrau and white.
Next was a mix of Medium Grey and Light Grey to get the camo on. We mixed the paint with simple tap water – it’s surprising how easy this paint works!
Some panels received a different shade and with some very thin layers, some streaks were made on the fuselage. Livens thing up a little, doesn’t it?
Post-its were used to mask off some panels and with a highly diluted mix of medium grey and black, panel edges were sprayed.
After this, the kit looked a bit too artificial, so a little freehand post-shading was done.
The vertical tails of this Kitty Hawk release are very nicely done with beautiful casted panel lines and rivets, but also with some raised panel, just waiting be be weathered. This is what the starboard tail looks like, just painted.
Cockpit looks not bad inside a painted fuselage...The basics are good but you can see that the extras we added (probably not unlike they did in the real thing) add so much more detail and allow for colour variation and bring a lot of interest to this area.
Around this time, some of the other parts got a coat of paint as well: engine covers, landing bay doors, canopy parts...
The bronco is about painted here, and because the layers go on very thin, there is still loads of paint left. Although it isn't used in a lot of build you might see I think I like this Revell Aqua Color – it sure won’t be the last kit that will be painted with it!
Next: a layer of future. I always use a big flat brush to do 2 or 3 layer to make sure the finish is smooth for the decals. The instructions will guide us for the right position of each decal.
The decals provided by Kitty Hawk are extremely thin, and just like with the T-6 very fragile. If you’ve never built a kit from this brand, make sure to be careful with them. The decals are nice, but maybe just a little too fragile for my taste; once on the kit it is hard to move them and make sure they don’t fold before they are on the kit, because very hard to unfold them. Again: very nice once on the model, but care has to be taken when handling them!
Because they are extremely thin, the decals settle in every little detail: in every panel line, rivet of recessed detail.
With all decals placed, another couple of layers of future is brushed on. Now we were ready for the weathering?
Sometimes thing get really "dirrrdy" and so a wash was applied with Winsor & Newton water colours. All you need is a good, soft brush.
I used to do every panel line carefully, but that’s a bit silly actually. Nowadays, I just make a big mess and let the paint dry completely before I remove all the excess with a damp cloth.
No need to go easy...
When you wipe off the excess paint, every little panel line, rivet and detail will be visible to good effect. This is where you see how nicely detailed this new Kitty Hawk kit really is!
All the separate painted parts get the same treatment. Moments after this photo was taken, we lost one nose wheel door. No dog in sight, just Nicolas. I’m sure he didn’t eat it, but even after going through his entire office, no door was found. Only one thing left to do: scratch a new one!
All the canopy parts got their share of wash and weathering too!
With the kit painted and first weathering done, parts like the canopy framing and the gear received some attention (and extra scratched detail).
How ‘bout those legs? The main gear got detailed, painted, washed and chipped.
Here is the front port canopy window all detailed and painted. This will look good on the finished model!
While this was being done, François painted and weathered the weapons we were going to hang under our Bronco. We think the sidewinders especially turned out very nice; each missile consists of 7 parts! It’s a bit of work, but they have a very prominent position on the model, so it’s worth the effort.
François did a stellar job on the tiny engine exhausts. First Alclad II metal paint, followed by transparent layers of brown and blue. Next a wash and some weathering with this as a result:
Painting the engine is a little tricky, because you can only do this when the kit is already painted. So, careful masking is required. We added quite a bit of detail to the engine, and with some patience the effort paid off!
It was about time to start sticking on the details of the kit now... still have to do the front gear though.
Landing gear and doors go on...
Engine’s looking good too by this stage - painted chipped and weathered with fuel stains and grime it really is a great looking attribute on this kit.
We noticed in a picture of the real Bo No. 55479 that we were depicting that the antennas were painted black, so we had some last minute masking and painting to do.
Now it was about time to get the last details done and glue the canopy windows with all their detail. Very fragile work, so in came the aid of Dr. Pepper!
Cockpit looks good underneath the glass roof, no? See the nice pull down steps and the remove before flight tag in the cockpit? Those came from Eduard. Details like this and the extra work we added into the base cockpit adds so much to a completed kit. You do not need resin aftermarket to make this kit stunning - just some hard work on the bench.
There was one guy in the team responsible for the remove before flight tags, and boy did he put a lot of those! Here he is ready to hang on yet another one!
So, when he was done, the kit was done as well. This is what Kitty Hawk’s Bronco looks like after a couple of weeks of hard work:
This 1/32 scale Bronco is simply the best kit Kitty Hawk has produced so far. Mind you, it is a handful – it’s not a walk in the park like some other kits are. This is the second twin boom aircraft I’ve done and each time, it was a lot of work, but boy, do they stand out!
Kitty Hawk has done a marvellous job with the Bronco, but as you have seen, a lot of detail can be added to the glass house cockpit and canopy. We had very little trouble with the construction of the kit, but here are just a couple of hints for those of you that have one in the stash or on the wishlist:

-         take your time for the cockpit, every detail that is well painted and added will be visible.
-         Make sure the wing is strong enough – we used a brass strut and we’re very happy about it. The kit can use some extra strength.
-         As with all Kitty Hawk kits, take care with the decals. Very nice, but sooooo fragile...
-         Make room in your display case, because this will be a centre piece!
We felt very lucky to have the opportunity to build this kit. The Bronco is such a cool looking aircraft, especially the long-nosed variant. With this one done, might we suggest to do another odd-looking ground support aircraft in 1/32 to Glen of Kitty Hawk? How about a Mohawk in this scale? Now, wouldn’t that be something wild?

Thank you for following us in this journey of “Taming the Bronco” and also A very big thank you to Kittyhawk for sending us this review kit as well as to Revell for the Aqua Colors and brushes which we used in this review

Text by Nicolas Deboeck
Model by: Nicolas Deboeck & François Laloux

One of the model builders François, took the kit to the modelling convention in Antwerp this weekend and we won 4 different awards with it! First in its category, best aircraft in competition, and two special awards from two dealers. Just goes to prove that this kit out of the box with just some wiring and a few details added is a great kit.

Thanks to Kittyhawk for sending this kit to us to make – it is available through Kittyhawk’s Distributors Worldwide
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