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Cessna O-2A "Oscar Deuce", Vietnam war

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Hi there, Alex here!

I love to share with you my WIP of Cessna O-2A "Oscar Deuce" by Testors in 1/48.

Started on October 15th 2016, I supposed to get a simple project after a well elaborated Hughes OH-6A earlier, but it wasn't! It's still taking a lot of time indeed!

 

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I collected a lot of pics and read some theads here and there before starting. During first check, the kit was quite attractive but basic. Some aftermarket items were a must. First of all about decals. The unusual "don't shoot" livery by Draw Decals was an exciting option at first, but after a long search on the web, I was quite sure it was a "fancy" livery, not on real life during Vietnam war. A second and good choice was given by Caracal decals by the sheet dedicated to O-2s.

Above a picture of starting point.....

 

Second step:

opening door & baggage door... 

 

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Some cockpit glasses were closed....

 

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End part 1

Alex :bye:

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Next step: internal covering.

 

I checked a lot of pics again. Some aircraft had covering plain, other ones instead stitched on diamond pattern motif. I did the second choice by styrene and then painted with vinyl glue thinned in water to give a 'folds sensation'

 

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To be continued..

Alex :bye:

 

 

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Starting cabin floor.

 

Kit floor was undersized, definitely. It was time to get a new one by a sheet styrene, thickness 0,4mm...

 

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Kit seats were much more similar to the civil version (C337) than the military ones. I got mine from an old Esci C172, giving a simplified upholstery (green Humbrol 155) and their chassis as well (green Testors 1734E)

 

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Floor details:

- landing gear emergency hand pump,

- fire extinguisher,

- inspection manholes,

- avionics rack cable manholes (rear)

- first aid kit

 

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Final touch:

- a map,

- lower seat belts (tan Humbrol 121),

- binoculars (later removed)

 

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End part 3

Alex :bye:

 

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Instrument panel. Wrong size again, I've replaced it with a new one by styrene. Following original drawing, I got instruments in same position (or around so) to real aircraft, by Airscale etched/decals set...

 

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Cloche (the only one parts taken in the kit for interior!) and panel in flat black...

 

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Pedals as well. Pictures said they are fixed on the back of the panel, not on the floor!

 

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To be continued...

Alex :bye:

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Avionics rack and rear juction box....

I've seen a lot of models here and there, on forums and magazine (e.g. FSM March 2016), unfortunately their configuration was not confirmed. By Google Images and some Vietnam veterans forums, I checked an almost right setting. So that shelves were secured to fuselage with just two vertical struts

 

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Dry checkes by Patafix

 

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Airscale PE48 etched set...

 

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Before struts balance

 

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Painted but before wires & cable

 

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Alex

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Nice work!

 

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New details....

some gaps were closed

 

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Many checkes between fuselage and wing were required... Then I got a perfect match

 

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Inside details according to photos collected

 

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M-16 was coming from a Tarmac crew set

 

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Then ceiling details. Documentation was a must again! A common mistake on O-2 was to fix upper seat belts on the back of the seat. They are fixed on the ceiling instead! (see two etched plates near the window)

 

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Do you like this unusual twin pistons engine aircraft?

Alex :bye:

 

 

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Great work on a most unusual subject!

 

Martian

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Thanks all, suggestions are welcome!

 

Starting painting interiors by Testors 1734E

 

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Alex :bye:

 

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This is an excellent project Alex! Thanks heaps for sharing. I really like the detail you're adding and creating.

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Thanks a lot! Those photos were taken in November. Now I'm much later with some very interesting upgradings! 😉

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Building and painting in progress...

 

Inside covering by green Humbrol 88

 

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Rear bulkhead by styrene was add as well

 

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The avionics rack did fit properly!

 

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Then starting avionic wires and cables...

 

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Hi all,

 

wires & cables were ready on late November...

 

A part of them were going down on a manhole close to the rack (see earlier)

 

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Next episode will be about the engine! Yes, on December I decided to build Continental IO-360 starting with very few parts from my storage!

 

Stay tuned,

Alex :bye:

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Folks,

In the next pictures I'll show you the engine section.

Twin piston engines aircraft could be a quite unfashionable subject, USAF livery in basic grey color does not give more attraction as well. So that I decided to give more details building the front Continental IO-360 engine starting by two old Esci Cessna C172 parts (to set up a SIX pistons propeller).

 

First of all I got the firewall bulkhead and internal structure according photos collected earlier...

 

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.... then I started the engine itself

 

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Documentation is a must!

 

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To be continued...

Cheers!

Alex :bye:

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Wow. Great build so far. I have one of these with the same decal sheet. Watching with interest. 

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Great build……really looking forward to seeing more of this.

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Hi again,

 

I left you on Saturday with engine section. Main parts from rod and plain of styrene plus some others taken from my personal store. More photos to follow.....

 

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Engine requested some dry fitting for check. All was fine...

 

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More wires and cables were requested to cylinders later....

Keep in touch

:bye:

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