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Author Topic: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version  (Read 1297 times)

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Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« on: April 14, 2022, 06:05:18 PM »
I have started construction on another model airplane. This will be a totally scratch-built model, built without plans. As with other projects, I printed out smaller drawings, and basically make it up as I go along.

This model will be a scale model of the fantasy Canadian OV-10 Bronco. I’m sure many of you airplane buffs will claim that there are no OV-10 Broncos used by the Canadian Armed Forces, but as with other Canadian military aircraft, this has been debated and planned for decades; it’s the politicians who just can’t get their act together.

The full scale plane was developed in the 1960s, so this used aircraft perfectly suits the politicians’ dedication to keeping our military completely up to date and modern.

This model will have no weapons, just as the Canadian full size is intended. Although all other OV-10 aircraft in the world are used for attack purposes, the Canadian version is only intended for defense purposes. So far, it is only intended to defend universal healthcare, diversity, and bilingualism. No weapons needed.

The propellers will be contra-rotating, which means, they swing both ways. Yes, this is a truly ‘woke’ airplane.


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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2022, 06:06:18 PM »
I’m not explaining or commenting too much on the work I do on this model, since it’s similar to other models I’ve built and shown in these threads. If you have any questions about the construction, please ask.

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I started with the wing. It will be totally sheeted with balsa, and 2 carbon fiber square tubes used and wing-spars, ensure that it will be extremely strong. Wingspan will be 42”. Ribs are designed to fit, gang-sanded and shaped to fit.
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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2022, 07:26:06 PM »
Great project Michael! The US Army reintroduced them to Afghanistan a couple of years before they pulled out. We're highly effective and very cost-efficient.

The guy I flew the TP-51 in Florida owns one and does coontracy FAC training for the Army

Exciting airplane!

I look forward to seeing it in completed form!
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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2022, 02:41:34 PM »
Center fuselage sides constructed. Light and strong. The strips add strength and support for cross beams and the front landing gear retract.

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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2022, 02:48:52 PM »
I had a few challenges with the front retract unit. I'm using the parts from a crashed E-Flite Viper, but the landing gear wire wasn't long enough. I couldn't find the exact size diameter, so I ground (grinded?) it down a bit until it fit. Then, because it has to swivel in the unit, and cannot be screwed in place, I 'dremelled' a slot near the wire end, and slipped on a C-ring.

Another challenge was to decide how to mount the retract unit. I was thinking about hardwood rails, and how to place them, when I realized I could simply use the plastic housing that came with the Viper, and just glue it to a piece of plywood. It was a simple solution to a problem that might have taken a lot of effort to solve; I mean, there's no need to re-invent the wheel, here.

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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2022, 06:25:18 PM »
Center fuselage under construction. The wing fits nicely. Next, a canopy.

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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2022, 09:36:50 PM »
The canopy, more squared than round, was more work than I anticipated, but I'm happy with it. It fits perfectly.

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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2022, 01:21:50 PM »
Twin booms under construction. The cutting and gluing go fast, but the thinking and planning take long. Every step I take, I have to consider how all other pieces might fit or attach, later in the construction. I'm using the same approach for the landing gear; I'm using the plastic housings from the Viper jet.

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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2022, 08:04:13 PM »
Rudders under construction.

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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2022, 07:34:21 PM »
Stabilizer and elevator constructed; ailerons started.

Tail parts shaped, beveled, sanded, and temporarily hinged.
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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2022, 07:37:17 PM »
I've temporarily assembled the model, to verify that everything fits properly (everything does), and to start planning the radio and power system layout, and install the retracts.

Once the 'guts' are all sorted out, I'll finish the construction.

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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2022, 08:01:07 PM »
Weight so far is 441 grams, or about 15½ ounces.
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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2022, 10:20:45 AM »
Great work as ususal Michael. Interesting project.
What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2022, 07:11:39 PM »
Boom retracts and motors installed.

Elevator servo with wire in the fin.

Servos for rudders.

Nose retract and steering servo installed.

The retracts work!
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Re: Scratch-built OV-10 Bronco, Canadian version
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2022, 07:38:32 PM »
Bottoms of booms and front fuselage are sheeted around the retracts, with hatches for access to wires and for servicing the retracts if necessary.

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