Scale 1/72
Manufacturer Arii
Kit ID  
Type O-2A 68-10866
Unit 594th TASTS
Aftermarket parts used  
Other detail added  
Model built by Ted Bayliss
Date Completed August 2007

This kit represents O-2A 68-10866  in June 1986 before retirement to AMARC at Davis-Monthan AFB when with the 549th Tactical  Air Support Training Squadron based at Patrick AFB Florida. This particular aircraft managed to escape from AMARC to join the civil fleet register as N87534.

It is painted in the Euro 1 scheme at Haydn’s request for the 2007 display.

The kit is a generic Skymaster kit by ARII, with an extra right fuselage half for the civil version. The cockpit is fairly basic with 4 seats, which I used only 2 of, as it is listed as a 2 seater. The overall fit is reasonable, although the transparent parts are not very good, especially the windscreen. I polished the windscreen with very fine grade wet and dry and dipped it with kleer to improve it. The gaps were filled with Micro Kristal Klear. The markings were obtained from spares.

Model, article and photographs by Ted Bayliss