Iliad Designs 48035: O-1/L-19 Bird Dog

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Scott Van Aken

This latest sheet is for the O-1/L-19 Bird Dog and has six very nice options. There is a nice mix with some rather interesting aircraft on the sheet. There are two kits out there, one being the old and somewhat difficult to build Model USA version and the other the recent Roden kit. I'm sure most of you will be using the Roden option for this sheet.

First up, in overall olive drab is a Kansas National Guard plane from 1968. Standard markings on this and yes, the fuselage 'ARMY' is supposed to be white.

Next a Pakistani army plane with this one being in an overall dark green. Note that the nose anti-glare panel is a slightly different shape.

A Korean Navy plane is next and it is painted in an overall grey, probably FS 16473, ADC grey.

An Army Reserve aircraft is next again in overall olive drab. Note that the OD on this and the previous NG plane are gloss.

In matte OD is an L-19 from the 203 RAC 'Hawkeyes' base at An Khe in South Vietnam during 1968. Markings are quite toned down and on the upper wings are two white hawk markings.

Finally, a Japanese plane from before the formation of the Japanese Self Defense forces. This one is in overall yellow with the Hoantai marking on the fuselage.

The decals are superbly printed and you can build every plane on the sheet with what is provided. Instructions show upper surface colors and insignia placement.

July 2019

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