OV-10 Bronco FAC

I as a modeler I like to read about real life experiences of the subjects which I plan to build in scale form. Recently I interviewed Ed Rasimus after rereading his book When Thuder Rolled and followed that up with Palace Cobra. This lead me to invite him to be a guest on The Plastic Scale Modeling Hour.

If you’re an Amazon customer, Amazon will recommend books which you might find of interest. Just the other day on my smartphone which I have added as an app the Kindle reader suggested I might like A Lonely Kind of War, written by Marshall Harrison and his time flying as a Foward Air Controller in the OV-10 Bronco. A great follow on to Ed’s books and our conversations.

The deal was too sweet to pass up, the Kindle version was under $4.00 US. I quickly added it to my phone and have been reading it before retiring for the night. A great story! I thought Marshall would be a great guest, but unfortunately when researching him and his book I learned he had passed away in 1995.  Never the less, this is a great book and as a modeler I recommend it for the subtle details one can glean from it for a build project.

I think the first OV-10 I built was back when I was a teenager, a Hasegawa 1:72 scale early version of the Bronco. Testors released a 1:48 scale one as well, but what we really need to see is one in 1:32 scale! Today none are flying in active US military service. Those that are seen are in civilian registry operated mostly as aerial firefighting support and spotter aircraft.

If you’re a fan of the Bronco or of the Vietnam War era aircraft in general, I suggest you get yourself a copy of this book. At $4 as a Kindle its a bargain! This book also serves as a great incentive to dig any OV-10 kits out of the stash and build one!

I’m also going to download Marshall’s other two books, Cadillac Flight and The Delta! Thank you Marshall Harrison for your great books and your military service!

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