Bird Dog L-19/O-1 USAF Cessna plastic model Aircraft 619 1/32roden
The Cessna L-19/01 Bird Dog was a liaison and observation aircraft used by the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1974.
With 418 of the L-19 variant produced at first, Cessna held an employee contest to name the aircraft.
The winning name, "Bird Dog", was selected because of the role the new aircraft would play in locating enemies from overhead and keeping them in view until military support arrived. The pilots of the Bird Dog would observe the gunfire from its supporting planes and help aid the other military aircraft and vehicles in their attack strategy -- like a bird dog used by game hunters. The aircraft had one or two crew members and flew a cruising speed of 104 miles per hour.
The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on seven parts trees plus one tree of clear parts. The first mistake is that Roden packaged the clear parts in the same bag as the other parts leaving them vulnerable to scratches. Among the features and options in this kit:
- Nicely detailed Continental engine
- Position-able cowling panels
- Nicely detailed cockpit with sticks, throttle quadrants, and rudder pedals for the front and rear seats
- Nicely detailed instrument panel but no instrument face details
- Positionable cockpit entry door and window
- Positionable rudder
- Positionable elevators
- Postionable ailerons
- Separately molded flaps but no hinges provided for extended flaps
- Eight loaded white-phosphorous rocket tubes provided for mounting under the wings
The sizable decal sheet provides marking options for two aircraft:
- L-19, 56-2650, US Army Training School, Fort Rucker, 1965
- O-1E, 56-2602, Da Nang AB, USAF, 1966<