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1/32 Roden L-19/O-1 Bird Dog Review/Preview

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  • Member since
    January 2010
Posted by CrashTestDummy on Saturday, November 26, 2022 9:19 PM

My Dad was slated to fly these in 'Nam when he went over there.  Luckily, the base where the O1 training was at was commanded by the guy who commanded my Dad when he was working the flight testing and certification of the B57, so my Dad managed to get transferred from the O-1 job to flying the B-57 night bombers out of Phan Rang.  I really think that because of that, he came home.  

G. Beaird,

Pearland, Texas

  • Member since
    March 2003
Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 1:20 PM

The L-19 is a great old bird and the pilots do not get the recognition they deserve. They went into enemy teritory and were low and slow and "marked" targets for the fast movers. There were many shot down and almost all of them had holes in them from ground fire. A few months ago I saw one at a gathering of "light flyers" for a pancake breakfast to raise money for Boy Scouts. The L-19 had been fully restored and was in fact a Viet Nam servivor. It had all the components for the rockets but the BATF frowns on the possession of such weapons (the rockets). I have the 1/72 kit and the 1/48 scale kit and I'll be getting this kit. She is a great old bird.

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Monday, November 14, 2022 7:43 AM

My kit is up on my shelf of dome.  I broke one of the landing gears.  I suppose I can scratch a new gear, but haven't so far.  Very nice kit.


  • Member since
    November 2015
  • From: San Diego, CA
1/32 Roden L-19/O-1 Bird Dog Review/Preview
Posted by Ranger_Chris61 on Sunday, November 13, 2022 2:36 PM

Back to 1/32 scale aircraft again this week, taking a look at Roden's L-19 Bird Dog kit.

Tags: bird dog , L-19 , Preview , review , Roden

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