1/48 Model USA L-19E Bird Dog

Gallery Article by Shawn "phantom" Weiler on Oct 6 2017



The L-19E Bird Dog was widely used by many western militaries in the observer, liaison and general duty role. The Canadian Army bought several in a couple batches after in the 50s to replace several war time observation planes. They were used right up until the early 70's when replaced by the light Kiowa helicopter.

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This is NOT an easy kit. Nor a particularly easy build. The ejector pin marks do not line up. The parts just plan old do not fit. The clear parts have a huge amount of flash which have to be removed and well..they just do not fit! The main windshield fits ok, which was a pleasant surprise. During the build I had to tear down the fuselage and start over. Once I bashed it all together a second time with too much glue it looked better. A huge amount of sanding later found no need for putty. That was a nice surprise. The paint was nice and simple and the decals are supplied by Canmilair.

Enjoy the photos.


Photos and text by Shawn "phantom" Weiler