AVRO CF-105 Arrow (1/48th)
I built this model a few years back; it’s the Hobbycraft re-release of the CF-105 Arrow. I think this kit is OOP, and is a bit hard-to-find these days. As many of you are familiar with Hobbycraft kits, you know that they are pretty basic, and sometimes downright crude. This kit of the AVRO Arrow is basic, but builds OK.
Perhaps the worst aspect of this kit is the decal sheet, but not much aftermarket so I used kit decals.
One thing about the Arrow is the unique clamshell canopy which opened into left and right halves, unlike most canopies, for sure. I was able to cut open the kit canopy, to pose it open. Since the cockpit was very basic, I scratched the cockpit to lend some interest.
I painted the model using Model Master enamels to replicate the scheme found on Arrow #203, which had a total of 13.5 hrs flight time, made over 12 flights. This aircraft, along with four other airworthy airframes, and one unfinished one, was the victim of politics in the Canadian government, and was subsequently destroyed, along with specialized tooling used to make the aircraft. As far as is know, only a few pieces/parts were spared the recycling bin. A full-size replica has been built recently, but I’m not sure who owns it, or where it is today.
The CF-105 was a beautifully aircraft, that featured cutting-edge technology. It was designed and built in Canada for defense of the Canadian airspace. Since the premature death of the Arrow, other aircraft (mainly American designs) have been used to patrol and defend Canada’s sovereign airspace. Perhaps this is a clue as to why the CF-105 program met an early demise.
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