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1/48 CA-27 Avon Sabre

The CA-27 Avon Sabre is the Australian development of the North American F-86F Sabre.

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation improved the F-86F Sabre by installing a more powerful Rolls Royce Avon R.A.7 engine and heaver fire power of 2 Aden 30mm cannon. This required a 60% redesign of the fuselage. The jet intake was enlarged because of the greater air requirement of the Avon engine.

The Avon Sabre replaced the Gloster Meteor F8 to equip 5 RAAF fighter squadrons through the 1950’s and into the early 1960’s and then was replaced by the Dassault Mirage IIIO. Retired Avon Sabres was given to the Air Forces of Indonesia and Malaysia. 2 Avon Sabres are still flying in Australia on the Airshow Circuit.

I used the Red Roo conversion kit. This includes a replacement injection moulded fuselage and jet intake trunk, plus decals. The conversion kit is suitable for either the Hasegawa or the Academy F-86F kits. I used the Academy kit.
I used custom made decals the make a 3 Squadron Aircraft.

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18 responses to 1/48 CA-27 Avon Sabre

  1. Nice work. What NMF paint did you use?

  2. That Red Roo conversion set is superb. You put it to maximum use here.

  3. Top job. Always good to see Aussie aircraft.

  4. Very smartly turned out, the decals particularly caught my eye.

  5. G’day Michael,
    Great job.
    I can see a 3 SQN theme in your recent posts.

  6. Nice looking Sabre and conversion. I have read that these jets occasionally flew mock dogfights against American F-4s during Vietnam and gave the newer planes fits.

  7. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Beautiful work in all Michael , very clean work.

  8. Thanks DE4EVER.

  9. A superb, clean build – nicely done!

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