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Avro Canada CF-100

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The Avro CF-100 was Canada's only indigenously designed jet fighter aircraft to enter service. First flown in 1947, the CF-100 gradually evolved into a potent interceptor fully capable of knocking down any contemporary bomber which threatened North America. Broadly comparable to the American Northrop F-89 or Lockheed F-94, the CF-100 enjoyed somewhat better reliability and longer range than either American design. The CF-100 was integrated into NORAD's SAGE system and helped form the first line of defence against Soviet attack during the Cold War. Perhaps the highest tribute which can be paid to a defensive system is the fact that it never was called upon to fire its weapons in anger. The CF-100 served in 28 RCAF squadrons and 3 squadrons of the Belgian Air Force. The CF-100 was affectionately called the "Clunk" by its crews. This nickname arose from the loud noise the nose gear leg made as it retracted beneath the cockpit.

More information about the CF-100 may be found at Avroland.
The Model
This model is another recent commissioned build for a retired RCAF pilot. It depicts the AVRO CF 100 Mk 5 Canuck of 410 Squadron (Noctivaga) Cougars, as seen when the squadron was reactived and based in Uplands, Ottawa circa November 1956. The model has been built with gear up to represent an aircraft in flight, at the request of the client.

The model is a Hobbycraft kit in 1:48 scale. Not the very best model as far as detail but to my knowledge, the only model available of this aircraft along with its 1:72 counterpart. The red panthers, nacelle and rudder markings were created on home computer and printed using my inkjet printer. All other markings are from a commercial source.

The model was airbrushed with TAMIYA acrylics; leading edges are hand painted using Vallejo Model color paints. All decals were sealed with 3 coats of FUTURE floor finish.
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About the Author

About Joe Passaseo (Grauwolf)

I built my first model at the age of 7 and have been hooked ever since. I model a variety of subjects but have taken a great interest in the German Kriegsmarine, particularly, the U-boat branch. I also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: hiking, camping and scuba diving. I hope to one day di...


Joe: Very nicely done. The paint job and the decals are superb.
OCT 03, 2015 - 06:57 AM
Thank you ...Burt.
OCT 03, 2015 - 09:03 AM
Looks very nice. I have the same kit in my stash with some aftermarket sets. Actually considering it for the interceptor campaign. Thanks for sharing
OCT 03, 2015 - 11:52 AM
Joe, A rock solid build for sure. Your NMF is well done, and your home made decals really do look perfect, certainly as good as the kit ones. The CF-100 is a aircraft model that I can't ever remember seeing before. Joel
OCT 03, 2015 - 06:48 PM
@ Jesper....Thank you for your kind comments. By the way, who makes any AM for this kit? @ Joel...Once again, Thank You for your kind comments. Well there are not may kits of the CF 100. The Hobbycraft Mk 4 and 5 in 1:48 and 1:72 and of course the ancient Aurora one. And you will be seeing one more soon...working on a Mk4 with short wings, in NATO camo, for the same client. Will be posting pics soon. PS I am not too familiar with aircraft terms, what is NMF? Thanks again, Cheers, Joe
OCT 03, 2015 - 07:04 PM
It's modeller-speak for Natural Metal Finish; once considered the bugbear for aircraft modellers given the level of difficulty it presented. Such paints as Alclad and similar finishes have made it much easier to accomplish compared to the Bad Olde Days.
OCT 03, 2015 - 07:44 PM
Thanks You....Jessie!
OCT 03, 2015 - 08:22 PM
Nicely finished, beautiful in fact. And good to see some pilots and wheels up, how aeroplanes should be.
OCT 13, 2015 - 11:44 AM
Thank you, Carl
OCT 13, 2015 - 01:09 PM