Monday, January 02, 2012

1/144 Avro "Canuck" CF-100 Mk.III - Miniwing

1/144 Avro "Canuck" CF-100 Mk.III -
As highlighted to you last November (see KG144 here) Miniwings latest release is iconic Canadian Icon. 

In the 1950s Canada needed an all-weather interceptor (fighter) able to patrol the vast areas of Canada's north and operate in all weather conditions. The two-seat fighter crewed by a pilot and navigator, was designed with two powerful engines and an advanced radar and fire control system housed in its nose that enabled it to fly in all-weather or night conditions.

The Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck (affectionately known as the "Clunk") was a Canadian jet interceptor/fighter serving during the Cold War both in NATO bases in Europe and as part of NORAD. The CF-100 was the only Canadian-designed fighter to enter mass production, serving primarily with the RCAF/CAF and in small numbers in Belgium (whose requirements surely couldn't have been further from the Canadians?) . For its day, the CF-100 featured a short takeoff run and high climb rate, making it well suited to its role as an interceptor.The first production version, designated Mk 3, incorporated the APG-33 radar and was armed with eight .50 calibre (12.7 mm) machine guns.

The kit conforms to the Miniwing signature format and feel being cleanly cast and no obvious air bubbles. The panel lines on wing surfaces are very finely cast and provide a good balance between finesse and detailing, the fuselage lines are a little more defined. With a little care it should provide a good looking kit especially sat alongside the Miniwing CF-101 "Voodoo" (as seen built (Jaeckel))

The main kits comprise of  24 resin components, a styrene rod to be cut for struts and the new style crystal clear resin canopy.Assembly and painting instructions are also included.

Another interesting point, I was sat there thinking this is a large aircraft so I compared it to the Ju-88 sat on my desk and it positively dwarfs the WWII bomber!

Decals are provided by - Y-Kraft of Japan, for the following options:

-    CF-100 of No.3 OTU October 1956
-  CF-100 of No.445 Sqdn

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Available: January 2012
Price: tbc
From Miniwing or Usual Stockists

Other Canadian Miniwings releases include the CF-101, CF-105 and CS-2F, there may also be decal options on the other kits (I havent checked them all) or see CanMilAir for other RCAF aftermarket decals. a DHC-2 'Beaver' is to come!

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