Avro CF-105 Arrow
by Peter Nebelung
scale Avro Arrow is available online from Squadron.com
Many years ago, Hobbycraft released a pair of Avro
Arrows in 1/48 and 1/72 scale .
These were well received, but as with all kits, there
were some errors, omissions and plain clunky detailing. The original kits
had panel lines the size of WW1 trenches, and generally soft detailing.
The wheels were circular discs with some raised detail, in the fashion of
bolt heads I guess, and the wheel wells were blanked off with no detail at
all. Cockpit detail comprised the floor, a stick and a pair of honking big
easy chairs perhaps designed for Frankenstein. I suppose since they were
trapped inside an non opening canopy they were considered to be
acceptable. At the backend, the tail cone was just that. A cone. No
burners, no nozzles, nada. Just a big double cone.
Anyway, its now November 2003, and Hobbycraft have
taken the Arrow in hand and retooled the model. This release is the 1/48
scale version. Iím not sure they will attempt to do the 1/72, maybe,
maybe not. Time will tell.
As soon as I heard they were available I headed over
to the local shop and after a once over with the Mk 1, Mod 2 eyeballs, I
picked up two.
I just finished a side by side comparison between the
old and the new. Heres the results.
All surfaces have a very fine pebble finish. This may
require priming and sanding with fine and finer paper.
There are some ejector pin markings, but none that canít be repaired.
About the same as the original only not as deep.
All panel lines redone with finer, shallower lines.
No trenches. The raised fence on the upper surface appears to be slightly
crisper in detail than original. The lower surface has the bulges refined,
being smaller, and less high. The wheel well is now open, and allows a bit
more depth to the bay. Looking at photos, it appears the bay is almost
full depth. No detail added to the inside of the upper wing.
More accurate looking, recessed detailing and hubs,
easier to mask and paint. Back side has the brake disks, and the front
side is nicely recessed. Detailers will be wanting to add the bolt head.
Main Landing Gear:
appears identical to original, just the two upper
retract struts are both seperate now. Same construction as original.
Looking at photos, the main gear is very over simplified, and will benefit
from some attention and reconstruction of the various components. It was
an very complicated system, and there is much room for detailing.
Now has the Y upper end. Various cylindars and
scissors are now seperate parts. Nose gear door a bit more refined on the
detail. Again this can be improved upon with detailing of hoses, and small
Nose Gear Well
now full depth, with cockpit floor as the roof.
Ribbing added to fuselage sides and the floor.
Now properly molded. Finish a bit rough on the
machining. Very fine paper needed here
Major change here. Goes from a floor, two seats (Butt
ugly) and a stick to two 4 piece seats, floor, stick, two instrument
panels, side panels (14 pieces).
Fuselage inside has ribbing added. The seats are a
heck of a lot closer than the original Sofa-boys.
Now longer, not so tapered. Has interior nozzle and
afterburner can. 5 parts as compared to 1.
Now has pebble finish on painted areas. Framing for
windscreen and pilots door thinner. Panel lines much finer. Canopy is
single piece, not open. However you do get two of them so cutting up the
pair to make one open set is very possible. The design of the canopy will
allow one set to supply the windscreen, center piece and tail piece while
the second one will give the movable canopy parts. The only difficulty may
lie in cutting up the canopy parts on the centerline. A very fine cut will
The decals are the new generation Hobbycraft decals.
All in register, crisp, thinner lettering. Stencils are readable instead
of the mongolian gibberish of the original kit. The national markings are
done in a deeper shade of blue, which looks to be accurated. The Canadian
ensign is 4 part, white background, flag, and the blue high lites in two
There are no pilot figures, weapons or drop tank in
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