The latest of my micro-scale (roughly 1:200) fighters -- an Avro CF-105 Arrow.
About this creation
The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow -- one of the great "what ifs" of the military aircraft industry. Although the performance numbers for the CF-105 are probably surrounded in myth as much as they are in fact, there is little doubt that it would have been as good or better than most of its contemporaries, i.e. the century series fighters.
The Mark I prototype of the CF-105 was tested at speeds of up to Mach 2. This early version of the aircraft was powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney J-75 P-5 engines, each capable of 12,500 lbs. base thrust and 18,500 lbs. with afterburner. The production version of the Arrow was to be fitted with the much more powerful Orenda Iroquois engines, each capable of 20,000 lbs. base thrust and 30,000 lbs. with afterburner. It is estimated that the Mark III version of the CF-105 would have been capable of speeds approaching Mach 3. By comparison, the fastest of the century series, the F-106 Delta Dart, had a maximum speed of Mach 2.3.
The design of the Arrow included many innovations never before seen in any fighter aircraft. It was the first aircraft to implement a fly-by-wire system with feedback. It was the first aircraft to use high-pressure (4,000 psi) hydraulics to allow for smaller actuators and other mechanical components, which, in turn, allowed for a much thinner wing design. It also was one of the first aircraft to make significant use of titanium in its structural components.
Politics and intrigue conspired to bring the Arrow program to an abrupt halt on 20 February 1959, a day forever known as "Black Friday" in the Canadian aerospace industry. The new Progressive Canadian government cited the CF-105 program as an example of government overspending and cancelled the program, ordering all prototypes and technical data destroyed. There are several theories as to why this drastic measure was taken, but the most likely explanation is the belief that the Arrow program had been infiltrated by a Soviet spy.
Many engineers from the CF-105 program went on to take key positions at NASA and Hawker Siddeley.
Quoting brandon digiuseppe
I've seen pics of the actual Avro Arrow and honestly, I really love how you made one in micro scale. To me it speaks volumes because that jet was, in my opinion, the pride of the Canadian Air Force.
Thanks! I agree that the Arrow would have been a huge boost for the Canadian aerospace industry had it ever been put into production. It's possible that a fully productized Arrow would have allowed Canadian defense contractors to remain in business independently for quite a while longer, before Canada threw in its lot with the US defense industry.
Quoting Nick Barrett
This has a Concorde-like grace about it; maybe it's the just the whiteness... lovely plane!
The Arrow did indeed have a sleekness to it that some of its contemporaries lacked. No doubt the red-and-white color scheme helped with that. Of course, if it were over to have become operational, it probably would have sported a more mundane low-visibility gray color scheme.
Quoting clayton Marchetti
Amazing build! As soon as I saw the first pic I knew Kurt was going to love this. The shape of the wings and the tail are fantastic. I like the original color scheme to. Excellent work!
Quoting Joe Ramlet
Really fantastic job! I agree with Clayton; I love the colors. I really like how you made the wings real to the size, about.
Thanks, guys! The Arrow is definitely one of my favorite aircraft. I'm happy that I could give it some micro-recognition.
Quoting Stephan N
The machine are just a neat, your choice of colors is excellent
Thanks. As far as the colors go, I was just trying to duplicate the color scheme of the Mark I Arrow as best I could, but I agree that it had a nice color scheme compared to the basic gray of many of aircraft of that era.