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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.








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 I made it 
  June 30, 2014
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.
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  June 28, 2014
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.
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  March 29, 2014
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.
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  March 29, 2014
This has a Concorde-like grace about it; maybe it's the just the whiteness... lovely plane!
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  March 27, 2014
Quoting Lord Bacca Habs fan right here. We also invented Hockey, Superman and the Phone, just to name a few.
I don't know if you guys invented it, but I'll give you credit for poutine as well. When I'm in Canada, I can't get enough of it.
 I made it 
  March 27, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding Before I even read the description, I knew they were Cf-105s If you can recognize a plane that quickly, it has to be wonderful.
Quoting Henrik Jensen Brilliant (as always) micro Arrow. The colors and the shape are spot on. Very interesting subject regarding its history.
Quoting sam the first Those colours are great, perfect shaping too. More micro goodness Matt!
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Nice one Matt!
Thanks, guys! The Arrow's color scheme certainly was distinctive, and it makes it easy to make the build look good -- I just had to copy it as closely as I could.
 I made it 
  March 27, 2014
Quoting Jerry Temple Wow, nice Arrow! You should make the Aero (experimental classic-UFO looking aircraft)
Thanks! Regarding the Aero: I'm not familiar with it, but if I can find a reference (I haven't had any success so far -- was it an Avro aircraft?), I'll consider it.
 I made it 
  March 27, 2014
Quoting El Barto ! Awesome fighter, and interesting story to go with it! Pretty advanced concepts for those days. Nice work!
Thanks. And, yes, indeed, the Arrow was ahead of its time in many ways -- there were quite a few capable engineers at work on that project.
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  March 27, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Nicely done. The colors and markings are excellent.
Quoting XY EZ Great job! Instantly recognizable! 5/5
Thanks, guys! I'm glad you like it.
 I like it 
  March 26, 2014
Before I even read the description, I knew they were Cf-105s If you can recognize a plane that quickly, it has to be wonderful.
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  March 26, 2014
Brilliant (as always) micro Arrow. The colors and the shape are spot on. Very interesting subject regarding its history.
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  March 26, 2014
Those colours are great, perfect shaping too. More micro goodness Matt!
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  March 26, 2014
Nice one Matt!
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  March 26, 2014
Quoting Justin Davies Maybe I should make a CF-101B Voodoo,eh? :D
Any of the century series fighters would probably make a pretty good build. None of them have been covered in any depth in LEGO except for the Starfighter and, to a lesser extent, the Thud.
  March 26, 2014
Habs fan right here. We also invented Hockey, Superman and the Phone, just to name a few.
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  March 26, 2014
Awesome fighter, and interesting story to go with it! Pretty advanced concepts for those days. Nice work!
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  March 26, 2014
Wow, nice Arrow! You should make the Aero (experimental classic-UFO looking aircraft)
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  March 26, 2014
Nicely done. The colors and markings are excellent.
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  March 26, 2014
Quoting Lord Bacca Make me proud to be a Canuck'er. Great Micro Build.
Thanks. I think you Canadians have quite a bit to be proud of. I almost wish I were Canadian myself, but I don't think I could ever bring myself to root for the Maple Leafs or the Habs. :-)
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  March 26, 2014
Great job! Instantly recognizable! 5/5
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  March 26, 2014
Make me proud to be a Canuck'er. Great Micro Build.
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  March 26, 2014
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.
 I made it 
  March 26, 2014
Quoting sm 01 Great work! I was not familiar with that story, and I appreciate that you made an effort to describe it in detail. Well done!
Thanks. The Arrow is definitely one of the most interesting stories from "Golden Age" of jet fighter aircraft. I figured it was necessary to give at least a little bit of its background.
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  March 26, 2014
Really fantastic job! I agree with Clayton; I love the colors. I really like how you made the wings real to the size, about.
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  March 26, 2014
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!
 I like it 
  March 26, 2014
Great work! I was not familiar with that story, and I appreciate that you made an effort to describe it in detail. Well done!
 I made it 
  March 26, 2014
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Great work! Its great to see another Arrow model on MOCpages. Your design is excellent and inventive. Well done!
Thanks! For some reason, I completely missed your model of the Arrow until you mentioned it here. I'm glad you did, but it is awesome -- everyone should go have a look at it.
 I made it 
  March 26, 2014
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.
  March 26, 2014
Maybe I should make a CF-101B Voodoo,eh? :D
 I like it 
  March 26, 2014
Great work! Its great to see another Arrow model on MOCpages. Your design is excellent and inventive. Well done!
 I like it 
  March 26, 2014
The machine are just a neat, your choice of colors is excellent
 
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