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 REVIEW: Hobby Master HA3713 Canadian Armed Forces CF-101B Voodoo""Lynx One" 1984

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Hobby Master HA3713 Canadian Armed Forces CF-101B Voodoo""Lynx One" 1984   Sat Feb 18 2017, 22:19

Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA3713
Canadian Armed Forces CF-101B Voodoo
416 "Lynx" Squadron, "Lynx One" #101043
60th Anniversary of the RCAF Special Scheme
CFB Chatam, New Brunswick, 1984

November 2016 Release.

When the Canadian Government tragically cancelled the Avro CF-105 Arrow in 1959, the RCAF had to act quickly to find a suitable replacement for the Avro CF-100 Canuck and the F-86 Sabre.

For Canada's NATO contribution in Europe the CF-104 was selected to replace the Sabre. For the NORAD role the McDonnell F-101B Voodoo was chosen to replace the CF-100. In 1961 the RCAF began to receive 66 CF-101Bs from USAF stocks (They were from the last production batch of 1959). Eventually five RCAF Squadrons were equipped with the "One-Oh-Wonder". In 1971, the now renamed "Canadian Armed Forces", traded the 56 surviving CF-101Bs for 66 updated versions (identified by the infrared seeker above the nose) which served until replaced by the CF-18 Hornet in 1984.

When the CF-101 was retired in 1984 from Canadian service all three active Squadrons had one of their aircraft painted in a special scheme to mark the occasion. The schemes included 409 "Night Hawk" Squadron's "Hawk One Canada"; 425 "Alouette" Squadron's "Alouette/Lark One" and the subject of this release - 416 "Lynx" Squadron "Lynx One".

The formation photo below shows all three special schemes plus the all black unique EF-101B in service with 414 "Black Knight" EW Squadron.






The model by Hobby Master turned out quite nice and is actually more attractive than I thought it would. All the features of the specially painted Voodoo made it onto the model. Pale yellow stencils on the forward fuselage, black and white striped pitot tube, silver ring where the radome joins the forward fuselage, correct antenna layout, yellow canopy sealant, and the air intake along the forward port side is correctly missing for Canadian Voodoos.

The paint on my model is flawless and all the parts fit together well. No quality control issues to speak of here.

Overall another Canadian model has been executed to a very high standard by Hobby Master.

Highly recommended.

Dan
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Below: Seen in company with previously released HA3704 "Hawk One Canada"
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