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Project by Ronbrush posted 11-21-2013 12:20 AM 2636 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another project with my oldest grandson.

Last summer he asked me to make an airplane for him. He was 8 years old at the time so I thought I could combine the project with some Canadian aircraft history. I hoped that my grandson would learn some history as well as have a new model.

Aircraft buffs out there might already know that the Avro Arrow was a 1950’s project to design and develop a new generation Canadian fighter aircraft. The plane had great promise until the government of the day decided to terminate the project and destroy the prototypes as well as all of the plans.

The wing span on this model is approx. 14 in and the material is from some leftover 2×6 lumber scraps. The project helped me to set up my bandsaw and develop some skill and techniques.

-- Ron Tourangeau, Ottawa, ON –

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#1 posted 11-21-2013 12:39 AM

You’ve got a good looking model there. As an aside, I used to work for the Diefenbaker Centre in Saskatoon. I’m not there now but their current exhibit is on the Arrow. When I worked there almost every comment I ever heard from the public was how shameful it was to cancel this project.

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 12:50 AM

Great looking model and great you could do it with your grandson!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 01:48 AM

Awesome, great job.

-- -Al, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 01:06 PM

It looks great! Have to respect the Arrow, too bad it never made it into production…

-- -- Measure twice, cut once; why, did the wood grow?

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 02:29 PM

wow, that’s a great model of the Arrow.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 07:42 PM

Very impressive. Great job and love the history

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 11-22-2013 03:19 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Ron! You did a Beautiful Job!

The Arrow is one of my Favorite Aircraft. I have MANY Blueprints and Drawings on My Computer. (Maybe I Shouldn’t.)

Yes JA! It was Shameful and Disgusting that Diefenbaker Destroyed this Aircraft. 10 Years after, it was still ahead of it’s Time.

Ron: Not to steal any of your Thunder but I’d like to Post a few REAL Pictures of the Arrow.

It’s Initial Roll Out. Maiden Flight (Take Off & Landing)

PS: I use to work for the NCC (Director Of Property Development). I Lived In Beacon Hills North.






-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#8 posted 11-22-2013 04:19 AM

Wow, excellent work! The Arrow would have been great to see in person back in the day.

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#9 posted 11-22-2013 05:19 AM

I had a feeling that this project would reawaken one or two emotions/memories! Thanks, Rick, for posting the pics. Maybe I should have done that. My grandson and I looked at many photos during the build. Finn also used the model in his grade three history project – so my hope that he would learn some history was fulfilled.

Not sure about copyright, but to anyone who’s interested, someone has posted the entire 1997 movie (CBC’s The Arrow) on YouTube

-- Ron Tourangeau, Ottawa, ON –

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#10 posted 11-22-2013 07:05 AM

Thank You So Very Much Ron. I just watched most of it. What a BEAUTIFUL AIRCRAFT!!!

I wonder where The “Ghost 201” is???

Wouldn’t it be Wonderful if it actually did show up one day!!!

Great, Great Memories Ron!!

Thanks Again.

Best Regards: Rick



-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 11-23-2013 11:30 AM

Great looking model!

-- arnies

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#12 posted 11-24-2013 02:42 PM

Can’t post it here ‘cause it’s not made of wood, but my buddies and I built a really big model a few years back. 50 foot wingspan, I believe about 70 feet long, three stories high.

Here’s a link to some pictures

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#13 posted 11-24-2013 04:53 PM


I had only heard about the model through news reports. Congratulations! It’s very exciting to be in touch with someone who worked on it. What a wonderful project – regardless of the materials! It’s a real testament to the imagination and ingenuity that drove the Arrow project forward at the time. I hope others get a chance to check out the link.

Thank you so much for your contribution.

Thank you to everyone for your comments.

-- Ron Tourangeau, Ottawa, ON –

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#14 posted 01-06-2014 08:09 PM

Great job, my dad worked on that aircraft, and I believe somewhere in his stuff we even have a piece of that aircraft. I know the museum in Winnipeg has the nose cone. That aircraft was revolutionary and was years ahead if its time. I believe a few escaped to the us. There is a good book on the Arrow, The fall of the Arrow. Also there was a move about it.

-- Ray

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#15 posted 01-08-2014 06:59 PM

Thanks, Ray.
Congratulations to your dad and others who worked on this project. After so many years, the topic still brings up much emotion as you can see here:

-- Ron Tourangeau, Ottawa, ON –

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