1/72 RAAF CA-24 Cyclone Mk1 (Hawker P.1081)

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1/72 RAAF CA-24 Cyclone Mk1 (Hawker P.1081)

Postby dwomby » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:16 pm

I hope you like it and Season's Greeting!

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Due to engine delays and other concerns, the NA F-86 was chosen instead of the Hawker P.1081 but what if the RAAF had bought the P.1081?

Hawker reverted to its WW2 storm naming tradition and named the P1081 the Hawker Cyclone. The RAAF contracted Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation to licence build 60 as the CA-24 Cyclone. 30 as the Mk1 and a further 30 as the Mk2 aircraft with additonal hardpoints. This one, A86-132, is the last from the first production batch built at the CAC factory in Fishermans Bend. She is shown in service with 3 Squadron based at RAAF Williamtown in August 1956.


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Here's how she looked before painting - not a pretty sight!

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Comments and criticism are welcomed.

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Re: 1/72 RAAF CA-24 Cyclone Mk1 (Hawker P.1081)

Postby hughb » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:34 am

Hi David,

Aircraft looks great, you've certainly brought it a long way from the 'before paint' stage. Never heard of this plane before, it has a pudgy shape, almost cute.
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Re: 1/72 RAAF CA-24 Cyclone Mk1 (Hawker P.1081)

Postby dwomby » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:57 am

Thanks. She's an amalgam of bits of Sea Hawk, Sabre and Hunter and a lot of putty!

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Re: 1/72 RAAF CA-24 Cyclone Mk1 (Hawker P.1081)

Postby qfa_tsv » Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:46 am

Excellent result, just need a jockey though ;)
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Re: 1/72 RAAF CA-24 Cyclone Mk1 (Hawker P.1081)

Postby RAAFBrat » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:20 pm

Very nice. Wasn't the Hunter a competitor for the Sabre?
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Re: 1/72 RAAF CA-24 Cyclone Mk1 (Hawker P.1081)

Postby brad » Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:06 pm

P1081 was developed first but never got to production. RAAF chose to go with the Sabre because the Hunter was too far off and even the RAF bought some Sabres while they were waiting for the Hunters.

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Re: 1/72 RAAF CA-24 Cyclone Mk1 (Hawker P.1081)

Postby RAAFBrat » Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:48 pm

Yep. They were the Canadair versions, weren't they?
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Re: 1/72 RAAF CA-24 Cyclone Mk1 (Hawker P.1081)

Postby dwomby » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:02 pm

Yes, the RAF Sabres were built by Canadair.

The P1081 was surprisingly small compared to the Hunter

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