After reading a book by Tom Clancy, and a thread on ARC about
"What-If" schemes, I came up with the idea of carrying the story
line a little further in line with the original with a purely
Canadian twist Eh!
With the Canadian Forces completely disbanded
and the bad guys attacking Fort Mac from the north and our friends
trying to secure our oil reserves via Calgary, a few stalwart
retired RCAF/CAF folks in the Kool Pool area decided to set up their
own ground attack squadron with Brig Gen "Guns" Watson as their
But what about their aircraft? Well someone had an old
Extra 300 hidden away at a secret airfield and this was used as the
basis for the new 409 Squadron. Called the CF-69A "Mud
Dauber", this heavily armed machine was the pride of the new RCAF's
The basis for this very accurate model replica is the
Airshowmodels.com Extra 300 in 1:32 scale. Some of the pieces
are resin kit items while others are scratch built.
The instrument panel and other interior items were completed from
spares box and inserted into the fuselage halves which were salvaged
from a damaged kit. The instrument decals are by Mike Grant
Decals of Calgary.
Now while the retirees in the north were gathering pieces for
this machine, the CAFs last pilot, "Guns" retired and moved to the
war torn northern Alberta secret airfield to supervise the building
of her fighter.
airframe was completely gone over and while this task was underway,
the "troops" were busy assembling weapons from any and every source
possible. The old spares box provided cannons from a desert
Hurricane, missile from a TBM, bombs from who knows and cluster bomb
units from a CF-104 accessory resin kit by Mike Belcher.
course my Better Half made a comment that it just would not be much
of an all-purpose fighter without Sidewinders.
With the U/S Marines fighting their way into Calgary, a group of Loyal
Newfies quickly brewed a couple of tanker trucks full of "Screech".
This potent weapon was turned loose on the unsuspecting Marine
striker force and Calgary was saved from any further collateral
damage. Of course the Marines had the worlds worst hang-over
when they came too in the make-shift prisoner of war camp set up in
The friendly "invaders" were given back their HumVees
and a map of Montana and given explicit instructions on how to leave
the country ASAP. The victorious Guys from the "Rock" kept the
weapons and flak jackets and headed back to Fort Mac.
Kool Pool Air Force quickly painted the "Mud Dauber" in a Grey/grey
scheme with old style RCAF markings while the weapons section
prepared the Dauber for war against the ground bound Red Bears
advancing from the north.
While the fighting drew closer to the secret airfield, "Guns" began
doing taxi tests and determined that the old Extra needed some
"extra" power and the tired old Lycoming io-550 was replaced by a
1000 hp customized V8 muscle machine. The added power was
needed to get the Dauber off the ground with all that junk hung
under her wings.
there was left to do was to apply the "new" 409 Squadron markings
and "Guns" was ready to kick butt.
With the Newfies in control of
the southern land operations, "Guns" was able to finish off the
invaders from the north. And that is what Clancy left out of
his book...forgot the name of it but it was a quick read anyway!
Did I mention that this was started for "Silly Week" on