Boulton Paul Defiant NF.1 1:48

Boulton Paul Defiant NF.1 1:48


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Boulton Paul Defiant NF.1 1:48


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Quickly outclassed as a day fighter during the Battle of Britain, the Boulton Paul Defiant would be tasked with protecting Britain from night bombing raids by the Luftwaffe. Not trained to fight at night, Defiant crews would have to develop interception techniques as they fought, but found the aircraft much more suited to this nocturnal fighting environment.

After enjoying initial successes against Luftwaffe pilots unfamiliar with Britain’s turret fighter, Defiant crews soon discovered the limitations of their aircraft. The significant additional weight of the gun turret, combined with a relatively poor arc of defensive fire meant that German Messerschmitts soon learned how to attack these unusual aircraft. As combat losses began to mount, RAF Defiants were relegated to night fighting duties, where the aircraft would be much less vulnerable and could make better use of its offensive firepower.

As the night Blitz against London raged, Defiant crews would have to develop their own interception techniques, as many were not trained in this type of fighting. They learned quickly and soon began to score victories against the Luftwaffe raiders, helping to establish a cohesive night defence system and rebuilding the reputation of the Defiant. These all black nocturnal hunters became some of the most distinctive RAF aircraft of the Second World War.


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The Boulton Paul Defiant turret fighter has to be considered amongst the most interesting aircraft of the Second World War, even if it is not regarded as one of the most effective. Heavy losses forced its withdrawn from service as a day fighter, but the Defiant would prove much more effective in helping to establish a cohesive nightfighter defence for Britain, as the Luftwaffe began to pound Britain’s cities under the cover of darkness. 


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y Technical Specification & Detail

Scale 1:48
Skill 2
Flying Hours 2
Number of Parts 158
Dimensions (mm) L225 x W250
Age Suitability 8+

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Top Marks for Another Superb Defiant

Where to begin? The kit is beautifully moulded, the instructions clear and the decals are stunning. The Defiant went together very easily, with only minor fettling (and filling) needed. It build's very quickly into a very impressive aircraft, with various options for the turret and canopy. Top marks for another superb Defiant Airfix - now where's the 1/24th version?

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