Classic Airframes 1:48: Boulton Paul Defiant Mk1, Hornchurch, 1940
I was never happy with the finish on this one so went for a complete respray as the real aircraft had a roughly applied demarcation line between upper/lower paint scheme on fuselage. Re-done weathering and added antennae wire. I opened up the turret and detailed the interior and added resin .303 barrels as the kit ones were awful. I also rebuilt the fairing aft of the turret which can be raised/lowered. Canopy was rebuilt from scratch.
The crew of this Defiant, Flt Sgt E. R. Thorn and Sgt F. J. Barker were to become the most successful Defiant team of the war, destroying seven enemy aircraft plus a shared over France and five more during the Battle of Britain.
On August 24th 1940, the aircraft was in action again, piloted by another crew, Sqn Leader P. H. Hunter (pilot) and LAC F. H. King. Following an attack by Ju88’s on Manston at 12.40pm, the crew intercepted but were reported missing and subsequently posted lost.
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