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1/48 Airfix BP Defiant

This is the newish and quite nice to build Airfix 1/48 Boulton-Paul Defiant Mk I. The markings it’s dressed in represent 264 Squadron circa the summer of 1940 in the traditional colours of dark green, dark earth all over sky. I didn’t find much trouble during the build as the new Airfix kits are gaining a reputation for not only a straight forward and trouble free assembly but also good pricing.

I picked up the Eduard interior set for it which I’ve added to the cockpit but I didn’t bother with it for the turret. If I’d chosen the option to pose the rear turret open I would have certainly used it for sure. All the paints are from the Mr Color RAF colours set with weathering done using AK/MiG products, pastels and oils.

It was a real pleasure to build without any problems and if you want to do and NF version, parts for the Night Fighter version are in the box though you’ll need to source appropriate markings for it.


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18 responses to 1/48 Airfix BP Defiant

  1. Nice build Michael, those Airfix kits have come on a long way nowadays.

  2. That’s a nice build Michael, really shows off well. Looks like you had some fun building it as well.

  3. Good work, Michael….Airfix is steppin’ up from what I’m hearing. If I recall, I’d made a comment in the past about it being a strange place for the radio antenna, but then someone said (I think) that it “retracted”? If that was the case – and I could be wrong – you’d think it would be retracted/stowed somehow – when the gear was extended for landing. Any info in this area?

    • Hi Craig. The instructions show what psoition the rear antennae post is in when the gear is up or down. The post does indeed retract when the gear is down and then extend when the gear is up. I look forward to building more of their stuff.

  4. Michael, Well done, the paint work looks excellent. A really wonderful looking model.

  5. Michael, beautiful build! We had a longish wait for a good kit of this aircraft, and the wait was worthwhile. I don’t see this being bettered. I also await their prospective Sea Fury, Mustang and Walrus. All in 48th, plus anything else they might come up with. Their recent output is just that good. Long may it continue!

    • I agree with your thoughts about Airfix Bernard and particularly the Defiant, they really are on a winning streak. I’m looking forward to the Sea Hurricane and Sea Fury in 48th and the Brit Phantom in 72nd scale. They’ll be welcome arrivals.

  6. Very nice – love the subtle detailing and weathering – really sets it off.

  7. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Nice eye candy Michael. In my view, the Defiant always screams out
    ” HISTORY ” as son as one see’s it.

  8. Nice work! Can’t wait for their upcoming Phantom.

  9. Michael,
    This Defiant looks like it belongs on the cover of a magazine or on the box top of box. I like the sharp painting of the canopy and turret. The exhaust staining looks natural and the paint chipping around the engine cowling looks right too. In other words a Goldie Locks build. Two thumbs up.

  10. Very nice. I just purchased one myself to be done in RCAF markings, probably a night fighter as I like the challenge of breaking up the black

  11. Stunning build Michael & congratulations on such great photographs.

  12. Great build, and it really looks fantastic. It’s nice that Airfix is stepping up with these new tooled kits, specialy with this type of planes.
    I recently did the new tooled 1:72 version of the Defiant and like you mentioned it also builds very nicely without challenges. Thanks for sharing and the 1:48 version will now be on my wishlist.

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