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Defiant!

Here’s my interpretation of the Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. I, N1801, “Coimbatore II”, from No.264 Squadron, Royal Air Force Duxford, flown by Flying Officer F. D. Hughes and Sergeant F. Gash (gunner).

This is another excellent kit by , built entirely out of the box, with a few exceptions; I added a pilot (no gunner, I’m afraid) and antenna wire, plus applied riveting to the surface to liven up the monochrome scheme. I also used Montex masks so I could weather the roundels, squadron codes etc.: they were good for this job but horrible for transparencies, peeling away almost instantly.

I wanted the challenge of painting entirely in shades of black, hoping I could create enough variety to make something visually satisfying. Many of the images I used as reference indicate the night black paint the RAF used would chip and fade dramatically, and I imagine the colour shifts would be similarly dramatic. Not sure I made that as clear as I hoped, but it was fun to use every chipping technique I could think of to convey the beating these poor, doomed aircraft went through. I used Mission Model paints over a coat of Tamiya lacquer silver, layering greys up to Nato black (with additional colours), chipping through to the layer beneath each time.

Although Airfix might not achieve the miraculous engineering of Tamiya or the erudite detailing of Eduard, each kit I’ve built falls together with predictable ease and makes a satisfying canvas to paint on, which is where modeling comes alive for me.

Thanks for looking!

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7 responses

  1. The Defiant seemed to me to be the most impractical fighter plane ever made. However, the effect you have achieved is impressive.

  2. Wonderful result of this Defiant, Tim @timtozer231
    Especially the weathering is great.
    As a nightfighter it did achieve some successes, but as a dayfighter it had no chance at all.

  3. @timtozer231 - this is really nice work. The (modern) Airfix kits can stand on their own for what they allow a modeler to do, and you have obviously gotten the most out of the kit. The paintwork is really outstanding with a very realistic-looking result.

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  4. Very nice. Black is hard to get right

  5. Thanks for the support, everyone!

  6. Superb result, Tim!
    Painting isctruly wonderful!

  7. I built a defiant years ago when I first got back into the hobby, and was recently gifted a second one. I was wondering what to do with it, but this has provided the inspiration! I'm going to make my 1/72 Airfix Defiant look like it's bigger brother here! Love the paint work - really made a monochromatic scheme come alive - well done.

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