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Boulton Paul Defiant - Completed 1/72 Airfix
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Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 02:20 AM UTC
When I was learning about WWII planes, a long time ago, I was fascinated with several aircraft that just seemed strange compared to what I’d seen before. One, of course, was the Boulton Paul Defiant; it was a part-Hurricane/part-Spitfire concoction WITH A TURRET!! I grew up with the 80’s GI Joes, so I had a Rattler, which was a VTOL A-10 ripoff with a turret on it. So it didn’t look out of place because I wasn’t used to turrets, it looked out of place because I didn’t realize anyone had ever done that!

I, of course, wanted a kit of it, but the only kit at the time was the old Airfix one, and even 25 years ago I knew that kit was a piece of, well, “history”, shall we say. I’ve had to wait a long time for a decent, affordable Defiant in 1/72, but now that Airfix’s new kit is here, I can say it was worth it! Check out my completed Defiant, and be amazed at how far Airfix actually has come from the old days!

https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/planes/airfix-172-boulton-paul-defiant-mk-i/


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Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2019 - 12:50 PM UTC
Just out of curiosity, does anyone know if the 1/48 is just a scaled up version of this kit, or is it different?

That's one of the few planes I'd build in 1/48 as well, since it's not that big and it'd be really cool in the night fighter scheme!
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Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2019 - 03:51 PM UTC
The 1/72 looks not to dissimilar to the 1/48.
I recently completed the larger kit, and it went together really nicely apart from a couple of issues with posing the turret in the open configuration.
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Posted: Friday, March 08, 2019 - 07:09 PM UTC

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Just out of curiosity, does anyone know if the 1/48 is just a scaled up version of this kit, or is it different?



No, Adam, the 1/48 is not just a scaled up version, it is well detailed and a fabulous kit. I have built one and I have another in the stash. Get one, you will not be disappointed.

All markings are painted on.


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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2019 - 11:36 AM UTC
Wow... that is a beautiful job!

Well done!

I'm glad to know that the big kit is even better than the small one. I'm not surprised, but given how nice the 1/72 is, I didn't know if there'd be much more to expect! Sounds like a beaut of a model, though...