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Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant NF.I Model Kit 1:48

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Take to the skies with the Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant NF.I Model Kit.

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.

This kit will be the perfect addition to any model-maker's collection.

  • Size: 225 x 250mm
  • Scale: 1:48
  • 158 parts
  • Skill level: 2
  • Paint and glue not included
  • Suitable for ages eight years and over

Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant NF.I Model Kit 1:48

Product code: 6411821000

Reviews (2)

4.5 Stars4.5 / 5
Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant NF.I Model Kit 1:48 is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good recent Airfix Kit Finally got round to getting the Defiant in 1/48 by Airfix.The real aircraft was a bit of a disappointment .But this kit really isn’t.Moulded in hard gray plastic(which is easier to work with).The kit shows some very well done details.Panel lines are recessed and look sharp.A fair detailed cockpit and turret.With a good canopy.Instructions are clearly explained and easy to follow.Decals come on a small printed sheet but are very good.Painting instructions give paint schemes for two Boulton Paul Defiants.Both night fighter black painted versions. This model looks a great kit from Airfix and should suit all skill levels.But a great kit for beginners.Should build well and the night fighters mainly all black paint scheme is a easy option.
Date published: 2019-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good kit, nicely detailed Airfix have improved their kits greatly in recent years. This is a well detailed kit of an extremely rare ww2 RAF aircraft. Only one example remains. Fit and finish on the kit are excellent. I really like the new Airfix softer plastic. Easy to put together and paint.
Date published: 2019-08-15
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