Airfix 1/72 Boulton Paul Defiant
Posted 15 January 2010 - 10:00 AM
Posted 15 January 2010 - 10:57 AM
Probably the first conversion I ever did! I used the Airwaves replacement resin nose, the Aeroclub prop and spinner, the Falcon Clearvax canopy and turret (guns robbed from a Frog Blenheim), Airwaves etched brass set (heavily butchered to make anything fit) and scratchbuilt fin/rudder and rear decking.
Not the best pic in the world, but for my sins, here it is:
At the time, it was pretty much the only option. Now I have several MPM kits, along with a Pavla and CMK example. I'm not sure the cost and effort is worth it these days. That said, I still have an Airfix Defiant lying about somewhere, and if I ever find the necessary parts for cheap, I may well be tempted to try to do better. I've certainly learnt a lot since doing that kitbash!
I like the look of your colours very much - and the overall finish. Very convincing. And at the end of the day it is an excellent result with an Airfix classic.
Posted 15 January 2010 - 12:43 PM
I remember Les Whitehouse (of the BP Museum and that Defiant article fame) telling me that one Czech Defiant Mk.II was wrong because they had followed the manual dimensions and so made it the same length as the Mk.I. He knew that another Czech company was going to do a Defiant Mk.II to the correct length. I no longer recall which company...... If anyone has both marks from MPM/SH perhaps he could let us know how the length compares?
CMK did a resin Defiant and then Pavla followed with one of their ill fitting horrors*, so i suspect he meant that one. MPM brought out their superb kit after that and did a mk II which had a different fuselage. I suspect theirs is more accurate, especially as they have several people here in the UK doing research for them.
Lasemonkey, that is top notch. Looks bang on and I would never have guessed it was the Airfix kit had you not sad so.
*I was given one of these part built - largely complete but sans u/c, prop and exhausts. Still tempted to finish it in Bomber Command colours as a gunnery trainer with one of the Lancaster squadrons.
Posted 15 January 2010 - 12:51 PM
MPM brought out their superb kit after that and did a mk II which had a different fuselage. I suspect theirs is more accurate, especially as they have several people here in the UK doing research for them.
From memory, Les Whitehouse is credited in the MPM instructions
Posted 16 January 2010 - 06:24 PM
wonder if Airfix will retire the old kit soon and pop a new tool onto the market
couple of nice builds there chaps!
As Corgi and Airfix are now under control of Hornby I think it will be more than likely, The Spitfire Mk X1X has already been released in both diecast and plastic and now Mk 1 also due later in the year again in both formats it would seem that CAD designs are being used by both company's. Corgi have already released news of a new Defiant
Posted 17 January 2010 - 01:37 PM
Yes but these can be dealt with, it's the corrected shape(s) that's important as far as I am concerned. the present kit is so far out making it into a decent replica is very difficult indeed even with a box full of resin parts and several sheets of plastic card! It seems that I am not the only one who has banana shaped fuselage halves so must be a problem with the moulds.
Posted 17 January 2010 - 02:53 PM
After all that is there anything of the original kit left?
the present kit is so far out making it into a decent replica is very difficult indeed even with a box full of resin parts and several sheets of plastic card
Edited by walrus, 17 January 2010 - 02:53 PM.
Posted 05 March 2010 - 06:03 PM
Posted 08 March 2010 - 08:24 AM