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  1. This Airfix Defiant was built mostly out-of-the-box, except for a new serial number, black and white wing undersides and swapped fuselage roundels. And a narrow fin flash in lighter colours. L6977 (PS-U) was sent on patrol over Holland with 5 other Defiants on May 13 1940. This plane, like the others, was shot down and Pilot Officer P E J Greenhous and LAC F D Greenhalgh (Air Gunner) became POWs. The full build video can be viewed here Cheers, Luka
  2. A late entry for this GB, as I decided not to build the Hasegawa F-106, for reasons I explained in the chat thread. After some contemplation, I chose the "new" Airfix Defiant: If there is one thing that has bugged me (to put it mildly) with quite a few Airfix kits from the past 10-15 years, it's the thickness of the trailing edges of the main wings and control surfaces. Look at the ailerons on this kit. Being molded in full on the lower wing, you'd think they would be nice and sharp, but not a bit of it: They must be at least 1mm thick, equating to 3 inches in 1:1. Naturally, this looks completely unrealistic. I carefully removed them before assembling the wing, having also thinned down (somewhat) the trailing edges of the rest of the wings. I will reattach the ailerons only once I've thinned them down. This thinning will be done on the under side, at cost of the surface detail there. This loss of detail won't be that visible much, partly because it's on the underside, and partly because I have chosen the all-black night fighter version. Having just a single overall colour will help hide the fact that the trailing edges everywhere will still be too thick. Were I building the day fighter version, I would take a much more aggressive approach, to the extent that the wing/fuselage join would need some inserts. The best thing that can be said is that the engineering of this join is compatible with what I'd like to do in that scenario. As I have two more, both part of the "Dogfight Double" set with the Do 17, this will likely happen at some point. The cockpit looks as if it will be much more straightforward:
  3. Here's a little model I've finished more as a test piece for RAF cammo scheme with my airbrush than anything else. Its the new Airfix mould. Its a great little kit for the money . Iits also a tribute to the very brave men who flew this aircraft. Almost suicidal but they still did so! I used the Hataka RAF paints set. Not too sure Bout the Dark Earth from this kit? Looking at the airfix box art and paint instructions it looks a touch too dark for a defiant. I'm not an expert but what do you all think? I ďidnt use any primer on this kit ... Some of the decals fell apart so I had to change the squadron code lol its finish with AK gloss which I thinned down with water to 50:50 and applied by brush One of the 303s broke off and the Carpet monster ate it... damn! The pitot tube is made from a paper clip and painted lol 1:72 is not my favourite scale I find it hard as its a bit small for me these days. Anyway errors and omissions apart.. I hope you enjoy this one! Some more pictures Added some new pictures taken outside in natural light
  4. Even though it all started with Spitfires for me,as I’ve gotten older and learnt more about the Battle of Britain and the aircraft I’ve developed a soft spot for the crews that flew and fought in the less glamorous types. My entries for this build will be two Airfix kits: A 1/72 Defiant to be built as L7026 ‘PS-V’ and a 1/72 Blenheim If to be built as L8665 ‘BQ-A’ of 600 Sqn. A note for posterity: Defiant L7026 PS-V 264 Sqn shot down 28 August 1940 P/Os PL Kenner and CE Johnson - both killed Blenheim L8665 BQ-A 600 Sqn shot down 08 August 1940 Pilot: F/O. Dennis Neve Grice. Killed Air/Gnr: Sgt. Francis John Keast. Killed Obs: AC 1. John Benjamin William Warren. Killed
  5. Airfix 1/48 Defiant NF1, I really enjoyed this build, like all the "new" Airfix I've built, everything fitted together well with very little filler required. As I was going to build it with the canopy open I splashed out on a set of Eduard seat belts and as the was a lot of clear stuff to be painted a set of Eduard masks as well. These fitted really well but tended to "leak" a little where two pieces overlapped, ultimately this was not a problem as 5 mins with a cocktail stick tidied everything up. As always painted with Vallejo air paints with just a little weathering to break up the overall black and to make things a little more "interesting"
  6. Hi All, I'll be building Airfix' original Defiant MkI as PS@V of 264 Sqn RAF Martlesham Heath, June 1940. Here is a nice clear photo of the aircraft (image copyright Imperial War Museum): A shot of the box: I'll be completing this OOB, with the exception of Eduard harnesses and masks. Here's the sprues (part painted already!) The cockpit builds up nicely - I did drill out the slot to accept the harness (just visible). After drybrushing, chipping and an oil wash: I used the kit decal for the IP over the moulded IP. Here it is after lots & lots of Microsol: And after picking out the instruments with Micro Gloss: I'm not displeased with that result - it looks okay at normal scale, at least! Here's the cockpit located in the fuselage with the turret deck fitted: And finally, buttoned up - all located very nicely with no awkward fit: That's the extent of progress for now - thanks for looking! Roger
  7. Goodmornig Here, my last work, an Airfix kit 1/48 and new AK Real Color paints. Take a nice day At next Ettore
  8. Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I. No. 264 Squadron, Martlesham, Suffolk, England, July 1940. This is the new 1/72nd scale Defiant from Airfix. I will use an Eduard Zoom set for the interior detail, Set No SS525. For the camouflage colour paint, I have Hannants Xtracrylix. The markings will be the standard kit decals. For weathering and panel lines I intend to use gouache. Thank you for looking, Joe.
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