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- Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I, No. 264 Squadron, RAF Hornchurch, Essex, England, 25th August 1940.
- Boulton Paul Defiant NF.I, Aircraft flown by Flying Officer Frederik Desmond Hughes & Sergeant Fred Gash (gunner), No. 264 Squadron, RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire, England, April 1941.
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- Length 225mm, Width 250mm, 113 parts
- Canopy open or closed option
- Turret Open or closed option
- Turret can be built with dorsal ramp up or down
- Landing gear up or down option
- Control surfaces are poseable
- 2020 boxing of the 2016 new tooled kit
The Boulton Paul Defiant holds a unique place in British aviation history as the only 'turret fighter' to enter service with the RAF. A contemporary of the only other turret fighter, the Royal Navy's Blackburn Roc, the Defiant used the philosophy that a fighter aircraft, armed solely with a turret bristling with machine guns would be able to enter a bomber stream causing havoc & the turret would would also enable it to defend itself from enemy fighters.
However. despite the sleek lines of the aircraft & its powerful Merlin engine, the Defiant proved to be a failure in the role of daylight interceptor. During its first few engagements during the Battle of Britain in 1940, enemy pilots were taken by surprise & the Defiant fared well. But soon the Luftwaffe pilots worked out its weaknesses, especially the lack of forward firing guns which meant head on attacks from enemy fighters were often fatal.
The Defiant was soon relegated to night fighting duties were it fared better, before being eventually re-assigned to Air Sea Rescue work & training duties.