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Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I

No.151 Squadron, RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire, England, February 1941.

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I build – Part 1:Introduction
Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I build – Part 2:Assembly
Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I build – Part 3:Painting


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Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I build – Part 3:Painting

Primer: Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey) spray can

Base coat: Citadel “Chaos Black” spray and Tamiya XF-1 “Flat Black”.

Details:

  • Rear tyre: Vallejo Panzer Aces “Dark Rubber” 306
  • Rear landing gear: Citadel “Runefang Steel”
  • Propeller tips: Tamiya XF-3 “Flat Yellow”

The paint was protected with a layer of Humbrol Clear gloss varnish, decals applied and then Citadel Purity Seal satin varnish sprayed on.

I didn’t weather it as such, apart from painting the exhaust with Lifecolor rust paints. I guess that it is presented as you would find in a museum.

Since posting this, I’ve noticed that I forgot the wing tip lights. Oh, well! Actually, perhaps they should have been clear parts, like the centre lights.


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Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I build – Part 2:Assembly

  • Cockpit sprayed with Tamiya “Cockpit Green (IJN)” XF-71, followed by limited detail painting using Vallejo Model Color “Black” 71057.
  • Following coverage with Humbrol Gloss Clear and Citadel Purity Seal, AK Interactive “Wash for Interior” (AK093) was applied.
  • The high points were dry brushed with Citadel “Boltgun Metal”.
  • Eduard canopy mask was applied.
  • For simplicity I assembled it wheels up, as I have a number of spare stands and display space is limited.


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Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I build – Part 1:Introduction

The aircraft

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Obviously, in retrospect, this appears to be a very odd fighter – no forward firing guns – and no match for the Me 109. The only role where it had success was as a night fighter, the sole example of which can be seen at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon (image above) [1].

The kit

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Airfix 1/72 kit [2].

Apart from a certain nostalgia for 1/72 scale aircraft kits – probably my chief concern when a much younger modeller – I tend to view this type of model as a testing ground before attempting any larger scale aircraft. Actually, I think I should just dive into a 1/48 scale one next time – I find the 1/72 scale quite fiddly these days.

References

1. http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/aircraft/types/boulton-paul-defiant.htm
2. http://www.hyperscale.com/2015/reviews/kits/airfixa02069reviewmd_1.htm


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JS-3

Unknown unit, late 1945?

JS-3 build – Part 1:Introduction
JS-3 build – Part 2:Assembly
JS-3 build – Part 3:Painting
JS-3 build – Part 4:Weathering (chipping, rust, wash, fading)
JS-3 build – Part 5:Tracks
JS-3 build – Part 6:Weathering (dust, mud, oil and fuel stains and finishing touches)

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