Boulton Paul Defiant
TT.Mk.I / III
Classic Airframes, 1/48
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||482 Boulton Paul Defiant TT.Mk.I /
III Target Tug
|Contents and Media:
65 parts in
grey styrene, 23 parts in grey colored resin, 4 clear injection moulded
parts. Instructions, decal sheet and painting guide for
variants; well detailed; good surface features including finely engraved
panel lines; well-cast resin parts for detailing interior and TT
equipment; avoids the trickier construction aspects of the Defiant
fighter kits; high quality decals
Sink marks on
either side of rudder base; DIY harnesses
Reviewed by Brett Green
Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale Defiant TT Mk.I and III kit
is available online from Squadron
Classic Airframes released their newly-tooled 1/48
scale Defiant Mk.I/II Day Fighter and Night Fighter kits almost exactly
two years ago. At the time, a Target Tug was also announced. Proving
that all good things come to those that wait, the TT.Mk.I / III kit is
I was surprised to see just how many new and
different parts are included in this kit. It certainly makes for an
unusual variation on the Defiant theme.
Classic Airframes Defiant TT.Mk.I/III kit comprises
65 parts in grey styrene, 23 parts in grey colored resin, 2 clear
injection moulded parts. The plastic parts feature the same shiny finish
as the first two Defiants in the series, as well as crisply recessed
panel lines. The fuselage halves are completely new. This variant was
not fitted with the adjustable rear deck or the turret, so you will not
have to deal with the complications associated with that aspect of
construction with the earlier kits. Instead, there is a well-detailed
compartment for the target tow operator.
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Moulding quailty is generally very good, but there
are noticeably sink marks on either side of the base of the rudder.
Clear parts are bit thick, but are quite clear. I
have found that Classic Airframes' canopies usually respond well to a
batch on Future floor polish before painting too.
Resin parts are just gorgeous, focusing on the
front and rear cockpits, wheel wells and target towing equipment.. Some
of the casting blocks are substantial, so a razor saw or Dremel will be
helpful for preparing these parts.
The seats are cast without harnesses, so you will
have to source your own.
An interesting inclusion is a giant resin Vokes
tropical filter for the Fleet Air Arm option. This big resin part
replaces the bottom of the engine cowling, which has to be cut off. Some
experience will be helpful if you decide to take up this option.
Three widely varied marking options are supplied.
RAF Defiant TT Mk.I
of 26 AACU in Egypt, 1945, in broad black and yellow stripes overall
USAAF Defiant TT
Mk.I of the 8th AF based at Bovington in 1943 finished in black and
yellow striped undersides with RAF Dark Earth and Dark Green
fuselage sides and upper surfaces, and
Defiant TT Mk.III,
733 NAS, Royal Navy in 1945 with black and yellow striped undersides
and silver painted fuselage sides and upper surfaces. This aircraft
features small blue and white SEAC markings.
Decals are supplied on two sheets. They are thin,
in perfect register and the colours look good.
You have to give Classic Airframes credit for
releasing some intriguing subjects that nobody else would even consider.
The creation of a Target Tug Defiant is no minor tweak compared to the
fighter variant. The all-new fuselage and the resin parts would
represent a serious investment. Who knows, perhaps there is a gigantic
unseen community of Target Tug fanatics who have been clamouring for
this kit for years.
Even if there is not, for the rest of us this is a
very interesting variant on the Defiant theme, bristling with
propellers, towing equipment and bulging drogue fairing, decked out with
a very complete interior and finished in wild colours. This model will
certainly draw comments and questions on model club and competition
As with any Classic Airframes kit, keep in mind
that you will need to spend more time planning construction, preparing
parts (especially the resin) and test-fitting everything before
committing to glue. Experienced modellers who heed this advice should
enjoy the experience.
Phil Hale has already built one of these kits and
shared his impressions and images here on HyperScale.
You can follow this link to see Phil's article.
Classic Airframes for
the review sample.
Boulton Paul Defiant,
Warpaint Series No. 42, by Alan Hall.
The Boulton-Paul Defiant,
by Richard J. Caruana, Scale Aviation Modeller International, April
Boulton Paul Defiant –
Aircraft in Detail, by Alan Hall, Scale Aircraft Modelling, August
Aircraft Archive, Volume
I – Fighters of World War Two, Argus Books Limited (OOP)
kits are available worldwide through hobby retailers and from
Review and Images Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
Page Created 20 October, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007
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