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Brechtel19815 Jun 2021 3:58 a.m. PST

I just purchased the Airfix kit in 1:48 scale (which I consider the best scale for aircraft models) of the power-turreted fighter. It is an excellent kit, with enough detail to produce an excellent model.

Oddball15 Jun 2021 6:36 a.m. PST

Are you going to paint it up as a shot down burning wreck for scatter terrain?

That's how most of them ended up.

Neat looking plane, but a death trap in combat.

Martin Rapier15 Jun 2021 8:38 a.m. PST

It served very effectively as a night fighter until 1942 as it was large enough to fit an interceptor radar set.

It wasn't a brilliant day fighter though:)

Garand15 Jun 2021 12:07 p.m. PST

I wonder if the Defiant could have taken some bombs or rockets, & if it would have worked as an attack aircraft. Seemed a more logical role for it…


emckinney15 Jun 2021 12:26 p.m. PST

"I wonder if the Defiant could have taken some bombs or rockets, & if it would have worked as an attack aircraft. Seemed a more logical role for it…"

The weight of the turret didn't make it terribly suitable as an attack aircraft.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2021 5:29 p.m. PST

There were alternative concepts which saw it having some wing mounted forward firing MGs as well. Trade off was to lose a lot of fuel capacity/range.

khanscom15 Jun 2021 7:35 p.m. PST

Without the turret it might have been a little more capable than the Fairey Battle-- not saying much.

Bob the Temple Builder16 Jun 2021 8:37 a.m. PST

A single-seater version was discussed. It would have had 12 x .303 machine guns or 4 x 20mm cannon, and would have been about as fast as a Spitfire but less manoeuvrable.

I once saw a reference to a day bomber version which had no turret but did have a rear-facing gunner with a machine gun, I'm not sure if ideas an ‘invasion' emergency design intended to use Defiant fuselages that had not yet been fitted with turrets.

Brechtel19813 Aug 2021 4:04 a.m. PST

At the urging of my son, I'm going to paint it as a night fighter.

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