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Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP15 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.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP13 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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