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Defiant Pose

Boulton Paul Deiant F Mk1
The kit’s decals. Note the overly bright colours
The two schemes offered in the kit
The cockpit is made up of separate panels and a seat
Surface detail is sharp and inely rendered
Some preliminary markings for the fuselage correction have been mapped out on the plastic
The fabric effect on the control surfaces is rather overdone

The Boulton Paul Deiant deserves a better press than it appears to have had. Conceived in the early 1930s, when the experiences of aerial warfare in World War I weren’t so distant, it suffered from a lack of visionary thinking by its primary customer, the Air Ministry. In the 1914-18 conlict, the combination of a pilot to ly the plane and a gunner to shoot the enemy down using lexibly aimed weapons had met with signiicant success by the British combatants using types like the Bristol F2b. The concept was carried forwards through Air Ministry Speciication F.9/35 for a modern equivalent, that is for a substantial airframe mounting traversable offensive weapons, epitomised by a turret mounted array of four rile calibre machine guns. The lack of visionary thinking arose from the failure to recognise the trend amongst the future axis countries towards fast, manoeuvrable single seaters with powerful forward iring weaponry, which could literally run rings around the F.9/35 adherents.

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