Airframes' 1/48 scale
Boulton Paul Defiant
Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I
Airframes' 1/48 scale Defiant Mk.I and II kits
are both available online from Squadron
For a detailed examination of the kit
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman's in-box review here on HyperScale.
Classic Airframes has a well-earned reputation for
paying attention to their buying public. With the recent releases of the
CR.32 and Defiant, CA has avoided the typical manufacturers' approach of
re-releasing an old kit embellished with a new decal sheet or a resin
bit as a 'new' release.
Both of the recent CA releases are new tools, and vastly
I recently had the opportunity to build a commissioned
Defiant Mk.I for a client in England, and the new-tool Defiant turned
out to be a real pleasure to complete. (Managed to get it 'across the
pond' in perfect shape too - whew!)
All the injected parts have fine, crisp scribing. The resin parts are
very well done and are precisely detailed. The new kit also provides
injection-molded clear parts.
I built the kit straight from the box with the only exception being the
clear areas. At my client's request, I vacuformed the windscreen and
canopy to allow it to be positioned open. While I was at it, I also
elected to vacuform the turret 'glass' to better show off the nicely
I also replaced the navigation lights with tiny bits of
No surprises were encountered during the assembly of the kit; all the
parts fit well.
I finished the model using Polly Scale acrylics.
The Microscale-printed decals went on perfectly as
usual, being very opaque and with very thin clear areas that simply
disappear into a Future clear coat.
A final eggshell satin finish completed the model.
If you are a modeler looking to venture into limited-run
kits, I would highly recommend the Defiant. It's a rather unique
subject, and a great build.
Classic Airframes for the samples
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