Airframes new 1/48 scale
Defiant TT Mk.I/TT Mk.III
Bolton Paul Defiant TT Mk I/TT Mk
Airframes' 1/48 scale Defiant TT Mk.I and III kit
is available online from Squadron
Classic Airframes’ new 1/48 scale B P Defiant TT Mk I/TT Mk III (kit
no. 482) is based on the newly-tooled Defiant Mk I and Mk II released
during 2005. You are given a new fuselage and canopy parts plus resin
parts to make the target tug version.
The drogue box fairing is molded as part of the new rear fuselage
section. My references showed the Mk I version flown by the USAAF did
not have the drogue fairing. Since I had picked the US version, I had
the cut and sand the fairing off the underside. Then I had to fill in
the opening with plastic and super glue. This was the hardest part of
Nor did the US version have the wind mill generator on the starboard
side. I left this off but I could not determine if the generator fairing
was there on the real thing. I left the generator fairing alone.
The kit went together well and with little filler other than the
drogue fairing. I left off the underside radiator until I painted the
black and yellow stripes. This made it easier to mask.
The decals went on well but there was no upper wing roundel for the
right wing upper surface. The USAAF version had RAF roundels on the
right upper surface and the left underside on the wings. I found one
that was just about the right size from the decal box.
The Defiant is a neat looking plane and this color scheme really makes
it stand out. There are two other striking schemes in the box. One is a
a Royal Navy machine with silver upper surfaces and black and yellow
under sides. The other scheme is over all black and yellow.
If you are looking for something different and striking, then you should
pick up one of these kits.
Classic Airframes for the sample
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