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  • Level 1 Model Kit Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I Aircraft 1/72 Plastic Model Kit Airfix A02069
  • Level 1 Model Kit Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I Aircraft 1/72 Plastic Model Kit Airfix A02069
  • Level 1 Model Kit Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I Aircraft 1/72 Plastic Model Kit Airfix A02069

Level 1 Model Kit Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I Aircraft 1/72 Plastic Model Kit by Airfix

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A02069
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Product Description

  • Brand new plastic model kit of Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I Aircraft (Level 1) 1/72 plastic model kit by Airfix.
  • Brand new box.
  • Vintage style packaging.
  • Officially licensed product.
  • Contains 70 detailed parts.
  • Does NOT include display stand.
  • Paint and cement required (not included).
  • Manufacturer's original unopened packaging.
  • Parts molded in Light Gray, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Dimensions approximately L-6, W-6.5 inches assembled.

HISTORY ASPECTS:
The Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I, introduced in 1937, was a unique British interceptor aircraft designed during the early years of World War II. Distinctive for its turret-mounted four .303 Browning machine guns, the Defiant Mk.I was conceived as a "turret fighter," intended to engage enemy bombers with a 360-degree firing range. Initially, the aircraft showed promise, particularly during the Dunkirk evacuation in May 1940, where its unconventional design allowed it to achieve significant success against Luftwaffe bombers.
However, the Defiant Mk.I's fortunes changed dramatically during the Battle of Britain. German fighter pilots quickly adapted their tactics, attacking the aircraft from below where its defensive turret offered no protection. This tactical vulnerability, combined with the Defiant's relatively slow speed and lack of forward-firing guns, led to heavy losses. As a result, the Defiant Mk.I was withdrawn from frontline day-fighting duties by August 1940. Nevertheless, it found a new lease of life as a night fighter, where it operated with more success, utilizing its radar and turret armament to intercept and destroy enemy bombers under the cover of darkness.
Beyond the Battle of Britain, the Defiant Mk.I also served in various secondary roles, including as an air-sea rescue aircraft and in target-towing duties. Its operational history, while brief and marked by challenges, highlights the innovative yet often perilous experimentation of wartime aircraft design. The Defiant's story is a testament to the rapid evolution of air combat tactics and technology during World War II, reflecting both the ingenuity and the intense pressures of the era.
With accurate historical markings and intricate detailing, this 1:72 scale model captures the essence of the Defiant's distinctive design and storied service history. It serves as a perfect addition to any collection, honoring the legacy of an aircraft that played a crucial, if challenging, role in the air battles of World War II.

Other Details

Scale:
1/72
Brand:
Airfix
Manufacturer:
Boulton Paul
Type:
Plane
Model:
Defiant
Type:
Model Kit