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The Boulton Paul Defiant was a British fighter aircraft and bomber interceptor used early in the Second World War. The Defiant was designed and built by Boulton Paul Aircraft as a "turret fighter" and served with the Royal Air Force (RAF). Contemporary with the Royal Navy's Blackburn Roc, the concept of a turret fighter was somewhat similar to the First World War-era Bristol Fighter. In practice, the Defiant was found to be vulnerable to the Luftwaffe's more agile, single-seat Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters; crucially, the Defiant did not have any forward-firing guns.

It was later used successfully in the night fighter role, before it was phased out of combat service in favour of the Bristol Beaufighter and de Havilland Mosquito. The Defiant finally found use in gunnery training, target towing, ECM and air-sea rescue. Among RAF pilots, it had the irreverent nickname "Daffy."


  • Length: 35 ft 4 in (10.77 m)
  • Wingspan: 39 ft 4 in (11.99 m)
  • Maximum speed: 304 mph (264 kn, 489 km/h)

Source: Wikipedia

The Kit

Our 1:15 scale kit was designed by Dave Collins for CD-ROM brushless power. The kit is easy to build because it's constructed with an integral battery box and motor mount that becomes a part of the model's structure. The wing is a simple, fully-sheeted structure.

Our Defiant kit is a short kit containing:

  • all laser-cut wood parts needed to build the model:
    • fuselage and cowl formers
    • wing ribs and spars
    • fin and rudder
    • stabilizer and elevator
    • laser-cut and etched lower skins for the wing
  • custom vacuum-formed clear plastic canopy
  • custom vacuum-formed cowl
  • construction manual

You can download decals directly from this page in a PDF:

  • Defiant Mk.I, TW-H (L7036), 141 Sqn, RAF

The kit is now shipping.

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Construction Manual v2.1 - January 2011
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