AC109 Oxford 1/72nd scale Boulton Paul Defiant 264 SQN. RAF Hornchurch 1940

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AC109
Oxford 1/72nd scale
Boulton Paul Defiant
264 SQN
RAF Hornchurch
1940

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Oxford 1/72nd scale AC109 Boulton Paul Defiant 264 SQN. RAF Hornchurch 1940. Available to pre-order at Flying Tigers.

 

The Boulton Paul Defiant is a British interceptor aircraft that served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II. The Defiant was designed and built by Boulton Paul Aircraft as a “turret fighter”, without any fixed forward-firing guns, also found in the Blackburn Roc of the Royal Navy.

In combat, the Defiant was found to be reasonably effective at destroying bombers but was vulnerable to the Luftwaffe’s more manoeuvrable, single-seat Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters. The lack of forward-firing armament proved to be a great weakness in daylight combat and its potential was realised only when it was converted to a night fighter. It eventually equipped thirteen squadrons in this role, compared to just two squadrons as a day-fighter. In mid-1942 it was replaced by better performing night-fighters, the Bristol Beaufighter and de Havilland Mosquito.

The Defiant continued to find use in gunnery training, target towing, electronic countermeasures and air-sea rescue. Among RAF pilots it had the nickname “Daffy”.

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Weight 650 g
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Model Code: AC109

Model categories:
1/72nd scale Propeller Aircraft, Military Aviation, New Models In Stock