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AIRFIX DEFIANT 1/48 (NIGHT FIGHTER)


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Greetings and Happy Holidays to all,

 

While I am waiting for the slat sets to arrive from Taiwan that could be the end of the month, I went ahead and order this kit and accessories for my next project. Pending on the arrival of the F-86 parts I may start this kit or build this and the Defiant concurrently. The night fighter version will compliment nicely with my night fighter Hurricane. This project will have the CMK engine set. Dai 

 

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Hi all,

 

While waiting for the KASL slat kit to arrive on the F-86, I went ahead and started on this project. So far the fit is good. One very odd thing is there are call outs for paint numbers on the instruction sheet but there is no reference to what these numbers mean? Hard to believe such omission that was not caught prior to printing. Luckily British interior consisted of green and black panels so easy to figure out. The CMK engine is very simple and the engine sits on the block so there is no headache should the engine mounts on the truss assembly. The Eduard PE set oddly does not include the seat belts. Dai 

 

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Greetings,

 

When using the CMK engine kit, do NOT cement the V struts until the firewall is cemented. The mating surface between the firewall and the struts is pin head. You will knock it off in no time by handling. When the firewall is cemented, the struts cannot be knocked off. Dai 

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Great start as usual Dai. It'll be a nice complement to your Hurricane. Maybe a Blenheim If and a Beaufighter I to complete the early British night fighter team?

 

The Defiant is one of those concepts that was proven to be outdated even before it entered service but has held a fascination for modellers ever since. The original 1/72 Airfix kit from the mid 1960s was very popular and it's, much needed, 2014 replacement was obviously successful enough to persuade Airfix to tool this 1/48 version a couple of years later.

 

Will keep an eye on your build as I have the same kit in the stash although I may build it as one of the evaluation aircraft used by II(AC) Squadron to see if it was suitable for the Army Co-operation role in place of ther Lysanders. Short answer - it wasn't; after a short time with Curtiss Tomahawks, they flew the Mustang I until late in WWII.

 

13 hours ago, dai phan said:

One very odd thing is there are call outs for paint numbers on the instruction sheet but there is no reference to what these numbers mean? Hard to believe such omission that was not caught prior to printing

 

The numbers are for Humbrol paints since Humbrol is part of the Hornby Group (along with Airfix). The call out is stated in the "Assembly Icon Instructions" section at the bottom of page 2 of the instruction booklet so it's easily missed. The required Humbrol paint references are also on the side of the box lid next to the marking option profiles.

 

HTH,

 

Jonathan

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Happy Holidays friends,

 

Continue on with the build. The fit is good and I had to trim a little bit of the front of the cockpit floor to make room for the resin firewall. I really appreciate the instruction that shows the correct placement of the parts in different colors. Dai 

 

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Merry Christmas everyone,

 

Continue working on the project. So far the fit is good without any surprises. The turret is a work of art and Kudos to Airfix designer team. I like the fact the turret is removable after the whole airframe is assembled to make painting easy. You need to do some light sandings at the turret surface where it touches the fuse so it can rotate freely but still with friction. On the bottom of the fuse, there is a ovoid panel line where the wing joins the fuse and I am not sure if this exists on the real aircraft or not. So far I am quite pleased with the fit and engineering. I wish the surface details can be a bit more finesse rather than being clunky. Dai 

 

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23 hours ago, barkin mad said:

A fine start. Bonus points for choosing a left field subject as well.👍

 

This could be a fine exercise in weathering if you want..........

 

 

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Greetings,

 

Start priming to correct any surface imperfections. And that is when I discover an issue with this kit. There are many sink marks on the wings, landing struts, wheel well covers that I will have to address before I can paint. Luckily they are in areas that I can sand. I find the issues rather are below standard of today's technology. I am sure Airfix is capable and I hope they can bring it up a notch and clean up the tooling. Dai 
 

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Greetings,

 

Of note is the kit can have either raised rear deck or flat deck.  The deck is retractable so I choose the deck to be raised. Since this is a movable piece there should be a fine gap between the deck and the fuse. But on the kit the gap is rather big so I had to apply some putty. Not accurate but much better than an un-scale gap. The Mk II designed for night fighter has taller vertical tail but both day time and night time kit versions have identical tooling. I am not sure if the NF depicted on the box art refers to the Mk II or not? Dai 

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HI all,

 

Started painting the today. I use Silly Putty to mask off the bay. Do not wait too long or the putty will sag. The joint line between the fuse and the deck should be touching but not joined as the deck is retractable. Think of it as control surfaces. I did not know this so I applied putty to the joint (you need it as there is sizable gap). So I had to use a scriber and run over the joint line a few times to give a "removable" joint illusion. I use Mr Color Flat Black MC 33 as it is way durable than Tamiya's. Dai 

 

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Hi all,

 

I used Eduard''s mask but I am unable to get sharp edges this time.  However when installed on the model, these defects are not evident. There are multiple masking pieces to apply but do not need to. They can cut down numbers of masks and still get the desired result. Like 2 pieces to mask a square area. Dai

 

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11 hours ago, barkin mad said:

You may not have needed to mask off the bays, many Defiant NF had all black bays, covers & upper part of the gear from the factory. Especially so if they were built aft Nov. 1940.

 

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Yes I was wondering about that as the one in the museum has all black bays. Dai 

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Greetings,

 

I could only locate one photo of the Defiant engine. This will give you an idea to dress up the engine as it is very bare and basic in details. The scratches on the fuse and wings can be easily duplicated with Prisma grey or silver pencils. Dai 

 

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Hello friends,

 

Applied the decals today. I use the Xtradecal and the decals are thin, strong and respond to Mark Fit Strong. However they suffer from off registry on some decals, wrong spacing and sizing. Also the clear film is affected from solution as you can see from the photos. I think once the clear coated applied, wash, weathering the issue will be resolved. I do not understand why many decal companies got the decals wrong with references easily are at hand. It seems like the illustrator just looked at the photos once then draw from memories ! I had to trim way oversized rudder decals to make them acceptable. Dai 

 

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Nice one. Check the national insignia on the port side. It is not sitting well in the wing panel line.

 

I have never made those pencils work for me.

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