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Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« on: December 14, 2013, 06:06:12 PM »
The Boulton-Paul/Westland Defender Mk.IV - a cross between a Defiant & a Whirlwind.

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Back story for those who are interested:

Due to the less than outstanding success of the (relatively) contemporary Defiant & Whirlwind, the British aircraft companies Boulton-Paul & Westland partnered up to product the B-P/W Defender Mk I. Combining the best elements of their respective designs they came up with a fast twin-engine turret-fighter powered by RR Merlin III engines, armed with 4 x .303 calibre machine guns in the same turret as used on the Defiant & 6 x .303 calibre machine guns mounted in the nose.

Misguidedly tasked as a day fighter the Defender was not quite up to the job. Although it did perform much better than the German Me. 110 it was too slow to out-run & insufficiently agile to out-turn single seat fighters such as the Me. 109 with subsequently high losses. These losses led to the Air Ministry almost cancelling orders for the aircraft but a need for night-fighters caused a stay of execution as the Defender squadrons were re-tasked to this role.

This is where the Defender 1st made its mark, with the Mk I proving to be considerably better & more versatile than the contemporary single-seat fighters & converted bombers. The aircraft of Defender squadrons all bore the legend "Comrades in Arms", as a memorial to those who died early in the war flying in Defiant & Battle squadrons from which most of the original crews came.

The short-lived Mk II trialled replacing the .303 mg’s with American .50 cal mg’s (4 in the nose & 2 in the turret).

The Mk III which replaced it returned to .303 mg’s, with the usual 4 in the turret but only 4 in the nose. This was because the Mk III was fitted with an additional 4 x 20 mm Hispano cannon in a belly pack below the cockpit.

The Mk IV lost the nose .303’s & the turret. These were replaced by an airborne RDF unit & its operator. Although now limited to only the 4 x 20 mm Hispano cannon, the Mk IV was an extremely effective night-time aerial interceptor.

Later Marks were mainly improvements in RDF/radar & engines, although the Defender did spawn the highly successful “Aggressor” fighter-bomber.

The Aggressor was, basically, a single-seat late-Mark Defender armed with 6 forward firing 20 mm Hispano cannon (2 x nose, 4 x belly pack) plus up to 2,000 lb’s of bombs & 8 rockets.

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Build album slideshow link: http://s459.photobucket.com/user/GPlachy/slideshow/Defender

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« Last Edit: December 14, 2013, 06:13:56 PM by Old Wombat »
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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2013, 02:59:20 AM »
Twin seat, twin engined night fighter in some snazzy night camo  :-*
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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2013, 03:09:03 AM »
Stunning!

It fights perfectly with the RAF's needs, corrects two underappreciated airframes by combining them and even manages to look like it was always meant to be in this form.

Bravo!

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2013, 03:26:38 AM »
Sweet
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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2013, 04:34:01 AM »
Thanks to you all, once more! :))

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2013, 05:33:13 AM »
I really like the camo, as for the rest of it I'll just say:

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2013, 10:13:37 AM »
Beautiful!!  And quite plausible; I'm tempted to try some of the back-story airframes.

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2013, 11:29:28 AM »
Beautiful!!  And quite plausible; I'm tempted to try some of the back-story airframes.

Go for it! :D

(I was quietly hoping someone would! ;) )

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2013, 01:30:57 PM »
Outstanding job converting a single engine in twin!! :) :-*

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2013, 02:14:38 AM »
That's a great kitbash - plausible and the camo looks great.  It looks like a British answer to the Me 110.

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2013, 02:40:58 AM »
Harmonious silhouette, a pleasure for the eyes, thanks! :-*

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2013, 09:56:40 PM »
Thank you, gents! :icon_alabanza:

For anyone interested (elmayerle?): My vision of the Aggressor was of the aircraft I modelled minus the spine, with a Spitfire bubble canopy & 2 Mustang engine sections, maybe with a slightly revised tail (this one's a little clunky). The RO's place would be taken by either an extra fuel tank or a slightly smaller tank with more ammunition for the belly-pack cannons.

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2013, 10:39:30 AM »
 The build is beautiful, from concept to cammo. And the pilots really set the thing off.

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2013, 10:46:05 PM »
That looks really good Guy, and on top of that, the camo scheme is what I had envisioned for my Twin-Spitfire nightfighter, only I'm using Glossy Sea Blue topside.  Now I can see it works  ----   :)

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2013, 04:44:27 AM »
That's one of the most excellent night camo schemes I've ever seen!

You have mad, enviable talent!

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2013, 05:24:43 PM »
..gotta build one now !   Excellent inspiration there.  :D

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2013, 08:07:14 PM »
You know Wombat, this looks like a real could've been, well done my twisted friend!! 8)
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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2014, 12:58:21 AM »
Gentlemen, now that I've got internet service again, I thank you all! :))

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2014, 06:08:28 PM »
First thing that comes to mind is RAF 45.5 or 46 --- which is it  :)
Cool concept and camo  8)
Camo does just right amount of eye scrambling !

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2014, 02:14:32 AM »
First thing that comes to mind is RAF 45.5 or 46 --- which is it  :)
Cool concept and camo  8)
Camo does just right amount of eye scrambling !

Nothing so late. I'm figuring a 1940/41 introduction of the Mk.I with the Mk.IV entering service around 1943/44 (maybe as early as mid-'43).

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2014, 04:09:56 AM »
Much goodness here ..............  :-*

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Re: Old Wombat's Old Stuff (Pt.4)
« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2014, 09:56:39 AM »
Thanks, Brent! :)

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