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And here it is. Defiant Mk.1 N3328 was first taken on charge by No. 10 M.U. on 13.11.1940 and allocated to No. 151 Squadron as a night fighter on 12.12.1940, where it remained until August 1941.
P/O Guy A. Edmiston and Sgt A.G. Beale were up in N3328 Z on patrol on 3 May 41 Between 01.30 and 02.45 their Defiant brought down a Ju 88A-5 over Norfolk. P/O Edmiston's combat report at Kew times the incident at 01.36, Frustratingly the Operations Record Book doesn't say which aircraft they were in when they shot down the enemy aircraft and it lists the flight in the early morning of the 3rd under the entry for the 2nd, it also records N3328 as N3378, and does so for the whole of May. In June it is recorded as N3328, DZ:Z.
Although the camouflage value of RDM2 was apparent, one problem was the continued use of grey codes; therefore nightfighters soon came to wear red codes. DZ-Z of No.151 Sqn also has a most interesting piece of nose art in the form of a shark mouth and eye. After having been returned to Reid and Sigrist, presumably for modification, it was later allocated to No.1 Air Armament School at Manby on 08.04.1942 and from there it was allotted to No.10 Air Gunners School at Walney Island near Barrow. On 23rd October 1942 Flight Sergeant John Leslie Goulter from No.10 AGS was flown to Manby via Grimsby, as a passenger in an aircraft flown by the Officer in Command of No.10 AGS, Squadron Leader Hubert Norman Gravenor. N3328 crashed in a hailstorm on 24 October 1942, killing the pilot, Sergeant John Leslie Goulter, RAAF.
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Firstly I altered the pilot's pose slightly, turning his head.
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Work on the cockpit.
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I have also started this bit of a restoration, well another re-paint really, Airfix's Waterloo Farmhouse ;-)
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The new tool Defiant does look to be a nice kit, Ratch and that sounds like an interesting project. Crikey, the Waterloo farmhouse takes me back to many happy hours as a youth re-fighting the battle with the OO/HO figures :grin:

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The Defiant is streets ahead of the old Airfix one. I built a few from the Blister packs :lol: I got the crew painted...
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I was pleased with how the turret went together
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I almost forgot to fit the IP :oops:
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I forgot to take a picture of the brown brickwork before adding the whitewash :roll:
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This will be a basic re-paint. I have another that I intend to do some work on at some point in the future :ha:

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You've got the worn and faded whitewash spot on Ratch; it looks very authentic.
The Defiant looks as though it goes together nicely and the crew figures look well painted

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I have to agree with Iggie. Very nicely worn and lived in scene. The Defiant is coming along very nicely as well. Looking forward to watching the progress.

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Cheers guys :grin:
I chose to fit the retracted spine and then brushed Humbrol 33 over the airframe to check for any misalignment.
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I didn’t like the step along the nose and have used Vallejo Model 70400 Plastic Putty to smooth it. Sanding tomorrow :ha:

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Been roofing also...
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And painting the Wills farmyard pieces :razz:
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I can't resist a little preview :ha:
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I was going to cut a piece of wood to mount this on :idea: But visiting my shed I found a piece, only slightly larger than the size I was going to cut, so, waste not, want not ;-)
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I have used PVA to fix the building and for the ground scatter. I've used dried tea-leaves that ChrisM sent me 8-)

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I've also drilled a couple of holes to mount trees into :twisted:

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Really liking the farmhouse.

The Defiant definitely looks better in black IMHO.


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Nice farmhouse Ratch. Really must crack on with mine.

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Back with the Defiant
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I think that's done the trick

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Ratch, you have some excellent stuff going on here.

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Well tidy as usual Ratch.


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Cheers guys. The Defiant moves on
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No problems with the underside

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A quick brush of black over the nose to check

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Airbrushed with VMA Black

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Ready for a coat of Klear, then the decals

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The farmhouse has been going slowly
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I used poster paints to prime the base

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A mixture of washes and weathering powders on the road

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A couple of trees added
More to come

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You've had them dried tea leaves a while ..... glad they come in handy. I just been using some myself on the tank base I did for a build for Dazzled Cold War table.


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