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Boulton-Paul Defiant

32.0k Tang0five  5 days ago

Ladies and Gentlemen. The Boulton-Paul Defiant. First and foremost a massive thank you to RamboJutter who gave my bungling machinations controllable flight!

For those who don’t know, the Defiant was an aircraft designed to the ‘turreted fighter’ concept. (I think this idea was genius. 1x pilot driving, 1x “weapons officer” going bang. Not unlike what we see today with 2 seat fighters. What a concept, way ahead of its times.... genius!)

However the turret and extra crew member added significant weight and drag to the RR merlin III powered aircraft and performance lacked in comparison to modern fighters. Against unescorted bombers the Defiant was quite handy. If said bombers had an escort the Defiants were generally cut to pieces but not before many 109s and 110s were lost bouncing Defiants mistaking them for hurricanes.

After initial losses to the turreted fighter the Luftwaffe changed tactics to attack head on or from below where the turret could not face. The threat had to be countered by squadrons corralling into a circle and rapidly loosing height in what was known as the Luftbery circle developed in the First World War - thus giving 360 degrees of mutual support and negating the weakness from below.

Certainly not as famous as the Hurricane or Spitfires in the Battle of Britain,
Defiants were withdrawn from the daytime fighter role but made successful night fighters and went on to perform various other duties from towing target drogues to radar jamming operations.

Certainly not as popular as the Spit or Hurricane on this site I feel the humble Boulton-Paul Defiant is definitely worthy of more representation having been ‘in the thick of it’ (putting it rather ‘Pimms o’clockishly mildly) during our finest hour. Quirky. British. Ingenuity. Huzzah!

Controls
AG 8 Deactivates flying controls.
AG 2 activates turret controls
(Try not to shoot your tail off Dr Jones style!)

Disclaimer
Flaps are a gimmick, turret works after a fashion

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General Characteristics

  • Successors 1 airplane(s)
  • Created On iOS
  • Wingspan 39.7ft (12.1m)
  • Length 35.2ft (10.7m)
  • Height 12.9ft (3.9m)
  • Empty Weight 9,440lbs (4,282kg)
  • Loaded Weight 10,403lbs (4,718kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.096
  • Wing Loading 13.5lbs/ft2 (66.0kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 770.0ft2 (71.5m2)
  • Drag Points 6238

Parts

  • Number of Parts 403
  • Control Surfaces 0
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    Looks a lot like a Hurricane with a gunner seat! Nice work!

    13 hours ago
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    2,859 Zanedavid

    @Tang0five lol

    yesterday
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    32.0k Tang0five

    “Sorry son, they got us!” @Zanedavid

    yesterday
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    2,859 Zanedavid

    shoots rudder

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    @Tang0five welcome

    2 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    Hmmm. Debatable. It made a successful night fighter but was no match for a 109 in straight up daylight dogfight (unless it was mistaken for a hurricane) @X4JB

    +1 2 days ago
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    14.8k X4JB

    Ah, the worst plane of WWII.

    +3 2 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    Thanks but I’ve definitely seen better from an iOS user - it’s disturbing what some wizards can make out there! I don't do cockpits for instance - way too fiddly on my old iPad Air 1 and too many parts causes crashes! @CrappyNames

    3 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    Thanks! @Zott must say I didn’t expect that from a humble defiant!

    3 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    I do like Blackburn’s aircraft, but yeah the firebrand was pretty poor! @Noname918181

    3 days ago
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    probably the best ios builder of simpleplanes

    3 days ago
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    22.6k Zott

    Congrats 50upvote 😊

    +1 3 days ago
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    5,276 Noname918181

    @Tang0five don't forget about them firebrands
    And also the pzl.30 zubr

    3 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    Awesome, cheers for spotlighting! @pancelvonat

    3 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    Happy days! @Evenstsrike333

    3 days ago
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    I​ like​ it

    4 days ago
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    @Tang0five I remember that

    4 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    Wow! Thanks for the spotlight @RailfanEthan

    4 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    Cheers! Chuffed to bits you think so! @LuftwaffeAce262

    4 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    I agree that you disagree with that! The buffalo was a lot worse! @Noname918181

    +1 4 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    Ha ha @drgunblood no worries bud, thank you!

    4 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    Yup, confused many Jerry pilots when said turret shredded their 110/109! @THEAIRCRAFTCRAFTER

    4 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    Thank you @Bife v kind of you!

    +1 4 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    Plenty of B17s on this site, why not ask someone whose already done one? I’m a bit hesitant about requests - I don’t build often. @Nickr

    4 days ago
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    32.0k Tang0five

    Thanks buddy! @TheFantasticTyphoon

    4 days ago
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