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zenrat:
Ratties comments regarding the Wellesley he made on Loupies Wannabe thread got me thinking about how many turretless Defiants we have in our stashes.
Which thoughts finally caused a neurone to fire with regard to my own turretless Defiant.

Boulton Paul Defiant by Fred Maillardet, on Flickr

This should be fairly simple.  Fair in the turret hole under a two seater canopy including a rear mounted Vickers K, add a floor and a seat for the back seater, cameras directly below where the turret was, (possibly featuring a rotating dome - if not just drill holes and make PVA lenses), and relocate the radiator as it is in the way.  And then paint all over PRU Blue.

Defiant PR MkI WIP 28-08-2021 by Fred Maillardet, on Flickr

NARSES2:

--- Quote from: zenrat on August 28, 2021, 04:27:01 am ---
This should be fairly simple. 

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How many times have all of us said that ?  :angel:

I like your thinking on this. I've been musing on the idea of using the Airfix kit to build a FAA dive bomber to replace the Skua and the way you've dealt with the rear cockpit area has rekindled those thoughts  :thumbsup:

zenrat:
I cut along panel lines to remove the turret surround.  I'll use the lowered rear fuselage part.

The thing that has always held me back whiffing this was the wider rear fuselage where the turret had been.  I felt that I needed to explain this in it's new use.  Cameras in a rotating mount provide a reason.

PR19_Kit:
Sounds like a plan.  :thumbsup:

And that widened rear fuselage is what stops that lovely turret being added to all sorts of things. I recall the disaster that my 'Turricane' project was!  :banghead:

A Spitfire's fuselage must HALF the width of a Defiant!

NARSES2:

--- Quote from: zenrat on August 28, 2021, 06:10:45 am ---
The thing that has always held me back whiffing this was the wider rear fuselage where the turret had been. 

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I know what you mean. I'm simply thinking of saying it had a scarf ring mounted for the rear gunner and his "cockpit" was half open to the elements. After all he'd only be a Leading Seaman at best so know real need to consider his comforts  :angel:

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