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Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« on: September 15, 2019, 10:27:56 am »
Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I



As Boulton Paul was working on the design of the Defiant turret fighter the company decided to go one step further and create a three turret fighter.
This was called the trident and started as a private venture from the company.
Work was halted in 1940 as the Defiant proved vulnerable to German fighters.



As the Defiant found its purpose as a night fighter the work on the Trident continued however. To speed up the design extensive use was made of Defiant components.
In the spring of 1941 the company proposed the Trident to the RAF as a heavy night fighter.



The RAF was sufficiently intrigued to order two prototypes and the first Trident flew in December 1941 and initial tests proved very successful. The aircraft was faster than the Defiant and although less maneuverable its heavy armament made it a formidable night fighter.



In all 1400 Tridents were produced and the type served as a night fighter until 1944 when it was replaced with the Mosquito.



Thanks for this build should go to David (63cpe) who mentioned wanting to build a Defiant with two turrets and Tophe who provided the inspiration for this triplet with his crazy drawings of twins, triplets and quads.


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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2019, 10:37:26 am »
That's AMAZING Tom, and I LOVE it!  :wub:

'Formidable' is an understatement about its capabilities I'd have said, with twelve .303 Brownings it would have shredded anything the Luftwaffe could have ranged against it!  :o

I like the way the wings don't line up with each other, it means the outer turrets can fire BETWEEN the fuselages!
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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2019, 12:55:37 pm »
That's really, really good!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2019, 04:25:57 pm »
Yoiks! It's a bleedin' porcupine*! :o

One very cool build, Tom! :thumbsup:





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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2019, 06:42:49 pm »
 :wub:  :wub:  :wub:
Whatever.

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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2019, 12:03:50 am »
Fantastic! A really weird idea.
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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2019, 12:36:49 am »
Sick and glorious!  :thumbsup:

I just had doubts about landing safety, with that (relatively) narrow track for the landing gear - I guess that many outer props were lost in service.  ;)

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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2019, 03:43:30 am »
It would be stabilised by the wide track tail wheels.

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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2019, 03:51:11 am »
Flip! Just  :wub: it. Big  :thumbsup:
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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2019, 06:47:15 am »
That triple shark's mouth grin seems to be particularly suitable for such a beast. ;)

Well done Tom  :thumbsup:
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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2019, 01:08:56 pm »
Wow!

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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2019, 10:37:12 pm »
Wonderful!!! :wub: :wub: :wub:
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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2019, 03:28:09 am »

beautiful idea, this triplication, , and very well done

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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2019, 03:36:29 pm »
What’s a trid... OOOOOHHHHHHHHHhhhhhh.... cool!
Thanks!

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Re: Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2019, 08:57:22 pm »
This was prophesied in NuBSG!  Very good.... I totally dig it.  :mellow: :mellow:
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