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#718 Defiant v Do-17z

Aces High! A Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I bringing down a Dornier Do-17z ‘flying pencil’, built with the Airfix 1:72 kits from 2014. No electronics.



Boulton Paul Defiant Mk 1

The Boulton Paul Defiant is a British interceptor that served with RAF during World War II.

On 26 August 1940, 264 Squadron engaged a formation of 12 Dornier Do 17 bombers over north-eastern Kent. Three Defiants were lost but six Do 17s and a Bf 109 were shot down - more on wikipedia.

This diorama captures part of the action..

Some Resources - Boulton Paul Defiant

Boulton Paul Defiant - The Unlucky Turret Fighter Aircraft History #4 - Rex’s Hangar


Scale Model Build. Airfix 1/72 Boulton Paul Defiant Mk 1. Columbus Models:


Marking Scheme A - selected scheme

A02069 - Boulton Paul Defiant Mk1, No. 264 Squadron, July 1940 (A)

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
  Matt Yellow 24  
  Matt Dark Earth 29 H72 /H66
  Matt Dark Green 30 H73 /H78
  Matt Black 33  
  Matt White 34  
  Gun Metal 53  
cockpit interior Cockpit Green 78 H73+H31
lower fuselage Matt Beige Green 90 H74
turret interior Satin Coal Black 85  

Marking Scheme B

A02069 - Boulton Paul Defiant Mk1, No. 151 Squadron, February 1941 (B)

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
  Matt Yellow 24  
  Matt Black 33  
  Gun Metal 53  


Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
  Matt Yellow 24 70.952 Lemon Yellow
  Flesh - Matt 61 AMMO flesh tones
  RAF Blue - Matt 96 70.899 Dark Prussian Blue
  Matt Black 33  
harness Khaki Drill - Matt 72 70.924 Russian Unf. WWII
  Leather 62 AMMO F552

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk 1 Build Log

build01a build01b build01c


build03a build03b build03c build03d build03e build03f build03g build03h

build04a build04b build04c build04d

Dornier Do-17z

The Dornier Do 17 is a twin-engined light bomber produced by Dornier Flugzeugwerke for the German Luftwaffe during World War II.

Some Resources - Do-17

Why Everyone Feared The “Flying Pencil” Dornier Do 17 - Rex’s Hangar


The Kit

Dornier Do-17z Airfix No. A05010A 1:72

Paint Scheme

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
interior features coal black 85 70.950 Black
tires matt black 33  
wheel hubs satin coal black 85  
lower fuselage matt Aircraft Blue 65 H67 / H61
interior RLM 70 Schwartzgrün 240 H64
camo 1 RLM 70 Matt Schwartzgrun 241 H65
camo 2 RLM 71 Matt Dunkelgrun 242 H64


Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
helmet, boots Coal Black 85 70.950 Black
face, hands Flesh 61  
straps Khaki 26 70.879 Green Brown
overall Desert Yellow 93 70.824 German Camo Orange Ochre

Do-17z Build Log

build01a build01b build01c build01d build01e build01f build01g build01h build01i build01j build01k

build02a build02b

The Diorama

Staging the dog-fight. 1.5mm annealed florist’s wire from Knorr Prandell


Preparing the base - spare ceramic tile, drilled to hold the wire, fixed with hot glue.


Aces High! What if .. a Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I bringing down a Dornier Do-17z “flying pencil”.

These kits were both tooled in 2014 and are a joy to build and were an early sign of Airfix’s return to form.

build02a build02b build02c build02d build02e build02f build02g build02h build02i build02j build02k

Credits and References

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LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
To be honest, I haven't quite figured out if these two interests belong in the same GitHub repo or not. But for now - they are all here!

Projects are often inspired by things found wild on the net, or ideas from the many great electronics and scale modelling podcasts and YouTube channels. Feel free to borrow liberally, and if you spot any issues do let me know (or send a PR!). See the individual projects for credits where due.