This is the Airfix new tool Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I turret fighter, markings are from Xtradecal sheet X72117. The model depicts a Defiant from No. 264 Sqn based at Hornchurch in August 1940. This was the aircraft used by Plt Off E. G. Barwell on 24AUG40 to claim a Bf 109E for his sixth victory. The aircraft was lost over Thanet on 28AUG40.
The Defiant is generally thought of as an unsuccessful design by aviation enthusiasts, so I was a little surprised to learn that it was credited with quite a few victories given the small numbers deployed. The most successful Defiant ace was Sgt E. R. Thorn of No. 264 Sqn who was credited with twelve victories.