Author Topic: DH Vampire NF.5  (Read 789 times)

Offline The Big Gimper

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DH Vampire NF.5
« on: February 06, 2018, 08:36:19 PM »
This is the 1/72 Heller FB.5 kit. I decided to give the Vampire a much needed set of fangs. These are Airfix U-2 fuel tanks. Will also add an APS-4 radar pod.


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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2018, 09:42:58 PM »
Hmm! nice idea. In my MB6 project, the APS-4 (or equivalent) is in the front of one of the wing tip pods/tanks.  Could you go the same route ?

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2018, 10:03:41 PM »
Hmm! nice idea. In my MB6 project, the APS-4 (or equivalent) is in the front of one of the wing tip pods/tanks.  Could you go the same route ?

I will go with under-wing pod design as I have several in the aftermarket stash I want to use up the F6F leading edge wing mount. There is not enough ground clearance for the under-wing pod and pylon.

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2018, 01:50:35 AM »
Good :-*

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2018, 02:27:53 AM »
Interesting
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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 09:09:40 AM »
Gives it a nice bit of 'something extra'.

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2018, 01:57:44 AM »
Most of the bits are glued on. Paint shop is next.


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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2018, 02:01:16 AM »
The already painted landing gear makes it look real, but you are right: this will be even better when booms and extensions will have the same color. :-*

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2018, 11:02:10 AM »
Familiar APS-4 pod (gives me F6F flashes) combined with fangs adds bunch of character. :smiley:

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2018, 11:11:40 AM »
How about a spotlight in a matching position on the other wing.  It would also allow for final identification of potential targets at night.

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2018, 11:39:42 AM »
How about a spotlight in a matching position on the other wing.  It would also allow for final identification of potential targets at night.

Did Jeff put you up to this?  ;)

I will build this configuration but I think I will use a Meteor platform. Two engines to offset the drag these large pods would create.
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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2018, 12:41:11 PM »
Did Jeff put you up to this?  ;)
No, but I'm contemplating something similar on a radar-equipped two-seat P-51B with the APS-4 either on the wing or on a hardpoint under the wing.  TP-51B conversions make a nice starting point for such an aircraft.

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2018, 12:53:14 PM »
Another possible purpose for those slipper tanks on the wings for you to consider would be to turn the things in to rocket pods (like on the Lockheed F-94 Starfire).  A little extra firepower to impress the locals or the media.  :)
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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2018, 05:01:42 AM »
Wicked seems like the perfect word for this amazing wonder, Mr Gimper!

It looks intimidating in an earl-jet way just sitting there!

That's some magnificent modifying!

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2018, 03:18:48 AM »
Another possible purpose for those slipper tanks on the wings for you to consider would be to turn the things in to rocket pods (like on the Lockheed F-94 Starfire).  A little extra firepower to impress the locals or the media.  :)


I love that idea - maybe replace the nose of each tank with something similar to the Matra JL-100 combined fuel tank/rocket pod (see below):



Mind you, I wouldn't want to use such a system in a night situation.  Poor pilot would never recover.
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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2018, 08:03:27 AM »
Ah, Carl's paint shop ... a magical place!

That and his always esoteric decal selection turn his whiffers into masterpieces!

I wonder what he has planned?

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2018, 08:47:33 PM »
Getting there ....


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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2018, 09:36:46 PM »
Appears very intimidating in that all black scheme!

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2018, 02:10:12 PM »
Wonderful! :-*

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2018, 06:05:11 PM »
Looking good in black !

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2018, 06:28:20 PM »
Liking concept you came up with. :smiley:    The potential been lurking in Vampire kits.  You saw it and brought it forth.
Figure fuel in those tanks is for more time night fighter prowling about looking for bad guys.

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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2018, 12:12:15 AM »
Superb build, shame the decals gave you grief, I bet you would have enjoyed the result so much more. Still, I think it looks just great and have often thought
the sea vixen style tanks would suit it.
Are you thinking of a similar mod for a navy sea venom? That would have been a big help surely.

Very nice, love it.
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Re: DH Vampire NF.5
« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2018, 09:27:04 AM »
Those fangs look awesome---really suits the Vampire.
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