Author Topic: DH Vampire NF.5  (Read 1014 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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