DH Vampire 1/5th Scale prototype - Kit

Re: DH Vampire 1/5th Scale prototype - Kit

Postby Dale » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:32 pm

Indeed.
I know it is a bit of a ghost town around here, but i know the odd person does actually read this stuff! Keep up the good work.
(I should update my P-40 thread, it's actually very close to (second) first flight.)
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Re: DH Vampire 1/5th Scale prototype - Kit

Postby Warwick » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:01 pm

Hi Brian,

I know it is the height of winter down under, no flying and lots of building.

Any update

Keep up the good work
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Re: DH Vampire 1/5th Scale prototype - Kit

Postby DH100 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:35 pm

So, I they let me out of the nut house thinking I was sane but alas it is not the case as the pics below will prove to you all! (I wasn’t really in the padded cell but I might as well have been.)
In short I was planning to try really hard to get to the Jet World Masters but pulled the plug on that and as a result took to the airframe once again to correct mistakes confirmed by component drawings supplied by the RNZAF Museum. This is the start of the mod which fortunately requires adding on as opposed to removing.
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The front on view in pic # 3 highlights the difference and smallish as it is it impacts on most profiles aft as far back as the rear edge of the top hatch.
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More later.
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Re: DH Vampire 1/5th Scale prototype - Kit

Postby DH100 » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:51 pm

I have made some progress on the next two stages. I had to balsa infill back to the front of the hatch, then modify the existing engine cover hatch to suit the new profiles. From this I will make a new Fibre Glass engine cover, a lighter one at that as the original became a little heavy as a result of previous mods.
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And now it's symmetrical in front view.


In my travels around Auto Paint shops I came across the best putty Ive used. It’s a brand called Evercoat “Ever-Glaze and Spot Putty”. As you see it’s red in colour, dries quickly and sands beautifully.
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Re: DH Vampire 1/5th Scale prototype - Kit

Postby CraigG » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:36 am

Incredible work, I'm looking forward to seeing more.

I recently acquired a 1/4-scale Vampire built from Sterner plans, it's not a patch on your model. I'd like to add some of the scale detail you have but other than a distinct lack of good data I'm not sure it's worth the effort.

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Re: DH Vampire 1/5th Scale prototype - Kit

Postby DH100 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:01 am

Hi Craig

I've probably said enough about the Sterner Vampire - suffice to reinforce that it's a Sport Scale Model at best. Like all Vampire models I've seen however, it flies well and so my suggestion is that you do just that ... fly it and enjoy it.

Out of interest what's it's history? Thanks for the kind words.

Cheers ... Brian
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Re: DH Vampire 1/5th Scale prototype - Kit

Postby DH100 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:33 pm

Back where I want to be finally, working towards completing some remaining details for the fuselage “pod”. I started out to make two Fuel Tank caps from a slice of Brass tube and a piece of G10, filled on the underside. I then cut a slightly oversize hole in the appropriate place on the upper wing skin surface, wound two layers of Tamiya thin paper tape around the brass.
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I then set the above in place with some body filler then removed the cap and the taped when it was good and set. Taking the paper off and test fitting gave a very nice clearance around the cap and all done without a lathe.
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I plan to make a silicone mould for the caps however, to reduce the time to make another 5 pieces.
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Re: DH Vampire 1/5th Scale prototype - Kit

Postby DH100 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:42 pm

Catching up with myself here. I made a mould and have two of the six caps made. I used regular Builders Bog with some Aluminuim powder added.
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You will see in the background also the first of the new top hatch lock covers..... only 9 to go!
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Little by little the paint scheme is beckoning!
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Re: DH Vampire 1/5th Scale prototype - Kit

Postby DH100 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:10 pm

I couldn’t resist putting some paint on the nose sections. I’m also adding detail screws to the lower nose section. These are from Optometrist supply outfit and have a 1.4mm dia head. The full size shows quite a lot of skin distortion around these screws, so I’ve done what I can.
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I applied a light silver coat for the hell of it then the Dark Sea Grey. I just felt I had to paint something after all the Red Arrows work! The background shot of that particular corner of my workshop is less than complimentary, but that’s just too bad.
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Then still in the painting mode and I have tidied up the front bulkhead to nose cowl tolerances. The full size has a chamfer on the bulkhead as opposed to an edge to edge fit. So working from the nose back the colour scheme will develop – sooner rather than later I hope. However there are a number of tidy-ups to complete along the way.
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Re: DH Vampire 1/5th Scale prototype - Kit

Postby DH100 » Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:20 pm

I had to re-make the two side hatches aft of the cockpit bulkhead, a consequence of reshaping the upper fuselage. It was a good time to take a second look, as the edges have a distinct turn down on the sides and along the bottom. The slots for the hatch locking handles are also rolled in slightly.
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I was able to use the original hinges that I had made (a bonus), and the items now have a coat of etch primer. This will allow me to continue the finishing and painting process moving aft along the fuselage pod.
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Why paint them Silver … because I could and they probably were prior to being cammod. The screw heads are yet to be filled and a tape applied to the hinge fixing to the fuselage.
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The starboard side features the root extension that covered or allowed access to the air con.
Little by liitle it’s creeping on.
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