***Stop Press!!***UPDATED: The Vampire now comes with upgraded metal trunnion retracts!
The DH Vampire was the 2nd jet to enter service with the RAF and was unusual for the time in that it was powered by a single jet engine, this allowed for a small and lightweight fighter aircraft, to maximise efficiency the jet pipe was kept short, hence the distinctive twin boom tail, all of these factors helped the Vampire to become the first aircraft in RAF service to exceed 500mph. De Havilland employed some techniques from the construction of the famous Mosquito, wood was therefore used in the construction of this classic jet! The Vampire broke several records in it's time and was the first jet aircraft to land on a carrier as well as being the first jet to complete a Trans-Atlantic flight, the Vampire became a huge success and served with many air forces around the world.
The Durafly Vampire is made from tough EPO foam and is superbly finished with waterslide decals. As well as looking the part, it is easy to assemble, being Plug N Fly, the EDF unit, ESC, UBEC and servo's are all pre-installed. The Vampire is pre-fitted with superb, scale-slow servoless retracts, they have a very positive lock which combined with the beefy struts and large rubber wheels, makes this jet perfect for almost any field.
Jet's are about performance and the Durafly Vampire will not disappoint, it has excellent speed and climb rate, when you combine this performance with the real presence of this model, not mention the un-canny scale-like sound, the end result is one of the most realistic jet's in this class. Where the Vampire differs from other scale jet's is that it is almost impossible to stall and has an amazing off-power glide making for a very forgiving model that is really easy to live with. Fast, stable, scale, reliable, easy to live, easy to fly with and with presence in spades, the Durafly Vampire will stand out at any airfield, ideal for aspiring jet jockeys, a must for any jet fan!
Specs: Wingspan: 1100mm Length: 888mm Flying Weight: 1050g EDF: 70mm with 2700kv 2836 Brushless Outrunner Motor ESC: 45A w/UBEC Servo: 9g x 4 Retracts: Servoless Electronic Type
Includes: All hardware Pilot Figure Instructions
Requires: Your own 5~6 Channel TX/RX 2200mAh~2650mAh 4s Lipoly (25c Min)
Jeff there would be only a few things that would produce yr problem. The battery is down on delivering good output, you've checked that so then as I mentioned the fan is lose (the nut shouldn't need to be tightened 'till yr blue in the face)grab hold of the motor & try to turn the fan, if it won't move then it's tight enough. Another possibility could there be a way that you have installed the fan back to front on the motor? I don't own the same model so I don't know if it's possible but hey check everything even if it does sound stupid:-)
Keep at it, it's probably staring you in the face as to why it would produce the thrust when new.
I have changed the fan blade on my vampire with three diff types, seems to have lost thrust, revs ok, but bout half the thrust it use to have, have reset throttle trim and all, still only bout half thrust at full power? dont know what to Do? Jeffo :(
Hi Ral fRotten, thanks for your reply, i am still using same battery i have two 2800 mah 4 cell 30-40c
not that old, so the power only lost after i changed fan blade, before that it had loads of thrust, so unsure if i need the original blade?
Yes it is possible to hand launch this model but its a two hand throw due to the body shape so make sure you have someone to assist you in the launch. I personally built a small dolly for it to use on the take off roll and it works a treat. Just have to watch the longer grass. Usually takes about 15 meters before its airbourne. Love flying it even after just a few flights.
Simple one hand launch for stock setup. Cradle in the palm of your throwing hand, grasp with finger tips under wing, full throttle, about a 30 degree strong toss, will sink a little and then reaches for the clouds. Lovely jet sound as it climbs out.
This doesn't seem to have a rudder, is the nosewheel steerable? I see 2 sets of wires going to the front in the photo is why I ask. The blurb says 5-6ch Rx required yet only a 4ch Tx is shown in the button below. So do you need 2ch for the ailerons or is a y lead OK?
hello, the two wires are from the esc and the bec, one supplies the motor with the commands from the receiver, this comes from the esc itself, and the other comes from a seperate unit called a BEC, this supplies the reciever with power.
so the wire from the esc goes to throttle, and the other wire goes to any spare port on the reciever to give it power.
Hope this helps.
Throw a Nanotech 3300 65-130 4 cell in and one will not be disappointed ..
This thing screams and sounds fantastic and handles as if it was on rails
Just make sure that you reinforce the front retract as it will tear out ..
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Very important, before gluing parts together lightly sand silver paint off parts to be joined, if you fail to do this it can lead to inflight failure, I love this model it flies beautifully and sounds like a turbine,it also glides very well, so plan your landings like a glider
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Ordered this from AUS warehouse on monday, arrived thursday arvo to vic metro. impressive time. packaging all good,quality good, cant wait to assemble and try it out.
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My DH-100 arrived today 12 July boxed and packed well. However there were a few dings in the foam that look like they may have happened at the Durafly factory prior to packing.All servos were checked and working o.k. However the wire links to the steering servo seemed a bit tight and adjustments may have to be done. The yellow stripes were badly cracked and to me not acceptable. There was NO glue so dont know if that is normal altho instructions do say"use the glue" Some mods will be done before it sees the light of day. Overall a great model that brings me back to my youth..Whats Next HK/Durafly...a DH Sea Vixen.