Durafly has released another fantastic version of their popular EDF RC jet to date, the fantastic D.H.100 Vampire Mk6. We added some new improvements and finished with a striking new scheme. This version of the Durafly Vampire is finished in the scheme of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) colors. This scheme was selected for its history and for orientation when flying. The RCAF obtained their Vampires in late 1948 and they were an instant hit with the RCAF aircrew and pilots. Being their Air Forces first ever jet fighter, the Vampire had outstanding performance and graceful lines just like the Durafly RC electronic ducted fan version.
Although the initial version of the Vampire was a very stable flier Durafly have tightened up the tail booms and elevator with carbon fiber support to give even better control. With the change to the RCAF colors, the silver scheme has been “dulled” to give a more realistic color and the plane also has a smoother finish with cleaner panel lines. Under the hatch, the Vampire has been updated with an AeroStar 60A ESC with a built-in BEC (rather than the separate ESC and BEC) and an upgraded 2836 3300KV brushless motor to provide more performance and efficiency.
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 a Plug N Fly model. The EDF unit, ESC and servos are all pre-installed. The Vampire is pre-fitted with superb, scale-slow metal trunnion servo-less retracts. They have a very positive lock which combined with the beefy struts and large rubber wheels make this jet perfect for almost any field.
Jets are about performance and the Durafly Vampire "Canadian Edition" will not disappoint. It has excellent speed and climb rate, when you combine this performance with the real presence of this model (not to mention the uncanny scale-like sound) the end result is one of the most realistic jets in this class. Where the Vampire differs from other scale jet's is its wide flight envelope, fast fly bys, big loops, aerobatics and slow stall speed combine to give you a very forgiving model that is great to fly Fast just like the original 1950's first generation jet warbird.
Fast, stable, scale, reliable, easy to fly and with a presence in spades, the Durafly D.H 100 Vampire "Canadain Edition" will stand out at any airfield and is ideal for aspiring jet jockeys. A must for any jet fan!
• Carbon fiber in booms and elevator
• Smoother finish with clearer panel lines
• Updated 60A ESC with integrated BEC
• Updated 2836 3300KV motor
• A more realistic “duller” silver paint job
Flying Weight: 1050g
EDF: 70mm with 2836 3000KV Brushless Outrunner Motor
ESC: 60A w/UBEC
Servo: 9g x 4
Retracts: Servoless Electronic
Your own 5~6 Channel TX/RX
1 x 2200mAh~3300mAh 4S Lipoly (30c Min)
Frame/ PNF/ RTF(mm):
Flying is OK with the CG about 15mm more forward than the manual says.
The carbon rods are not long enough and the booms still bend at full speed.
I glued in extra on the bottom, so now it's OK.
Glue used on landing gear is crap.
After landing a few times in long wet grass the gear came off when i retracted the gear to put the plane in the car.
I removed the gear and now hand launch.
Saving some extra weight.
Quality isn't the same as my sons Tundra.Having seen the earlier models of the Vampire fly I decided to bite the bullet and buy one of the new ones in the Canadian markings. The kit arrived safely within two very good boxes and each component was wrapped in a polythene bag great at this point. I soon discovered that the bags do protect the component and hide issues. I found that the "Live" hinge on the tailplane/ elevator was very dead with the elevator hanging by a small piece of hinge. Not too bad to fix and 4 hinges later it was free and sound. Also the tailbooms are supposed to have a reinforcement rod running forward of the wing trailing edge to fix earlier issues. Sadly no evidence of these were seen on mine so I inserted 120mm of 3mm C/F tube from the front end which stiffened the structure no end when assembled. Never mind these things do happen I thought and carried on with the build. I was surprised to find no spar running through the wing but found the wing to seat firmly in its housing so carried on with the build and glued these in place as per the instructions. I did find the cable runs nicely done and the thoughtful cable ties at the rear of the ply fuselage tray to tidy up the duct in front of the fan, as was the fan access hatch which had one fixing tab unglued where the paint had come off the foam. The paint had not been removed before gluing which makes a huge difference to the glue bond. Once all was assembled the aircraft looked nice and it was then that I noticed the roundels on the upper wing and the fin flashes were lifting off and would not stick down, and the numbers were flaking in places as well. They would certainly have created some interesting flight characteristics if they lifted in flight so were removed which was a bad move as they pulled some of the skin/ surface off as well The retracts are ok but the noseleg was dead so was replaced from my spares. I found that only two of the noseleg mounting screws did anything as the other two turned freely having stripped the plywood on initial assembly. All niggles aside I carried out a maiden flight which went well until the landing which was wings level in to 60cm long grass and on reaching the aircraft I found that the battery (Turnigy3000mAh 4s) had slid out of the battery retaining strap, severed the nose retract wire on the end of the retract unit and exited through the front of the nose tearing the foam from the front corner of the hatch downwards to the cannon cut outs. I have got some Velcro now to secure the battery in future and glued it back together.
The flight performance is impressive from hand launch to landing. I found that there is a noticeable improvement in climb performance and vertical manoeuvres and loops rolls etc easily performed from the flat. Cruise can be as little as 1/4 throttle where it will fly at a reasonably slow scale like pace but easily controlled through to flat out at a scale speed of Mach 2+. If turned hard at speed the wings do flex quite a bit and she will flick out of the turn, and stalls are slow with a sharp wing drop which is easily picked up as the speed increases in the dive. Landing approach can be quite slow with enough elevator control to get the nose well up for the landing flare. After the flight there was evidence of the wing having flexed quite considerably with compression creases running chord wise in the top skin. Maybe Durafly should look at some wing reinforcement maybe some carbon strip 3mm x 1mm let into the wing underside to reduce the bending. If the buyer gets a good one then they will be very happy with the aircraft, If they get one like mine then it does leave you thinking that you've paid a lot for a load of unnecessary niggles and grief. Either way once flying it looks good and flies nicely.During take off yesterday, I didn't give her enough welly due to an obstruction on the landing strip and she stalled to the left and dived into the grass, but not from more than about 4 feet up! Yet BOTH the booms snapped off at the wing! I ordered this Canadian version because I understood HK has improved the strength of the booms, yet the rods STOP about 1/2 to an inch from the wing, so creating a weak spot, rather than allowing the aircraft to survive a relatively harmless impact.
I enjoy flying the Vamp, but am going to insist HK replace it as I feel mislead. I don't want to be flying a an aircraft with DIY repairs, unless it's a genuine hard crash from high. I'm beyond that now.Test flew today all went great. Batteries I use are Zippy compact 4cell 3300mAh and a Zippy compact 5 cell 2700mAh. Just don't use full throttle on 5 cell for more than a few seconds. CG is very important. I balance where aileron wires go into fuselage just slightly nose down there. I took all wheels out and just hand launch with 2/3 throttle and a little up elevator with no problem.Covered forward u,cart hole with balsa then drilled two holes for more air to cool batteries. Always glide Vampire in to landing on grass, no problem. Buy one they are awesome.Cool plane, sounds awesome, it has a lot of fun factor. Running a nanotech 3300mAh 4s pack 65-130c, flight time of 4min. (pulls 64amps WOT). I am using the gear for take off only and belly landing on the grass to protect the gear from bending on landing. The model flys faster if you fly without the canopy fitted. I did an experiment on grass and tried to take off wheels up on the belly, it doesn’t move, but if you remove the canopy it takes off. The motor is a little starved for air. A good plane to have in your collection.
Sydney, AustraliaMy first unit had a fan failure on its second flight, came down just short of the field, not to heavy and nosed up. Both booms snapped, only one has a carbon rod and it finishes right at the point were the boom meets the wing, fairly useless as this is the week point. Hobbyking was good enough to replace it, well done! The new one is also just as flexible in the booms, it is already splitting straight out of the box! I cut on the underside through the seem and glued in a flat piece of carbon fiber strip 3 mm wide. Now it has strength, the flex on the original is when the tail is moving up and down, the flat strip takes care of it. A great plane to fly, it is a pity the factory did not listen to what Hobbyking must have advised!A great looking Vampire. If you want something out of the ordinary, that sounds like it should and has great scale looks, backed up by proven performance over a wide envelope, then you cant go past the Vampire.
My only gripe was no manual in the box. But both Hobby King and Durafly have it for download...shouldnt have to though boys.Superb, excellent intro to EDF's now on my third one, can't get enough of themI've been wanting a Vampire for some time now. When I saw this new paint scheme and that they added carbon fiber re-enforcement to the tail booms and horizontal stab, I figured it's time to buy one.
I have well over 20 flights already and love this little foam jet. Only took three clicks of up trim and two clicks of left aileron trim for level flight. I'm using the Zippy compact 3300 mah. four cell packs. Flight time is around 5 minutes. Only problem I have found so far is the nose gear mounting block in mine came loose because there wasn't much glue holding it in place. I just had to epoxy it back in.