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 to 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 with, easy to fly 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!
Flying Weight: 1050g
EDF: 70mm with 2700kv 2836 Brushless Outrunner Motor
ESC: 45A w/UBEC
Servo: 9g x 4
Retracts: Servoless Metal trunnion
Your own 5~6 Channel TX/RX
2200mAh~2650mAh 4s Lipoly (25c Min)
I picked this up for black Friday deal with the free shipping it's not perfect here is a few tips before you assemble it. The entire plane is glued together the booms and wings have no spars only foam. The booms tend to flex little not a big deal seems to fly well lot of people put carbon fiber tubes in them before you glue the booms in plane. What ever you do don't make the mistake I did and glue over the paint always REMOVE the paint before you apply glue now one of my booms is coming lose. The front nose wheel has lot of play in the push pull cables but not really a big deal once you start your take off roll the vertical stabilizer takes over it goes straight down the runway. Once you get it off the ground it's super easy to fly light loading on the wings gives you very forgiving plane that can climb vertical easy. I would not say it's unlimited vertical but it could be if you want to bump the voltage to the next level it's not a slouch either like lot of the under-powered foam EDF jets which can only fly in circles this will do what you want it to do. Landing is easy the only problem I had was getting it to come back to the ground this thing can fly at almost a crawl in the air you will be amazed really like a trainer. I bought this to learn how to land my freewing F-15 better but it lands so easy I'm not learning anything about landing a high speed jet. Lot of info on rcgroups about the carbon fiber upgrades I don't think it needs it unless your planning on stepping up the power just make sure you get rid of the paint on the gluing surfaces. There is some talk about CG on RCgroups I actually had to move the batter back from where people were saying to CG the plane it was just too nose heavy. I went with the recommended 4S 2700 zippy compact. Flight time about 4 min on 2700 don't worry about dead sticking it into LVC if you need to the thing glides really well in fact I can't even land it with any power if I touch the power just climbs when I'm lined up with the runway. If the booms had some sort of re-enforcement and the paint was removed on gluing surfaces I would give it a 5 star.This is my second Vamp, As my older one which I loved, met it's demise when clipping the top of a tree and was destroyed. This plane is Awesome to fly, Very easy to modify, I use a Changesun 10 blade fan, with the stock motor and ESC, 4s 3600 Battery, Stock main gear, Aftermarket nose gear, ( use the stock nose gear until it goes bad) And just replace it with something better, Use a 6 channel receiver and set this up for spoilerons on landing, And you will love the way it lands,,, I am glad this plane is still available, Great plane for the money!with the recommended battery this plane is very light for it's wing area, which means it just glides and glides on with 0 throttle, it's one of the easiest planes i have to land.
the only problems i had with it is because the foam is rather soft, first problem was the front wheel getting loose and creating slack in the steering cables, it would steer all over the place. i had to reinfoce the entire front wheel area just to stop it from slopping from landing.
also the tailbooms are a bit weak, i had to reinforce them because i got some play on the angle of the horizontal stab and elevator. i get a solid 5 minutes flight on it every time, you can fly it half throttle with no problems at all. i would suggest reinforcing the tail and nosewheel when putting it together.
for the price this plane is a steal! would recommend to anyone wanting an easy going edf.
looks great in the air too!My first purchase in RC and I love itGreat plane flys fast, really easy to build also my favourite plane out of all of hobbykings models. The only problem I had with it was it is really easy to get hangar rash during transport.Great plane flys fast, really easy to build also my favourite plane out of all of hobbykings models. The only problem I had with it was it is really easy to get hangar rash during transport.The plane arrived with the battered wings almost brokenThe plane arrived with the battered wings almost brokenArrived in perfect condition. Replaced the stock ESC with an 80amp unit set for high timing. 750 watts /50amps with lots of thrust. Removed the U/C which saved 185gm/7oz. Used silver duct tape to close wheel wells.Strengthened tail booms with 3mm carbon rod let into underside fin to wing. C of G with 3300 4s Turnigy needed 30gm lead in front nose bay.
Flew off easily in light breeze from a gentle level hand launch. Needed 9 clicks of down trim at cruise speed but otherwise no problems. Sounds great, very realistic aeros, stall gentle with some wing drop. Glides amazingly well so landing needs a bit of learning to avoid overshooting the runway. Verdict. Terrific scale EDF and even with the new ESC good value.Lovely little plane for a beginner jet pilot flys well.
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