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I have always been an admirer of the Vampire F3B since it first hit the scene back in 2010, but never had the pleasure of owning one. Then last year while surfing the net, I read that an “NG” variant had been released with the objective being a more defined slope discipline design. Temptation got the better of me and I placed my order just before Xmas. Quoted order to delivery was  4 – 6 weeks, and taking a week out for the festive break it arrived on time.

I opted for an empty airframe, protective wing / tailplane covers and brass ballast set (1.5kg total in wing). The standard F3F/DS layup is double carbon 2 x 160g. Wing servo wiring harness is pre-installed with MPX connector “plug in” system at wing/fus joint.  With shipping into the UK it came in at 1325 euro, which appears to me to be very competitive at the moment.

All looks very nicely made and I am looking forward to the install (…..before any of my Midland buddies take the p!$$ on my build time history, I promise to have it in the air this year! :yes:). Install will be KST DS225MG in the wing driving the latest servorahmen  IDS kits, and KST DS215MG in the fus.

I’m hoping that the flying characteristics will make it an interesting F3F pairing with my PB1

A few pics to go with..........

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Gromit

Looks 'Cracking' Buzz, congrats on your purchase :thumbsup:,

I'm sure the build wont take as long as your Gulp :ermm: lol

 

 Stu. 

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Brett82

I will be honest and say I've never been a fan of yellow on a glider but those colours go together perfectly. You won't have any issues of contrast against the sky. 

Looks really nice mate, congrats. 

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isoaritfirst

Yellow just works really well.

great looking model Paul and a steal of a price. 

How much smaller is it compared to the normal vampire. 

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Buzz
2 minutes ago, isoaritfirst said:

Yellow just works really well.

great looking model Paul and a steal of a price. 

How much smaller is it compared to the normal vampire. 

3030mm down to 2910mm

Same fuselage based on the drawings

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Phil.Taylor

Very nice !

really good price too

Phil.

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Buzz
6 minutes ago, Phil.Taylor said:

Very nice !

really good price too

Phil.

Sorry it's yellow Phil :)

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abbof3f

Nice looking plane ....i know someone who will probably show us what it  looks like in "Barbie pink"

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19 hours ago, Buzz said:

I have always been an admirer of the Vampire F3B since it first hit the scene back in 2010, but never had the pleasure of owning one. Then last year while surfing the net, I read that an “NG” variant had been released with the objective being a more defined slope discipline design. Temptation got the better of me and I placed my order just before Xmas. Quoted order to delivery was  4 – 6 weeks, and taking a week out for the festive break it arrived on time.

I opted for an empty airframe, protective wing / tailplane covers and brass ballast set (1.5kg total in wing). The standard F3F/DS layup is double carbon 2 x 160g. Wing servo wiring harness is pre-installed with MPX connector “plug in” system at wing/fus joint.  With shipping into the UK it came in at 1325 euro, which appears to me to be very competitive at the moment.

All looks very nicely made and I am looking forward to the install (…..before any of my Midland buddies take the p!$$ on my build time history, I promise to have it in the air this year! :yes:). Install will be KST DS225MG in the wing driving the latest servorahmen  IDS kits, and KST DS215MG in the fus.

I’m hoping that the flying characteristics will make it an interesting F3F pairing with my PB1

A few pics to go with..........

5a8833b560721_Vampireview1.thumb.png.08e73d9a02015517ea712e43cf63769c.png

5a8833e0b1cc5_Vampireview2.thumb.png.3bc7a20f4a122422e375b3c987f020fd.png

5a8833eb2ad8e_Vampireview3.thumb.png.70383ea3f80e7b48f23aa492a8022e30.png

5a8833fcf067d_KSTIDSkit.thumb.png.626260f0363876c5e40cda5db5078ff2.png

5a88340a19b39_KSTIDSsideview.thumb.png.982ff17923736fcb27646232233ffb35.png

5a88341540502_VampireAccessories.thumb.png.2bc402b0a149bfe0c24385507e6fe8be.png

5a883422b60df_VampireBallast.thumb.png.3025a882611f8463fc327ab546a9291e.png

Love it Paul.

And we'll hold you to the 12 month's build.

I'll look forward see the maiden in 2020 mate😁

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Andy_B

i was just thinking the same Les ......be interesting to see what Paul comes up with on the IDS surface horns 

 

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isoaritfirst

What are the 4 x Rod eyes for?

Threaded ball ends for elevators?  

I might be tempted to fit apiece of rod bent to fit along the elevator hinge line. Then solder the ball on that. 

(Is it built yet?)

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satinet

Think they're what he gives you for control horns in the wing.

 

Iirc the vampire linkages goes v under the wink skin. But isnt really lds.

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Gromit

Have you started yet then Paul :poke: lol

A build thread would help keep you motivated during the build, solve any problems you may encounter, & help others too :yes:.

 

I have now passed my own Vampire on to Samuel, but I will still fly it when he's not looking lol :whistle:

Mine is ex Adam's & then Andy b, so my passing it onto Sam means that its now on its 4th owner, testimony indeed to its build quality. It has been & remains an excellent model. I guess its seen 8 yrs of service now.

  Stu

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Buzz
1 hour ago, isoaritfirst said:

Threaded ball ends for elevators?  

 

Tail halves come with bent wires/balls already fitted during manufacture, although at the moment I think my balls are a bit too close together :cry:

Linkage on the tail end of the carbon rods are supplied glued in place, and the other pair of ball links must be for the servo ends once cut to length.

I will see where rod heights line up with servos before choosing ball link or conventional M2 clevis. 

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Buzz

Yes you are correct Tom that the 4 x threaded rod eyes are intended for the wing control surfaces. The model comes supplied with pre-drilled hole in a location built up with resin.

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If I go ahead with the IDS kit I bought seperate to the model, then I will have to dremel out the resin area.

Alternative could be to cut a slot in the end of the IDS drive rod which is wide enough to take the eye of the threaded rod fitting.

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My temptation at the moment is to dremel out the resin and go for fitting the full IDS kit. 

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Buzz
1 hour ago, Gromit said:

Mine is ex Adam's & then Andy b, so my passing it onto Sam means that its now on its 4th owner, testimony indeed to its build quality. It has been & remains an excellent model. I guess its seen 8 yrs of service now.

  Stu

Ah, but mine has got a "go faster" stripe down the fuselage boom which is going to make all the difference :yes:

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Brett82

Looks really good Paul, very intrigued to follow the build log. 

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Buzz

Finally got the maiden flight in after work last night. Thanks to support and photos from isoaritfirst. Next to get it out on the course 🙂

 

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