Forward Fuselage Close
by Brett Green
Airframes' 1/48 scale Vampire FB Mk. 5 is available online from Squadron
This forward fuselage section from an ex-RAAF de Havilland
Vampire Mk.30 currently resides at the Camden Museum of Aviation,
around 50km south west of Sydney.
These photos illustrate some interesting attributes of this
airframe, some of which are common to other Vampire FB.30 and FB.31
airframes, and one which may (or may not) be unique.
The following items are of interest:
Note the large, oval panel on the
starboard side. This metal panel only appears to be installed on
Vampires fitted with ejection seats. I assume that it is some
sort of access or inspection hatch, as the bulky ejection seat
would have severely restricted access to the bottom of the
Also note that the ejection seat
is hard against the back of the cockpit. There is no rear shelf
for the radio gear.
The tinted windscreen may be
clearly seen in these images
This particular airframe appears
to be fitted with the taller Venom style canopy (thanks to John
Adams). This may be a one-off installation.
Note the forward undercarriage
leg angled slightly backwards in these photos. This seems to be
the typical attitude.
The small intake in the tip of
the nose has been faired over.
The open hole near the bottom of
the fuselage on the port side is a locating mount for the
The colours of the ejection seat,
cushions and harness straps may be seen in two images below.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
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Created 25 May 2005
25 May 2005
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