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DeHaviland Vampire f.1 What is the fuss all about?

How To Vampire? Naked Vampire What Do?

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wylleEcoyote #1 Posted 23 May 2019 - 04:57 PM

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So one day i got a Gabreski Medal.
To my surprise this also meant that i got a Vampire. :ohmy:

So i try this thing out to see what all the fuss is for.
And I have learned nothing except that i am doing it wrong.
Spoiler


So I do what i always do when i know nothing.
TO THE FORUMS! 

... and there is nothing.
Nothing! about the Vampire other than it getting briefly mentioned in other topics. Usually about how great it is.

So can any seasoned Vampire pilots out there share their insights into the Vampire.

What makes this plane so great?  And Why that is the case? (dont be afraid to answer with a detailed wall of text. Just hide it in a spoiler.)

Don't forget the How To when it comes to things like:

  • Tactics
  • Build Options
  • Dirty Tricks
  • Preferred Pilot Skills
  • Tactics


I thank you in advance for taking the time out of your day to respond.



 


Fair warning. My success rate at speculative guesswork is very hit or miss. Usually I start on the right track and then a make a weird left turn and get lost in the weeds ... 
And yet it doesn't stop me from speculation.
Specialist Planes i have:
USA: XP-31, F1C-2, Model 81A-1, P-40, F4F, P-38F, P-39N-1, P-47B, P-38J, XF15C, XP-58 

USSR: Tu-1  UK: DH.100 F1. Japan: not even once. France: SE 100
Germany: Fw 56, He 112, Fw 190 A-5, Bf 109 B, Bf 109 E, Bf 109 E-3, Me209 A, Do 17 Z, Do 217 M, Hs 123, Ha 137, Ju 87 G, Me 265, Me 1099 B-2,  Bf 110 C-6, Me 410, Do 335 A-1,


CorvusCorvax #2 Posted 23 May 2019 - 05:29 PM

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From the stats, play it like a mid-altitude Me-209A with GREAT guns.  It's super-fast, good guns, and turns like a BnZ fighter.  But for mid-altitude.

SpiritFoxMY #3 Posted 23 May 2019 - 05:37 PM

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Build Options: There's only one real build: Gunsight, Polish, LWF, LPU, UE

Dirty Tricks: Altitude is a suggestion and you can easily fly and fight in the yellow, almost to your red band so don't be afraid to chase people up there.

Preferred Pilot Skills: Aerodynamics Expert. You can then either choose Marksman I & II or Engine Guru I & II

Tactics: Its straightforward - watch your boost, memorize which planes you need to BnZ (very few) and just hunt down and kill the rest. Treat it like a much more maneuverable Meteor with the maneuverability of a 109.

 

Basically this plane has no real weaknesses apart from its optimum altitude but even then, as I mentioned, it doesn't really worry too much about it until you're deep into the yellow zone. It also has only 6 seconds of boost, but on the flip side its boost is extremely powerful so it can accelerate like a bat out of hell so you can actually BnZ in it quite easily given how fast it is already. Its stall speed is low and it has excellent energy characteristics - it loses *just* the right amount of speed to turn extremely tightly, yet maintains it well enough that you don't really have to worry about stalling in hard maneuvers. Its controls are powerful and responsive and its quad 20s are accurate and have excellent range and DPS.

 

Really, there is very little this plane cannot do. If you want to play vertical like a 109, the Vampire can do that. You want to turn in the horizontal like a Zero, the Vampire can do that too. All you need to do is focus on your situational awareness and the plane will do the rest.

 


Edited by SpiritFoxMY, 23 May 2019 - 05:39 PM.

***

But a truce to this mournful story

For death is a distant friend

So here's to a life of glory

And a laurel to crown each end


losttwo #4 Posted 23 May 2019 - 05:37 PM

    which way do we go?

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Still working on getting tickets to finish the missions.

I just want the medal for completing the missions



SkyWolf__WM #5 Posted 23 May 2019 - 08:54 PM

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Thanks SpiritFoxMy. I've had this thing collecting dust for a couple of months. :honoring:
***************Fail to Suck****************

I shall use my aircraft and my skill to slightly inconvenience mine enemies.


hoom #6 Posted 23 May 2019 - 11:35 PM

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What SpiritFoxMy said.

You have a low 10.x second (with equipment/pilot skills I have 9.5s) 'energy' turn fighter (doesn't get too slow when turning) with sufficient sprint to get out of trouble/transit quickly and 4* 20mm close-grouped in the nose to knock down anything quickly.

 

Plus its a T8 Premium with free cammo, nose art & emblem  -> you get lots of Silver & can swap in your best Pilot from whatever (edit: other UK) plane to help maximise performance -> Silver earning.

 

 

I do find it has got quite brittle with Ultimate Equipment though, prone to engine/pilot crits & fire.

I kinda want to drop back down to a fully maxed out Advanced setup or maybe switch the Polished Skin for Reinforced Airframe to chonk it up a bit?

Not going to try it in immediate future though.


Edited by hoom, Yesterday, 07:19 AM.

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le SerB.




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