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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:06 pm 
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Ooops, that was obvious...


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:46 pm 
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Can anyone please confirm what year(s) the Tamiya 1/700 HMAS Vampire kit represents the ship? What are the correct colours to paint it, if you model it OOB?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:56 pm 
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The kit`s representation OOB is mid 30`s, her appearance and config remained unaltered till transfer to Med.
Her colour at that time was 507C overall.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:00 pm 
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Brett Morrow wrote:
The kit`s representation OOB is mid 30`s, her appearance and config remained unaltered till transfer to Med.
Her colour at that time was 507C overall.



So does that mean the kit is correct for her, until her repairs following damage at Calabria?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:42 pm 
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Upon arrival in the Mediterranean, probably at Malta, Vampire received a 2 tone scheme of 507C upperworks and 507B hull, all the RAN V/W`s were painted in this scheme until the end of Aug 40, directive issued on 5th of August for camouflage application.

At the Battle of Calabria, she would have been in that 2 tone scheme, and her pennant was D68.
It is unclear exactly when the flag superior changed to I, probably very late 40.

The midship single MKII pompom was still fitted at Calabria, other than the colour change and fitting of twin Lewis in bridge wings and possibly the fitting of other small calibre weapons, her config remained the same.
The aft set of TT were landed on 6/7th of Nov at Alexandria, and the 3" HA MK I was fitted.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:39 am 
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Correction to my previous post concerning the 12 pounder.
The 3" HA MK I was fitted between 4th-12th April 41, the Nov 40 date is Voyager`s fitting.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:40 pm 
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Thanks for that. I've had the kit lying around for years unsure what to make of it, so that gives me a simple option.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:31 pm 
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Just as a matter of interest Mike, my previous comment on small calibre weapons fit.
At Calabria and first half of 40, a single gun mounted on X gunhouse awning.
Very likely this single Vickers, the lower extensions on the pedestal may be what can be seen in the stern image.


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