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01-16-2010 10:16 PM  8 years agoPost 1


Henniker, NH

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I'm in the process of building my first scale project after several years flying pod-n-boom. I chose the Vario Dauphin and am having a great time with the build... I'm very impressed with the quaility of the kit.

I'm working on the nose retracts now, and have an issue that I think I can easily work around, but I'm looking for feedback before I commit to one solution or another. The issue is that the nose gear strut appears to be higher than it should be when placed in the woodwork. As you can see in the first image, the Vario manual shows the strut nearly flush with the top of the wood, where mine is not. This will interfere with the floor and interior.

Here are my two possible solutions:

1. Cut the floor to accomodate the strut. This was recommended by a very well respected modeler, but I have two concerns about this option. While the cutout should be hidden by the interior console, i'm concerned the nose may ride too low when completed. If the pivot point for the strut is 1/4" too high, wouldn't that mean the nose would ride 1/4" low when it is built? I also think additional cutouts need to be made around the axle and I'm not sure the console would cover that. I don't really know how much additional work will need to be done on the interior as a result of this fix.

2. Drop the retract. I could trim the woodwork around the retract, and mount it from the underside instead of the top giving me about 1/4". I would have to do some work on the mounting, but I think this option gets the strut to where Vario intended it. Worst case, if the nose rides too high with this option, I think the strut can be machined.

Curious what people think the better option is. I'm not sure how far I'll be chasing the issue with option 1, while I have a good grasp of what is required to fix in option 2, and I know what could go wrong, and how to address it.

First photo is the drawing from the Vario manual, additional photos show my results.

Appreciate the feedback,

01-16-2010 10:42 PM  8 years agoPost 2


Gippsland , Australia.

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Hi Toby
That's just about where my nose gear is, i had to modify the centre console to fit my nose wheel,that's because i changed my front leg to look more scale
Here is my build link

Nose leg video
Main leg video

Cheers Patty

01-17-2010 07:59 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Red Machine


Leeds - Yorkshire

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I had to modify my centre console as well to fit the nose well in place on my EC155. Also found the standard Vario centre console too narrow as well.

Formart EC120 / Cine Scale Gazelle / Vario MD900 / Turbine Bell 407

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