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02-22-2013 01:48 AM  5 years agoPost 1
Joel Rosenzweig

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I was visiting Joe Howard today to pick up some parts. He knows I have a soft spot for the EC-135, and wanted me to see Vario's latest. He opened up the 1/4 scale EC-135 so my eyes could feast on a whole lot of fiberglass goodness. It's so large, I had to have him hold it so I could share an appropriate sense of scale for this behemoth. One detail that struck me was that the doors are double sided. Unlike most of the Vario kits that are single sided doors, the EC-135 doors have a finished inside edge. The precision with which the top covers were made to fit the fuselage was also noteworthy. Having owned the X-Treme version of the EC-135 and having spent hours making the top covers fit the fuselage just so, it was really delightful to see such form fitting fiberglass pieces.

Here are the photos I took to share with you...

Joel

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02-22-2013 01:57 AM  5 years agoPost 2
Chris Reibert

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Wow that thing is going to look great! Big

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02-22-2013 02:23 AM  5 years agoPost 3
Dr.Tim

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The Fuse makes Joe's Head look Small ..

From Simple minds come simple ideas! Approach Engineering

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02-22-2013 02:34 AM  5 years agoPost 4
Rckfish

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Joel
Did Joe tempt you enough to take it home?
Paul

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02-22-2013 02:39 AM  5 years agoPost 5
2tall

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Almost big enough to live in while the Mrs. adjusts

"Pay attention...lest the ground rise up and smite thee."

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02-22-2013 03:02 AM  5 years agoPost 6
Wayne Parrish

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GOOD LORD !! You can put a PT-6 turbine in that thing ! It's gorgeous ! Is this the wave of the future for more monsters ?? I can see a big 500 E model flying in NC if so. WP

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02-22-2013 03:39 AM  5 years agoPost 7
Keygrigger

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Wow. This one looks big enough to put the mechanics in the scale original position and build a complete interior for it. I can't imagine where I could keep that one unless it was in pieces. Nice.

Don

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02-22-2013 03:53 AM  5 years agoPost 8
doorman

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Great Looking Heli
I almost missed Joe in the pic!! Joel those doors look like they belong on your car
Sure will be a big beautiful model ...
To me the larger they are the better they fly!
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02-22-2013 04:12 AM  5 years agoPost 9
Mojave

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Holy crap Batman!!! That thing is a monster (not you Joe) I can't imagine what the AUW is going to come in at...
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02-22-2013 04:26 AM  5 years agoPost 10
Joel Rosenzweig

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I didn't take it home with me, I was just window shopping. Maybe I'll have one in the future, but for now, I have to finish a few projects that have been on my work bench for far too long!

There is a tremendous amount of room in that heli. It was hard for me to comprehend just how large it really was until I saw Joe holding it. It makes my Air Crane look tiny. And that's just hard to do.

Joel

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02-22-2013 08:15 AM  5 years agoPost 11
PETER ROB

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1/4 scale EC135
I took delivery of mine a couple of months ago,still waiting for the fenestron but with so many other projects in progress, I have only started the mechanics, these themselves are hugh compared to anything else I have built
with these mechanics the turbine is the JetCat marine turbo version side mounted
The twin skin doors have been a feature of a number of Vario models, since the new owners took over
The dry weight is over 25Kgs, this in the UK means it is now, outside our BMFA remit and has to have a CAA permit to fly, also pilots have to be registered to fly this model
There is in the UK the Large Model Association, (LMA), I personally have found it easier to join this Association, as their insurance levels are much higher, and all inspections of the model and it's flying, necessary
for it's CAA exemption to fly are covered by the joining fee
Peter R

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02-22-2013 11:45 AM  5 years agoPost 12
capesandblaster

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Joel,
I picked up an EC 145 from Joe last year, I thought it was
an older kit, but the doors also are finished on the inside.
Its a very nice unexpected touch.
See ya in June!
Adam

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02-22-2013 02:43 PM  5 years agoPost 13
Joel Rosenzweig

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That's interesting about the doors. I guess it dates me then, when I last purchased a kit! It's been over 3 years, but I've lost track. (Maybe it's been 5 years!!) Either way, it's a nice feature. Of the 9 Vario scale helis I've had, none of them had double doors, so this was new to me. :-)

Joel

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02-22-2013 02:57 PM  5 years agoPost 14
gonzalom

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Wow!!!! That's bigger that I thought! Tempting tempting! I only need a new car to move her or perhaps a trailer . More pictures Please!

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02-22-2013 07:52 PM  5 years agoPost 15
TaylorDrain

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Someone needs to step up to the plate and build that 135, don't be scared.

Taylor

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02-22-2013 09:38 PM  5 years agoPost 16
Sleeper

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I would have trouble hideing that one, the bell 430 was bad enough. It sits on the coffee table in the family room. Thanks for the pictures Joel. Is Joe planing on building this one or is it just for inventory? Regards, Gayl

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02-22-2013 10:14 PM  5 years agoPost 17
Joel Rosenzweig

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Hi Gayl,

Joe does not currently have plans to build that EC-135 for himself. It's just one of many awesome choppers in the inventory. He opened it so I could take a peek. It's one of the benefits of living nearby.. I can drop by and admire all the goodies. He knows of my desire to rebuild an EC-135 again, so he was fueling that fire.

Gonzalo,

Next time I go to visit, I'll take more photos of the fuselage if it's still there! Or, maybe Joe will take some and post. I encouraged him to take photos of all of these kits because I think the builders inside of us want to see this sort of stuff. It can whet our appetite for building such a beast if we get to see all the goodies. I didn't even get to see the fenestron or the mechanics and I was already in awe.

Peter,

You'll have an awesome machine. I hope you post a build up to share with us. This fuselage has all the makings of a masterpiece. It has so much room, the opportunities for scaling it out are just amazing. I think a T-REX 250 could fly inside of it, or at least through the fenestron tube. ;-)

Joel

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02-22-2013 11:07 PM  5 years agoPost 18
Mojave

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Agreed, Joe should post open box kit pics more often. It would get all of us to start saving our pennies in shear anticipation You know the old saying, "to take, one must first covet"...
Barry

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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02-23-2013 12:34 AM  5 years agoPost 19
TaylorDrain

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"to take, one must first covet"...
Convert to Vario Turbine!

Taylor

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02-23-2013 05:48 PM  5 years agoPost 20
paul999

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my ec145 from vario has the double sided doors to on the front doors and the rear sliding doors nuch better to ad scale detail.

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