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11-16-2017 05:56 PM  11 months agoPost 1
Tim W

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Can somebody please explain why it’s so difficult to get a hold of a distributor that sells Vario helis here in the USA? I have repeatedly made attempts to contact East Coast Scale helis that sells Vario with no success??

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11-16-2017 06:41 PM  11 months agoPost 2
modtron

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The last I heard was that Joe from East Coast Vario was working many jobs and not always finding time to get back to people ?
Have you tried Vario Canada ?
Failing that, I could supply you from the UK ?

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11-16-2017 06:55 PM  11 months agoPost 3
Tim W

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No, I haven’t tried Canada yet. But at first I am trying to figure out how to get a complete kit. As in not having to have to buy everything separately. Really hard to figure everything out with Vario. This would be my first Vario purchase so I am new to it.

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11-16-2017 07:42 PM  11 months agoPost 4
modtron

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Sent you a pm

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11-17-2017 02:20 AM  11 months agoPost 5
Musky

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You can try Chuck at Peak aircraft he has been the best for me

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11-17-2017 03:55 AM  11 months agoPost 6
PaulBowen

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It’s not great with Vario in Australia and really I’ve never understood Vario’s marketing at all. The local importer seems quite unusual to deal with, kinda like he’s selling high end diamonds and or you need to apply for the adoption of a helicopter!

I really wanted a Skyfox SX some years ago but just couldn’t bring myself to hand over the cash as I couldn’t help but feel I was being screwed over. I really don’t like that awkward feeling that you need to kiss someone’s arse so that you can give them your hard earned money, deep breath then walk in the door. These are just toys after all.

Vario just don’t seem to be particularly interested in selling product, and seem to price and market accordingly. I also always thought an importer would have to show some sales performance over the years to maintain exclusivity?

Futaba T18SZ, JR Propo XG14, Hirobo fanatic!

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11-17-2017 05:24 PM  11 months agoPost 7
Tim W

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Whoa! I’ll admit that this Vario stuff is VERY expensive! And the fact that you have to buy everything separately is another down side as well. The mechanics prices are VERY HIGH for what you get. Now here’s the other thing that us scale Helicopter fliers are up against. There are not many options as far as scale detailed helis out there. As far as I know there’s Roban and Vario. So I guess if you really want quality and a very detailed model you either pay up, or you don’t.

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11-17-2017 06:11 PM  11 months agoPost 8
co_rotorhead

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As far as I know there’s Roban and Vario. So I guess if you really want quality and a very detailed model you either pay up, or you don’t.
I would argue you can add quite a bit of detail to a Roban fuselage just as you could a Vario. I've been scratching my head for years wondering why someone would pay $185 for a Vario 50-degree raised tail gearbox with nylon or delrin gears when you pay half that for one with steel gears in it from Roban. And that's just one example off the top of my head.

This is a pic of my 800-size Roban UH-1D. I have hardly added any detail at all, but the potential is there for sure:

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11-17-2017 07:39 PM  11 months agoPost 9
Tim W

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Yes, you can ad detail to a Roban. As I have done just that with my 700 super scale Bell 429. But you have to make the parts yourself. I just think that the Vario models you have more choices compared to Roban. Roban is good for the price you pay for a complete painted scale heli.

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11-18-2017 12:35 AM  11 months agoPost 10
oldfart

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... As far as I know there’s Roban and Vario. So I guess if you really want quality and a very detailed model you either pay up, or you don’t.
FunKey is another company that make some very nice scale fuselages that are relatively inexenpensive and have been doing so for over 30 years. Their latter versions are also relatively well detailed.

They make fuselages that can be used with many different existing mechanics, from 550 sizes to 600 sizes to 700 sizes.

Many have been used by some top scale flyers to win at the US Nats, IRCHA and many other scale competitions.

Phil

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11-18-2017 02:19 AM  11 months agoPost 11
gorhambirds

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Funkey
Yes, Funkey does make some nice stuff. They actually make the glass cabin for my Hirobo Schweizer. I've always wanted to do one of their 30 size Jet Rangers, except for one thing. It makes no sense to me to detail a fuselage when it is specifically designed with the tail rotor on the wrong side. That just doesn't make sense to me at all. It's easy enough to flip the shaft over to the other side, but the molding of the tail of the boom is specifically for the vertical stabilizer to be on the left ( wrong ) side.

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11-18-2017 03:04 AM  11 months agoPost 12
sean911sc

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I'm in $5k + on my current Vario and that's just fuselage, mechanic, electronics and some 3D parts. So the investment can be thick even before one starts the build. Keep in mind motor/esc are Kontronik and radio is Jeti. So just depends on the path.

William S Harris

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11-18-2017 04:03 PM  11 months agoPost 13
jbewley

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PKM makes some nice fuselages, at a very reasonable price, in the 500 and 700 sizes.

Jim

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11-19-2017 01:15 AM  11 months agoPost 14
Tim W

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I’m just curious about the Vario models. I’m assuming that they must gold plate some of the parts?

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11-19-2017 04:51 AM  11 months agoPost 15
sean911sc

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No limits to the amount put into a build. The base kit and mechanics are reasonable (we must first define "reasonable". Its all the goodies that can sky rocket the build cost.

William S Harris

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11-19-2017 08:05 AM  11 months agoPost 16
goodhunting

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Firts of all one needs to decide what you want. A prize winning helicopter that looks like the real thing.... or an everyday flyer that you can grab and go to the field on a moment notice.

You can add detail to any brand fuselage.... and you can use different mechanics for Vario builds. I’ve seen (on this site) a few successful merges of Trex mechanics to vario builds even before Vario came out with their Trex series kits.

I also follow the German forums and there are some amazing builds using simply an outer Vario shell (fuselage) adding ALL the (home made) details making the helicopter look like a real thing.

As far as the tail gearbox... ask DrTim about his flex tail shafts. I have one of his shafts and it works wonders.

At the end of the day... this is a hobby and one puts in what he or she wants or can. Bottom line in all the BUILDS (no matter the fuselage maufactorer) is if you want a stunning machine you will need to invest your TIME as well as money.

Klem

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