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Old 09-16-2021, 06:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Joy & pain... opening my Delta seven-two

I can't even remember how long I've had my Gemini200 Delta 727-200 original widget model but I'm sure I must have bought it right after it's release. Way back when, I took it out of the box to look at it for a moment but it has since been safely tucked away, awaiting a proper display cabinet to park in. I've finally gotten around to investing into said cabinets and today, with a little trepidation but much care, I gently removed my beloved 727 and attached her to her stand, placing it gently on the glass shelf. As I carefully pulled my gloved hands away, the model began to mysteriously list to the right and before I could stop it, one leg of the brand new stand gave way completely and the nose and right wingtip slapped the glass. Needless to say, I was distraught. The plastic holding the juncture of the stand parts had split, allowing the thin, metal rod to work it's way out of it's sleeve, thus eliminating any support on that side. Upon first examination, all seemed okay. The wing was undamaged and there were no bits lying around. Then I saw it... the nosegear had bent!! I gave myself a moment to first get a few, choice expletives out and then calm down before proceeding. I knew if I charged into it, I could easily wind up with a snapped nosegear. I was trying to gently pull it back straight when I saw how it was actually assembled. I was very careful and examined the pieces before trying to bend anything else and, when the nosegear seemed pretty close to where it should be, I stopped.
I know it could have been worse and I'm lucky I didn't ruin it. But man!... don't you hate it when stuff gets messed up through no fault of your own?! I mean, going forward I'll be sure to inspect all parts of the stand before putting a model on it... but this was brand new. Was I wrong to expect it to work? I guess the plastic just deteriorated in the box. Do you guys have any good leads for obtaining stands for Geminijets?... both 1/200 and 1/400? She looks good parked on the glass but I hate to have that weight pushing down on her already compromised nosegear.
I haven't come up with a final placement plan yet... my goal today was to get everyone out of their boxes and get the boxes put away. But it's nice to see it all coming together, even if it isn't perfect. I'll post pics once the "exhibition" is complete.
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Old 09-16-2021, 06:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have such stands either and some broken the same way: one broke already about 10 years ago when putting a tristar 500 (!) on it. Fortunately I catched it before it crashed on the ground
These stands are simply a bad construction, because the hardly stressed central plastic part is by far too week and these plastics get cracky when they are old.
You better do not use these stands.
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There is only one place for the tripod stands and the original bare metal stands that came with the narrow bodies from that time: the trash.
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Same problem I had with the Gemini Jet stands of this design.
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I sorry to hear about the mishap... I know it's unjust, but it would be best leave the metal sticks in the box, and order a proper stand. Gemini should just save their production costs and omit the metal sticks altogether.
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Old 09-16-2021, 01:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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There is only one place for the tripod stands and the original bare metal stands that came with the narrow bodies from that time: the trash.

Not true, I've posted this before in another thread. Easy fix with heat shrink tubing found at any hardware store in the electrical section!

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Old 09-16-2021, 01:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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...too, if you get the second version of the Gemini stand (wood base, flat metal upright) be careful as the male pin that inserts into the socket in the bottom of the fuselage can be loose (on some planes) causing the plane to fall off the upright! Sometimes I've has to wrap the pin on the upright with a piece of tape to build up the diameter of the pin for a tighter fit. Also sometimes you have to gently bend the angle of the upright! Had to do that with my USAF Gulfstream as out of the box it would just fall off the stand!
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Thanks for the advice and the sympathy, especially about increasing the diameter of the "pin" to hold the model in place. I like to think I'd have figured that out on my own but now I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for it! I tossed the rubber bits into the trash in a first world problem mini-rage but kept the metal sticks... I always think that I can eventually repurpose things like that. I may toy with putting it back together but feel as though I'd need a test aircraft before putting my Delicate Delta back on it. I do need a stand, though. I'm still a little worried about that nose gear... and I've opted for a mixed scale display, which I find only works well (IMO) if the bigger birds are elevated. Ciao!
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Old 09-18-2021, 02:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I get it. You are welcome. You can also get the little rubber caps for the bottom of the metal legs from most hardware stores. After I devised my fix, planes have been fine on this style stand for sometime now! Good luck in your stand search and no matter what style you get, good idea to test as you mentioned without fully placing and letting go!
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