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Old 04-07-2008, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I finally bought one of these high a$$ DHC-8-400, only to see what I could do to this looong MLG. Not that hard and surprise ! it doesn't fall on its tail (invalid CG theory it seems). Here is the result, before on top photo, result on bottom one :




Now I'm much happier with this model. Forgot to take pics of what I done though, I'll do it next time.
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice job. You could at least describe what you did even if you didn't take pics of the process.
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks good. I think that the second ones angle is much more accurate.
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks like you removed the infamous "2mm" from the gear....
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I would love to know how you trimmed the gear down.
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Looks like you removed the infamous "2mm" from the gear....
Good One! We've Been Told 2mm Doesn't Make A Difference!

GREAT JOB MYSTERE!

You Have Nailed The Correct Angle!
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Nice job. You could at least describe what you did even if you didn't take pics of the process.
I won't recommend this to people not used to model kits building or other meticulous tasks. If you feel confident enough, here is how I proceeded.

The first part is to remove each landing gear (excepted the nose one, of course) from their well, they're only glued in place, but it may require a bit of patience to avoid damaging nacelles paint or gear doors. Then remove the remaining glue from the well (I used an X-Acto type tool). Each gear is made of its two legs and a rectangular part, moulded together, the later one being glued into each well. Next step is to eliminate this rectangular part by cutting it off BUT also cutting a bit of the main leg in the process (about half a millimeter) while leaving the other leg untouched. Failure to do this will leave you with a landing gear extending straight from its well, while it should be slanted back (don't ask how I discovered this...). Here is what you should be left with :



Last part, glue your gear back in place, the most aft possible, et voilà !
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well done..
I am not sure I have that kind of confident level to do such a BIG fix like that
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Although I agree, the results have improved the "hot rod" stance of the model, I don't have the cajones to risk ending up with a broken model...well done, Mystere. If shipping were cheaper to France, I'd send you my Q models to fix...heh.
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My turn... I thought that was a coo tip.

I'v managed to yank off the left MLG, but the right is too tight. I'm a little afraid to break this fragile tiny strut. Wish my luck. lol Photos later.

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