Originally Posted by janole
Personally I don't like these planes as I rather have a balsa for the price, but if they start selling like all other 3dhs planes, I can imagine 3dhs sales volume commanding 100% of skywing capacity and then guess what will happen to the Australian market............
The Skywing planes cost me about $110 AUD to land here if I buy them one at a time and pay for EMS shipping. An EF plane costs me about $265 AUD to land here and a 3DHS one costs about $255 AUD at current exchange rates. That means I can buy more than 2 Skywing planes for the airframe cost of a single EF or 3DHS plane. Some extra money can be saved on the foamies by using cheaper components. I crash them a lot and prefer to use cheaper servos that are plenty precise enough for the planes that I use them on; in calm conditions the Skywing planes using cheap servos are super, super crisp. I know a few "tricks" about setting up servos, pushrods, control horns, hinges etc. that make a noticeable difference compared to my earlier efforts. BTW In general I prefer 48" balsas to smaller balsas so my costs are based on that.
You and I don't know the full details of the agreement between Skywing and 3DHS. Who's to say that Skywing don't wish to keep enough production reserve for their own Skywing branded planes? They have had a market in China for a while and Max Xu who owns www.bestvaluerc.com
introduced them to the English speaking world too. People are used to 3DHS planes being sold out and on long backorders, so why not the same with these Skywing produced kits? Perhaps Skywing make more profit on their own kits. Perhaps they make more on the 3DHS kits. Who knows? One thing for sure is the the 3DHS kits have a much higher price but you and I don't know where all of the extra cost is coming from. We can make some assumptions about shipping, storage, salaries of the sellers and salaries of the buyers etc., but we don't know the full details of this.
Having said all that, I have stocked up on Skywing kits in recent weeks in case what you say occurs. I did this because I have a history of finding plane kits that just suit me perfectly and then those kits are no longer available. Examples being the Exscend CST Katana, which was hands-down the best smaller EPP plane about 3 years ago but the company went under due to a lack of interest. Next to disappear were the Copperhead Extra and Yak Stiffy planes right when they were a great fit to my flying style and experience at the time. I've since moved on from those planes and now find that the Skywing 48" EPP planes are just fantastic for my needs, so based on past history I decided to buy a few extra kits. I currently have 1 each of the Skywing MXS, Extra, Sbach and Yak flying and I have 3 spare MXS kits and 1 spare Sbach kit. I think you can guess which Skywing plane is my favourite