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Old Oct 24, 2012, 10:46 AM
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Well, I am conducting an experiment. I actually purchased a Mini P-40 Warhawk from Banana Hobby to see how it stacks up against all my other planes. I have planes from: Parkzone, Hobbyzone and Flyzone; I also have 3 Tower Hobbies branded planes, all of which are probably Flyzone made. I paid $83.00 OTD for the plane shipped to my door so I will see for myself if their products are as good or bad as some say; especially for the price. Time will tell.
Was it an fms plane?
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Old Oct 24, 2012, 11:25 AM
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Well, I am conducting an experiment. I actually purchased a Mini P-40 Warhawk from Banana Hobby to see how it stacks up against all my other planes. I have planes from: Parkzone, Hobbyzone and Flyzone; I also have 3 Tower Hobbies branded planes, all of which are probably Flyzone made. I paid $83.00 OTD for the plane shipped to my door so I will see for myself if their products are as good or bad as some say; especially for the price. Time will tell.
If it's FMS you're in for a treat...those things are quite well made.

From my own experience,...I too also have parkzone, hobbyzone, and a few hobby lobby planes...Lately I've bought a few Hobby King planes...notably one at HK that blew me away was the clipped wing cub. I paid $40+shipping- came out to $70 shipped. Best $70 I ever spent. With all gear from HK, I spent another $80, not including Lipo. That's $150 RTF for a 5 lb all balsa and covered cub.
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Old Oct 24, 2012, 11:35 AM
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It is one of their Mini 31.5" planes; don't know if it is FMS or not. They have a number of them. I just happen to like the P-40 Warhawk in green. My favorite control line model when I was a kid was a Cox P-40 warhawk that I could loop and hover. It was a blast to fly. I just want to see for myself. Believe me, I will be honest about it either way. If it is junk I will say so, and I will praise it if it deserves it. I plan to go over every part before I fly it.
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Old Oct 24, 2012, 12:00 PM
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It is one of their Mini 31.5" planes; don't know if it is FMS or not. They have a number of them. I just happen to like the P-40 Warhawk in green. My favorite control line model when I was a kid was a Cox P-40 warhawk that I could loop and hover. It was a blast to fly. I just want to see for myself. Believe me, I will be honest about it either way. If it is junk I will say so, and I will praise it if it deserves it. I plan to go over every part before I fly it.
Hopefully it is FMS. It should say the manufacturer on the page where you bought it. My friend got the fms mini sky raider. He loves it. It converted it to 3s and it rolls.
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Old Oct 24, 2012, 12:11 PM
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It is one of their Mini 31.5" planes; don't know if it is FMS or not. They have a number of them. I just happen to like the P-40 Warhawk in green. My favorite control line model when I was a kid was a Cox P-40 warhawk that I could loop and hover. It was a blast to fly. I just want to see for myself. Believe me, I will be honest about it either way. If it is junk I will say so, and I will praise it if it deserves it. I plan to go over every part before I fly it.
i took at look at banahobby, it looks like it's BlitzRCWorks or FMS....but BlitzRCWorks are all out of stock, so I'm assuming it's FMS....

either way you'll like 'em.
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Old Oct 24, 2012, 12:54 PM
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We shall see. Meanwhile, I have the Tower Hobbies P51 Mustang 40" wingspan plane being delivered by UPS this afternoon. Can't wait.
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Old Oct 24, 2012, 02:55 PM
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There is no locally for me...just no one close.
Sure there are Tony, they are close as your computer. Have a look here for many of them. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1751689

If you want even more selection, have a look here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1753265

I have been saying "locally" doesn't mean someplace you can drive to. I have used many of those stores in the first link above and I consider them all local to me. So local that shipping cost me $2 and it arrives at my door in two days.

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Old Oct 25, 2012, 03:06 PM
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This is somewhat on topic.

I ran across this article this morning from a discussion on another website about buying in America. We have been having quite a wonderful discussion about American hobby shops and buying stuff here in America and overseas. It is a real eye opener.

Here is the article.

http://www.usatodayeducate.com/stagi...y-buy-american

I'll say this again. I am glad we have so many wonderful places to shop for RC products here in the states. Cheap prices for quality products with great shipping rates and customer service. I found out by reading this thread that our friends across the pond are not that lucky. I wonder what the shipping costs are to the UK if they ordered something from the states from a company like ProgressiveRC?

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Old Oct 25, 2012, 03:11 PM
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I'll say this again. I am glad we have so many wonderful places to shop for RC products here in the states.
I'm a little confused, Frank.

Are these "wonderful places" our living rooms? Based on your earlier comments, shopping from your living room at places in Shanghai is "local" as much as the Hobbytown 2 minutes away.

Or are these "wonderful places" local hobby shops, where our friends and neighbors and flying buddies make their livings?

Andy
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Old Oct 25, 2012, 03:27 PM
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I'm a little confused, Frank.

Are these "wonderful places" our living rooms? Based on your earlier comments, shopping from your living room at places in Shanghai is "local" as much as the Hobbytown 2 minutes away.

Or are these "wonderful places" local hobby shops, where our friends and neighbors and flying buddies make their livings?

Andy
Andy,

These are the wonderful places I am talking about. Vendors that were picked by our friends here on RCG, FG, and 3DRC.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1751689

I do not believe there are any LHSs on that list, but I know I have a wonderful LHS that I shop at all the time. I have also found out that some are not that lucky.

Does that answer your question?

Frank
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Old Oct 25, 2012, 03:30 PM
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It's a post~modernist definition of the term "locally" which translates as "only those vendors which I approve of" apparently.
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Old Oct 25, 2012, 03:31 PM
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Sure, the vendors are stateside, but pretty much everything they sell was made overseas.
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Old Oct 25, 2012, 03:48 PM
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Sure, the vendors are stateside, but pretty much everything they sell was made overseas.
Probably so. But not everything is.

Check this out: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1751051

But if those stores in the above post can deliver a quality product at cheap price to my door in 2 to 3 days I am a happy camper. I really don't care where it is made.

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Old Oct 25, 2012, 03:51 PM
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Yeah, I'd rather do business with folks who have already imported the products for me.
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Old Oct 25, 2012, 04:06 PM
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Andy,

These are the wonderful places I am talking about. Vendors that were picked by our friends here on RCG, FG, and 3DRC.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1751689

I do not believe there are any LHSs on that list, but I know I have a wonderful LHS that I shop at all the time. I have also found out that some are not that lucky.

Does that answer your question?

Frank

I guess "local" means something entirely different between us. Among my peers "local" means "in my immediate vicinity" which is subjective but generally would mean (to me) "a reasonable drive for the type of item to purchase there." To me that would be less than an hour drive unless there were no hobby shops closer.

My understanding of your definition is where I would use the word "domestically" meaning "in my country" in contrast to "international." Canada is a gray area for me right up until I fill in the Customs Declaration at the post office.

I was confused by the references to shopping from the living room. That's not "buying locally" no matter how the definition is twisted. Conceptually it's no different than mail order except that it's done electronically, and I doubt anybody considers mail order to be local. All those "mail order brides" are just "local girls" then. How would one define paisano?!?!?

I recently ordered some ball bearings for an engine. The company that sells the parts does not have a customer pickup window, as virtually all of their sales are web/mail to customers around the globe. But I was buying locally, as the company is based in Champaign just a few blocks from my office. If I were buying them from my old home in NJ, I wouldn't consider that a local purchase - it would be inter-state, domestic. I would have the option of buying them locally there, though, as a brick-and-mortar just 10 minutes from my old house keeps those items in stock. That would have been a local purchase, even though I would have crossed state lines to do it.

Shopping online in your living room from a store across the country is not a "local" purchase just because you do it in your underwear.

Andy
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