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Old Nov 14, 2012, 11:54 PM
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Well, personally I will have np ordering from BH or anyone else for that matter who can acquire BOTH the product and the supporting parts. However, I absolutely will NOT purchase from anyone unable to support the purchase with after the sale nor will I ever be foolish enough to pre-order a product again.

All lessons hard learned.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 12:06 AM
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FMS would do well to be distributed by Horizon. It would be a win win. FMS would get undoubtedly the best customer service around along with wide distributorship. Thing is the PZ and Eflite line would need a price adjustment if they still wanted to compete. Who ever takes the next US slot would do well to let the customer choose their own shipper. Alot of these birds and parts could ship cheaper through the USPS. Especially parts. Pete's vids are coming out daily. You can tell he's stoked about the product. If he could limit what he sells to the cream of the crop we'd all be better off.
Old Nov 15, 2012, 01:00 AM
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FMS going with HH will definitely improve their (FMS) presence in the market, by wider distribution of models and parts through local hobby shops.

On the down side will be much, much higher prices than what we have been used to seeing from BH.

There will be a transition period as the market adjusts to higher price levels, after all the importer (HH) needs to make a profit as well as the LHS retailer.
Old Nov 15, 2012, 03:10 AM
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I don't know about the higher prices , BH makes a good mark up , don't kid yourself .
I would like to see HH get it , it would be the first legitimate USA distributor but then again you may be right on the cost , the eflight retracts are three times that if there generic equals
Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:42 AM
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HH would be shooting themselves in the foot if they distributed FMS.
Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:28 AM
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Yeah so much of HH's product line competes with FMS they would be undermining their own market position by teaming up with FMS.

Hobby Town not a bad option, they have the network of stores and are established. If you were to give me my choice of distributors it'd be either BP Hobbies (they have the long tenure and know the market) or Heads Up RC (imagine Heads Up quality customer support and shipping speed with FMS birds).

And while I'm dreaming I'd like a pony.
Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:30 AM
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I think you're more likely to see Hobby-Lobby than Horizon. HL has also had great CS for as long as I have used them and although their pricing may be a bit higher than BH, the excellent CS is more than worth any difference IMO.
Old Nov 15, 2012, 03:35 PM
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I was informed by FMS this morning that HobbyTown was being considered as another US dealer. That would work out great having a local LHS's to buy from. I have displayed a couple of my FMS 1400 planes, "Auntie Sam" / P-51, my Corsair, and the B-25 there, and they're had great responses.

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 03:51 PM
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FMS Dealers Down Under.


Unfortunately for us, only one company has "Exclusive" import rights and, despite the fact that I like them, they won't hold spares. If you want spares, you have to order and wait 3-6 months for their next container to arrive.

I had been relying on Phillip from PW-RC, but due to issues already discussed on this thread and others, Phillips parts are rapidly dwindling.

In Oz, we need there to be a ready supply of parts because we do have accidents and need parts.

When I need to make repairs, I want the parts as soon as possible....not in 3-6 months time.

As far as the models themselves is concerned, we have had to 'Pre-order" then wait the 3-6 months to get them. Not an ideal solution.

They call Australia the " Lucky Country" but when it comes to getting a reliable supply of FMS models and parts....we are the ugly freckle faced red headed kid in the game who never gets the ball.

Geez, when the Stuka came out, many of you had crashed and repaired your models many times before we even had them in country.

My mate Ray was the first in Oz to have the P38 'Marge' only because he ordered from PW-RC. Months before they were on the shelves here.

You are all correct in what you say. There MUST be competition, thus providing us with access to the models and parts at a reasonable retail price.

As far as this Corsair is concerned, I have not heard of anyone having it here yet.

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 06:40 PM
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It takes at least a month for the containers to get here, that's why the delay is there. Then they have to sort it and divide it up to the other shops. Personally I will always order from Hong Kong as even with EMS shipping the price is still cheaper than local.

They might think they have exclusive import rights, but a few months back when getting a factory price list from FMS I was asked if I wanted to be an importer to Australia too.

I don't want the customer hassles, so I quickly declined
Old Nov 15, 2012, 06:51 PM
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On a quick flying note, I flew her into a fog-bank today (My depth perception betrayed me, I thought the fog was further away from the field than it actually was) and just about had to have a "RIP #3, now I need #4" post!!

DOH!!
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 07:24 PM
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Cheezussss!!! You must have killer fog wall!!!!!
Old Nov 15, 2012, 07:33 PM
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Stupid fog has been around all day not burning off where I live. I wanted to get some flights in since a bunch of storms are set to come in and sit around for a week or more. Typical November here.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:08 PM
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On a quick flying note, I flew her into a fog-bank today (My depth perception betrayed me, I thought the fog was further away from the field than it actually was) and just about had to have a "RIP #3, now I need #4" post!!

DOH!!
Mate, did you crash it, or ALMOST?
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On a quick flying note, I flew her into a fog-bank today (My depth perception betrayed me, I thought the fog was further away from the field than it actually was) and just about had to have a "RIP #3, now I need #4" post!!

DOH!!
So did you have to change you pants?


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