Manufacture to be halted
|Mike Etheridge 1||06/02/2018 15:11:42|
|1406 forum posts|
I have just read on Facebook that due to reduced demand the manufacturers of Solarfilm are to stop production.
|Martyn K||06/02/2018 15:22:13|
4537 forum posts
If that is the case then that is very sad. Do you know if that is that just Solarfilm or does that include SolarTex as well?
|David Ashby - RCME||06/02/2018 15:36:17|
10793 forum posts
Here's the letter...
Edited By David Ashby - RCME on 06/02/2018 15:47:27
|Frank Skilbeck||06/02/2018 16:23:12|
3974 forum posts
time to stock up. I think RCME will have to do an article on doped nylon...................
|David Hayward.||06/02/2018 16:25:04|
136 forum posts
Gutted; can someone please buy the business?
|Bob Cotsford||06/02/2018 16:43:27|
7160 forum posts
how to make a small fortune out of a large one?
I guess that if they can't compete with the Chinese polyester films the 'tex and paints business alone is not viable. Pity, I'll miss Clearcote - time to stock up.
|Craig Carr||06/02/2018 16:59:35|
643 forum posts
Very sad news indeed. They made a quality product.
I thought from reading the article in the recent RCME that this was just around the corner
Edited By Craig Carr on 06/02/2018 16:59:54
|Geoff Sleath||06/02/2018 17:20:00|
2539 forum posts
I must admit I haven't used Solarfilm for some time and use the actually better product supplied by HobbyKing but it's sad to see another UK company cease trading. The article in this month's RCME didn't inspire a huge amount of confidence. The big loss will be Solartex which I still use - I bought a 5 metre roll only a couple of weeks ago for my DH60 Cirrus Moth. There doesn't seem to be a similar substitute other than doped nylon or silk and dope doesn't go down well with my wife as my workshop is attached to the house.
|john stones 1||06/02/2018 17:40:51|
9236 forum posts
That's a shocker Solartex is superb stuff.
|1179 forum posts|
What a great shame. I'm a big fan of SolarTex and use it on most of my kit built models. Yet to be started is a DB Hurricane, DB Blackburn and nearing the covering stage is a DB Jodel. Although I have a mix of ARTF models and foame types, I love building from kits and plans.
|Ian Perry||06/02/2018 17:47:04|
2 forum posts
really sad. great products. Having retired over the last couple of year, I had got back to scratch building rather than ARTFs assembly.... so in recent months I have been using solartex, solarspan, balsaloc etc......I dont really want to really retro to nylon or silk coverings.
Maybe with Brexit we will see more Coverite products coming over from the USA. We will get fantastic trading deals with our very special trading relationship... ha !
|Geoff Sleath||06/02/2018 18:11:29|
2539 forum posts
Trouble is that Coverite is a Hobbico product and they're in financial difficulties as well.
|kevin b||06/02/2018 18:38:51|
1495 forum posts
Such are the problems with cottage industries. Not viable enough that bigger concerns will take them over.
I am assuming that the owners have been trying to sell the company on for some time.
As it is associated closely with the textile industry I would have thought there might have ben some interest from India. They love anything to do with cloth and its manufacture.
Glad I stocked up before Christmas !
|Don Fry||06/02/2018 18:40:34|
2337 forum posts
This hobby is getting harder, and harder. I recently acquired a lathe, and one reason was make it is getting easier than trace/find.
Now I have used Ceconite, from the microlight industry, but it is not the same as something with glue on one face, colour on the other. I have a quarter scale DV. A mix of Ceconite and Tex. but the Tex was first call where the colour was right.
Shame. Onwards and upwards.
|Peter Miller||06/02/2018 19:16:11|
9003 forum posts
This is a tragedy.
Magazine after magazine closing, now Solarfilm going.
Luckily for me I am slowing down a lot these days, Old age is galloping up. Correction,has galloped past me.
|Robert Welford||06/02/2018 19:31:51|
|82 forum posts|
Yes - this situation is going to continue and for traditional builders it is going to be increasingly difficult to source materials. In addition, there are almost no traditional R/C kits now available.
|Tom Sharp 2||06/02/2018 20:04:27|
2821 forum posts
It's all my fault Gov, I've not bought any type of covering film for at least a dozen years.
|Concorde Speedbird||06/02/2018 20:05:05|
2699 forum posts
This is a great shame. The hobby is certainly changing significantly.
|Tom Thomas||06/02/2018 20:55:42|
307 forum posts
(Quote) Due to the continued shrinking of the model industry...... ironic huh?
|kevin b||06/02/2018 21:27:45|
1495 forum posts
The problem with "traditional kits" is that their quality is no longer acceptable, even to the builders who used to buy them. Modern kits have to be of a far higher standard for the current "generation" (and I don't mean by age) of builders. Then along with good quality comes higher prices, which are not acceptable (particularly to those of us over a certain age). I remember from my yoof, older club members complaining about the high price of kits even then, never mind their quality !
As some of you know, I am involved in a project to bring one range of kits back to the market to a modern standard. This I am doing mostly for my own enjoyment and a promise I made to the late Brian Borland. The hours that are necessary to develop and produce kits do not make it a viable business model, particularly if you had to pay for U.K. labour !
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