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Thread: HK Mini DLG... What shall I do?
14/02/2015 18:46:45
Posted by Pete B - Moderator on 14/02/2015 18:43:06:

File a notch - life's too


Definitely! yes

Thread: The name that shall not be spoken!
11/02/2015 10:48:02

"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!..."


Not wishing to labour the point here, but has anyone else spotted the ongoing theme in the Invertrix quad review?? (Fab little quad btw!)

Six images in the review clearly show HOBBYKING nanotech batteries being used for the flying shots yet, spookily enough the sole photo illustrating the battery in close-up again avoids the exposure of the HK brand by swapping to a Dynamic Lipo....

By design....surely not???? thinking

Thread: Farewell Ray
07/02/2015 00:12:02

A huge loss to our community.

Ray was all that has already been said and more...Always ready with sound advice and a fantastic collection of stories to recount.

Not a half bad musician either as I recall

Thanks Ray

Thread: Durafly spitfire
30/01/2015 09:02:01
Posted by GrumpyGnome on 30/01/2015 08:19:10:

That's really surprising - I've found it to be remarkably benign for what it is. Have you tried it with less flap movement ? It certainly sounds like it's flyingh to slowly..............


+1 for all that! yes

Thread: The name that shall not be spoken!
29/01/2015 12:32:56
Posted by kc on 29/01/2015 12:12:42:

The point is are we really buying from abroad? If the goods are shown as in stock at UK warehouse, the details appear on my computer monitor in my UK house, and I make the decision to buy whilst in UK, then the goods are despatched from UK then surely the whole transaction is done inside the UK and VAT should be the same as at a local shop.

If my local model shop said these are the goods and they include VAT but if you go out into the street and use your iphone to order them on my EBay site which is run by my wife who happens to reside in Monaco, when she confirms she has received your money come back into the shop and I will hand over goods I am holding on her behalf. The discounted EBay price will be because we dont need to charge VAT on the markup. Would it be legal? It would appear so if this is what is being done now.

A few months ago a clubmate told me he attended HK open day at their airfield warehouse site, he noticed a queue of people outside the warehouse building and assumed they were queuing for the toilets but then he noticed that people were ordering on a computer and then walking across to the warehouse and queing to collect their goods! Isn't that just the same?

The key element is where the TRANSACTION took place; in the case of Hobbyking, the transaction takes place in Hong Kong, regardless of where your computer is located. No doubt about it - you are buying from Hong Kong directly and the goods are supplied from a stock already held here in the UK in preparation for your custom. One of the benefits of instant comunication and global finance I guess!

Hobbyking aren't unique in this...Amazon, Microsoft and a whole heap of other companies do exactly the same from varios locations throughout the world.

Anyone so inclined can quite lawfully take advantage of this situation, whether based in Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana or the People's Republic of Bognor!


Edited By pete taylor on 29/01/2015 12:55:03

28/01/2015 14:13:58
Posted by Alex Whittaker on 28/01/2015 14:03:16:

Pete (Taylor)

You deserve a full reply Pete since your post touches on integrity, something close to my heart as a fellow punter and keen RCME reader. I wrote the RCME photo report with the Lancaster and the Cessna images. As you may already know, I am a full-time, self-employed freelance writer, not an employee of RCME. I am not under the thrall of any Editorial policy guidelines, and no one at RCME has ever mentioned such things to me these past fifteen years. Young Ashby would never dream of being so petty, though he does whinge when I supply less than complete photo captions. In truth, not knowing the Lancaster's provenance was a cock-up on my part rather than any conspiracy. In fact, the lad with the 'leccy Lancaster disappeared back to the pits before I could grab any details. It may or may not be significant that nobody else on the warbird flight line knew the model, or supplier either. As for the Cessna, the same thing happened, the pilot went off, and none of the petrolheads temaining on the flight line knew the model by brand. Later, another lad said it might be an "HK Cessna", which I duly wrote down. Just like I would if he had said an "MR Gangster" (Mick Reeves). Back at my desk, after I had written the article and received the choice of photos back from the Editor, I went on line and got the basic specs, which I printed in the caption. You will note that our Editor chose to print my photos of two HK products in one report. I am sure that you would agree that my telling the reader plainly that is was an "HK Cessna" is neither "little nor no credit". As to the Lanc, the newsworthiness to me was its foam nature. Last week a reader whose Dad flew Lancasters in the war emailed and asked me to find out more about the Lanc in the pic for him, which I did by return. He wanted to buy one. I googled "electric foam Lancaster" and was mildly surprised there was only one I could find. Not being a Hobby KIng user, or an electric specialist, I was unaware of their product range, just like the lads on the foresaid flight line.

So, there is no conspiracy of which I am aware, Pete, though you may have neatly drawn the Editor's attention to my dodgy reporting skills.

Hope this helps,

Alex Whittaker

Alex, thanks for clearing that up, and please accept my sincerest apologies for any implied slight upon your integrity.

It most certainly wasn't the intention do challenge anyone's personal integrity, merely to point out a continuing and demonstrable theme that seems to be present (namely, shunning Hobbyking) in much of the mainstream modelling press.

I absolutely accept your explanation for the captions in the superb write up of the Christmas event at Hucknall, as I'm certain everyone else reading this will. Long may your inimitble coverage continue!

Cheers, Pete

28/01/2015 13:58:38
Posted by Shaunie on 28/01/2015 13:53:50:

By the way, He's not the Messiah, He's a very naughty boy!


I say you are, lord, and I should know, I've followed a few! wink 2

Edited By pete taylor on 28/01/2015 13:59:35

Edited By pete taylor on 28/01/2015 14:00:09

28/01/2015 13:31:08
Posted by Paul Jefferies on 28/01/2015 12:55:26:

My only issue with HK is that their low prices are driving everybody else out of business and they do it (quite legally) by not paying tax in this country........


Agreed Paul, but when we see the likes of giants such as Pepsi, Ikea, Accenture, Dyson, Burberry, Procter & Gamble, Heinz, JP Morgan, FedEx, Coach, Abbott Laboratories, Amazon, Deutsche Bank et al pursuing full-blown tax evasion schemes to the tune of BILLIONS, it puts the legal reduction loopholes into perspective.

The problem for years has been the number of intermediaries between the manufacturer and the retailer in many areas of the modelling trade, together with the restrictive practice that has been allowed to exist.
When was the last time a mere modeller could buy direct from a distributor?
Come to think of it, when was the last time you saw a Hobbyking advert in any of the model mags? (With one notable exception.)
This of course, begs the question; is this a decision by Hobbyking NOT to advertise, or are the mags put under pressure not to accept their custom?
I would be extremely disappointed to discover it's the latter.

Anyway, anyone wringing their hands with guilt about any percieved shortfall in the revenue received by HMRC could surely make up the difference with a personal donation to the aforesaid outfit? thinking

28/01/2015 11:40:28

romani ite domum.jpg

There....that's better isn't it? wink

28/01/2015 11:14:24
Posted by Dave Hopkin on 28/01/2015 11:05:57:

What have Hobbyking ever done for us.............


All right then....apart from the prices, the choice, the foamies, the FPV stuff, the online ordering and a world-wide choice of warehouses....What have Hobbyking ever done for us?

28/01/2015 10:56:24


Are there any women here today?.....face 22

Edited By pete taylor on 28/01/2015 10:57:55

28/01/2015 10:19:53

There's an odd little thing happening in the broader modelling press at the moment.

It seems that there are a lot of models out there being bought and thoroughly enjoyed by hundreds of modellers yet, despite photos appearing in the magazines, little or no credit is given to the retailer/distributor/manufacturer of these models. The Feb issue of RCM&E is the latest one I've noticed; page 17 has a lovely picture of he only "...compact leccy Lancaster..." that I'm aware of and pages 18-19 have another great shot of a HK Cessna L-19.

New products pages constantly feature items that are also produced or distributed by this same company (albeit with a different colour scheme occasionally) and yet again, no reference is ever made to said organisation.

The name we're looking for here folks is HOBBYKING!

There....I said it! secret Whoops!

Come on everybody...HK aren't the only people to have QC or CS issues. I remember some ARTF models that would flick into a vicious spin with no warning, ic engines that ran like a flatulent cow and kits that were well beyond the line in the 'fit for purpose' stakes!

Thread: Hobbyking postage
24/01/2015 10:03:44
Posted by Justin K. on 24/01/2015 08:53:42:

Here's an odd one, I was looking at some servoless retracts on the HK site a while ago & unsure about what set that had been recommended I phoned my flying buddy. He was online at the time so got the page up, both on the UK page , looking at the same list of products sorted in price order I was seeing prices less than him ??Consistently down the list I was looking at a couple of quid cheaper on some items. This wasn't the one time offer they sometimes give if you have been on a page for a while but on the list page, what's that all about?

The price will vary according to how many orders you've placed with Hobbyking; you might be a standard, gold or platinum member and a variable discount is applied to each of these. Call it a loyalty bonus if you like!

Thread: Closing The Battle of Britain Chapel
04/01/2015 18:25:42

Bump and done!

Thread: Upgrade motor and esc for maxthrust riot
20/12/2014 16:08:51

Go for a Turnigy Aerodrive SK3 3542 800kv motor with an 11x5.5 APC on a 70Amp esc. With 4 cells this will be amazing!

Thread: a sticky problem
09/12/2014 13:52:51

I'd be inclined to go for a very thin smear of Gorilla Glue Eric. Failing that, epoxy wink

Thread: plans to depron
07/12/2014 20:26:57

Have the plan copied at your local copy shop then cut out the various parts, leaving a small excess all round then paste these onto your Depron sheet using 3M Spraymount. It's a simple job then to cut through the paper patterns and Depron

You can then either remove the paper, or leave it in situ.

Have fun, Pete

Thread: Blenheim takes to the air - again!
05/12/2014 19:02:18

Flew from Duxford according to reports.

Have a read of the article here describing the restoration.

There's a fascinating link to the story of the Mk1 cockpit section here.


Thread: dx6 orange don't mix
08/09/2014 17:01:04

I've been using Orange R615x, R800 with and without satellites added and R620 recievers, all without problems.

08/09/2014 13:38:36
Posted by John F on 08/09/2014 12:56:22:

I think KC that there is something else at play here. Binding a receiver does not damage it in any way, only telling it to listen out. if nothing is heard or an incompatible signal is heard it does nothing. It either works or does not work.

I have only found one reference specifically towards Orange NOT working with a DX6 here: **LINK**

Other than that there isn't much info that is easily found on this issue with Orange.

Edited By John F on 08/09/2014 13:14:01

I've been using my new DX6 with Orange Rx's as have a couple of clubmates without any problems whatsoever.

There has been an issue with what appears to have been a faulty DX6 transmitter though, only producing very low output intermittently. This was replaced by Horizon Hobby and no problems have occurred since.


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