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kc21/07/2017 12:24:41
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No you haven't returned at the wrong time John - it's probably the best time ever in aeromodelling! It's only in "huge decline" in the retail shop aspect, the hobby is still strong and equipment is reliable yet cheap. Hardly any local model shops but everything is available online. Not too much trouble getting into a club or getting 'pegtime' ( actual pegs are hardly used!) and you can buy ARTF or build your own.

Edited By kc on 21/07/2017 12:35:19

Nigel R21/07/2017 12:32:45
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that's my experience too kc

Ray Wood 421/07/2017 13:27:31
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Hi Kc

Dave Boddington was so enthusiastic when I met him and produced so many of his own designs to support the magazines for which he was editor, coupled with his fullsize aviation connections and experience made him a true legend. The only other parallel in output would be Vic Smeed.

Regards Ray

OZ e flyer21/07/2017 14:29:14
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I would have thought that some sort of public announcement from traplet would have been forthcoming by now. Surely speculation on their trading status does their company value no favours.

I made a phone call to traplet Australia this morning and let's just say the person I spoke to was somewhat less than polite and rather vague in answering my queries regarding my order status and their trading position. He advised me my plans could be delivered to me but as they were not in stock it would take at least 2 months for delivery. He was also rather upset that I had placed a query with PayPal. He didn't seem to appreciate that I was merely protecting my investment and besides nearly 3 months from the date of me placing the order until "maybe" receiving the paper plans I ordered seems unusual and not really acceptable in this digital age.

It saddens me for the sake of our hobby that this company is having difficulties at this time but, I think some clarity from their perspective would be beneficial if indeed they are to resume trading in some form.

John Bisset21/07/2017 14:45:57
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Posted by kc on 21/07/2017 12:24:41:

No you haven't returned at the wrong time John - it's probably the best time ever in aeromodelling! It's only in "huge decline" in the retail shop aspect, the hobby is still strong and equipment is reliable yet cheap. Hardly any local model shops but everything is available online. Not too much trouble getting into a club or getting 'pegtime' ( actual pegs are hardly used!) and you can buy ARTF or build your own.

Edited By kc on 21/07/2017 12:35:19

True enough kc. It;s just that there appear to be are many fewer kits available - I do prefer building to buying ARTF,. though I have succumbed. Mind you, I have a few kits 'in stock' to complete, including a Flair Puppeteer and a 'Complete-a-Pac' Swordfish.

kc21/07/2017 15:41:09
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Tipsy Pilot. if you are keen to get the Red Eagle plan then look for a copy of RCME for July 2014 ( which had this as a free plan ) from someone in your locality. This free plan is probably around somewhere in someones collection of old RCME's.even though it is out of stock at the Magazine Exchange right now, ( Note I said RCME not RCMW as it was not Traplet's plan then )

Interesting that RCME's back number dept seem to have been part of MyHobbyStores and therefore Traplet at the moment. I wonder what happens now if anyone wants a paper copy of an RCME back number? I also wonder what will happen to the Galaxy models range which seemed to be available from MyHobbyStores and therefore Traplet recently.

Edited By kc on 21/07/2017 16:01:38

Scully21/07/2017 15:53:49
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Myself and a club mate ordered plans and cnc woodpacks on Sunday at cosford paying about £400 in cash ! More than a little miffed to say the least #%&@*" . someone from traplet needs to make a statement as to the state of things

Beth Ashby Moderator21/07/2017 16:38:04
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Hi KC,

RCM&E paper back issues (including the free plan inside) haven't been part of MyHobbyStore for quite a while now and can be found at www.mags-uk.com

Beth

Nigel Dell21/07/2017 17:01:50
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Posted by kc on 21/07/2017 10:54:18:

We should correct any errors here so they don't get accepted as facts-

My recollection is that......

Wings and Wheels (North Weald ) was run by Ken Mainstone before Traplet ( I well remember Ken asking our club to lend the clubs PA gear for it. We lent the gear but unfortunately the club didn't ask for free tickets for members- we still had to pay to get in!)

Radio Modeller did not " fold" it was already owned by the same organistaion as RCME and eventually merged into RCME. And RM was not a " poor magazine" in my view ( and i still have a large collection to verufy this! ) The fact is it varied a bit over the years and really peaked under David Boddingtons editorship which didn't last long because he then went on to RCME . Alec Gee then continued at RM with the free plan every month which made RM a very good buy.

( just my view and it's perhaps relevant here is that " Boddo " was such a brilliant editor because he was visible at all the shows and therefore in touch with grass roots modellers. Somehow he seemed to get articles of great technical interest from unknown writers which were much more worthwhile than the same old columnists " last weekend i went to ----- and i must thank ----- " stuff we were- and are -used to! David B made his magazine worth buying because he published articles on really useful subjects from these previously unknown writers and this improved RM, then RCME, RCScale, AMI, MF, Flying Scale in turn. I wonder if other forum members agree with me on this? )

Yes KC re Wings and Wheels was started in the first place with Ken Mainstone, John 'Woody' Woodley and Steve Rose IIRC and was born due to the North Weald consortium consisting of 5 local clubs (I think!) being asked to display models in the lunchtime break in the flying display of the full size Fighter Meet, well that was my recollection anyway, Woody and Ken were members of the Anglia MFC as was I. Happy days!

OZ e flyer21/07/2017 19:00:11
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Thanks KC. Yep, that's exactly my plan. It's out of stock on the back issues so hopefully I can find someone who is prepared to part with their copy.

Daren Graham - Cambria Funfighters21/07/2017 20:39:40
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Does anyone know what's happening RE the Brian Taylor plans? Or who the Receivers are?

Martian21/07/2017 21:28:47
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Posted by Tipsy Pilot on 21/07/2017 19:00:11:

Thanks KC. Yep, that's exactly my plan. It's out of stock on the back issues so hopefully I can find someone who is prepared to part with their copy.

I was going to build Ton,s red eagle but have heavily committed myself with other builds so if you would like the mag and plan by all means pm me with your address

Martian

Paul Marsh21/07/2017 22:26:41
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I built some of the plans from RCMW, one was this: a great model...

Super Sytky

RICHARD WILLS21/07/2017 22:41:20
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Great memory Nigel ,

I think you are spot on ,

Richard

Nigel Dell21/07/2017 22:54:48
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Memory is about the only thing that is working at the moment Richard!😳🤣

Glenn Ryan22/07/2017 07:23:03
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This is a terrible shame. I was looking to order a set of Sepp Uiberlacher Tempest plans(I have the cowl already) plus a couple of others after my taxes were done (today mind you) but now I'm in a predicament
og22/07/2017 07:30:52
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Posted by Scully on 21/07/2017 15:53:49:

Myself and a club mate ordered plans and cnc woodpacks on Sunday at cosford paying about £400 in cash ! More than a little miffed to say the least #%&@*" . someone from traplet needs to make a statement as to the state of things

 

its my understanding is that it is an offence to take payments if you are knowingly about to be insolvent

 

 

 

 

Edited By og on 22/07/2017 07:31:17

Geoff Parkes22/07/2017 08:59:57
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I have never posted on this forum before but I think what has happened over the last few days regarding Traplet plans is really bad news for our hobby, yes the average age of aeromodelers is probably mid 50,s and the average age of dedicated model builders - not ARTF or foamy planes ,but plan built projects is probably older than this, I class myself as one of these, the thrill of going through the plans lists , picking subjects to put on a list of possible projects, picking the subject that will take all winter to build, getting the bits together to turn a pile of balsa into a fair copy of the full size, and finally flying the thing, the sense of accomplishment will never be replaced , I was planning to build a Dennis Bryant Chipmunk this winter, and was planning on ordering the plans, fibre glass bits on Friday, so, I suppose I am "lucky"that it happened this week not last, i have spoke to Tony Nijhous regarding his plans and he said he stopped both Traplet and My hobby store selling his designs last year- he must have had his doubts, i thought it was funny that that Traplet were offering all round discounts on there products, but lets hope that some one or something can save them/

Piers Bowlan22/07/2017 09:52:52
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Posted by Paul Marsh on 21/07/2017 22:26:41:

I built some of the plans from RCMW, one was this: a great model...

Super Sytky

Super Sytky by Christian Moes. 34in span (RCMW Aug 2015). Great workmanship Paul. I sent off for the back number as I thought it such a nice design. Christian had several of his excellent plans published in the mag.

I should have taken out a subscription, use it or lose it, so they say. I hope everyone takes out a subscription to RCM&E, if you don't already have one, (paper or electronic) as without the flagship magazine I feel the hobby really will be in trouble. Just my view.

 

Edited By Piers Bowlan on 22/07/2017 10:20:18

Danny Fenton22/07/2017 11:39:13
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I and a group of others had just ordered all the Fury drawings cowls etc in preparation for a group build starting next October. It looks like we are all not going to get the parts, but lets hope the lack of news means something is going on in the background, fingers crossed.

I was dealing with Craig over the phone and managed to get the group a good discount. I really do not think that after years of working with Craig he knew anything about what transpired last week. And that will go for them all. I really don't think they knew.

Lets just hope at least parts of the organisation rise from the ashes.

I am a contributor to RCM&E so I am perhaps biased, but I subscribe to many of the magazines and have done for years. If we don't show our support, they will vanish, as have so many these last few years. I appreciate that the information is easy to get on the web. But to me that augments the magazines.

Just my opinion however

Cheers

Danny

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