Β* I went to a hobby store, it's not a small one, aΒ*good size place,Β*about 60 miles from me (the nearest one is 45 miles from me) , I have been there a few times before. I brought him two new finished planes to hang to sell. A CG Cub with usedΒ*OS 4 stroke (cost me $390.00 to build), and a TT Champion 45L with a new OS 46 FSR with a tuned pipe, and mechanical retracks (cost me $435.00 to build),Β*both with all new unused Futaba S148 servos. First he asked me ''did you remove the RX's & do I haveΒ*the batteries for them, those servos aren't very good!'' Β*I was talking to him, and he made me feel like a kit built plane, was really not as good as a dog plane (ARF) He said that people would come in and buy his arf there, a 50 something inch wing span first, because it came with the radio. at $450.00Β* I said if he talked the way he does he could sell my planes for the low price of $250.00 , and a new radio from his shelf for less than the $450.00 and they would have a much better setup & plane! He looked at me like I was nuts!
Β*Then a guy walked in and was looking around, then asked where are your airplane kits, and he pointed at the only arf he had and said there! The guy said No your real kits. The owner said what kit did he want, he can get any plane he wanted, but he wasn't going to get kits in, that will sit on his shelf for 4-6 months before selling!Β* I said thats not true, that he would get builders to come and but them to support his store. He said Nope ain't going to happen! Looked around and asked How come you have every building accessories that Dubro, and every other brand sold, stock all the colors that Ultracote & monocote has, lots of different types of glue,Β*and only 6 pieces of balsa wood, and about 10 pieces of piano wire, everything for building,Β*and no kits! just a wall of arf's? He said people want those things! I said people want kits too!
Β*He also had dozensΒ*of helicopters, small and large,Β*and I don't know how many rc cars heΒ*had lots, and parts for everything! Just none of them real wood airplaneΒ*kits. Oh, the guy that came in looking for a kit,Β*just shook his head and walked out!
Β*I left my planes for him to sell, and I hope he does it soon! Β*I need the money for my wifes meds!
Β*I'm off theΒ*box now!