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    Ultra Sport 40 Discontinued ????

    I was saving some money to order an US40 next week, but today in TH it appears as "Discontinued", too bad. I think it was one of the best selling Great Planes kits , I don't understand why it was discontinued.
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    Interesting...the 60 kit is still available.

    I'm betting they don't sell many "kits" in general.
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    " I don't understand why it was discontinued."

    Usually manufacturers discontinue products when the demand drops below what they need to make it economically profitable for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesUyeda View Post
    " I don't understand why it was discontinued."

    Usually manufacturers discontinue products when the demand drops below what they need to make it economically profitable for them.

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    Les,
    The don't actually "discontinue" a plane like the Ultra Sport 40. When they bring the plane to the market what they do is make a run of the kit and produce a run of kit and produce specific number of kits. For the sake of this discussion let's just say that number is 300 kits. So Great Planes produces a run of Ultra Sport 40 kits of 300 kits. When those 300 kits are gone they can either go back and make another run or simply choose to let the line stay "discontinued" like it is now. Back when Minnflyer and I started the campaign to get Hobbico to consider producing another run of kits we had to show them a legitimate sale interest of at least 300 kits before they would even consider producing the kits again.

    So in short, they aren't discontinuing the kit at all. When it says discontinued it just means that stocks of kits that have already been produced have finally ran out.

    Hope this helps

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    Yes I do understand. Like when the demand drops below what makes it economically profitable for the manufacturer.

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    That is too bad, I am glad I made copies of all the parts in my kit to build with and saved all the "kit parts" to make more copies if I need.

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