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    HobbyKing and Turbines

    It seems they have everything else do you guys think they will ever stock a Turnigy Turbine? I'm not sure if that would be such a good thing but I never rule anything out.
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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines


    ORIGINAL: Mike06659

    It seems they have everything else do you guys think they will ever stock a Turnigy Turbine? I'm not sure if that would be such a good thing but I never rule anything out.
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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    I can't see this happening as the market is so small. It is more likely that they'll release larger EDF units which help increase their battery sales.
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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    Larger EDF's is a good point, but I think if they can make money on turbines sales what's to stop them. Service would be another issue.

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    The market is small because of the price. I would hate to see them offer turbines at a very cheap price.

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    Once a turbine company is established how much do you think a turbine really cost to produce?

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    Depends on a lot of things. JetCat compressor wheels are machined on 5 axis CNC's, that kind of thing is not cheap, even in bulk quantities.

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines


    ORIGINAL: ianober

    Depends on a lot of things. JetCat compressor wheels are machined on 5 axis CNC's, that kind of thing is not cheap, even in bulk quantities.


    German engineering and 5 axis CNC's...Nuff said...

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines


    ORIGINAL: mace1zero


    ORIGINAL: ianober

    Depends on a lot of things. JetCat compressor wheels are machined on 5 axis CNC's, that kind of thing is not cheap, even in bulk quantities.


    German engineering and 5 axis CNC's...Nuff said...

    MACE

    The Chinese have sent a man into space, and if they choose not to develop a turbine wheel for themselves then they will have no reservation about knocking off a German one.

    Nuff said !

    (But I sure hope they don't get into the biz)
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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    Market is small because of price, but the cost of the turbine is only one factor. Airframes are also expensive, even at the 80n size. Most guys do not spend even $2k on a single model.
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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    I cant wait to see a hobbyking turbine. You would be able to watch the turbine wheels walk right out and fly across the feild and then all turbines will be banned. Lets hope they stay away from turbines. Some things cant be done half *****ed and on the cheap.

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    They can't do any worse then JJ

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    The question is at what price point does it become attractive? Even if they sold a $1000 90N turbine, you still need to fork over nearly $2k for an airframe and servos. $3k up front cost is still going to keep most people away. The only way it makes sense economically is for them to produce their own clone airframes and sell them for 50% the cost of their competitors. They've done this already for helicopters (which are pretty much junk), but I don't that'll translate into turbine aircraft. There are simply too many obstacles for your casual hobbyist (AMA waiver, field size, safety hazards, etc), which is a good thing.
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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    They would probably be rebadged JJ's.. But lower quality..
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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    Airframes are not the problem any more. Yes, they are way over priced but there are a few well priced airframes out there. Look at Modellbau USA. The Tornado is priced just right and they can't keep them in.

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    Just because Modelbau offers an inexpensive sport jet trainer does not mean prices are not an issue any more. You're really understating the current market prices or turbine airframes.
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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    I doubt even HK could lower the quality of a JJ...
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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    If you look at the amount of actual material in a turbine, you realize that 99% of the price of a turbine is labor and mark-up. With Chinese labor costs being so low, the only thing keeping them out of the turbine market is a concept that seems totally beyond their comprehension: Quality Control. If they ever get a handle on QC, they might have a shot.
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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines


    ORIGINAL: highhorse


    MACE

    The Chinese have sent a man into space, and if they choose not to develop a turbine wheel for themselves then they will have no reservation about knocking off a German one.

    Nuff said !

    (But I sure hope they don't get into the biz)
    [/quote]

    Well, keep in mind that they sent men into space using modified Russkie hardware. They did not design the Shenzhou spacecraft, just copied it and made some changes. So they did not REALLY send men into low Earth orbit; they copied the way others did it (as usual).

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    Based on my experiences with turnigy batteries I hope they never make turbines...... They'll explode unannounced and without running!!
    remember when people actually BUILT their airplanes?

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines


    ORIGINAL: LGM Graphix

    Based on my experiences with turnigy batteries I hope they never make turbines...... They'll explode unannounced and without running!!
    I guess you're just unlucky. I have owned about 60 of their batteries and only received one bad one.
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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines


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    Based on my experiences with turnigy batteries I hope they never make turbines...... They'll explode unannounced and without running!!
    I guess you're just unlucky. I have owned about 60 of their batteries and only received one bad one.
    It is obvious by your comment that they send the bad ones to Canada... Only one died on me after 2 years of use (Zippy and Turningy brand)...

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    One can build his own airframe. Turbine, not so much.

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines


    ORIGINAL: rorrock

    They would probably be rebadged JJ's.. But lower quality..
    I will pre-order 4 of them! LOL

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    RE: HobbyKing and Turbines

    Your all assuming the question was if they were going to build/design/ripoff their own version of a turbine. but HK have also offered big brand name items in the past as well....

    They sell Futaba radio's and equipment, are they all crap???
    They sell powerbox units, are they all crap????

    Don't get me wrong, not every thing they sell is good, but it's not all bad either. There are some really good and cost effective equipment that they sell. I have never really had a problem with any of the packs i have received. My turbine flies with twin turnigy voltage regs, and 3 flightmax li-po's without a drama...

    Now look at the Kingtech, getting rave reviews from everyone and made in the asia block.... I for one would love to see the price HK could sell these for!!

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