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Old 11-17-2005, 07:20 PM
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In my opinion, yes. $115.00 bucks is pretty high. Then again, my opinion isn't everything. What do you guys think? Are we being ripped off?
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:27 PM
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i always find places on the net that will give you 10 to 15 % off servo prices or wait for rcuniverse to sell me NIB ones
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:29 PM
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I'm thinking that they should be about 50 bucks, tops, for an 8611a or a 5955!
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:37 PM
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i feel ya
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Old 11-18-2005, 08:02 AM
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Overpriced?

Depends on which direction you're coming from.

I just replaced $56 "worth" of micro servos in my Mini Edge. They were only $13 each and supposed to be faster and better than the $20 ones. Yeah.... Sure.... One of them locked up on it's own. Another one took what amounted to a "hanger rash" bump THROUGH THE RUDDER AND LINKAGE and chipped a tooth, while the rudder didn't even show a dent! At that point, I decided that yeah, I had gotten screwed by the cost. Them puppies should have been free. Actually, the mfg should have paid me to use 'em.

I used to fly competition.... Sail planes competition.... Just flat-lands thermal competition.... Very seldom went very fast.... Actually didn't move the stick very often or very much... And trust me, paying "too much" for the best servo wasn't in my mind at all... Didn't bother me for a second. The best is worth it to some. Not to others.

The beauty of servo prices is that if you think some are too pricy, don't buy them. You've got prices all the way from that "too much" one down to "too little". We're way rich in this hobby with the options we have, and servo choices is one of the greatest riches.
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Old 11-18-2005, 09:13 AM
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When I first started flying RC back in 1970, my radio cost $420. Servos were $35 each and a colplete airborne pack was over $200. In the last 1970s guys were paying $1000 for a Kraft Signature Series radio. In the 1980s coreless servos were over $50. Now I can get a good digital with great centering and tremendous holding power for $50-$85. I think radios and servos are dirt cheap.
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Old 11-18-2005, 12:45 PM
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Dude, everything is this hobby is overpriced. The trick is you never add up everything you've bought... you don't want to know that figure... believe me.
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Old 11-18-2005, 12:52 PM
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JOHN W You got that right!!!!!
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Old 11-18-2005, 01:42 PM
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ORIGINAL: JohnW

Dude, everything is this hobby is overpriced. The trick is you never add up everything you've bought... you don't want to know that figure... believe me.
Exactly!

All the money we spend on this hobby is stupid--but we do it anyway.

I never knew how much my first "real" Giant Scale gasser cost me untill a friend started aksing questions one day. How much was the motor? How much was the plane? Servos? And on and on and on.

I finally stopped at about $1850.[X(] That was for an 80" Extra with digitals all throughout and a gas engine.

I wish my buddy had never asked.[] It made it hard to fly that plane for a couple months afterwards.

NOW? I WISH I could set up a GS gasser for ONLY $1850

They just keep getting bigger and more expensive. But, I've learned not to add it all up. If I knew how much they all cost--I'd never fly them.
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Old 11-18-2005, 02:17 PM
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You're right about not adding up the total cost. I have a kit bashed twin, a dual fuselage World Models Sky Raider which is a pretty cheap model. Retail is $69, but my LHS sells them for just under $54. Bought 2, added a center section to the wing and used both fuselages. Two OS .46AXs for power. Now I did use a JR 770 PCM receiver, $100, and digital servos, the $50 kind. I added up the total for planes, engines and hardware and it came to just under $1,000!. I couldn't believe it and re-checked my figures. It was $960. You never realize how much you have in the air.
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Old 11-18-2005, 02:17 PM
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I just added up what I have in my QQ 85" Yak.....

I think I need another cocktail!!!!

Yikes!
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Old 11-18-2005, 09:22 PM
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One thing you better NOT ad up is........the total you spent on RC Planes with all the goodies you needed for the last 10 or even 20 or more years. Better not even think about that total amount.[:-]
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Old 11-18-2005, 10:09 PM
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I got a hell of a deal at a swap meet. I got a near new 72" Katana ARF for $75. Then it cost me $67 just for switches and servo extenders! I am sure glad I had the radio,sevos, and and engine for it.
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Old 11-18-2005, 11:45 PM
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I read about Eds sky raider in r/c report. But never realized it would have cost that much money.
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Old 11-21-2005, 12:16 PM
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Hitec is running a series of ads in the car magazines that addressed just this issue. It explains what you get when you spend more money and how and why the perfomance increases as well. It is for the customer to ultimately decide if the additional cost is worth it and to some modelers it is not.

In the end what it comes down to is how much it costs the manufacturer to build it, how much they mark it up to the dealer/distributor, then how much the dealer marks it up to the consumer. I guess if no one made any money then they would cost much less... well then no one would be left in business to make or sell them.

$115 gets you a digital, coreless motor w/ heatsink, bushed case top, hardened steel pins and Titanium gears in a servo that produces 333in/oz of torque... at least from Hitec. In the past you had to spend $85 per servo for a digital/coreless servo and needed to use more servos in your model. Now you have better servos and don't need as many... this will actually save you money. Granted this is all based on giant scale applications.

I guess the same could be said about anything... there are all levels of everything; if $115 is too much to spend on a servo there are plenty available for less, but don't expect them to perform as well.

For more info on what you get for your money, go here: http://www.hitecrcd.com/servotech/performance.htm


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ORIGINAL: JohnW

Dude, everything is this hobby is overpriced. The trick is you never add up everything you've bought... you don't want to know that figure... believe me.
I figure that golfers lie about the costs, more than we do.

Personally, I've never spent more than $50 on a plane. How about you?

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50$??? Yikes.....


You must have one of those composite jobbies!!
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Old 11-23-2005, 08:44 PM
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well i added up what my and my Dad spent just on Tower hobbies. And lets just say it was surprise to all of us.[:-][X(]
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That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

ORIGINAL: Scar

Personally, I've never spent more than $50 on a plane. How about you?

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Old 11-24-2005, 10:15 AM
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I thought all of this stuff was free. We don't actually have to PAY anything to those silly Visa people, do we?
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Old 11-24-2005, 10:22 AM
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Along your line of thinking; Why does an OS 160 cost more than a 46? Same number of parts and difference in material cost is nil.

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For many years I purchased servos that were just enough to do the job..As I moved up in size they were useless. Now I ONLY buy the best servos on the market {hitec 5955's & Seiko 50's} In the end I use fewer and save money. The 5945's go on low tork things ie choke and throttle. When the Hitork servos become not to my liking, I have somthing to trade or sell.....
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ORIGINAL: iflyj3

Along your line of thinking; Why does an OS 160 cost more than a 46? Same number of parts and difference in material cost is nil.

Good question. Mabye a person who can afford a larger aircraft can afford a more expensive engine...
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As long as there are several manufacturers people making/selling servos there should be no problem with overpricing, at least that's how it is usually works and that free market thing usually works pretty well. Nothing's perfect of course. I'd say that HT 5955 is a pretty good price for what you get (and I didn't pay $115). So I'd have to say that no they are not over priced. I especially think the Hitech's are a bargain over the competition for one nice feature included with all digitals: they are programmable. That is a very big advantage especially for ganged servo app's.
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