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Post  Marleysky on Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:46 pm

Found this posted on Vintage Planes website:



Kinda sad when we lose a manufacturer.
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Post  706jim on Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:02 pm

The Dubro people told me in Toledo last year that glow engine sales were down 90%. That and the percentage of model builders was also down drastically. I suppose this is the inevitable result.
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Post  Ken Cook on Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:03 pm

I'm actually shocked knowing they were still producing the covering. I haven't seen it available in 20 years. Whenever I do see it, it's new old stock which had to be ordered from the UK.
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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:10 pm

We may have already lived "The golden age" of do it yourself modeling. Why build it yourself when China does it for you. Well, there are many reasons. Pride in ones own work is one.

I hate to see the demise of the fueled engine, but electric power has so many advantages.
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Post  ThermalSniffer on Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:42 pm

Sad Not good. Thank you for the heads up.
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Post  getback on Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:01 am

I have never used Solarfilm product , but if you google it there are still suppliers out there , non the less i like you hate to see long time model supply businesses go ..
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Post  ThermalSniffer on Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:12 am

Solarfilm products are sold under many brand names in the US, coverite alone sells a few products from the range under different names. Stevens Aero seem to have almost based their business on the solite product Laughing You may have used it and not realised.

Litespan is a favourite of free flighters because it looks like tissue but is iron shrinkable and is fuel proof without any additional product. Solartex is another favourite but this time of vintage scale modellers who prize it as a scale fabric covering for fabric covered subjects.
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Post  MauricioB on Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:32 am

what a sadness it gives me to learn about these things, to know that the glow engines are going to be less, to build a model from the wood, it is losing, in short, I try to stop time, but the universe of things is like that, everything has a moment, a time ... that good in spite of everything, keep on surviving and best of all, feel part of sharing the same feeling with many members of CEF.
In some corner of the world, although solitary, there will always be an enthusiastic aeromodelist creating with his own hands.
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Post  RknRusty on Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:28 am

Well said, Mauricio.

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Post  OVERLORD on Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:10 am

Giants as Graupner and Robbe also suffered. Graupner was a pioneer in electrically driven gliders with the Hi Fly in 1973 but went bankrupt in 2012 and was taken over by a Korrean company SJ. Prices went up considerably since. Robbe went bankrupt in 2015. Svenson from Belgium? Modelhob from Spain?...
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Post  fredvon4 on Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:26 am

No way to not be morbid about it;

But in next ten years we are certain to loose more and more of our-- very good right now-- resources

Hobbyco in Chapter 11 may survive but I think the writing is on the wall if they can not sell the company... employee owned... and those people are gonna get hosed as their company stock nears worthless stage

This had serious impact for a lot of the suppliers they exclusively sell

Super Tiger never did resurrect

Have not heard what John Brodak's Plan for when he can no longer run the business

Walt Umland
Eric Rule
Tom Morris
Phil Cartier
Doug Galbreath
Tom Dixon
Randy Smith
and probably another dozen, are all aging and simply can not continue their cottage industry beyond the next decade

Last year or so SigMfg has had more and more back ordering

My Hobby Lobby locally looks good for a while but the NOT so good, Hobby Town we used to have only survived about 5 years in the mall.... in a 100,000 plus population area

Radio shack was my go to for DYI HAM radio and other electronic bit n pieces for decades...

I went over seas and on return they had morphed into a basic cell phone and cheap toy store with ever dwindling supply of all the things I wanted

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Re: Not good news - Solarfilm

Post  balogh on Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:43 pm

[quote="MauricioB"
In some corner of the world, although solitary, there will always be an enthusiastic aeromodelist creating with his own hands.[/quote]

Well said Mauricio... I for one am surely sitting in solitary ( no club no RC/IC fliers and hobbyshops on extinction) but will build planes for my COX engines so long as my eyesight allows me..
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