We'll remember that when you sell off one of your rigs.mnstrbetle wrote:LOL...research and development...to play with toys, and then have the balls to charge for it.
Someone has got too much time on their hands
From a business perspective, R&D eats up large amounts of time and resources, even for this "stick" and a couple bolts. Even if the designers had a good idea of what they wanted to make, the'd have still had to cad it out, and have access to the machinery to mill the components, plus buy the raw materials.
Maybe a good example to use would be Mark Filipowicz and his "Bad Monkey Jr." http://www.marksmark.net/jr.htm
Let's see, a machinist, who gets paid $30 or $40 an hour that spends a year designing and machining parts, uses a multi-million dollar machine shop, aircraft grade aluminum and titanium stock. and produces ONE r/c proto-type. What's that worth? By Marks own accounts, about $40,000.RCAA wrote:Mark decided to design and build an RC vehicle from scratch, drawing on his experience in full-size 4-wheeling. His truck started as an idea on January 4, 1999, and by January 2000, it was a reality.
Mark designed each of the more than 200 custom parts using state-of-the-art CAD (computer-aided design) software, and he manufactured them one at a time using many highly sophisticated commercial machines. The long list of details that went into the conception and realization of this project could fill volumes; we don't have nearly enough pages to give you the year-long play-by-play, but our Reader's Digest version still captures the key points of this most incredible project. Dig in!
Just something to keep in mind when you guys look at that "stick" and say it ain't worth it. You don't like it? Then don't buy it. Heck, everyone here was ragging on Toyo when he developed the Bulu chassis, but after seeing it perform, everyone started drooling over it. Everyone said "I can do that", well, Toyo is the only one who did, and those who can't or don't want to build thier own stuff thank innovators like Toyo, Mark, and the guys who designed the "stick".