Post by John Privett Post by SC Post by John Privett
even worse! I'd still be fascinated to see the sales figures for
these deagostino publications.
I have some insight into the numbers, your right, VERY few finish. We
start issue 1 with say 40K copies, by issue 10 its 6K copies.... goes
down all the way!
That's an even quicker decline than I'd imagined! It must be very
de-motivating for the people who put these things together, to see the way
interest in their work declines so rapidly. And I've sometimes wondered, if
deagostino ceased production of one of these series half way through, would
anybody actually notice!
Over the years I have seen various things like this offered.
They seem to go on for a bit, and thenvanish from teh newsagentrs shlves.
My guess is that no one actually ever finishes, or is intended to
finish, the series.
It's marekting scam really. Get into it, know that 99% of the people who
buy issue one, will never get past issue ten, and of those only 1% will
ever finish the model, because frankly, if you had the skills to do
that, you would have boiught a kit anyway. If you load teh bist that
come free so teh first issue looks a bargain, and you just get a few
ribs and a bit of balsa strip in issue 2-10, and leave the expensive
items till issue 30 plus....
As far as flying it goes - well... I would say there is a strong case
for taking this to the advertising standards authority, because the
chances of someone without club or buddy support, BMFA insurance, and a
bit of help, getting a 40 power spitty to fly as a first model are
slightly lower than the chance they will kill or seriously injure
themselves or someone else with it first.
Post by John Privett
Maybe in April 2006 we'll be asking on the newgroups whether anyones
actually seen any of these models completed.
I suspect we ought to work out who is behind it, and whether they are in
fact a company that has enough substance to sue. Or even whether a
flying prototyope exists, and who actually designed it.