[WWI] Is the sky falling?
Stuart L. Malone
smalone at kc.rr.com
Tue Jan 18 07:25:53 EST 2005
> Part I
> Hmm, how about a different view point?
> While the taxpayers ultimately paid for the aircraft, therefore the
> designation and name may be public domain, the actual design of the
> aircraft is not. So, Boeing, Northrop, Rockwell, Lockheed, etc. could
> still apply for protection of U.S. patent law under their internal
> project designations. This would have the same effect as protecting
> the common name. The model makers would still have to license Boeing
> project 299 to be able to produce a B-17 Flying Fortress.
> This is fine by me. A lot of hard work went into the design of the
> B-17 and while it's a bit late to benefit the original engineers,
> maybe the revenue from licensing now will keep a few more people at
> these companies employed. Licensing, as everything else, is
> negotiable. Usually, two level headed, intelligent people can work
> out a deal to where economical sense is just and fair for both
> parties. So, the price of a kit goes up 10% for the royalties. I
> seem to remember paying about $8.00 a pop for 1/72 Hasegawa single
> engine aircraft back in the late 80s early 90s. How much are these
> things now? Last I checked, around $15.00. So, add $1.50 to each
> kit. Will this prevent someone from buying it? Economics 101 says a
> few will not spend the money, but the majority still will. Even on
> the latest Trumpeter 1/32 F-145 ThunderMigStarJetFighter retailing for
> $120.00 royalties might push it to $132.00. I ask you, do you really
> thing the people spending this kind of money are going to cringe and
> walk away over that last $12.00?
> So, let's say thank you for the free ride we've had the past 70 odd
> years and now help support the companies that directly produced, or
> bought the company that bought the company that bought the company
> that produced, the subjects we love modeling.
> Stuart L. Malone
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