[WWI] Is the sky falling?

John Marco john at modelartbymarco.com
Tue Jan 18 08:39:15 EST 2005

Hi Stuart,
We already paid for it through our taxes! I for one do not like getting
charge 2 or 3 times for something that is already paid for, my dad worked
hard during W.W.II to pay for the B-17s an so no and so did a lot of our
mums an dads! It all comes down to this today, the greed of money!!! For if
there was a war on right now these company's would not even be thinking of
the model would. You know where this will hit also in the magazines we all
enjoy for if the small company's fold up and go away Windsock, W.W.1 Aero
and others will find it hard to continue on with no advertising from the
small company's it will be a snow ball effect.
John Marco

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stuart L. Malone" <smalone at kc.rr.com>
To: "World War I Modeling Mailing List" <wwi at wwi-models.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 1:25 PM
Subject: Re: [WWI] Is the sky falling?

> >
> > 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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