There’s been some discussion on Graupners demise on RCGroups. Many people seem to think that Graupner and Robbe products
were overpriced, and used RTF/RTR models
from China to prove their point. Well, like we say here in Texas, “that dog won’t hunt”. In my humble opinion, a well made kit will be a little more expensive than anything pre built as there is the extra cost of plans, instructions, packaging, just to name a few. And, as a builder, I’d much rather pay a bit more for a decent quality kit that I get the fun and pride of both the building of said kit and the ownership.
Now, there are people who cannot or will not build, and more power to them. If that’s how they pass their time that’s okay by me. But..using the China made models
as a benchmark to gripe about a much loved kit manufacturers models
and prices is just a little off kilter.
That being said, the KYmodel sourced Graupner kits were improving in quality, it would be a shame to see them fade away or be harder to purchase now that the quality seems to be improving.