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Greatest form of flattery?


I wonder what aspect of this they have patented. The idea of a swappable power pod has been around for a while. Funny that they should call these the Aircore series because a company called US AirCore produced 0.40 coroplast models with swappable power/electronic "pods" very much like these back in the 1980s and '90s.

The projected cost of the power pod at $80-90 and $40-50 per airframe is pretty attractive. I do worry that a power system suited for a trainer would not be adequate for a warbird, though. I like my warbirds fast!
It's Hobbico. Hobbico owns the Aircore trademark including most of the patents on making airframes out of coroplast. Want to slit a piece of coroplast, slide your landing gear wire through and make a fairing? Thats their patent. Want to slit a flute of coroplast and make a control surface? Their patent. Want to put all of your electronics, fuel/pwr and motor/engine on a "PowerPod" and swap that from plane to plane? THEIR PATENT!

Which was explained to us over on SPADworld years ago by the lawyers of Hobbico. We were not to make any money off the website. What we did do was show and discuss with a bunch of folks how to make airplanes that flew good, were durable and fun AND got a bunch of folks over the fear of flying hump. Flitetest is pretty dedicated to getting people into the hobby. They're quick build kits are spittin images of the old AirCore kits but they're profits go to keep the website going. If you look around at all the manufacturers that use coro for aircraft use, you'll see that Hobbico has been more then generous with the use of their ideas and patents.

As I've found more then once, great minds think alike. There was some dude down in Florida that would teach you how to make durable planes out of coroplast who didn't even know about SPADs or Aircore, just figured it out himself. You ever see that picture of Goddard looking at a V-2 engine? man was he suprised.

Flitetest may have come up with the swapable idea on their own, but it's been done and patented long before. You wanna give credit, you can buy some wheel collars, props and other stuff and send that check to Hobbico.


Thanks for the info, MrClean. Had no idea Hobbico owned what was US AirCore. I see the SPAD planes as the original, "fly for less money and less headache" airframe. How many of us have had what we think is a great idea only to realize its already been done? Doesn't mean that it is any less of an inspired idea!

"You ever see that picture of Goddard looking at a V-2 engine? man was he surprised."
:eek: <--- What I imagine the appropriate emoticon would be for Goddard at that moment.