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Some Bad News followed by Some Good News
In November 2019 Graupner posted a notice on their Graupner.de webpage that they had closed their manufacturing facility in China due to unprofitability. This means that they are ceasing production of all of their model kits, including Micro Magics. They state that their transmitter/receivers are still profitable and will remain in production.
Happily, another manufacturer has expressed very active interest in producing Micro Magic kits, and it is our hope that these new kits will be on the market soon. We will keep you posted regarding all developments.(posted 12/14/19)
An Update Concerning Micro Magic Production
The new potential manufacturer for Micro Magic kits remains very active. We are told that the next step is production of the molds for the initial prototypes. This is obviously excellent progress and we are very happy.
We will continue to keep you posted regarding all future developments.(posted 1/7/20)
A Further Update on MM Production
On February 13 our perspective new MM manufacturer came to the Netherlands, bringing along prototypes for our examination. After a day of fruitful discussion, measuring, remeasuring and measuring again both version 1 and 2 of the new MM prototypes, we just brought our visitor back to the airport for his flight back home.
As it turned out now, hull 1 was o.k. except for small flaws in the bow, canopy, and rudderpost, but the keelbox contained a number of mistakes which became clear when he brought along a separate keelbox (which by the way is very easy to glue together precisely).
It took a number of hours to redesign the keelbox and mast sleeve (the mast could lean forward too much but not enough backwards) within- and exactly to our MM class rules.
So now he left happy with an approved, hull, deck, canopy, gooseneck, and keelbox. Well, actually the canopy did not fit our Graupner V1 but he swore that will be o.k., and we are sure it will be.
So now the molds can be made next week! YES!
And we are sure the NMM will be of a higher quality than the non-German Graupner ones!
And as we had requested, there will also be a ready to race version!
Let us keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best!
To be continued.(posted 2/15/20)