As tempting as it is to jump right on an MG or R8 12th scale body right now, I have a stronger sense to kinda "tread lightly" in this area. (at least for now)
This unique "molded in separate wing" is the kind of idea that sets a company (CEFX) apart and hopefully makes it more profitable. CEFX is still a fairly young company and something like this helps its identity in a really good way.
A - After all Josh has been through in the last year - starting a company from scratch, developing a new chassis, learning the whole mold-making art, facing on-going legal litigation (bs), starting a hobbyshop/racetrack, getting married and now facing the ominous prospect of being a dad. I'd say that this guy deserves all the "breaks" he can get.
B - If I was to instantly start working on a body with the same concept I would inevitably invite a lot of verbal bashing. Amazingly, there were people mad at me when I released the Speed 12 because they were convinced it was a direct copy of Josh's CLMP900. (daydream believers) I don't want to be percieved as an opportunist.
C - Eventually, if this style body works well, and gains acceptability with racers at the pro & novice level, we'll definitely look at producing a PROTOform version - hopefully with a little bit of our own "twist" or uniqueness. In some ways, I wish it could be tomorrow because I absolutely love the cars that race at Le Mans.
D - Copying (of ideas and inovations) goes on everyday, in every form of racing from F1 all the way down to Showroom Stock. Ever notice why F1, ChampCar & IRL cars always have "wing covers" on them when in the pits. Its to stop "prying eyes" and at least slow down the inevitable copying of the wing profiles.
I see Josh as one of the true "good guys" of the RC world and a "class act" in his conduct. I have never sponsored him, and when it came to bodies, he knew he could call me and I would give him anything he ever needed. However, he didn't want to feel obligated to any one company, or constrained by the feeling that he "had" to promote some companies particular brand. He seems to understand that it should be "all or nothing" when it comes to free product. Terry Rott and Joel Johnson also have/had a similarly proffesional attitude as well.
I wish him much success with this venture and future ones
Dale Epp - PROTOform