Originally Posted by Chrissy C
TIR that is a little harsh. Shooters produce aluminum upgrades for all cars. Do you suggest Yokomo seek legal action because they have produced a main shaft/hubs/top deck etc braces similar to Yokomo's own efforts??
A spool is being used almost exclusively these days. The main problem with a spool is the wear on the out drives...answer...produce a spool that has interchangable outdrives. This (although done first by TiR to my knowledge) is a natural evolution of a product.
Out of interest will you be speaking to Tamiya about their spool with replacable delrin outdrives???
We have spoken to Tamiya Yes..... Its not about producing evolving products but about direct copies with no R&D needed as someone else has already done it for you.... If the design is evolving then no problem whatsoever, but a direct copy is not an evolution just a copy. Interchangeable cups is not a new idea but the design (the way it assembles) is...
Look at the number of holes to locate the gear - the same
Look at the centre section the way it is turned out - the same - even the angles are the same
These were done this way for specific reasons and after considerable testing. They are (were) Unique features, which of course after you have seen it you can say is a natural evolution....essentially everything is by that definition.
But, show me the evolution on this??? apart from the very poor finish...lol