Way back when.... this all started as a hobby and it was also a hobby for the folks that provided us the kits. All that hand fitting of parts to make it fit right... ITS A HOBBY!!! If you wanted ease in "no brainer" assembly go to IKEA!!
Obviously that has changed. In the case of Associated, when the designs needed to more sophisticated and more engineered...they sent Cliff Lett to school so that they would have the engineering necessary to come up with the designs.
When the industry started to go RTR, they had to partner with the right overseas mfg that had the necessary resources. This was something Losi couldn't do because they left that job to Horizon after Losi sold out.
When it was time to go brushless, rather than to bad mouth the technology like some other mfg did
they partnered with LRP to come up with their own BL system.
So whatever the market threw at Associated they responded despite their limited resources and size. They should be commended for lasting this long in their limited capacity!!
BTW, you Tamiya guys...C'mon you very well know that Tamiya is not the maker of the 415, it is either Atlas or Tech or whoever does the machining for them. And as for their lower end stuff... remember Tamiya plastic???
XRay guys, does XRay also make an electric truck or buggy? Do they make a Nitro touring car??
Anyways its bound to happen that Associated would get taken over by someone larger with more resources. It also no wonder why some of the guys have left Associated lately (Pavidas, Easton)
My worries is how is this going to affect the speed control market?? Will TT support the partnership with LRP???
Don't forget Novak is beginning to slow down as well ever since Bob retired and left it to his daughter.(Novak survives on other elect. bus. that is NOT hobby related)
Tekin is barely coming out of its ashes.
So who else will there be??????