Yes patelladragger, every point you mention makes perfect sense. We all know that Trinity blatantly copied the V-One R, but you have to give Trinity some merit with the Reflex. For the same price as a V-One R, even somewhat cheaper, you are getting a chassis that has over $100.00+ worth in option parts. Its also made U.S. V-One R owners lives a little easier when it comes to finding replacement parts.
If I would have known about the V-One RR GT I probably wouldn't have purchased my Reflex. But at that time the only cars that suited my fancy were the V-One R and the Reflex NT, and it was a no-brainer which car was the better value for the money.
As far as Trinity paying Kyosho off not to promote their V-OneR/RR here in the U.S. sounds somewhat true as well. Kyosho does make an attempt to try to compete with the American stronghold of 1/10th scale offroad gas and electric cars by promoting their Ultima line of cars. Lets face it, the V-One R/RR is the overall best and most competitive RC Car they manufacture. You would think that they would put out a little more effort of promoting it.
I believe the V-One R/RR's and Reflex's plastic parts are both produced and manufactured by a Japanese company called Tomogouchi (spelling??). A friend of mine a while back told me of this. I believe Trinity also used the same molds from the V-One R to produce the Reflex as well. I am sure Kyosho had some copyrights on the molds for the V-One R so that further proves your point.
Whatever the case may be, who cares. V-One R/RR owners can benefit from the Reflex. They can get K-Factory option parts more easier and wreak the benefits of the Trinity Reflex Racing Team. Need help with a set-up for a particular track? Go to TechTalk and mostly all the information you recieve for the Reflex can apply to the V-One R. Or you can come here and get everything you need too!
As far as Kyosho and Trinity in bed together I have no clue.
Just imagined what the offspring would look like! V-One RR 2?