Nice try, however you're quite simply "barking up the wrong tree." I live in Canada, and I'm pretty much out of the loop with the 1/8th on-road scene. I've only attended two or three 1/8th on-road races in my entire life - the last one being the ROAR Nat'ls in Ohio in 2009
That Sept 20th RCTech thread you attached was about gas sedan racing.
Like I said, the first photo I ever saw of the R11 was on RedRC on Nov 9th 2010. Think whatever you want to. You have that freedom.
What I find a bit confusing is that you and angry Stefan are throwing out these allegations about wrongdoing, when I'll bet that neither of you have probably even had the two racebodies if front of you - side by side. That, in itself would tell the real story.
I've still not actually seen a "real" Blitz R11 in person, but it appears in photos that the only real similarities are the "airflow management fins" on the nose and tail. The R11 appears to have 4 and the R15B has 5, and the profile on those things are not even the same. Beyond that, it doesn't appear that anything
is the same. The R15 is a dual cockpit, the R11 is a single cockpit - etc etc.
When designers are working toward the same goal and working within the framework of the same rules - similarities are inevitable. Have you looked at the crop of formula 1 cars in recent years?
What prompted me to want to expose Xceed and BittyDesign is that they (and many others) sometimes fall to the temptation to do things the easy way
- on the back of someone elses hard work and R & D. When a "new" body design starts it's existence on a worktable inside a PROTOform body
- to then be left "as-is" or slightly modified is where I feel an ethical line has been crossed. I would bet my last dollar that this is what these two companies did - in this situation.
Even at my age, I'm still trying
to listen to my concsience. Winning at "life" is much more rewarding than winning at a racetrack.
Dale Epp - Protoform