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Electricflight.Co.Uk has evolved over the years. The domain first came onto the internet in 2002. In those days brushless motors and lithium polymer flight packs were not easy to get hold of, especially in the UK and Aircraft World in Japan was one of the few electric flight specialists around. I decided to import some lithium polymer flight packs for myself. The only problem was that I needed to order large quantities of them so electricflight.co.uk was born as a means to sell the items that I had ordered in bulk.
By end of 2004, we had over 4 million hits on the website in 1 year, and had a considerably large turnover in 2005. We became sole importers of E-tec and Poly-Quest during 2005 supplying large quantities of flight packs wholesale and retail.
As with all new ventures, a lot of other people soon got on the bandwagon and the likes of Flightpower flooded the UK market with aggressive sales tequniques with claims that sometimes stretched the truth. At the end of the day, they were assembling packs made from Enerland cells in Korea the same as many other major brands like Thunder Power. Very quickly, most model shops realised that selling online was the only way forward to survive in this business. Before we knew it, there was very little profit in selling lithium polymer flight packs in a quality and customer supporting way. Chinese brushless motors were all over ebay of varying quality but rarely good.
One afternoon back in 2007, we had a customer who had owned a less than £20 flight pack for almost a year threatening to take us to court as his flight pack would no longer take a charge. On that day, I decided to dissolve the limited company, pay off everyone and give up with the model business and told the guy take me to court if he wanted to as he wouldn’t get a penny as I was folding the company. He had broke my spirit and as Ian Ankers (original owner of www.e-flight.co.uk) said to me, “never get involved in a business that involves models or modellers”
Well, here we are back in 2011 but the site is now with a difference. The site is now dedicated to the hobby.
We intend to review
We will also be trying to build one of the largest Model Store directories on the internet with good information and feedback from real customers. All with an objective impartial view.
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Thanks for reading and happy modelling