Hobbico/Greats Planes Exclusive US Distributor for Thunder Tiger


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Champaign, Illinois, September 20, 2010 – Hobbico, Inc. announced today that they have been granted the exclusive rights to distribute Thunder Tiger products in North and South America. Thunder Tiger products will become available to hobby retailers over the coming months through Great Planes Model Distributors®.

“Thunder Tiger products have been distributed by Ace Hobby Distributors since I purchased that company in 1997,” said Aling Lai, Chairman of the Thunder Tiger Group, “but now Thunder Tiger products will be available through many more retail stores and attain a larger market share. Hobbico understands the unique needs of our customers and can provide the sales opportunities and the services that our consumers deserve. I am looking forward to a long-term partnership with Hobbico as it will allow us to introduce better products for radio control customers in North and South

Thunder Tiger is headquartered in Taiwan and has grown to be one of the world’s market leaders in radio control models. Founded over 31 years ago, the company markets under the brands of Thunder Tiger and ACE RC. They are known for their strength in the radio control helicopter segment and are highly regarded for their expertise in RC engines, RC cars, RC airplanes and RC boats. Thunder Tiger is currently releasing the Titan X50 eCCPM helicopter that will help them continue their position in the performance, 50-size helicopter business where they have dominated with the Raptor series of helicopters.

The Titan X50 helicopter and its parts will be available on September 25 in limited quantities. Other Thunder Tiger products will become available over the next 30 days due to the transition from Ace Hobby warehouses to Hobbico’s warehouses in Champaign, IL and Reno, NV.

“The staff at Hobbico and Ace will be working as quickly as possible to transfer inventory to maintain the continuous supply of kits and parts”, says Ken Cutler, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Great Planes. “During the coming months we will also be receiving new shipments of helicopters, parts and other Thunder Tiger products from the factory. It is our goal to quickly get order fill rates up to the normal high standards that our dealers expect.” Great Planes dealers should contact their sales rep for availability information.

Customer support and service for Thunder Tiger products will be handled by Hobby Services. Great Planes’ export sales division will be handling the sales to distributors and retailers in Central and South America.

Employee-owned since 2005, Hobbico is the world’s leading manufacturer, distributor and retailer of model hobby products, including radio controlled models, plastic model kits, rockets, trains and other hobby and toy products.

Trevor “Chilly” Duncan
Online News Editor
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Updated: December 21, 2010 — 10:50 AM
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