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Re: Potential POP-POP Boats: Seaworthy Small Ships at Nature Coast Hobby Shop

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  • Pete
    Hi Don, The three boats that you mentioned have definite possibilities for Pop-Pop designs. All three could be easily modified for a Pop-Pop engine
    Message 1 of 6 , Sep 20, 2011
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      Hi Don,

      The three boats that you mentioned have definite possibilities for Pop-Pop designs. All three could be easily modified for a Pop-Pop engine installation. I think, however, that advertised costs would be a bit expensive for the average "bathtub sailor". I think that it was Kenneth that outlined a set of question about going into Pop-Pop manufacturing. He pretty much hits the nail on the head.

      1. What is the target market? low cost/high volume or high cost/low volume? store shelves or mail order?
      2. Product design? (based on market aimed for). kitted parts/assembly required or complete assembly/ready to run?
      3. Where produced?
      4. How much are you willing to invest/lose???

      For my money I think that it makes more sense to work with existing Pop-Pop manufacturers to see if they might be interested in a "specialty market" incorporating some of Old Frank's (materials) or Daryl's (engines) ideas and those of others. Whether you go it alone or in conjunction with others you'll have to be a great salesman!



      --- In pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com, Don & Marsha Munsey Jr <dmunseyjr@...> wrote:
      >
      > I stumbled on this link earlier today.
      >
      > http://naturecoast.com/hobby/neon.htm
      >
      > Although rubber powered, some of these boats show potential for POP-POP
      > propulsion at what I think is a reasonable cost.
      > I especially like the TOAD tugboat, but the Draketail and Scorpion are
      > nice as well!
      >
      > Keep in touch,
      > Don Munsey, Jr
      > Living in the UpperRightCorner of Louisiana, USA
      >
      > fmg
      >

    • Frank McNeill
      Hi Pete, Don and All, We have links to several companies that are promoting the use of cellphones as remote controllers for expensive toys with batteries,
      Message 2 of 6 , Sep 20, 2011
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        Hi Pete, Don and All,

        We have links to several companies that are promoting the use of cellphones as remote controllers for expensive toys with batteries, motors and wheels. By pitching pop-pop boats as cheaper and more durable entry level toys kids could could carry in their pockets, purses or back-packs and launch in pools, ponds or puddles, we might change the general perception of pop-pop boats as cheap tinplate toys with dangerous sharp edges and toxic levels of lead-based paint by promoting the use of safe materials and made in China labels. It worked for Best-Buy and Walmart, so why wouldn't it work for us?

        Old Frank


        --- In pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com, "Pete" <georgeyyy@...> wrote:
        >
        >
        > Hi Don,
        >
        > The three boats that you mentioned have definite possibilities for
        > Pop-Pop designs. All three could be easily modified for a Pop-Pop engine
        > installation. I think, however, that advertised costs would be a bit
        > expensive for the average "bathtub sailor". I think that it was Kenneth
        > that outlined a set of question about going into Pop-Pop manufacturing.
        > He pretty much hits the nail on the head.
        >
        > 1. What is the target market? low cost/high volume or high cost/low
        > volume? store shelves or mail order? 2. Product design? (based on
        > market aimed for). kitted parts/assembly required or complete
        > assembly/ready to run? 3. Where produced? 4. How much are you
        > willing to invest/lose???
        >
        > For my money I think that it makes more sense to work with existing
        > Pop-Pop manufacturers to see if they might be interested in a "specialty
        > market" incorporating some of Old Frank's (materials) or Daryl's
        > (engines) ideas and those of others. Whether you go it alone or in
        > conjunction with others you'll have to be a great salesman!
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > --- In pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com, Don & Marsha Munsey Jr
        > <dmunseyjr@> wrote:
        > >
        > > I stumbled on this link earlier today.
        > >
        > > http://naturecoast.com/hobby/neon.htm
        > >
        > > Although rubber powered, some of these boats show potential for
        > POP-POP
        > > propulsion at what I think is a reasonable cost.
        > > I especially like the TOAD tugboat, but the Draketail and Scorpion are
        > > nice as well!
        > >
        > > Keep in touch,
        > > Don Munsey, Jr
        > > Living in the UpperRightCorner of Louisiana, USA
        > >
        > > fmg
        > >
        >
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