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#1 mudkipforever

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Posted 04 April 2015 - 08:38 PM

I went on to the explorer site to look for a few things and everything seems so overpriced! What is the deal?

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#2 arekin

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Posted 04 April 2015 - 10:26 PM

I went on to the explorer site to look for a few things and everything seems so overpriced! What is the deal?


First make sure its on usd for pricing, but honestly even then its still high compared to the alternatives. I wish I could tell you why but honestly I think its just that the Singapore market thinks they can get that much. Depending what you want from them I would look for stateside alternatives (Or Oz Nerf Nerds stuff, its pretty reasonable).
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Posted 05 April 2015 - 12:57 PM

I went on to the explorer site to look for a few things and everything seems so overpriced! What is the deal?

It is expensive but Xplorer stuff is really high quality. Their longshot kits are truly amazing and I'd love to try out their Xarrett kit (if I could afford it).
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#4 Birch

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 08:49 PM

It is expensive but Xplorer stuff is really high quality. Their longshot kits are truly amazing and I'd love to try out their Xarrett kit (if I could afford it).


Not really, my friend got a longshot fighter kit and it was poorly constructed and offered little performance gain to just some basic longshot modifications. It is good but not worth anywhere near the price they sell it for.
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#5 roboman

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 01:18 PM

The prices reflect the labor rate of a typical prototype shop. They do not (and cannot) run large-volume production, so individual unit costs are relatively high due to the lack of automation and need for a lot of hand-finishing. I do not agree with the design of their metal boltsleds, because they're literally designed to fail above certain spring loads. They're also designed to be as cheap as possible to manufacture, which is why they come in multiple pieces that are screwed together.


I do not agree with all of the production methods they use, because there are definitely more efficient and less expensive ways to produce higher quality parts on the scale that they're currently doing. They are still pretty much the only mod kit supplier that is capable of doing all of their production in-house, and they're one of the only ones that offers machined metal parts. OMW's metal parts are die cast, which significantly reduces the overall strength due to the materials available for the process and an inconsistent grain structure as a result of multiple production factors. Mine are currently outsourced to a machine shop in China because I'm too busy with school to do the machining myself (but they have faster machines than I do anyway).

I've heard their shotgun grips have been dropping in quality because their molds are wearing out, causing flashing and poor finish on the parts. You'd think they'd just make another mold set, but I guess Heng doesn't want to do that...
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