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    Posted: 09 Aug 20 at 8:34am
Does anyone know why you can only buy red Toppers and red/white/blue sails these days? To reduce costs maybe? Seems such a shame.
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Not enough being built to justify the cost of different batches, I guess. Or squaddies all wanting to blend in?

Agree, a shame, especially sails, which could still be different.
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Originally posted by Rupert

Not enough being built to justify the cost of different batches, I guess. Or squaddies all wanting to blend in?

Agree, a shame, especially sails, which could still be different.


bit of both i suspect  -how many toppers are they selling  new these days ?  (ironically their durability may actually count against them ) 

 , much the same as  the  very light grey  laser had  in the 90s  , and once plain  radial sails  were available  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote epicfail Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 20 at 4:52pm
I had a yellow one back in the 80's, I suspect 15141 has been consigned to the abandoned corner of  boat park somewhere. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Riv Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 20 at 5:48pm
Colourfull is out these days. Everything seems so corporate, dull Grey's, blacks, gone are the days of florescent pink kit.
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I would gladly pay (a bit) more to get some colour into a new Topper, or even just the sail.  
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Purging two 1000 ton injection moulding machines will not be cheap plus  purchasing and inventory management everyone wins with a standard colour. 
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Yet they used to manage - and they used to sell more.  At the very least, a different colour sail would cost less than 50 more, being very generous, to make in different colours.  

1000 tons?!  Not the weight of the machines surely? 
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1000 tones is the clamping pressure of the injection moulding machine. I have designed a plastic parts requiring a few M of tooling so come with a little knowledge (my ex boss in the team that developed the Topper tooling) . Perhaps if you had two colours you would get cost increase of somewhere north of 50. Increase the number of colours and the increase will skyrocket. 
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I have heard stories of very odd patterned decks from when they used to change colours. Whether true or apocryphal I have no idea.
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