Quick Worldwide

Quick of Japan manufactured various upgrades for many helicopters that were available in the mid seventies and built up a high reputation for quality.  In 1997 Hobbies & Helis International (Irwin Siner) became the USA importer for Quick products under the name of Quick USA.  Though looking to produce their own line of helicopters,  HHI (as Quick USA) in concert with Quick of Japan attempted to buy the TSK company which would have given them a sound manufacturing base.  Unfortunately this was not successful and so they had to continue development on their own and under the new global name of Quick Worldwide.  QWW was a subsidiary of HHI and it was know on the web as Quickheli.com, these variations on the Quick name were to cause a little confusion; especially as there was also a company called Quick UK who were for a short time associated with QWW and Quick of Japan...!!! 

The original design incorporated a sliding tray 'pitch up' system (see Quick 30 Pro review - from 2002 for full details) however it became obvious from other manufacturers developments that the future would be in 'electronic' swashplate control to incorporate pitch plus cyclic direct inputs; as a result the machines were presented from the start incorporating three servo swashplate control, EMS as called at the time.  They were full metal construction with Carbon/Composite frames and the collaboration was such that the basic parts were machined in Japan and then forwarded to the USA where the anodised finish was applied and the helicopter kits then packaged and distributed.  The reason for this being that anodising in Japan was seriously expensive but in the USA was a relatively cheap well practiced process due to the customised car 'scene'.

The first machine available from Quick Worldwide in early 2000 was the 30 size model and the following was the pre-release publicity information:

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The new Quick .30 is the first R/C helicopter to be produced by the partnership of Quick of Japan and Hobbies & Helis, International.  Mr. Tatsuya Iyobe of Quick and Irwin Siner of HHI have joined forces to bring a truly revolutionary helicopter to market.  Mr. Iyobe has been involved in the design and manufacture of many R/C helicopters over the years, mainly for several of the largest players in the R/C helicopter industry.  Partnering with HHI, Mr. Iyobe has decided to team with HHI to finally "do it right"... that is, produce the most outstanding value in R/C helicopters available today.  His company in Japan owns 20 state of the art CNC machines, thus allowing Mr. Iyobe to bring his vision to life in a most economic manner.  The new Quick .30 makes use of the EMS control system (also known as CCPM) for superior control and responsiveness.

While both Quick and HHI have extensive experience in R/C helicopters, the new Quick .30 was NOT produced overnight.  Both Quick and HHI were determined to "get it right the first time", and so they took 2 years to design and begin manufacturing of the first Quick helicopter.  The design philosophy is simple: provide the customer with a state of the art helicopter made from high quality materials at a competitive price.  You might be thinking "OK, but that's what all manufacturers say.", and you would be right.  But this is where Quick and HHI "walk the walk" and don't just "talk the talk".  How can we say this ?  Simple.  The Quick .30 heli is manufactured almost completely with the highest quality MACHINED ALUMINIUM parts. 

Take a moment to let this sink in.  Almost every OTHER manufacturer's helicopters are made almost entirely from plastic.  The frames are plastic, the head is plastic, the swashplate is plastic, the washout is plastic, the tail slider is plastic, the blade grips are plastic, all plastic.  Now why do you think other companies use plastic ?  Because it's cheap !  They are interested in maximizing their profit, all the while telling you that they are producing a high quality unit.  But, their deception is obvious.  While they are taking your money for a plastic helicopter, they offer a full line of machined metal "upgrades" that you can purchase at outrageous prices.  Why make the upgrades ?  Because every heli pilot eventually learns that plastic parts quickly wear and induce "slop" into the mechanics and control of their helicopter.  So, they make a ton of money up front selling you a cheap plastic kit, then make more money on you later selling you expensive upgrades.

The Quick .30, on the other hand, offers you the quality product right out of the box.  Almost all the important parts in the Quick .30 are machined from high density 2000 series aluminium.  The head is all metal, the main blade grips are metal, the washout is machined aluminium, the washout guide pin assembly is machined aluminium, the 120 degree EMS swashplate is machined aluminium, the tail pitch slider is machined aluminium, the tail pitch lever is machined aluminium, the tail gear is machined aluminium, and on and on.  GETTING THE PICTURE ??  The following table should help you to see the REAL cost of owning a helicopter:

 

  Quick .30 Typical Plastic Heli
Base Kit "Street" Price $425 $299
Full Metal Head Included $199
Mach. Metal Washout Unit Included $49
Mach. Metal Washout Guide Included $10
Mach. Metal Swashplate Included $59
Mach. Metal Crank Arms Included $30
Mach. Metal Fan Included $25
Mach. Metal Counter Gear Included $15
Mach. Metal Tail Pitch Slider Included $29
Mach. Metal Tail Pitch Arm Included $19
Mach. Metal Tail Output Pulley Included $15
Mach. Metal Boom Supp. Ends Included $15
Mach. Metal Bearing Blocks Included N/A - Plastic
Aluminium Frame Included N/A
     
TOTAL COST $425 OVER $750

This table says it all.  There really is NO comparison between the Quick .30 and the other helicopters when you compare true cost.  And, it also shows you how dedicated Quick is to bringing you real value for your money.

DON'T PAY $300 to $400 for a box of plastic parts !!  Buy a Quick .30 and get a superior design and superior machined metal parts.

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The partnership between the various Quick companies unfortunately did not last long and around 2001 HHI distanced themselves from the other two companies, retained the Quick Worldwide name and transferred production of machined, G10 and carbon parts to the USA with general plastic moulding etc being done in China. 

By 2003 Quick Worldwide had a good range of glow powered models from the diminutive 15-18 all the way up to the 60 Pro so they turned development attention to electric models.  QWW started out by taking the simple step of modifying a known flyer, the Quickie, to electric power and once this was accomplished it was followed by larger models developed only for electric resulting in the Sweet 16 EP and the '600' size OutDo model.

Note that the options for the models had been reduced with many of the 'Sport' versions being dropped.  Additionally, some model names had changed with the designation 'EMS' no longer used and De-luxe or Standard being replaced with Pro or Sport so as to align the naming convention for the range; for price lists the frame material was noted to ensure buying were fully aware of which versions they were purchasing.  Also the website had changed in that the 'thrust' of the introduction focused towards electric models as the primary 'pitch' with glow secondary.

Quick Parts - 2006 spare parts listing for all models including cross references.  Has internet links for the pictures, that is as long as the QWW site stay functioning....!!!!

By late 2005 Quick had a number of large helicopters covering Nitro and petrol with a large electric powered helicopter in development.  Quick helicopters had always been of 'modular' design with a number of common components for the various models and versions so it was decided to combine their various 'big' helicopters to utilise this process.  So, Quick started promoting on their web site what they called "V.I.P." which by mid 2006 was also being advertised as the 'Triple Threat Helicopter'.  However, for the Nitro and octane versions they were basically remarketed Big Bertha 69 and Gas Her under the now common name of 'Dominator'.

By 2007 electric models were generally being classified by general electric motor definitions i.e. 400 / 450 etc or by their recommended blade size i.e. 550 / 600 etc.  To follow this same convention, QWW renamed their two small electric models the Quickie 8 and Sweetie 10 to EP 475MM and Sweetie 530MM respectively. 

Mid 2007 saw the introduction of a range wide update, the Pro SE CNC belt driven tail, to compliment the equivalent shaft drive option.  The upgrade had all metal construction with one piece aluminium tail block, aluminium side plate bearing blocks with large (5x16x5mm) bearings, double pulley system and also could run either as tractor of pusher layout.  The upgrade was made available in the two general sizes of tail boom tube diameters; 21mm or 24mm (internal diameter).  The first fitted to models up to 50 size engines or equivalents and the second 60 size and above; both sizes cost the same at $110. 

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 Modified Zenoah Engine.  

 

In December 2007 QWW had a new president called Clark Diggs who at the time was still an active military pilot though he would then leave the company early in 2008???  

By mid 2008 after the introduction of the 'Bat' series, the web site front page no longer displayed the previous models or showed the price lists.  For models not current this was now in an area called 'Late models' however; once the Budget Bat models were introduced in July even this area was removed.  To find older models it was necessary to go through the HHI site.

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QWW advert from Jul 2008. 

 

In 2010 QWW made available modified Zenoah engines for fitting to the Octane Bat models.  This was carried out on the latest 27.2cc versions of the Zenoah and resulted in peak power increase to 6 HP all for the price of $480.  Also made available was a big bore version of the 26cc engine resulting in a new capacity of 30.5cc for $450 and even a fully ported version of the big bore engine for $525.

In 2011 QWW also introduced there own flybarless head for a reasonable price of $180; no details of this head found as yet.   

Quick Timeline

  • 2000 - Quick 30 / Quick 60
  • 2001 - Quick Learner
  • 2002 - Quick 50 / Quick 46
  • 2003 - Quickie 15-18 / Quickie EP10
  • 2004 - Sweet 16 EP
  • 2005 - OutDo 600 / Little Quickie 8 / Little Sweetie 10 (revised EP 10) / Sweet 16V2 / Big bertha 69 / Gas Her
  • 2006 - Quarter Quick 25 revised Quickie 15/18)
  • 2007 - Octane Dominator / nitro Dominator / EP 457MM (renamed Little Quickie 8) / Sweetie 530MM (renamed Little Sweetie 10) / Octane Dominator 20
  • 2007 - Quick 50 V2 / Mighty Quick / Quick Fly / Quick Superfly / Hard Core / Big Mamma
  • 2008 - Bat 50 / Bat 70 - Bat 90 / Octane Bat V2 / Budget Bat Range
  • 2011 - OutDo 600 V2

In 2012 QWW stopped trading from the shop premises with the intention to continue 'online' however, in 2013 the web site had reverted to a holding page and then by the end of 2013 the QWW site had shut down altogether leaving only the HHI holding page.  Unfortunately this was because Irwin passed away mid 2013 due to complications during surgery and thus a relatively long lived line of Helicopters came to an end...!!!!

 

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