This is the information I received from Mr. Pasulka (Trademark council), for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (SAC).
Recently, SAC has come to the conclusion that the company is losing considerable revenue by the selling of non licensed products that they have not endorsed. At this time they intend to pursue all companies involved in the selling of these products. This includes models as well as spare parts and other things. SAC considers Ebay as a worldwide company and is a major visible outlet for there products. SAC has been searching the internet for certain groupings of words, Sikorsky, helicopter, sale,etc. This is how they found my auction. They intend to go up the line to distributors and importers, as well as the US Customs service to prevent the import of un-licensed models. That is all SAC models at this time. They say they will and do intend to do this soon.
SAC says at this time that they have no agreements with "any" model manufacturer to produce any plastic (kits) models of their products. They have for the last few months been trying to contact Revell by letter and have had no positive response. In their words, Revell is ignoring the requests to work things out.
I think I need to discuss the legal issue as far as the right to sell something like a model. Again, according to SAC every contract to build a military item is different. For instance the name "Black Hawk". As explained to me, the name Blackhawk was used by Sikorsky personnel to talk about the helicopter under development. The military decided they liked the name and received from SAC permission to use the name. However SAC has final say so on how it is used. An agreement between the government and say General Dynamics on the F-16 might be totally different on the use of the Fighting Falcon name or the likeness of the aircraft. The point is that there is no consistency to all the planes, tanks, ships that have been produced for the government and the ability of Monogram,Tamiya or Italeri to build a replica of it. The only way for sure is to explore the contract word for word.
According to SAC, they have been trying for years to reconcile this situation (with Revell), and have now decided to get serious. They said they would be happy to license the product if Revell would talk to them. SAC said that it would cost 12-25 cents for an item that sold for $10.00 retail and wholesaled for around $5.00. They charge fees on the wholesale price, not the retail.
I unfortunantly think this is a trend as companies look for new forms of revenue. Well, that's the world. What do you guys think. Steve