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readytofly

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here in my local field we had sort of 20 loyal members. they would show up every weekend and, many times, having a chance to fly was very difficult. none of these guys show up anymore. some just quit, a very few moved on to multi rotors and... that's it. even a legend of the RC heli world, Fredrik Melin (mr. Mel) quit flying a couple of years ago. who hasn't watched a setup video by mr. Mel on youtube?
on the other hand, i have seen lots of new stuff for rc helis coming out "recently". mikado launched their vbar control. microbeast and vbar released their new fbl units with rescue. ikon and spartan are on the same way. new brand units have came out over the last years, like bavarian demon and spirit.
so, yes, from the number of people flying in my field, it is dying. as to the rc heli industry, it seems still motivated though.
in my opinion only the real lovers of rc helis will stay in the hobby. every other guy who was in the hobby for any different reason will go away.

06-06-2016 08:33 PM
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blade3d

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New Jersey USA

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Mr Mel quit WOW always thought he was a die hard,, I'll keep flying,
have been for about 24 years and will continue.

Blade3d

06-06-2016 08:40 PM
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1helimech

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Pensacola, Fla....

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there wasnt a heli in sight.
But I'll bet there was a "drone" high over head taking in the dorking below....just sayin .... I hope you did it right !!!

I dream of a better world, A world where a chicken's crossing a road IS NOT questioned

06-06-2016 09:30 PM
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whirlyspud

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USA

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I find that many of the long time rc helipilots that I know are flying 250 racing quads and having a blast doing it.

Mike

06-06-2016 09:52 PM
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c54fun

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Dallas Texas

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Those racing quads are crazy fun.

06-07-2016 12:05 AM
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RM3

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Killeen, Texas - USA

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and the reason???...

1. Its fast paced
2. competitive....multiple airframes on the same course at the same time
3. cheap to get in
4. RTF packages available to include FPV gear
5. First televised RC competition (even though its on ESPN 3...I think)

...and you probably wont hear some a-holes yelling "lower"....

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

06-07-2016 12:21 AM
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whirlyspud

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USA

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One of the nice things is crashing over and over without spending more than a few bucks. A complete airframe ready to go is less than one good helicopter crash.

Mike

06-07-2016 12:53 AM
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GREYEAGLE

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Flat Land's

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Where did you get a Heicopter made from EPP ?????? Any left ??? Cheap ???

One of the nice things is crashing over and over without spending more than a few bucks.
Common whirley spud give it up : How much ???? Source ???

Them Styrofoam one's ??
A complete airframe ready to go is less than one good helicopter crash.
That must be the special Bubble wrap feature from Wong Foo

Come with Blades / Main Shaft / Tail Tube and Gyro all for a box of packing peanuts and FREE Shipping payed for with Apple pay !

greyeagle

06-07-2016 02:31 AM
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JasonJ

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North Idaho

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I still fly my helis about one day a week but there has been a huge shift in how I deal with this hobby. Up until last fall we all would get to the field early in the morning and stay all day. Usually just one day on the weekend. Got a rc crawler last fall and found that to be a very different experience. Now several of us get together at local parks that have rocky terrain and will crawl with some sort of destination. You basically spend several hours following your rc crawler up and over stuff, it's decent exercise and you can bs with your buddies the whole time. There is zero stress. You crash you just roll the thing back over or you can go full nerd and use the winch you installed.

With flying we still get together and do it but we don't spend all day. We get there, get some flights in over the course of a few hours and leave. That way we can still do other stuff. I have also gotten more into shooting so we will do that as well. I had a bunch of planes and sold most of them. Trying to sell my Velocity 50 locally but that hasn't gone well, no one wants a helicopter that you can't buy parts for and trying to get it through their heads that for 300 bucks you are getting and entire flybarless setup to put in a new kit if you crash is impossible.

Helicopters are a niche rc hobby. The boom was cool but that's in the past. It's back to being ultra niche again and that's fine with me.

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rappy112

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Guelph Ont.

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The only constant in life is change. I don't believe the hobby will die it may get more expensive because there is not alot of people flying. We will see in time I have been fling for over 20 years and still love it and will continue flying.

Kevin.

Proud member of Team Bob00

06-07-2016 11:23 AM
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banshee rider

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n.e. illinois

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Its not dying
A adjustment is taking place
I have been flying heli's almost 30 years
In the early to mid 1990's heli's peaked
then died off for a while
then came back strong again with the lipo/electric revolution

now this generation has been there done that and moved on
the next generation of flyers is waiting in the wings

Next thing some of you people will be saying is that

Harley choppers and Hot Rod cars are dead and we wont see anymore in the next 5 years

Just because the latest lemming trend followers have left
doesn't mean we should hold a Memorial Service

Will they ever be as popular as they were in the early 90's or 2000's maybe/maybe not but there will still be a lot of them

ageing is manditory maturity is optional

06-07-2016 12:26 PM
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whirlyspud

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USA

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Greyeagle,

I was talking about small fpv quads being cheap to crash compared to a regular rc helicopter. I know quite a few long time helicopter pilots that have put their helicopters on the shelf in favor of the small quads. The cost of doing business is one of the reasons. The fun of flying them is the other.

Mike

06-07-2016 02:46 PM
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Aaron29

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USA

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When MA, Hirobo, and TT are back I'll know we've recovered.

The industry has been gutted.

Add FAA and you get the stagnation we have now.

Sorry to be sour grapes. But I just don't see what you guys see.

If Ford Chevy and Toyota all folded, I know full well there'd be alarms going off in the auto industry.

We get three big names leaving the scene and ignore it.

The ship may not be sunk, but it's got a dang big hole, and half the crew who could help bail water has abandoned.

This hobby needs a desperate lift so as not to go way of country line dancing and disco.

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RM3

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Killeen, Texas - USA

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This hobby needs a desperate lift so as not to go way of country line dancing and disco.
well those are two things that needed to die....

BUT...

vast majority of hobbyists in this field want to pay next to nothing and expect quality...you cant get both...

take for example anybody here (like me) that has the ability to make parts, very very few people are willing to pay for that level of craftsmanship. And if you are able to sell a few kits, parts or whatever, you cant sell enough to justify the initial expense of design, tooling and manufacture of those items.

this IMHO is where this hobby is headed back to....a niche hobby supported by very small manufacturers and high prices.

the big boys in this field have invested big $$$ in setup work to make these kits, but they expect a certain level of return...if that return is not within a given profit margin, they close shop and make other things that do make more money...and right now that is drones....

just ask Matt Botos how much he made selling his brand of Heli blades......just not worth it.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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S.Dykes

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Wesley Chapel, FL - USA

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Who cares about toy trends? If you got into this hobby by following a trend, well, see ya later.

06-07-2016 06:43 PM
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Aaron29

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USA

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RM I hope you're right. I'd love for it to go back to quality. But I'm afraid it's the high quality boutique brands that disappeared.

And it's the lower quality stuff that thrived. The quality names lost the race to the bottom. Question is can they rebound?

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ICUR1-2

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Ottawa, Ontario

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The sky isn't falling, chill and go fly
I don't mind if the hobby goes back to normal. I enjoy it and I made sure I can enjoy it for a while yet. If your worried about getting parts in the future then get spares for your kit or get an extra kit.

I look at this as an opportunity to get deals on used kits and engines from those who quit

then the added benefits of not waiting for your turn to fly

spending time, paying attention

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spaceman spiff

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Tucson

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Who cares about toy trends?
Folks who want parts for their heli do.

You can not teach a crab to walk straight.

06-07-2016 10:10 PM
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tommytt1

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Mercerville, NJ, USA

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I still fly Hirobo, and still can get parts. What's the problem? The USA retailers don't carry what I need, but the other countries retailers do.

I made a mistake once, but I was wrong?

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RM3

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Killeen, Texas - USA

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it seems the biggest gripe based on what im reading is this:

brands are dying off... shops are closing...whats left is cheap garbage or so exclusive I cant afford it.

cause...

I own alot of those brands...and the shop I became accustomed to getting parts from has closed or the ones that are left I wouldnt trust with a balloon much less my CC number or paypal info.

so now Im stuck with crap no one wants, and I dont have the money to buy 4 kits for the sake of spare parts...worse im afraid of buying the next best thing out of fear that they are next on the extinction list.

that about it?

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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