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donny_boyette

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Robertsdale, Al, Usa

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Are RC Helicopters going away??

Wow, i created this post, and it was alot more popular than I expected.

12-18-2016 03:31 PM
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ICUR1-2

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Yes it certainly is..

I think rc heli's aren't going away it is just that there are more places to post questions such as FB groups and other websites.

RR isn't the only website anymore

spending time, paying attention

12-18-2016 03:38 PM
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wc_wickedclown

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long beach calif

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see we are not going anywhere lol.

Insha Allah

12-18-2016 03:44 PM
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BerTodd

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Well I think not..

http://www.redsradiocontrol.com/-de...eries-128-c.asp is still here for my spare parts and replacement.

12-20-2016 02:09 AM
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HeliOCD

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San Diego, CA

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Good to read some very semsible posts.
At the end of the day we need to remember what attracted us to this hobby to begin with and continue to enjoy ourselves. I'm going to reduce my fleet to just my Hirobo Turbulence D3v2, Hirobo Freya Evo OPII and my JR Ergo 30. I may buy another electric at some point but it would have to be pretty interesting (Takumi) or maybe scale. Alternatively maybe not electric, perhaps a Whiplash-G II.
I would prefer to support the manufacturers who put in the hard yards and are devoted to developing reliable quality products.
I would like people to have another go flying a quality flybar heli again and see how good it feels. I was suprised. Humans love change for changes sake to the detriment of why we started in the first place. Developing the hobby to the point where we no longer have a role.
As a commercial helicopter pilot I am obsessed with helicopters. The way I see it most of those leaving the hobby are not really particularly interested in helicopters. We are returning to normality. I actually fly often with the RC aeroplane flyers because they are actual aero-sexuals like me. The heli flyers at our local field are the ultra awesome, super extreme 3d guys who wouldn't know an AS350 from a Bell 206. They can continue their smack and crash but I won't be joining them again. I can perfectly understand why the plank flyers can't stand them. (BTW, not sure about anywhere else but smack is heroin around here. Something not to be admitted to in public.) They came and they will eventually go, sooner or later.
I love the flybar. A mechanical system designed to both amplify control inputs and exert stability on a rotor system with no electronic interference.
I love glow engines. These are amazing miniature engines designed for the sole purpose of allowing miniature vehicles to be driven with "minimal" fuss. These are what I would marvel at as a child and could only dream of affording.
We are very luck to be able to afford to be a part of this and should therefore also support the manufacturers who deserve to be supported. I would argue that some do not.
Anyway thats my 2 cents worth for the moment. All just observation and opinion.
I'm a Hirobo, JR, flybar, nitro and all things helicopter fanatic!
12-12-2016 02:47 PM
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Four Stroker
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I agree with what Paul. But then again the best times of my life were the space race and the cold war. I don't give a damn about 3D or drones. RC started as a build and maintain your own equipment hobby. Now it is buy it and fly it. The accomplishment is the buying. There is no appreciation or understanding of where stuff comes from.
. . . Good stuff

Its all earth!

12-20-2016 05:35 AM
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iyoy

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Bacolod City, Philippines

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Paul

My sentiments exactly!

iyoy

12-20-2016 07:30 AM
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mbvario

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Chesterfield,Michiga n

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I've been away from the hobby for awhile, but getting back to it.
I think the younger generation has little patience for the hobby. Flying helicopters is hard. There's no shortcuts, or cheats you can download. It's not something you can master in a few days. You have to work on it, practice, and yes, crash. When I started flying, it was with an JR ergo 30, and a mechanical gyro. Remember those????? I crashed, rebuilt, crashed, rebuilt, but there came a time were it all came together, made sense, and I "got it". I remember the first time I hovered nose in successfully, you guys know what I'm talking about. I remember smiling for days! It's a challenging hobby. It tests you constantly, and there's always something to learn. Just my 2 cents,

12-20-2016 12:16 PM
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wifeorheli

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Hey guys well as a full on pilot more like a lifestyle I flew for multiple company's traveled to fun Flys almost every weekend. For a good 6 years straight. I took a year and a half break and just now wanting to dust my stuff off and get back into it. And all I got to say is WTF HAPPENED?! helis were a life style for me and and it was for a elite group as not only flying but setup are a extremely hard thing to achieve and get good at. Which made this Hobbie so much fun for me as everyday I was learning and progressing. Not something you just pickup and get it. I see there's a lot of company's gone and some of my sponsors gone. I'm truly sad by this. DON'T GET ME WRONG but this whole drone thing is kinda lame to me ZERO OFFENSE to drone lovers. I've flown quads in the past and just didn't give me that rush. Guys explain to me WHAT HAPPENED IN THE YEAR I WAS GONE?!

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01-02-2017 04:46 PM
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piranhafreak

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The distributers are going out of business faster than you can keep up with them. The new Drone craze is killing the Heli market
I have been around a while i have seen some come i have seen some go id say its about the same as when i first started but the stuff that is out there is top notch

Runryder has died down a bit though they were jammin a long time ago not so much anymore its a shame because its my favorite forum but the other heli forum seems to have picked up alot more hopefully Runryder is just going through a slow period and will pick back up

Mabey one day i will actually land one of these things !!

01-02-2017 05:01 PM
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wc_wickedclown

rrProfessor

long beach calif

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IVE SEEN 3 NEW HELICOPTERS FOR 2017 I AINT OVER TIL THE FAT LADY SINGS

SORRY FOR the caps

Insha Allah

01-02-2017 05:04 PM
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flycatch

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Barstow, California

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Wifeorheli-What happened is technology has surpassed the link between the machine and pilot in command. My son-in-law is into drones and he was telling me all the cool things his airframe does. Before he became an avid drone enthusiast I had introduced him to both fixed and rotary wing models. He showed interest but not to the point of becoming involved. Now he has three different drones varying in size and capability. I'm happy for him and he honestly feels a sense of accomplishment.

01-02-2017 05:05 PM
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piranhafreak

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IVE SEEN 3 NEW HELICOPTERS FOR 2017 I AINT OVER TIL THE FAT LADY SINGS
what models? i did here that align has a 500x coming that swings 473s and im excited

Mabey one day i will actually land one of these things !!

01-02-2017 05:06 PM
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wifeorheli

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Fly catch yea I get it. It just saddens me I guess as I have such a love for helis and when you used to tell people you flew them you were like a God. People seem to care less now. Also it appears drone are cheaper? I mean I got $3000 in my electric and $150 on a just a light crash. Maybe that's a turnoff too. What's the price comparison roughly between helis and drones?

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01-02-2017 05:13 PM
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piranhafreak

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wifeorheli
i just noticed your name thats awesome

Mabey one day i will actually land one of these things !!

01-02-2017 05:24 PM
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shihan

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Oneida, N.Y.

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live and let live

all of the skills and experience merge together at some point.... its all good,.

01-02-2017 05:28 PM
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wjvail

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Meridian, Mississippi

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Guys explain to me WHAT HAPPENED IN THE YEAR I WAS GONE?!
I wonder if you didn't answer your own question.

From about 2003 to 2010 we had a mass of people enter the hobby very quickly. They went nuts buying new things at a great rate. Everyone was a rep. Nobody was just a modeler. Stores thrived and funflys flourished. Cheaper became better. UnitedHobbies bloomed.

Everyone that had been in this hobby for more than 2 years was a keyboard expert.

A vacuum cleaner company from Taiwan started making helicopters.

Electrics brought in a mass of modelers that couldn't start or run a glow engine. Electrics might be a great choice for both competition models as well as sport models and many modeler that fly electrics could start a glow motor if they chose to... But electrics were (are) also a good choice for unskilled modelers who were are unlikely to be in this hobby if it required learning to start and tune an engine.

The term bind-n-fly was invented. That along with plug-n-play.

Time passed and the great repossession of 2008 hit. Those that were in the hobby for the purpose of acquiring new things found that the hobby was no longer fun. Spending 3K on a new model simply to have the new model was not sustainable in the new economy.

Distributors folded. Funfly entries retracted. Manufactures became much more careful about investing in new models.

Early retraction has only lead to further retraction. Without the ready supply of new things and places to buy them, modelers that might have otherwise tried the hobby are having trouble getting started. Kits and accessories can be hard to come by - particularly if you are new to the hobby and don't know were to look.

So going back to the beginning... You might have answered your own question. Why did you leave the hobby for 2 1/2 years?

"Well, Nothing bad can happen now."

01-02-2017 06:03 PM
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PaulBowen

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Victoria, Australia.

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I was going to say earlier but forgot that to me it feels like our hobby has been invaded, pillaged and then abandoned, perhaps by 3d barbarians...(kinda tongue in check, kinda serious!)

On a lighter note and to sound like a broken record my OS 105's have re-ignited the pleasure and excitement I used to experience. My Hirobo Freya is my number one go to helicopter. It flys just as well if not better than any other machine I have ever owned.

Long live Hirobo.

Hirobo fanatic!

01-02-2017 10:12 PM
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Jerman

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Longview, TX

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Yes!! Long live Hirobo, I'm still working on my Eagle 2 ex 98! Love it, I honestly feel things will pick back up again. Things get bad, slow before it picks back up again, just how it is. My nephew got a drone for Christmas and it's neat, but it's a toy. What I'm building is a machine, and man do I love it, check my pics, this thing is awesome one of a kind once I get it done. Drones don't bother me one bit, don't sweat it, enjoy your helicopters, folks will regret selling off their stuff, been there done that, I'm keeping my stuff from here on out!

01-02-2017 10:33 PM
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wjvail

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On a lighter note and to sound like a broken record my OS 105's have re-ignited the pleasure and excitement I used to experience.
It's too bad that glow helicopters are on a low ebb right now because OS has finally developed the perfect 30(37), 50(55) and 90(105) class engine.

I went out last week and flew my 2 X-Cell Tempests each with and OS 105. Pure bliss is all I can say. One has a fly bar and the other is FBL. Each is a joy to fly and the OS 105 is a big part of that. The motor just starts and runs. It feels like it wants to go. I just wiggle the stick and watch the parts rotate.

"Well, Nothing bad can happen now."

01-02-2017 11:19 PM
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PaulBowen

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Awesome!!!

Hirobo fanatic!

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