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12-21-2003 09:39 PM  13 years agoPost 1
choppengruven

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Although I really hate to do so, I am going to be leaving the RC heli hobby. After sitting back and looking at things, I really need to spend more time with my wife and my kids, and the helis are really cutting into that time. The Predator and the Raven 50 (which is finally flying great again) will be up for sale shortly after the New Year along with a 9C. These helis and the radio will be up on the RR classifieds after we get back from vacation in the first part of the New Year. If anyone is interested, send me an email (I will be gone from Dec 31 to Jan 6) and I will give first right of refusal to those who email me first.

I am going into a hobby that all of my family can participate in, from my 5 year od to my 11 year old, and get back into model railroading. I still have a ton of stuff from my railroad years, so getting back into it won't be too expensive. I'll continue to hang out with you folks, as I don't want to miss out on anything new....


See ya.....

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12-21-2003 10:25 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Gearhead

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choppengruven,,, I'm sorry to hear this !! I would like to see you keep the Raven and fly it time to time, maybe you could fly it every 2, 3 or 4 weeks, I hope you do...

good luck !!
Jim

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Buzz Buzz Buzz

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12-21-2003 10:42 PM  13 years agoPost 3
SteveH

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Chopp,

I agree with the Wasp. Keep at least one heli and continue to fly at a less frequent pace.

I understand the hobby can consume as much time as you allow it to, but getting out of it totally, man that is serious!

The government cannot give you anything without first taking it from someone else.

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12-21-2003 11:01 PM  13 years agoPost 4
choppengruven

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I have to admit that I am thinking of keeping the 9C and the Raven 50 for the times when I get 'the urge.' My cousin has assured me that I can take his Pred up when I feel like it. I will, in some way, keep my 'hand in" the hobby.

I am kind of looking forward to getting the cho-choo stuff going with the kids and the wife, but I know I'll still get that itch every now and then.

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12-21-2003 11:02 PM  13 years agoPost 5
AGRAV8

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Harold

keep a ship. You'll thank yourself later.

James

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12-22-2003 10:55 AM  13 years agoPost 6
jldesign

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wow! you have to keep at least one my friend - everyone needs a break from the norm once in a while, that will be yours! good luck and thanks for everything you've done.

jlDesign :: happy flyin'

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12-22-2003 11:16 AM  13 years agoPost 7
FUNFLYER38

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TRAINS ARE COOL!

Hey Choppengruven,it's funny how I am just starting to put together
item's needed for an HO scale layout. I too am playing with the heli
less and going to put together my first railroad layout since the early
eighties. I am in a slighly different situation than you but it is nice to have
a hobby where your family can be involved right in your own basement
without the concern's for their safety. I have become tired of being the
only heli pilot at my fields on Cape Cod and made to feel like I don't
belong there because of it. It's only a suggestion but if you can, put one
away and that way if you get the urge or time you have it. I also fly planes and will always have one to fly.
Good luck and have fun with the trains!!

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12-22-2003 02:32 PM  13 years agoPost 8
choppengruven

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FUNFLYER38

I too haven't been in it since about 1982 or 83. I got out of trains to get into RC planes back then. Funny how things have come full circle.

I'm went through all my HO stuff and N stuff last weekend. I have better quality stuff in N and not enough space for HO, so that worked out well. Have you really looked at the stuff that has come out since the early 80s? DCC systems look really cool.

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12-22-2003 03:37 PM  13 years agoPost 9
RCHELIFANATIC

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I always thought you were a jerk anyway.

Bye bye, tooooooottt toooooooooooottttt!

AMA 869729 Raptor 30v2

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12-22-2003 05:49 PM  13 years agoPost 10
choppengruven

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12-22-2003 06:36 PM  13 years agoPost 11
choppengruven

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Its kind of funny. I bought a couple of locomotives the other day and one was about $100. I sat and waited for the wife to complain when I got home. When she didn't, I asked her why....she told me that it wasn't very likely that I would crash the loc like I have my helis, and even if I did, it would be another $100....not $60 here, $90 there and $120 over there.

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12-22-2003 06:56 PM  13 years agoPost 12
gyan

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My hat is off to you sir! Not many men out there have as good a perspective as you do. Time will move those children away one day but a heli can always be there. Then instead of regret at missing your kids when they were young. You'll be flying helis again WITH fond memories of the times well spent with them...good luck & Merry Christmas!

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12-22-2003 09:46 PM  13 years agoPost 13
Pipeous

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I gave up rc's for about 3 years, but when I came back I jumped in bigger than before I left hehe.
It's hard giving up something you love to do, but sometimes necessary. I agree keeping one around, just in case you get the bug. Sucks having to buy all the stuff again. Sell the expensive one and keep the other.

Ya just know it will draw you back, so keep a few necessities that you would just lose money selling it anyway type items.

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12-22-2003 09:51 PM  13 years agoPost 14
oldfart

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all the best

choppengruven,

I agree with some of the others suggesting you keep one - and the Raven in this case would be my choice . Glad to hear you got it back flying as you like.

I am a strong believer in the family doing things together (Up here in the "Great White North" we spent a lot of time at the local and other ski slops ) So if you leave for awhile I can certainly understand.

But you will be missed as you were a very positive "force" here on RR.
And I am sure that you would return sometimes in the future.

May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

Phil

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12-22-2003 09:53 PM  13 years agoPost 15
John Caryl

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get a wakeboard boat, the kids will love yuo for it,

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12-22-2003 11:06 PM  13 years agoPost 16
choppengruven

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get a wakeboard boat, the kids will love yuo for it,
I've got a 19' Bowrider/Ski now, and it hasn't seen water since August! Too many things to do, and not nearly enough time to do them.

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12-22-2003 11:14 PM  13 years agoPost 17
drive2survive

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BUMMER DUDE

I dont know ya personally but sorry to hear it, guess we all have prioritys. I myself am a hermit and live,breath,sleep anything to do with models, you might say "Im married to the hobby and have been 35 yrs


"TILL DEATH DO US PART

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12-24-2003 04:38 AM  13 years agoPost 18
jento261

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Dont do it

I will say this only once the kids grow up and wont want to spent any time with you when there in there teens anyway and the wife well I wont even go there so keep your hobbies and dont give up for trains.
THE TRUTH HURTS BUT SOMEONE HAS TO SAY IT

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12-24-2003 05:29 AM  13 years agoPost 19
helitroll

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choppengruven

I did the same thing about 12 years ago. I had a concept 30 and managed a few flights with forward flight. I sold it to raise my kids. We did soccer and now hockey. They are now 17 and 20. You will get your freedom back as soon as they start driving. I only see them now when they want money. I hide out at the flying field. They don't get money till I finish flying. My 3 helis are actually saving me money. I don't regret putting the helis on hold. Keep one heli and fly once a month. Keep G2 on the desktop and the controller plugged in. It will give you something to do during naptime. See you in a few years.

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12-24-2003 05:56 AM  13 years agoPost 20
HELIGOOD

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you know

if you love helis its not a choice...I belive in a past life I was one... there is nothing in life that facinates me more than helis...Its the one thing that is more complicated than women .....I can fix a heli......

"A gun is a tool. No better, no worse than any other tool. An axe, a shovel, or anything.

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