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05-27-2017 04:29 AM  84 days agoPost 81
FenderBean

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Lack of heli manufacturing is my biggest pain in the butt last two helis I have bought went under and now I can't get parts. I don't care what the rest of the world does in rc, not sure why that's so important. Just fly your helis and if you need a 1000 people at Ircha to enjoy helis then I'm sure your not going to be happy regardless. The hobby market shifts, I see huge growth in Jets, large gas planes and warbirds.

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07-27-2017 07:02 PM  22 days agoPost 82
warrior29

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Jacksonville, FL

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I just had a thought I wanted to share. Has anyone ever thought we are a stealth hobby. In that we have no advertisement. We fly at airfields that are usually off the beaten path. There are no TV shows for our hobby. No TV advertisements for the products (Quads are the acceptation). You use to be able to walk into a hobby shop to see a few, now your hard pressed to find a hobby shop. We have maybe 4 real websites that directly support the hobby. (RR, HF, RCU, RCG)

You'll never see one flown in the olympics, x-games or any where else. Heck most of the people in the hobby don't even know what FAI or F3C is much even fewer could actually name a person on the team or where the last one was held.

What I'm saying is the hobby is not promoted. If you don't promote a product it hard to grow it.

I don't think Helo's will go away. There's enough of us nutz out there to keep a few manufactures employed, But there will be a downsizing of the market. Look at the average flyer, probably some where between 3-10 helo's on the wall.

If you want it to be popular with the kids, it has to be cheap and easy, (i.e. quads) but then that takes all the fun out of it.

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07-27-2017 09:42 PM  22 days agoPost 83
Andy from Sandy

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It may not be going anywhere but...

Competition flying or moving from something being a hobby to something else is a big step up. After reading GM1's blog it is something to think about that the USA wasn't able to have 4 pilots that would like to fly F3N at competition level.

Logistically it is a long way from where you are to Poland but I would of thought there is enough in the way of business for their to be enough in sponsorship to help pay the cost.

So if the hobby isn't going away there is something that is stopping pilots from moving up.

Here in the UK we used to have quite a few 3D competitions and fly-ins but they has declined in the last couple of years but a good F3N league competition has seen the UK F3N team fully supported.

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07-27-2017 10:27 PM  22 days agoPost 84
RM3

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Killeen, Texas - USA

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We fly at airfields that are usually off the beaten path. There are no TV shows for our hobby. No TV advertisements for the products (Quads are the acceptation). You use to be able to walk into a hobby shop to see a few, now your hard pressed to find a hobby shop. We have maybe 4 real websites that directly support the hobby
and yet we had an explosion of innovation and new products, IRCHA was jammed packed and all RC online forums had a significant Heli population... all peaked in 2008-2010... and there was no TV shows for our hobby nor TV advertisements for the products.

so why did it grow so fast to this peak? the economy was in the tank thanks to the market downturn in 2008, yet the heli market had the most manufacturers and the most Online sellers along with the most Local hobby store support.

maybe it was a Fad? the new shinny toy that many tired of over time considering the cost of repairs and high cost of learning to fly?

its simply going back into obscurity... plain and simple. Just like the RC boat guys.
Look at the average flyer, probably some where between 3-10 helo's on the wall.
you forgot to mention tight on cash, loosing their eyesight, and becoming the old farts we used to make fun of as kids... My local club resembles an AARP meeting with lots of complaining and little in the way of local community exposure (and they like it that way)

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

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07-27-2017 11:22 PM  22 days agoPost 85
PaulBowen

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East coast Australia.

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I quite like the way it is now.

I'm in a great club where there may be 2-8 of us flying on any particular weekend. Everyone is easy to get along with and I fly helicopter circuits amongst the fixed wing aircraft. No stress, no conflict.

Back in the peak we had the johny come lately super aloof, tomorrow's 3d gods dressed like they rode a skateboard to the field. They were too cool for school and could quite effortlessly give the fixed wind pilots the sh$ts. They'd be saying "Hirobo?, never heard of them!". I'm sure they all came from the truggy crowd but really who knows.

I think the divide between the heli and fixed wing flyers reached its broadest point at the peak of the hobby. My guess is that those who remain now probably have a fixed wing model or two and probably always have because we are aeromodelers for ever.

Futaba T18SZ, JR Propo XG14, Hirobo fanatic!

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07-28-2017 12:46 AM  22 days agoPost 86
EEngineer

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TX

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"truggy crowd "

What's that?

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07-28-2017 01:38 AM  22 days agoPost 87
PaulBowen

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East coast Australia.

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Truggies are those dirty ground dwelling off road rc cars!

Futaba T18SZ, JR Propo XG14, Hirobo fanatic!

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07-28-2017 01:44 AM  22 days agoPost 88
EEngineer

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LOL.....strange term....I'll sure remember that one....

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07-28-2017 01:47 AM  22 days agoPost 89
PaulBowen

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Says Wikipedia

Caruggy is a portmanteau of the words car and buggy. Some people think that the caruggy nomenclature is derived from using a car frame as the basis for the vehicle, whereas a "buggy" would have started from the chassis of a Volkswagen Bug. ... It is a morph between a "Trophy car" and a "Race Buggy".

Looks like it applies to full size vehicles as well.

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07-28-2017 03:17 AM  22 days agoPost 90
EEngineer

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TX

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Learn something new every day....

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08-04-2017 05:37 PM  14 days agoPost 91
rcscaleguy

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CA, USA

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The hobby

Just click advertisers on the website and see where the hobby is going. I mean RR has to make a living as well.

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