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11-12-2017 05:12 PM  29 days agoPost 21
DCORSAIR

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Selma, Calif.

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I'm only 52 and my sons are not interested in this hobby at all so I didn't want all this stuff laying around as I get older, so sell it slowly like I did, I had 10 Hirobo Evo's and SDX helis, all ready to fly, I had fuselages for all of them and I just slowly listed each one and now down to my last Hirobo Evo which I just posted this morning for sale. My problem is, I like my shop neat and clean, can't stand junk laying around so I find selling everything has kept my shop nice and clean, now I can work on anything I want. Some stuff I gave away too, you just have to let go of it and don't look at it when you box it up for shipping, close your eyes and tape it up, don't hesitate or you will keep it longer.!!!

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11-13-2017 12:31 AM  29 days agoPost 22
AirWolfRC

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I'm confused. You have acquired a lot of "stuff" and now you think you're going to get somewhere near full value for it? The old out dated stuff ?

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11-13-2017 12:57 AM  29 days agoPost 23
Felino

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Mexico city

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I also have a pile of heli stuff that is getting obsolete as time goes by.
I just realized this year that paying top dollar the greatest and latest
is not a good idea. Any technology device becomes obsolete in just a few years and once discontinued nobody wants it even if it is very cheap. I think that gets even worse with helis since there are very few people flying helis anywhere in the world.
I currently pay attention on classifieds looking sometimes for nice heli stuff for a reasonable price. I bought in Ebay a Rave ENV nitro conversion for just U$10.00 plus U$25.00 shipping. I know, more or less, when something is hard to sell so that allows me to offer even less of the asked price.
Some thing I don´t like about the heli market being so small is that heli companies go out of bussines and the cool stuff they once made vanishes and becomes hard to find. I miss some cool stuff from K&S and JR propo. Too bad they are currently gone.

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11-13-2017 01:08 AM  29 days agoPost 24
wjvail

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I'm confused. You have acquired a lot of "stuff" and now you think you're going to get somewhere near full value for it? The old out dated stuff ?
AirWolf... I can see your confusion. No one said anything of the sort. I'm not sure how you took that out of this discussion. I simply and honestly asked what to do others do with dated hobby items. How do other people manage there hobby room?

I'd like to be irritated by your question but instead I'll ask how you came to the conclusion that anyone was looking for "near full value" for "stuff"? Have I miscommunicated what I was asking?

"Well, Nothing bad can happen now."

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11-13-2017 01:30 AM  29 days agoPost 25
AirWolfRC

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My comment comes from seeing positions like this,
I suppose I ended up collecting all this stuff because by the time I replace an item with something newer, I might as well keep the old item for what anyone will give for it. I keep bumping into the idea that I have $2,500 in a helicopter and I can only get $1,000 for it - I might as well keep it for that. I have $2,400 in a TX and they are selling for $600 - might as well put it on the shelf as a spare.

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11-13-2017 01:52 AM  29 days agoPost 26
Dan Minick

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Columbus, WI

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Am I doing this wrong? Does everyone else that has been in this hobby for any length of time have a growing museum in their house?
Doing it wrong? Probably not, but I do it differently. If I do not use something for 6 months to a year, or I know I do not need it for a project it gets sold. Not always immediately,because listing classifieds is sort of a pain so I sell in groups. Selling sooner that later will yield you more of a return typically. Saving it for 5 years while new technology far surpasses it is a good way to make something drop in monetary value.

Even if I am losing money,(and we all are) its slowly and spread out. I wont look at it all in 20 years and say well crap, now what am I supposed to do with it. And I dont mean everything down to the last servo horn, just the 20$ plus stuff.

Team Synergy, Team FBL Rotors-------if its not broke...it will be!

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11-13-2017 02:01 AM  29 days agoPost 27
wjvail

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My comment comes from seeing positions like this,
I suppose I ended up collecting all this stuff because by the time I replace an item with something newer, I might as well keep the old item for what anyone will give for it. I keep bumping into the idea that I have $2,500 in a helicopter and I can only get $1,000 for it - I might as well keep it for that. I have $2,400 in a TX and they are selling for $600 - might as well put it on the shelf as a spare.
Well. I think I've suggested I can't get 25 cents on the dollar and would rather keep the stuff or give it to a good cause. I hardly would consider that getting "full value".

I suppose you are completely correct. If you begin with the assumption that used hobby items are worthless and only have value in giving them to others, I have made the mistake of expecting too much. If zero is the starting point, I have gravely overestimated "full value".

That is something of the point of this thread. I suppose you give you models away? That was the question. What do you do?

"Well, Nothing bad can happen now."

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11-13-2017 02:41 AM  29 days agoPost 28
grimthenoble

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wjvail, not sure what you expect from people.. its a simple answer sell it for what its worth or keep it and move on. same as buying a brand new vehicle, as soon as you drive it off the lot its worth 25% less. maybe you keep it long enough it might regain value if theres a vintage value. If you like the stuff keep it. if not sell it and use money for something else.

Never go Full Retard!

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11-13-2017 03:06 AM  29 days agoPost 29
chicken

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naugatuck, ct,usa

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Wjvail I think that's a problem for most in this hobby I read the forums with a smile.you know " I have a fleet of this heli, that heli 5 Sab Goblins blah,blah, blah the next greatest radio". When there was nothing wrong with 1's current equipment. It's not an investment, the manufacturer's need to offer you the latest & greatest to keep things relevant. The problem with heli's is that the end user has to actually put in some work, and that's a bad mixture for today's instant gratification. That's why I don't build often & I set out to use my items as long as possible: Futaba 9c with TM 8 module still utilizing today's FAAST receivers

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11-13-2017 03:33 AM  29 days agoPost 30
chicken

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P.S. a suggestion to you is to take that equipment & piece it together & see if you can get someone interested in flying; don't look at it now as if it still has the same value as before. As I've said some time ago the hobby industry is down as a whole especially the heli crowd. I see it continually losing ground. The expense, the know how to build, the complicated flybarless systems. I myself took this past week off to start on my SAB Goblin 570, & wow I'm not trying to criticize but 2mm hex nuts? 2.5×8 screws a carousel style servo tray with such tight tolerance, tail servo embedded in the frame? And I had to take apart & reassemble both several times Yuck!!!! Not to mention that the swash to blade grip ball link rod is too thin so I have to order a replacement? I even called helidirect & asked them about quads because a hobby is supposed to be about having some fun not overly complicated

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11-13-2017 11:45 AM  28 days agoPost 31
870heli

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Monson Ma. USA

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There is that FUN word again. Thanks chicken. It always shows up that fun word. If your not having fun back up and look at what your doing.
Too big, too expensive or not what you like.
Only you know the answers only you can fix it.
Good Luck

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11-13-2017 04:57 PM  28 days agoPost 32
Xtreme Heli

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Houston, Texas

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Came across this thread and I had a similar revelation a couple of years ago as I moved and when I was cleaning out my hobby equipment, I had old, old X-Cell 60 parts that made up 95% of an entire helicopter, that simply ended up in the trash. Along with an old Futaba 8U FM/PCM radio....and it worked...and ended up in the recycling unit. Hopefully someone can put the materials from it to good use.

The reason I trashed/recycled my stuff, is that 1) it was very dated, and 2) it was not work my time to even listed it and the effort to sell it. It was easier to just throw the heli away (which by the way, was not completely flyable as it needed a few parts that I did not have, not to mention anything higher than a 60 would break stuff in it). Sounds insensitive? Not really. I value my dollar just like everyone else, but when its that old and is already 4 generations behind in design....when its time to go...its time to go.

Needless to say, I did that for about half of my stuff, and felt better about it and never looked back. Anything within the last 10 years, I kept but even some of it, still needs to be evaluated.

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11-13-2017 07:10 PM  28 days agoPost 33
EEngineer

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TX

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Before you throw your old radio system/s away or re-cycle them, take the time to look in the classified section of the AMA monthly magazine "Model Aviation".

Every month, there is at least one ad for a person/s that is collecting antique radios....and is offering some cash for them.

You can either call or write to the individual/s and perhaps get an offer....however minimal....which would include the cost of you shipping it to him.

FWIW

Logo 600SXs, 800XX, TDR IIs

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11-13-2017 08:48 PM  28 days agoPost 34
Richardmid1

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There are lot's of people buying old flybarred nitro models off eBay because well they just don't make them like they used to! So there are lot's of people looking for nitro engines and tail gyros and as Hatori pipes are like rocking horse manure they will be snapped up if you advertise them. Heck I bought a 401 gyro the other day!

60% of the time, it works every time!

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11-14-2017 01:13 PM  27 days agoPost 35
utahbob

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St. George Utah

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Worst thing you can hear from someone

You gave a heli to.."I traded it for this foamy plane"; it seems like guy's started to lose interest in heli's when those things started to appear.."you can crash it..and then just glue it back together and fly"..quads are just repackaged foamy planes!..with anti-crash tech!

I do a great decending funnel!

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11-14-2017 04:47 PM  27 days agoPost 36
darkfa8

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Brick, NJ - USA

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What you're doing isn't wrong at all. You don't need the newest gear to fly model aircraft.

I've been in this hobby for 12 years. I've had over 50 models and several radio systems over that time. I don't tend to keep stuff I don't expect to use.

My methodology is more or less okay for me. You need to find a system of evaluation for yourself that works for you. One idea would be making "piles" of belongings that you definitely want to keep, another pile of "unsure" and lastly, a pile of "it's got to go".

The "it's got to go" pile can be gone through, listed and see if you get any takers. I'd set a deadline, like if it's not all gone in a month, then recycle/trash what you can. You ought to check with your town's public works or recycling center to determine what is appropriate to throw in your regular trash and what may need to be brought to a specialized recycling center - we have to do that where I live.

Then you can work through the remaining piles again performing the same process until you're satisfied with what you have is suitable for your level of commitment and/or involvement in the hobby and/or defined by the space you have or want to have.

The blessing and curse of the internet is the fact that it constantly brings awareness to what the latest and greatest stuff is. Unless you're very steadfast and not a rabid consumer, it can be tough to not feel inclined to want to sell everything you own.

However, unless your existing items have problems or are malfunctioning in some way, they should give good flying service. I know guys at my club who still fly old flybared Raptors on 72MHz and you know what? It's fine and they're happy to just be flying without having to deal with giving away their stuff just to get new stuff that may only fly marginally better for them.

Personally, if I had the time and a few extra bucks, I'd love to build a Raptor 30 with OS37, flybarless though and just put it around for 20+ minutes of fun.

- Dan Goldstein
Team Revolectrix

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11-14-2017 04:57 PM  27 days agoPost 37
spaceman spiff

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Worst thing you can hear from someone -"I traded it for this foamy plane"
Sometimes that is the best thing you can hear. My best buddy was a terrible pilot. Terrifying when he gets a big heli in the air. He is happier and we are safer.

I sold a few items today. Did not ask for much, but now i don't have 30 size nitro parts which I will almost certainly never use again. They served me well for a season, practicing 8 orientations of T maneuvers. Off to a good home for more of the same. Win win.

I got rid of a couple old radios, and a plane too. If i keep it up, i get my gear to fit in my hobby room again. There is value in having a functional hobby room.

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