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04-05-2009 12:33 AM  9 years agoPost 1
busyflyin

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This was my first year there and I was very disappointed in the lack of helicopter support. TT had a great booth showing off the new Raptor 50, new UH-1Y fuse, a new MD530 with camo paint, and a really awesome submarine!! Excel was there showing off some of there stuff. Virtually no hellicopter vendors that i saw. For a planker, it was really nice. For a heli guy, it was a bust!

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04-05-2009 12:37 AM  9 years agoPost 2
RobMcQuillen

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If anyone would like to watch ETOC live here's the link...............http://www.flyinggiants.com/forums/Chat-fgtv.php

Its mostly plankers but Kyle stacy did a demo with his Furion and Nick Maxxwell did a flight with his Rave. The word on the street is that there coming back for more.

Rob McQuillen

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04-05-2009 01:04 AM  9 years agoPost 3
TMoore

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Horizon were showing JR helis, MRC was there, Advantage Hobby had the BEAM, Airtronics was showing their new 10 channel radio, Great Planes/Hobbico had their GY520 gyro and other heli products there. Thunder Power was displaying their new 40C packs and there were a host of other vendors that were heli related on show. TT had the new R50, canopies and blades as well as the Innovator. I spent Friday there and didn't think it was that bad.

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04-05-2009 01:39 AM  9 years agoPost 4
shlm

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Heli Wholesaler was there with the complete Align line up including the just released 450 v3 Pro (what a sweet looking heli)and Airwolf bodies for the 450 and 500. They also had a large assortment of other heli stuff (Maverikk blades, Torsion blades, Maverikk tools/upgrades, mufflers (Align/FunTech), Gyros (Spartan, Logitech, Align), SG Reactor X, Elevated R/C parts/tools, .........

Miniature Aircraft had a really nice booth showing off their line up including the new 50 and 90.

MRC/Hirobo was their with their complete line up including the soon to be here SDX 50 a.k.a mini Turbulance.

Thunder Tiger was also has really nice booth with their line up and they had the new Raptor 50 Titan SE (the new canopy is really sweet looking).

Horizon Hobby was there with the new Vibe 90 SG and they had Scott Grey there helping out as well.

Advantage Hobby had a couple of the Beams out on display.




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04-05-2009 02:16 AM  9 years agoPost 5
Gyronut

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The Toledo show never has been a heli friendly place but always a must see.

Just log on to RCGroups and watch the live feed.

The ETOC was great but I got tired of waiting around and left at 8:30.

Rick

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04-05-2009 02:23 AM  9 years agoPost 6
dialarotor

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Toledo was uplifting inspite of a sown economy this past winter, look for the pluses
Hey BusyFlyin, you can be disappointed but in light of the economy and the mood of the country since last September, I thought the show was very upbeat and everyone is eager for the flying season to start. Congrats to all the vendors for coming in this tough market. You had to look closer for all the heli and heli support and possible heli related items. The show is always fun especially when you throw in seeing old friends, new friends and looking at the awesome display models. Learn to appreciate more than just helis. Sure the show was much bigger in the late 80's and early-mid 90's, but the advent of the internet, EBAY, and online shopping took a big bite out of the size. The upperdecks use to swell with vendors and shop inventories but now that trade has gone to the internet and the ARF'S have also made much of the upper deck items less sought after.

It was nice to see Jeff Green and staff with the Heli Distributors there, Hirobo with their new sales force and program managers and a new SDX50. Expect more and better from MRC.
MA was there and dripping quality as usual with the new Furion 50.

ACE's new both was a delight for me, as I am a Raptor guy.
Horizon and JR both with all the little helis and great radio displays from JR and Specktrum should excite everyone upgrading their radio systems.
Finally, HITEC/MULTIPLEX has finally come to the 2.4ghz party with modules/receivers for their radios and new radios to boot. Standby for some nice upgrades if you are an ECLIPSE 7, or OPTIC lover. Expect a module and 2 receiver deal by early summer to bring your HITEC radio into the 2.4 world.

Many of the Chinese vendors were back and the LIPO providers are growing again with lots of competion in the battery battle.

If nothing else, the almost spring weather is a welcome relief for us far north heli pilots. The fuel guys always make the trip worth it too. The savings alone will pay for the gas this year,not the case last year.

Great Job Toledo Weak Signals

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04-05-2009 03:03 AM  9 years agoPost 7
busyflyin

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Dialarotor; what day where you there? Today? I didn't see anyone from TC there.

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04-05-2009 11:10 AM  9 years agoPost 8
Ace Dude

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How was the show compared to last year? Did the current state of the economy impact the number of exhibitors/attendees?

  

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04-05-2009 11:50 AM  9 years agoPost 9
dialarotor

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Hi Busyflyin, there were at least 7 heli guys there and we meet Viberator Aaron at the ETOC. Dave Johnson and I drove down Thursday night and were at the show Fri/Sat. Chris and gang were there Fri/Sat. I also ran into 4 TRAMPS guys. Anyway it was a good time, got lots of questions answereed, got fuel,bitts and pieces and went out for some good food too. Dave and I also hit 4 big gun/ammo shops and spent lots of plastic there too. Now we are ready to fly and shoot and enjoy 2009.
The big thing for me was the upbeat spirit there. I was expecting a gloom'n'doom atmosphere like that reported from the AMA Expo and WRAMS show earlier in the new year. Springtime seems to be washing that sentiment away.

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04-05-2009 02:38 PM  9 years agoPost 10
trickrick

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New to the show
I have never been to show before and was excited to go. I went Fri. morn. I thought there would have been more support for Heli's .There were big names but I thought there would have been more deals for supplies/chargers/ build supplies /servo's support. Not many good buys at all. I don't know if this is normal for the show. I thought there was a lot of people though present

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04-05-2009 02:57 PM  9 years agoPost 11
dialarotor

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Toledo's Reason TO BE
Trickrick, the show is more of a manufacturer and material supplier show than a collection of retail vendors show. It is the oldest and largest in America. It is our NUREMBURG TOY SHOW. Retail store folks have stores and online showrooms to sell what other folks manufacture or distribute, the items displayed and introduced at Toledo. Outside of the main room you do find retail outlets and old inventory collector retailers. Also many of the interest groups showcase their presence in the hobby industry, AMA, IRCHA, SAM, PAMPS, LSF, MECOA, etc. As for heli presence, the longtime majors were there. The ALIGN presence was smaller for sure this year. Kyosho America was absent but is still growing it's presence in America since they had stepped out from under the Tower Hobbies/Great Planes umbrella over 6 years ago. They did have a major display at IRCHA last year. Missing at Toledo because they are more specialty than mainstream helis were Aurora, Synergy, Vario, Compass. The big names come to Toledo because they have heli,car,plane, boat and electronic divisions and so many types of modelers are served, not just heli pilots.
All I can say learn to appreciate all of it, as the other types of interest help develope and defray and lower the cost of our helis with shared parts and technologies. We benefitted with 2.4ghz,electric, lipos, batteries, bearings,courtesy of the other interests shear size of their sales volumes. It's all good.

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04-05-2009 05:43 PM  9 years agoPost 12
chopper_crazy

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Toledo has always been and will continue to be an airplane show with helis on the side. I looked at a few things heli related like the futaba 520 gyro, the new Airtonics radio, lots of batteries, and the new JR Vibe 90SG along with the Vibe 500e. Overall, I would say it was a nice show but I went in with little expectations because I knew if was 85% airplanes to begin with.

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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04-05-2009 07:09 PM  9 years agoPost 13
AirWolfRC

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Toledo existed before helis (54 years and counting).
There are more planks in the world than helis.

Any more questions ?

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04-05-2009 09:10 PM  9 years agoPost 14
kcordell

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But, over the last few years, more and more vendor types are replacing manufacturers on the main floor. Over the years you have seen the changes. Harry Higby has always been there, gone this year, YS engines, gone, Century, gone, even Irwin of Quick Hobby and Helis, gone. There was the Chinese manufacturer of the Walkera look alike and he was selling direct to customers cheaper than what he sells to his US distributors at the show. Toledo is still a great event to attend, if not to just get to see old friends and be able to talk to some of the people that you only get to email at the remaining manufacturers. As far as attendance, it really died about 3PM Friday afternoon and by 2PM on Saturday you could walk any aisle with little to no interference. The economy has affected everthing it appears. The only thing I didn't look at was how the upstairs swap shop went.

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04-05-2009 09:20 PM  9 years agoPost 15
Ace Dude

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I thought Harry Higly has been gone for several years.

  

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04-06-2009 12:03 AM  9 years agoPost 16
AaronJohnson

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Yeah, I never expect too much for heli stuff at Toledo but I have been there many times and know what to expect. I can spend a half day there and see all I want to see. Over the past year I have almost lost all interest in airplanes so I just jumped around to all the booths that I wanted to see. talked to fromeco about a123 batteries for awhile, talked to Scott Gray about helis and rotorheads for awhile, had a look at the new trex 450, raptor, MA 50, and the Vibe 90 SG. Played with a JR 12X (the gimbals are frickin awesome).

I dunno, Toledo is still fun to go down to, I am not really intersted in half of the stuff down there but I still like to see all the new stuff in person and talk to the reps. It was allright this year because it wasnt nearly as busy as years past. Good to meet all the TC guys too finally!

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