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01-25-2010 04:42 AM  8 years agoPost 21
TMoore

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If you are missing a new issue go back two years and look at the old issue they are on a 2 year rotation with there articles. The only thing that mag is good for is something to read if you do not want to take the laptop in the bathroom. The guys on here are more informed and definitely more entertaining. Tmoore how long have you been in this hobby 20 yrs ? This is where you go for the 411
The hobby since 67, helis since 77.

Like Devan said, the real magazine is right here on RR. Print Magazines are dead, they just don't know it yet.

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01-25-2010 04:57 AM  8 years agoPost 22
APRILIARIDESR50

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magazine
[quoteThere is no January issue, they skipped to Feb. I too don't sit anxiously at the mailbox. I have had no problems so far, all issues have arrive at some point during every month. If it goes under, it goes under, can't help that.

well said jasonj
like i said eariler

BOY, IF I HAD A RUBBER HOSE!!!

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01-25-2010 05:21 AM  8 years agoPost 23
ch-47c

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I stopped by the RC Heli booth at the AMA Convention in Ontario. This beautiful woman working the booth asked of my experience with the mag. Told her I like it when I can get a copy. She tried to get me to subscribe, but I held out and told her when they get their deliveries in order, I may. I grew up in a generation where the newest info came out in mags and you had to go to the library for a lot of info. The Internet puts it in my hands at 2:00am when I want it. Print is dead unless it is reference material.
Someone mentioned repetition of articles. It's true depending on the subject, but 2-3 yrs and it repeats.

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01-25-2010 06:36 AM  8 years agoPost 24
chopper_crazy

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I just got the February issue on Saturday

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

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01-25-2010 08:46 AM  8 years agoPost 25
JasonJ

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There is repetition on the forums too. How many RC Heli mag threads are there? I admit there is much more info on the forums, and between new posts and the search function, I really don't have much of a need for the mag. BUT....I also grew up getting my info from mags. I have had to get rid of stacks of gun mags, home stereo mags, car stereo mags, 4x4 mags, lowrider mags, car mags. I am still kinda stuck in the have to have a subscription for whatever hobby I am in mode.

Also, I am not always near the computer. Sometimes it is nice to have something to leaf through while commercials are on, or when I have to burden my septic system with another one of my epic "downloads" it is nice to have the mag.

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01-25-2010 02:12 PM  8 years agoPost 26
ch-47c

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The one advantage of print over RR is the writer and staff has to verify the correctness of the info so most of the time it is correct, otherwise people will pound them and drop their subscriptions. RR you get good and bad or opinions and editorialize BS.

The one disadvantage of print is they are mostly advertisement since the late 80s. MHT was mostly articles. Most were indepth and some were entertaining. You flip through mags now and cards fly out on the floor and some use a stiff grade of paper to direct you straight to an advertisement.

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01-25-2010 05:36 PM  8 years agoPost 27
Jeff polisena

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I dont buy mags it seems that I already have seen products or ideas before mag is on stands . I do live around a lot of shops as well as hobbyist so if you dont then mags would be great .

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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01-26-2010 12:21 AM  8 years agoPost 28
wifeorheli

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WoW alot of negative opinions! While i do agree the internet is taking it over but having a mag and a mag you can collect Teaches you heli tricks Like the death wall(jesus bolt snapper) this issue i dont think i would have had a in depth howto on the internet unless i knew the name. Or tips? Well anyway i hope they dont go under Cause i will be a lifetime subscriber whether its here on the 1st or the 30th each month.

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01-26-2010 02:15 AM  8 years agoPost 29
Mike Velez

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The internet and free exchange of information is definitely the way it will be from now on. Within that new reality are just different ways to deliver content. Magazines are read on paper, when there's a "tablet" or some other device that you can take into the bathroom you'll read them digitally instead. Web forums like RR are great for people to communicate back and forth, but you still watch TV, watch movies, listen to the Radio, Read news websites, magazines,newspapers and consume information without the ability to communicate back and forth. There's a place for everything.

Let's see what Apple has up their sleeves on Wednesday. I think that it will change how we consume a lot of media. I'm dying to get their new reader so that I can cancel all my news"paper" subscriptions and get them delivered to this type of device. It doesn't mean I'll be going to forums for my news and info, but it will just be easier for me to get my newspapers every morning. I think the same will eventually happen for the magazine industry. It also means there will be a lot more competition because the barrier of investing the Tens of Thousands of dollars every month just to get a magazine on press will be gone. Interesting times ahead.

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01-26-2010 02:49 AM  8 years agoPost 30
mdlott

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Details?
@ Mike.

I was interested to see your post, but the non-specificity left me wondering. Others here have speculated that there may be $$$ problems @ the mag. I have always enjoyed it and search everywhere (retail) to find the most recent issue. (Relatively unsuccessfully, lately)

Would you care to elaborate on the state of RC Heli at present and in the near future?

I wish you and the staff good luck. I really enjoy the magazine, but I've pretty much memorized all that sit in my magazine rack. Looking forward to more print issues.

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01-26-2010 05:06 AM  8 years agoPost 31
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Jeez, what a tough room! While I don't advertise in Mike's magazine, it's only because we pulled in our horns for the duration of the recession (lest you think I am simply an advertiser sucking up). There's no question his magazine is a game changer.

Consider this, the guy comes from an RC Car/Truck background and in a few short years has created a product - in a whole new area - that's not just worthy of challenging the establish players, but has slapped some in the face with an arguably smarter business model. He's applied a full court press and served notice they either pick up their game, or become road kill . . . and as some have already noted, road kill is what some became!

By way of taking it a whole new level he's created a gorgeous product, which address both the needs of beginners and intermediate pilots. Believe me, this isn't easy! Consider this; he accomplished it with fewer people than Time, Road & Track, or Sports Illustrated, yet his content is easily on their level - no question! Along the way he's constantly mother-henning a cadre of writers, production staff, as well as editors, photographers, plus managing the relationships with printers, subscribers, and of course, advertisers. Again, no easy task. I speak from experience when I tell you I seemingly never have an advert ready on time and thus, always ask for a few more days because we're working on a some new product, or the like. Multiply this by dozens of advertisers and you 'start' to appreciate the idea of how schedules slip. Meanwhile, it seems folks are more suseptible to colds during the winter and people out sick lead to further delays. Into this mess, consider how people want time off for the Holidays and how all of these are issues out of his control. It's no wonder an issue slipped - big deal!

More importantly, he's right on top, e.g. of ensuring there's coverage of a wide range of topics from in-depth explanations of how things work. For example, glow plugs, 2.4 gigahertz systems, lithium batteries, chargers, engines, fuel, blades, and on through world class coverage of events. Further to this, it's of such a level even I enjoy the articles - and I've been doing this since the early 70s! As for recycling material, superficially that's true . . . but an in-depth consideration of the facts reveals there is more to the story - as usual.

Consider how blades change every few years. Not that long ago V-Blades were the heat - no longer. Or how about how quickly radio systems change - is it reasonable to gloss over these changes? I don't think so. There are also new engines, mufflers, batteries, servos, regulators, etc. Consequently, he 'has' to revisit these things periodically, so in my view, that's not a well thought out objection because it dismisses the very real facts of the situation!

Moreover, consider how in applying pressure to his competitors, both domestic and international (to pick up their game), the net result is we all benefit from better material (as they ll attempt to respond). And you bet your ass he vets the material . . his magainze is no wild west act, e.g. where people of questionable ethics, or talent, occasionally take pot shots at a product (perhaps with a hidden agenda). Believe me this isn't just possible, but common on forums and other Internet sources, which means you can trust his content . . . what's this worth to you?

Further to this, open your eyes to the product itself. Touch it and thumb the pages. They have a nice feel. It's because he pays attention to the details, e.g. the weight of the paper, the clay content, and everything else . . . plus the photos! Frankly, all the photos are awesome, not some of them, all of them. Open your eyes guys! These photos are full of energy and motion - this is a static image I am describing - yet all the while they manage to convey an intangible quality. It's an emotion, a level of excitement, which is absolutely without compare.

To cap it off (as if all that weren't enough), he nearly gives it away at a bargain price! Consequently, a dispassionate evaluation would lead a resonable man to conclude Mike Velez doesn't deserves to be excoriated nor ambushed - neither he or his product, especially on a public forum! Mike's a seriously man, producing a seriously good product, and frankly, he deserves better.

Finally, the fact he offers it to us for essentially chump change is worthy of admiration. As a business owner I advise how until you've walked a mile in his shoes you just chill. Meanwhile, enjoy the product because it's worthy of your Dollars - especially during tough times when you have to be careful. In closing, I have a subscription and I'm very pleased with it . . . else I certainly wouldn't step up to defend and offer my view.

My 2¢


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