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02-28-2010 09:16 PM  10 years ago
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Thunderman

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Childish?
Hi all,
Hopefully this is a suitable area to post this topic, and I don't want to offend anyone.
I am an average, middle-aged man, with average intelligence. I have been fascinated by r/c helis and plane since I was a child.
The question is: Is it proper, or normal for a person like myself to be still interested in the hobby? My wife thinks it's childish.
I feel that way a bit myself sometimes. That a grown man shouldn't be playing with "toys". I am very much aware that the expensive nature of the hobby seems to be geared more towards adults, but I am finding it difficult to justify to my wife spending money on this hobby.
Anyone else here feel that way at all, or get negative flack from their family?
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02-28-2010 09:29 PM  10 years ago
chopper_crazy

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You are never to old or young to be in the hobby. You are suppose to enjoy life at every stage of life. The person who dies with the most toys wins. It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!
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02-28-2010 09:32 PM  10 years ago
z11355

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they're all 'toys'. Cars, boats, fancy golf clubs, jewelery, her shoe collection. Once you get past the essentials of life, everything else is a toy (unnecessary object that brings you happiness)

does it bring you enjoyment? take you away from the hum-drum of your every day? Are you providing for your family and have extra cash?

Ask her if she'd rather you spend the money down at the local bar or gambling emporium and skirt chasing to avoid her nagging.

You dont have to 'justify' it to her. Get your b@lls out of her pocket.

That sounds harsh but it's true.
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02-28-2010 10:11 PM  10 years ago
Don

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We all have our toys but some seem more childish than others. Here's some toys that may seem more macho to the average folk:

1) Harley Davidson
2) Muscle Cars
3) Gun Collection
4) Electric Guitar

Maybe less macho, but still "toys"

1) Woodworking tools
2) Golf clubs

And then people think that pretty much everything at the hobby shop is a toy.

If she gives you crap about playing with toys, then tell her you're gonna restore a '57 Chevy and also join a softball team down at the local pub...after you buy a new Harley.

BTW, Bruce Jenner plays with toys too.
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02-28-2010 10:11 PM  10 years ago
rotormonkey

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Yup. It's absolutely childish. Who cares? My wife calls me a dork all the time for it, but in the end she supports me all the same. She knows I have fun with it. I call her a dork for some of the things she does too. It all comes out in the wash

z11 clearly isn't married. He's right though. You don't have to "justify" it, but it'll certainly make your life easier if she's on board. Anyway, I say if you think you'll like it pick up a sim to test the waters. Once you've got a handle on that, then spend the money on a 450 or bigger. Yes they're a lot of money, but you can always get most of it back by selling it all should you decide you don't like it.

For me half the fun is going out and shooting the sh#@ with the guys at the club between flights. Really it's just a day outside enjoying a little time away from home with a bunch of fellow dorks. Can't go wrong with that
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02-28-2010 10:26 PM  10 years ago
ScottV

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I am a very responsible child at the ripe age of 42, I am not ready to be old. The day you stop playing like a kid is the day you might as well turn in your drivers license. As long as I keep my wife happy I get to play, and she is very happy so I get to play alot.So long and thanks for all the fish!
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02-28-2010 10:28 PM  10 years ago
z11355

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true enough, I'm not married but honestly, it's not that much.

unless you decide to get a bunch of machines and bling them constantly, this hobby is less expensive than golf, wordworking, motorcycles, football tickets, cars, etc etc. You can get started for about $1000 or so.

Yea, it's easier if she's 'on board' but in the final analysis, even if she's not, she just has to grudgingly accept it. She should be accepting of it just as you should be accepting of how she is going to develop new interests.
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02-28-2010 10:32 PM  10 years ago
Ray Fernandez

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Is it proper, or normal for a person like myself to be still interested in the hobby? My wife thinks it's childish.
IMHO your curiosity is normal. There are alot of us Old Farts here that can tell you that our "childish" mentality keeps us centered. My wife appreciates my hobbies and has been supportive of my interest. Keep up your interest.
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02-28-2010 11:04 PM  10 years ago
Gyronut

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What would your spouse have you do then...???? Something she wants....Rick
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02-28-2010 11:33 PM  10 years ago
odam2k

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The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys....

never heard that before?
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02-28-2010 11:44 PM  10 years ago
Flying Brian

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Chidish behavior would be maxing out the credit cards to buy into this hobby. Or forcing your family to eat peanut butter sandwiches everynight cuz you afforded a helicopter fix, but not food.

Oh, don't spend your rent check on this hobby either.
"I just don't Listen" "
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02-28-2010 11:52 PM  10 years ago
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Ask her if she'd rather you spend the money down at the local bar or gambling emporium and skirt chasing to avoid her nagging. You dont have to 'justify' it to her. Get your b@lls out of her pocket. That sounds harsh but it's true.
Yea mon to THAT. Brutal honesty is ALWAYS best.
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03-01-2010 12:41 AM  10 years ago
Heli0228

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Show me a Child that can take a heli the size of a Raptor 90 or Trex 700 fly it around invert it hover it 4" off the ground flip over and then land, then I will say this is childish. I also know that there are some 5 year olds that can do this, but my point is our hobby is just like any other hobby it has the less costly heli's and it has the high dollar ones also, so some people think the small less costly ones are like child toys, but no one will say that about a blinged out 90 size heli, that comands respect whether you have one or not. We have a hobby all persons can enjoy.
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03-01-2010 12:53 AM  10 years ago
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Is it proper, or normal for a person like myself to be still interested in the hobby? My wife thinks it's childish.
There's nothing childish about complex $3000 radio-controlled aircraft which can maim or kill if badly built or misused -- other than the pure, spine-tingling pleasure of 'em. Revel in it. RC definitely keeps us old farts young at heart.
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03-01-2010 01:54 AM  10 years ago
rotormonkey

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Just throwing it out there, but coming on to an RC helicopter forum, and asking if RC helicopters are childish is probably not going to get you many affirmative responses.

If you're looking for people to placate/agree with you, then you've come to the right place. If you want real opinions of anyone you care about ask some of your friends or something.
If it can't hover, it ain't worth flying.
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03-01-2010 02:46 AM  10 years ago
helibeast

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Atleast your tombstone won't say "He grew up and stopped haveing fun"Champion,Magic,MiniBoy,Xcell60+50,Intrepid,Intrepid Gas,Baron30,Whisper,300X,mCPXv1v2,Concept,Nexus
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03-01-2010 02:49 AM  10 years ago
Solmanbandit

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Here is what it basically boils down to. When I go to a RC park, what do I see? Do I see a bunch of young kids flying Wal Mart specials? Heck no, you see mostly old farts flying very technical and precise machinery and using a lot of skills. We don't deal with toys, we work with a hobby that takes time, skill and money. If you are hanging out in the toy section at Wally World, then grow up! Other than that, it is a hobby and darn proud of it.Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2
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03-02-2010 02:43 AM  10 years ago
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Diffenition of a toy. 1. an object, often a small representation of something familiar, as an animal or person, for children or others to play with; plaything.
2.a thing or matter of little or no value or importance; a trifle.
3.something that serves for or as if for diversion, rather than for serious pratical use.
4.a small article of little value but prized as a souvenir or for some other special reason; trinket; knickknack; bauble

Doesn't sound like a rc helicopter.

Kids grow out of playing with toys,men grow into flying rc helicopters.
Champion,Magic,MiniBoy,Xcell60+50,Intrepid,Intrepid Gas,Baron30,Whisper,300X,mCPXv1v2,Concept,Nexus
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03-02-2010 07:02 AM  10 years ago
rotormonkey

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3.something that serves for or as if for diversion, rather than for serious pratical use.
Sounds very much like a toy to me...
If it can't hover, it ain't worth flying.
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03-02-2010 02:18 PM  10 years ago
crflyer

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We all know these are very complex and dangerous machines,when my wife calls them toys I ask her "would you give my 90 size machine to an 8 year old and send him away to play with it?"The answer is always no.
Ive known a man for many years who is much older than me (Im 50)and very successful (retired Judge),he spends his free time building and playing with model trains.

“In every REAL man a child is hidden that wants to play.”

Friedrich Nietzsche
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