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10-25-2011 02:03 PM  7 years agoPost 1
reddragon

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I attended the Hobby Trade Show in Rosemont, Illinois over the weekend, 22nd and 23rd October. This Trade Show is in it's 27th year I am not sure why I even bothered as it was almost a complete waste of time.

Where were the Century Reps and helis? The MRC/Hirobo section was quite small. I tried to speak with one of the reps from MRC/Hirobo and he was busy tapping away on his Blackberry and didn't look me in the eye when I asked why the helicopter section was so sparse. I thought it was rude way to respond but he stated that they weren't carrying much Hirobo items. They had two odd looking MRC helis; one looked like a camera ship and the other a pared down version of a Lama.

The Thunder Tiger and JR helis were there with a few other helis from other Asian manufacturers.

Only a few JR helis.

One of the nicer things to see was just an engine.

One of the more interesting airborne R/C vehicles was not a plane nor a heli but a balloon fish.

In years past this was one of the better shows but I believe that the global downturn in the economy has made the exhibitors think twice before showcasing their product with very little return on their investment to the show. Did anyone else attend this year? What are your thoughts? The show will be off to Ohio for 2012, I will think twice about venturing out to that one.

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10-25-2011 04:06 PM  7 years agoPost 2
kcordell

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This show is more of a general hobby show. Used to have lots and lots of trains back when I used to go in the mid 90's. Major manufacturers usually, Futaba, JR, but that is about it unless someone has something they really want to get out and be seen. THE show for RC is Toledo, been going on a lot longer that RCHTA. You want to see RC stuff, lots of helis, go to Toledo.

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10-25-2011 06:27 PM  7 years agoPost 3
reddragon

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I've been going to the Rosemont Trade show for about 12 years. At one time they had "everything" including trains, yes. (still love trains as well) A few years back every single RC Helicopter Manufacturer was there, now it is laughable.

I guess I have to make the trip to Toledo now.

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10-25-2011 07:23 PM  7 years agoPost 4
scott011422

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Well, No need to worry. This was also the last year for Chicago. Next year they move to Clevland. Not sure if thats a bad thing..........

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10-25-2011 08:11 PM  7 years agoPost 5
reddragon

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Next year they move to Clevland. Not sure if thats a bad thing..........

Yes, I found that out at the show. They claim it is due to some feedback from exhibitors and attendees where they want to visit other markets. Possibly. I suspect that the show is slowly declining and every so often they move it to another city to see if they make more money there.

Did you go to the trade show Scott?

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10-26-2011 04:37 AM  7 years agoPost 6
scott011422

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No. Unfortunatly a broken Combine came first. I did here all about it though from the rest of my buddies that went without me. I didn't seem to miss anything. It seems lately most of the RC shows around here suck. Hope this isn't a look of things to come..........

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10-26-2011 01:58 PM  7 years agoPost 7
reddragon

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Well you live in the area so it wasn't a few hundred mile journey like me.

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