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11-03-2013 04:17 AM  5 years agoPost 1
Einzelganger

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It's taken me a while to find the best way to describe what it is I obsess over/do for a hobby.
I've settled on describing my helicopters as fire-breathing dragons that fly and do anything I tell them. I follow up with "Some day I'm gonna climb inside and go for a ride and see through their eyes."
My co-workers fully relate to the concept of FPV and surveillance so this works pretty well.

How, if at all, do you describe your passion/hobby to those who have no concept at all of radio controlled helicopters?

Wayne

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11-03-2013 04:35 AM  5 years agoPost 2
smokey

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Nope I just tell them, that I find RC fun and relaxing, and gives me a sense of satisfaction. I gave up on trying to explain anything RC a long time ago. Most people just want to hear that you are enjoying the hobby and not what it's about.

I used to try to explain my hobby to people but found more often that I was only watching there eyes glaze over with dis-content.

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11-03-2013 04:41 AM  5 years agoPost 3
Einzelganger

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Yeah.
I've seen that glazed look a lot. lol
I tried to explain it technically for a long time and found the flying dragon simile quicker and less likely to cause the "deer in the headlights" look.

Wayne

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11-03-2013 05:10 AM  5 years agoPost 4
AWittleWabbit

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I've stopped trying. I'll only explain if I'm asked, nicely.

When I used to share my hobby, I would get either "One day at band camp with my mall chopper..." or "There's no way your phone can control your nonexistent control loops in your "toy" helicopter".

I work with a few people that obviously don't like their job. Or maybe it reminds them too much of work.

Heli-itis sufferer.

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11-03-2013 05:23 AM  5 years agoPost 5
psylence519

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Ones that are even remotely interested: Invite them out to see.

Ones that aren't: Move on to another topic!

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11-03-2013 05:34 AM  5 years agoPost 6
Einzelganger

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Yeah, psylence519
Once they see them fly, the questions come a lot faster and their eyes are a lot brighter...lol

Wayne

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RIP Roman

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11-03-2013 06:46 AM  5 years agoPost 7
Einzelganger

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AWittleWabbit
One guy says he wants to come over and have me help him with his choppers. He's got a whole box of them he got at a garage sale. lol ...
some of them need the tail put back on them and his favorite has "a wire" that keeps coming loose........... He's not certain which ones go to which tx's...and some of the switches are missing.
He hasn't managed to hover yet, he says they keep "getting loose" and flying over the barn into his pasture.

Wayne

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RIP Roman

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11-03-2013 10:40 AM  5 years agoPost 8
Retired2011

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Ones that are even remotely interested: Invite them out to see.
Ones that aren't: Move on to another topic!
Exactly my tactic also!

Chet

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11-03-2013 12:07 PM  5 years agoPost 9
rexxigpilot

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I tell them it beats being a methhead.

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11-03-2013 12:12 PM  5 years agoPost 10
Heli_Splatter

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It is not an addiction
I love flying, if I could afford to go fly GA aircraft every day, that is what I would do.

Since addiction is a negative words with a lot of baggage, I do not allow the word to be applied to something that I love to do. I am not sitting on the couch. I am not engaged in drinking or hurting anyone. I am not spending more than I can afford, so I do not believe it falls into that category.

There are so many pit falls people find themselves in. I believe this to be a positive creative activity that expands my thinking, exercises my hands and makes me a better person. How can that be bad?

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11-03-2013 12:17 PM  5 years agoPost 11
heli-cuzz

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People usually ask me about helicopters with all my heli apparel I wear to work.
I've always stated that helicopters have fascinated me since I was a young kid. Always get a lot of, ' I always wanted to learn to fly.'
I tell them you have to be a die hard to learn to fly helicopters.

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11-03-2013 12:50 PM  5 years agoPost 12
unclejane

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I don't talk about it at all to non r/c'ers at the moment. Now that I'm 100% FPV and drifting into multi-rotors as I crash off or wear out my helis, the "drones" and "UAV" stigmas are slowly becoming something to have to deal with and be careful about.

When I am asked about what I'm doing, I always describe it as a "model" or "model airplane", with a camera on it to "allow me to fly it like I'm inside of it". I avoid terms like "drone", "UAV" and "recording video" like the plague.

When FPV'ing the Whippy, that's not so much of a problem, because it's a helicopter and not a multi. But I don't fly the Whippy anywhere near the general public to begin with for safety reason anyway.

So the only thing I fly that resembles an airplane is my full-scale, so I just show em pictures of that instead of my multis lol....

LS

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11-03-2013 01:53 PM  5 years agoPost 13
tgalo

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Hobby
A pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation or pleasure

For me, therapy.. that's what I say

Gravity's a bitch ant it?

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11-03-2013 02:10 PM  5 years agoPost 14
wjvail

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I assume they love my hobby like I love horses, cigars, deer hunting, or fishing (hobbies I'm not afflicted with). I assume they love helicopters like I love Harleys, NASCAR, and football (not my cup of tea). When I get the blank stare and the first words are "aren't those expensive" I assume I'm talking to someone whose passion is local theater (something I don't seek).

Hobbies and pastimes are very personal and I don't expect others to understand mine and I empathize with them when they say "I don't get it" - I often feel the same about theirs.

When others hint that they consider my models expensive, time consuming, toys that aren't worthy of their interest (and some do), I understand. I understand in a very personal way. Again, I often feel the same about theirs.

One of Steven Wright's one liners is: "There is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot". I get that - and after a day staring up into the Mississippi sun at one of my toys, I'm not too proud to say that "There are only a few electromagnetic waves between flying a model helicopter and just standing in a field like an idiot."

Short answer: You ether get it or you don't. "A woman decides within the first 30 seconds of meeting a guy if she’s going to sleep with him". All hobbies are that way. I don't try and explain mine.

Cheers,

Bill

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11-03-2013 02:21 PM  5 years agoPost 15
Ace Dude

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Well said Bill.

  

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11-03-2013 03:24 PM  5 years agoPost 16
PilotPin

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I don't unless someone else brings the subject up. Even then to non RC people I play it down. I only tell them I have a couple of helis I like to fly. I only tell them basic things I think they might want to here. If they show some interest and have questions I will go into more detail. Other wise the subject is dropped and move on to something else.

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11-03-2013 04:40 PM  5 years agoPost 17
BENTDABOOM

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lets face it our obsession is mainly an "individual hobby" if your not in the hobby no one understands what we go thru and have been thru. Hardcore hobbiest like myself are a rare breed and flock together in special groups, anyone outside that group has no idea
what it is to "assemble and fly a model so they tend to back off and go their own way, Ive found most don't have the patience which is a huge criteria for the hobby! never the less
its a specialized hobby, either your in it or your not thierfore
explaining to anyone is like talking to a brick wall.......o

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11-03-2013 05:25 PM  5 years agoPost 18
Havoc

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I tell people I play with somewhat dangerous toys.

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11-03-2013 05:58 PM  5 years agoPost 19
Stephen Born

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The hobby has never been a part of my daily conversations.

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11-03-2013 06:06 PM  5 years agoPost 20
rcnut

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Nope I just tell them, that I find RC fun and relaxing, and gives me a sense of satisfaction. I gave up on trying to explain anything RC a long time ago. Most people just want to hear that you are enjoying the hobby and not what it's about.
I used to try to explain my hobby to people but found more often that I was only watching there eyes glaze over with dis-content.
I've stopped trying. I'll only explain if I'm asked, nicely.
That pretty much sums it up for me. I resort to showing my heli's fly, then they understand...to a point!

I was showing my Protos 500 to our sound director on day after church. While I was flying, there was a church member that knew I flown heli's, but never comprehended the skills it takes to fly one. I had it flipping and spinning and jumping all over the place. He marveled at its speed and ability to change direction quickly!

I just tell them it's a life style...

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