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01-07-2015 02:22 AM  5 years ago
EEngineer

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Got it....linear servos...
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01-07-2015 08:28 AM  5 years ago
Calil

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Sorry for that Chet, you are right

My english is really bad!
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01-07-2015 12:42 PM  5 years ago
Retired2011

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Not as bad as many that were born and raised here!
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01-07-2015 02:33 PM  5 years ago
rcflyerheli

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Not nearly as bad as my Spanish.Logo 700, Specter 700, Goblin 700, Trex 700DFC, Gaui X7, Logo 690SX, Logo 600SX; Trex 470 Trex 500
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01-07-2015 05:01 PM  5 years ago
Retired2011

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+1 on that!
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01-07-2015 05:30 PM  5 years ago
wjvail

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After having been in this hobby for some number of years, the recent vector seems to be greater participation of more of the general populous that stays in the hobby for a shorter period of time and, taken as a whole, represent a decline in the general "quality" of modelers.

If that vector continues, and I don't see any reason it won't, I predict we will see a growth in "modelers" flying aircraft that are easier to fly, more complete out of the box, and (near) impossible to repair. We will see a growth in modelers that are in the hobby for less and less time.

I see price-point and "new" continuing to drive the direction of development in models resulting in a reduction in average quality and a shorter production life of any particular model.

In the beginning there was no mail order and if you wanted something there was no alternative to the local hobby shop. Importers would distribute through the LHS. For instance, World Engines imported OS and Futaba and sold to Campbell's Hobby House (my local hobby shop in the '70s). Mail order introduced the concept you could buy an OS without the LHS 40% markup. Exit the LHS. I see that vector continuing to the point were modelers increasingly bypassing both LHS and the importer. I see a growth in direct from overseas buying. That has the potential to do the same to the US importers as direct distribution did to the LHS.

With all of the above said we still have a wonderful core of dedicated and talented modelers that are here for the long haul and a great selection of extremely high quality aircraft; however, the trend seems to be that they are becoming a smaller percentage of the total hobby. I see that only continuing.

All opinion of course!

Bill
"Well, nothing bad can happen now."
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01-07-2015 10:50 PM  5 years ago
KC

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WELL SAID WJ

the hobby is turning to crap. It's the culture: some people plan, others act like victims.

I do NOT like that mentality:

I pay for this hobby on the success of my speculations. Its my rule for toys that has worked well for me is: toy money gotta make toy money.

My success rate in the last 3 years isn't all that good. My girlfriend called and said "hey dude, what's up, btw I got cancer"

So I sold my loser stocks, choppers, cameras, whatever. Oh, the other part of the story was I quit my job a month before she was diagnosed, so I could focus on school again. Good times.

...it all worked out. She is healthy. I'm gonna go for a flight after writing this between throwing a CPA exam book across the room, but I have a point

The point, the hobby is in stage 3 cancer right now. Stage 4 will be obvious when the Japanese fall for PNP crap and Hirobo rolls over and dies (they've been around over 40 years).

I don't think either will happen, they don't have the word "hard" in their dictionary in Japan, they like high quality and pay cash...they will still make high end helis in the future. If everyone else only wants to make Fisher-Price helicopters, a nice Hirobo will be my next five-year plan.
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01-07-2015 11:13 PM  5 years ago
Aaron29

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Quads. The end of the hobby.
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01-07-2015 11:19 PM  5 years ago
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Really though. I'm joking. Quads are as much a threat to quality aircraft as foamy RTF planks are a threat to big 3D 100cc gasser planks.

The Kia does not compete with the Lexus.

The availability of cheap RTF junk isn't going to pull down the big guys. So long as the big guys keep pumping out quality, the people who want quality will buy it. There just might be a big premium for it, is all, which people seeking that quality will be willing to pay.
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01-08-2015 01:40 AM  5 years ago
Retired2011

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The availability of cheap RTF junk isn't going to pull down the big guys. So long as the big guys keep pumping out quality, the people who want quality will buy it. There just might be a big premium for it, is all, which people seeking that quality will be willing to pay.
I'm with you again Aaron...well said!
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01-14-2015 03:23 AM  5 years ago
HeliRyan

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Wow so many different views on what's to comeI don't crash, I land at full speed!
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01-14-2015 04:44 AM  5 years ago
EEngineer

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Quads. The end of the hobby.
Come on.....
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01-14-2015 04:45 AM  5 years ago
EEngineer

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Your elected politicians will be the end of this hobby...
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01-14-2015 04:52 AM  5 years ago
jgunpilot

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Sorry for that Chet, you are right
My english is really bad!
Not nearly as bad as my Spanish.
Except that Portuguese is spoken in Brazil...
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01-14-2015 04:57 AM  5 years ago
EEngineer

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Two different people's posts, jgun......
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01-14-2015 06:26 AM  5 years ago
Kirby James

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i don't see much changes in rc helis in future. but i really want something new in helis to prevent crashes.
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01-14-2015 06:32 AM  5 years ago
EEngineer

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SIMs....
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01-15-2015 12:00 AM  5 years ago
HeliRyan

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I think it would be cool to be able to comminucate with brain patterns to make the Heli do what you want via no hands I don't crash, I land at full speed!
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01-15-2015 12:07 AM  5 years ago
Aaron29

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The day that happens is the day I'm done with the hobby. The challenge is ALL the fun.
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01-15-2015 03:28 PM  5 years ago
EEngneer

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SIMs....
Also more Key Veterans who know stuff all about Helicopters....
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