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11-23-2016 08:40 PM  3 years ago
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donny_boyette

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Are RC Helicopters going away??
The distributers are going out of business faster than you can keep up with them. The new Drone craze is killing the Heli market
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11-23-2016 09:35 PM  3 years ago
tommytt1

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Not in my houseI made a mistake once, but I was wrong?
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11-23-2016 09:40 PM  3 years ago
lsnover

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I don't think so, but it is no longer as popular as it was. We've ridden the wave. But like all waves, there is likely to be another one. These things run in cycles.

The Quad/Drones are not the same hobby. There is almost no skill in flying the things, and as such, there is little reward. I can appreciate the FPV, video and photography aspects, but not the flying.

The Drone racing is another angle all together. Takes skill, but it's a completely different hobby.

Like traditional planks, there will always be a niche for traditional helis. It is disappointing to see so many companies going under, pulling out, etc.
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11-23-2016 11:35 PM  3 years ago
gologo

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Lot of these threads popping up lately, too much 'doom&gloom'...lets just
go fly

Seriously, what are the latest distributors/co's pulling out?
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11-24-2016 06:12 AM  3 years ago
HeliOCD

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I am afraid so...
Please send all heli gear my way so i can dispose of correctly.
I will even pay the shipping cost..
Its all earth!
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11-24-2016 06:57 AM  3 years ago
RM3

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Going away? sadly yes they are...
you would have to be an blind & deaf idiot not to recognize that... is it drones? not really.

they were a fad... it was cool, people got their fill, and the next generation isnt interested unless you can shoot another model out of the sky while talking on a headset and hit "reset" when you get shot down at no out of pocket costs to get back in the air.

A few heli manufacturers will survive, but many more will die off and it will return to a very niche market.... and I hate to say this but likely to levels akin to the ratio of helis and planks were in 2000 or even earlier.and its not just them, look at blade makers, servos, and other specific heli items.

so my bet is we are definitely on the down slope...
showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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11-24-2016 10:38 AM  3 years ago
PaulBowen

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No they are not.

I am happily flying Hirobo and JR and have no problems sourcing kits and parts.

BTW maybe if people actually started buying decent quality
kits and parts then maybe we could guarantee a future to this fantastic hobby.
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11-24-2016 12:44 PM  3 years ago
wrongler

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Mine don't fly as much as they use to, But I just built a new 550sx Logo, and have about 5 others that will stay. Nothing compares to flying a heli!
I must say that FPV quads are quite fun.
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11-24-2016 01:15 PM  3 years ago
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Not in my house
Ditto
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11-24-2016 02:05 PM  3 years ago
Jnewburry

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I dont think they are going away. I know i prefer the challenge and time building them, much more than drones etc. I know a 8 year old thats getting started with a new goblin for christmas. Hopefully she will find enjoyment as i have had
They make parts every day lol
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11-24-2016 02:52 PM  3 years ago
ICUR1-2

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Going away ??
I don't think they will ever go away but the trend has died off.
Thanks partly to new reg's and partly to the advancement of tech.

I have always thought of this hobby as being over priced.
And this is a niche hobby to begin with, no body has the time anymore to learn and afford to maintain /fly these models.

Just looking at it from where I sit
spending time, paying attention
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11-24-2016 04:23 PM  3 years ago
tommytt1

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When I started in this hobby, hardly anyone was into it, and there were only a handful of manufacturers. There are still 10x more the amount of people as when I started, and the amount of manufacturers are just adjusting to the market size. Remember our hobby isn't only in the US, its worldwide....I made a mistake once, but I was wrong?
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11-24-2016 04:35 PM  3 years ago
airboss

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I'm out ! sold my last heli a while ago . had the best money could buy and after a few months of flying alone and not seeing the stores stock parts decided to bail-out.
glad to be flying Giant Scale Gas planes again, long long flight times and "0" maintenance
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11-24-2016 05:38 PM  3 years ago
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Im not out yet myself... I love the mechanical tinkering of something that flies like only a 3D heli can... especially if it has an engine.

I just see that the current generation has very little (or no) interest in our hobby as we did. X-Box, PlayStation, Internet compete and dont costs a tiny fraction to enjoy compared to what our hobby does, nor does it require supporting items like fuel, lipos, a field, chargers etc. My son who is over 17 and his friends have all seen my helis.... none show any interest even after showing them flying.
I have always thought of this hobby as being over priced.
thats a big part of it.
on top of that You all know damn well the look on a newb or un-informed spectator when the question pops up concerning cost... $1200 just to get a quality 600 in the air (new hobbyist), then wreck it an spend no less than 100 to fix provided you know how... not to mention the time spent learning.... everybody that has asked me that question looked at me like I was stupid and a even dumber waste of money (never mind the bass boat they own and never use)

its true that people dont like buring money THIS way, they dont like spending hours figuring stuff out, they dont like pouring money into flying toys... its not "manly".
showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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11-24-2016 06:08 PM  3 years ago
Jnewburry

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Helis
My daughter loves them, shes only 8 but watches and learns about them and loves the sim. Getting her first for christmas so it wont die with my next gen.
They make parts every day lol
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11-24-2016 08:09 PM  3 years ago
RappyTappy

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and I hate to say this but likely to levels akin to the ratio of helis and planks were in 2000 or even earlier
...and I had just as much fun then as now. What others are doing and if Im in the "popular" crowd has no bearing on my enjoyment. If there were no manufacturers making a single heli, I would make my own.
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11-24-2016 11:11 PM  3 years ago
chicken

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To Rm3 amen
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11-25-2016 12:54 AM  3 years ago
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it's good it goes quiet for awhile, let the multi fans sort out all the problems they created with the faa response, when that smoke clears and rc helis are not lopped in with those dumdums any more the interest in free flight rc interests will return.

Manufacturers are running for the fad aspect and the mighty buck not closing, changing business to suit the higher demand easier to use, less problematic and dangerous multi "toy".

RC helis aren't going away not by a long shot, the multi is so much more disposable and that's what high volume sales are driven by, cheap, easy, and low risk to both wallet and persons. Plus the small quads fit inner city spaces without alarm unlike rc helis which need lots of space.

Maybe if you stick to rc helis and show how exciting they are whenever you fly interest may return. No matter what whenever I fly people know the difference and enjoy watchinga heli fly, bored usually with a multi. I see it this way, all the quad buyers will find out if they can fly that, then the ones who crave more excietment will come to want a rc heli and at least have some notion and skil so-as not to destroy a good toy first time out.
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11-25-2016 02:22 AM  3 years ago
RM3

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icanfly...

all very good points. I agree that Helis wont disappear..., but they are retracting to pre 2008 levels (what I consider the peak of RC helis), but not sure how this will affect prices...

BTW, I have shown what they can do when I can...(with the skills I have which are basic "soft" 3D, mostly big air)... but kids are like "cool", then go back to their regularly scheduled ADHAD fueld youtube vids and video games.

look at this one particular fact... Drone racing has made it to ESPN with "pro" commentators and hot reporters.... we have only made it as far as the local news.
showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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11-25-2016 03:35 AM  3 years ago
Einzelganger

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ESPN,,,,, the Speed Channel,,

Get some top fliers into pylon racing or some such flashy competition
and I think there could be an easy comeback for real R/C helicopters.
Just a thought.
Has anyone ever tried to set up this kind of exposure?
Maybe half-time with those cats lifting a cute little lady with their two pumped up electric birds...

Wayne
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