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11-10-2017 11:27 PM  29 months ago
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wjvail

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What I'm I Supposed To Do With My Old Stuff?
After 50 years in this hobby I have accumulated a lot of yesterdays things. I was cleaning house the other day. I very quickly created a pile of items I haven't used in 5 or more years. I have a 14MZ quickly loosing relevance. It was next to my 9Z.

I looked around and picked up 3 YS .91ST IIIs - and a YS .80. There's a couple of OS .91HZ-Rs that were replaced with 1.05s. They were stored next to the OS .91SX.

There is a large pile of unmarked Hatori pipes that grew from spontaneous generation.

There is my old Hi-IQ charger. Not really relevant these days.

There is the ton of stuff from when I raced at the local car track. I have hundreds of brushes from the brushed motor days. I have a Traxas Revo. The Revo takes up a bit of space but I have 5 alternate sets of tires for different conditions. They also take up space and I NEVER run the truck anymore.

I don't have the time or space to list the pre spread spectrum receivers I'm holding. There are 5 to 10 tail only gyro's out in the shop. Many of them 601/611s with good pre-BLS servos. They are nearly worthless to anyone else.

I could go on.

Am I supposed to be giving this stuff to the next generation? I'm I the reason the hobby is in decline? I can't find the time or inclination to E-Bay this stuff. I live in a small town and my local club is not big enough to absorb this stuff. Mississippi is poor and not many locals can afford to build a helicopter around a 90 class engine.

Can I throw a transmitter away? My old 9Z is tired. Can I just lay it in the dumpster? Can I throw tire sets away? This hobby is on a low ebb and I'm at a loss as to what I'm supposed to be doing with things kids aren't playing with. I can't build anything new because I have accidently built a model museum.

I'm not there yet but I can see 60 years old. I have lifetime of model stuff that I don't want my children to have to deal with.

What do you do with things you're not playing with anymore? What is expected of me? What do others do?
"Well, nothing bad can happen now."
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11-10-2017 11:32 PM  29 months ago
870heli

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Sell it and buy some new junk!!!!!! That's what I do........
Put it classified there seem to be a resurgence of the classic things.
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11-10-2017 11:45 PM  29 months ago
gemheli

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Well, I’ve got more plane kits than I’ll ever build.
I’ve got Hatori pipes from my F3A days and a YS 90 ST4 and several matching pipes from my Freya that I sold.

If you’ve got any Thunder Tiger Rappy 50 and X50 parts turning to junk, then I could use them.

I have no idea what to with them. Don’t worry about it. Enjoy it now and when you gone you won’t care anyway.
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11-10-2017 11:47 PM  29 months ago
JuanRodriguez

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wjvail What do you do with things you're not playing with anymore? What is expected of me? What do others do?
Give it away for the price of shipping.... that’s what I’ve done in the past . Almost got burned once doing that so collect shipping $$ up front before shipping !
Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....
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11-11-2017 01:05 AM  29 months ago
tadawson

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I'll gladly give some of the YS engines a new home if you like. I have a few airframes in need . . .Friends don't let friends become electrotarded . . . .
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11-11-2017 01:16 AM  29 months ago
870heli

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Hay 60's not bad at all. I turned 69 this year and bought five motorcycles this year. I don't know how many heli's and planes, but too many is close. LOL
Life is good, have a blast.
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11-11-2017 01:33 AM  29 months ago
JuanRodriguez

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870heli I turned 69 this year and bought five motorcycles this year. I don't know how many heli's and planes, but too many is close. LOL
Life is good, have a blast.
Someone is having an “after midlife crisis “ !!! Lol !!!
Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....
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11-11-2017 02:05 AM  29 months ago
870heli

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No I have been doing this all my life...
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11-11-2017 02:46 AM  29 months ago
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I am still using half of my outdated stuff. It was fun then, and still is.

Folks are still buying old radio gear and parts to keep their older birds in the air on e bay.

A bundle of a nice old radio and a bunch of rxs to go with it can fetch a few hundred.

There are ebay stores. You drop off the stuff and help them out with identifying what you have and they do the rest.

There is a movie called "The Minimalists" They go pretty extreem on getting rid of stuff, and make a good case for why they do it. Have a look on net flix for it, it will help motivate you to clear out the old stuff.
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11-11-2017 04:07 AM  29 months ago
EEngineer

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There is a large pile of unmarked Hatori pipes that grew from spontaneous generation.
Are they 601s?.....
Logo 600SXs, 800XX, TDR IIs
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11-11-2017 04:12 PM  29 months ago
canman

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Your old stuff sounds like my current stuff. I’d be happy to buy some of it from you. I still fly xcell and Robbe helis, all with flybars and with .61 and .91 YS/OS engines. You have a masterful collection that you should put to use.
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11-11-2017 04:59 PM  29 months ago
Jim-bob

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I guess I'm just sentimental. I too have a bunch of stuff from years past but I intend on keeping it. There's a fond memory attached to every pieceHang on to those gyros. There's a flicker of interest in flybar heli"s developing
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11-11-2017 07:41 PM  29 months ago
spaceman spiff

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Old planes or helis can end up as great decorations in bars or kids rooms. You can drop off to a thrift shop, and deduct some amount off your taxes. It probably will not make it into an actual pilots hands, but it may still be apreciated.

Old servos and radio gear can be used by kids for goofy robots...
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11-11-2017 08:16 PM  29 months ago
utahbob

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Five motorcyles this year!..
Hey..I'm just a young 62 yr. Old..do you have an old Triumph Thruxton sittn around? I really want one of those!..C'mon help a youngster out!..truthfully I have the same problem..lots of heli stuff sittn around..maybe we all should donate our old crappy helistuff to Kim Jung un..he might get all pissed off trying to get it to work and off himself!
I do a great decending funnel!
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11-11-2017 08:35 PM  29 months ago
RappyTappy

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Weird classifieds post.Still buyin' and flyin' then crashing and cryin'
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11-11-2017 08:49 PM  29 months ago
InvertedDude

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Dibs on Gy611/9256 dang it!

Dibs on 9z WC2! dang it once again!
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11-11-2017 10:31 PM  29 months ago
870heli

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Could you make a list? This is like a classified of the classic.
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11-12-2017 03:58 PM  29 months ago
wjvail

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Thinks for the suggestions guys. Two solutions keep repeating themselves:
-- give it away - someone can use it.
-- give it to me - I'll use it.

I suppose I ended up collecting all this stuff because by the time I replace an item with something newer, I might as well keep the old item for what anyone will give for it. I keep bumping into the idea that I have $2,500 in a helicopter and I can only get $1,000 for it - I might as well keep it for that. I have $2,400 in a TX and they are selling for $600 - might as well put it on the shelf as a spare.

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9Z (not mine) and 17 receivers. Includes 2.4gHz RF module. Someone probably has $3,000 in this and can't get $450 bucks for it. For years I've been faced with the same problem and my solution has been to just put it on the shelf and keep it. Is that what most people do? Are those the two end of life choices for hobby purchases? Gifting or storage?

Right now my daily mule is a $3,000 18MZ. When the Futaba 30NZ comes out, will I be putting another TX on the shelf to decay into obsolescence? Typically I would hold my old radio as a "spare" until the new radio proves itself in daily usage. Typically a year or two will pass and by then the old radio is forgotten by myself and everyone else and nearly finically worthless.

Am I doing this wrong? Does everyone else that has been in this hobby for any length of time have a growing museum in their house?

My question also includes how to make this hobby viable and relevant to those considering joining in. Is the message to those buying new equipment and getting started that whatever you purchase should be considered a total loss system? Maybe I should stop buying new equipment and start hitting the classifieds more often.?.?

My hobbying is dying under it's own weight.
"Well, nothing bad can happen now."
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11-12-2017 04:01 PM  29 months ago
EEngineer

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Does everyone else that has been in this hobby for any length of time have a growing museum in their house?
Legions....
Logo 600SXs, 800XX, TDR IIs
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11-12-2017 04:12 PM  29 months ago
InvertedDude

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wjvail
My two cents:

We are the last old breed of hobbyist. The newer generation of people are pretty much FVP Drones or easy way out of anything.

Lot of people left the Helicopter hobby. I think it will climb back over time slowly. Just sell your crap and move on!

9Z WC2 is worthless unless a collector wants to collect it and use it! I personally have 10X and 9303 FM's that I used often. I missed the old days!

Sell your old item to people that will actually use it instead of flipping it for a profit. If you are having problems letting things go, it is called hoarding! (Just kidding)

If you want to keep your stuff...keep it....just don't tease us old farts trying to collect cool things.!

When you spend money on a hobby, the moment the money was spent is exactly the moment your money is worthless. There are certain exceptions that value can increase over time.
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