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09-03-2019 02:46 AM  3 months ago
AWittleWabbit

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I’ve been around long enough to see the hobby come and go a couple times. I remember dedicated Heli shops within driving distance in the mid 80s-90s then a bust. Then a Heli boom around the time little electric Helis became doable. It’s a always a downer when your hobby feels like it is dying, not to mention parts support drying up.

So long as people are still flying, helis will always be around boom bust cycles be damned. I’d discourage anyone from making it a generational thing though. What drove me to teach myself planks was the atmosphere at the local field. I just remember a bunch of grumpy folks that bitched about “kids” today. I still liked Rc, I just didn’t care to do it around a bunch of Debbie downers.

So as a group, if we want new blood in the hobby, I hope we a put a little effort into welcoming folks in. There will always noobs that have more money than sense, they’ll either learn patience or go away. Then there will always be some that stick it out and learn to fly. Taking pot shots at that person’s age group isn’t gonna help.

Lastly, this generational thing bothers me. It pervades all media and it’s getting old. The whole thing is a sham imo. If a generation is “deficient” in some manner, the generation that raised them should take a bow right?
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09-04-2019 12:26 AM  3 months ago
Rojoalfa

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AWittleWabbit If a generation is “deficient” in some manner, the generation that raised them should take a bow right?
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Good point.

The result is on us.
It is not going to be someone else fault.

Newbies on board? Help them!
Don't leave them alone.

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Saludos cordiales,
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09-04-2019 12:49 AM  3 months ago
Rockin Bird

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Thanks,we should all try to help with the hobby,new and old.That sweet smell of "Nitro"
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10-05-2019 10:56 PM  60 days ago
Inspector Fuzz

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SkySurfer especially with the advent of the Fly barless units.
Fully agreed. I bought the Vbar Neo years ago because it was "the best" but the reality is that it won't work for most people unless you have the transmitter to go with it. The software protection and licensing feature is difficult to get by, as well.

I bought an ICON and have been able to get it to work, but, honestly, I prefer flybarred helis's over flybarless. The flybarless units don't have the same feel. There is a "fakeness" to the way they fly- almost like using the simulator. I don't like it.
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10-12-2019 09:19 PM  54 days ago
cshutchinson

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Seems the best way to help the hobby is to spend $$$
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10-30-2019 03:39 PM  36 days ago
Grimracer

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The hobby is in direct competition with the device in your hands.. and for the price.. the hobby will never win that one.

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10-30-2019 08:38 PM  36 days ago
RM3

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agree with grim...

there will not be a resurgence. resurgences have reasons for being so... first it was mems gyros, then Lipos, then FBL... there isnt anything else that technology can improve upon without taking away the core of what a helicopter is. the cool factor came in 2006 and went bye bye 2015... add the fact that a crash in a typical 600 class exceeds the cost of 2 Xbox games or 2 weeks worth of Fortnight crap and you have a niche hobby. fuel is harder to come by as well if you burn nitro, gassers are all but gone as well.

back to obscurity we go. live with it or move on to something else.
showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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11-01-2019 08:52 PM  34 days ago
Carey Shurley

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"gassers are all but gone as well"

gas conversion sales remain relatively steady.
Proprietor - Gas Powered Helicopters
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11-02-2019 01:05 AM  33 days ago
wjvail

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Yea... Gassers never saw the boon and really haven't seen the bust. They are just here like they've always been.

Oddly, after 30+ years of toy helicopters, for the first time, I've got the itch for a gasser.
"Well, nothing bad can happen now."
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11-02-2019 01:23 AM  33 days ago
PaulBowen

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Going to a gasser, first with a GSR260Z and now with my Quest Neo-Caliber ZG was the best thing I ever did.

Although I didn’t end up buying one, I’m not sure you can go past a Whiplash Gasser V2. I’ve never read a bad word about them.
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11-02-2019 01:46 AM  33 days ago
wjvail

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PaulBowen Although I didn’t end up buying one, I’m not sure you can go past a Whiplash Gasser V2. I’ve never read a bad word about them.
You're not helping... I just left the X-Cell website. Did you know that adding something to your cart doesn't mean you own one?

I've got a set of 5 NIB MKS X8 servos sitting here that have been looking for a home since last Black Friday. $900 is too much to just live in a box. I could sell them and let them live at someone else's house... Or, I could let them live in a new Whiplash gasser at my house...

http://www.miniatureaircraft.de/sho...product_id=1979
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11-03-2019 01:44 AM  32 days ago
PaulBowen

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Just do it!Quest NEO Caliber ZG, Zenoah G260PUH, CGY750, NHP 750, NHP 115.
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11-03-2019 03:55 AM  32 days ago
Heli143

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I have to agree with Grim. The new generation is too busy buried in their phone. I taught my son to fly helis when he was ten. He went in the military and retired after 20 + years. He comes home grabs my Rex600 after 20 years and hovers around like he never stopped. He now wants back in the hobby. Then there’s my grandson who does nothing but sit on his phone 24/7. Can’t get him interested in RC for nothing. I try to recruit young folks into the hobby but it’s very difficult to say the least. I believe RC helis and RC in general will make a comeback... or is it just wishful thinking.Roy Mayoral
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11-29-2019 06:57 AM  6 days ago
groran

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too easy
Now the folks have drones. They get their fix flying and it's sooo easy. Get in trouble, let go sticks and safe again. They have state of the art cameras now. they can fly miles away with remote screens, now that is super cool. But yes, our beloved rc heli hobby is almost dead. Maybe one day a revival.
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12-01-2019 03:47 AM  4 days ago
MrCarbon

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I still fly, even though the eyesight and reactions are not quite as sharp as before. I am currently collecting, restoring and flying, my old Miniature Pros, SE99s, Pro 2ks and the like, JR Vibe 90 3Ds. I have been flying since the eighties and still LOVE IT. I Loved it so much back in the early days I went into business making carbon fiber parts, frames, control rod kits and fin sets. Sure it was easy, fun, served its purpose and ran its course. To me the focus is no longer on the sheer beauty of the Science that makes helis fly. Read Dieter Schluter's book, Paul Tradelius', Ray Hostetler's, Curtis Youngblood's. Those are really the pillars of "Model RC Helicoptering" Yes, they were ALWAYS the draw at fun flies. The hobby just seems to have outgrown the abilities of the average person (Flier). One of my early teachers once told me "Taking off is an aerobatic maneuver" Well, these days it doesn't seem to get published unless it has an 8000w motor, the newest mosel, and an eight year old doing 3D routines. I still really appreciate watching videos of FAI flying, Cliff Hyatt, Gordie Meade, Wayne Mann, Ted Schoonard, and Curtis showing the true ART of helicopter controlled maneuvers that MOST can actually aspire to learn. To watch people literally tear-up the skies, and their equipment can be viewed as very skilled and interesting, which it is, I prefer to see a pilot take a machine and perform smooth and fast rolls, Loops, maybe some inverted and pro flips, Autos, wishing I could do it that good some day. As an old timer I still aspire to doing those maneuvers. More, however, to just see the models fly. I live in a sub-division on 85 acres where we are lucky to fly at will . There are also 25 kids here that beg to see the helis fly. Listen to the gent in the posted video, he's been flying for 3+ years and can do amazing things. But, If you listen to his story depicted on the recording at the 5:00 minute mark, he said "I still enjoy just hovering a pack once in a while" PERFECT COMMENT to observe. Yes, I have 6 drones and a Phantom, which are cool but, NOTHING appeals to the engineering mind like a Standard Nitro heli with all it's intricacies. How to get more interested ? Show-up and fly ! Be a GIVER and HELPER, there is no better way to spread the fun and true joy of RC Helicopter flying. To quote one of my best Heli buddies, and great customer Ron Lund, "I LOVE THIS HOBBY"
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12-01-2019 07:22 AM  4 days ago
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+++++ To all of what Joe said.The older I get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
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