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Old 04-06-2019, 05:08 PM
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So, to those who got to attend.....what's new???

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Old 04-07-2019, 02:01 PM
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The big hole in my wallet is pretty new!
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Pray tell us, what did you get? Any good deals you passed up?

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Old 04-08-2019, 12:30 PM
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Well I hate to say we are seeing the beginning of the end but I was there all day Saturday and there was about 20% of the floor plan empty with bleachers set up for watching the ETOC in the evening.
The ETOC was excellent to watch as they flew 2-3 oz airplanes in 3D fashion.
I think Balsa USA had a 1/6 triplane and the UMS Radials are being imported by CH Ignitions.
Very low attendance, easy to get around. Most upstairs swap shops were packed up and gone by 1400.
Very sad...... It used to be a vibrant and exciting show. I would guess that in 5 years it will all be gone unless there is a paradigm shift in modeling.
TF Kits are never going to be produced again and Evolution engines factory has shuttered.
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Originally Posted by tailskid View Post
Pray tell us, what did you get? Any good deals you passed up?

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Well.....since you asked, I got an Extreme Flight 78 Extra and a DA-35 to go with it and a bag full of pricey servos. Also 8 gallons of glow fuel and a variety of miscellaneous stuff.

I have to agree with elmshoot. Not what it used to be, but I still had fun.

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Originally Posted by elmshoot View Post
Very sad...... It used to be a vibrant and exciting show. I would guess that in 5 years it will all be gone unless there is a paradigm shift in modeling.
TF Kits are never going to be produced again and Evolution engines factory has shuttered.
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I remember when the Weak Signals moved to Seagate back in 1990 or 91 due to the growth of the show.
I did not know Evolution engines are history.
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Originally Posted by tailskid View Post
Pray tell us, what did you get? Any good deals you passed up?

jf
Many,, guys were practically giving stuff away in the swap shops,, I passed on a lot,, just because I don't want or need to own that many planes,,

Besides finalizing a couple deals i made before the show, I picked up a couple unique projects and a couple gallons of glow for one one last glow plane I have,,

As far as the future of the show,, Just like many trade shows, participation is down,, one more thing the Internet has changed,, we used to go to the show to see all the new stuff,, now we see it sitting on our phones sitting on the pot,, watcha gunna do
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I would like to see the attendance figures for the last 10 years?...bet it doesn't
Look good. Sad to see for sure.

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The pix I saw from another site, things aren't looking good there. I started going way back in the 80's when it was at the hockey rink. The last time I attended 3 years ago it was on its downhill slide. You could see the big dealers leaving and the explosion of quad-copters. I don't know how many years the club has left on their contract as the last time they signed up for 10 more. Every year I looked forward to going then making a stop at Tony Packo's for lunch before heading home. The place used to be like trying to get to the front row of a rock concert in places but now you can zoom right through.
The dealer I used to spend the most time and money at is in the middle of a move from Indiana to Florida so he wasn't there.
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I heard one reason for the show's decline is the Weak Signals club has difficulty getting members to organize/plan the show now. The old members do not want to do that anymore, and the younger members do not want to take on the responsibility of planning future shows.
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I went there in 1997 and it was great show and I would like to go again too bad its going down the tube but the whole hobby is going that way!
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:27 AM
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The fate of our hobby and the AMA is like what happened here:

Unless someone comes up with a miracle, all we can do is pull up a chair and watch our hobby (rc fixed wing) go up in smoke.
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What bunch of Debbie downers, I saw a lot of guys there having a great time, I see the same thing when ever I go flying, get out and have some fun for cripes sake
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The show has gone down the tubes. At one time not too long ago there was a waiting list for people wanting a space, now they're filling unsold spots for flying quadcopters. The old IRCHTA show in Chicago had 2 railroad setups, 3 RC car tracks, a boat pond and helicopter cage but their show was a lot bigger.
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Never been and may never go but I always look at feedback from the reports and pictures in the forums.

Can't say nothing...

Thought everyone wanted to see kits come back. I'm usually a pessimist too; in trying to change my ways, noticed no mention in this thread of a new kit offering introduced at the show from Old School Model Works that I think deserves merit even though it doesn't necessarily appeal to everyone. Talking about the 80" Robin Hood. I already have the little one, so the big one doesn't appeal to me at this time but at least they're trying. In case no one noticed, they also recently released a couple "Golden Age" profile racers that would be nice to see bring back some cohesion and camaraderie to clubs.
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