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    Contributed by: RCU Staff | Published: August 2012 | Views: 26985 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Toledo 2012 - RCU Onsite Coverage

    Event Coverage by: RCU Staff
    Ken Isaac (RCKen)  & Burc Simsec (Burc).
     

    Every year I have a routine that tells me it's time to get ready for the new flying season that is approaching. Now for most people that routine includes things like pulling their models down and getting them cleaned up, checking batteries to see if they are in good condition, and checking radios to see if they still work. But my list also includes one additional item, and that is our annual trip to Toledo. This year will be the 58th year that the Toledo Weak Signal RC Club has put on their RC Expo, which is more commonly known as "The Toledo Show".

    Every year that I have been to Toledo it has been with my great friend Mike Buzzeo (a.k.a. Minnflyer) as we always cover the show together. In fact, the first time that I met Mike in person was at Toledo. For the last 2 years we have been joined by Geoff Barber (a.k.a. G.Barber) that has helped us cover this show. We always have a great time at the show and I look forward to it for months in advance of the show. As we were prepping for the show this year I was on the phone talking to Mike on the Monday before the show and we were making plans for how we were going to cover the show this year, as well as hitting this great little Chinese restaurant we had found not too far from where we stay. Tuesday morning I received a call from Geoff and he started off by saying that they weren't going to be coming to Toledo. Immediately I thought this was simply a joke and I braced myself for the punch line. It was then that Geoff told me that Mike had passed away during the night. Mike's death was absolutely unexpected and it leaves a huge hole in the world now that he is gone. He will be missed as both my friend but also as a huge part of RCU. I would like to dedicate this year's coverage of The Toledo Show to my good friend Mike Buzzeo.

    Rest In Peace Mike

    Joining me this year to cover the show was Burc Simsec who is one of our reviewers here at RCU. He brought his camera along in order to capture the booths and what was going on with all the vendors at the show. For more details on Burc's photo coverage of the show check out the thread running in our forums, Toledo 2012 thread here .

    With the country having problems with the economy for the last few years the trip to Toledo is always done with expectations of wondering how the show is going to turn out. We worry that people won't show up to attend the show as well as worrying if vendors are going to be there if the crowd does turn out. I can report that 2012 left no worries at all as to how the show went. A look at all the vendor booths showed no empty booths, with many booths being filled by new companies with their first trip to Toledo. As for the crowd, all I can say is that getting around on the floor was just as difficult as it is every year at the show. That means it's good because there were plenty of people attending the show this year. So overall I would report that the show, and the hobby in general, are in great shape!

    One of the first things that hits you when you first walk into the show floor is that there is a LOT of new things to see. Everywhere you turned there were new products from vendors as many vendors use the Toledo Show as a launch pad for their new products. The larger companies such as Hobbico, Horizon, Aeroworks, Hobby Lobby, Hobby People, Airtronics, and many others all had new products never seen before on the market. In addition there were many new businesses at the show that were using the Toledo Show as a place to introduce themselves to the hobby world.

    Horizon Hobby is always a great place to stop at the show. They have expanded their booth over the year and now take up an entire isle on the showfloor, and they fill that space with all of the many different corporate offerings. E-Flite, Hangar 9, Evolution, ZP Engines, Spektrum, JR, Parkzone, and others are just some of the many companies represented by the companies of Horizon Hobby. The new Spektrum DX18 18-channel radio was almost a work of art and is sure to make a huge mark on the radio market. One of the neatest things that I saw in their booth as they new Parkzone Albatros electric plane. I thought is was really interesting as it is a companion plane to their already released S.E. 5 WW1 airplane, and with the introduction of a sonic combat module allows the 2 planes to actually "fight" each other in the sky. Too cool!

    Hobbico is another huge stop at the show. Their many companies include Top Flite, Great Planes, OS Engines, Futaba, Aquacraft, Tactic Radios, VS Tanks, and Flyzone. Just like others at the show they had plenty of new stuff to show off this year. Top Flite introduced their new Gold Series F4U Corsair ARF. This plane was built on their already highly successful Giant Scale kit, so it's already a proven airframe. The new ARF offers a level of completion that will leave even experienced modelers drooling. The plane even included covering with flat military covering to accurately portray the original plane. Futaba raises the bar with both their new T18MZ and T8J radios. Another of their offerings that caught my eye were the VS Tanks that let's people purchase small highly detailed tanks that would allow them to have a tank battles right on their desktop. There goes getting anything done at work anymore!

    Aeroworks is always a fun stop at the Toledo Show. Over the last few years they have raised the standards for ARF warbirds with their P-51 ARF. The plane was a complete ARF that came out of the box with detailed features that were unheard of in an ARF in the past. These included scale cockpits, installed retracts and sequencing gear doors, detailed guns, and many more features. They continued this year by introducing a P-51B model ARF that has all the same details as their previous warbird offering.

    Companies such as Balsa USA and Hobby Lobby showed us that model building from kits isn't dead. Hobby Lobby has re-engineered their entire line of Telemaster kits and have reintroduced them with improvements that include laser cutting. The line of Telemasters range from their tiny Micro Telemaster with a 34" wingspan all the way up to their Giant Telemaster with a 12' wingspan. There is definitely a size there to fit anybody. In fact, I tucked a Micro Telemaster under my arm for the trip home to my own building table. I can't wait to get it built. Balsa USA brought out 2 new planes for kit builders as well as reintroducing a 20 year old favorite. Their new offerings include a 1/3 scale Albatros and DR1, and the old favorite was the reintroduction of their Sky Baby kit. Speaking with Mark Enderby of Balsa USA he tells us that the plane has been off the market for many years and there has been a lot of demand for it lately, so they brought it back for a new generation of builders to enjoy.

    It's also good to see companies that are expanding their offerings past what has been their bread and butter in the past. One such company was Fibertech-N-More. The company started out as Stan's Fibertech and offered the modeling world new and replacement fiberglass parts for airplanes. The new owners, Rick and Brenda Lick, and taken over the company and have expanded on the fine product line that made the company one of the best in their field. In addition to the line of outstanding fiberglass parts Fibertech will soon be offering two kits for builders. These kits will be a Super Chipmunk and a Staudacer, both will be designed for 50cc power. Both planes will be offered as full as well as short kits. Keep your eyes open for the release of these kits.

    The Toledo Show is not just a show of the hobby business, but it's also a competition with many modelers entering their "pride and joys" to compete against each other. To me this is one of the greatest parts of the show as the level of detail entered into the competition is simply boggling. Every year they award one entry the "Best Of Show" award and that goes to the one model that simply had everybody stopping by to see it. This year that award went to Rick Hamel for his "Mythical Beast", and trust me when I say it was truly a mythical beast. His entry was a complete fire-breathing flying dragon. Yes, a dragon! He built from scratch a complete model of a dragon that was powered by a turbine engine. The dragon was equipped with a system to breath fire as well. It as truly a sight to see. My only regret was that I didn't get to see it fly! Check out the video below highlighting the model.

    It's almost impossible to cover all of the features of the Toledo Show here with words. I invite you to simply sit back, scroll down, and enjoy the Toledo Show in both video and pictures of our visit to the show. We've included videos of booth visits with many of the vendors at the show. We hope you enjoy the coverage.

    After the past few years of a woeful economy, it really seems like the show is coming back in full force. New companies are growing while the time-honored veterans are reestablishing themselves. I hope that this is an indication of a brighter future for our hobby!

    If you couldn't make it to the show this year or if you just care to reminisce, please feel free to enjoy the sights and sounds that we present below! - Ken Isaac (for the RCU Staff)

    Welcome To The Toledo Show
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    "Mythical Beast" - Best Of Show Winner - Rick Hamel
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    Aeroworks
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    Airtronics
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    AMA - Information on New FAA Regulations
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    Aquacraft Wildcat EP
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    Balsa USA
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    Blade 130 Helicopter
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    Blade 300X & 450X Helicopters
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    Blade 500X Helicopter
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    Desert Aircraft Engines
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    Dubro Products
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    Eflite Mig-15 UMX
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    Falcon Propellers
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    Fibertech-N-More
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    Flyzone Calypso Sailplane
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    Futaba T18MZ Radio
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    Futaba T8J Radio
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    Giant Model Products
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    Great Planes Dirty Birdy
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    Great Planes F-86 Micro EDF
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    Hangar 9 P-40 Warhawk
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    Hangar 9 P-47 Thunderbolt
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    Hobby Lobby
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    Hobby People Hubsan FPV
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    Hobbyzone Firebird Stratos
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    Horizon Hobby Engines
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    IFlyTailies.com Scale Accessories
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    JR Radios & Receivers
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    JR Servos
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    Maxford USA
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    Micro Fasteners
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    Parkzone Albatros
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    Parkzone Habu 2
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    Propwash Video Productions
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    Radical RC
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    RC Accessories
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    RC Pilot Magazine
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    Sig Manufacturing
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    Spektrum AR 400 Receiver
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    Spektrum AS 64 NBL Receiver
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    Spektrum DX18 Radio
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    Spektrum X-Plus System
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    Tactic Radios Anylink System
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    Thunder Tiger Helicopters
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    Top Flite F4U Corsair ARF
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    Tru-Turn Products
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    VS Tank Pro
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    The World Models
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    Xoar Propellers
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    Best Of Show  
    Rick Hamel - Mythical Beast
    Best Film Finish  
    Rick Arrowood - Flyin' King
    Best Paint Finish  
    John Bradely - Comparf 260
    Aerobatic Plane  
    1st - John Bradley - Comparf 260
    2nd - David Payne - Hangar 9 Beast
    3rd - Bryon Striker - 124" Carden Pro
    Competition Boat  
    1st - Richard F. Koll - Miss Severn 15-K
    2nd - Mike Aniol - Circus Circus Hydro
    3rd - Dan Kramer - Classic Thunderbolt
    Designer Scale Boat  
    1st - Paul Weigand - 1937 Dart

     

    2nd - Robert J. Caso - Halberstadt CL-2

     

    No Picture Available

     

    3rd - Hal Parenti - Fireball FR-1

     

    No Picture Available

    Helcopter  
    1st - Larry Chapman - Rotomast CV-22B
    2nd - John Russman - AH1-Z Cobra
    3rd - Dan Winklman - FL282 Hummingbird
    Jet Plane  
    1st - Roy Maynard - CF-114 Tutor
    2nd - Rick Boyer - Mig-15 BIS
    3rd - Scott P. Miller - BVM Mig-15 BIS
    Land Vehicle  
    1st - Chris Weiss - M3A1 Stuart Tank
    2nd - Joe McGowan - 1912 Mercer Raceabout
    3rd - Richard Lewandowski - RC Car
    Military Scale Boat  
    1st - Kenneth Griffin - French Surcouf NN-3
    2nd - Tom Foller - USS Virgo AE-30
    3rd - Jeff Kipfer - RAF Air Sea Rescue Boat
    Military Sport Scale Plane  
    1st - Gary Prince - F4U-1a Corsair

    2nd - Michael Plot -

    De Haviland Chipmunk DHC-1

    3rd - Glen Torrence Fokker D7
    Non-Military Sport Scale  
    1st - Rick Boyer - Ryan STA Special
    2nd - Dennis Sumner - Lopresti Fury
    3rd - Allen Mrock - SM55X Savoia Marchetti
    Old Timer R/C Plane  
    1st - Robert Bienenstein - Westerner
    2nd - Larry Latowsky - Nemith Hi-Tri-Wing
    3rd - Dave Frantz - Bunch Scor
    Pleasure Boat  
    1st - Gregory Rice - Thunderbird
    2nd - Ernie Zam - Lyman Boat
    3rd - Pio Santilli - Boat
    R/C Sailplane  
    1st - ZB Blama - GO-3 Minimoa
    2nd - Dick Thompson - Thermic
    3rd -  Jerry Shape - Aquila Grande
    Sport Plane  
    1st - Rick Hamel - Dragon
    2nd - Kenneth Barnes - Strato "B"
    3rd - Bob Schreel - Chipmunk
    Vintage Plane  
    1st - Bob Noll - Debolt Yankee
    2nd - Chuck Winchester - Penetrator
    3rd - Charles Chomos - R/C Guff
    Working Vessel Unarmed  
    1st - John Fryant - Virginia B. Excursion Boat
    2nd - Karl Kuttruff - Cascade Tug
    3rd - Thomas  Williams - Wallan Ferry

     

    For more pics, comments, questions and discussions visit our forum's Toledo 2012 thread here

     

     

     

    Comments on RCU Review: Toledo Toledo Weak Signal RC Club

    Posted by: flycatch on 05/13/2012
    I have never attempted 3D however I do fly IMAC with a 27% H9 Extra 260. I though about gas but stayed with a Saito 220 4S and the combination seems fine. This AeroWorks Extra seems to be a delight to fly according to your review. Could it have anything to do with wing loading. The power to weight ratio is also another benifit this airframe has to offer. Saying this and my own personel observation of others who have started into 3D this is not the route that qualifies you as a 3D pilot.
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