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Old 01-29-2020, 11:58 AM
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I was on a website researching so inexpensive servos when he I saw a disclaimer stating Hong Kong had shutdown their postal service due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This got me thinking with all the Chinese cities under quarantine and the evacuations and quarantine of citizens here other countries what is going to be the long range affect? Companies like Horizon and others seem to have all their eggs in the RTF/ARF/ARC/BNF basket and now it looks like the pipeline could be interrupted for some time to come. What happens now?
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I was on a website researching so inexpensive servos when he I saw a disclaimer stating Hong Kong had shutdown their postal service due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This got me thinking with all the Chinese cities under quarantine and the evacuations and quarantine of citizens here other countries what is going to be the long range affect? Companies like Horizon and others seem to have all their eggs in the RTF/ARF/ARC/BNF basket and now it looks like the pipeline could be interrupted for some time to come. What happens now?
I don't know about you , but I've got enough RC hobby stuff stashed to last until i'm about 136 years old , so I'll worry about it then

And the name , , , , "Coronavirus" .... I'll take the "Budweiservirus" , thank you very much ...
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Old 01-29-2020, 02:07 PM
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I have enough short kits, some extra wood, and a few engines but I will still need radio parts, pushrods, and assorted other misc. items to build everything I have planned.
Old 01-31-2020, 11:27 AM
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I am another one who has plenty of supplies in my hangar since my local hobby shops are inadequate. Plus when I build or assemble a new aircraft I purchase everything I need when I order it.

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I have enough short kits, some extra wood, and a few engines but I will still need radio parts, pushrods, and assorted other misc. items to build everything I have planned.
I like building too, but having the materials on hand and the resources available is only part of the equation - being able to fly is the other part. The Feds plans to "RID" the skies of "US" (aircraft modelers) through the RID NPRM and the systematic elimination of FRIAs with no further additions in time is a dire threat and more disconcerting than any long-range effect of this virus outbreak.

Its unfortunate when you take visitors down in the basement workshop to show off your latest creation and they say: "Hey, remember the days when we used to fly those things?"
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I don't think the virus will affect the hobby.....or modelers either....after all the crap we have inhaled over the years (CA, epoxy, acetone, etc) that virus doesn't have a chance living inside us
Old 02-03-2020, 08:38 PM
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I don't think the virus will affect the hobby.....or modelers either....after all the crap we have inhaled over the years (CA, epoxy, acetone, etc) that virus doesn't have a chance living inside us
There is probably more truth in that statement then we care to know!
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Anything coming from china needs to be put in the dryer for 30 minutes on high heat immediately after unboxing
to kill germs, also the covering won't be wrinkled when you take it out.
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Originally Posted by cubcrasher View Post
Anything coming from china needs to be put in the dryer for 30 minutes on high heat immediately after unboxing
to kill germs, also the covering won't be wrinkled when you take it out.
Just don't put your laundry in the dryer at the same time as your kung pao chicken or egg foo young - you won't know whether you have rice or lice.
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Now where are the ARF/RTF drivers going to find a drier to fit a one piece wing?
Old 02-11-2020, 04:37 PM
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Now where are the ARF/RTF drivers going to find a drier to fit a one piece wing?
If it's a delta wing, it may fit - otherwise try the Big & Tall men's section at the appliance store or use two dryers face to face with the doors open. If you don't want to spend the money, ask the neighbor to loan you theirs.

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Right now the biggest threat to the hobby is the FAA proposed rules. If you want something to worry about, worry about that. Get your comments in to the FAA before the March 2nd deadline.
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TBH, there is a lot of other problems I'm concerned about right now. The main is - I have lost my job because of the quarantine. And my savings are draining right now. A lot of my friends are in the same situation. And that's awful.
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TBH, there is a lot of other problems I'm concerned about right now. The main is - I have lost my job because of the quarantine. And my savings are draining right now. A lot of my friends are in the same situation. And that's awful.
I saw an article where multiple states have put a call out for COBOL programmers (A computer language they quit teaching in the 80s.) because their systems can't handle all the new unemployment claims. The unemployment figures, if they ever release them, are going to be in double digits and a lot of smaller businesses where a large majority of people work will never recover. This is the biggest threat to our hobby and our economy. I just saw on the news a local church setup an emergency food bank for the unemployed. The line of cars to get food was a mile long in both directions trying to get in with police directing traffic. For safety of everyone concerned the cars pull up and the church people load the food in the back and send you on your way. Everyone is told to stay in their car with the windows up. Trump it starting to look a lot like Hoover, he has a depression looming and he doesn't have a clue what to do. They crowd he surrounds himself are picked for their loyalty and not their qualifications and his "yes" men and women will lead him down a path to his own destruction and failure. He doesn't have the fortitude or the ego to take be able to build a cabinet and circle of advisers with a broad spectrum of opinions and party affiliations like Lincoln or FDR had. History teaches us it is the people you bring into your inner circle that determine if you are a great president or a lousy president. The spineless bunch leading his party are more interested in holding on to their own power and positions than helping be successful, granted his ego won't let them him either.
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Old 04-14-2020, 12:28 AM
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I saw an article where multiple states have put a call out for COBOL programmers (A computer language they quit teaching in the 80s.) because their systems can't handle all the new unemployment claims. The unemployment figures, if they ever release them, are going to be in double digits and a lot of smaller businesses where a large majority of people work will never recover. This is the biggest threat to our hobby and our economy. I just saw on the news a local church setup an emergency food bank for the unemployed. The line of cars to get food was a mile long in both directions trying to get in with police directing traffic. For safety of everyone concerned the cars pull up and the church people load the food in the back and send you on your way. Everyone is told to stay in their car with the windows up. Trump it starting to look a lot like Hoover, he has a depression looming and he doesn't have a clue what to do. They crowd he surrounds himself are picked for their loyalty and not their qualifications and his "yes" men and women will lead him down a path to his own destruction and failure. He doesn't have the fortitude or the ego to take be able to build a cabinet and circle of advisers with a broad spectrum of opinions and party affiliations like Lincoln or FDR had. History teaches us it is the people you bring into your inner circle that determine if you are a great president or a lousy president. The spineless bunch leading his party are more interested in holding on to their own power and positions than helping be successful, granted his ego won't let them him either.
That's the point. Finding a new job right now is a hell of a problem. I think I will try to search for something else. I've heard that there are a lot of jobs on the internet. They look for sales managers and SEO specialists, even now. Maybe I will try it on. But I have an issue: I'm a complete novice in everything related to sales and stuff. What should I do in this situation?
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I wish I could give you an answer, the job market has literally changed overnight. I am working for a federal contractor as a virtual employee. I have never been face to face with my employer. I worry when the contract ends being forced to retire early because I age out with most employers when they see my age. It happens a lot. My brother in-law was laidoff at 60 and was never able to go back to work. He would get several phone interviews, they would fly him out for a final face to face and the temperature of the room would drop the minute he walked in the door.
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it's going to be fine, guys
Old 04-20-2020, 05:37 AM
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I worked with a guy who's father was a professional gambler it isn't an easy life and there are a lot of ups and downs. His father had some income from the tribe I think and that was what kept him afloat. My son in Kansas has a next door neighbor who has a buddy I have met once who makes a living play slots at different Indian casinos. He pretty much lives at casinos and moves between the bigger casinos every week or two to keep the management from catching on. He specializes in one brand/type of machine which he has detected a tell and a pattern of how it pays out that he exploits. If they manufacturer ever up dates the software or the machine goes out of date and gets replaced he will be out of a job. He uses a player loyalty card when he plays when he will lose (which is most of the time) and pops it out to turn it into a cash only when it is about to pay off. This way it he is pegged as a high roller with a tendency to lose a lot of money. He get complimentary hotel rooms and meals in the casino for his play this way covering most of his living expenses. I would bet being all cash transactions he doesn't file income tax on it or pay into FICA so his retirement years will be tough. Itsnot an easy life and it can';t be easy or everyone would be doing it. You know at some point your luck is going to run out.
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That happened to my brother in-law too. He finally gave up and is retired. I too work for a federal contractor as a virtual employee. I have never been face to face with my employer. We have one more option year and then the rebid comes up for a new 3 year contract. I am hoping we get it that would get me to age 66. What agency are you with?
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You are a little late with that one.

I hear we have loss Williams Bros due to the virus and a supplier shortage. Even their website has disappeared and no one seems to have much left of their products in stock. I don't remember the website but another supplier had a banner saying orders were no longer being accepted and they were temporary closing until products become available. I have stopped looking at kits on Ebay the flippers are driving the prices too high I will stick with plans and having short kits cut. The end cost of the completed model is less than a lot of these kits for sale.
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Originally Posted by tailskid View Post
I don't think the virus will affect the hobby.....or modelers either....after all the crap we have inhaled over the years (CA, epoxy, acetone, etc) that virus doesn't have a chance living inside us
And many of us model plane hobbyists also ride motorcycles, ingesting bugs as we ride down the highway during summers. Builds up our immunity systems, we are highly resistant to anything viral.

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I wish I could give you an answer, the job market has literally changed overnight. I am working for a federal contractor as a virtual employee. I have never been face to face with my employer.
I too work for a federal contractor as a virtual employee. I have never been face to face with my employer.
Wasn't there a boss like that on a TV show called, "Charlie's Angels"?
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I received an ad for a Father's Day sale at TBolt today. There was a statement/disclaimer in it I think tells a lot of the current state of our hobby. It read:
Many of our suppliers are struggling to maintain stock levels, and encountering delays with supplies and production - new stock may be sporadic.
Old 07-01-2020, 04:31 AM
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Can you show this ad?
I have cut/paste the ad below see the last sentence.TBOLT R/C - Father's Day Sale

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FATHER'S DAY SALE - STARTS NOW

SAVE NOW - GREAT DEALS - ALL PRICING in CANADIAN DOLLARS - SEE BELOW

Take $15 off any order over $150 just use Coupon Code: DAD20 at checkout

*Offer expires JUNE 22nd, 2020 @ 11:00PM EST - Total value of order is before taxes and shipping - offer applies to in stock merchandise only - offer CANNOT be combined with any other offer or coupon - PRODUCT RESTRICTIONS APPLY - Offer only valid for orders placed AFTER 8:00 AM JUNE 16th, 2020.

Offers cannot be used on Desert Aircraft, Flex Innovations, and Swiwin Turbine products or on Special Order items.

IMPORTANT - COVID19 UPDATE

We are following local health authority recommendations and taking precautions to keep our staff, customers, and community safe during this challenging time.

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We are now shipping regularly - However - due to high volumes - shipping companies are not able to guarantee ANY shipping standard delivery dates. Delays can be sporadic (I.e. one package is delivered in near normal time, the next delayed by several days or more). So please be patient.

Many of our suppliers are struggling to maintain stock levels, and encountering delays with supplies and production - new stock may be sporadic.

Visit www.thunderboltrc.com for more details

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One very small bright side to this, is that with the slow down at my job, it gave more free time to research this hobby. In finding this forum it showed me a good way to get started and ultimately inspired me to take the plunge. Now the slowdown has dramatically cut my funds down, so I couldn't purchase everything at once. So april was spent getting building supplies. In May I ordered a kit from Sig, however after waiting almost a month for I called and was advised they were out of stock. When my lhs finally opened back up, I was pleased to find they had one LT-40 kit left and so I picked it up. I will hopefully be starting my first build soon. While I have found a local flying club, I haven't called yet due to the virus, I will reach out when I near completion of my build. So in a nutshell the Virus has brought at least one new person into the fold!
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That is good to hear Jay! You can't go wrong with the LT-40 as your started plane for reentry. I did the same back in 2004 and it is still my favorite airplane to fly!

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