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Old 04-13-2007, 08:56 PM
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Default Toledo 2007 - RCUniverse on site coverage

Hello everyone!
It's April 13 2007 which means the 53rd annual Toledo Weak Signals - R/C Expo is underway. This is a selling show which means exhibitors are not only displaying their products, many of them are selling with some great show specials being offered. There are lots of new R/C goodies to see this year and a ton of really great looking models on display vying for the multitude of prizes awarded by the show and it's sponsors. Today's weather was clear, cool and windy which is a vast improvement from last year which was wet, cold and windy. The crowd reflected this as well as the entire show was noticeably busier this year, and last year was very good. So let's get started!!!!

As we all know, the swap shop is a great place to find bargains on items new and old, brand new and used. The swap shop is where individuals as well as hobby shops set out their wares and you never know what you might find. Because treasures are snatched up as quickly as they are found, this is the first place many modelers head when they arrive at the show and this was where I went first too. The first four photos are of various areas of the swap shop which runs the entire length of one side of the exposition building as well as many side rooms along the very long hall way. These photos were taken early in the morning when traffic was still a bit light. By lunch time, the crowd was thick enough to require careful maneuvering to get a look at what was up for sale.

From there I hit the floor and just started making my way up and down the isles. The first booth I happened across was AirfoilZ who have their great looking and flying foamy airplanes on display and for sale.

Next we see Dynamic Foamy. Their line of kits range from flat foamy aerobatic models to a foamy ducted fan F4 Phantom.

Pacific Aeromodel has their line of models as well as radio and field accessories on hand.

TnT Electric Company has a wide selection of EP models, parts and accessories on display and for sale.

RCGuys has their large scale models on hand with a large stack of kits ready to go home with their new owners.

Boca Bearings is here as always and they have some smoking hot deals going on for the show. They offer a wide selection of high quality bearings suitable for all of your RC related needs.

Imex Model Co. has their booth absolutely packed with RC Products of every description.
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:24 PM
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Continuing along we next find the gentleman from Z-Planes on hand with a large selection of adhesives and airplanes kits. Need glue for a new project or repairs? They have it!

Yellow Aircraft has a large great looking spread including an F-22 Raptor for single turbine engines. The picture does not do the model justice. This fuse is huge and the glass word was exceptional.

Sierra Giant Scale has a nicely laid out display of their large scale landing gear, retracts and wheels plus other fine accessories.

Mike's Subworks has a little bit of everything on display including submarines (of course!) cars, tanks, airplanes and accessories.

Scale Pursuit Modeler has a very interesting and fine looking T-34C on display. What makes this model unique is it's construction. This is a solid EPP foam airplane which is sheeted with molded polycarbonate skins. These skins have all of the surface details molded right in them including scale panel lines, hatch lines, rivets and fasteners. The wing and tail are plug-in using plywood blade and boxes. While I was there, one of the gentleman actually punched, very hard, the fuse foam core. Unlike polystyrene which would have been permanently dented or worse, the EPP foam showed no signs it had ever been abused. Visit http://www.scalepursuit.com for more information.

Sullivan is once again on hand with their wide variety of model airplane, car and boat accessories and field equipment.

RAM Models Inc. has their huge line of electronic goodies on hand.

M.A.C.K. Products has a very nice display of their boat kits, accessories, adhesives and building tools.

Micro Fasteners has the largest selection of screws, bolts, washers, nuts and all kinds of other fasteners for sale. I'm not sure if these guys managed to have lunch as this is what their booth looked like all day and there was a line at the register too!

US Sim Jet has the very cool looking DeHavilland Vampire on display as well as their line of jet turbine engines.

Hitec RCD has a nice booth with their large selection of radio gear and accessories.
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:15 PM
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Fedon Aircraft has a very full booth with some great looking items. They have Katana's in both .30 and .50 size as well as a 1.20 size on the way. They also have a brand new .30 size Sukhoi 29 on display that looks to be just a great a flyer as their Katana. They are also expecting to have a 1.40 size version of this model in the coming months. In addition to the models, Luigi has the very good looking Mintor 3M 110cc twin cylinder engine on display. Every bit of the external surfaces of this engine is machined and appears to be of very high quality. While you are here, don't forget to check out the Coim sunglasses. These are lightweight, durable and very high quality. They come with three sets of lens for different lighting conditions and can be changed by simply pulling the lens out of the flexible frame and inserting the new lens in it's place.

Air Wild has a large well laid out booth with lots of airplanes, props and accessories, all of which are offered for sale at great show special prices.

Dynamic Balsa is on hand again this year with their cockpit kits and scale accessories. These guys have a impressive selection of scale cockpits for many popular, and a few less modeled, aircraft. They also sell building materials and tools.

Radical RC.com is another vendor with a large selection of models and accessories available for sale. They too were busy all day long.

Advantage Hobby had a lot of visitors today checking out the very diverse set of products they sell.

Rabid Models has a great selection of scale foamy warbirds including a neat looking PBY with operational retracing tip floats.

Eagle Tree systems is here with their fine, and ever growing, line of monitoring and telemetry products suitable for all areas of RC modeling.

Polk's Hobby has some neat looking electric models on hand as well as their line of radio systems for both air and surface models.

Scande Research is here with a bunch of great building tools and their always popular Demon flying wing kit.

Last up we have Lanier RC with their very large selection of ARF and kit model airplanes. These guys have models of every type from trainers to scale aerobatic to sport and even float planes.
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:54 PM
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Taking a short stroll over to the Great Planes booth we find several new items, and a few of them are real doozies! How about a great looking EP Combat Spitfire with a fully built-up structure? Or maybe you are looking for something a little larger and more aerobatic? Take a look at the new Reactor. With control surfaces this large, it will probably be able to swap ends while standing still.

How about the new O.S. Engines .75AX 2-stroke? Or maybe you're a 4-stroke buff (or wish you were)? In that case, feast your eyes upon the new Alpha .56 4-stroke. The Alpha line will eventually replace the well known Surpass line and the .56 is the first model to be released. New features include the sculpted look of the AX 2-stroke line and a velocity stack to improve performance.

Have you been looking for a new radio? How about the Futaba 12ZA or the T12FGA. Both are computerized radios with a ton of features to satisfy even the most serious of modelers. Or maybe you have been wishing there was a way you could upgrade your current transmitter to Futaba's 2.4GHz FASST system and do away with crystals and frequency pins for good? If so, take a look at Futaba's new transmitter modules and receivers designed with you in mind.

How about the new Nitro SuperVee 27? This boat looks fast and it's not even in the water!

Back to electric airplanes we see ElectriFly has new light weight spinners with cool looking transparent cones and lightened back plates in several popular sizes and colors.

Or how about this neat looking EP PBY sea plane? This should be just the ticket for someone looking for a neat looking, great flying electric float plane that won't break the bank to put in the air.

And last we see just a few of the very high quality FlightPower batteries along with their charge balancers. It is safe to say there is a FlightPower battery available for every model from small slow flyers to the largest helicopter or giant scale airplane.
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Old 04-13-2007, 11:43 PM
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Our next stop was Ohio Superstar's booth. Lots of neat scale tail wheels and accessories here.

Jet Hanger International brought out a nice looking selection of jet models, turbines, ducted fans and other jet related gear.

Callis Graphics has some cool looking graphic packages, prefinished helicopter canopies, t-shirts and other items. As an added bonus, if you don't see what you really would like to have, they can custom make it for you!

Du-Bro had a lot of their product line on hand including all of their newer items for the growing small electric airplane segment of the hobby.

Century Helicopter Products is on hand once again with their very full line of both glow and electric powered helicopters. They have models suitable for rank beginners all the way up the highest levels of competition.

Batteries America has a very impressive selection of batteries of all types for sale this year. If you have something in need of a battery, they have you covered!

Vaily Aviation has a nice spread of models, pilots and scale accessories.

YS Engines is on hand with their line of high performance yet user friendly engines. Two new items that stand out this year are the .50 2-stroke helicopter engine which will be available this summer after quite a long wait, and the 1.70 DZ 4-stroke.

Harry Higley and Sons is back this year with their full line of tools and accessories. A sign on the booth said this will be their last year at Toledo. But, don't fret, they are not retiring!

Skyline Aviation has their full line of aerobatic airplane models and accessories on display and for sale.
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Old 04-14-2007, 12:15 AM
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When I headed over the the Horizon Hobby booth, I had a feeling there were going to be a lot of new items and my feeling was right. There are more new items here this year than I expected could be release by anyone at one time. The very first model to catch my eyes was Hangar 9's new 35% Extra 260 hanging way up high above the booth. With a 105" wingspan, this model needed all the space it could get.

The next model to draw my attention is also a Hangar 9 product, but this time it's true 1/4 scale J-3 Cub. Sure, it's another Cub, but you haven't seen one in ARF form taken to this level by the manufacturer before. This one has scale landing gear, scale struts, scale door hinges and even includes a pre-painted pilot! On top of that, the outline is true to scale unlike many other Cubs.

Continuing with Hangar 9 models we find the new F-22 Raptor PTS in a sleek gray color scheme. And right across from it is the new Sundowner Formula 1 pylon racer, also from Hangar 9. The prototype has been flown at over 120mph and with an 80" wingspan, it's also IMAA legal.

At the opposite end of the size scale we find the new HobbyZone Mirco Cessna RTF parkflyer. This is a great looking little model you truly can fly in the park. And, if you're worried about possible radio interference issues you can relax because it includes a 2.4GHz spread spectrum radio.

Right above it is the new E-flight Extra 260 3D 480. This sleek little aerobat is small enough to take just about anywhere yet large enough to fly really well and perform the hot dog maneuvers Extra's are known for.

Also from E-flite is the Eratix 3D 25e. This 3D capable sport flyer will make a great transition from tamer sport models to the world of 3D as it flys both ways equally well.

Thinking about a new .50 size helicopter perhaps. Want a look into what will be available some time later this year? The "concept" model of the JR Vibe .50 is on display. While the details are still a bit hush-hush, the model appears to have been given a lot of thought by it's designers to take this size model up a step or two. Keep an eye on http://www.horizonhobby.com for details as they become available.

ParkZone is showing their soon to be released Typhoon 2. Starting with the original Typhoon, several changes and improvements have been made including the addition of Side Force Generators, SFG's, to expand it's aerobatic potential. The model even includes a ParkZoneā„¢ BL400-15T brushless motor to be sure there is always enough power to perform even the most aggressive maneuvers.
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Old 04-14-2007, 12:42 AM
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John,

Tremendous coverage of the show. I feel like I'm amidst the glory and awe of Toledo, Ohio.

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Yeah John, Thanks. It's nice for those of us that couldn't make it.
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Thankyou for all your hard work JWN.
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Thank for the kind words. It's a lot of work, but it's more fun than work!
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So here we are, it's Saturday and the weather is not quite as nice as it was yesterday. We have overcast skies and the temperature is a little lower than it was yesterday. We had a few snow flurries at lunch time which has become quite a bit heavier this evening. But, it's melting as soon as it hits the ground so we shouldn't have any problems with ice. Let's get back to the show!

We aren't finished seeing Horizon Hobby's booth. There are still some very neat new products to see. At the top of that list today is the new JR 9303 2.4GHz radio system. This is the same 9303 we've come to love, but it now includes a 2.4GHz DSM2 module and receiver. Street price will be in the neighborhood of $729.99 and it should start shipping in about a month.

Also new from JR is their new top of the line 12X. The radio on display was kept under a case out of reach but I managed to talk my way in to getting a little closer look. The radio operates on 2.4GHz DSM2 so crystals and frequency pins are a thing of the past. The transmitter feels very good in the hands and all of the controls felt well placed. This one is going to be a winner. Release dates and prices have not yet been decided upon, but we'll let you know as soon as we get more information.

E-flite is continuing to expand their brushless motor line with their smallest offering yet. The Park 180 brushless outrunner may be the perfect match for micro and slow flyers. With a Kv of 2200 rpm and a weight of just 8.5g, this motor is intended for very small models requiring up to 30W of power.

Next up is the E-Flite Sobre'. This is an unlimited flat foamie with side force generators and absolutely huge control surfaces. I wouldn't be surprised if it is capable of performing near stationary pinwheels!

Small electrics not quite your thing and you are in need of a larger ESC? How about the E-Flite 60 amp brushless ESC. Not only is the motor control beefy with it's 60A continuous rating, it also boasts a 2.5A continuous BEC so you don't have to worry about servo load causing a strain on the unit.

E-Flite has certainly been busy and we have yet another new product from them. The Tribute FX takes the original Tribute and updates it with better aerodynamics, higher strength and a new color scheme. The model is reported to fly on rails just like much larger F3A pattern planes, but comes in a much smaller and affordable package.

Those of you who own Evolution gasoline engines will like this. Evolution has released a prop drill guide just for Evolution 45, 58 and 116cc engines.

So here we are, it's Saturday and the weather is not quite as nice as it was yesterday. We have overcast skies and the tempurature is a little lower than it was yesterday. We had a few snow flurries at lunch time which has become quite a bit heavier this evening. But, it's melting as soon as it hits the ground so we shouldn't have any problems with ice. Let's get back to the show!

We aren't finished seeing Horizon Hobby's booth. There are still some very neat new products to see. At the top of that list today is the new JR 9303 2.4GHz radio system. This is the same 9303 we've come to love, but it now includes a 2.4GHz DSM2 module and receiver. Street price will be in the neighborhood of $729.99 and it should start shipping in about a month.

Also new from JR is their new top of the line 12X. The radio on display was kept under a case out of reach but I managed to talk my way in to getting a little closer look. The radio operates on 2.4GHz DSM2 so crystals and frequency pins are a thing of the past. The transmitter feels very good in the hands and all of the controls felt well placed. This one is going to be a winner. Release dates and prices have not yet been decided upon, but we'll let you know as soon as we get more information.

E-flite is continuing to expand their brushless motor line with their smallest offering yet. The Park 180 brushless outrunner may be the perfect match for micro and slow flyers. With a Kv of 2200 rpm and a weight of just 8.5g, this motor is intended for very small models requiring up to 30W of power.

Next up is the E-Flite Sobre'. This is an ulimited flat foamie with side force generators and absolutely huge control surfaces. I wouldn't be surprised if it is capable of performing near stationary pinwheels!

Small electrics not quite your thing and you are in need of a larger ESC? How about the E-Flite 60 amp brushless ESC. Not only is the motor control beefy with it's 60A continous rating, it also boasts a 2.5A continious BEC so you don't have to worry about servo load causing a strain on the unit.

E-Flite has certainly been busy and we have yet another new product from them. The Tribute FX takes the original Tribute and updates it with better aerodynamics, higher strength and a new color scheme. The model is reported to fly on rails just like much larger F3A pattern planes, but comes in a much smaller and affordable package.

Those of you who own Evolution gasoline engines will like this. Evolution has released a prop drill guide just for Evolution 45, 58 and 116cc engines.

For glow fliers always looking for more power without larger cases and higher weights, we have the new Evolution .52NX airplane and helicopter engines.

Yes, the fine people at Horizon Hobby have been very busy these past several months!

Steping back onto the main show floor the next stop is the Hacker booth where an electric motor for any model can be found.

Around the corner we see Hobby People and their very full line of high quality RC products for all aspects of the hobby.

Designer's Edge has a nicely rounded offering of pre-painted helicopter canopies, tools and accessories.

Classic Aero is here with their line of vintage scale sea planes. You really need to see one of these models in the bones to appreciate the work that goes into the design of each one. They are very impressive and easier to build than you might first believe them to be.
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Extreme Flight is here with several great looking scale aerobatic models both large and small.

Kirbys Kustom Vinyl Graphics has a large selection of great looking graphics for models of all types. And as an added bonus, they can make whatever you want if they don't already offer it!

Next we find Conley with their awesome supercharged V-8 powered dragster.

Right next door do them is Perry with some neat looking models, including a giant beetle, in addition to their well known fuel pumps for those looking for absolute consistency in fuel delivery to their engines.

MPI Maxx is here with a great display of their motors, ESC's, accessories and even a few models. Demo's were going on all day long of their ducted fan systems as well as dual motors with counter rotating props for small to large sized model airplanes.

Spirit of Yesteryear has several very nice looking models of vintage design that are sure to be great flyers.

RC Showcase is next with a very large selection of fine gasoline burning engines. They have everything from small single cylinder engines up to two giant 5 cylinder radial 4-strokes!

The Society of Antique Modelers (SAM) is on hand to provide information about their organization and why it is they love flying these older graceful designs.

Directly next door is the Model Engine Collectors Association (MECA International) for those who enjoy collecting and preserving, or running, the wonderful engines of old. Just take a look at these neat V-8 and in-line 4 cylinder 4-stroke engines with working ignition distributors!

The League of Silent Flight is here to provide information on their organization and how to get involved in sailplane flying and modeling.

Anderson Productions has their very informative blue book for model airplane engines as well as a few older engine for sale.
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Old 04-14-2007, 09:10 PM
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RJR Cool Tools is here with a ton of neat and useful tools for just about any type of model building you could ever want.

Next we find Nitro Models booth. These guys have been busy almost constantly all weekend with a lot of people stopping by, looking at their ARF line and many taking a new model home with them.

Thunder Power is also here again with their high quality Li-Po batteries available in any imaginable configuration.

Loc8tor is here with their simple and effective device to help find downed models. Those of you who fly in farm land, especially corn, are sure to like this!

Align is here with their T-Rex line of models including the larger 600 model. I have seen this model fly and it's truly amazing where electric powered helicopters have come to in such a short period of time.

Edjer is on hand with a great line of tools designed to make cutting and shaping as easy and accurate as possible.

IMAA is here too to sign up new members as well as provide information on why bigger models fly better.

Century Jet Models has their fine line of retractable landing gear, wheels and accessories for scale models on display and for sale.

Glowire is a company I personally have not seen before, but they have some really neat products. It was tough to get a good photo, but their primary product is a lighted cord available in a host of different colors. This can be used to outline airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats or any other kind of model you would like to operate in low light or even the dark. These glow wires are far lighter, more reliable and simpler to install than the old method of mounting string of incandescent lights to a model. They also offer LED's in several colors for those installations where you might want individual lights. Very cool!

BP Hobbies has a bunch of fine models, motors, adhesives and accessories for sale.

Quique's Aircraft Company is displaying their great flying line of scale aerobatic models. They offer many models from mid-size to the absolutely giant Pitts and Yak's in the foreground.
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Slimline is here again this year with their high quality exhaust systems for all types and sizes of engines as well as their line of pre-painted pilots and a very nice pit tray for fueling and starting engines.

A step across the isle lands us in Hobby Lobby territory. One can easily spend a very long time looking at all of the models, motors and accessories they carry with an emphasis on electric powered models.

Next we find Stuff We Like with everything from ducted fan jets to warbirds to helicopters on hand. They also have a wide variety of accessories to upgrade and customize your models just about any way you like.

MRC has a huge booth setup with lots of helicopters and airplanes on display. They also have a large screen TV setup as a monitor for those who want to give their RefleX flight simulator a try.

International Radio Control Helicopter Association (IRCHA) is here doing a few helicopter demos with the E-Flite Blade CX2 as well as providing helicopter modelers of all skill levels with information about their fine organization.

Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (M.A.A.C.) is also here representing their organization. Canada is just a short drive for most people in this area of the country so it's not uncommon for modelers to be members of both the AMA and MAAC.

Looking for the right muffler for your specific engine installation? Chances are extremely good Bisson Custom Mufflers has the product for you.

Kondor Model Products has several really neat looking scale models on display. These models come out of the box with a very nice scale finish and require only a minimal amount of work to be flight ready. I didn't have a chance to find out where the gentleman in the foreground got his shirt. I want one!

SkyShark R/C has an exciting new airplane on hand this year. The Messerschmidt 109Z is a model I have never seen done before and certainly not an ARF. Yes! You can buy this model pre-built and finished. The model has an 87" wingspan with 1029 sq/in of wing area. It's flying weight is 13-15 lbs and can be flown with a pair of .60 - .75 2-stroke, .72 - 1.00 4-stroke or even electric power. See http://www.skysharkrc.com for more details.

C.B. Hobby House has several nice looking large scale aerobatic ARF's to offer at reasonable prices.

Hobbies & Helis International managed to pack 3 full booths with airplanes and helicopters of all sizes and types. They have so many models and parts on hand I don't know how they keep track of it all.

TnT Landing Gear Products has their fine line of landing gear plus a whole lot more for sale this year. They have colored and un-colored carbon fiber plate, aluminum and phenolic wing tubes, control surface deflection gauges and a bunch of other items as well.
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Pro-Line Aerobatic Aircraft & Accessories is here with a good stock of model kits, parts and plans to sell

Fliton is here again this year with a couple of neat new models. The first is their Extra 260 Mini. It's park flyer size with big model performance and it looks great with it's colorful trim scheme over a fully laser cut balsa and plywood structure. It also benefits from carbon fiber reinforcement in high stress areas. The next new model they are displaying is the Element 30 F3A pattern type plane. This model also benefits from Fliton's engineering and construction with a fully laser cut structure with carbon fiber reinforcements. This model also has a unique feature that I hope to see more of. The model has plug in wings and requires no tools or rubber bands to retain the wings. Instead, it uses a spring loaded carbon fiber rod which latches into a laser cut notch in the wing's plywood blade. When the wing is pushed up to fuse, the rod automatically latches in to place. To remove the wing, simply push the rod with your finger to release the wing and slide it off the carbon fiber wing tube. What a great idea!

Directly across the isle is Williams Brothers with their line of scale pilots, dummy engines, wheels and accessories for vintage models.

Lil'Trickler is here with their super easy to use trickle charger. Simply plug it into a 110V AC outlet and you now have 3 outlets you can plug a standard radio wall charger in to and turn them into trickle chargers.

Byron Originals is here as well selling their well known fuel. New rules in place at this year's show prohibited fuel from being sold on the show floor. This forced Byron and several other exhibitors to take fuel orders on the floor with deliveries taking place outside on the loading dock.

Next we see Wildcat Fuels booth who was also affected by the new fuel on the show floor rules.

DTS International is here with their computers and vinyl cutting machines up and running. Need a custom graphic cut right now? They can do it, and were!

RCHotDeals.com is here with some smoking hot deals on model airplanes ARF's, parts and accessories.
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Old 04-14-2007, 10:42 PM
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Is anyone ready for a quick break to take a look at some of the very nice models entered in this years static competition? Good! So am I.

This year the turn out of airplanes is a bit less than last year but those on display are all very nice. The boat competition however is very tight. The boat display area is literally packed with very nice looking models. As in years past there are unique models in all categories.
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Here are several more great looking models.
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And a few more ...
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Heading back to the exhibitors booths we see Jet Central with their jet turbine engines. These gentleman were busy all day talking to modelers about their products and answering questions.

Innovative Designs is here with their brushless motors, ESC's and accessories.

E-Power specializes in, you guessed it, electric powered RC models. Whatever your EP needs, these people have it!

Aero Balsa is back with their line of single and dual rotor autogyro's.

BSD Micro RC has one of the busiest booths I have seen this year. These guys have a full line of very small EP RC models with most suitable only for indoor flying, or outdoors with little to no wind. The models, power and radio systems are all well designed and generated a ton of interest.

Loyalhanna Dockyard has a wide variety of boat models on display an for sale. From pleasure craft to industrial and war ships, they have a little bit of everything.

Microglass has a large selection of bare fiberglass hulls. A few include some deck parts but the primary intention of these hulls is to provide the nautical modeler with a well built hull from which to design and build their own unique boat or ship. The glass work on these hulls is very nice.

Sonictronics is here with their famous Ni-Starters, fuel and smoke pumps and other field accessory items.

Ridge Machine has their D&B twin cylinder gasoline engines on display.

Ohio Model Products is next up with electric, glow, profile and full fuse model airplanes. They also have EP helicopters and even a sturdy aluminum case to keep the helicopter in so you can take it anywhere you happen to be traveling without worry of it becoming damaged.

Bob Violett Models is here again with their line of ducted fan and turbine powered jets. They have their new Electra EP ducted fan model here this year. This is not your typical small jet with a 90mm or smaller fan. This is a mid-size model with Bob's legendary engineering to extract the highest performance possible with today's technology. The model is very impressive. Also new for BVM is their move into the prefabricated F3A pattern market with their Shinden model.
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:22 AM
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It's Sunday and that means this is the last day of the 2007 Toledo Weak Signals show. Don't worry though, there is still a ton of stuff to see. Anyone who says you can see this show in one day is only scratching the surface. The weather has cleared off after last nights snow storm. There was a small amount of accumulation on the ground, but not enough to make traveling difficult or dangerous. The skies are clear and the wind nippy. Let's get back inside where the action is!

Here are some more models from the static competition.
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:28 AM
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A few more static models. The Jenny is a true work of art. The closer you get to it, the more details you find.
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:32 AM
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This is the conclusion of the static models. As in previous shows, all of the models on display were excellent examples of talent and skills of their dedicated builders. There several models that stood out from the rest, but all were finely crafted and I can honestly say I am glad I didn't have the difficult job of judging one model to be the best in each category.
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:35 AM
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Alrighty then, let's get back to the booths!

Lado Technologies is here with their line of custom retractable landing gear. Or, if you already have a set of retracts from another manufacturer and want to convert them to use Lado's reliable electric drive, they can set you up with a retrofit kit.

Pace Paint Booths offers hobbyists an easy way to achieve professional level results when painting with their miniature paint booths.

Southgate Aero is here with their Taurus line of gasoline engines as well as exhaust systems and props.

Wendell Hostetler Plans has long been known for their great flying giant scale designs. What may not be so well known to some modelers however is their recent move into designing smaller electric models as well which have the same reputation for being easy to build and wonderful flyers.

Let's not forget to stop by the Toledo Weak Signals booth. There we can get all the information we would like about the show, it's history and even buy a raffle ticket or ten for a chance to win one of the many prizes hanging on the rear wall of the booth.

Down the row a bit we find Ritch's Brew where you can order your fuel then pick up your fuel on the loading dock and put it straight in to your car. A little inconvenient yes, but at least people didn't have to cart around a case or two of fuel through the show!

Cool Chem is next with their unique adhesive Cyanopoxy which takes the best properties of CA and epoxy and combines them into one product. The demo's were very impressive. When was the last time you were able to successfully glue rubber without the glue flaking off when the rubber was bent or stretched?

Genesis Hobby Distributors is in town with their line of great RC products.

CST is a popular booth with it's full line of composite materials and accessories. They have fiberglass, kevlar, carbon fiber, West System epoxies and all of the other materials and tools you could ever want or need when working with these materials that were considered exotic just a few years ago but are now common place in today's models due to their high strength and low weight.

Cox Hobby Distributors is here with their line of ARF's which range in size from 1/2A to 75cc gas! They bought the Pica Models line last year and have ARF'd most of the popular designs with others around the corner.

TME is here with their line of chargers and power system monitors. These products are easy to setup and use and the information they provide can be invaluable to making sure you get the most performance out of your RC model.

Turning back around to the other side of the isle we see MACS products. These fine folks have been designing and building some of the best aftermarket exhaust systems in the industry for many years. Whether you fly airplanes or heli's, 2 or 4 stroke or gas. They have a muffler or tuned pipe that will help you realize the full potential of your engine.
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