I am about to spend a few days in Portland, Oregon (24th May through 1st
June). Can anyone advise me of any decent RC Model Aircraft stores and
Model Flying Clubs in the area that are worth a visit.
Many thanks for any advice in advance.
Dunno about P-land itself.
Tammie's Hobbies in Beaverton is large and well stocked, Coyote Hobby in
Oregon City is brand new and turning into a very nice place. Tammie's
has a hair better selection, but they're a "general purpose" hobby shop
that seems to be turning more to cars as a cash cow. Russ at Coyote is
a knowledgeable, dedicated airplane modeler who only hires
knowledgeable, dedicated modelers to staff the place.
There's a place down on Interstate avenue that was really cool about 10
years ago (the owner would always be in the back building a plane when
you walked in -- talk about knowledgeable!). It's changed hands,
though, and I haven't been down to Delta Park to watch the control line
guys for years, so I don't know how it is.
In my opinion, Portland doesn't have a decent hobby shop for RC aircraft.
They seem to cater to the RC car crowd, with planes as a side line. On the
other hand, in the 'burbs, Beaverton offers Tammies Hobbies. Large and well
stocked, they cover it all. Planes, cars, trains, wood burning kits,
paint-by-numbers, you name it. I have found their sales people hard to
access at times.
In Oregon City, you will find Coyote Hobby. Smaller, well stocked and sales
people that are very knowledgeable. The main focus at Coyote is airplanes.
If time allows, I would visit both Tammies and Coyote. If time is short,
make it Coyote.
As for RC clubs, Portland has many. I haven't been to a lot of them, but
would recommend Molalla RC Assn.
Molalla is about 30
to 40 min SE of Portland. Sundays, weather permitting, you'll often find
them flying 25% and larger craft there.
Enjoy your visit.
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It's Hobbies Unlimited at 4030 N Interstate.
It is still a good place to buy or to just look around. I bought my
galloping ghost tx there, and later, a Bonner Eight, 8 channel system in the
early 60's. More recently I bought a couple airplane kits, motors,
batteries, etc. They are helpful and price conscious.
That's the place. It's good to know it hasn't changed.
I still mourn Aero Sports a bit -- after Leon retired they turned it
into cars & trucks and let their aircraft inventory go. I don't even
know if they're still around, or if they're still car-oriented (I live
just outside of Oregon City, so I almost always go to Coyote).
Leon and AR-r-r-oSports are gone. The new guy didn't make it--th
building is now empty. There's a new place "R/C Hobbies" out Burnside a
about 240th; he's looking for 'plane people, but selling mostly cars
Nice guy, I don't know what he knows, but he's willing to talk and orde
anything he can get. Prices rival mail order on the items I've checke
(servos, building supplies)