IF HPR was like the airplane hobby

Obtain a copy of
Model Airplane News, October 2005
Read the cover about a new starter plane set, P51 nitro mustang that takes
the pilot from L0, L1 and L2 in one ARF setup ready to go.
Next turn the covers for realistic simulators with graphics, turn the page for it’s competition graphic simulator ad.
Next see an ad for a Scale IMAA fly in qualified ARF plane.
Next two pages, low cost, electric ARF models to fly inside or your backyard.
Next pages, high cost watches for people with lots of money.
Next page, the executive editor, a woman, tells us how great the new P51 ARF kit is for the hobby.
Next page, an ad for a scale P47 ARF model.
Next page, a reader letter on how great it is Model Airplane News (MAN) still shows us articles on scratch built planes, so he, a guy that flys ARFs , has something to think about building when he can.
Next two pages, competition ARFs and scales ARFs for sale.
Next pages, tips and tricks and HUGE honkin Engines for sale.
Five more pages and then , four pages of small size COX arfs.
Then after four more pages, a three page ad spread on low cost high quality JR radios for $100
THEN, and article on EXTREAME FLIGHT, and Level 3 planes and contests.
Some L3 airplanes are ARFs.
Then more pages of editorial and great articles.
Humm.. lets keep reading these magazines and hope the rocketry hobby can learn from them about how to offer entry products to HPR.
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As a rocketeer who is an AMA member and flys RC planes as well, I'll agree - Model Airplane News is a class publication.
But the number of folks who are involved in RC worldwide dwarf the entire hobby rocket crowd - model, mid and high power rocketry combined. This huge number of participants makes economies of scale possible, and naturally allows for more companies which offer more and more varied products (waiting on that Hangar 9 giant scale P-47 ARF, myself)
With the relatively recent introduction of good quality ARFs and excellent simulators, it's never been easier to get into RC flying - but it isn't hard to get into rockets either, and you don't have to learn piloting skills:)
Despite the fact that hobby rocketry will never approach RC in size and is a peanut by comparison, there are currently scads of rocketry vendors with innovative, affordable and diverse product lines - enough good stuff to keep any rocketeer plenty busy in the shop and flying high at the field!
Jerry O
www.vahpr.com

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Hi Jerry, glad to meet another fellow R/C pilot.

Some items that don't keep them busy in any shop but flying high at the fields are about what we need right now.
And ways to get motors to them and hobby stores without encumbrances.
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TRA is untrainable.
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Jerry Irvine, Box 1242, Claremont, California 91711 USA
Opinion, the whole thing. <mail to: snipped-for-privacy@gte.net>
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Jerry Irvine wrote:

jerry, What does your bone headed, idiotic statement above, have to do with anything in Almax's post?
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ARF's are a good tool to get people flying airplanes and are a good way to replace a busted up machine. I do not think it really translates well into rockets however. I fly model sailplanes. This means that I will fly ONE plane for hours at a time (unfortunately not one launch) half of the summer The skill is more in the flying than the prep. The thermals are always in different places and the fun is in keeping the plane up until you want to land it. I have several sailplanes that I fly that I did not build, but rather enjoy flying anyway. I have an Aerotech HV Arcas that I bought, completed, from a flyer getting out of the hobby. If I did not build the motor and enjoy the challenge of tweaking the delay for the flight, I would probably have flown it once and just put it away. I had no "connection" to it. I've flown it enough now that I consider it mine, but remember sometimes that I did not build it and lose a little enthusiasm for a bit.
There are a lot of airplane guys that frown on flying ARF's. Some contests used to stipulate that you built the plane you fly. On the other hand, there are a significant number of guys that will never build another airplane again. ARF may be cool for the rocket starter kits, but would you really enjoy a K powered rocket if you just wrote a check, opened a box and stuffed a motor in it?
There are interesting contrast in the two different hobbies, especially when you talk about the model sailplanes. (I will probably build a boost glider some time soon just because its a good 'tweener)
Airplane, servos, battery, receiver - expensive. Successful flight - nearly free. Model to mid-powered Rocket - cheap to moderate expensive. Successful flight - $3 to $20. Sailplane flight - 2 minutes to 2 hours. Rocket flight - 30 seconds to 5 minutes.
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Tom Koszuta
Western New York Sailplane and Electric Flyers
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I thought you were lamenting that there were too many ads... :-)
Eldred
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I'll probably take up model airplanes because I cant do model rocketry (except bottle rockets which gets BORING after a while!) now I could build a model rocket and stuff a bottle into it but thats no fun if you only get to fly it once...
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