It had been 20 years since i have attended a Toledo Weak Signals R/C show and there have been many changes in the hobby since i last attended. I have to admit I am concerned by what I saw. I could count in my head over 30 vendors from my youth that were no longer present. Everything from traditional Balsa/Ply kit manufacturers to fuel suppliers to covering vendors were no longer there. In a way it has become a toy show with pre-built items you can take out that day and fly. The hobby always evolves and adapts to the generations participating in it, but whereas in the past those booths would have been replaced by the next hottest trend, instead I saw there were just fewer booths. That said, it was good to see old friends and the quality of the static displays was high as always. Here are a few shots from the show on Friday.
Welcome to the Toledo show
Beautiful craftsmanship using transparent covering. Not a nick or glue blemish to be found.
Old Sailaire. I remember these from the 70's.
Classics. Wonder if the contender is coming to the WMAA nostalgia event?
Nicely done chopper with full cockpit
I think AJ could have piloted this large Gee Bee. It had a radial engine and had to been nearly 1/2 scale.
Large Albatross DII. Guy must have spent weeks with a sponge for the camo scheme.
Awesome Dauntless. Facial details on the pilot and gunner were even detailed.
Avro was being assembled.
L-4 military cub with interior
One of my favorites an Art Scholl Chipmunk. Wheres Aileron the dog?
Gotta admit I have no idea what this was but it was pretty!
Zero in the Robart booth
That writing on the wing?
Signed by Bud Anderson himself!!!
Top Flite Hellcat ARF in giant scale was being raffled off. Apparently I was not the winner. I have not been called to pick it up yet. :-(
Like a need another mustang and I want all three of these that are being released from Horizon/Hobbico! About 36 inch span park flyer size.
Ill wrap up the scale planes segment with these great pilots. I'll definitely be getting one of these for my Top Flite Mustang.
Completely 3D printed aerobatic plane. Monster motor in the front. Must be a rocket! .
Beautiful pattern ship. Hot rod finish.
Another classic pattern ship
Ships were just starting to trickle in Friday but the ones there were nice.
This R/C RV had working expanding bays and a TV inside.
Heres one for Jim Buxton
and Mark Mueller
And Me. Looks just like my full scale one and cost nearly as much! 1/2 scale and very cool!
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Feb 16, 2019
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