Another indication of the changing times, along with the Barnum and Bailey circus, Hobby People (and Global Hobby Distributors) is going out of business after 45 years. The original Hobby People store was on 38th street in Los Angeles, founded by John Greenshields and Paul Bender. Paul passed away about 3 weeks ago. The company became Hobby Shack and opened about a dozen retain stores. They later reverted to the Hobby People name (maybe because they did not control the Hobby Shack internet name).
Global was the importer of Sanwa / Airtronics radio control equipment. They ended their relationship with Airtronics in March. It is not known if anyone will take over Airtronics service or distribution.
This leaves many more areas without a Local Hobby Shop. Sad.
Last day of business is reported to be Jan 19.
FLOAT FLY JAN 14
Perfect weather and good turnout!
Excellent lunch thanks to Dennis and Jan!
Street Closure March 5 for 626GoldenStreets
No Access to Field at Duarte Road Gate
The event was postponed last fall due to the fires in the San Gabriel mountains. New date is Sunday March 5. The route will include Duarte Road and Highland Ave and the Duarte Gold Line station. Roads will close at 5am and reopen after 3 pm. The 17 mile route is open to runners, walkers, bikes, and all non-motorized vehicles, and certain electric assisted vehicles like electric bikes and skateboards.
Next work party Feb 11 to lay more textile; not a big job
Thanks guys and gals
Yes there was a big rock (or alien spaceship).
Picture credits: Ed Roberts
Pizza and soda served thanks to Rich
Next Float Fly Mar 18
WRAM Show becomes AMA Expo East
The WRAM club will no longer host the LARGE hobby show they have held for dozens of years. AMA has agreed to run the show, as they have done with on the west coast with the show that was the IMS Show among other things. The AMA has lots of experience now, but this is still a huge effort. We wish them weil.
Spektrum DX6i (and other Spektrum) owners Down in the Setup List menu is an item for Power Setting. BE SURE it is set to "B US 247". This gives you 200mW of power. The other settings for EU and France are 100mW. Enough of a difference to save your plane at the edge of reception.
Also, there is a way to check and calibrate your sticks. You won't fly straight with sticks with improper centering or endpoint.
If you haven't looked at the Swap Shop lately, check it out. Lots of new ads today - heli, EDF, gas, etc.
GATE UPDATE 9/26/16
The Duarte Road gate has been repaired by the Kiewit Gold Line contractor, and they are supposed to grade the road. The "tank traps" have been removed. We are now locking the Duarte Road gate and leaving the new gate open.
Photo credit: Tom Traeger
Thanks to President Rich Rannis for spearheading the effort to install a gate on the northern entrance to our field. Since Gold Line Extension work began last year, the normal Duarte Road gate has not been locked, leading to increased trespass at our field, including graffiti and car and ATV tracks and burnouts. Hopefully the gate will reduce this significantly. The design of the gate is one side for club use with one club lock, and the larger side for other utility use with the usual multiple locks. Center post is removable when both gate are unlocked. Also thanks to Gary Stevens, Tom Treager and Wayne Brown for financial donations toward the project. And this should qualify for the AMA Field Improvement Fund award program.
SFDRCM License Plate Frames
If you can't make it to the meeting CLICK HERE to order online - same price
Laser engraved, anodized blue, very attractive, appear to glow! $14, 2 for $25
Newsletter On Line We will now be delivering the newsletter only on line. See the Club Newsletter tab above to access current and past newsletters.
Float Fly May 2014 video by John De La Cueva, including Ed Villanueva's custom rescue boat.
Aeromodeling Pioneers: The Good Brothers Video Uploaded
When the Cindy Good and Mallory Nelson, daughter and granddaugter of RC pioneer William Good visited, they left a DVD that was a very interesting documentary of about the innovative Good brothers. I have been able to upload this to YouTube for all to enjoy. This is fascinating and inspiring look at RC history, with interviews to preserve the presence of these brothers. As with many modlers, their interest in model aviation was coupled with significant technical achievements in other areas. Let us all be inspired by their work and their enjoyment of this hobby.
Video as approx 26 minutes - thank you to YouTube for permission for the extended length upload, and to Mallory and Cindy.
Meeting Time & Location Information
Wednesday at 7:30 PM Arcadia Red Cross on Methodist Hospital campus 376 W Huntington Dr Arcadia , CA 91007 map it 7:30 Second Wednesday each month