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See some R/C cars moving at Shearwater Spring Hobby Show – April 7th and 8th 2018

This will be the 4th year we’ve been part of the Shearwater Spring Hobby Show and new this year is a stand location upgrade for us as the show that allows us to demonstrate R/C cars, and to show the more detailed technical aspects of the hobby (for the Sunday anyway).

On Saturday 7th, you’ll see our usual show stand where you can talk to us about the hobby of R/C cars, but on Sunday 8th we’ll have a carpet track setup to demonstrate some cars, plus an area where you can try your hand at building a component of a car, and watch and talk with members of the R/C community who are maintaining their vehicles in-front of your eyes. Our advice, if R/C cars is a big reason for you to come to the show, then make sure you come on Sunday 8th April!

Event Details

  • When: Saturday 7th April and Sunday 8th April 2018, 10am- 4pm both days
  • How Much: $5 per person or $12 for a family. Tickets also give you access to the Aviation Museum which is a great walk around for kids of all ages.
  • Where: The show is located at the SeaKing Club (15 Squadron Crescent) within Shearwater Forces Base just down the road from the Aviation Museum. You’ll need ID to get through the main security gates on Bonaventure Street.  Exact Google maps location of the SeaKing club is here (click) and shown in the image below. Be warned that the Google Navigation directions don’t take you though the gate on Bonaventure St and you have to come in that way.

Full event details from the Aviation Museum here.

Learning with R/C cars

One of the regional hobby shops posted a link to the video below. It’s exactly the reason why the Halifax R/C Park Society tries to promote the wholesome R/C hobby to the public at events like the Engineering Week Public Display last Saturday, and the Shearwater Spring Hobby Show coming up on April 7th and 8th – a separate post will appear about that this week. Kids of all ages – I’m still a kid at 38 right? – can learn something and have fun with R/C!

 

Thanks for visiting us at the Halifax Central Library

We had a great few hours today informing the public about radio controlled cars at the Halifax Central Library as part of the Engineering Month Show. I hope that those of you we spoke to have managed to find your way to our website – in which case, “Welcome”. I know a few people asked about where you can buy them, and where you can use them, and where you can find other people that do the hobby locally. Well this webpage has most of the links you’ll need.

This page of local resources lists the regional hobby shops, and local Facebook groups (a lot of events information only appears on Facebook though we try our hardest to post about public events on our calendar).

If you’d like to support us, our Fundraising Raffle is still going on in order to keep the free-to-use Radio Control Park in Beaver Bank open for 2018. We’ve sold just over 130 of the 200 tickets and the draw will happen at one of the the Halifax R/C Park maintenance events in Beaver Bank sometime in April or May.

Promoting the R/C Hobby @ Halifax Central Library this Saturday (24th March)

Most of you reading this know how enjoyable, social and educational the hobby of radio controlled vehicles is, but we often fly under the radar of the hobbies generally known to the public. As an outdoor alternative to something like video-games we think that the public deserves to know all about our hobby, so we’ll be attending a couple of public events in the next few weeks to shout all about it!

First up is the Engineering Week Public Display on Saturday 24th March at the Halifax Central Library from 9:30am until 3pm. We’ve had a stand there for last two events, and it’s a great spot to let people know about our amazing hobby. We’re back again this year so if anyone wants to stop by and talk R/C, then please do. If you’ve got family or friends that you think might like to learn about R/C then feel free to send them our way. The “Public Display” event also has other science and technology related stands to see and the library is always fun for the kids. Check out the bottom of this Engineers Nova Scotia Events Page for their details but it’s free to come and see us!

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We’ve also got a stand planned for the Shearwater Spring Hobby Show on April the 7th and 8th (10am – 4pm)  Saturday will see us at our typical stand of tables and an assortment of cars, but this time we’re getting a much larger area for our display on Sunday 8th at which we’ll have driving demonstrations of many more vehicles, and example R/C kit sub-assemblies for you to try your hand at building. More details to come about the Hobby Show event next week.

If you are also passionate about the R/C car hobby and would like to contribute to the broader community, then the Halifax Radio Controlled Park Society are always looking for additional committee members whether that is on the Beaver Bank park maintenance side or in the R/C promotion side. Email us on halifaxrcpark@gmail.com if you’d like to help out.

And remember, our Fundraising Raffle is still going on. We’ve sold just over 130 tickets and the draw will happen at one of the the Halifax R/C Park maintenance events in Beaver Bank sometime in April or May.

Help design the track at Halifax R/C Park

For the 2018 season, we’re planning on re-doing the track layout at Halifax R/C park in Beaver Bank. The winter has appeared to be good to us so we might get started with the project much earlier than before – sometime in April or May. It’s a simple plan: pull up the existing track layout, get some machinery in to grade and do the heavy lifting for any features (jumps, berms), lay the track back down, and then deal with any trouble-spots. (that’s not the end of the project as there’s always the ongoing maintenance throughout the season to deal with!)

Here’s where you guys fit in. Not only will we need hands-on help for laying out the track, but we’re also looking for your input for the layout of the track itself (and anyone – you don’t need to be on any committee to contribute). We have few ideas ourselves for improvements after the learnings we’ve made over the last few years, but a fresh perspective is always welcome. And while we might not end up doing your specific plan, we will consider elements of every submission.

All you need to do is download this pdf blank-plan of the site, print it off, draw on it and send a photo or scan back to us at halifaxrcpark@gmail.com. Simples.

There are however an important list of requirements for you to consider for your track layout submissions:

  1. The width of the track has to exceed 10ft at all points (that gives the 1/8 scale guys some options)
  2. There needs to be enough “green” off-track area for marshals to stand safely and not obstruct the view
  3. Think about how the layout might be to drive from a drivers-perspective. It’s easier to keep a car in the middle of a section of track that you’re looking along than it is for one running side-to-side (i.e. when driving toward and away from you it is easier to position the car for corners and jumps)
  4. We can move the existing drivers mound if required, but unfortunately there will never be a high structure on which to stand. (the bleachers may be re-positioned to give another option for driver location)
  5. Consider a layout that has multiple routes for tracks, particularly a shorter more-simple beginners option for those venturing onto track for the first time would be of benefit to slower and smaller vehicles (1/16 etc).

Below is an example of the plan from 2015, showing the sort of things to consider. But really anything goes at this preliminary stage.

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We’re also starting a specific track-build-and-maintenance committee as part of the Halifax Radio Controlled Park Society who will meet separately to the site-management and R/C promotion side. We’ve already had a few volunteers who are keen to help out with the park design and manual-labor aspects, but we’re always looking for more helpers in whatever capacity you can offer so please get in touch if you’re willing. An email to halifaxrcpark@gmail.com is all we need.

And remember, our Fundraising Raffle is still going on. We’ve sold just over 130 tickets and the draw will happen as one of the the Halifax R/C Park maintenance events in Beaver Bank sometime in April or May.

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Fundraising Raffle News – Draw will be in April or May

So even though we haven’t yet sold all 200 of the proposed tickets for our fundraising raffle, we have sold enough tickets (120 so far) to cover our minimum expenses for 2018. Tickets are still available for purchase, but we can confirm that we’ll definitely be performing the draw sometime this spring. Depending upon the weather, the draw will take place at our spring “Work-Party” at the R/C Park in BeaverBank. The mild winter means we can get working on the track earlier than normal this year so keep tuned to www.halifaxrcpark.com for more details on when that will be.

If you would like to purchase one of the remaining tickets for our raffle then please EMT us at halifaxrcpark@gmail.com. It’s $10 per ticket and your odds of winning will be better than 1 in 200. Please follow up any payment with an email to halifaxrcpark@gmail.com with your contact details.

There are five prize options to suit everyone:

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Win an R/C car in our Fundraising Raffle

So we’re just over half-way to our target of selling 200 tickets for our fundraising raffle. Tickets numbered from 102 to 200 are still available (and number 46 too because I can’t count!). In an effort to sell those last 98 tickets we’re going to let you guys choose your ticket numbers for that range. If you think any of those numbers are lucky, then let us know when you send your payment, and we’ll put you’re name on that ticket, otherwise you’ll just be buying the next one in the book.

Tickets are $10 each, and you can win one of five prizes:

To buy a ticket, send an EMT to halifaxrcpark@gmail.com and then a followup email with your contact details. If we don’t reach our target of 200 tickets sold by May 2018, then we’ll be forced to close the Halifax RC Park in BeaverBank and we’ll refund you all your money.

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Keep checking here over the coming weeks for more updates.

New Year = Choices….choices…win a $500 gift voucher for Mighty Small Cars

Happy New Year from the Halifax RC Park. Lets hope 2018 is a great year for R/C in HRM and the Maritimes. We’ve sold almost 100 tickets for a our fundraising raffle to help keep Halifax RC Park open for 2018 but that means we’re only halfway to our target. All the details of the raffle and how to enter are in a previous post here. It’s $10 per ticket with a total of 200 tickets.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve gone into detail about the four prize options we pre-selected:

  1. Traxxas Slash Short Course Race Truck RTR (ex battery)
  2. Axial SCX10-2 Trail Truck Kit
  3. A pair of ECX Torment RTR Short Course Trucks
  4. Tamiya TT02B ready-to-build-and-run kit and combo

But there is always the final choice of a $500 gift voucher to Mighty Small Cars in Dartmouth (that’s $435 pre tax if you’re into window shopping). And while you don’t get quite as good a deal going this route, you do get to choose whatever R/C vehicle or R/C accessories you like. Don’t forget that Geoff and his staff over at Mighty Small Cars can order practically anything in for you. You want to use the $500 voucher toward a TLR 22 4.0 2WD race buggy, no problem. What about a top end Futaba radio, sure. Or just a bundle of LiPo batteries, great. So if our pre-selected choices don’t float-your-boat (or run-your-rig!), don’t forget that if you win and you choose the $500 MSC voucher then certainly check with MSC to see what that can order in for you.

This post wraps up our five prize choices for our raffle, but there’s still some way to go before we can actually do the draw after selling 200 tickets. Remember if we haven’t sold all the tickets by May 2018, then we’ll be forced to close the park and refund entry payments. Any questions or suggestions then please email us at halifaxrcpark@gmail.com.

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Choices….choices…win a ready-to-build-and-race, Tamiya TT02B 4WD buggy

Happy Holidays everyone. We’ve sold 86 tickets to our fundraising raffle, so we still have over 100 tickets to sell in order to keep Halifax RC Park open for 2018. Those that have purchased tickets already thank you so much, but remember that you’re welcome to buy more tickets if you’d like to improve your chances of winning.

All the details of the raffle are in a previous post here, but we’d like to further explain the prize options for those that just can’t decide what they’d choose. Last week we discussed winning a pair of ECX Torment Short Course Trucks, and before that the Axial SCX10-2 Trail Truck, and the Traxxas Slash Short Course Race Truck, but this week we’re going for the mechanically inclined newcomer to the R/C hobby who might want to build and then run their own car with a Tamiya TT02B 1/10 4WD Buggy.

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Building a kit of a Tamiya R/C car, and having a hobby shop supply the required combo of radio gear, battery, charger, paint etc, was the conventional way to start the R/C hobby for those of us who’ve been doing R/C for decades. Ready-to-run models didn’t exist so building a kit was the only route in, and Tamiya made the most complete kits with the best assembly manuals. The modern style of RTRs mean you get running quickly but you lose out the huge sense of personal achievement that comes from building a fully functional R/C car from a kit, fitting it out with electronics, painting the body and seeing it speed off down the driveway for the first time.

We’ve chosen one of the more modern and robust versions of Tamiya’s unique R/C cars – the TT02B 4WD buggy platform. There’s three body styles to choose from (L to R below: Plasma Edge II #58630Neo Scorcher #58568 and Dual Ridge #58596) and the hobby shop will include everything you need to get running (a LiPo battery, charger, transmitter, receiver, servo and body paint). There’s a local group (click here) who have started a simple and fun race class for these vehicles called Formula TT02B running mostly box-stock cars. So a raffle winner who chooses this prize can drop straight into this local group.

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Prize 4 – Choice of Tamiya TT02B kit and accessories to get it running.

Choices….choices…win TWO ECX Torment 2WD Short Course Trucks

We’ve sold about 75 tickets for our fundraising raffle so there’s still plenty of chances to win available. The winning odds are 1 in 200 so get buying those tickets and help keep Halifax RC Park open for 2018. All the details of the raffle are in a previous post here, but we’d like to further explain the prize options for those that just can’t decide what they’d choose. Last week we discussed the Axial SCX10-2 Trail Truck, and before that the Traxxas Slash Short Course Race Truck, but this week it’s a party as the next option is a pair of ECX Torment trucks for backyard fun for the whole family.

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ECX are at the budget end of hobby-grade R/C, but that doesn’t mean their vehicles aren’t good. In fact, it’s the opposite as ECX have done a great job creating a range of robust ready-to-run vehicles at a great price-point which really suit those making their first steps into the R/C hobby.

We selected the short course truck version of their 2WD platform as the covered wheels allow for some close, body-rubbing racing in the yard, or on the track at Halifax RC Park. Our budget doesn’t quite cover a pair of the 4WD versions, but 2WD is where every R/C driver should start if they really want to learn the real craft of throttle control. Plus Donuts are super easy with 2WD! Each ready-to-run box comes with a fully assembled truck, radio, battery and charger. Two colours are available: ECX03333T1  and  ECX03333T2