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Mark your calendars – R/C’s at TheYouthExpo on Saturday Apr 21st

The Halifax R/C Park Society were asked to provide a stand demonstrating and promoting R/C cars at a great kids event called TheYouthExpo. So we’ll be there with an indoor foam track to try your hand at racing some Micro touring cars outdoor throwdown track, jumps and will have a selection of R/C cars to display, demonstrate, and discuss with visitors. The event is on April 21st from 9am-4pm at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, Brookfield, NS and is free for under-18s but the accompanying adults gotta pay! Come and learn about how great the hobby of R/C cars is.

Lots more information on TheYouthExpo website and on their Facebook page.

UPDATE: We know where we are going to be located inside the hall. Top right of image below.

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And remember, our Fundraising Raffle is still going on. We’ve sold just over 140 tickets of 200 and the draw will happen at one of the the Halifax R/C Park maintenance events in Beaver Bank sometime in April or May (even if we don’t sell all the tickets!)

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We all had a great time this weekend promoting radio controlled cars and trucks to everyone who visited the Shearwater Spring Hobby Show. Sunday was particularly fun as we had a large demonstration area and a few of our visitors were lucky enough to get the opportunity to drive a few cars on our throwdown track. Or even build a coil-over shock and spring from a kit r/c car. Sometimes there were ten different cars on track at a time. I didn’t have the chance to take a lot of photos as I was too busy letting everyone know how amazing and wholesome the hobby of R/C cars is, but what I do have is shown below.

Although we might not get the big area for next year’s hobby show, we’ve already got a few ideas about how best to demonstrate how R/C crawlers work!

 

But you don’t have to wait long to see us again as we will have an outdoor demonstration area at the Youth Expo in Brookfield on April 21st. Keep checking here for more information in the coming days.

And remember, our Fundraising Raffle is still going on. We’ve sold just over 140 tickets of 200 and the draw will happen at one of the the Halifax R/C Park maintenance events in Beaver Bank sometime in April or May (even if we don’t sell all the tickets!)

R/C Promotion event this weekend (7th and 8th of April 2018)

There’s no guarantee of a good weather weekend coming up, but there is guarantee of a fun, interesting and exciting time at the Shearwater Hobby Show. This post is just a reminder that we’ll be at the show promoting R/C cars of all types from 10am-4pm at the SeaKing Club on Shearwater Base. If you can choose a day, then aim for Sunday 8th April as we’ll have a bigger display, with some hands on R/C parts construction for you to try. More details in our original post here.

 

 

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.

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.

Track Layout Blank Worksheet

(Almost) The end of the road

During the last HRCP committee meeting we all had a bit of an inward look at whether we’re suceeding in our joint aims to provide (1) a free-to-use Radio Control Car Track at the city owned site in Beaver-Bank, and (2) to promote the hobby of R/C to the public. Funding, rebuilding and more importantly, maintaining the Halifax Radio Control Park has been a big challenge over the last few years. Our small committee has been run ragged trying to keep ontop of the weeds, the puddles, the rocks and the track-marking repair, and that doesn’t consider how hard we’ve been working to get enough money to pay for the annual costs. Keeping the Beaverbank R/C park running is like a three legged stool – without adequate finances, ongoing maintenance, or the annual rebuild, the stool just falls over. It means we need all three just to be able to provide the sort of facility that the local R/C community deserves.

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We have just enough money in the coffers to cover the $700 of annual insurance we need for 2018, thanks mainly to the people who bought raffle tickets (we’re going to do that draw at the end of April with however many tickets we’ve sold – you can still buy more and currently your odds of winning are 110:1 – not bad at all). But right now 2018 looks like it’s the end of the road for this version of a public free-to-use R/C park. Our hope is that a few of you are willing and energetic enough to join our small committee and take on the responsibility to design, build and maintain the park. Whatever happens, the BeaverBank track will get a spring refresh in 2018 where the track layout will be changed, and some patches filled in but we don’t have enough help on a continuous basis to get it back to the great dirt track we had throughout 2015. It’s a huge site, and there’s certainly scope to make it a great off-road R/C venue with the right sort of resources and support, but from where we sit, the demand locally just doesn’t appear to be there at the moment. If anyone thinks they can revolutionise the site, then please get in touch with us at halifaxrcpark@gmail.com and we can discuss your ideas and how you can come on board and implement them.

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Halifax Radio Control Park in Beaver Bank during 2015

But the track is only part of our aims for the Halifax R/C Park Society. The hobby of radio controlled cars is, as most of you know, a great one. However, it flies under the radar of public knowledge. We want to change that and get more and more people into this wholesome, active and technical hobby. And since there are no big costs associated with having a stand at a public show or event, then we will certainly continue to be present where we can to shout and scream about this amazing hobby. First up is the National Engineering Month Public Display at the Halifax Central Library on March 24th, then a couple of weeks later we’ll have a new display at the Shearwater Spring Hobby Show on April the 7th and 8th. And then hopefully some more shows as the summer goes on. Keep checking here for more details of those events.

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Promotion of R/C to the public is important

This website too is a valuable resource. It has lots of great unbiased information for people thinking of getting into the hobby, or those that have just picked up their first hobby-grade car. And if you’re looking for a local R/C event, then check out our local events calendar. If you’re organizing an R/C event that is open to the public, then we’d like to post about it.  Email us at halifaxrcpark@gmail.com with the details of your event, and we’ll do what we can to get more people to it. On-road, Off-road, Trail, Bashing, etc. there’s nothing R/C related that we won’t get behind.

So while it seems like we might be on the verge of losing a public free-to-use R/C facility in HRM, there’s still a lot of promotion and information you’ll see from the Halifax R/C Park Society to help grow this amazing hobby!

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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