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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.

(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!

Buy a $10 ticket – Win an R/C Car

So we last posted about the poor financial situation of Halifax R/C Park, and this is how you can help us keep the track open for 2018. Just buy a $10 ticket, or two, three… for our fundraising raffle.

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With the support of Mighty Small Cars (MSC) in Dartmouth, we’re able to offer the following limited-ticket raffle. Starting today, if you buy a $10 ticket, you receive 1 of only 200 available tickets to win a radio controlled car – some ready to run, and some in kit form. Just send an etransfer to halifaxrcpark@gmail.com, or cash payments can be arranged by sending an email to the same address. We will need your contact details (email, phone, address) to accompany your payment. In return we’ll send you an email/text with a photo of your physical ticket with your unique ticket number and personal details written on it. We need to keep the original tickets for the draw which we’ll be doing live at MSC once we’ve sold all the tickets. We’ll also Facebook broadcast the draw for those that can’t make it in person. We’ll keep you updated here on http://www.halifaxrcpark.com to let you know how the ticket sales are going and when the draw will take place.  The raffle will run until all 200 tickets are sold but our hope is that we can sell all the tickets before mid December so that the winner can get their prize before Christmas. If we haven’t sold enough tickets by May 1st 2018, then we will be refunding your payments, and the Halifax RC Park will be closing down 😦

We’ve tried hard to give a good selection of prizes to choose from, and the vehicles below fit with many of the local active RC groups:

Choice 1. Traxxas Slash 1/10 Short Course Truck (SCT) – The ever popular, and foundation of the modern Short Course Truck craze, the Slash is where most recent hobbyists began in RC. This current version has Traxxas stability management, and runs brushless power which means you can slot straight into the local and regional SCT groups and races. Take a look at this link to this model for what you can win: TRA68086. There’s a choice of 4 body colours, but you’ll require a battery and charger to get running.

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Choice 1 – Traxxas Slash 4×4 Brushless RTR (ex. battery and charger)

Choice 2. Axial SCX10-2 Trail Truck kit – This is the current version of the truck which launched the Trail Truck scene. And Trail Trucks are ever popular in Nova Scotia throughout the year – its a great RC activity for winters, and through the wet shoulder seasons. The SCX10-2 is well supported with aftermarket parts of all varieties and it really can be made to go anywhere. This is a kit version which requires assembly and the separate purchase of all the electronics (transmitter, receiver, servos), motor, battery, charger, paint etc. Check out Axial’s page for full details: AX90046

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Choice 2 – Axial SCX10-2 KIT

Choice 3. A pair of 1/10 ECX Torment 2WD trucks – This is the quick way for siblings, cousins, or families to start the RC hobby together. Not one, but two ready to run hobby-grade RC cars. The ECX Torment is great for beginners, and the large Short Course Bodies mean you can nudge each other ‘safely’ as you drive. These vehicles come with battery, charger and are completely ready to go right from the box. Two colours are available:  ECX03333T1  and  ECX03333T2

Choice 4. Tamiya TT02B 4WD buggy Ready to Build and Run – Those of you of advanced ages will likely remember Tamiya as the first mass-market hobby-grade RC vehicles. The Frog, Monster Beetle, Grasshopper and Boomerang are all memory worthy. Tamiya are still going strong with their excellent kits and unusual vehicle designs and there’s a local RC group devoted to Tamiya. Kit building is great fun and when you see something you’ve built turn its wheels for the first time, the sense of achievement is amazing. This prize is a ready-to-build 1/10 4WD TT02B off-road buggy which is a perfect match for the local play-racing Formula TT02B group and includes the buggy kit, speed controller, motor, a Spektrum DX2E radio and receiver, Kinexis KXSB2000EC lipo battery, Dynamite DYNC2005CA charger, and a suitable steering servo. Apart from a couple of screwdrivers, and some paint for the body, it’s everything you need to build and race an RC car.  There’s three body styles to choose from: Plasma Edge II #58630Neo Scorcher #58568 and Dual Ridge #58596.

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Choice 4 – Choice of Tamiya TT02B 4WD buggy kit and accessories to get it running

Choice 5. A $500 voucher to Mighty Small Cars, Dartmouth – if none of the above look interesting enough, then there’s always the option of a $500 voucher for MSC.

Good luck to everyone who enters, and as always feel free to email us at halifaxrcpark@gmail.com with questions.

Thank you for visiting us at the Hobby Show

We had a great time at the Shearwater Hobby Show over the weekend. Thanks to those of you that came out to say Hi and for those of you who are only seeing this because you took one of our information cards, “welcome to our website, and welcome to the hobby of R/C cars”. Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to put on a full demonstration on Sunday morning, but we’ve been promised that nice carpeted area for 2018. Look out for details of our plans for that area sometime in March 2018.

We’re getting near to the time when track maintenance can start in earnest out at Halifax RC Park in Beaverbank, so keep checking here for more details. Many hands make light work!