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!)
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.
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!
- 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.
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!
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com. Simples.
There are however an important list of requirements for you to consider for your track layout submissions:
- The width of the track has to exceed 10ft at all points (that gives the 1/8 scale guys some options)
- There needs to be enough “green” off-track area for marshals to stand safely and not obstruct the view
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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