A couple of weekends back we had a very good reception as part of the Youth Expo held in Brookfield NS. The Youth Expo is a large event aimed at youngsters with the particular focus on ‘hands-on’ activities. The organisers found us online and invited us to come and promote the hobby of R/C vehicles to the public. As those of you that check-in regularly, you know that there is an important distinction between Toy Grade and Hobby Grade R/C vehicles (we talk all about it on our beginners pages).
We had a few tables displaying a wide variety of R/C vehicles, and a foam R/C track setup on which people could spend a few minutes driving a pair of 1:27 micro scale racers. The cars held up well to continuous use, but alas it was the return spring on the steering wheel transmitters that gave out an hour before the end of the show (they’re still on my work-bench awaiting further investigation!). Don’t ask how many AAA batteries we went through!
We handed out a lot of information cards with links to this website so I hope there’s a few new readers. If so, Hi!
I didn’t get much opportunity to investigate the rest of the show but there looked to be lots of interesting things to see and try. I did take a couple of photos toward the end of the day though. There looked to be Laser Tag, Scotia Speedworld, Archery, Excavators, MotoCross etc. and there was even a competing R/C car track!
We hope to be invited back this year, and we’ve learned a lot about the shows setup. Maybe next year you’ll find us outside with bigger cars and a bigger track!
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!
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.
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!
If you’re scratching around for something to do this weekend then how about coming along to the Shearwater Spring Hobby Show on Saturday 8th or Sunday 9th April (this coming weekend). We’ll be there with lots of cars and trucks to see, along with a few smaller ones to try for yourself. A few more details on our post from a few weeks back.
Halifax RC Park will be joined by the Halifax RC Drifters and some trail truck guys at our annual stand at this years Shearwater Aviation Museum Hobby Show. You’ll be able to see a wide variety of RC vehicles, and we’ll again have some mini-trucks for you to try. On the Sunday morning (10am-12noon) there are plans afoot for a larger indoor RC demonstration where we’ll have a track setup on a carpeted area (postponed until 2018 – we’ve been promised!). Come and say hi and look over the wide variety of vehicle types making up this fun and lifelong hobby.
The show is located at the SeaKing Club within Shearwater Base. You’ll need ID to get through the main gates on Bonaventure Street (the same street as Shearwater Aviation Museum). Opening hours are 10-4pm Saturday and Sunday. It’s $5 per person or $12 for a family of 4. Tickets also give you access to the Aviation Museum which is a great walk around. Details from the Aviation Museum here. Exact Google maps location of the SeaKing club is here.
March is National Engineering Month and RC car’s are all about science and engineering. On Saturday 25th March, the Halifax Central Library is hosting a Engineering Month Public Display from 9:30am until 2pm. The event is free to attend and we’ll be there with a selection of radio controlled cars among the other stands of science and engineering themes. Come out and learn more about the hobby of RC cars, or just to say hi.
If you can’t make it to this show, then we’ll also be at the 19th Annual Shearwater Aviation Museum Spring Hobby Show on April 8th and 9th. Keep an eye on http://www.halifaxrcpark.com for more details in the coming week.
As usual, the events calendar, has these coming shows listed, along with other local RC events, races and trail runs. If you have an RC event you’d like to publicize then get in touch with us at email@example.com
GCM Racing’s Adventure Series 2016 is coming to Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park next weekend (Saturday 30th July 10am-4pm). There’ll be a great crowd of RC trail trucks competing on a variety of courses and technical competitions. If you’ve got an RC trail truck then you should really consider going along – even if it doesn’t fully comply with their regulations you’ll still have lots of fun. If you’re just interested in RC cars, then it should be a great spectator event for everyone.
More details about the series here, and more specific details about the Lawrencetown event here.