Justin Aven of CEW Direct holds a rainbow
of tail rotors that reside in a retinue of retail
so they might cause less damage, but
he made it clear that being careful was
the most important thing. Rotors and
propellers are no place to scrimp, and
using only the highest-quality products
is the way to go.
Justin Aven was working in the CEW
Direct booth and had some great tail
rotor upgrade sets. They were molded
in bright colors for maximum visibility
and pizzazz. A snappy-looking heli is
great, but it’s even better if the rotor
disk catches the eye and keeps everyone
aware. I’m “skill challenged” when it
comes to RC helicopters, so I need all
the help and visibility I can get.
A few readers have told me about
disputes with hobby companies and
suggested that some manufacturers
are evil corporate types that exploit
modelers. After being in the hobby
for a few years and knowing many
manufacturers and suppliers, I disagree.
Most dealers have a passion for
modeling, and they only want customers
to be happy and safe with their products.
The culprit is often a case of the user
failing to read the instructions. Many
hobby companies invest a great deal of
time and effort in resolving problems.
Few other businesses can match what
I’ve seen in our field. The companies
know that repeat buyers are vital, and
making single sales of unsatisfactory
items is not the path to success.
I look forward to seeing my industry
friends at trade shows such as AMA
Expo. They all give me the same warm
greeting: “Move along fella, you’re
blocking my booth.”
Fred Church responded to my column
about models stuck in trees. He wrote:
“While flying a friend’s plane, I
managed to park it in some high trees,
well beyond the reach of any pole or
ladder. I called a professional tree service
and they climbed the 50-foot tree and
retrieved the plane in one piece for $80.
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