Scale at the 2013 Toledo R/C Expo
by Stan Alexander
Going to Toledo, Ohio, is a spring ritual for many. I hadn’t been to the Toledo R/C Expo in three
years and I missed seeing the new
merchandise and many of my friends.
The AMA booth is staffed by AMA
leaders, including Bob Brown, AMA
president, and people from AMA
Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana, who
are ready to answer your questions and
help new members.
There were many foam products at
this year’s show—lots I believe there
were more foam airplanes than balsa or
There were new radio systems, as well
as the new gas engine line from O.S.
Engines, which seems to be branching
out into electric motors as well. I’m
disappointed that many of the new gas
engines have the carburetor positioned
in the back of the engine, making it
longer. Most of these are more than 6
I measured many of them for my
upcoming Cessna project. The full-scale aircraft is powered by a radial. For
aircraft with inline engines, the longer
engine doesn’t create a problem, but for
many radial aircraft it can.
The Balsa USA booth was much
smaller than I’ve ever seen it. The
people staffing its booth were taking
orders only; no kits were sold this year
at the Expo. I miss that! I also didn’t
see Yellow Aircraft’s booth or Precision
Cut Kits. Several other vendors have
At the Hobbico booth, the new
Spitfire ARF was there for show, as well
as the company’s Fw 190 that came
out last year. These are large ARFs
with wingspans of roughly 85 inches.
Hobbico was also showing off its new
14-channel Futaba radio with a street
price of approximately $599.
Sig Manufacturing’s booth had many
of its new sport models and the StandOff Scale, clipped-wing Taylorcraft
called the T-Clips. This ARF model is
constructed for electric power only, and
most of the new Sig models are designed
for electric or are glow-power ready.
Look for these at your local hobby shop.
Above: Brian Perkin’s
Bristol Scout D won
the Designer Scale
Plane class. It’s
powered by a Quadra
100 and finished in
Left: Peter Howe’s
TBM Avenger took
Best of Show and
first place in Military
Sport Scale. The
model was highly
detailed and the
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