The SBR Model Helicopter Mall Show
March 8th, 2003
Our model helicopter show at Mic Mac mall in Halifax was a great success thanks to the following 9 participants with 19 or so models. Not a bad showing with about half the club members attending. We have acquired new members during the show and have most definitely enticed many others. Numerous people are now better educated towards the hobby thanks to the cooperation of all attendees.
I have to give a big thanks to Tom Gaum since it was his idea and Tom has also spent a substantial amount of time running around. We are a little disappointed at the poor support shown by MAAC regarding event insurance.We ended up purchasing our own from the mall.
Tom’s helicopter proved very handy in attracting people
at the mall entrance.
Attending SBR members :
Ron Seeley (1 Hirobo)
Paul Herman (1 Hirobo and 1 Thunder Tiger)
Steve Mosher (1 Miniature Aircraft, 1 JR and 1 Vario)
David Ross (2 Schluter) That’s why we call him “Schluter Dave”
Greg Penny (1Schluter and 2 Thunder Tiger)
Tom Gaum (1 Hirobo, 1 Thunder Tiger and 1 Vario)
Bob Hood (1 Miniature Aircraft)
Colin Bell (2 Thunder Tiger)
Stephen Bell (2 Thunder Tiger)
Steve Mosher kindly provided a very fast computer and a G-2 flight simulator for the spectators to try.
Bob Hood generously supplied a club photo album and laptop. Bob Hood and Colin Bell both created power point presentations with pictures and videos. We even had our own SBR web site functioning on Bob’s computer. Thanks to Bob for a bit of on-site CD burning to give us a few more options.
“Schluter Dave” had a very impressive display for his monster Schluter Bell 205.
The size of this was augmented by his tripod display mounting. Dave has put substantial effort into the model, but at the same time has kept it in line with respect to practicality as a “working man’s machine”.
“Schluter Dave” prepares for the public.
Steve Mosher’s scale Vario Bell 212, a close cousin of the Bell 204/205 series takes scale a couple of steps further by adding functional nav lights, a rotating beacon, search lights and more. Steve has used off the shelf Radio Shack electronics to custom build the electrical bells and whistles. Many people are incapable of this original manner of thinking or simply too lazy. They usually buy made to use hobby products which is fine but certainly much less challenging.
I have personally learned a few neat tricks myself! Steve Mosher supplied information and technical manuals for reading concerning the Vario product line.
Colin Bell manned the simulator helping the public learn how to control the model helicopter and make sure everyone received a fair “Kick at the Cat”.
Colin manning the simulator booth.
We had a nice balance between scale and pod and boom machines and between the expensive and economical. This gave the would be modeler accurate options for price, flight envelope and design.
The SBR guys hard at work.
The rest of the club members happily answered many questions and gave directions to our flying site. Some of the people sincerely interested in hobby were from the full scale fraternity. This group was surprised at how educated some of our members are on aerodynamics and actually found out just how incorrect a few of their preconceptions were concerning models. We expect a few new members from this category.
Tom was his usual charming self among the ladies and gents as he certainly displayed his gift of gab! Some of us watched carefully, enviously taking notes. Many publications and technical manuals were made available courtesy of various club members for reading. The rest of us enjoyed each other’s company when not answering questions since we have not seen one another for several months.
Start them young I always say!
You are probably wondering what I did at the show besides taking a few pictures. In all honesty I’d have to say I had a great time seeing everyone having fun and chatting about anything with anyone.