I honestly think an R/C modeller is missing out if he/she never tries glow, and the same for electrics. I do not think glow is as bad as what is percieved here. If you have an efficient field box setup and an exhaust extension you can avoid most of the mess and setup time. A properly tuned engine can be almost as reliable as an electric, and much more powerful.
I think that much less animosity between the two groups would exist if the electric guys tried a glow setup or two and the glow/gas crowd tried an electric or two. We do not need a big divide in this relatively small R/C hobby. I understand the glow crowd can be annoying and unsupportive, but you can't help but notice our bias against "slimers."
I fly both glow and electric. I think perhaps if we don't rub our advantages in their face they won't be so eager to rub theirs in ours. This is a small hobby and we don't need this divide between two major parts of it.
Just remember not to look down on anyone else having fun.
Very well said.
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