I went Saturday, and yes, it was indeed a wonderful show, but I had a bit of a problem
Much like the alluring sirens of Homer's Odyssey
, I was entranced by the beautiful, friendly gals working behind Banana Hobby's table who robbed me of $129.00
So naturally, I retaliated, and grabbed a 1100mm Freewing FW-190 off the table and stormed off....
But really, it was a fantastic show with lots of wonderful folks to meet and talk to. I spent some time with Pete (a wonderful, stand-up kinda guy, BTW.) and once I was able to see the Freewing FW-190 in person, I finally decided to get off the fence and pull the trigger. Super looking model which looks even better in person.
I spent a great deal of time over at Horizon Hobby and met some absolutely great guys like Dave Eichstedt, John Redman and of course, Eric Johnson.
They were all very friendly and fielded many, many questions, sharing their experiences with some of Horizon's newest releases, namely the Parkzone Archer II and the Hobbyzone Glasair Sportsman. I'm completely thrilled with my Archer and have been flying it every chance I get. Check out the Archer thread and my blog for more details. Just fantastic. The Glasair caught me totally by surprise (which really isn't saying much, BTW
) and I am thrilled that a company that some folks had thought may be feeling the sting from the overseas vendors was actually simply preparing a flurry of releases for 2013! And man, for Horizon fans such as myself, what a year this is shaping up to be! Talking with Eric and Dave at length only confirmed what some folks have said, and that is that Horizon doesn't just mold some planes and hope for the best....oh no, my friends. Horizon tests every one their models extensively, making tiny little tweaks all along the way, and only when it's flying perfectly, and only then, is it ready for prime time. I'm very willing to pay the little more that Horizon asks for their models for that reason alone, but wait, there's also the legendary customer service and the fact that you can pick up a phone and call them and actually speak to a living, breathing human being.....pretty rare in this day and age
All in all, a wonderful event and thank you AMA for organizing this event!