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Posted by gouda | Dec 24, 2010 @ 06:25 PM | 6,858 Views
You shouldn't put up with crap quality from any vendor. It isn't necessary. Think about the suppliers that have been around for a number of years. most notably Great Planes (Tower, Hobbico, etc) and Horizon and I should include Hobby-Lobby. I know there are others of course, but they are the prime examples. In almost every case they stand behind their products, stock spare parts and answer their phones and respond to emails. I know not all their stuff is the best or may cost more than elsewhere. But, at least you know they'll be in business next week. I just can't see why you would buy copy stuff with no backing. The same goes for some of the smaller dealers around the country. You know who they are. They may have stuff that is cheap, but it is seldom unique and can be had from other sources. The key is if they respond to customer questions posed via email or if they do something as simple as answer their phones. If they don't I will not buy from them and in my opinion, no one should unless they get their acts together. Just because this is a hobby, there is no reason to accept second best. Even in the interest of getting low cost components, there are some places better than others. We need to keep posting information about vendors and if they take care of us, their customers in a resonable way.
Posted by gouda | Dec 19, 2010 @ 10:10 AM | 6,572 Views
I guess I have not had much to say recently. So I guess I better. After being away from the hobby for a year or so, I'm finally becoming active again. Always have a interest, but the actual activity level does wain from time to time. To much others sstuff going on as of late, but it's all becoming manageable again. I love this hobby. I'm sort of cleaning house as of late as well. The larger planes are being replaced by smaller ones. Especially ones that I can pack up safely when we travel since we are doing that quite a lot lately. Didn't really know how many kits, ARF;s etc I had around until I really take inventory.
I like the newest generation of RTF/PNP/BNF models. They seem fairly well made and if you buy them from a good manufacturer/source you can get replacement parts and they stand behind their products. I have a real problem with these Asian based shops that are selling all over the world. Not so much because their products are bad (usually they are not, at least if you are carefull what you buy), but because they don't stand behind anything and either never have stuff in stock or take your money and let you sit for XXX days until their stock is replinished. That's lousy and I will not do it. I can't believe people put up with that. Not to mention the lack of quality, bad ESC's etc they ship without batting a eye. The problem is that we put up with stuff like that. If we demanded better, they would get better. Or, they would cease to do business. I worked with Asian suppliers my entire career. They can and do do better if that's what the customer wants. Quality isn't a issue if you want it. They know how.

Anyway, I can't wait for us to get south and I can start flying... It's going to be fun. Winter never used to stop me from flying, but I'm older and wiser now...


Posted by gouda | Jul 01, 2008 @ 12:22 PM | 7,610 Views
have a great 4th -2008. Blow something up!!
Posted by gouda | Nov 20, 2007 @ 09:53 AM | 8,092 Views
Hi guy's;

First thanks to everyone I have dealt with over the past few years. Trading is fun and just another part of a great hobby. In all my transactions, the ones that have been problematic are few. And most were on RCU, not RCG. If that tells you anything.
So, I thought I post some of my ideas on how to look out for scams etc. Here goes:

1. If it's to good to be true, It likely isn't properly or accuratly described.
2. Be wary of those with zero ratings as a seller. But keep in mind, everyone starts with a zero.
3. If a person a a zero rating as a buyer, just be sure they understand fully what they are getting, what the actual cost is and how you expect to be paid and when.
4. Be doubly aware of the people that come across as having a attitude. I find that as much of a concern as anything. I've dealt with one person specifically, that is as arrogant as possible. He's a crook and makes you feel like it's your fault that you received something different than he descibed. If you get that "vibe" during a deal, back off, stay away, run, but get out. This was on RCU, but I recently see him here. Be carefull. Ratings may not reflect this. It is very possible to intimadate via email.
5. It's a hobby, anyone that has so much stuff for sale, that he looks like a store, likely is in it for a profit or got in over his head. If that's up front it's fine. We all know a few people that list regularly and are great people in everyway. But, those that pop...Continue Reading
Posted by gouda | Jan 26, 2007 @ 03:38 PM | 8,559 Views
Hey; Look at this. Are we legit finally? Maybe. get a car designed around our needs? A mention anyway, it's a start. anyway...

Posted by gouda | Jan 22, 2007 @ 02:43 PM | 8,438 Views
This has gotten out of hand. Whomever is in charge of this site needs to stand back, take a breath and figure out his priorities. Do they want to allow scammers, thiefs and worse to use this site? They do and nothing is ever done about it. But, use the wrong two letters and wow, you better be ready for problems. Get your ducks in a row RCG... You're going to lose people. No one has to be accountable, do they?
Posted by gouda | Dec 23, 2006 @ 10:43 AM | 9,393 Views
Merry Christmas to everyone!!


Posted by gouda | Nov 28, 2006 @ 04:30 PM | 9,755 Views
I'm tired. Why do people ask questions about stuff (like how much to ship etc) and then have no intention of following through. You know who you are. Don't waste my time. I've learned who tends to do this quite a bit and I'm not wasting my time anymore. Get a life. ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

Yes, I got up on the wrong side of the bed today.
Posted by gouda | Jul 12, 2006 @ 05:46 PM | 10,615 Views
You know, I have been using this web site for a reasonable amount of time. I've bought and sold with many people. I don't do this to make money, it's fun and part of the hobby to me. Then you do business with one bad apple and it just feels like there is no justice. I was the buyer in this instance and i was sold a plane that was improperly packaged and damaged in shipping. I rated him properly and he has the balls to give me a bad rating. Because I wouldn't put up with his crap and knew within hours that I was in for a rude awakining. RCG needs to come up with some system the protects people from this. RCU does a good job by giving to a place to rebutte a underserved rating. But here we have no recourse. Makes me wonder if I should make some changes and just use RCU.

I'll think about it...
Posted by gouda | Jul 07, 2006 @ 11:30 AM | 10,175 Views
Does Woody Woodpecker really exist?
Posted by gouda | Apr 23, 2006 @ 05:22 PM | 11,257 Views
Now that winter has lost it's grip. here's what I did....Most all finished and ready to fly within a hours or so. The Raven is airframe only since I've been trying to sell it.

Come on..need some green grass..it's softer.

Cub - 4120
P47 - E-Flite 400/980
Pitts - 2808
Extra - I forget, Maxx something geared.
MF#1 - 2808
Posted by gouda | Apr 01, 2006 @ 08:33 AM | 11,487 Views
My lovely wife tandem paragliding off Bob's Peak in Queenstown New Zealand..More guts than I have...
Posted by gouda | Apr 01, 2006 @ 08:24 AM | 11,249 Views
FFLF = Female fun limitation factor.

MMCC = Mens mobile crisis center. I.E., pickup/car/Jeep/Corvette

Thanks to Joe S.