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Re: Site Traffic

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:22 am
by tonys
Ally Young, I don't think the hobby is knackered, maybe for you or you have lost interest. As membership Secretary of my club we have had an influx of new members with 4 of them being under the age of 18.
I think the BMFA site and FB have moved people away from HA. Also clubs can develop there own website through the BMFA. And many clubs have gone down this road.The lack of model shops doesn't help much. I live in Cambridge and have a 50 mile trip to my nearest model shop, Inwoods. Buying online is one thing, to actually get out to a model shop was one of the joys of this hobby. Things change and we have to move forward. If you don't then you will be left behind....
I am getting on a bit now, but still planning on building (scratch) a 1/6 P51d and looking forward to it. Having also recently finished a p47(jug) and not a scrap of foam in sight.

Re: Site Traffic

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:36 pm
by Ally Young
Hi Tonis ,

That's good to hear that things are a bit brighter where you are and for you personally. Cambridge is obviously quite a big population centre with lots of people within a manageable radius. I'm glad your club is managing to sustain interest. I'm not convinced it's quite the same everywhere else though.

Keep having fun.

Ally

Re: Site Traffic

PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:44 pm
by Dickw
it's not too bad down here in Luton either - mebership of our local club is holding up OK and there has been quite a bit of flying so far this year despite the winter weather.

Model shops in the vicinity are few and far between so I rarely get to use them with most of my stuff being bought on-line these days. The specialist stuff usually comes from international sources direct from manufacturers or specialist suppliers anyway.

I am not a fan of "social media" so avoid it entirely, and also tend not to get involved in chit-chat even on modelling forums. These days I just use the forums to ask for help with things I don't understand, or supply answers to other people if I can (I check in daily) - but yes it is a shame to see forums slowly drying up.

I suppose much of the problem is that if people now just go and buy a ready to fly model and go fly it - what would they need a forum for?

Dick

Re: Site Traffic

PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:45 pm
by Big Si
Just had our first committee meeting of the year
54 joined so far and around 10 more in the next week or so that we know of
and that's despite having to maybe move half way through the year as the landlord wants to turn our club house into a house and a couple of offices
so don't think that's to bad
only down side no young blood
just old farts like me and even older :?
so still modelers out there for sure :D

Re: Site Traffic

PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:05 pm
by Dave Wilshere
We have a culture of people joining the club, its habbit for many, 'Yes I'll fly more this year' They don't!!
PMFC is one of the biggest clubs, amazing facilities with paved pits, heated club house, covered areas, 12v charging. Last year we saw the odd day with 20+ flyers, the last 2 months 4-6 flyers...from 200 members.
Then, if they are actually flying, how many are buying from hobby shops? Turn up with new models and equipment-bought from hobby shops, not so many if it's like the three clubs I'm a member of.
So many people down scaling or leaving the hobby are selling new/nearly new stuff and that fuels the market for those with a desire to have something new...when this dries up and they look for something new from a hobby business they will find its too late.
The hobby will die with our generation, kids don't have the desire to 'build' stuff with their hands, they will program a computer and 'design and build' a virtual item, but not get their hands dirty...man skills. When I was young we would by a new drum bearing or motor for the washing machine, now you throw it away and buy another.

Re: Site Traffic

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:15 pm
by oliver
From a relatively young opinion - 24, I don't have the same amount of time to fly as i used to. Finishing my degree this year and will hopefully have a job at the end of it. I go flying when it is convenient but more than once or twice a month is lucky. The issue with actual model shops I don't have endless streams of money available and whilst I would love to support that side of the hobby I can't so when i want something i will either find one second hand or go to the cheapest retailer and I don't see that changing. I used to really enjoy this forum a few years ago when some of the usual contributors still posted and caused some good debates, it would be good to see it used more again.

Re: Site Traffic

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:56 pm
by Ally Young
Good luck with finishing the degree Oliver, I hope all the hard work pays off in the end. Eventually you hopefully will have more time and money to spend on your flying.

It would be good to see a bit more topical debate on here as it has all dried up. With all that activity in the south, I'm surprised there are not more people on here wanting to talk about something...anything! ;)

Anyway, a few of the areas that got people talking most seem to have dried up. Apart from Stuart's big Yak, there has barely been a decent thread about a build or a fit out for ages. A few topics seem to stir a bit of reaction , mention props, engines, radio gear etc and that can get a good debate going. Could it be that there are fewer people making or doing projects?
I' m putting together a 40% Pilot Extra at the moment, but I haven't posted anything about it as there isn't really much to say, it is a typical Pilot 'build' or installation.

Maybe a good thread to start might be about what would you put together / what would your dream plane be if you won the lottery? .......or ......share your latest project with a few pics. It might kick start a bit of chatter.

I'll maybe start a dream plane thread.......... 8-)

Ally

Re: Site Traffic

PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:06 am
by tonys
Have you been up to the BMFA site? There is more going on there than on HA. A lot of clubs also seem to have FB pages.
Just an observation in answer to your posting.