nowinaminute

Ever gotten verbal abuse off random kids/strangers because of RC?

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I fall into the large, shaved head, bearded, tattoo'd ogre in a black t-shirt category as well, and, unsurprisingly, haven't ever had an issue with anyone, wether alone or with a group of my similarly appearing friends... Except from old ladies. I swear that some old women are just looking for men having a good time to bitch at! They're usually pretty funny with their righteous rage at grown men fiddling with expensive toys, so it really doesn't bother me.

On the other hand, we host bi- weekly "bash sessions" in our parking lot where we block off half of the lot and drive our cars around and socialize. We've had people drive through the cones to cut past the stop light, people scream and swear at us, even one lady call the cops. The cop came and talked to me for a while, drove a few cars for a bit, then went across the street, told the lady that it was our parking lot, not public property, that we could do as we pleased, wrote her old man a ticket for cutting through, and let her know that we had a good case for harassment building. She and her old man haven't been a problem since. Some people...

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I get a bit of "abuse" off work mates ,( i say abuse, its the workplace, it would only be something else to get and wind you up) about playing with toy cars, but like I posted earlier, every single one of them want a shot, when I'm working on one on nightshift!! 

Although she doesn't really comment, the wife mentioned she was surprised,when we called in on a local RC race (for me to pick up parts, I'd 'borrowed' 🙄), that everyone were adults,  she presumed it would all be kids!! 

I think everyone should at least check out their local RC club,even if you don't want to race, if nothing else, than to meet and chat with fellow W̶e̶i̶r̶d̶o̶s̶ ̶ enthusiasts! 😁

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i think the big problem is with us is when we take our rc's out on our own we dont have much confidence seeing kids think they are kids toys and tbh they are but so what 

i did not get into rc's until i brought my first one at the tender age of 18 and when i took it out in the street then i would wait till it was empty.

know at the age of 48 i still think of my self as that same age of 18  and tbh i really dont care what anyone thinks about what i enjoy doing 

every one has a hobbie and not every one like others hobbies  like me i hate football and motorbike BUT i dont go on about it to people that like them i even used to machanic for my brother that does motorcross. 

for me this hobbie has to be the best think ever even though i dont get to use my rc's these days 

 i have got a fair few into this hobbie over the years and always love a good natter face to face over rc's  

i didn't mind someone stopping me when i was out but like you guys i can tell if someone is interested or may be tryng to chat bubbles to ya self of worse trying to distract you while they try to rob your rc.

i really enjoyed taking the our drifting rc's out with my 2 sons a couple of years back and they did also we would go every sunday and they still ask me still but their aint no where we can use drifting car by me even though my youngest is ready for leaving school and my other is in his early 20's we used to use either the local flicks carpark or a empty car park that is a 15 min drive for my house

i will always try to find a secluded spot to use.

the best thing is i do have a local club that runs every friday night in a school hall not far from me that i could join but i always think i aint good enough of i dont have good enough stuff so i dont bother to join but i have spectated at the club since the early 90's but i aint been in a couple of years and miss it tbh. its not good loving this hobbie and not have transport even more know since i got my trucks and i really want to visit the layland club 

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I love how this has turned into a meeting of Introverts Anonymous. One question, though - I have a full head of hair; am I still welcome? :)

I'm definitely the sort who wants to hurry up and get the social event over with so I can go home to my workshop. My wife is the opposite - she's a social butterfly, and while she doesn't quite "get" my need for solitude, she respects it, and I think we balance each other out. She has asked before why I don't get involved in more  clubs or events for the hobbies I'm interested in, and the only reason I can give her is that it cuts into my alone time.

The trouble with that, as many of us have found, is that it's easy to sit around alone and not do the thing that the club does. Racing, by definition, requires at least one other person; driving around in a circle by yourself is only entertaining for so long. And I fall into that trap with my other hobbies as well: I don't drive my MG as much as I should, because I don't have many places to drive it to. And the guitars gather dust because noodling around by yourself is nowhere near as interesting as jamming with other people.

So I'm trying to "get out of my shell" a bit. I've just found out about a new RC track here in town, https://www.pdxrcunderground.com, and I think I'm going to go to a couple of practice sessions and see if they're cool with vintage/re-re cars (because I still can't stand the modern ones). Besides, I like the idea of an indoor carpet off-road track; there's less cleanup involved and less chance of gravel rash than running in my weedy muddy side yard.

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21 hours ago, nowinaminute said:

I just didn't know how to respond.

Ignore them. They are just looking for a reaction. If you give them nothing they will get bored and find something/someone else to amuse themselves. They are probably killing time in the street because their druggy parents haven't provided them enough resources to amuse themselves at home.

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39 minutes ago, markbt73 said:

I have a full head of hair; am I still welcome? :)

Phew, I was starting to think that a hairy head is against rules or something.   

 

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2 hours ago, markbt73 said:

So I'm trying to "get out of my shell" a bit. I've just found out about a new RC track here in town, https://www.pdxrcunderground.com, and I think I'm going to go to a couple of practice sessions and see if they're cool with vintage/re-re cars (because I still can't stand the modern ones).

That place looks ace!! 

You'll find there'll be guys there that have vintage stuff, and love to see your collection.

All clubs have a selection of out and out racers, the guys that are chasing that tenth, brand guys, that only want a certain brand of car etc, but for the most,they'll have grown up with and still own vintage stuff, they all love RC, and will talk RC all night!! 

Maybe worth firing off an email, have a contact who's expecting you etc.

3 hours ago, markbt73 said:

I like the idea of an indoor carpet off-road track; there's less cleanup involved 

Bit of fluff, that's it! 

Raced on carpet for 30+yrs, British weather doesn't really lend itself to outdoor tracks too well 🌩🌬

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12 hours ago, 78Triumph said:

You sound like my long lost twin or something.

You know, when I saw your midlife crisis backyard RC playground, it reminded me of my attempts to do the same. I figured if I could bring the fun of crawling and a small track to my backyard, I wouldn't have to head out in public, lol. 

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7 hours ago, Wooders28 said:

about playing with toy cars, but like I posted earlier, every single one of them want a shot, when I'm working on one on nightshift!! 

Same, get ribbed but then when a parcel comes for me they crowd around like vultures. It really annoys them if I don't open it right away lol.

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These are great responses. I've never had anyone mock me for running an rc BUT when I worked at a hobby store in high school/college, I had a lots of people comment on the ridiculous price of rc kits or TOYS. That was annoying as badword but there were lots of people that frequented the shop of all ages that ran rc.

A manager walked by my cube when I had some pics up on Tamiyaclub looking at Sand Scorchers last month. She said cool rc's. I felt embarrassed for a second but then said that was my hobby along with flying my drone. She said her husband has an X-Maxx and loves to run it with his friends. I didn't feel as odd after that happened.  

It makes me feel good knowing that I'm not the only one that could just hang out and mess with my rc's all day without human contact.

 

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Just to chime in with a funny story. I live in France, was a former race mechanic (alpine/renault sport) am now a high school english teacher and still race in national rallies in France. I am not a big bloke but I do have a shaved head, mustache and beard and spent 7 years doing boxing. So normally where I go To play with the rc's (local park) I get the usual "how fast is it? How much does it cost? Where did you buy it? Can I try ? ...etc. But I never have any antagonism.

Well, one day about a year ago I went out to do some test runs with my rally car (illégal on public roads) but it was a sunday not much people around in rural south France and I decided to take an rc to do a couple of runs with it on the way back. So I did my tests then parked my lancia delta integrale grA at the entrance of the park and started playing with my schumacher cat 2000. I saw there was a group of treens hanging out on one of the benches and went about my buisness. But... the cat did a barrel roll near them and before I could retreive it one of the young ones was standing next to it. So I say hello and he says "can I try" so I Said "No you can't". He reponds "f### you and your stupid toy" and motions to kick ou car. I answer "if you want your teeth to remain inside your mouth don t touch my car". His mates start walking away sensing that things could get ugly and he hovers for a moment trying to figure out what to do so I told him no hard feelings and go off with his mates. When the group of them got past the hedge and saw the Lancia I heard them "Wow look at the car!" So I shouted "don t touch my other car either!!!". 

They all came back polite as ever and spent 15min taking To me about the Lancia and apologised for their previous behavior. 

Live and learn !

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I do have a good story about a positive interaction with a "civilian." Years ago I bought one of those Kyosho Nostalgic Series MGB kits on clearance sale, and I was running it in the parking lot next to my apartment. It was the first nitro car I had run in a long time, and I was still working on getting it tuned, when a guy and his son walked by and started watching me. After a few moments the guy's eyes lit up and he said, "Is that an MGB?" I drove it over closer to him and said "Yep, sure is." He then spent a good 10 minutes chatting with me, asking a few questions about the model, but mostly talking about British cars. He told me about the MGB he had back in Australia, and I told him about my dad's MGs and Triumphs, and all the while the little Kyosho engine sat there buzzing away at idle.

Finally I asked him, "Do you want to give it a try?" He hesitated and then said yes. And as if on cue, the engine stalled. "Hang on," I said. I then yanked the starter cord about 20 times, to no avail. Once or twice it almost caught, but then sputtered out again.

The guy chuckled, and said, "I see it runs just like a real MG as well."

"I swear, I was driving it around for half an hour before, no problem," I replied. Finally I got it started again (I think it just loaded up with fuel sitting there, and got flooded) but by then he had to get going. He and his son walked off with a wave, chatting about cars. The kid may not have developed an interest in RC, but I guarantee he grew up to be a gearhead.

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11 hours ago, t3garett said:

"Wow look at the car!" So I shouted "don t touch my other car either!!!". 

They all came back polite as ever and spent 15min taking To me about the Lancia and apologised for their previous behavior. 

Yeah, I noticed that it's generally socially acceptable for 1:1 car guys to "play" with "toy cars" if they do it within line of sight of one of their 1:1s. From personal experience, I can tell you that nobody's going to question your social status if you do your public RC driving from a standing position in the roof hatch of your Humvee. :D

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I’ve never had verbal abuse directed at me, albeit any that I heard.. but long ago, when I was stupid enough to have Facebook lol.. I saw a post from a someone I went to high school with.  
 
His post was in regards to him playing in the park with his toddlers and a male showing up with his RC truck. He was implying that it was odd and perhaps the male was a pervert trying to lure kids with his RC toy.r
 
Now as a parent we are all paranoid and over protective of our kids, the issue for me was the source.
 
This individual was the worst kid growing up.  A lying backstabbing cheat with no morals. During a period that we were supposed to be friends, he damaged my car at school by jumping on its hood to show off to some older kids. Eventually I found out it was him and it was agony to make him pay for the damage.
 
Anyhow, to see him take such a view of the hobby that I love really aggravated me 

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Went to the beach with my daughter yesterday. Me with the Lunchbox, her with Kumamon. Got loads of attention which made me just want to cringe but it was all positive at least lol!

The usual boring stuff, "how much?" "how fast?" "is it nitro?" I hate the nitro question. First off, anyone with functioning ears should be able to tell and also, why do outsiders still have this notion that nitro is the be all and end all?


There were also a lot of guys staring longingly with wives saying "you're not 'avin one!" :lol:

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Very interesting thread.  There are a lot of nice trails by me that my father and I frequent on the weekends with our crawlers, monster trucks, etc.  We run into all sorts of people; dog walkers, joggers, dirt bike & quad riders, fishermen, pot smokers, etc.  We always say hi to everyone and most people just say "looks like fun" or something like that. 

Today we were out along with my younger brother and came upon some fisherman at the edge of the creek.   I heard one of them say, "Hey, there are the guys with the trucks I told you about!".  A few of them proceeded to walk over and take photos/videos of the trucks crawling some rocks.   Of course they asked if they were nitro (everyone always ask that, don't they?), how fast do they do? and can they do burnouts?   Better than negative reactions I suppose.   

The thread is interesting because the negative reactions have always been in my mind and I worry that will happen.  That's why I rarely go out by myself, much less likely to get "bothered" when in a group.   I can take care of myself if anything were to happen, but it would really put a downer on things.  Some people just take joy in putting others down, horrible way to live if you ask me.

Last summer I went over to the local mall on a holiday and ran my TT02R around the giant empty parking lot.  I had my 1:1 Buick Grand National with me and had at least 3-4 guys stop in the lot to ask about the car.  They thought the RC was cool, but were mostly interested in the Buick.  It is funny how having an interesting full size car takes it from an adult playing with a toy to you being a cool guy no matter what you're doing.  I could have been crocheting a quilt and they would have thought I was the coolest...

Not that everyone has to be into the things I am, but there are so many like minded 1:1 car guys that I know would love RC but just wont give it the time of day.  I love my 1:1s, but working on my RC trucks is much more relaxing and a lot less stressful.  If I break an axle shaft out on the trail no big deal.  If I lift a head on the Grand National at the track its a lot more time and $$$$ to get right again.  RC is a fantastic hobby, I just love it.

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