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If my parents did not teach me what i learned at an early age i would had been useless to my community.

it's like when does a brain or heart surgeon get his first crack at real patients,

or perhaps when i was learning plumbing, when was my uncle going to let me loose on soldering copper pipe.

shootn' targets at six with a pellet/BB's  and 22 LR.

my children were using an air nailer at seven years old.

did not cut loose my youngest onto a Skilsaw until he could lift it with one hand and hold it straight out for 30 seconds, he was thirteen.

i'd say the table saw and chain saw are the most dangerous.

when do we get a chance?

 

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6 hours ago, ACCEL said:

did not cut loose my youngest onto a Skilsaw until he could lift it with one hand and hold it straight out for 30 seconds, he was thirteen.

I think I’d struggle with that myself :) it does have a 5Amph  battery though in my defence... 

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As you guys know I’m a newbie here,

Reading through OP post, he has directly helped me with something, and I’m very grateful for. As someone new to the forum, I can imagine what happens to some here and may happen to me...

You can all see I’ve posted on here a bit, maybe it’s verbal diarrhoea and I post something before thinking about it fully. The more and more I search for help and spend time here the more I’m aware of the ‘old guard’ here and seeing myself look like a total doofus in front of the pros and long time tinkerers, I’m not too worried and how am I going to learn some finer details that translate across all models?

I am conscious that my wafflings might be getting in the way when other people need help with something, so I’ll post less as time goes on not to get in the way.

I would genuinely like to thank the people that have taken their time to help me out, a week before lockdown I went down with something, 2 days later I could hardly breath and get the ambulance out, I made extra A&E visits in the coming months, no one could help me as they were only interested when you had to be admitted.

I found the Tamiya kits I collected in loft and actually started them. I reverted back to a time before my teens, a safe place where I had some control of what was going on, I could concentrate while tinkering and forget about the pain going on throughout my body. I’m still suffering certain things and this is why I’m up at 3am looking through stuff writing this posts here.

I’m aware of certain posts or polls that are not visible to me concerning new members and can see perhaps the annoyance of having a load of new members turn up and are probably seen as ‘fair weather’ rc enthusiasts, chatting away blocking up the forum with extra posts. I do get it.

As I’m coming close to the end of my test bed GF01, I will have a template to make up a second one with all the extra parts I’ve collected and beginning to refine what I didn't understand first time round, looks like diffs, restricting movement in diffs, clearing the gumph off to let them move freely, shimming – all this stuff.

Anyway, thank you all 👍👍

 

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I will say that's the beauty of this particular forum... its pretty inviting. It doesn't matter if a new enthusiast (or returning, older enthusiast) comes around asking questions. Its not an annoyance to anyone here and most try to be helpful. Even if questions get repeated over the years, it doesn't matter. It keeps the forum and the discussion alive. Nothing used to irritate me more than seeing some smart-aleck reply to a question on a forum telling the person to "use the search function". Forums aren't just static repositories of knowledge. Often times when questions get re-asked, newer or fresher knowledge might come to pass because of it and that's good. I also like the old guard isn't cliquish here. Too many other forums have a group of 20-30 long term members that form a circle that is too hard to break into for a newcomer. It intimidating and the place becomes an echo-chamber. 

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28 minutes ago, Saito2 said:

Nothing used to irritate me more than seeing some smart-aleck reply to a question on a forum telling the person to "use the search function". Forums aren't just static repositories of knowledge. Often times when questions get re-asked, newer or fresher knowledge might come to pass because of it and that's good.

Couldn't agree more. I've been on a lot of other forums that the usual reply to a question is either use the search function, or some clown would post up a "Let me Google that for you" link of the same question. 

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6 hours ago, Saito2 said:

I will say that's the beauty of this particular forum... its pretty inviting. It doesn't matter if a new enthusiast (or returning, older enthusiast) comes around asking questions. Its not an annoyance to anyone here and most try to be helpful. Even if questions get repeated over the years, it doesn't matter. It keeps the forum and the discussion alive. Nothing used to irritate me more than seeing some smart-aleck reply to a question on a forum telling the person to "use the search function". Forums aren't just static repositories of knowledge. Often times when questions get re-asked, newer or fresher knowledge might come to pass because of it and that's good. I also like the old guard isn't cliquish here. Too many other forums have a group of 20-30 long term members that form a circle that is too hard to break into for a newcomer. It intimidating and the place becomes an echo-chamber. 

couldn't of said it better myself!

questions? is it not how we all have learned?

watch, listen, read and ask questions.

Then trail and error and that's ok, it's how i have learned..................................

besides the ones that respond with their knowledge are giving their time and i thank them.

To those about to Rock I Salute You!

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@Saito2 interesting that you posed this question when i have noticed a major slowdown on the forum.

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On 7/29/2020 at 9:55 AM, Saito2 said:

Often times when questions get re-asked, newer or fresher knowledge might come to pass because of it and that's good.

Absolutley,  and where a bulk of the questions are about the electrical side, that's changed a great deal over a decade! (Even lipos are now being superseded by LiHv)

I think everyone has flurries of activity, and then a pause when life gets in the way of fun, that's just, well , life.

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I think that Scale Builders Guild may have drawn in a lot of people from who where on other forums too. Especially as Crawlers are so popular. 

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Came back today to check on how thing's were going. As for me, I just seemed to disappear one day. A lot of reasons why, in no particular order:

- Satisfied with my current collection. I have most of the cars I wanted as a kid, sans a few that are out of reach in my opinion because of $$$

- Prices aren't what they used to be for busted up and beaten examples of 80's buggies. Every person selling junk thinks they have a treasure. 

- Started delving into HO trains. Honestly it was kind of inevitable. I've always wanted to build a small town, can use my hobby skills immensely, tons of electrical work I can do, build and expand over time, can do it inside when the weather is terrible. 

- I'm in a midst of a full-blown transition since I'm transgender (yeah...um....I never mentioned it on this site but maybe a few times). Money for family and transition sometimes takes precedent. 

- Was laid off permanently back in March and still job searching. 

- Interest just waned. Ebb and flow I guess. Still lots of RC projects I'd like to do one day. Hey, I did finally fix and run my vintage Hotshot last weekend :) 

 

So there you have it, I'm still here and I didn't ded. Hope y'all are doing well. 

Much love and Cheers!

Blake

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On 7/29/2020 at 1:55 AM, Saito2 said:

I will say that's the beauty of this particular forum... its pretty inviting. It doesn't matter if a new enthusiast (or returning, older enthusiast) comes around asking questions. Its not an annoyance to anyone here and most try to be helpful. Even if questions get repeated over the years, it doesn't matter. It keeps the forum and the discussion alive. Nothing used to irritate me more than seeing some smart-aleck reply to a question on a forum telling the person to "use the search function". Forums aren't just static repositories of knowledge. Often times when questions get re-asked, newer or fresher knowledge might come to pass because of it and that's good. I also like the old guard isn't cliquish here. Too many other forums have a group of 20-30 long term members that form a circle that is too hard to break into for a newcomer. It intimidating and the place becomes an echo-chamber. 

That's definitely what brought me back here, and why I probably won't bother going back to any other hobby forums. A lot of the others have that cliquey feeling, especially if you approach the subject from some angle other than the accepted "normal" way that everyone else does. Much more of an "anything goes" feel here.

This is just a good friendly spot, like a good local bar, except we're spread out all over the world and we talk about the greatest toys in the known universe. And it's kinda funny: I've been on here for 13 years (!!!), and yet, I still sometimes feel like a noob, just because I know that a lot of still-regulars predate me. But I guess a tiny bit of impostor syndrome is healthy; it keeps one from feeling like a know-it-all.

And I agree: I don't mind re-answering the same questions. I do sometimes suggest that people search for an answer, but usually it's because I'm in a hurry but want to help, or just don't feel like typing the same thing out all over again. But I try to be kind about it. I hope I succeed...

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I’ve come and gone a few times. I once stayed away for a bit because I didn’t care for one member who would post on everything and would alway try to point out minor inaccuracies of people’s replies.  Eventually he went away. 

Another time I took a break from RC while going through a divorce.  My entire RC collection became a marital asset that I couldn’t touch until the property portion of our estates was settled.  It was weird going in my garage to see a partially built Hilux with years worth of dust on it. 

Recently I’ve noticed that I have nothing much to add to the discussion. I don’t have very many new tamiyas and some of the cars people talk a lot about I have no clue on.  Tamiya club has lived on so long that the focus has shifted from vintage to the current vehicles. 

 

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8 hours ago, Shodog said:

Tamiya club has lived on so long that the focus has shifted from vintage to the current vehicles. 

I wonder if it needed that to grow/survive...My wife always ask me how we all can continue to talk about the same RC cars for years despite Tamiya's large catalog. If we concentrated on the first 100, she might have somewhat of a point. Aside from new members coming in to rediscover everything, eventually new topics on a finite number of cars would grow thin. I pointed out the re-releases of course bring in new members plus the new products that continue to further discussion.

I also wonder if the old/new phenomenon with 1:1 cars is present here too. My 1971 Nova seemed like an old car in 1985 but my 1990 5.0 Mustang didn't seem as old in 2004. Part of the that is probably technology leveling off at various points combined with individual perception of time. A foxbody is still a "latemodel" to me but is probably ancient to a current 16 year old. The High Light is 14 years old at this point but is still a "new" Tamiya to me. In 1999, a Bruiser seemed pretty old.

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