Smaller is fun…
Well, from the last two posts, there was mention of planes, wee choppers and a yot chets, Yachts. Forgot one- a car.
Since I was a kid, I have always wanted a radio controlled toy- like a Mack truck, or a boat, to send around the sand pit or beach to make things. Or sail to exotic places, like a deserted Pacific atoll. My grandfather Poppy Des gave me and my bother each the same [non-RC] toy yachts for Xmas when I was about seven[?], that was fun for one summer. The next summer, they were resurrected from Dad’s shed of stuff. One of them had a broken boom. I “remembered” my brother breaking it the previous year- so of course there was a fight over who the broken one really belonged to…
Nowadays, I have a collection of RC toys. One of the first was a spend-a-lot-on-a-magasine-robot. Yep, for the boys of course, to see how interested they would be in making things or playing with a robot that could Do Things.
That was a waste of time and money- waiting for the monthly installments of parts in the magasine. Trying to get it to work. Five hundred dollars, and we learnt bugger all, the robot was not that fun at all.
I met and went out a few years with a nice lady who had two young boys about the same age as my boys. Could have been a good match if I stayed longer than I did on an anti-anxiety program Her boys were also interested in flying RC planes- so I went down hat road with the cheap five minute battery powered kind, flying them at a local park. Fizzer really. A couple of times at the park. Too young to rally listen to how to fly it “HERE” and “NOT THERE”. Magled wings repaired with stivky tape or electrical tape or even boxing or gaffer tape if it needed it. Trying to make the time between charges less by adding in more batteries. So. Two hundred dollars down the gurgler there. Still in the spare room. Gathering dust. Maybe have to pull it out again
Went down the road of the magasine installments to make a RC car- a WRC Subaru two wheel drive, for #2Son, as he was about 8 or 9 by then. And me too!
It took a long time and a fair bit of cash for a momentary drive at the local basketball court or the street. Not that much fun, distance and space was not enough, and it was pretty fragile. The batteries lasted about 5 minutes- so of course there was an investment in that too, three more and extra chargers etcetera.
It too is gathering dust…
After I started another job, just picking things up and dropping them off, I had some more play money, and a closing down sale of a hobby shop was on. Two boats, radio controlled, were mine within an hour. A battery powered speedboat and a yacht. For three hundred bucks too!
The speedboat was of course mangled after 6 months, any modifications turned to crap. I had four or five large rechargeable batteries, so that was handy for about fifteen minutes of sweeping around the lake and the fountain. The batteries had to be jolted alive if left too long (years) with the car-battery charger- in reverse first too- ah, interesting method, thank you internet search.
The yacht was, on the other hand, nice. No mods other than getting rid of cheap string rigging and putting in fishing braided plastic coated wire instead. And keeping water off the electronics- one bad day, it ran into the reds, deep water- had to go home and fetch a board and paddle…
The speed boat is resting, since last year. The yacht gets a sail every few months, and I want another so I can race some one down at the lake. It is nice to sit on the deck chair, sunnies and hat on, and imaging little figures racing around the deck as I plough up and down the lake in the shifting winds. As long as it does not end up in the reeds. Now I take the old ski board AND paddle down in the van as well as the boat!
People like to stop on the lake path and watch it, I can hear them talking about it. It makes a gentle distraction.
The new toys- the wee choppers. $20. Why the hell not. Just keep them away from LCD screens… And Tall wardrobes…
RC toys are fun and distracting, like writing this. A catharsis even. A thing to easily reign over. Smaller is fun. No petrel or the fumes for a power boat, nor mooring fees for the baby 12 Meter! Out in the sun and fine weather. Healthy? To do things with the kids too!
At least it keeps me off the dirty mean streets of desperation and depression!