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What Can You See In The Future? - EuroRC Hobby Letter 1/23

9.1.2023

What Can We See In The Future?

Hey friends - time to blow the dust again from the crystal ball and check what will be going on this year in our great hobby of RC!

Lets keep it calm and carry on during the strange days we're living! Remember to do things that keep you on the positive side and since you're reading this I would guess that RC - best of all convenient sized tech hobbies! - is something that you love.

So let me see.. damn this cursed item is dusty and full of my bosses fingerprints! Let me polish it a bit with some Muc-Off Microfibre Cloths (product placement intentional) and it should be good.. *BOOM* whoa that was fast! After some unskippable advertisements the image starts to get more clear and I can definitely see a clear shape of a..

Rally Rockets

..a Rally Car! What is this sorcery! If I am not mistaken, that indeed is a very basic (cheap!) Tamiya TT-02 based RC rally car!

For reasons unknown, these really started to catch some attention last year and trend seems to keep on giving. I've been thinking a lot why they are suddenly so popular but cannot find one sole reason. And if there is one I just dont see it! Maybe it is a result of many reasons.

Builder Kits are getting popular, Scale realistic RC is always popular and sure, Tamiya Kits are at a very nice price range. While awesome looking, RC Rally Cars can keep up some speed too. This whole hobby is getting faster and faster every year so maybe the time of Slow RC such as crawlers has reached it's peak?

It also seems that rally trend is not only about Tamiya. Many other brands like Team Associated have continued to extend their line to cover Rally Cars too. HPI Racing and Maverick have been playing longer run here as they've had these available for a some time already.

Maybe the biggest reason is in the easy-to-approach nature of rally itself. Everyone knows what it is about and RC Rally Cars and Kits offer perhaps the best bang for the buck when you combine money, speed and realism making them very tempting for newcomers.

What is interesting to see is that does their popularity lead to larger success of other on road classes like good old touring?

Dream Big

This is also interesting - none would have believed that big, like really big RC cars make a comeback! Last year we've seen return of the mighty HPI Baja 5B but also a King of the Truggies, Traxxas 1:5 XRT. For this category I want to count also fresh new nitro version of HPI Savage XL 5.9.

I see few reasons here and one of them is the global economy. People do not have so much money to spend in their hobbies so they downscale.

With this I mean that they do not buy another full scale truck or another quad bike. And with a price of a quad you can easily afford one or two XRT's! And any large scale RC truck is like 1000x cooler than any quad ever. 

But hey what was that?! Did I see an image of new big buggy there in our crystal ball.. No, maybe it was just an reflection.. I would be just too cool if there would be a large scale, race capable and high performing 4WD racing buggy wouldn't it? Nah, Cant see it again. Maybe I was just hallucinating.

Saturation Point

What can be seen even without the crystal ball is the trend of saturation. Our hobby is getting larger and wider all the time and while some areas, such as crawlers are not growing as much as before it does not mean that they are suddenly somehow unpopular. They just have found their hobbyist base and folks who are mainly interested only about 4WD scale trucks keep hobby their stuff.

They may or may not be very interested about other areas of RC later, but at least they have found something that matches their area of interest.

So there is many of us out there who are enjoying this magnificent hobby from their own perspective. One is challenged by the heat of competition while another one is super happy to glue that last detail piece in and enjoy their amazinlgy scale realistic creation!

There are no signs that trend of saturation would be ending soon, or actually ever. Its like a fractal, every little piece is opening to a smaller pieces that open into.. We are really living at the world of possibilities!

Fading Away

If I think about the things I do not see here then two things shine out with their absence. First are Short Course Trucks (for a some time already!)  and another one is quite surprisingly Stadium Trucks. Is anyone seriously competing with the truggies anymore? Or did they just secretly evolve to bashers? If you know the truth or have an opinion, let me know.

As far as I can see I do not see any return of Short Course Trucks but it would not be the first time that I am wrong. One of the great things in this hobby is that it somehow can always surprise us when you least expect it!

Okay the crystal ball is beeping due low Lipo voltage. Better put it back to its box without charging it first as we always do here at the shop!

Happy new (and hopefully better) year for all of you!

All the best, Heikki

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