The hobby industry is a strange one. Nearly everything we have is begged, borrowed, or stolen from other industries. And everyone pretty much knows each other, company to company. It’s like a small town in Arkansas: turns out everybody knows everybody, and most of them sleep together, and some are even related.
Which makes it all the more sad that the iHobby show was incredibly poorly attended this year, not just by retailers and buyers, but also exhibitors – some of who are very heavy-hitters in the hobby world. The rumor is that Great Planes (who owns Duratrax, Electri-Fly, Axial, ARRMA, Team Durango, Estes Rockets, and Revell models to name a few) is boycotting the show, due to the relocation to Cleveland from Chicago. If that rumor holds some truth, it’s a sad reflection of the pettiness Great Planes can be accused of. If there were other reasons that they pulled out of the show (which they actually sponsored), then those reasons haven’t been brought to light.Read More