AMA West Expo 2018 RC Trade Show

Another year, and another AMA West Expo show! Catching up with old friends and seeing what’s new is always the name of the game and there was certainly plenty of that!  The big news this year was that the expo will be held in a new location next year (which will actually be this November), the Pomona Fair Grounds (promo vid at the end of this article).  This should be a nice change for the show as it will allow significantly more outdoor activities including flying, racing and all that other good stuff that we can only get limited doses of in Ontario.  For the show itself, there was a nice assortment of vendors as there always is, but there seems to be a bit of turnover in the hobby right now.  Some of the old stand-by vendors and shops don’t seem to be standing by as much as they used to and newer vendors seem to come and go.  Hopefully this new location will help re-invigorate things a bit and bring in some additional interest and vendors!

For me this year, I was only able to make it on the Saturday so I setup shop with a couple airplanes on display in the Scale Squadron booth.  I didn’t think the bring Lady Alice last year, so I brought it along with our kit bashed Kfir which fit well within the booth.  There was also on hand an absolutely gorgeously built F3D Skynight in work by Rob Han (his own design).  I’ve known Rob for a long time and he has always done some really ingenious work.  He actually plans to run the airplane with a geared glow engine driving two ducted fans.  I of course told him EDF would be far simpler! 😉

Some of the “new stuff” highlights included getting a sneak peak at Horizon Hobbies’ Continue reading

2017 AMA Expo West RC Airplane Trade Show

 It’s always a good time at the Expo!

When January rolls around, that always means it’s AMA Expo time!  It’s hard to believe that’s it’s actually been a year already since the last show.  Every year the expo is held at the Ontario Convention Center and features a bunch of vendors and manufacturers in the RC industry so it’s always an interesting show to head to.  It’s more than that though.  The RC community is like a family, so the show feels almost like a reunion as I get a chance to catch up with friends that I don’t get to see but just once or twice a year plus meeting new friends too.

This year, I was honored to be asked by the AMA to be one of the presenters for the show.  Truth be told, when the AMA asked me to speak at the show, I was humbled by the opportunity.  I’ve been coming to this show since I was a kid and as I mentioned in my article about this show last year, I even met my wife at this show 15 years ago if you can even believe that!  But, to share the presenters stage with so many amazing people is something I never imagined truthfully.  The AMA was cool enough to video and provide my presentation to post on my YouTube channel, so here it is in case you missed it! Continue reading

AMA Show Announcement and Eleven Hobby F8F Bearcat Giveaway

poster-west-01We have a quick post this week as I have two announcements!  One of my go to events every year is the AMA West RC Expo at the Ontario Convention center.  Well, the Academy of Model Aeronautics has graciously asked if I would be a presenter at the show this year.  So I will be at the expo all weekend long sharing my story with you, my background and why I started this site.  Plus we’ll have a nice display of jets including my Scale Masters winning Mirage IIIRS.  So, I want to encourage you guys to come on out to the event and stop by and say hi!  I love meeting you guys and it’s going to be an awesome weekend.  The dates for the event are January 6-8.

For the second announcement, we are doing our first giveaway!  A while back I reviewed the Eleven Hobby Bearcat and so we are giving that review airplane away.  To enter, all you have to do is to watch the above video and follow the instructions below.  There are bearcat-14multiple chances to win, so be sure to take advantage of each one!  The winner will be chosen on January 9 and I will be announcing the winner Tuesday January 10 which is the Tuesday after the AMA expo so be sure to share this video and get the word out!  It’s a free airplane and it’s completely free to enter.

I look forward to seeing you guys at the AMA Expo!

The RC Geek Eleven Hobby F8F Bearcat Giveaway

AMA Expo 2016

AMA EXPO 2016 — The place to geek out on the latest in RC!

Ah, the AMA Expo.  Heralded at the Ontario Convention center, it’s a great show to geek out on everything RC while scoring deals you wouldn’t normally get on RC products.  Though not always known as the AMA show, nor held at the Ontario Convention Center, this show has been ongoing in Southern California for a long time.  I remember attending a different incarnation of the show as a kid with my dad.  In fact, I even met my wife at this show when it was still held in Pasadena…wrap your heads around that one, haha!  It’s really hard to believe just how much the hobby has changed and I’ve watched it change each year through this show!  Even in just the last 10 years things have changed so much.


Now, an RC trade show means many things to many people.  For most however, it means three things — scoring deals while seeing what’s new and exciting and catching up with Continue reading