Making the best of a bad situation

Sep 27, 2011 3 Comments by

Nobody wants to have a bad weekend, but sometimes it just happens.  You’re out at your favorite RC spot with your friends, ready to enjoy a great day with your hobby, and then something goes very wrong.  Maybe your engine decides to throw a rod, or your ESC starts belting out smoke, or your steering servo eats its own gears.  It’s nothing you could have expected or planned for, and you definitely do not have a spare.  It’s a deal breaker, and your day is done.

So, what do you do?  Go home and sulk miserably while kicking yourself for something you had no control over?  Forget that.  Stay out and make the best of the day!  Of course you’re going to be upset – believe me, I’ve been there lots of times – but getting angry won’t solve anything.  Instead, try to see the bright side of things.  You’re not stuck at work or at school; you’re outside with your friends on a nice day.  Things could definitely be worse.

If one of your buddies has a spare vehicle, maybe they’ll let you borrow it.  After all, you probably have plenty of extra batteries and/or fuel now.  You can serve as a turn marshal for your friends’ races and make them buy you some beverages for it afterwards, or you can always serve as somebody’s pit crew.  If you remembered to bring your camera, use the opportunity to take some action photos and post them online later.  Or, just pack up and turn your day into a field trip to the nearest hobby store.  Spend some time looking at the latest kits and hop-up parts, talk shop for a while, buy some goodies, and then grab lunch at your favorite burger joint.  You see?  That wasn’t so bad.

In my book there is no such thing as a ruined day.  There are days that do not go as planned, but with a level head they can still turn out to be pretty good anyway.

 

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I got my first RC car way back in 1985 - a Tamiya Wild One - and have been involved in the hobby ever since. I've made every mistake in the book and loved every minute of it... Well, except for that one nitro engine I could never get to run properly. I've bought and sold more vehicles than I care to count, from cars and trucks to planes, helicopters, boats, and more. I'm a dedicated basher, certified bench racer, and collector of random tools. My very favorite part of the hobby is fixing things I've broken.

3 Responses to “Making the best of a bad situation”

  1. 10bob says:

    Couldnt agree more! Ive trashed suspension components, turned up to epic bashing locations, only to spend 30 seconds running and blowing a slipper clutch and even gone as far as travelling 30 miles with a model, all my kit and tackle and then realised i forgot the radio 5 minutes away from the destination all in the last few weeks…

    But as you say, thats what friends are for…. or if your flying solo, it means a few hours in the “workshop” being nerdy and stripping things down and rebuilding etc :D

  2. Ben Young says:

    That spare vehicle is a good idea, especially if you have a two truck sct you could simply run that truck or stick to one class

  3. Anonymous says:

    A month or so ago I absolutely demolished an engine with bits of the piston and con rod embedded in the sleeve. I was devostated but what made the day better was getting to the hobby shop, buying the fresh engine parts and working on the rebuild. I find the fixing is half the fun

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