March into Wink's Hobbies in Ithaca This Month

March into Wink's Hobbies in Ithaca This Month

Excitement is in the air as March opens before us bringing the promise of warmer days and chances to get outside! This is an excellent time to visit your Ithaca hobby shop and get ready to play!

Model airplanes, RC model trucks, monster trucks, ATVs, and a myriad of other RC products await you at Wink's Hobbies in Ithaca.

Why Remote Control as a Hobby?

There just is no better way to put not only your creativity to use, but to tinker and tweak your very own RC model and get out there to drive, fly or cruise to your heart's content.

Before we dive in to explaining the different types of RC vehicles, it is important to make the distinction between toy-grade and hobby-grade RC models. Most any RC item bought from Radio Shack or a big-box store (Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) twill be a toy-grade item.That doesn’t mean it won’t be fun, but such items are meant to be last a very limited time. If and when they break, you may or may not be able to get replacement parts to keep them going. Most people end up just throwing them away. The pleasure is often short-lived and this turns people off from the hobby because they didn't start with a quality product in the first place.

Hobby-level models will cost you more up front, but it will perform better and last longer. Obviously, a hobby shop in Ithaca is the place to go for these items.

Cars are an ideal way to get started in RC. Most people have some experience driving real cars or some type of steerable, wheeled vehicles albeit bikes, scooters, ATVs, snowmachines. With that knowledge and feel and only two basic operations to control (steering and throttle), most people adapt rather quickly to the nuances of driving RC model trucks and other vehicles.  Most of us have access to the open spaces to operate an RC car or truck without running into too many things!

RC cars and trucks come in a few standard scales such as 1/12, 1/10, and 1/8, with 1/10 being the most popular. For a first purchase, you should consider 1/10-scale, 2-wheel-drive (2wd) monster truck. 

The main reason these types of vehicles are suggested for newbies is that they are suited well for all types of terrain, including the street or your back yard. They have big tires, strong bumpers, and lots of ground clearance so you can easily maneuver or bounce off of obstacles that jump in your way! With practice you will learn how to steer around these things, but it's good to start off with a solid RC model that won't self-destruct on the first crash.

Your Hobby Shop in Ithaca

It's not every day that you can actually walk into a privately-owned and operated hobby store like Wink's Hobbies in Ithaca. The advent of those big box stores turned the masses into low-priced disposable purchasers. The real RC models, RC airplanes, RC model trucks, and such, are hobby-grade and generally carried only by individual hobby stores who pride themselves on bringing you the best products in the industry. We here at Wink's Hobbies take this hobby seriously and want to know exactly how we can get you started or show you the upgrades, accessories and parts that you truly need and want.

There is nothing better than being able to actually touch, feel, test and talk about the brands we carry. Come in today and see our wide selection of RC models. Our hours are convenient, Tues – Fri 10AM to 6PM and Saturdays 10AM to 2 PM. Find us right here at 726 West Court Street!  We look forward to showing you around!