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...a greying hobby?

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Q: So, how old are you?

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(1535 votes)

David Ashby - Moderator18/03/2013 15:06:18
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It's a question we all assume we know the answer to and it's a poll I thought I'd run but I haven't, it's easy to ignore the simple ones!

So, is model flying a greying hobby? And by how much? let's see!

Bill_B18/03/2013 15:14:04
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Er, I may be missing a trick here, but the choice is somewhat limited!


Ah, you fixed it then!



Edited By Bill_B on 18/03/2013 15:14:54

David Ashby - Moderator18/03/2013 15:21:26
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Just takes a few mins to upload Bill.

Eamonn Fahey18/03/2013 15:32:43
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Old enough to know better, but young enough not to care! smile

My motto for life is "I may be getting old, but I refuse to grow up" wink 2

chris edwards 318/03/2013 15:47:40
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16 and carnt get enough of the hobby, looking to get a metal lathe to make some enginessmiley

Bob Cotsford18/03/2013 16:11:20
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the best and the worst time in life - old enough to have a decent income but too young to retire and make the most of my time

Jon Laughton18/03/2013 16:35:42
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Let's be cautious with the interpretation of the results - this poll really answers how old are the forum users who choose to answer the question which may or may not be skewed with age compared to the age ranges of those who actively participate in the hobby?

Still it is fascinating (& worrying) that the initial response shows that 41% are over 61....I'm in the youth development policy at 54!

Nev18/03/2013 17:12:37
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221 photos

I wasn’t interested in aeromodelling at 25 either, far better things to do.

So, like so many others we have a play in out teens when we are very enthusiastic then drop it for a while. To be picked up again when we are a bit older and have a bit of spare cash.

Nev, 53 next week.

David Davis18/03/2013 17:17:16
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So, over half of us are between 61 and 80 years of age.

00118/03/2013 17:41:14
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I assume that many of the younger ones are still at work! (A four letter word prohibited here!) Or on their way home.

Edited By Chris P. Bacon on 18/03/2013 17:41:54

Essjay18/03/2013 17:43:54
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Relaxing in early retirement, 58 next week


Edited By Essjay on 18/03/2013 17:44:15

Eifion Herbert18/03/2013 18:37:04
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At 36 I'm quite often the youngest one at the flying field.

Myron Beaumont18/03/2013 18:50:25
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I'm not alone it seems ! 69 years old & in the majority .It would be interesting to know how many years us old'uns have actually been modelling .In my case,on and off for more than 60 years !!

Erfolg18/03/2013 19:14:57
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I guess the positive aspects of the age distribution, is that, from a trade position, that modellers have money to spend.

The negative aspect is that there are very few modellers, or should that be fliers, who are very young? Never in my life time have models been available that fly well, at low cost, that can be controlled to do what you want, as right now. I would have hoped that there would be so many youngsters flying small models, that getting on the field on a Saturday and Sunday would have been tough.

There tends to be two aspects to the broad heading of modelling, that is flying, where there is little evidence of youngsters, which we have dealt with and building. I do broadly accept that most youngsters are on their computers and consoles. Yet from my grandchildren ( all girls) between the age of 5 to say 9, they enjoy making things, That is even when ready finished items are available. Youngsters are broadly creative, when left to themselves.

Could it be that a lot of so called, much derided by some, loved by me, flying toys, are flown in the home, gardens and parks? I hope so, as not many make it to our field or onto this site.

I am not a subscriber to the notion that most modellers start in their 30's or later. I feel, most are returning from a youth of modelling. The new starters and those that never had a break are the smaller group.

Yet the past is not always a direct indicator of the future, especially when so specific as with modelling.

BrianB18/03/2013 20:23:25
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I think Myron has made a good point as many of us,whilst growing older, have been active modellers for many years.I will very soon be 74 but I started building models in 1954.Like many of us I did reduce my interest for a while,RAF,marriage and family etc.but quickly resumed on a regular basis from very early 30`s when my son expressed an interest.Great times and a great hobby,could not imagine life without it.

Danny Fenton18/03/2013 20:24:10
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4572 photos

50 ish going on 16...... teeth 2

David Ashby - Moderator18/03/2013 20:26:43
11217 forum posts
1777 photos
624 articles

Yep, 50 this year too Danny but they do say that 60 is the new 40 wink 2

Jon - fair comment, I was going to leave this one for a decent spell so hopefully we'll catch a fair few occasional visitors.

Jon Laughton18/03/2013 20:35:09
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72 photos

Danny well said - personally I never got past 17 although creaking rheumatism would beg to differ!

Major18/03/2013 20:51:26
610 forum posts
213 photos

26 this year... but sometimes I feel at least three times older...

Alwyn Gee18/03/2013 20:51:46
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A few weeks to go to reach 68 but not sure I'll make it as a large box was delivered this morniing and it's caused a bit of friction with the person I share my hanger house with. She claims I've taken over the house when I've only got planes in 2 out of 3 bedrooms. How unfair is that. crook


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