Material costs are one thing, margins are another. High end materials cost high end money. But some of the crap the R/C industry pushes off as high end items are made of materials real race engineers would laugh at. ANd we buy it up. The corruption in the R/C industry rivals that of the Diamond monopolies, oil cartels, etc... (not in scale or size, but in the net effect).
But thats all besides the point... I was just saying if stuff was sold at a reasonable cost more of the time, then the "fear" of racing like someone metioned above would be less.
I think one thing that I am getting out of this thread (as far as dumbing down the hobby), is this "hobby" or "sport" or "fun" is 100% fucked no matter what an answer is. The fact is there is no answer since all of this is not a technical issue to solve. Its human nature, and no one knows how to troubleshoot that
Its also the "lets make everyone happy" PC world we live in now that makes everyone think they just because they CAN do something that they SHOULD do it... and if they dont have fun at it, its always the other persons fault for being too fast, to agressive or out spending them.
and no Jeff, R/C racing shouldnt be anymore expensive. R/C is a hobby that costs a lot as it is. As Stan has said "Anyone who says R/C is cheap is a liar or just in denial". I am fine with people who want to "dumb down" their r/c fun to fit their needs. But I also know that gives me a distinct advantage in the long run on them since I do put the time and money and effort into my cars and my training in R/C.
I love slackers, because I can beat them