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#1 Samiam

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:50 AM

The slot car hobby has outlasted Radio Shack.

 

So we got that going for us.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 09:36 AM

I've thought about it, and don't see the correlation of comparing longevity of a hobby/activity with a business.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 09:45 AM

Radio Shack was a mainstay of do-it-yourselfers and hobbyists.

 

Not a precise scientific correlation. Just an observation. Thought about it when another blogger asked where to get some plugs for a controller. Just a few years ago Radio Shack would have been the answer. 


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 12:58 PM

I do see a connection. For years RS was the place to go for wire, switches, little gizmos, plastic boxes for controller connections, terminal strips, all kinds of  things for the do it your selfer (slot car guys). Also the place to go for any kind of stereo, radio, speaker, or recording devices. Then RS got into the early computer market (probably too early). Then toys and cellphones and the do-it-yourself stuff became a smaller part of their business.   

 

This transition took place over the same time period as kids and adults got more hooked on entertainment from some kind of electric box rather than something they did with their hands. I always say slot car racing, building, and modeling in general has aged with all of us and younger people need instant gratification and do-it-yourself stuff is not important to them like it is to us.

 

How many of you guys 55 or older went to RS and got speaker or coax cable for wiring up your TVs at home? How many guys got some of those plastic work boxes for controller terminal or wiring boxes on their slot track? Even basic RCA plugs back when we all used them?


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 01:25 PM

Sorry, but all the stuff Radio Shack sells that a slot racer uses can still be bought, from Fry's or Micro Center, and in the case of Fry's, a much better selection.

 

Regardless, I don't see how a business being run badly, that has a minor connection to slot racing, has to do with a niche hobby surviving.

 

I.E. slot racing is never going out of business.

 

Slot car companies do go out of business, and many have... just like Radio Shack. :wacko2:


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 01:53 PM

Solder and TV stuff - Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, or Ace have it... Electronics online - Allied,  Digikey, Mouser, McMaster-Carr, and others.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 02:03 PM

Radio shack went out of business because of their connection to the wireless industry. The other products they sold made up a very small portion of their overall sales.

They got into wireless thinking they could be a major player. Reality set in and they burnt bridges with the top carriers. Goodbye, Radio Shack.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 02:21 PM

I believe Will may be correct about RS getting into cell phones, etc. They didn't approach it well. 

 

And Matt is right about hobbyists now not being the builders they were years ago. A few years ago I dropped in on an R/C airplane club I used to fly with, but had dropped out of 25 years ago. There were as many RTF and ARF planes there as the old kit-built standards. Many were electric powered. This fact may also account for die cast models becoming so popular.

 

Somewhere we have lost the sense of accomplishment we once had from creating something.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 03:44 PM

The correlation is Radio Shack was and slot car raceways are places that rely on “do-it-yourselfers” for customers.

 

“Do-it-yourselfers” are an endangered species. 


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 05:06 PM

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 12:17 AM

Many of the RS part numbers can be found in the Allied electronics catalog. Of the current 1,000+ stores, over a dozen are in the Chicago suburbs today.
 
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 06:27 AM

 all the stuff Radio Shack sells, that a slot racer uses, can still be bought, from Fry's or Micro Center, and in the case of Fry's, a much better selection.

 

Mike, when you live in the boonies Radio Shack was all we had. Almost every town over 30K people had one. There are no other options. Now we have nothing. 



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:42 AM

Where can I go when I need a coax connector for my K-5 CB antenna? 


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:53 AM

I could always walk in a RS and browse the store and find odds and ends I could use. There was never any other kind of electronics store in my area where this stuff was available. Yes, you can get all of it through the internet, but it's hard to pick up an item and get a close look on the net. You also don't just walk by an aisle of parts and maybe something catches your eye. Definitely browsing is much different on the net than in a brick and mortar.  

 

I do agree that they made some serious mistakes with their business model and plans. The shifting of their core business was a big part, though. How many of us guys built/put together nice stereo systems in the '60s and '70s? How many still have such a system? 1 in 10? How many of us have some type of TV service and no outside antenae or internal wiring? If you have TC wiring in your house, did you do it or the cable/sat company? When is the last time you bought a cassette player and put it in your car?   

 

Just been a lot of change in how things get done and many people now just have somebody else do it for them.   

 

I bet 60% or more of you guys want something, think about needing something and just assume you will make or build what you want.   I bet if you are under 50 that number would fall to about 25%.    

 

So, I don't think you can deny the changing market made RS outdated and the changes needed to be a viable business as the years went by were never made and what was made was wrong.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:28 PM

Anybody remember Lafayette Electronics?


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:31 PM

I was a guitar player as a kid and all Radio Shack music related merchandise was terrible. Even their 1/4" and XLR connectors were crap. It didn't seem like they had anything that was worth a damn.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:44 PM

Where can I go when I need a coax connector for my K-5 CB antenna?


I know it's mail/internet ordering, but I like Parts Express out of Springboro, OH. Plus, they have print catalogs, a vanishing breed.
 

Anybody remember Lafayette Electronics?


Oh, yes. I have one of their old catalogs somewhere in the archives.

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 11:16 PM

Anybody remember Lafayette Electronics?

 
 I bought a big shortwave receiver from Lafayette Radio.
 
There was an Allied Radio as well.
 
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 05:39 AM

My first stereo, built in my college dorm roon, was a Heathkit AR1500 received, at the time one of the best receivers available.

I think it's still kicking around the basement somewhere.

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 06:37 AM

I'm a Heathkit guy myself. I gave my receiver and several others away, but still use an ultrasonic cleaner, power supply, and motor speed control built in the '70s.


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 06:55 AM

They had electricity when you were in college, Greg? :laugh2:  :laugh2:  :laugh2:
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 07:02 AM

Yeah, but only from Leyden jars. (Bet you have to look that term up... LOL!)

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 07:42 AM

You got me...
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 08:18 AM

Yeah, but only from Leyden jars. (Bet you have to look that term up... LOL!)


Before I looked it up, I was right that you usually hear them referenced with Tesla coils.

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 08:22 AM

Leyden jars were basically the first workable batteries.

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 09:33 PM

My first stereo, built in my college dorm roon, was a Heathkit AR1500 received, at the time one of the best receivers available.

I think it's still kicking around the basement somewhere.

 

I remember the AR1500, and yes, it was one of the best receivers at the time. Dig it out. See if it works. If it doesn't, old stuff like that can usually be fixed, and it sounds so much better than most of the crap for sale to the average person today.

 

I'm a Heathkit guy myself. I gave my receiver & several others away, but still use an ultrasonic cleaner, power supply, and motor speed control built in the '70s.

 

I still use my Heathkit TA-16 guitar amp. I built it in the eightth grade, and it was my main amp for 20 years. 

 

 There was an Allied Radio as well.

 

Tandy Radio Shack bought out Allied Radio, and things were never the same. However, Allied Electronics still exists. I buy my Ungar elements from them.


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 02:16 AM

Anybody remember Lafayette Electronics?

 

Yup, Still have my first gen "4 Channel" from 1972... 35w per... works great.

The speakers and the record/playback eight-track are gone now but were used in my shop in NJ until 2003.

 

A few years later "Crazy Eddies" put the hurt on many consumer electronic retailers in NY/NJ.


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Posted 27 July 2017 - 05:26 PM

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:35 AM

Anybody remember Lafayette Electronics?

 
Yes, and Heathkit as well. 

I think Radio Shack's epitaph was written when they were acquired by Tandy - a vendor of "back pages of magazines" leathercraft company back in the day when conglomerates were all the rage and the conventional wisdom was that "managing" was managing and business knowledge was an outmoded concept (thank you, MBA programs). Just recently a really good independent local electronics shop closed its doors after 50 years - the kind of place were you could ask for a DPDT center off bat-handled toggle switch and get an immediate response, not a blank stare - sad.
 
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:42 AM

I remember the AR1500, and yes, it was one of the best receivers at the time. Dig it out. See if it works. If it doesn't, old stuff like that can usually be fixed, and it sounds so much better than most of the crap for sale to the average person today.


It stopped working years ago and when I took it and the assembly manual/wiring diagrams to have it repaired, the guy (who I had done much business with before) lost the manual. I do still have it though and a set of spare new knobs.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 10:06 AM

I also built a Heathkit guitar amp in the sixties like this one. Dang thing was big and heavy.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 11:09 AM

I think Radio Shack's epitaph was written when they were acquired by Tandy - a vendor of "back pages of magazines" leathercraft company back in the day when conglomerates were all the rage and the conventional wisdom was that "managing" was managing and business knowledge was an outmoded concept (thank you, MBA programs). Just recently a really good independent local electronics shop closed its doors after 50 years - the kind of place were you could ask for a DPDT center off bat-handled toggle switch and get an immediate response, not a blank stare - sad.

 
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 11:21 AM

The Fry's by me has a few helpful people.
 
It would probably be cost-effective for the Downers Grove Police to open up a kiosk inside the store to process all the shoplifters that seem to get caught there. LOL.
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 01:20 PM

I built my first home sound system with a pair of RS Archer 12' speaker kits. I think back around 1971. They where not the best but they where only $25 for the pair. And all the wiring and connectors where RS. And I  still use a Tandy possibles bag for my muzzleloader.



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Where I live there was an electronics store called Olsens. Not sure how big of a chain it was. If I remember correctly it was kinda like an electronics and surplus store.
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 02:41 PM

I just rode by a closed Radio Shack earlier, in a small plaza.

I wouldn't be surprised if one could get one of their nice header signs for free, if one was to have someone take it down.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 03:24 PM

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 03:41 PM

The local RS store closed 18-20 months ago in a small plaza, too. Its sign is still mounted also. My guess is store space would have to be re-rented before the property owners got involved in its removal. I bet there are dozens of those signs still mounted.
 
Bob, those RS $3 round 9-18V motors were once the motors run by Oregon slot car club in their scratchbuilt jalopy class. Most chassis were ugly, but the guys had fun running them.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 04:06 PM

I hear ya' Bill, it's all about "The Fun". 

 

Something to ______ about.

 

 

Purchased a Mabuchi RS-360SH (RD573725) from china for $1.77 shipping included.

It's a big and Fat Wire screamer at 12 volts and should be 'just right' at 14.7 volts.

Very Height Speeed  Bet it's about 60K+ at 14.7v

Then ... I went to "My Stash" and found a motor bracket that fits the screw hole pattern.

 

Associated Slot Racing Prod. #105

Mounting Bracket for Hemi 400 and Classic 460.

 

Then ...  put a 'kit in a box' with a vintage International Mercedes body and Classic 6 spoke (Manta Ray/Stinger) wheels and tires.

It's going to be wild (not ugly), watch for that build up.... (if I'm still here..)

 

 

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 06:28 AM

Roy, 

 

Olsen's must have been a pretty big company - I think it was mostly a discount distributor, all by mail order... and they were also one of the biggest resellers of old slot car equipment, even cars for awhile. You can still find Cox, Russkit, and other motors repackaged in their plastic bags and headers... 

 

A number of years ago, I even saw a Radio Shack/Tandy store not far from us in Paris, near the Pompidou Center, so they must have expanded internationally at some point - but no idea what happened to this store and any others... 

 

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 06:54 AM

Where can I go when I need a coax connector for my K-5 CB antenna? 

 

eBay. 


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 06:55 AM

Anybody remember Lafayette Electronics?

 

I remember.


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 09:34 AM

eBay 

 

What's their street address? :unknw: :D


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 09:38 AM

You can still find Cox, Russkit and other motors repackaged in their plastic bags and headers... 

 

There are/were many surplus slot and train motors sold in RS stores packaged with Olsen header cards.

The Mabuchi FT-16D motors. I remember they were mustard-painted cans with black endbells.

Those came two to a bag. That would make them the Olsen twins... right? 

 

History note: Champion of Chamblee sold those single in their packaging as part #504.


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 10:29 AM

Mustard is Marx, from their 1/24 slot cars... lots of those left over, I imagine, after the Marx 1/24 line crashed... but there are a lot of their Chappy and GTOs floating around, so must have sold a fair amount via Sears. And Marx was even working on some Thingie prototypes when they decided to drop the whole thing - probably a thread or two on here with those, and they probably used the mustard cans as well. 

 

Hmm, now that you say that Bob, was there any link between Olsen and Radio Shack? (i.e. did RS buy up the Olsen stock?)

 

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 11:05 AM

What's their street address? :unknw: :D

 
The same as yours! It's just that checkout takes a couple of days. 
 
There's a Hamfest in Levittown in October.
 
Here's a link... Hamfest!


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 11:08 AM

Ham Snobs? No thank you.

 

I'm a Mud Duck.


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 11:26 AM

They're not snobs. They'll be all kinds of cool RF stuff.
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Posted 29 July 2017 - 11:42 AM


Who you calling a Snob, you CB dirtbag. :)
 
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