Getting Started In Radio Control CarsWritten by Philip Lim
Take note that you need to decide whether you want a radio control nitro or gas car or perhaps one that has an electric engine. You could purchase either one which is ready to run (rtr) or a kit. Now, knowing how much you would want to spend start going shopping for a vehicle that fits your specifications. Like me passion is what drew me to this exciting hobby and there's a lot you are going to learn before you can "get behind wheel".
It is always good start at a nearby hobby store - look for one that specializes in radio control vehicles. Speak to people you'll find working in store and chances are that these people are true blue rc hobbyists as well. There is much you can learn from, so pick their brains well. You'll find these machines to be sleek and powerful, tearing up terrain in a jiffy and it's certainly a lot of fun watching them go.
The types of radio control vehicles that you need to get aquainted with are nitro and electric cars, monster trucks, stadium trucks, minis and micros. If you want to get your feet wet and don't wish to spend a whole lot of money, go and get a used vehicle - this is cheapest way of building your skills. To find used radio control vehicles for sale, ask your friends, check local newspapers, read RC magazines or browse through listings at auction sites like eBay.
If you decide that you want a new vehicle, you can choose a kit, an ARR ("almost ready to run") model, or an RTR ("ready to run") model. What's difference? A kit will take you time and a certain amount of expertise to assemble. The advantage of a kit, of course is that once you're finished, you'll know exactly how your vehicle is built and therefore how to repair any damage.
Autograph Collecting: Questions and AnswersWritten by Lon Strickler
Obtaining autographs from celebrities requires patience and a little luck. As well, purchasing autographs online requires knowledge of hobby.
Question: I want to start sending requests to celebrities for autographs, what should I include in letter?
Answer: When writing a letter to a celebrity, it is advisable to write no more than one page. Although celebrities may be thrilled that you appreciate their work, or liked their acting in a certain TV show or movie, they simply do not have enough time to read multi-page letters from fans. Also, when writing to a celebrity, try to include some specific references to their work that you particularly enjoy. Be very specific in your descriptions. Mention character names that they have played and movies in which they have starred or appeared. This makes a much better impression than just simply saying... "I enjoy all your movies. Send me an autograph". Be courteous and respectful. My experience has been that celebrities are truly impressed with kind treatment from their fans and they usually reward it.
Question: I’m a beginner when it comes to autograph collecting. What type of autographs should I purchase?
Answer: Buy autographs that capture your interest. Don’t purchase items presented as “investments” or sold through pressure. Learn as much as possible language of autograph collecting. The more you study, easier it will be for you to determine what items are authentic and which items to purchase. Use common sense when buying a signed piece. If price is too good to be true, it probably is. Purchase autographed items from reputable dealers, who will help you avoid risks and problems. Most dealers offer a certificate of authenticity, which is only as good as reputation of dealer. If dealer cannot tell you when and where item was signed or how it was obtained, go elsewhere.
Question: How do you determine price or value of your autographs?
Answer: Several factors go into determining price of an autographed item. The content of photo (is this person known for his/her role shown in photo) and how difficult it is to obtain autograph. Condition and market are also factors considered in pricing. Demand also has to be considered, especially if celebrity has become more popular and demand has increased suddenly. Examples recently include celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Hilary Duff, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom and Bruce Springsteen. Each has either had a very successful film, tour or CD. Here is a breakdown for determining value.