Walking into Robin's Hobby in Glendale — having narrowed your eyes upon arrival at the humble structure set back from Glenoaks, which resembles a lawnmower repair shop or ancient catering headquarters — you instantly know this place is the authentic, real-deal remote-control hobby shop. The store pulses with unassuming techie-nerd atmosphere. Tiny packets of metal, plastic and electronic remote-control parts line the walls and aisles. Hanging down from the ceiling are giant, wondrous RC airplanes, both old-style propeller and fierce fighter jets, as well as mean-looking copters. Robin's deals in both the older nitro and newer electric engines. Behind the counter stands stolid yet amiable Robin Hambley, a decades-long remote control enthusiast. In addition to flying craft, he also sells cars, trucks and boats, and his expert repair guy handles any fixes your craft may need. Yes, you can afford to have your own airplane.
Credit: Adam Gropman