I'm with you brother. I'll never forget the smell of Tamiya threadlock either. All that switchlube seemed to do was crud up the speed controller with grit. It was never long before you ended up with nothing or flat out.
I've just started getting back into the RC stuff and really enjoy it, having young boys is a great excuse. I recently splashed out on a Kyosho Nitro Mad Crusher truck and it is mental, great fun.
I used to spend hours studying the Tamiya RC guide books, and glossy annual release books.