When It Comes To RC Airplanes You Can Choose From Ready to
Fly, Almost Ready to Fly or Scratch Built
Soaring through the air, watching the clouds and the birds fly
by. No, you are not flying your own private plane, but you are
doing the next best thing. You are flying an RC airplane through
the sky. With a little practice, you can even have your airplane
doing acrobatics, and you thought you would never be a pilot!
Flying RC or radio controlled airplanes is an excellent hobby,
and it can be a lot of fun. RC airplanes are perfect as a father
and son activity. Bring the family together with some airtime and
share the joy of flight. If you want to get started in the RC
airplane hobby, you do not need to be intimidated, with recent
advancements in electronics; getting started in RC airplanes is
easier than ever before.
What types of RC airplanes are there?
There is so much more than just airplanes in the RC aircraft
world. No matter what type of aircraft interests you, there is
something available for you. Some of the most common types of
kits and models that you can purchase are:
In addition, of course, within all of these categories, there
are a number of different styles. You can get simulations of most
real airplanes and jets in the world. Whether you want to fly and
old-fashioned bi-level plane or a modern jet. You will be able to
find a ready to run kit or model kit that is perfect for you!
Can anyone Fly RC Airplanes?
RC airplanes are easy to operate and with a little practice,
anyone can soon be an expert. You can choose from electric
airplanes or gas powered. Typically, electric airplanes are the
easier models to fly. With the advances in electronics over the
last few years, the receivers in the planes are getting smaller
and smaller, and lighter and lighter. This means that the
airplanes are easier to manage, especially for new pilots.
When you are looking for airplanes that will be easy to
manage, you should look for a model with a high wing. Airplanes
with a high wing design provide much more stability. You may want
to start out with an electric RC airplane and progress to a gas
powered model, as the gas models are typically harder to handle
and require quite a bit more experience.
Do I have to Build my Own RC Plane?
You have a few choices when you are starting out in the RC
airplane hobby. You do not have to build your own plane; you have
the option of purchasing a ready to fly or rtf kit. This is
probably the easiest choice because everything you need will come
ready in the box. All you need to do is do the final assembly and
you are ready to be airborne.
You can also choose a kit that is almost ready to fly or arf.
These kits typically only require minimal assembly. Often with
this type of kit, you may need only to add the final paint job
and the decals to be ready to go. You can buy almost ready to fly
kits in a variety of finishing stages.
You always have the option of course to build your own RC
airplane from scratch of course. There are endless kit options
available if you are interested in this type of undertaking. The
typical make it from scratch kit is made from balsa wood. You can
use easy to follow instructions that will take you systematically
through the entire process. This is obviously much harder and
requires quite a bit more work, however for the experienced
hobbyist, the rewards and self-satisfaction from creating your
own model airplane can be extremely rewarding.
When you build your own RC airplane, you will definitely have
a lot more work ahead of you. And these planes can be more
difficult to fly. Often times they are touchier to steer and move
and they require a lot more finesse. If you have a crash with
your built from scratch RC plane, you will have to rebuild the
part by hand. If you have an rtf or an arf RC airplane than you
can simply purchase the replacement parts and have a quality
part, instead of an inadequate repair job.
Your Final Choice
No matter what your final decision is regarding the type of RC
airplane you decide to buy, you will be able to have hours of
enjoyment learning to fly your aircraft. There are RC airplane
clubs all over the country, and many of these clubs have their
own airstrips. Whether you chose to be part of the larger RC
airplane community, or enjoy your hobby alone or with a friend,
RC aircraft flying can be extremely satisfying.
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