Buying the Right RC Airplanes for You
Article by Errol Cady
As you do more and more research into RC airplanes, you will undoubtedly begin to realize that there are a great many variations in size and shape. The variety of different designs out there are intended to appeal to different people. While it is easy to see that some aircraft are fictitious and some are based on real designs, it may be less obvious that some are intended for experienced modelers and some are aimed at beginners. It is important to choose one that will suit you personally. In this article, we will consider models for both the beginner and the expert.
It is very important to recognize that traditionally, RC airplanes were very difficult to fly. They took a lot of effort to learn, and even experts would occasionally crash. Today, it is much easier to buy models that can be flown easily. However, the high-end scale models are still intended to be more realistic and are thus less forgiving. If you are just starting out, it is a given that you will want to find a model that is suitable for learning to fly. Avoid the complex scale models for now; it is better to build up to them gradually.
Another thing that it is worthwhile to recognize is that models can vary a great deal in building difficulty. It is certainly possible to get RC airplanes in largely pre-made kits, which greatly simplifies the assembly process. However, for some people, the thing they like the most is the building process. They will typically enjoy building complex balsa wood skeletons for their aircraft, which are almost an art form in themselves, before laboriously skinning and painting them. Choose the right model for you or you are likely to feel disappointed by the experience.
We mention this issue last, but really it is arguably the primary issue facing many modelers. RC airplanes can vary a lot in price, and it is obviously the case that you will want to chose one that is well within your budget. With modern kit designs, you can get better value than ever before, however. You generally need not put up with a poor-quality airplane just to save money. Self-building your models tends to be cheaper, but it does take a great deal of effort and should not be undertaken lightly.
The sort of model you buy will depend largely on your personal preferences and your experience. If you are just getting started and you would like to get your feet wet, you can get a good-quality beginner’s RC airplane for relatively little cost and reasonably expect it to fly just fine. You can then choose in what direction your hobby should go. Perhaps you would like the fastest and most maneuverable aircraft around, for flying in competition and the like. Perhaps you want a totally-accurate scale model of a famous real-life design. In either case, modeling can be very rewarding so long as you think carefully about what appeals to you personally.
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