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What You Should Know About Radio Controlled Model Airplanes

Mar 25, 2008
If you truly want to enjoy model plane flying, then Remote Controlled or rc model planes as they are called are the way to go, because controlling those planes with you RC makes your flight more realistic and you can not only fly your plane but also make it do different stunts such as rolls, loops, and even inverted flying. So check out some features of Remote Controlled Model Airplanes.

The first thing to check out is the type of plane, which you might be interested in flying. If you are new to flying, then choose a 'trainer' plane, which basically is easy to fly and simple in construction. It has a large fuselage and high wings and simply put, is the opposite of a fast fighter plane. You can choose either an electric motor powered plane or a gasoline engine powered plane. For new 'pilots', an electric motor plane is a better choice since it is simple to set up and operate. You can now either buy a rtf or a ready-to-fly plane, or if you want to assemble it then you could go in for a arf or almost-ready-to-fly plane, which as the names suggest is a readymade plane or a plane, which comes in kit form and requires assembly to be completed before you can fly it. You could manufacture the whole plane yourself as you gain experience in assembling and flying model planes.

You will also have to choose a suitable remote control or transmitter for your plane. This is basically and electronic box with levers and buttons, which help you in controlling the plane's motions when it is in the air. Remote controls come with different channels, such as 2-channel, where you will have only basic functions, followed by 3-channel, where you can have more parameters in controlling your flight, and 4-channel, which is normally used by professionals. Buy a 3-channel remote control even though you might not need it now, but as your skill progresses, you will surely require it in future.

Unlike a remote control of a model car, which might have only speed and directional control, the model plane remote has controls for motor speed, elevators, ailerons, rudder, etc. It can be a bit tricky to maneuver in the beginning but with a little bit of effort, is quite easy to operate. Start with the basic flying lessons before proceeding to complex stunts such as rolls, loops and inverted flying. Get hold of an 'experienced pilot' or join a flying club to learn the basics of flying or you could end up with a battered plane before acquiring any skills in flying. Study some good books and surf the Internet to find out tips on how to build, fly and maintain RC model planes.

So, here's hoping that the above knowledge will be useful to you in helping you to increase your knowledge about Remote Controlled model airplanes and will help you to make an informed choice when you are ready to take to the skies.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for model planes and model helicopters. You can find the best marketplace for model planes and model helicopters by visiting the best sites for model planes, model fighter planes, and model helicopters.
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