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How To Buy Indoor-Flight Model Planes

Mar 29, 2008
Flying models planes is a great hobby to indulge in, but sometimes you might not have so much fun especially when the weather is not conducive to allow you to fly your model outside. Due to this, you need to buy models which can also be flown indoors. Some flying clubs have aerodromes when their members can come and fly their planes. But while buying models planes which can be flown indoors, you should consider a number of factors.

First you should know which model types to go for. There are some special planes which can be flown indoors. Park flyers can also be flown indoors, but only certain docile and small models that can 'be tamed' to be flown within enclosed places like gyms, dance halls, and aerodromes. Rubber-powered planes or glider planes are also very common types of planes that can be flown indoors. Most of these planes come as kits which need to be assembled. There are some things you should know before buying these indoor gliders. First you should know that they are free flyers. This means that they lack propulsion and are not controlled by the modelers. It is important also to know that these indoor flying models are more fragile that ordinary models whether they come as ready to fly or assembled from kits.

Most indoor flying models are powered by rubber bands which is tightly wound and released to give them 'propulsion'. Other common ones are the glider and then of course there are the electric ones which are remote controlled. There are many models available in the market. Some of these models are piper cub and Fokker tri-plane models and there are other elegant designs, but which have no real life resemblance. And while buying these models, you should consider the scale. The scale you take will determine how well you will enjoy flying them and how easy it will be. 'Peanut' scale is the most popular and has a wingspan of up to 13 inches.

And if you opt for electric airplanes, always bear in mind that there is more money spent on them than on free flying types. This is because they are equipped with electric engine and need a radio device for control. It is advisable to buy the almost-ready-to-fly plane kits, since they come with all the support equipment and accessories and are cheaper than ready-to fly models. And whether you are opting for the free flying models or the electric models, it is imperative to consider joining a flying club near you. From these clubs, you can gain a lot of knowledge on how to fly and maintain your plane. The members can also give you tips on which models are good and how you can learn flying, in an enclosed place.

Lastly, remember that electric powered model planes are cheaper to buy and maintain that gas or 'wet fuel' model planes. The electric models designed for indoor flying don't have much speed and throttle power. So, chose carefully before you hit the roof!
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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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