Remote Control Airplanes
There are few hobbies that are as much fun as Remote Control Airplanes. It has been just a little over 100 years since the Wright Brothers had the first powered plane flight and today this art of flight can easily be had by hobbyists with just a little time and a little knowledge.
The hobby of RC Airplanes is an interesting one that has lots of options and opportunities. And you don't have to spend a whole lot of money to enjoy it or at least begin with it. I have some tips, guides, videos and helpful articles that will get you enjoying this wonderful hobby. Beginners Guide to RC Airplanes - A First Plane: The Megatech Night Flyer
Adventuring into a new hobby
New Article: How to get started in the hobby of RC Airplanes - So you want to give it a try but don't know where to start. I lay out what you should do right here. I have gone through the process of starting and learned some valuable things along the way.
UPDATE: I took the plane I crashed out for another fly! See how I did on my youtube channel here: Second Flight of the RC Airplane.
I mounted a video camera onto the bottom of the plane and took it out for a fly. And I crashed it! How badly do you think it got damaged? You can see the video footage here
New Tutorial - Starting an RC Airplane engine. There is a little bit to understand if you are new to the hobby. I have a complete tutorial that shows you how to fuel it up and start it. This also includes a video. How to Start an RC Airplane
I have started a new series of tutorials on gas powered arf airplanes and it includes videos. I take you through all the steps to building and flying a gas plane. The plane picture at left is a balsa wood arf and this is a pretty big plane. The fuselage is about four feet in length. Intro to Gas powered ARF planes
I have completed this plane and this series of tutorials on how to build one. It has four parts and you can jump to any of the four parts:
Bigger electric RC airplane. This one is a Japanese Zero. It has a wingspan of three feet and uses a powerful brushless engine. This is an upgrade to the Megatech Night Flyer 2. See more about this airplane and see information about how planes fly and how controllers work and the concepts of Yaw, Pitch and Roll here: The Japanese Zero RC Airplane and how RC Airplanes work - And here is a video I made showing this airplane coming out of the box and some short footage of me launching it off.
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to immediately begin in this hobby I have some recommendations for you for airplanes that can be purchased at Amazon.com. Edmund Scientifics also has some nice RC airplanes.
Megatech Night Flyer 2 Channel Illuminated Remote Control Airplane
The Megatech Night Flyer is an inexpensive and easy to start out with airplane. I have a complete tutorial on this airplane located here. I bought this plane, put it together and took it out for some flights. It is a nice way to start out in the hobby without having complexity or expense. It isn't a super duper airplane, it is just something inexpensive to get you started. I have a separate webpage and tutorial about this airplane
A Note from Will: I like this piper cub for beginners. It is a nice bridge between the easy planes and the bigger more committed airplanes. This takes about 20 minutes to assemble and it comes with everything you need. Thumbs up on this plane.
3-Channel SD J3 Piper Cub Ready-To-Fly Radio Remote Control RC R/C Airplane NEW LOW PRICE SD J3 Grasshopper Scale RC Plane 1:10 SCALE READY TO FLY Electric Powered RC Airplane, Brand New! You can get full control of speed, rudder, and elevator for this 3 Channel Accipiter Badius, this is newest arrival big plane with 35.5" wingspan and 28.8" body length. All you need in one box, radio, 8.4V NiMh re-chargeable battery pack, wall charger, manual in English version, ready to fly with extra 8 x AA batteries. 3 Channels Transmitter w/ ESC, Receiver, electronic variable speed control and 2 Servos already worth US$99 in Hobby Shop, now only start from US$1 you get full set plus a plane, motor, battery, wall charger and ready to flight! Assembly is a snap! With no tools required, you can be up and flying within minutes of opening the box! Package includes SD J3 Full scale Fuselage and Wings SD 27Mhz Transmitter (3 Channel) w/ Electronic Speed Controller SD 4Channel 27Mhz receiver 1 Pair of interchangable Crystals 8.4 V NiMH Battery 110V Charger English Manual Tools for assembly
Variety of Planes and other Flying Vehicles
One of the best things about the hobby of model airplanes is the wide variety of styles and models that are available. Just about every kind of airplane that has been made in real size can also be had in model size. This includes military fighter planes and even helicopters. Some planes like the Pitts Model shown here are specially designed for in the air acrobatics.
Build from the Ground UP
P-40E Warhawk .60 Gold Edition Kit I have had my eye on this particular plane and I may buy it. This is a build from parts kit. Lot of work but very rewarding.
A Note from Will about the Solo Star Trainer shown above. I have purchase this airplane and am creating a series of tutorials and videos about it. Introduction to gas powered rc airplanes
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