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Beginners Guide to a Gas Powered RC Airplane

This is my newest series of videos and tutorials and in this series I adventure into the world of Gas Powered flight. This is going to be a lot of fun! Up until now I have built and flew two airplanes and both of them are electric powered: The first beginners electric plane - The second bigger plane (Japanese Zero).

With this project we really start to delve into the world of RC airplanes beign gas powered, pretty darn big, and an "ARF" which means Almost ready to fly. So there will be some fun assembly of the plane and installation of the engine. This definition of ARF will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Typically the hard parts of the plane are done such as the fuselage and wings which is about 90% of the work and you have to put things together and install the motor.


When Buying a plane like this

Typically you purchase a plane like this and you get the plane! You will have to purchase other materials to complete things and to get flying. These other things are usually the engine, the propellor, fuel, the radio control that goes in the plane and the hand held controller.

The Plane pictured below is the one I bought. And don't let the picture fool you. This plane, when assembled is big! The fuselage is just under four feet in length.


The HobbyZone Sports Cub S RC Airplane

  • Everything you need to fly RC today
  • SAFE technology from Horizon Hobby
  • Recovery with the pull of a trigger with Panic Recovery mode
  • Proportional 4-channel control with working throttle, rudder, elevator and aileron
  • Steerable tail wheel for easy ground control


A note about Gas Powered Planes - If you are just starting out in the hobby of gas powered RC airplanes you might want to consider getting a plane that is labeled a Trainer. This means that it is durable and has stable flight characteristics. It will make a big difference in the handling of the plane. It won't be so sentitive to changes in controls and weather. It is designed for stability which is great because you don't want to take it out on its first flight and crash it!

This airplane is made out of balsa wood which could possibly break during a bad crash. The other planes I have made are foam and plastic which lends them lightness and durability.


The airplane parts

Here are the parts that come in the box. You can see the wings and tail, the fuselage and the various small components that make up the plane including the wheels, gas tank, screws and bolts.

When you buy a plane like this you will need to purchase more stuff including a propellor, an engine, fuel and a controller.

You will probably also need a few other items like fuel line and a battery pack for the receiver that goes in the plane and batteries for your transmitter.


NextLet's continue on and learn more about the building of this airplane I have lots more information about cost and building this plane; and another video


This video shows the unboxing of this plane and you get a look at the various parts.



E-Flite Apprentice S 15e RTF Beginner RC Airplane with SAFE Technology

SAFE technology is a revolutionary leap forward in flight control and training. Key Features SAFE technology provides spatial awareness and flight envelope protection The ideal beginner's choice when learning to fly with an instructor Quick, easy assembly Lightweight and durable Z-Foam construction Powerful 15-size, 840Kv brushless out runner motor installed-flite 30A Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC installed Large, easy-access battery compartment Wide-stance tricycle landing gear Nose wheel steering for better ground handling Powerful 3S 3200mAh 20C Li-Po battery included-Po balancing DC charger included Optional E-flite Apprentice S Floats (EFLA550), available Safe Technology Information Needed To Complete Nothing! Everything you need to get flying is included in the box. Overview The E-flite Apprentice S 15e RTF airplane is the most intelligent RC airplane ever offered by Horizon Hobby. At its heart is groundbreaking SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology that makes RC flight incredibly easy, even for the least experienced user. Its combination of spatial awareness provides flight envelope protection which adds a degree of security never before available, while its smooth flight capability battles windy conditions so that all you feel is control that's crisp and responsive. Multiple levels of flight envelope protection are provided that can be reduced or removed as your skills progress, yet the "panic" feature is always there to instantly return the model to level flight if you ever lose orientation.



FlyZone DHC-2 Beaver Select TXR RC Airplane

  • FEATURES: Construction: Aero Cell foam with pre-applied decals and tinted plastic windows at canopy area Wing: One-piece design with functional struts
  • INCLUDES: Flyzone TX-R DHC-2 Beaver Select Scale Airplane with Brushless Motor, ESC, five Servos, SLT Receiver, Propeller, Instruction Manual, Spinner
  • REQUIRES: Compatible SLT transmitter with at least 5 channels LiPo battery: 11.1V 1800mAh 20C battery Charger: AC/DC balancing charger Building



HobbyZone Duet RTF HBZ5300 Airplane

  • Duet RTF, Everything you need to teach yourself to fly in one box, even the "AA" batteries for the transmitter
  • Purpose of use for RC vehicles, Accessories and parts
  • Manufactured in China