Remote Control Airplanes
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.
Variety of Planes and other Flying Vehicles
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
This is the exact engine that I purchased and use in my plane, and in this tutorial. It is available on Amazon.
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