Publisher: Maurice Littlejohn
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I am an extreme RC hobbyist with a passion for RC airplanes, boats cars, helicopters and trucks. Twenty years plus enjoying the RC experience have left me with a lot to say and opinions that are heart felt and genuine. On a regular basics, I will share with you my tips and thoughts on the latest RC airplanes, boats cars, helicopters and trucks I will explore with you tips and techniques to get you going no matter if you are a beginning RC hobbies’ or have enjoyed RC hobbies for years. Join me; I think you will find my commentary warm and informative. We want to hear from you, let’s make RC hobbies the number one past time in America!
|CHOOSING MY FIRST RC AIRPLANE, A SHARED JOURNEY!||Published: 27/04/10|
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Making my first choice of a first RC airplane was really fun but I was aware that this could be a difficult task and something to be taken very seriously. While not filled with dramatics, hopefully my research will be filled with good advice for new RC airplane hobbyist. I tried not to get myself too hyped and guarded my actions to keep me from running out and buying the first airplane that looked cool without understanding it features. Remember that choosing a RC airplane can be a simple process of research but recognizing your skill level is the key to enjoying your RC airplane journey. Having no experience, I chose a basic, beginner-oriented RC airplane plane, because anything more complex would ruin my RC airplane adventures. Like most new RC airplane hobbyist, I wanted to fly a sharp looking airplane plane with the capability to do all sorts of wonderful tricks and maneuvers. Yet being realistic, I knew that something smaller with less capability was the best way to go for enjoyment and success. Here are the things too consider for a Beginners RC Airplane:
(RTF) Ready to Fly RC Airplane Kits:
RTF RC airplanes are just about ready to go straight out of the box; you will probably have to attach the wings and tail, but since it was intended to be easily constructed there is nothing overly technical about getting it together. There are (ARF) Almost Ready To Fly RC airplane kits, but unless you are really sharp on physically building RC airplanes or adding your own special components to it, I would suggest that you start out with a RTF RC airplane kit.
Electric Powered RC Airplanes:
Electric powered RC airplanes are less expensive than gas powered RC airplanes. Just charge up the batteries, turning it on and you are ready to fly. Gas RC airplanes require special fuel, and it's more difficult to maintain and fly. This is the primary reason why electric RC airplanes are a better choice for beginners.
Slow Speed RC Airplanes:
RC airplanes that travel at slower speeds are r easier to correct in flight, saving you the horror of veering off course and crashing into who knows what. You get more time to think and find out which control does what.
Choosing 2 or 3 channels RC airplane controls:
Get less with respect to the number of channels you consider for your RC airplane kit. Each channel controls a certain directional movement of the plane. 2 channels will allow you to control altitude (up and down) as well as turning to either side. 3 channels include the first two but also allow you to control the throttle or the speed your plane is travelling. RC airplanes also come with 4 channels, but as a beginner, stay with less and enjoy your flying time more. 3 channels should be adequate and more than enough to keep you on your toes.
RC Airplane Anti-Crash Technology:
There is a wonderful Hobby Zone invention that beeps as soon as its sensors detect that the plane is diving dangerously or out of control. The system takes control and adjusts the plane's altitude giving time to regain control and avoid that big crash. It's a great feature when you're a beginning RC flyer and your reaction time has not been tested.
Your first consideration should be your budget or the amount of money you are willing to spend in pursuit of your new found RC hobby. Your first RC airplane does not have to be top of the line expensive and you will want to look into the cost of replacement parts. There will be hard landings and crash at some point so be prepared. If you can, go to a RC flying field and get some help. This will increase your chance of success. After you gain experience start shopping for an RC airplane upgrade. Hope this helps. Blue skies and happy flying!
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