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Buying Your First Radio Controlled Plane
What To Look For When Buying A Radio Controlled Plane
So you're looking into buying a radio controlled airplane for either yourself or someone you know, but you are not quite sure what kind of model to get. The large amounts of models and configurations available can get confusing, so I will point you in the right direction and arm you with the terminology you'll need to know to make an informed decision.
The first and most important factor you will want to look into when buying your remote controlled plane is durability. Flying a plane takes some practice and you want a model that will be able to withstand whatever you throw at it. Second, you'll want a plane that is relatively easy to fly. A recommend beginner model of radio controlled airplanes is called a high wing trainer.
High wing trainers have their wings above the fuesalage, which increases their stability and makes them easier to fly, hence the word "trainer."
Amount Of Channels
Another factor to look into is the amount of channels the plane has. A typical radio controlled airplane will have two or three channels, and some even have four. Channels correspond with the number of controllable parts the plane has, so the more channels the higher range of motion you'll have available.
More channels also mean more difficult controls, so just a two or three channel plane is recommended for beginners.
Where To Buy A Cheap Radio Controlled Plane?
Since you are just beginning to get into the radio control hobby, it's recommended that you go for an inexpensive model plane. You can buy remote controlled planes at most hobby stores, but the real deals are to be found online. On sites such as Amazon you frequently don't even have to pay shipping if your order is above a certain threshold, and your plane will almost certainly qualify! To the right are some good beginner models available on Amazon.