RC Airplanes Explained in Detail


Whether you're looking for beginner RC airplanes or you're a seasoned professional in the world of RC planes, this site is what you're looking for!  From indoor RC planes to giant scale RC. From RTF planes to designing your own, here are the tips and tricks to ensure your success.

My own-designed and scratch built Fairey Fantome flying by.

The world of RC airplanes covers a huge field, from the smallest of indoor RC planes to giant scale RC and RC jets.

Many people are intrigued with the concept of flying RC model planes, but premature and maybe fatal crashes (at least for the model!) can make them quit the hobby early. Failed attempts soon lead them to think that learning to fly RC is very difficult and only possible for a handful of experts. Here's the truth though- Anyone can learn to fly RC!

We will show you, how to start in this wonderful hobby, with every chance of initial success and continue with you along the road to your own model aviation Valhalla-what ever that maybe!


Myself (on the left) and Herb Chutter prior to first flight of my Curtiss P-6E Hawk

I, personally love all types of scale RC airplanes and if it flies, in a realistic manner, then all the better! However, you can find much information, on this site, on many classes and types of models.

If your preference, is to buy a completely ready to fly RC airplane, then you can find valuable information, on these pages that will assist you in reaching that first flight with a minimum of fuss. The Parkzone range of RC electric planes are all completely ready to fly, right out of the box!

If you would like to design and draw your own scale model, from scratch, then we are here, to hold your hand from the start, to that nerve shattering first flight! This page- The Design of RC Planes: Create that one of a kind, scale beauty! -will give you details.



Who I am

I've been building and flying model aircraft for a long time. I 'm now retired, but I began my love for model airplanes, in the UK, when I was a young teenager. My first efforts, were with control line models (or U-control, as it is known in North America). It was not until we immigrated to Canada, in the mid sixties, that I became involved in radio control.

Here is yours truly starting up the Fairey Fantome for another flight

 In those days, it was something of a miracle, to get a flight, without some kind of "glitch". What a contrast to today's radios-literally "plug n play". The early radios, I used (and sometimes built myself), were known as "Galloping Ghost"-if you know what that is, then be careful, you may be revealing your age!

Today I enjoy designing, building and flying scale RC models, usually of the 1/5 or 1/4 scale size. Some of these plans will be made available from this web site. Full details of the plans available will be found on this page-Remote Control Airplane Plans of Scale Aircraft.

What's on this RC airplanes site?

There was a time, when there were a number of magazines devoted to RC model airplanes and I used to buy 5 or 6 every month. I would collect them and store for future reference. They were full of tips and articles on all aspects of the hobby. Today there are just a few and these do not contain any where near the amount of technical information that was available in the "Good Old Days"

I will try, on this site, to write as many pages as I can, that reflect the old magazine style. I hope you will all find this useful and I welcome your comments and suggestions for future topics that you would like to see here. Just write a short note on the "Contact-Us-Page"

You will also find here a lot of information on many RC airplanes. I will attempt to list as much information as possible about a typical airplane or RC helicopter. I will "surf" the net so as you will not have to!


Some pages, such as -"The RC P-47 Thunderbolt" have details of many models of the P-47, as well as notes and links to sites with details of the full size machine. The idea is that all the information required to produce a detailed scale model is there, on that page.

Please note that we are NOT an RC hobby shop! You will notice advertisements all over the site for some of the finest, on-line RC hobby stores in the industry. We are 'Affiliated" with these stores and have found them to be 100% reliable and always ready to help you.

If you can't find what you are looking for, then use the Google Search Box, at the top of the left hand column.  This opens on a custom page on this site and searches this site only.

Please let us know what you think of this site, write us a short note on the  "Contact-Us-Page"




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