If you’re new to the world of RC planes and aeromodelling, the idea of building your own aircraft can be a little intimidating. While the hobby of model flying dates back to ancient Egyptian times, it has increasingly gained popularity throughout the 20th century. At Twisted Hobbys, our airplane model experts want to make sure you know the basics of model planes and flight before getting started.
What Is Aeromodelling?
Aeromodeling is the art of designing, building and flying model aircrafts. Model aircrafts are scaled-down versions of existing or imaginary full sized planes, that can be flying or non-flying. Some common materials used in the construction of model planes includes paper, plastic, foam, and metal. Twisted Hobbys specializes in high quality EPP manufacturing which allows for durable, light weight yet rigid air frame designs.
A Static Model Aircraft
Static model aircrafts, as their name suggests, are not intended to fly. Many collectors purchase static models because they have already been designed and constructed by other aeromodelling hobbyists. Many of today’s popular airlines use static model planes to market and publicize their fleet.
A Flying Model Aircraft
Flying model aircrafts remain to be a favorite among aeromodelling enthusiasts, primarily because they are so much fun to fly. The three major types of flying model planes includes.
- Free Flight - A great starter model for beginner rc plane builders, these planes are hand thrown into the air, without any external controls from the ground. Also known as “gliders” for their ability to freely soar, free flight planes are typically constructed with a lighter wood, known as balsa wood.
- Control Line - A very exciting aircraft for all ages, control line model planes allow the controller more flexibility during flight. These aircrafts typically have two cables that lead from the wing of the plane to the flyer. Once this aircraft takes flight, it flies around in circles at a very fast pace, allowing the controller freedom of flight aerobatics and plane elevation. If you’re looking for a competitive edge, there are various competitions around the world for control line model planes.
- Radio Controlled (RC) - Among the most popular model aircrafts, radio controlled planes are operated by users on the ground, through the use of a transmitter. The transmitter sends signals to a received inside the aircraft, allowing the user to have ample control over various parts of the airplane.
Building and flying model airplanes is both rewarding and exhilarating. If you’re looking for the perfect plane to start your new aeromodeling hobby, browse Twisted Hobby’s large variety of model airplanes and accessories.