Model Airplanes

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Model airplanes are great for collectors looking to display authentic looking replicas of aircraft on their shelves or desktops. For others, nothing but the authentic feeling of flight will do when it comes to building and collecting model airplanes. From those cheap, little, balsa wood, rubber band powered airplanes many of us played with as kids, there's nothing quite like watching a model you've built actually fly.

Model Airplanes: The Right Stuff

For many like my father, radio controlled model airplanes are an obsession. Like their smaller, rubber band powered counterparts, thicker balsa wood and fiber glass is used in their construction. These materials are what make the model light enough to fly. To make a radio controlled plane lighter still, many have wings which are comprised of a simple wooden framework covered in cellophane, similar to the way old fashioned bi-planes were constructed.

A tiny gas powered engine, battery, and radio receiver are the next components which go into a radio controlled model airplane's functions. The gas powered engine is what will spin the propeller so the craft can fly. The batteries will allow motorized functions like rudder movements for control to work. The radio receiver is what will allow the plane to receive commands from the remote control on the ground.

Before taking a radio controlled plane up, it's important to do a pre-flight check. Revving the engine up and down with the remote control and checking the movement of the flaps will insure everything that needs to be is working properly. The trickiest part of R.C. model airplane flying is the landing. If you are not in perfect control at all times, you could see all your hard work smashed into a pile of toothpicks very quickly.


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