Model Planes

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Model planes come in many shapes, sizes, and types to suit every taste. Some like authentic replicas that closely recreate the appearance of real airplanes. Others prefer model planes that actually fly and that they can pilot from the ground by radio control. Between the ludicrous and the extreme are models that satisfy both types of airplane lovers.

Model Planes for the Regular Joe

One of the most approachable and appealing types of model planes are miniature gliders one can send into the wild blue yonder with a simple toss. Although even these kinds of planes come in a variety of sizes and skill levels, the basic principle behind them is the same. You just let the wind carry them away. No piloting or advanced model building skills are necessary.

Another popular type of flying plane model is the kind with a small motor that's attached to a string. The user simply stands in a static position and spins around as the plane flies around him or her. Although these come in glider form as well, the one with the little motor more closely approximates the speed and power of a real plane. They also require less physical strain on the part of the pilot. What's even better is that these kinds of toys can even be somewhat more detailed than typical flying planes since the flight action is less about aerodynamics and more about user effort.

Some kites are even designed to look like World War I biplanes like the kind the Red Baron used to fly. All of these model plane toys are meant to allow people to enjoy the fun of flight without making it a full time hobby. Everyone should, after all, be able to enjoy the magic and fun of airplane without having to be some kind of obsessive collector.


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