A guide to Radio Controlled Toys
Radio controlled (RC) toys have developed into a growing industry for children's toys and for the serious hobbyists. With such a huge range of toys available, knowing what to buy is the hardest part. Wonderland Models discuss the different levels of RC toys out there to enable you to make the best choice and avoid paying £400 for ten minutes of helicopter action.
The first radio controlled device was designed by Nikola Tesla in 1893, when he designed and demonstrated the radio controlled boat. Back then Radio controlled technology was developed to be used in war. Thankfully these days the emphasis is on fun and Radio Controlled toys come in a range of sizes and costs to suit the potential buyer. The range goes from the small budget models to bespoke models with intricate design to match the original specification.
There is a huge collection of radio controlled products available today. These include radio controlled cars, planes, helicopters, boats and even tractors for the workers out there! Prices start at £19.99 and go all the way up the thousands. The best advice is to buy according to your experience, and as you build up knowledge and ability, you can move up the grades of models too.
If you have limited or no experience of piloting models, then the Silverlit Picoo Z Blackhawk RC helicopter should be the perfect starting point. Being easy to operate and having a long battery life, it provides a solid platform to begin your training in the world of flight. A toy set to take Christmas by storm is the Skybot Attack Flying Robot Set, which has robots with twin rotors on their shoulders for vertical takeoff and are equipped with Infa red lasers that temporary disable their opponent, providing hours of fun for friends or family. Another cool toy is the Heli Mission R/C Truck & Helicopter, which has the swat truck with the launch-able RC helicopter on the back. Other flying models include X-Twin V22 Vertical Take-Off Plane, and the Twin Classic Sopwith Camel, both lots of fun and relatively inexpensive.
If you prefer to stay on the ground, then the 1/16 RC BB Firing KV-1 Russian Smoke/Sound can be great fun. Highly detailed with authentic colouring, rotating turret and BB pellet firing gun, the tank is aimed at the over 17's market and can really re-create real life tank action. The Tamiya XB Rising Fighter and the re-released Tamiya Rough Rider Buggy Champ are aimed at the more experienced users. The later being in the legendary RC toy bracket and has the handling and durability of the modern model cars but with that same great classic look it had 30 years ago.
If water action is more up your street then the Venom FastWave Cubshark EP RTR Racing Boat is the toy for you. It comes ready to run, meaning all you need to do is add the batteries and away you go. Watching the yellow ABS moulded hull glide through the water will have you thinking that this is the real thing. Other water based toys include authentic fishing boats, yachts, hobby engine boats and even submarines that go to depths of up to 10metres!
So if there's a child's birthday coming up in your family or just maybe even an idea for a Christmas gift for a family member, go to Wonderland Models and consider buying a radio controlled toy as a present. Its fun the whole family can enjoy, time and time again.