10 May 2011 | Radio Control

A Buyer's Guide to Electric RC Planes

A Buyer's Guide to Electric RC Planes

Whether you’re an experienced flyer of Electric Radio Control Planes, or would like to take up flying RC planes as a new hobby, Wonderland Models has a wide choice of plane types to get you into the sky. With such a range of types of RC planes available, let’s first take a look at the main differences between them.

Which type of RC Plane should I get?

There are a couple of key questions to consider when looking to buy an RC plane, firstly, what level of experience you have of flying RC planes, and secondly, whether you want a plane for flying indoors or outdoors (or both). As we can see, there’s a wide range of RC planes to choose from, and each type offers a different experience for the pilot to master.

There are many ways in which RC planes can be categorised, but generally speaking, there are several types:

Micro Flyers

Micro radio control aeroplanes are particularly small and lightweight. Due to their size and easily manageable speeds they can be flown in locations where larger RC aeroplanes cannot, such as at home. Being so lightweight they are easily blown around in a breeze, so care should be taken if you want to fly these in your garden. They are popular aeroplanes for those looking for fun and relaxed flying without needing to make a large financial commitment.

Popular micro flyers include the Hobbyzone Duet, and Hobbyzone Mini Aeroscout.

Park Flyers

So-called because their smaller stature means that it is possible for this type of plane to be flown in a public park. These ready to fly RC planes are very common among both beginners and advanced pilots alike due to the ease with which they can transported, as well as the relatively simple set-up procedure.

Popular park flyers are the Top Gun Park Flite Cessna 185 Skylane, and the Hobbyzone Aeroscout S.


These electric RC planes are generally the same size as the fuel powered RC planes, and they can weigh anything between 2 and 10 pounds. The heavier the plane, the more adept it will be at flying in windy conditions. Given the size of these larger RC planes, they require a flying area similar to that of the fuel powered models.

Popular club and field aeroplanes include the Hobbyzone Carbon Cub S, and the Hobbyzone Apprentice S.

Electric RC Gliders

An RC glider plane can provide the beginner with a very easy learning curve into the world of RC planes, while an experienced pilot can enjoy the exciting aerobatic opportunities available. Their wingspan is usually between 4 – 5 feet and weight around 3 to 5 pounds.

A motor is used to enable the initial launch, after which the propeller can be throttled back, freeing the plane to make the most of air thermals to remain in flight. An added benefit of electric RC glider planes is that flight times can be much longer than the other types of traditional electric aircraft as it does not depend on battery life to stay aloft.

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