General information about R/C
Get a "beginner-type" airplane. Goldberg Eaglet or Eagle, Great Planes' PT-20 or PT-40, Sig Kadet, etc. No Jets, Air Racers, Sporty Sleek Sky Bolts or such. Don't let anyone talk you into anything other than a trainer...you'll be sorry if you do. Get a 4 channel radio.
Be sure to get a LEGAL radio. It must NOT be on 75 mhz. Commonly on 72 mhz, anything from channel 11 to channel 60 with the Gold RCMA sticker affixed somewhere. If it's not Gold Stickered, don't buy it. Better yet, get a new 2.4 ghz radio!
It would be very wise to get some advice from an experienced modeler before you buy ANYTHING!
If you have never built an airplane kit before, you should at least meet with an experienced modeler to get some tips.
You should bench run your engine before installing it in the airplane. This is not so much for break-in purposes as to give you a chance to become familiar with handling it.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FLY YOUR MODEL BY YOURSELF THE FIRST TIME! If you do you'll probably be sorry...
The key to success for beginners is to get help right from the start. It's so much easier to start out right than to correct mistakes later on. The best time to get help is before you buy anything. This can save you time, money, aggravation, and disappointment.
Getting Started! * _YOU_ can build and fly an R/C Airplane!
High Voltage!. * Comprehensive Questions & Answers concerning Electric Flight
NiCad basics, specs and maintainance. * Specs on the types of batteries available, how to estimate flight times, and the care and maintainance of NiCads
NiCd Battery FAQ. * V1.00. Chock full of battery info!
the 'R' in R/C... * The basics of an R/C guidance system by Craig Kulesa.
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