Starting Model Helicopter As A Hobby - What You Should Know

By: LowJeremy
One of the most thrilling experiences you can have is to fly an aircraft on your own. That is, if you can afford to buy your private helicopter or can avail flying school training. But if both of these are far from realization, then you must have an alternative. No, it's not what you are thinking. You cannot hijack an aircraft! Cut that idea off your mind. What you should be thinking is this: flying a helicopter remotely.

Rc helicopter flying has become a better alternative to flying a real helicopter. It costs less and completely safe from crashing. But that is not all. Rc helicopter flying has become a hobby for those who have the passion on helicopters. (Helicopter owners must have one or several of these at home.) Since rc helicopter flying takes every kids and kids at heart to the closest experience of flying a real helicopter, it is undoubtedly thrilling and exciting experience.

Just think of it this way: you are on the ground holding a radio controller while your rc helicopter is doing its stunts on mid air with you taking full control of its every movement.

A popular type of rc helicopter is the electric rc. It is powered by a battery that is connected to a machine that makes the rotor spin to get lift. The electric rc is sometimes regarded to as the beginner's rc since it is easy to fly and less complicated to operate. The electric rc helicopter is also much cheaper than the next type of rc helicopter: the gas rc helicopter.

Gas rc helicopter is powered by an engine that is ran by fuel. This is much complicated to maintain and requires a higher level of mechanical understanding to operate (compared to electric rc helicopter). Gas rc helicopter is also much expensive than the electric. And because of these factors, serious rc helicopter pilots consider gas rc helicopter as their primary choice. It is said that flying a gas rc helicopter is somewhat similar to flying a real helicopter. Both are treated with much respect and much care.

If you cannot afford to buy full size Schweizer 300 or a Robinson R22 or any private helicopter being sold on the market, but have a great desire to own a helicopter or have a great interest on helicopters, there is one thing that suites you best: buying, building, and collecting model helicopters.

From kids and kids at heart, collecting model helicopters has become one of the more popular hobbies. Some collect model helicopters that really fly. There are those who prefer to build model helicopters by themselves to add to their ever-growing collection.

Imagine a display of all the types of helicopters produced over the years lining side by side in one room.

If you want to start the hobby, you can start on one model and start from there. You have several options. You can either go for flying model helicopters. You can also start with a scale-model plastic helicopter. There are model helicopters that are made from wood.

If you prefer real flying model helicopters, you still have several options. You can either go for gas rc helicopter or electric rc helicopter. Usually, beginners tend to buy electric helicopter because it is much cheaper than gas rc's. It is also easy to fly and less complicated. But if you thing you can handle the noise and if you are up for the thrill of the engined model helicopter, then gas rc is for you although it may cost you more both on maintenance and initial cost.

Flying gas rc could also be treated as your stepping stone into flying a real one since you have gained enough response and sensitivity to the nature of the helicopter. Of course, the experience is still much different if you are flying the full-size helicopter. Nonetheless, both the electric and gas rc helicopter are enough to keep you hooked with the experience of flying.
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