Flying electric model airplanes are a popular hobby amongst many hobbyists. In comparison to gas powered model airplanes, electric models are much more reliable, and because of fewer moving parts, maintenance is much less. Moreover, electric models are not as messy because they don't require the petroleum products, such as gas and oils, to operate.
Electric model airplane kits can be purchased as Ready To Fly (RTF) or Almost Ready To Fly (ARF). Electric RTF kits, although more expensive, require no assembly work. You just remove the model from the packaging and your plane is ready to fly. Electric ARF kits, on the other hand are less expensive than an electric RTF airplane kit, and do require some assembly before your airplane is ready fly.
Another type of electric model plane available, and the least expensive, is the kit you must assemble. However, these models can take some time to build before it's ready to fly!
If you buy this kind of kit you will also need to purchase some tools and materials, like glue, to complete your electric plane. Also, kits you must assemble require some working space for assembly.
You may need some basic electrical tools, like an electrical tester, wire cutter/strippers, soldering iron or gun, solder and other miscellaneous electrical tools. But the tool kits for electric model airplanes are seldom as extensive as for gas powered counterpart.
Electric model airplanes can be purchased in many different styles and three basic formats. You can purchase kits in foam, plastic, and balsa wood formats. Both foam and balsa wood kits are the easiest to repair after crashes, whereas plastic repairs may require more work and time to fix.
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