No matter your budget, you’ll end up spending a lot more than you need to if you don’t have all the facts upfront about the purchase of your first remote controlled (RC) helicopter. There are many models, styles and options available to you that can be a little overwhelming if you are new to the hobby.
Not to worry, with models such as those you’ll find with Align RC helicopters, you don’t have to be in the dark anymore. There is a make and model for every level of expertise, from beginners to the avid remote controlled enthusiast.
First you should decide what type of remote controlled model you are interested in. There are remote controlled model cars, motorcycles, boats, airplanes and helicopters just to name the more popular models. With today’s technology making parts smaller, lighter and more affordable you can turn just about anything into a remote controlled object, even small scale robots.
The most popular of all the remote controlled hobbies is quickly becoming model helicopters because of the ease to which they can move. They require less space for takeoff and maneuvering.
For instance, small scale remote controlled helicopter models are available for flying in the house, office or smaller spaces. Larger scale models should be flown outdoors, in open fields and away from distractions since the larger the models typically come with a more detailed controlling system to allow for tricks and stunts.
To get comfortable with controlling a RC helicopter it is recommended that you begin with a RC toy mini helicopter. Typically utilizing a single rotor, the mini helicopter is easier to maneuver because of the hassle free electric power that makes it a cleaner option as well.
No matter the model you decide on, be sure to read the instruction manual that comes with your model so you’ll be familiar with the way the remote control device works as well as what the model itself can do. The last thing you want to do is set out to perform stunts and tricks that your model is not equipped to do. This is a good way to crash and burn.
As you become familiar with how different models are built to perform you will be able to graduate to the next level of flying sooner. The bigger models will require more power and have more electrical detail than the smaller models which means you will need to look into purchasing an RC helicopter that has a manufacturer carrying replacement parts. This will keep you from spending more than you want because you are able to replace simple parts to your model instead of scrapping it.
Do your homework to determine which model will work for the goal you wish to achieve with your RC helicopter. Be sure to research the manufacturing company to ensure they can provide you stock parts, advice and support. You don’t want to be left in the dark after you have made your purchase so be sure to ask beforehand if the company provides support.
Author: Sydney writes for local Austin magazines, a variety of online publications and enjoys living in and writing about Texas.
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