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What is RC modelling?

Much more than just a hobby, RC modelling is an exciting activity that can lead to national or international competitions. Here's an overview.

What is RC modelling?

Radio-controlled (RC) modelling is an activity that involves building and flying a radio-controlled model aircraft to a precise scale. Far from being a simple hobby, this activity involves the responsibility of the person practising it. The models flown can vary according to age.

How do I get started with RC modelling?

To get started in RC model flying, you need to choose a miniature model. Ideally, you should join a model-building club to find out more about the discipline you want, the size of the model and the type of track to choose. You also need to prepare a budget. Taking up RC modelling is an investment, especially if you want a fully equipped model.

What's more, you'll need to know a thing or two about driving, as you'll need to know how to steer and brake at the right moment to keep up with the track. Training can take place in the garden, in a car park or on a large track.

What are the different areas of RC modelling?

RC modelling covers a variety of areas. You can fly a scale model on a land, air or water circuit, including :

● RC aircraft

● RC boats or sailboats

● RC drones

● RC helicopters

● RC gliders

● RC car or RC mini-car

● RC tank

What are the different brands of RC model making?

Several brands offer a wide choice of miniature RC models and spare parts to repair the model or boost its power. Here are just a few:

● Traxxas

● Kyosho

● T2M

● MHD Pro

● Futaba

● Great Planes

● Tamiya

● Seagull

● Billing

● Joysway

● HPI racing

● Maverick


● E-sky

● Axion RC

● Black Horse

● Dumas Boats

What are the different engines used in RC modelling?

A miniature model can be powered by either an internal combustion engine or an electric motor. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Let's take the case of a remote-controlled car such as an RC buggy, RC truggy or RC crawler:

● Electric remote control car: it uses reliable and silent energy from Lithium Polymer (LiPo) or Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH). It has a range of 10 minutes.

● Thermal remote-controlled car: this has a 2-stroke engine fuelled by methanol. To operate, it uses an auxiliary electric starter, a pull starter or an integrated electric starter.

What are the different scales in RC modelling?

In RC modelling, the size of a miniature model (plane, boat, car, etc.) depends on its scale. Let's take the case of a radio-controlled car:

● At 1/100 scale, it is approximately 35 cm in size, i.e. almost 10 times smaller than a real car;

● At 1/4 scale, it is approximately 1 m long.

What tools are essential for RC modelling?

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, quality tools are essential. To build models, here are the basic tools you need: measuring instruments, pliers, files, screwdrivers, guying tools, assembly pins, a hammer, a plane, a cutter, a wood rasp, a guillotine, a mini drill, a mini jig saw, a mini hand sander and clamps.

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