Model Airplanes – A Hobby for All Age Groups

August 6, 2007 by  
Filed under Features

If you are looking to invest a bit of time and money in a new hobby and have an appreciation for aircraft, you might find that building model airplanes is just the sort of hobby you were looking for. This fun hobby is suitable for most age groups and the final result can give you a great sense of accomplishment.

If you know nothing about this great past-time, then the first thing you will need to be aware of is the fact that there are many different kinds of model aircraft. If you don’t want to take on a project that is too big to start with, the idea of building a static model aircraft from a kit may be the best idea. These models are usually scaled down versions of actual aircraft. The kit they come in provides all the materials you will need to assemble the model, paint it and provide finishing touches. They may be made of plastic, wood, metal or paper but most often they are made of plastic. The kits also come with great instructions so you don’t have to worry too much about getting confused about which piece goes where. If you are not particularly good with your hands, a snap-model may be a more appropriate project for you since the bulk of the work is already done by the manufacturers and all that these models require is that you ‘snap’ a few parts together. Unfortunately, these models also break fairly easily so you should be careful with your model if you do choose this option.

If you appreciate the idea of flying your model airplane instead of the challenge of building it, you may find that you will want to invest in a flying model. There are three different varieties of flying model aircraft and it would be a good idea to consider each one carefully before making your final choice. The first is that of free-flight model aircraft which are often propelled by means of throwing (though this may depend on the size of the aircraft). A glider is a perfect example of this.

The second example is a ‘control-line’ aircraft, which is controlled by means of two wires which pass between the pilot and the airplane. However, radio-controlled aircraft are much more popular than this because they allow a greater degree of freedom and thus more enjoyment. A radio-controlled aircraft operates by means of a radio-transmitter, which sends electronic signals to the aircraft. Some flying models are very realistic, scaled-down versions of existing aircraft while others are incredibly simple and easy to assemble. Deciding on whether you want a flying or non-flying model before you purchase your first kit is very important, since each are built in a different fashion with different materials.

Of course, if you really are skilled with your hands and you understand the technology behind aircraft, the sky is the limit. You could easily design and construct a model airplane from whatever materials you choose and in whatever fashion you want and for some, this is the most rewarding form of model airplane building. However, building a model airplane from a kit can be just as rewarding and fun and it is something that every airplane enthusiast should try at least once in their lives.

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