Most of the time when buying a Ready-to-Fly RC model aircraft, you get everything you need in the package, and the plane is ready to fly, as the name states, nearly out of the box. Minimal build work is needed, and you’ll be flying the plane very quickly as all that is needed is to charge the batteries (more and less all RTF RC model planes are electric). All very good reasons to buy an RTF plane.
Getting an RTF RC plane is a great way to get flying the plane faster and cheaper. However, there are some factors that you should know when buying an RTF plane, as the different packages might be build-up differently.
Some packages come with quality parts and good RC transmitter for example, but other packages (namely the cheapest ones) might now, so make sure you know what you’re getting when buying one and consider these pros and cons of RTF planes too…
Over the years I have seen so many newcomers to the hobby appear at a flying site carrying Spitfires, Mustangs, and other totally unsuitable rc model aircraft beginners think they can learn on. I have never understood what logic makes people think they can fly such planes without previous experience and tuition on more suitable types of trainer rc airplanes!
Let me ask you; Would you put a learner driver in charge of a high performance rally car or a racing car? I think not!
If you visit any model shop or consult with a reputable supplier of model equipment you will discover that there are a range of specially designed training types. My advice to anyone approaching the hobby for the first time would be to forget about scale or aerobatic types and concentrate on selecting a purpose designed trainer. These planes are relatively easy to fly and demonstrate characteristics that minimise the effects of the inevitable mistakes you will make as a rookie.