Choosing beginner plane


You are searching around to see a rc planes for beginners. I believe this is the right place to find your answer.


Ideal for beginner


What would be the type of rc planes for beginners?


Dating back 15 years ago rc flyer had typical foam and balsa plane using Motor for their trainer. It did not have nicer look as the above picture. Flying and fixing always be routine habit among us since it is not possible to find a good resistant material to build the plane rather that a foam and balsa.  Nowadays EPO foam is succeeding and, to many flyer it is highly crash resistant and is affordable. Here are some type of rc planes for beginners you can try.


Type 1 my rating is + +

Type2 My rating is ++

Type 2 my rating is + + +








Type3 my raing is +++

Type 3 my rating is + + + +

Type4 My rating is +++++

Type 4 my rating is + + + + +











I want to see you succeed in the first flight so I recommend that your ideal trainer plane be robust and need less time to repair – preferably crash and fly. Here I have a case study for you. Please see which type of plane can be good beginner for you. The comment is based on my experience.


Type 1  The plane has easy look and all appearance seems like a trainer plane. If I was starting into the rc hobby many year ago I would love to try this as my trainer. Sadly to say that I will be totally wrong and will crash in the first place. The reasons are here. Its wing rib is constructed of wood, just look through the wing cover, and its design is seriously built for experienced flyer.

At the wing tip it looks symmetrical – the upper part and lower part is equal in airfoil. This wing type is made for 3D and or aerobatic maneuver. Last, it uses Slow Fly propeller which is designated for 3D flying and to make some maneuver such as hovering. Well do you agree with me that it is not made for the beginner?


Type 2  Tough foam and high-wing design make this to be a good choice among new rc flyer. I bought one of this kind when I was a newbie in the hobby.  I fixed it a lot due to extensive minor accident. With repeatedly fix and excessive glue and more reinforcement material added in, finally it was off balanced and was unable to fly. You can avoid this and save some money from what I said by choosing better designed plane. According to this plane I would like to point out that front propeller will damage in head-on crash. The landing gear is not necessary for the beginner since you will be more concentrated on flying, and you can practice a smooth belly landing.  However if you have some experience or being a moderate flyer you will love this type of  plane and enjoy landing on a hard runway.


Type 3  Smart design for beginner. High-wing type, rear engine propeller, using rubber to hold the wing and fuselage together.  Only some inferior features I can point out is the limber landing gear and the tube fuselage behind the main wing. This makes it less resistance to crash or hard landing. It is expected that you will not fly it long since the main wing and tail wing will be off balanced after some crash due to its thin pipe fuselage.


Type 4 This plane is mostly made from EPO (Expanded poly olefin). This material is tougher and is durable foam that will return to original form. It is high-wing plane that gets into balance on level flying when you leave neutral stick on the transmitter. Its motor sit behind the canopy and way above the fuselage, so in case of crash the motor and propeller will be safe. Its glider wing design gives you more time to correct the error. This plane (with wing span of 1.0 meter and above) is excellent for gliding, floating, and responding, thus is easy for newbie to correct control in flight. This type of plane is good to be rc planes for beginners. It is truly a forgiving plane.


What do you think with the information above?  I do not push you to get along with the suggestion that I made, but rather point out good and bad side on each type of plane.  Some plane is not good for the beginner but will be better for intermediate flyer. Owing to my experience the best trainer plane is floating a lot – yes so good for beginner to make error and correct, but for me or other skillful flyer this will not be appreciated one.


Please feel free to leave your comment or question concerning this issue in the space provide I will be happy to assist you.





4 thoughts on “Choosing beginner plane

  1. Excellent information Tinnakon. I needed to see this prior to buying my first rc plane which was in the Type 2 though a foamie. It becomes expensive and time consuming buying the wrong plane as the inevitable crashes rack up a repair bill and lots of time. Choose type 4 every time. They fly very well.

    • Many thanks for the comment. Please also visit my Beginner page that cover many good stuff for you. I think there are more and more to put in but really don’t know which information needed to add to. If you have any topic you want to see please kindly let me know.

  2. Thank you so much for this information. I am a newbie to rc planes and your article was very useful for me. It looks like I would have to start with a type 4 or EPO.

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