Product Tips & Tutorials: RC Planes
Types of RC Planes
Posted by on 05 September 2012 05:13 PM

After you've been in the hobby for a while, you'll start noticing that there are different plane types. Sport Planes, Warbirds, Float Planes, and even Vintage Planes. Here is a quick overview of each.

Trainer Planes

The starter planes. These planes are designed for the beginners in mind. Very straight forward in design, with no extra channels needed. The wings of most Trainer Planes sits on top of the fuselage, giving it the best in-flight stability compared to other planes with mid or lower wing placement. Most trainer planes are made from foam and are built to be tough. If you're just starting off, and you need a plane, look for a plane with the wings on top. The higher it is, the more stable the flight.

Aerobatic Planes (3D Planes)

Aerobatic Planes, also known as 3-D Planes, are planes that are made for performing aerobatic patterns, or 3-D Flying. The Aerobatic Plane is designed with oversized surfaces and motors (electric or nitro) that are more powerful than required for the plane. They are meant for very aggressive flying, and to perform these tricks, you'll need to be at an advanced flying stage. 

Twin Engine Planes

Twin Engine planes is exactly what the name suggests: a plane with two engines. Not much difference between this plane and regular plane except for that extra engine. You'll usually see Twin-Engine Planes on modeled planes, or warbirds. 


Warbirds are characterized as planes that have been in combat, or were designed for combat in mind, usually from WW I or WW II era. These are planes that are scaled to the real planes in life. Hence the name WarBird.

Jet RC Planes

RC jet planes, just like the real jet planes, use a jet engine instead of a propeller to fly. These planes are designed to be fast. They handle very well, but you will need to know your control if you want to take a spin on one of these. If they move fast, they crash fast as well, so be careful. Definitely not a beginner plane.


Ah, the majestic sea cow... Just kidding. Sea-Planes are planes that take off from and land on water. Most Sea-Planes had water landing in mind in their design, so landing it on... land isn't good for the plane. If you land it on concrete, the bottom of the pontoon, or the floats, will be rubbed off on the hard surface. There are some planes with plastic bottoms, but rubbing that on concrete is not good for it either. Landing on grass is fine, but Sea-Planes are meant for water. Just keep that in mind.


Gliders are characterized by their long wing span and narrow fuselage. They are meant for minimum to no motor use and still retain flight. The wing span allows the glider to glide. This is definitely a fun plane to play around with, especially for windy days.

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