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A model airplane can fall into a number of interesting categories. There is the imaginary aircraft that makes a very interesting category indeed because many new real aircraft have come to reality because of an imaginary aircraft model plane. Even in the imaginary aircraft category there can be both flying and non-flying models. Probably the most popular model airplane category is the scale airplanes. A scale airplane is a model of a real airplane made of wood, fiberglass, die cast metal, foam and polystyrene plastic. Today there are many new materials on the market the model airplane is turning up made of.

Model Airplane Construction

The methods are numerous and the techniques vary based on the type of airplane being built. Flying models have requirements just like the real thing. Weight must be considered, balance and aerodynamics are also important for stable flight in many cases these things become even more important with closer tolerances that the real airplanes. Consider the glider airplane can be built for radio control, free-flight or static display all will require different building techniques.

Static Model Airplane

One might think that the static model airplane is built just for display but the static model is used for a great many different things. New designs require all kinds of testing and wind tunnels being one of them. A scale accurate model of the real thing is required to get accurate results from testing. Data collected is used for building the full scale aircraft.

But let’s not forget the static model airplane built for promotional purposes to advertise the introduction of a new airplane. Airlines promote their new planes all the time with static models and so do travel agencies.

The Flying Model Airplane Category

The flying model airplane category has three basic different groups and all of them are popular and are supported by many different groups of hobbyists.

The first category may be the oldest known category is the “Free Flight Model Airplane” category. A free flight model has to fly with no support from the ground like guide lines or attachments to the ground.

Also in the free flight category is where you would find the glider model airplane. A glider is an airplane without an engine. A glider will fly by means of the wind from updrafts and thermals. They can be hand launched into the wind or launched by catapult. Today we find the gliders that are controlled by radio and fall into the RC class.

Next you have the “Control Line Model Airplane” which is controlled with two lines from the wing to the pilot that provide up and down control. The model aircraft are flown around in a circle with the ability to perform many maneuvers like loops and figure eights around the circle to wow spectators.

The third category has many possibilities the “Radio Controlled Model Airplane” powered by gas or nitro engines. RC allows a pilot to perform any maneuver from the ground that a stunt pilot could do in a real airplane and much more. In these modern days with the development of small high powered small electric motors we have the RTF RC airplanes on the market. Electric RC has opened the door to the RC hobby to everyone these days. Much lower costs and much less complicated to learn to fly. Don’t think for a minute that electric RC is only for the simple small airplanes because you can most any size in any number of channels today in an electric RC version that fall into a class of the world’s fastest planes.

Collectors can buy model airplane kits or models that have already been built and painted, models that require construction, painting and gluing, or models that have been painted but need to be snapped together.

Snap together models require minimal construction and are becoming increasingly popular.

Models may be built either as static non-flying models, or as flying models (also known aero-modeling). Construction techniques for the two are usually very different.

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Plastic Model Airplanes

There are not as many manufacturers today as we had in the 1970s, but many of the older kit’s can be located if you know where to find them.

Plastic model airplanes are modeled in many "scales".

The scale notation is the size in relation to the actual size of the real aircraft.

For example 1:8th scale is equal to one inch to every 8 inches of the real aircraft.

Some of the most popular scales are, in order of size, 1:144, 1:72 (the most numerous), 1:48, 1:32, 1:24, 1:16, 1:8 and 1:4.

The European model airplanes are available at more metric scales such as 1:50.

The highest quality models are made from injection-molded plastic or cast resin. Models made from Vacuum formed plastic are generally for the more skilled builder.

Plastic model airplanes are built to scale; you do find them made from wood, metal and paper. Scale models are sold many different ways.

You can find model airplanes painted and assembled, painted but not assembled (snap-fit) or unpainted and not assembled.

One of the most popular types of aircraft to model manufactures is commercial airliners and military aircraft.

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