Inverurie and District Model Flying Club

Providing a safe flying environment for model aeroplane and helicopter enthusiasts

About Aeroplanes

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The sight of a model aeroplane flying, your first steps in to the model shop and that first day you bring your model to the flying field? We can help.

Aeroplanes are probably the first thing most people learn to fly and whilst not as difficult as helicopters, they are very rewarding. Our members are keen to get you in to the air, so are willing to help you make sure that happens and lands again safely of course.

The engine fires, you get that first smell of glow fuel and you will never look back. Slowly the throttle increases and the plane trundles down the runway, increasing speed until that last bump of the grass and it is airborne. The thrill of piloting a flying machine has now become reality.

Years of fun are ahead of you, whether you are young or been around a bit, there is something that will suit you in the hobby. Whether you like to fly scale models, fun flyers, aerobatic machines, electric, glow engines or gas turbines, someone at Inverurie and District Model Flying Club will be able to help you.

Buying an Aeroplane

There are two basic types; Sport or Scale. You will need to decide whether to purchase a Kit or an ARTF (Almost Ready To Fly). ARTF models are more or less 90% built and need only the installation of the Radio Equipment and basic setup. A Kit will arrive as a 'box or bits' requiring a full assembly. Additionally there is the choice of Glow, Petrol or Electric Power, or even Gas Turbine (not recommended for a beginner).

What to Buy?

The sight of a model aeroplane flying, your first steps in to the model shop and that first day you bring your model to the flying field. Once again, you can get advice from the club on which models are suitable for a novice.

Aeroplanes are probably the first thing most people learn to fly and whilst not as difficult as helicopters, they are very rewarding. Our members are keen to get you in to the air, so are willing to help you make sure that happens and lands again safely of course.

There is no popular aeroplane at Inverurie and District Model Flying Club as there are too many to choose from. However the most popular trainers are the Irvine Tutor 40, Ripmax Nova 40 and the Thunder Tiger 40 trainer. Foam electric powered models also make good starting points, as they are relatively cheap and easily repaired when the odd accident occurs.

Building an Aeroplane

Building a model Aeroplane is not really that hard, all you need is plenty time, patience and the correct tools. The supplied instructions are usually quite comprehensive, and there are a wealth of informative websites available which specialise in this subject. Check out our links section for details of related websites and online forums.

The ARTF (Almost Ready to Fly)

If you purchase an ARTF model then you will find that 90% of the model is pre-built. Usually the only building you will have to do is to glue the wings together, fit the engine and fuel tank and installation of the radio control equipment. It is quite possible for someone who has never built one of these to complete the model in a few evenings. Although if you decide to purchase the ARTF model then you will not have the same understanding of the construction techniques that you would have gained by building it from a kit. As usual it is still important to read the instructions thoroughly.

The 'box of bits' approach

If you have bought a kit then you are going to find yourself confronted with a box of parts which normally resembles a model aeroplane, depending on the type of kit purchased. Read the supplied instructions completely from cover to cover before starting the build. Make sure that none of the parts are missing or damaged. Make sure you have all the correct tools required, these are normally specified in the manual.

Setting up an Aeroplane

The Radio Gear

If you are new to Radio Control then the setting up of some of the more modern computer radio sets can be a complete mystery. We would advise that once you have constructed the model, you should then seek advice from the other aeroplane pilots at your local club. The consequences of getting it wrong can be disastrous as these models can cause serious injuries.

The Setup

If you join Inverurie and District Model Flying Club you gain access to a wealth of aeroplane experience. Being part of the club means that a competent aeroplane pilot will assist you with the basic setup and test fly the model. This reduces the risk to yourself and your expensive model.