The buying of accessories for RC Aeroplanes generally depends on what is required practically or what aesthetic style the enthusiast wants to achieve. Many of the accessories available on eBay are not vital but can enhance the enjoyment of flying the plane or somehow make it easier.
All RC Aeroplane enthusiasts know that the attachment of different parts and adjustment of different elements of the aircraft are fundamental to the enjoyment of the hobby. Key to this is tape which allows the enthusiast to strengthen the plane, improve the aesthetics, adjust certain elements or attach gadgets which enhance the flying experience.
Tapes to look out for are as follows:
* Wingseat tape ensures the wings sit snugly onto the fuselage preventing scratching and giving support. Hook and loop, Flyer hinge tape, Masking tape (crucial for painting straight lines 25mm & 50mm).
* Glassweave tape for strengthening, Monofilament tapes, Velcro tape, Ripmax SLS - Tab Sero tape. Double sided tape is very useful for all sorts of applications.
* Then for more aesthetic applications the different Time line coloured tapes come in red, royal blue, yellow, black and orange.
Whilst considering the more practical side the different types of coverings to paint the aircraft with are many but brands worth considering are the likes of Airspan, Fibafilm, Glosstex, Litespan, Polyester and Trimline.
2. Auto pilots
The next accessories which require consideration are auto pilots. These accessories are great for the enthusiast who is just learning or when conditions are difficult. They attach to the existing transmitter and assist the flyer in keeping the elevation and aileron servos controlled. They will maintain or return the aircraft to straight and level flight in the absence of any pilot input.
The Futaba P-HAL series of Auto pilots is definitely worth considering. There are three different versions which can be found at affordable prices. It may be that extension leads and possibly a spare sensor unit.
There are a number of very small accessories which are very important and buying the right cockpit catch for example is worth taking some time over.
Hatch catches, hatch magnets and canopy catches (latch sprung) can be found on eBay.
Fan units for ducted fan aircraft are best sourced from the likes of Eflites and their EDF and Delta products are generally found in toy stores or can be found on eBay. The Windrider and Wemotec fan units are also worth considering with the Wemotec Micro Fan unit and the 60mm Windrider Unit being great value for your money.
In recent years attaching camera systems onto radio controlled aeroplanes has become a popular area and has been a key area of growth in the accessories market. There is a wide range of camera available but having invested good money in a camera a couple of other attachments are worth consideration. Firstly the USB and car charger is very useful for when the camera runs out when in the field. They can recharge the camera battery from a computer or straight from a car's cigarette lighter.
The protection of the camera is also important particularly when flying over wet ground or lakes. A Dive box which encases the camera to make it completely waterproof prevents water damage in the case of a crash into water. Cameras come in all manner of different shapes and sizes.
Cameras themselves can be very expensive but a good starting point is the FlyCam One. This is easily attached, relatively light and will deliver still images or video footage from the air. It is powered by a Li Poly battery and comes with a shockproof mount to prevent the camera from vibrating and so keep a high quality of image.
FlyCam Three is an altogether more sophisticated camera with many added features and a better quality of image produced. The camera weighs 62 g and is 50x98x15 mm in size. The video is a 640-480 pixels camera and it is charged with a LiPoly 500 mAh battery. This is built into the camera and comes with a mains charger. It comes with an SD card slot but the card itself has to be bought separately. An LCD screen allows the images or video to be played back immediately.
Cameras give the a whole new dimension to flying a radio controlled aeroplane and give the flyer a real feeling of actually being in the aircraft.
6 . Kits and decals
Accessories to make the plane look more realistic in the air come in the form of pilot kits and control panel decals. These are generally simply figurines that can be assembled and painted to look as lifelike as possible. Some do come already painted but many model makers like to paint the figures themselves. Paints from Umbro and Airfix are available in both oil and acrylic.
7. Screws, nuts and bolts
It is sensible to have a wide range and good quantity of screws, and nuts and bolts of different sizes. For screws have a range of:
* Philips Head screws between 1/2 and 1 inch in size
* A range of standard screws
* Self tapping screw
* Cap screws
For nuts and bolts, a selection of different sizes and types is very useful. Wingfix Bolts and Nuts, Mutiple and Cheese head screws, Blind nuts and Nylon inset lock nuts are all important and are relatively inexpensive.
In the tool kit it is always handy to have a packet of small cable ties as they can be used to carry out temporary repairs or attach accessories. Wing tip skids help to protect the wing tips and are very cheap.
For more fun when flying particularly with military replicas, it is possible to buy releasable bombs, which do not explode but can be used to try and fly the plane in a way that it might have been in real life. These can be attached and dropped as they come with a specific release mechanism.
9. Balance weights
Balance weights can help the flier to adjust the weighting in the aircraft to improve performance. They come on a sticky strip and are easily attached to the aircraft at the relevant point to achieve the required re-balancing. They are particularly useful to counter-balance a camera if you have one attached.
To try and define what the "must have" accessories for radio controlled aeroplanes are is a huge task because everyone wants different things out of their planes, and enjoys the hobby for different reasons. Try to buy the best quality available and use trusted manufacturers. Having invested money and time in building a beautiful plane it is a shame to damage it by using accessories and parts that are substandard.
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