Gas Model Airplane Kits
Home Model Airplane Kits Model Airplane Tips Introduction Magazines

Gas Model Airplane Kits

Gas radio controlled planes are more complicated then electric planes, so it is probably a good idea that only more experienced fliers fly gas planes . Gas planes fly faster and longer then electric planes.

Getting Started

Operating a gas plane is much more difficult then an electric plane. When choosing the right gas plane, you will need to decide if you are going to need an instructor or if are you going to learn by yourself. As mentioned above, if you are a beginner it is recommended that you start with an electric plane, but at the end it is your choice to make.

Gas planes usually have more expensive maintenance costs, as well as greater start up costs as opposed to electric planes. Gas planes are also difficult to learn how to fly, so if you are someone who is easily discouraged, then it would definitely be better to learn to fly with and electric plane.

If you are a beginner you should get a trainer gas rc plane, as this type of plane will help you to learn good flying skills. There are a number of options which you should look at when buying a gas radio controlled plane:

  • You should choose a trainer gas plane if you are a beginner
  • Wings should be high up on the fuselage above the cabin area
  • For beginners the wing should be large because more lift is created and will make the airplane fly slower
  • Look for tricycle landing gear to make landings easier
  • A flat bottom wing air foil section for better lift
  • Buy a 4 to 6 channel transmitter now, so you wont have to buy a new one when you get more advanced with your flying skills
  • The bigger the plane, the easier it is to fly

A good gas plane is the Extra 300XS however it is a kit, and is only for advanced flyers.

Ready to Fly Gas RC Planes

Picking out the right gas rc plane is very important as you don't want to waste your time and money on bad ones. If you are just starting out, then you need a trainer plane. Another great ready to fly gas plane is the Arrow Semi-Symmetrical.

If you are a more experienced flyer, then the Scooter is a great choice. The Scooter plane has a very large wingspan for good stability, and high aspect ratio elliptical wing will provide ultra-stable and slow flight. This is a great plane for just sitting back, relaxing and flying.

Almost Ready to Fly Gas RC Planes

An experienced flyer may kind an almost ready to fly gas plane is perfect. Gas planes fly longer, go higher, and are more stable when flying once you master them than electric planes.


Building a gas plane from a kit is no easy task. If you decide to buy a kit then you should be prepared to spend a little extra money as well. One word of advice when buying a kit for a gas plane, is that you should always get a giant. Giants are the best to build from a kit because they produce a more satisfying plane and they tend to last longer.

What You Will Need

  • A gas rc airplane (RTF, ARF, Kit)
  • A 2-stroke or 4-stroke engine
  • A quart of rc airplane hobby fuel - 15% Nitro is preferably
  • After run airplane engine oil for nitro engines
  • A fuel pump
  • A starter for the engine
  • A battery to ignite the glow plug of the engine
  • A 4-6 Channel radio control transmitter
  • Batteries for the radio control system

Remember: You should also always look for the words "not included".

Model Airplanes by Category

» Radio Control Beginner
» Radio Control Gas
» Radio Control Electric
» Radio Control Jet
» Radio Control Gliders
» Kids Airplanes

Model Airplane Articles

» Introduction to Building
» Laying out the Fuselage
» Building inner fuselage
» Preparing the formers
» Jigging and Dry Fitting
» Building it Straight
» Front End
» Installing onboard gear
» Learning to Fly

Model Airplanes contact information.
All contents ©, Model Airplanes: all rights reserved.