9 Things Building RC Planes Taught Me
April 8, 2019
If you’ve ever heard someone tell you building RC planes is stupid, then there’s a good chance you’ve been into the hobby for more than a week or so. I mean, my mother even told me it was a waste of time, but after countless hours under that lamp, I’ve taken away more than enough skills to get myself started on life.
Here’s a detailed explanation of what I learned from my time with RC planes and how I learned it. Here we go, boys and girls.
I’ll never forget the very first time I bought my first model airplane. I couldn’t have been older than 10 when my dad took me to the toy store after some ice cream. I picked up a wooden do-it-yourself rubber-band-powered airplane that was constructed out of balsa wood – a very light and brittle material.
I was so excited that I didn’t even want my dad to help me put it together. I ripped off the plastic covering and starting ripping out the pieces so that I could begin construction, but what I forgot to do was take the time and BE CAREFUL. I inevitably snapped the tailpiece in half, rendering my entire project worthless.
That day (and many other days after that) I experienced what clumsy behavior can get you – complete and udder ruin. I was so distraught about my plane that my dad took me to the store the very next day for a new one that he would help me put together. I can’t remember that last time I was so grateful.
Achieving something difficult never comes without patience. Whether it be professional rowing, masting the violin, or even building RC airplanes. When you’re putting the last finishing touches on your RC plane, and you start looking over the small details of your craftsmanship, it’s hard not to feel disappointment.
Even when it is a finished piece, you never really feel like you did your best until you start treating each step with precision and patience. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day – and neither were the greatest RC planes of all time.
It takes patience to create something as detailed, complex, and (hopefully) functional as a RC plane. It doesn’t matter what size it is because if you end up making a fatal mistake in your construction – there’s no way that baby will fly. Plus, she might even disassemble herself at takeoff, so take your time. Be patient.
Practice Makes Perfect
No master constructor, painter, or musician got where they ended up because they had a gift from God – they earned it through hours and hours of mind-numbing practice. The same goes for RC planes.
You need to constantly practice your craftsmanship with your tools and your mind if you want to create some beautiful (and definitely functional) planes.
There’s no feeling worse than spending hours crafting a gorgeous plane, only to realize that you have no idea how to fly it and crashing it into the only tree within 200 yards. It’s an experience that I learned from so that (hopefully) you can learn from it as I did. It takes time to master the construction of your planes, but it will take you even longer to master the controls to your masterpiece – so don’t give up.