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The first and easiest way is to simply buy a ready built airplane from somewhere like eBay or a local RC club member, the pitfalls are that you have no idea how well built the airplane is or how well it flies.

Next up is the route most beginners choose and that is the "ready to fly" or RTF as it's more commonly known. These can be sub divided into simple park flyers (available from toy shops) to the more serious RC airplanes available from your local hobby shop (most good hobby shops also have excellent websites). These are always supplied with all radio control equipment.

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Next is also a firm favourite with beginners who are a little bit more hands on, its known as "almost ready to fly" or ARTF sometimes called ARF. These airplanes are in kit form but much of the hard work has already been completed by the manufacturer, and only simple assembly is needed, often in the order of a few hours. They generally come supplied with radio control equipment. These simple assembly tasks are easily completed by the typical DIY enthusiast.

True RC Kits are better for the intermediate to expert builder and consist of a Kit of parts and detailed plans to enable the home builder to complete every part of the build, but by including all parts in the Kit, further out sourcing is not required. This is the more traditional way of building your RC aeroplane and is very satisfying. You will be able to complete the kit with basic hand tools and a sturdy work bench. Obviously the time to build will depend on the complexity of the airplane and the free time available to the builder.