A favorite part of the RC Hobby is scratch building from common inexpensive materials, adding in electronics you can come up with some pretty wild machines. Kits are fun but there is a great feeling of accomplishment when you have an idea and turn it into a flying success.
Kits or scratch building from plans is a great way to get started. I built my first radio controlled airplane from watching videos and combining the ideas of others with some of my own.
Pictured below you don’t even need any plans to build this one. It’s made from simple rectangle shapes and can be scaled up or down.
This one has about a 56 inch wingspan and is about 30 inches long. It could be a little longer in the nose or have a shorter tail. That’s the fun of it as long as you get the CG close at 1/3 from leading edge of the wing it will fly great.
We plan on adding a wider airboat shaped fuselage and testing it as the simplest water plane build.
Downloadable plans are great for more complex airplanes. I built the Flitetest Simple Storch in a couple of weekends.
Scratch built quadcopters are a blast. You can get one or two sets of electronics and build a lot of different multirotor frames using wood, aluminum towel rods or PVC tubing and connectors.
Next on my list of projects is a float plane that can takeoff and land from the water then an airboat than can be launched with an RC Truck towing a trailer.
My favorite materials are dollar store foam board, hot glue, bbq skewer sticks.
Sharp razor knife with lots of blades, Hot glue gun, straight edge, Soldering Iron and basic hand tools.