Almost Ready to Fly
Radio Control 21st Century Style

By David Boddington
November 2007
Special Interest Model Books
Distributed by the Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9781854862426
168 pages, Illustrated, 7 1/2" x 9 1/4"
$42.50 Paper Original

The greatest revolution in the flying model aircraft hobby in recent years has been the growth of ARTF (Almost Ready To Fly) kits. They have been responsible for introducing a new breed of aero enthusiasts to the hobby who are unable, or do not have the time, to build model aircraft from plans or traditional kits.

ARTF models now represent 90% of all kit sales, a dramatic increase and indicative of the change in direction of the hobby.

With such a diversity of ARTF model types, power sources and radio control equipment available, the potential purchaser may find it difficult to select the correct model and equipment for their purposes and having made the purchases, to know how to get the best from them.

In this book the very experienced author and modeller, David Boddington, advises on the model types available and where to start, which radio outfits are suitable for your immediate needs and the advantages and limitations of alternative power sources.

This information alone can result in savings of time and money.
ARTF models are mostly well manufactured, but they are capable, with just a little effort, of being improved to give an extended operating life. The methods of carrying out these actions plus general maintenance, are included in this profusely illustrated book. With the scope of ARTF kits being continually increased the author also investigates some of the more advanced products and explores the future of the genre.

This practical and encouraging book is essential reading for all persons involved in the assembly and flying of ARTF model aircraft, an intriguing and exciting hobby.

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