While radio-controlled (RC) aeroplanes are exceptional in their own rite, amphibious aircraft introduce a whole new element of fun by allowing you to navigate in the air, on land, or on the open water. These aircraft are organised by different skill levels. Some are ready-to-fly (RTF), meaning they require no assembly at all, while others require some construction before they are flight ready. Familiarise yourself with a few different models that are water-capable to understand the variety available to you as an RC seaplane enthusiast.
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Hybrid Air RTF electric RC Plane
This unique, dual-purpose aircraft is designed to offer both land and sea capabilities. Using a brushless outrunner motor and Li-Poly battery, the Hybrid-Air packs a punch straight out of the box. It has detachable landing gear for use on land, and a fully proportional four-channel radio system that maintains control through aerobatic flight as far as 4,000 feet away from the transmitter. It costs £126.7 from Park Flyer's website.
Catalina Electric Twin Power Sea Plane
This almost ready-to-fly (RTF) model needs minor construction, but everything you need is included in the box. It uses a brushed motor and a NiMH battery pack for decent flying power. It is capable of landing on soft surfaces (grass and snow) or in open water; however, it isn't designed for exceptionally aerobatic flying -- though you can get away with looping it after a shallow dive. This model offers a 500-foot range, and it only costs £64 from Nitro Planes' website.
Coota Amphibian Aerobatic RC Seaplane
Made from durable styrofoam, this four-channel aircraft uses an outrunner high-torque 1,250kv motor and a 1,000 ma-H NiMH battery back for performing aerobatic aerial stunts. It is equipped with a landing gear, allowing it to land and lift off from either land or sea. Everything is included with it except for the 8 AA batteries needed for the transmitter. It is available for £116.9 on Banana Hobby's website.
Hydro-Glider RC Flying Boat
Fully assembled and ready-to-fly (RTF), this aircraft is constructed from durable styrofoam and powered by a brushless motor and a 1,200 ma-H rechargeable battery pack. This four-channel aircraft is as agile on the water as it is in the air and offers a run time of 20 to 35 minutes. This is a beginner model that is suitable for pilots age 10 and up. It's available from Sears' website for £130.
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