What Are Some Ways to Transport Your RC Airplane to the Field?

Written by matt scheer
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A remote-controlled (RC) aeroplane can be a delicate and expensive toy. The operator uses a hand-held wireless controller to navigate the plane. Operators take their RC aeroplanes to spaces that have plenty of room to fly the plane. Getting to the field to fly the plane can be difficult, however, since transport may damage the plane: A wing or landing pad or wheel may break or the circuitry may get dislodged in bumpy terrain. The good news is that there are storage and transport options that help you get an RC plane to the field without much hassle.

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For a sturdy RC aeroplane, a box or crate may be all you need for transportation. Put the plane in the box, place the box on a seat or floor of your vehicle and drive to the field to fly the plane. If your plane is large and the wings removable, you can disconnect them for transport. Otherwise, filling the box or crate with crumpled newspaper cushions the plane and raises the wings above the level of the box walls; this way the body rests snugly in the box but the wings hang out. If you're worried about the newspaper scratching the surface of the plane, use tissue paper instead.

Plastic foam

A plastic foam-carrying base can hold your RC aeroplane for transport. By cutting the foam into the shape of the belly of the aeroplane, you can set the plane in the foam and place both in your vehicle. The snug fit of the aeroplane to the foam will keep it in place so that it does not jostle around while you drive. You can measure the plane and transfer these measurements in your cuts in the foam. Use a hot knife to cut smooth shapes out of your foam block to fit the aeroplane.


For large RC aeroplanes, you can build a stand out of PVC to transport your plane to the field. PVC is a durable, cheap material that's sold at many craft and hardware stores. Buy a PVC cutter, two "X" joints, a foot of foam insulation, four elbow joints and a length of the PVC pipe. The pipe's length depends on the size of your RC plane. Cut out the legs from the PVC and attach an elbow joint to both ends of each leg. Attach a shorter length of PVC to each elbow and attach a pair of these shorter lengths with the "X" joint. Attach another pair of short lengths to the last two openings of each "X" joint and cover those short lengths in insulation. Simply place your RC aeroplane on the stand so it is held by the insulated PVC pieces.

Wing Racks

The most fragile part of many RC aeroplanes are the wings. The wings also take up a lot of space in a vehicle when transporting. If you can remove the wings from your plane, you can make a small PVC wing rack for them and for other wings if you're bringing out additional aeroplanes. Make the rack in a similar manner to the way you made the "X" shaped stand. But instead of using the "X" fitting, use "T" fittings. Create one grid of PVC with the "T" fittings. Face the central hole of the "T" fitting upward and insert a short length of PVC through, covered in insulation. Repeat this process to form racks. Place the wings between each rack so that the racks can hold them in place.

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