7 Reasons RC Cars and Planes Are A Great Hobby
Whether you’re already into RC models or you’re considering immersing yourself in the hobby, from time to time you may find yourself attempting to justify your hobby to friends and family. When it comes to the RC world, plenty of people don’t understand the appeal (don’t worry, they’re just jealous!).
However, unlike many other hobbies and pastimes, RC planes and cars offer some real and tangible benefits for both adults and kids. And while the time and money investment can be steep, there are plenty of good reasons to get involved. So let’s have a look at 7 reasons why RC planes and cars make a great hobby.
- Great family activity
Worried that you’re not spending enough time with the kids? RC planes and cars are a great way to spend quality time with the kids while doing something you’ll both enjoy. From building and painting the RC models, to the flying/driving and maintenance, there are plenty of opportunities to get the kids involved while teaching them useful mechanical skills and encouraging creativity and problem solving.
For the kids, it can also teach them the responsibility involved in taking care of delicate and complicated equipment, while also helping to develop their hand-eye coordination and reflexes.
- Develops Hand-Eye Coordination and Reflexes
Flying an RC plane or driving an RC car involves some serious hand-eye coordination and reflexes. Precision flying or track racing will help to develop coordination and reflexes in the young and old alike.
Unlike video games, there are real consequences to crashing an RC model. Any damage can quickly end your fun and repairs can sometimes be costly and complicated. Because of this real-world risk to the model, there is some real incentive to up those reflexes and hand-eye skills.
- Gets you outdoors
Feel like you’re spending too much time on the couch? Get outdoors and have some fun in the sun! RC cars and planes are a great way to spend some time outdoors doing something you love.
- Social hobby
RC racing is a great way to meet new people with similar interests. Melbourne has a thriving and active RC community with clubs, meets and races happening all over the city. Joining an RC club is a great way to engage with like-minded people, expand your social circle, get helpful tips and advice and of course, have fun.
- Develop problem solving skills
No matter how careful you are, RC models will always require some care and maintenance to keep them running smoothly. And that’s part of the fun! Sometimes the repairs and maintenance can require a little problem solving to diagnose the problem and work out a viable solution. This could mean tracking down an electrical issue, fixing a mechanical problem or identifying damaged parts or components.
It’s a great way to keep the brain active and develop your problem solving skills.
- Learn basics of electronics and mechanics
All RC planes and vehicles operate with a combination of electrical and mechanical components. Whether it’s by assembling the model or through ongoing repairs and maintenance, you will develop an in-depth understanding of how your model works. This will include aspects like electronics and radio communication, battery chemistry, aerodynamics, mechanical gearing and more.
Having a basic understanding of the electronics, mechanics and chemistry involved in these vehicles can be useful for other fields or just for expanding your general knowledge.
- Scratch the competitive itch
If you’re the type of person who likes a little friendly competition, then RC racing is for you. Whether it’s cars, planes or drones, you can find plenty of people to compete with at nearby RC clubs. Race meets are held regularly and it’s a great way to hone your racing skills, scratch the competitive itch and make new friends. To find your nearest club, search online or talk to your local hobby shop.