Welcome to our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, where you’ll find our suggestions for the best value in RC planes, quadcopters, cars/trucks, helicopters and boats. Whether you know your way around radio control vehicles or don’t have a clue, this guide is provided to help you find the perfect gift.
When you are browsing the site, remember that RTF (Ready-to-Fly) and RTR (Ready-to-Run) means that everything is included. BNF (Bind-N-Fly) versions are less expensive because they don’t include a radio transmitter.
If you have any questions about what would make a great gift or to get more information about the skill level required for the item you have selected, call us at 1-888-953-9663, or chat with us, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Customer Service team is knowledgeable about the products we carry and they are here to help you. We want your gift to be the BEST and that means a complete appropriate set-up.
In RC Airplanes, the HobbyZone Carbon Cub S+ is widely acknowledged to be the best trainer with many features other entry-level RC planes don’t have. It includes GPS-enabled technology and advanced features such as AutoLand and Holding Pattern which make it easy for almost anyone to fly successfully from their very first flight. The Ready-to-Fly version (HBZ3200) is complete in the box, and the only recommendation we would add is a second and larger battery EFLB22003S30. We also recommend the HobbyZone Aeroscout (HBZ3800) as a beginner plane. However, those are out of stock at the moment, not coming back into stock until mid-December or later.
If your pilot has been flying a trainer and is ready to move up, the Arrows RC Sky Trainer 182 PNP (AH002P), J3 Cub PNP (AH003P), the T-28 Trojan PNP (AH006P), and the Bigfoot PNP (AH010P) are all excellent planes to advance their skills. Of these, the T-28 is the most advanced with flaps and retractable landing gear. These planes are PNP versions so they require radio systems along with a battery and charger to complete. Oftentimes, pilots will already have the completion components needed from their first plane. Call us if you have any questions about that.
The hottest area of RC flying today is Electric Ducted Fans, or EDF jets. Many pilots are intimidated by the speed and skill required to take off and land. The Arrows RC Marlin (AH009P) is the best EDF trainer on the market in that it has flaps to slow the plane for easier landings, and sturdy landing gear to make those bumpy landings manageable. No other plane in its price range has these features, and Arrows RC is known for quality and backup. Parts are readily available in the US too.
Many pilots start with the batteries and chargers included in their first RTF kits. While the batteries required vary according to the plane, the chargers are more universal. For a charger upgrade, we recommend the Hitec RDX1 AC/DC charger (HRC44245) at $62.99, or the better Tenergy T180 100W Touchscreen Intelligent Balance Charger (TNG03180) at $89.99. Both chargers provide indoor/outdoor charging and big brand reliability.
Traxxas is the recognized market leader in RC trucks and cars, and we offer their complete electric vehicle line-up ranging from 2WD monster trucks to 2WD short course trucks to trail / crawler vehicles. For kids as young as five, you can’t go wrong with a monster truck with big tires such as the Traxxas Stampede. The big tires help beginners climb, jump, and otherwise bash without breaking as easily.
For helicopters, two great beginner models are the
Blade 70 S RTF (BLH4200) and the
Blade Nano S2 RTF (BLH1300). Both come with SAFE technology that provide self-leveling and bank angle limits that make these helis extremely easy to fly. These are true durable hobby-grade helis with parts readily available and are a better value than toy heli models.
With 25 years in the Hobby industry, we know a lot about what hobbyists REALLY want. If you have questions, we are more than happy to make recommendations. We hope your holidays are wonderful and we look forward to helping with your shopping questions!
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