No time to build? These Ready-to-Fly models come with everything you need to get in the air fast.
RTF Ready-To-Fly R/C Aiplanes are model aircraft for first-time R/C pilots, or experienced enthusiasts looking for a no-hassle box-to-sky experience. These airplanes require very little assembly, are great for beginners, and come complete with radio, receiver, motor, prop, speed control, servos, battery and charger - everything you need to start flying. You put the parts together, charge the flight battery, and go fly! Almost no assembly required.
Electric airplanes for first time R/C pilots. These airplanes require very little assembly and come as complete outfits.
Beginner / Trainer Airplanes
Beginner Trainer RC Airplanes are model planes for first-time RC pilots. These airplanes require very little assembly, are great for beginners, and come complete with radio, electronic equipment, battery and charger. You simply put the parts together, add AA batteries to the radio, charge the flight battery, and go fly! Almost no assembly is required.
ARF (Almost-Ready-To-Fly) model aircraft get you in the air quickly. ARFs require some assembly, but it is not difficult.
ARF Almost-Ready-To-Fly remote control RC airplanes. ARF models are mostly pre-built. They do require some assembly and fine-tuning, but it is very easy to do. Leave the building to us and let one of our ARFs get you in the air quickly. Many ARFs include everything needed to fly except for a transmitter and receiver, which is perfect for pilots who already have radio equipment.
Receiver Ready model aircraft are built and almost-ready-to-fly. Just add your receiver and transmitter and go fly!
Receiver Ready RC airplanes are almost ready to fly model planes, and include everything needed to fly except for a radio and receiver. You supply your own. In the old days, it was one radio for one airplane. Not any more. Modern radios let you have multiple planes on one transmitter. All you need is an additional receiver and you are ready to fly.
Jets are all the rage! The speed is intoxicating and with vectored thrust they maneuver in ways never imagined!
EDF Jets & Vectored Thrust
EDF Jets and Vectored Thrust Jets are electric ducted fan powered R/C jet planes. These aircraft are typically military scale or semi-scale models. A ducted fan is an impeller rotor inside of a duct unit, and it pulls air in, creating thrust. Add vectored thrust to your jet and you are in for some wild mid-air high alpha maneuvers like Cobras, Harriers, and dizzying flat spins.
From WWI to today's jet age, these warbirds are sure to thrill as you reenact sorties or just want to buzz the field.
RC Warbird Airplanes
RC Warbirds are military model aircraft from various wars and various countries. Hobby Express sells pre-WW1 planes, WW1 and WW2 aircraft, Korea and Vietnam-era fighter planes, and modern day airplanes and fighter jets. We have models of the B-25, P-51, P-47, Corsair, FW-190, BF-109, F4F, Spitfire, Albatros, Mig-15, F-86, F-35, F-16, F-4, A-10 and more.
Soar with the birds with these sailplanes. Models from Gaupner, Multiplex, and ParkZone.
RC Sailplanes can be either motorized sailplanes or non-motorized gliders. Sailplanes with a motor and prop fly just like an airplane, where the sailplane is taken up to alititude on its own. Gliders are either handlaunched, bungee launched, or winch launched, and land when they run out of sky. Sailplanes and gliders can also be flown on the updraft of a slope or dam.
Airplanes that are modeled after the real thing. We carry small scale planes, giant scale planes, and everything in between.
Scale RC Airplanes
Scale RC Airplanes from Hobby Lobby. These RC aircraft are modeled after real full-scale airplanes right down to the markings on the fuselage. We have scale planes from Pilot-1, Alfa, eRC, Graupner, E-Flite, ParkZone, HobbyZone, and others. From military jets and warbird aircraft to scale civilian RC planes, Hobby Lobby has your next scale model.
These models are designed to be small, lightweight, and can fly in small parks, back yards, and in some cases, indoors.
Slow Flyers / Park Flyers
Slow Flyers and Park Flyers are R/C model airplanes that you can fly at home, in your backyard or in your street, at a school playground or ball field, or in a park. These are light weight easy-to-fly models, usually made of foam, and are tough and forgiving if you make a mistake and collide with a tree or backstop. Slowflyers and Parkflyers provide hours of relaxing flying.
Big boys play with big toys. If you are serious about the hobby and are ready to impress others at the field, you've gotta go big.
Giant Scale RC Airplanes
Giant Scale RC Airplanes are radio controlled model aircraft with a wingspan of 84" or larger. These aircraft require stronger motors, batteries, servos, etc. because of their size, and are a little harder to transport, but in general, larger planes are easier to fly than smaller ones. Giant scale planes are more conducive to carrying video cameras or other payload.
Aerobatic and 3D Electric R/C Airplanes. Fast electric radio controlled models with ailerons for mild to wild aerobatic maneuvers.
Aerobatic & 3D Airplanes
Aerobatic and 3D radio controlled model airplanes. These aircraft will perform every aerobatic maneuver known like loops, rolls, Cuban 8s, Immelmanns, and more. The 3D airplanes will hover, do tail touches and torque rolls, and even fly backwards with the right propeller. Fulfill your need for wild aerobatics with Hobby Lobby's Aerobatic & 3D R/C airplanes.
When one wing is just not enough, these sport and scale bi-planes are just the thing.
RC Biplanes are multi-wing aircraft that tend to be stable and fly slower than conventional models due to their extra wing area. Many of these models are scale aircraft. A biplane can take off in a shorter distance than conventional wing planes because of the extra lift supplied by 2 wings. Struts between the wings are usually functional and provide support.
Great flying Balsawood R/C Airplane Kits that take several hours to assemble. Most are easy-to-build and include laser-cut parts.
Balsa RC Airplane Kits
Balsa RC airplane kits are model aircraft that you build from parts. Typically a balsa airplane kit is a box of wood where the wing ribs and other parts are laser cut, and wing leading and trailing edges are pre-shaped. You still have to sand and shape some parts, but it is not hard to do. These are perfect winter projects when it is too cold or windy to fly outside.
Free Flight Airplanes are gliders that can fly for several minutes - from a handlaunch - when properly trimmed.
Free Flight Airplanes
Free Flight airplanes are non-motorized model airplanes that you hand launch or bungee launch. Once they reach altitude, they are pre-trimmed to fly in a gradual circular pattern, and if conditions are right, ie. thermal activity, they can stay aloft for several minutes and longer. When done correctly, a free-flight airplane is a thing of beauty to behold.
Alfa Model's scale R/C aircraft. Warbird prop planes and Military ducted fan jets. Great scale detail and most are almost-ready-to-fly.
Radio control airplanes from Alfa Model, made in the Czech Republic. Innovative design, great performance, and attention to detail are what modelers have come to expect from Alfa Model. Alfa is known for WW2 Warbird models like the P-47 and Corsair, but also manufactures more rare WW2 models like the Hayate and LA-7. Alfa also makes EDF jets and some twins.