Radio controlled sports
Radio control car manual : the complete guide to buying, building and maintaining
Matt Benfield.
Sparkford : Haynes, 2008.
Includes index.
Flying radio-controlled model aircraft
Colin Bedson.
Ramsbury : Crowood, 2007.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 77) and index.
The R/C car bible
Robert Schleicher.
St Paul : Voyageur Press, 2006.
R/C cars are faster than ever, more powerful, more complex-and ever more realistic! In The R/C Car Bible, expert Robert Schleicher offers the latest information on building, tuning, and driving these cool vehicles. Ideal for both new and veteran R/C enthusiasts alike, this fully illustrated guide covers electric and fuel radio- and remote- control vehicles. In addition to selecting the right scale and caring for the power source, tuning the chassis, and choosing gear ratios and tires, Schleicher covers such considerations as nitro power, painting and decals, off-road driving techniques, setting up road-race courses in parking lots, and even building off-road courses. Appendices feature a glossary and information on clubs, publications, and suppliers. Whether screaming across the asphalt or bounding over a dirt course, when it comes to scale-size motorsport thrills, few hobbies can match the thrills of R/C cars! Book jacket.
Building and flying RC sailplanes and electric gliders
by Robert T. Motazedi.
Waukesha, WI : Kalmbach Books, c1993.
Teaches how to fly these silent and challenging radio control plates. Explains sailplane and glider aerodynamics, equipment, and flying techniques. By Robert T. Motazedi. 8 1/4 x 11 1/4; 88 pgs.; 120 bandw and 30+ color photos; 28 illus.; softcover.

RC vehicles can be bought or built

Remote control or Radio controlled (RC) sports is the perfect hobby for anyone who enjoys speed and electronics.  Popular RC vehicles include cars, trucks, aircraft, and boats.

An RC vehicle is a powered model maneuvered from a distance. Using a radio transmitter, the “driver” sends signals to the vehicle’s receiver, allowing the online motor to make a specific action happen. The motor in a car may cause the wheels to turn, while the motor in a plane may adjust the flaps.

RC car history

The 60’s – Pioneers make 1/8th scale cars

The 70’s – Both gas & electric RC cars introduced

The 80’s – Off road RCs explode in popularity

The 90’s – The decade of speed

The Present - Traxxas, Losi, & Associate Electric compete

(get more details)

RC vehicles are powered by several sources. Electric motors using batteries allow RCs to run indoors or outdoors with little or no noise.   Some enthusiasts find fuel-powered “nitro” vehicles more challenging and powerful. RC nitro vehicles have small internal combustion engines fueled by a special mixture of nitro methane, methanol, and oil.  Vehicles can exceed speeds of 75 mph. Enthusiasts need to practice to keep their vehicles from spinning out, staying on the track, or making a safe landing.

Like full-sized vehicles, planned maintenance for RCs is required.  This involves regular cleaning, inspecting for damages, and replacing any broken or worn out parts. Keep safety in mind and empty out unused fuel.

Beginners may purchase toy grade vehicles, but enthusiasts often choose a hobby grade vehicle.  Toy grade vehicles are more inexpensive and provide a good introduction for those new to the hobby. Hobby grade vehicles are typically upgradeable, customizable, have more features than toy-grade, and are used in professional RC racing competitions.  Don’t be surprised to spend several hundred dollars for hobby grade vehicles.  

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff