Find the perfect ARF (Almost Ready-to-Fly) RC plane to work on for yourself or for your family and friends. Here are some ARF RC airplane models that are quality-built for maximum fun. From gliders, balsa, and warbirds, to large-scale beauties, which ones will you choose as your next RC project.
Keep in mind that Almost Ready-to-Fly (ARF) radio control planes are mostly built. All you need is to customize your plan with your preferred servos, power system (ESC, motor, battery, charger), and radio system (receiver and transmitter). ARF planes are for pilots looking to build a unique flying experience. Also, be sure to check out the RC plane's product page for additional requirements or recommendations.
Available in the UK, EU, and AU Warehouses
H-King Bixler 1.1 EPO 1400mm Glider (Almost Ready To Fly)
The Bixler 1.1 is a proven platform for beginners right through to intermediate pilots. Well known for stability, the Bixler is also an excellent choice for an inexpensive FPV platform and perfect for those lazy Sunday afternoons. The Bixler is made of super-tough EPO foam.
The model features the elevator and rudder servos (not provided) closer to the rear of the aircraft allowing for more usable space inside the front section of the fuselage and better control over the air surfaces. We have also updated the included good quality hardware based on customer feedback. Whatever you are looking for, the Bixler 1.1 has it covered.
Available in the UK, US, and AU Warehouses
H-King (Almost Ready To Fly) NE-1 Navy Cub 2400mm (94.5") EP/GP
Large scale aircraft are a pleasure to fly and this beautiful replica of a 2400mm Piper NE-1 Navy Cub is no exception. The Cub is made of balsa and plywood with a realistic Navy Blue printed covering.
The plane comes with a cowl complete with a dummy engine and a full instrument panel. There is a huge door to the cockpit for easy installation of batteries and RC electronics plus a set of pilot seats. Outside is a functional bungee style undercarriage with large wheels for easy takeoffs and landings on most terrains.
Being an ARF model, moderate assembly is required, but most components are already assembled. You need to fit your choice of engine, either gas/nitro or electric. Fit the tail surfaces and undercarriage, and then the plug-in wings (ideal for transportation). Then add all the additional electronics (your choice) like servos, receiver/radio and you will be ready to go.
Available in the EU Warehouse
H-King Crusader (Almost Ready To Fly) 30E 1200mm (47.3") Stick
The H-King Crusader 30E is based on the classic stick design. This electric RC plane can be flown by both beginners and experts. This quality-built balsa model not only looks the part but also delivers stable flying from low to top speeds. It doubles as an aerobatic RC plane for its capabilities to complete a full range of sport aerobatic maneuvers. The high-wing configuration along with its light but strong frame makes it an excellent choice as a beginner aerobatic trainer for people who want to break into the aerobatic scene.
As an ARF (Almost Ready to Fly), moderate assembly is required. You will also need to install your power system and radio equipment. It is recommended that you run a 2216-980KV motor with a 30A ESC (with BEC) and a 10x5 propeller running on a 2200mAh 3S LiPo battery with your choice of radio and receiver. 9g servos provide ample control and will complete the fit-out.
Available in the US Warehouse
H-King Siai Marchetti SF-260 1630mm w/Landing Gear (64.1") (Almost Ready To Fly)
This Siai Marchetti SF-260 is a 1630 millimeter (wingspan) balsa and plywood model based on the Air Combat USA color scheme. It can be powered by an electric motor or an IC engine of your choice. It comes complete with servoless electric retracts to give that clean look when airborne. It comes with flaps for exceptional STOL capabilities.
The SF-260 is built by the Italian firm, Siai Marchetti (now Leonardo), and was marketed as a military trainer and/or aerobatics aircraft. It has been sold to a large number of Air Forces as well as the civilian market. This is a different model to most of the regular RC planes so you should stand out at your local field doing loops and rolls before a strafing run.
E-Predator III V Tail 3 Metre Composite F5J/Thermal Electric Glider w/Flaps Almost Ready To Fly (Red/Black)
The E-Predator III glider is designed for intermediate to experienced RC pilots. It is very clean, efficient, agile, and highly maneuverable and has been designed with thermal and F5J competitions in mind but is also great for sport flying. It will fly in virtually all weather which makes it an all-round contender in light or strong wind conditions.
This new generation of the electric RC glider is manufactured to a very high standard using fiberglass and carbon materials. The finish is outstanding, it is a smooth high gloss gel-coat finish with pre-painted graphics, it looks stunning. The E-Predator has ailerons, elevator, rudder, and flaps which will require a minimum of a 7ch radio with mixing so that you can program V-tail mixing, camber for different flight modes, and crow braking for pinpoint landings. Hardware includes pushrods and clevises, control horns, wing joiner, servo plates, and covers.
Available in the AU Warehouse
H-King MX2 3D EPP 955mm Almost Ready To Fly
The H-King MX2 3D EPP's fuselage is torsionally very stiff yet light with loads of space beneath the long top hatch for your radio and power system. The wing is a one-piece affair featuring EPP construction, a very accurate symmetrical airfoil with 2 additional spars to minimize flex and twist.
The light - yet rigid - airframe adds up to one great flying 3D "foamy". Waterfalls, harriers, flat spins, rolling circles this model has the precision to perform these and any other moves you can think of! Assembly of the airframe in a quick 10-15 minute process with the help of a little medium CA. The radio and power system layouts are very straightforward, the long top hatch making for easy access.
Tomcat X-Tail 2.5 Metre Composite Sport or F3F Slope Glider w/Flaps Almost Ready To Fly (Blue/Yellow)
The Tomcat X-Tail composite glider has been designed for the intermediate to experienced model flyer. It is very fast, agile, and very maneuverable and has been designed with F3F sustained slope soaring in mind. It will fly in virtually all conditions which makes it an all-round contender in light or strong wind conditions. A very versatile and fantastic glider that you will never want to stop flying.
This new generation of the composite glider is manufactured to a very high standard using fiberglass and carbon which gives it torsional strength and excellent stiffness. The Tomcat has ailerons, an elevator, a rudder, and flaps which will require a minimum of a 6ch radio with mixing so that you can program in camber for different flight modes and crow braking for pinpoint landings. Hardware includes a ballast tube so that you can weigh the glider up in windy conditions, pushrods and clevises, control horns, wing and tail joiner, servo plates, and covers.
Available in the UK Warehouse
H-King Pilatus Porter PC-6 2150mm (84.6") EP/GP (Almost Ready To Fly)
The H-King Pilatus Porter PC-6 has a large wingspan of 2150 millimeters (84.6 inches) and is made of lightweight balsa and ply. It is superbly finished with a detailed cover to give an extremely realistic scale-look. The plane provides a huge presence in the air, especially when doing STOL maneuvers and realistic takeoffs and landings. It can be configured for either electric motors or gas/nitro engines.
As an ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) model, you will need to do some assembly work and decide on your power system (gas or electric). The wing control surfaces come pre-hinged to make the building easier but you will need to assemble the rest. There is a large battery hatch upfront if you are going electric and a realistically painted fiberglass cowl makes the front end look just right. The wings come off to make it easier to transport the plane to the flying field.
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