Toy Planes - which one to buy?
There are so many kinds of toy planes: from a child’s plastic model to a kit plane made from balsa wood an enthusiast’s scale model that really flies.
The most basic toy planes for children are exactly that: toy planes. They are often brightly coloured, with faces and buttons that make funny plane noises, and their construction is far more imaginative than it is realistic. The only way for these planes to fly is for the child to pick them up and wave them around – or maybe throw them across the room. These kind of toy planes make great gifts for your kids, as children think flying is great.
If your kids like crafts, then you might consider buying them a basic Airfix kit, or something similar. These kits come with pieces of wood or card, glue, and instructions for assembling your own plane. While the plane you end up with isn’t usually that great, the child will love it because they built it themselves.
When children get a little older, though, they start wishing that their planes could really fly, and that’s where the next level comes in. Some wooden kit planes come with a battery to power them and a remote control, and are actually capable of taking off, flying and landing. These planes are not necessarily hugely expensive, and it is really amazing to see something you built yourself flying, no matter how old you are.
If you like that, and you’re good at building things, then you might like remote-controlled plane building as a hobby. These enthusiast-level planes have real petrol engines, and can fly very fast – they’re really not much different to real planes in their construction. However, it can be an expensive hobby, as these planes crash just like the real thing, too, leaving huge amounts of money and work in ruins.
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