How to Start Electric or Engine RC Hobbies

Half the fun of RC hobbies comes from assembling a car, boat, plane, or helicopter from a kit prior to firing it up and running it about the block. RC hobbies offer a passion for all ages and budgets, allowing anyone to perform wheelies, flips, barrel rolls, and dives at a one-tenth scale. Getting started with remote model craft requires only a little bit of technological knowledge, a few tools, and enough patience to get a craft off the ground. A hobby-grade kit should be strong enough to absorb a decent amount of punishment – from children, pets, or simple gravity – in comparison to a collector's model or a simple children's toy, giving these cars or planes the strength needed for a long lifespan.

The difference between most RC hobbies is the difference between vehicles in the real world: they are either large or small and run on fuel or on electricity, with advantages and disadvantages to both. Most electric vehicles are smaller and have a better top speed but can not run as well on a bumpy track or in windy weather; the nitro vehicles, by comparison, have a lower top speed but can handle challenges like hilly weather. A smaller vehicle, between one-tenth and one-twenty actual size, uses less power. A larger craft, between one-eighth and one-quarter size, will be able to achieve excellent top speeds (as high as sixty miles per hour) with several gears, but need constant juice and suffer from damaged parts more frequently.

Electric vehicles make RC hobbies clean and quiet. Their engine makes little noise and no fuel fumes are expelled, making them ideal for indoor use. They cost less than their fuel counterparts but require more frequent top-offs, with a battery life that rarely runs past fifteen minutes. Those with experience in RC hobbies can modify electric engines to give better performance at the cost of battery life by installing an aftermarket motor.

Engine vehicles, also called nitro vehicles, run on methane fuels that give them greater top speed and run time. Filling a nitro vehicle is easier than replacing a battery but much more expensive; a quart costs anywhere between ten and twenty dollars. Many people who pursue RC hobbies prefer the authentic sound of nitro models, as pint-sized monster trucks and wave-runners sound just like their real-life counterparts. Just like their real-life counterparts, however, engine RC parts need to be repaired, which is a messy practice. Do not ever use gasoline in an engine model, or else it will melt away the interior and possibly start a fire.

Whether you are interested in electric or engine RC hobbies, there are several necessary tools for either operation. A slotted screwdriver as well as a Phillips-head screwdriver is critical while a set of needle-nose pliers and a good knife are invaluable for inserting or extracting miniature parts. Most hobby kits that require a wrench to complete the model will include one within the kit. The same transmitter may be used for both electric and fuel RC hobbies.


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Sports and Hobbies in France

Sports is a popular pastime in France with football, judo, tennis and basketball dominating the sporting arenas. France also involves itself in grand racing car events, bicycle racing also making its presence felt in the world of tennis and martial arts.

Popular sports

The most popular sports is soccer but the French have a known taste for speed and endurance in car and bicycle racing, grace and precision in tennis and soccer, as well as the rough and tumble spectacle offered in the two rugby styles of League and Union

Bicycle racing – The Grands Tours of France are renowned worldwide as being the oldest and most prestigious. One of them, the Tour de France is the world’s most famous cycling event.

Motor car racing – Endurance racing in sleek and fact sports cars is a test to the limit for both driver and car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race is rated as the most famous held on the speed track of Sarthe.

Tennis tournaments – The Grand Slam tennis tournaments are a spectacle to watch on the French turf. One of the four Grand Slam tournaments known as the French Open is played and so is the Paris Masters.

Olympic Games – A French aristocrat by the name of Pierre de Coubertin was the inventor of the modern Olympic Games by his enthused call for a revival of the Games at the end of the 19th century. The hosting of the first Games went to Greece as a fitting gesture for the landwhere the Games were born. France hosted the second Games in 1900 and became the first home for the International Olympic Committee. Since then, France has hosted 4 Olympic Games, with one again in Paris in 1924 and 3 Winter Olympics in 1924 (Chamonix); another in 1968 (Greoble) and the third Games in 1992 (Albertville)

Soccer – This is the favourite sport of the French crowds in which team members don the blue shirts and tri-colour shorts during matches toting their patriotism. The national soccer team gained immense success and popularity starting in the 21st century by winning the FIFA World Cup in 1998, a second place in the same series in 2006 and 2 European Championship victories in 1984 and 2000. The Ligue 1 is the country’s top national competition.

Rugby Union – This is another popular sports with a huge following especially in the Paris area and south western France. The national rugby team has gathered an impressive array of victories winning 16 of the Six Nations Championship series. It took part in Every Rugby World Cup; it reached the semi-finals 6 times and became a finalist in 3 games in the Rugby World Cup.

Rugby League – The southern crowds of spectators adore this variance of rugby football. Venues are found mainly in the cities of Perpignan and Toulouse. The topmost league for the competition in Europe is the Super League but for local professional competition, the Elite One Championship is the league to follow.

Basketball – Basketball has taken a strong hold on the sports minded people of France and over the past 20 years the country has engendered teams now rated as of elite world class. The national side won the FIBA Euro Basket in 2011 outstripping its performance over the past 60 years. To complement the feat, the side also won 2 Olympic Silver Medals in 1948 and 2000.

Sailing – Singlehanded and shorthanded sailing is the favourite of the French when it comes to battling against the winds and waves of the Atlantic and the world’s oceans. The zenith of the sport is embodied in the Vendee Globe which is a singlehanded ocean challenge around the world. The grueling trip begins off the French Atlantic coast every 4 years. To sustain the suspense and excitement are 3 sailing competitions across the Atlantic Ocean – the Mini Transat 6.50; the Tour de France Voile and the Route du Rhum.


French people also enjoy a variety of hobbies on a regular basis. There is skiing in the high slopes of the Pyrenees and Alps; fencing is a very popular form of self -defense which is widely practiced. Another very popular pastime is kite surfing mainly above and along the coastal waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Going to the theatres and listening or playing music as well as dancing are all popular hobbies. For the bodily active interested in physical self-defense, there is the “parkour,” a variant of martial art which originated from France.