radio controlled aircraft

For more than half a century modellers have been taking to the skies with scaled down versions of their favourite aeroplanes. Fortunately, for those of us who continue to be fascinated by flight, radio control models provide a means to satisfy this passion. Whilst it's near impossible to fly in a real Spitfire, it's well within reach to build and fly a radio controlled version of that amazing aircraft.

Whether you prefer scale warbirds, gliders, helicopters, drones, sport models or pylon racers, there is sure to be a kit or a plan available. Sure, there is an initial outlay to get 'set-up' in this great hobby but the equipment and electronics are very reliable and can be used for literally years. In fact, the cost of Radio equipment and the kits themselves is much less than it was 25 years ago. And the quality of the radio systems available today is quite incredible!

Becoming involved in this fascinating hobby nowadays has been made very easy with the introduction of ARF and RTF kits. These almost-ready-to-fly planes usually require just a few minor steps before your model is ready to take to the skies! Of course, if you are more of the traditional type then there is a plethora of plans available and the hobby shops still have a large range of balsa and plywood ready and waiting for you to build that scale masterpiece you have always dreamed of.

So, what are you waiting for? Seize the day by grabbing that model and joining us for a fly. Even if you are a complete beginner, we have people who can help, advise and even instruct you if need be. You'll be on your way to that Spitfire or Mustang in no time!

What do we fly at tarmac?

As you would imagine, the range of models flown by our members cover just about every aspect of flight. Checking out our Gallery page will give you some idea of the wide variety of interests we have with RC models.

  • There is a strong contingent of members who still enjoy the sounds and smells of traditional 2 and 4 stroke methanol engines. Just about any plane you can think of can be powered by one of these engines and we have dozens of them out at the field on a regular basis.
  • Warbirds are a popular subject within the TARMAC membership and we have models ranging in sizes small enough to fit in your glovebox all the way up to 100 inch wingspan (and bigger), petrol powered monsters.
  • Quite a few of our members still enjoy the sounds of silence and get great enjoyment from gliding about the sky in search of thermals. It still amazes me how long some of these guys manage to keep their birds in the sky on nothing but the power of nature.
  • Brushless electric motors are now powering a wide range of models and many of our members have gone down this track. Don't be fooled into thinking that electric models are all small models. Modern electric motors can fly models that need a tralier just to get them out to the field!