Best Cheap RC Planes

10 Best Cheap RC Planes 2022

Radio controlled aircraft are well known and very fun toys that have been around for ages. Unfortunately, many people are kept from participating in the RC world due to monetary barriers. Today’s article aims to solve this issue. Whether you’re looking to get yourself into the world of RC or are just looking for a new toy, the following list of ten of the best cheap RC planes covers the price, performance and skill level required to fly each plane.

1. Top Race Remote Control Airplane

Price:

Considering that this RC plane comes with two extra batteries, three extra props and a transmitter, at 90 bucks the Top Race RC trainer is a steal. In my opinion cheap planes are some of best planes for beginners simply due to their price. Granted, everything that comes with the kit isn’t going to be top of the line RC gear, but it will definitely get the job done well. Plus, anyone just getting into the world of RC doesn’t need all that fancy stuff right off the bat anyway.

Performance:

Being that the Top Race RC plane is a small, single prop aircraft, you’re not going to be reaching mach speeds anytime soon. That said, being that this is a trainer for beginners, a slow but agile airplane is perfect. That is just what the Top Race RC trainer is; slow and easy to maneuver.

Skill Level:

As I’ve already said, this airplane is aimed primarily at beginners in the RC world. If you’re someone who doesn’t quite know what they’re doing, but wants to dip their toes into radio-controlled aircraft, I would highly suggest checking this plane out. It’s just as cheap as it is easy to fly!

2. Hobbyzone Aerscout S

Price:

Priced at 180 bucks, this is definitely on the more expensive end of the spectrum. That being said, it’s well worth it. While this is still a beginner to intermediate aircraft, it is still quick, agile and fun to fly. It is also constructed of a fairly durable polycarbonate which makes it an even better choice for beginners. At $180, you’re definitely going to be paying a little bit more, but if you want a little more performance and durability, this is a good start.

Performance:

Being that this aircraft has a rear facing prop and a very sleek design, the Aeroscout is going to be significantly quicker that your run of the mill trainer. While this is a fun plane for beginner RC pilots, it can be just as much fun for intermediate or even advanced pilots!

Skill Level:

The Aeroscout is good for both beginner and intermediate RC pilots. While it isn’t a jet, it is definitely going to be quicker than your average trainer, so make sure you have at least a little experience before giving this one a go.

3. Hawk’s Work F-22 Raptor

Price:

One of the cheapest on this list, the Hawk’s Work F-22 is a bargain for 55 dollars. Modeled after its real life counterpart, you’re not only paying for a good little airplane but a good looking one too. Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t going to be on par with some of the MUCH more expensive aircraft on the market, but it will certainly do its job. Being that it’s so cheap, I highly recommend this, and aircraft similar in price to beginners. If you wreck, you won’t be in too much trouble.

Performance:

Running two props and an insanely sleek design, the Hawk’s Work F-22 is going to be quite fast and provide somewhat of a challenge for anyone that isn’t prepared for its level of performance; even if it is a dirt cheap airplane.

Skill Level:

This is an aircraft that I think is more suited for intermediate RC pilots. It’s small, fast, and grey. For anyone that isn’t used to tracking small objects in the sky, this could certainly be a challenge. But if you’re up for it, give this plane a try!

4. FMS F/A-18 Hornet 64mm EDF

Price:

Priced at $160 the FMS F/A-18 is surprisingly a steal for an airplane of its caliber. We’ve now ventured into the world of electric ducted fans (EDFs) which are the next most powerful RC propulsion systems after jet engines. Normally, EDF aircraft sit around the $300-$400 range, so being that this is under $200, it’s definitely a bang for your buck.

Performance:

As I said, EDF equipped aircraft are fast. Sometimes being able to reach multiple hundreds of miles per hour. With this in mind, this is absolutely a high performing aircraft..

Skill Level:

Being that this airplane is of such high caliber, this aircraft is best suited for intermediate to advanced users. For anyone not prepared to fly an EDF aircraft, this plane poses a real challenge.

5. FMS F-15 64mm EDF

Price:

Priced at $170, the FMS F-15 is essentially the same aircraft as the FMS F/A-18, but with a different design. Like with the previous aircraft, $170 for an EDF airplane is quite cheap.

Performance:

Again, as with the FMS F/A-18, the FMS F-15 is going to be quite fast. These aircraft do have decorative fuel pods attached to them which help to slow them down a bit, but they are still incredibly agile and incredibly fast.

Skill Level:

Anyone that does not have prior experience with other RC aircraft should be warry of trying to fly such a high performing plane. That being said, if you want to give it a go, by all means!

6. XFLY T-7A

Price:

At $190 the T-7A by XFly is a great little aircraft to help you transition from propeller RC planes to EDF RC planes. $190 may seem expensive, but for an aircraft equipped with electric ducted fans, it’s a bargain.

Performance:

While not as high performing as some of the other EDF aircraft on this list, it certainly can hold its own. Considering the fact that it’s modeled after a trainer aircraft in the real world, its aerodynamic qualities allow it to be agile, but also allow for it to be easier to handle.

Skill Level:

This is an aircraft that I would recommend for intermediate RC pilots. While it’s not going to give you the performance of a turbojet airplane, it is a fun way to help you transition into higher performing aircraft.

7.VolantexRC RC Glider

Price:

For $90 the VolantexRC glider is a great little airplane to toy around with and get the hang of a fast, propeller driven aircraft. This airplane is notable for its durability. Considering you could crash it a few times and it still might be okay, this plane certainly deserves a spot on this list for being under $100.

Performance:

You may notice that this airplane doesn’t have landing gear like most of the other planes on this list do. With this in mind, its design becomes much more sleek and thus, allowing for it to achieve faster speeds and pull off more complicated maneuvers. Granted, the lack of landing gear isn’t going to make THAT much of a difference, but it certainly helps!

Skill Level:

This is an airplane I’d recommend to someone who is still a beginner, but on the more advanced side of being a beginner. This plane is generally easy to fly, but is faster and more agile than some other, similar airplanes.

8. PLRB RC Predator

Price:

Probably one of the best deals on this list, for $60 dollars this predator drone kit gives you, two extra batteries, as well as two extra sets of landing gear. If you’re someone who’s just getting started with RC and doesn’t want to buy a bunch of separate parts for (inevitable) repairs, this kit is a great deal.

Performance:

The predator’s design by nature is meant to be a slow, high flying aircraft. This RC version is no different. This is a slower RC plane but has the ability to glide long distances due to its long wingspan.

Skill Level:

This is a great little plane for beginners and in my opinion, the best beginner option on this list.

9. Hawk’s Work RC Trainer

Price:

Didn’t think it could get any cheaper? at roughly $50 dollars, this Hawk’s Work RC trainer is extraordinarily cheap. It even comes with two extra batteries! This plane is very simple and isn’t exactly made to do anything fancy. But for $50 bucks, this is about what you’d expect. For its price though, it has a decent level of quality! This is one of the best cheap RC planes.

Performance:

As you might expect since this is a trainer, this airplane is going to be slow, and not super agile. But really, that’s kind of the point. Being that this is a trainer Aircraft, it is designed to help those who are just getting into RC learn the basics.

Skill Level:

This aircraft is absolutely a beginner aircraft; and a good one at that. It’s cheap, flies well, and is great for anyone looking to make their way into the world of RC!

10. MDZZ 64mm EDF

Price:

Ending out this list with by far the most expensive aircraft, the MDZZ airplane comes in at around $290. This is pretty standard, but for an aircraft that performs as well as this one does, it’ actually quite cheap.

Performance:

This is by far the highest performing aircraft on this list. Being that it is an EDF equipped plane that boasts an incredibly sleek design, this plane is made to go fast, and look good doing it. This plane is made out of an especially durable material so that if you DO crash, you might be in the clear. All in all, this is a fast, agile airplane that should be handled by those with some level of experience.

Skill Level:

As you’d probably guess, this aircraft is best suited for advanced pilots. If however you’ve got money to burn and want to give it a go, give it a shot!

 

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