Someone new to RC planes, looking for their first radio controlled aeroplane, can get confused because of the wide variety of choices available.
Three Kinds of Power Sources for Radio Controlled Model Planes
There are three kinds of power sources for radio controlled aeroplanes. The three kinds of RC engines available are nitro, gas and electric RC aeroplanes.
Firstly, the nitro RC engines run on nitro methane mixture, which makes the radio controlled aeroplane using a nitro RC engine fly faster and usually for a longer time too. However, nitro RC engines require more maintenance, can break up more easily and the fuel is more costly than the other two options.
Secondly, RC aeroplanes running on gas motors use a mix of gasoline and oil. Gas motored radio controlled aeroplanes are relatively reliable and moderately priced, though still considerably more expensive and higher maintenance than the electric RC planes.