If you live in cold climates your outdoor RC models sat on their winter shelves the last few months.
Sure, all winter long you played with those mini helicopters, palm planes, and blimps. You never completely quit playing with your models because you have your fleet of radio control toys designed for indoor action.
But you’re aching to get outside with the high-speed, stunt flying, water-skimming models, aren’t you?
Before you pull out those outdoor toys take a moment to decide which RCs best suit the weather conditions that you face each spring.
Over the next couple of months we’ll have our wet season. Some days we get sunshine, but rain will dominate most days. It’s nature rebirth time.
Rain soaks the ground to wake the plants up from their winter sleep. Later the sun will give the warmth that stimulates the new growth.
With the rain often comes high wind. Wind is a major enemy to your remote control flying models. Airplanes, and especially the helicopters, get tossed around the sky by the slightest breeze. You can’t keep control of the aircraft when the wind blows. And the smallest down draft sends your model into the ground to crash and burn.
You can’t enjoy many hours of RC playtime when that happens.
Remote control airplanes and helicopters work best during the summer months when the skies are calm. For now, unless you get an exceptionally nice day, it’s best to leave the aircraft on the shelf.
But manufacturers design your boats for wet conditions. They make the perfect toys for playing in the water, and rain.
Yes the rain messes with even the boats, especially the hydroplanes, when it’s blowing hard. But those high winds sure make those sailing yachts scoot across the water don’t they?
Most of the time that wind won’t be so strong that it bothers your boat.
The rainy season provides plenty of boating opportunities.
I already mentioned the sailing boats. One of the most comforting conditions of sailing that you don’t get with powerboats is the slapping of the canvas as the wind pulses against it. It sets up a rhythm that calms and relaxes. Your sailboat gives you a peaceful cruise around the bay.
Power up your cabin cruiser, and invite your friends for a dinner cruise.
Set out a pylon course, and hold racing events with the hydroplanes and speedboats.
Float the fireboats, police boats, and tugs. Stage some rescue operations in the harbor.
Springtime, and the rainy season, doesn’t make for ideal conditions for your remote control airplanes and helicopters.
But that’s okay because it’s the perfect time to break out the boats – and have a grand old RC playtime experience.