Explore AT Models Collection of Nitro RC Helicopters For Sale
From the lightweightNitron Helicopter Kit all the way to the powerhouse that is theGaui NX7, our inventory consists of some of the most sought-after models, so whether you’re new to nitro RC helicopters or are a seasoned veteran looking for an upgrade, you’re bound to find a model that strikes your fancy.
Package deals and frequent price drops will ensure that you always get the best bang for your buck when ordering from us. We’ve been in the radio control game since 2009, emerging as one of the most trustworthy, dependable vendors of RC vehicles in the UK. Place an order today and enjoy:
- Free shipping on orders over £99
- Fully tracked deliveries
- Responsive customer service, available via email and telephone
- 100% secure payment
- 30-day money-back guarantee
We’re radio control enthusiasts just like you. We would never sell products that we wouldn’t use ourselves, which means that you’re never going to find subpar brands and faulty models sold in our online store. Regardless of the price or brand of vehicle you end up buying, you can be sure to get a reliable, fully functional model to enjoy. That’s the AT Models guarantee!
Nitro RC Helicopters vs Electric and Petrol
Whether you’re looking to switch from one type of RC helicopter to nitro or are new to the hobby altogether, understanding the differences between nitro, petrol, and electric models is key to making the right decision and buying an RC helicopter that will suit your unique needs and preferences.
Nitro vs Electric RC Helicopters
When electric RC helicopter models first burst onto the scene in the 1990s, they were expected to make nitro helicopters obsolete. After all, these choppers were lighter, easier to power up, and more beginner-friendly than their nitro-based counterparts. On top of that, the novelty of electric helicopters was hard to resist and swayed even the most hardened petrol and nitro fans.
Fast forward to the 2020s, and you can see that RC nitro helicopters are experiencing a sharp rise in popularity once again. There are a few reasons we could point to that may explain their resurgence.
First of all, they’re a cost-effective option to larger electric models. Nitro helicopter kits are often much cheaper, and with LiPo batteries required for electric choppers getting more difficult and costly to ship, many hobbyists find nitro easier to obtain.
Another important aspect of nitro helicopters that electric models simply can’t compete with is the feeling of controlling these vehicles. The high RPM sound of the nitro engine, exhaust smell, and the ritual of fueling up simply can’t be imitated by electric helicopters.
Nitro vs Petrol RC Helicopters
To the untrained eye, nitro RC helicopters may look exactly the same as their petrol-fuelled counterparts. However, this is not exactly the case. Both kinds have roaring engines and can be heard from afar, but their differences lie on the technical level.
Petrol helicopters use a 2 cycle gasoline engine and spark plugs. Nitro vehicles, on the other hand, use a glow plug and a special sort of fuel consisting of methanol, oil, and nitromethane.
They also reach much higher RPMs, usually from 13,000 to 16,000, whereas their gasoline-powered counterparts range between 12,000-15,000 RPMs. This means that you can run nitro RC helicopters at slightly higher speeds, making these models a favourite choice among competitive flyers.
How to Get Started with Nitro RC Helicopters: Beginner’s Tips
RC nitro helicopters are definitely more advanced than electric or even petrol-based machines, which can make them a bit difficult for beginner enthusiasts to get into. It’s not impossible, though.
As a newcomer to this wonderful hobby, you might want to brush up on some of the basics of nitro RC helicopter flying before take off. After all, you don’t want to run the risk of breaking your brand-new vehicle! Here are some bits of advice to get you started:
- Understand the internal components of your helicopter:You need to know how to take apart, re-fuel, and put together your vehicle. Take some time to go over glow plugs and how they work, as well as read up on exhaust systems and mufflers. Don’t underestimate nitro engine care, either!
- Make sure you’re comfortable with the size:Nitro RC helicopters tend to fall in the larger range. If you’ve already flown smaller, electric models and are used to them, it might be difficult to shift to a chunkier vehicle. Before you get one, ensure that you’re truly ready to fly a larger, faster helicopter. If you have a friend who owns a nitro chopper, ask them to take it for a spin.
- Familiarise yourself with the controller:As a complete beginner, getting to know the ins and outs of the RC helicopter controller is the very first thing you should do, regardless of whether it’s a nitro, petrol, or electric model.
- Fly only in open fields or dedicated spaces:Never operate your RC helicopter inside of buildings or on city streets. This is advised against even for experienced enthusiasts, but as a beginner, you’re running a high risk of endangering the safety of others (and your own, as well). Stick to open areas and spaces dedicated for radio control vehicles.
Take a look at our offer below and find your new nitro RC helicopter today!