The world of radio controlled helicopters can be a rather complicated one, but that doesn't mean you can't jump in with a nice RTR set! RTR stands for Ready to Run, and this name indicates that an RC helicopter is prepared for use the moment it is removed from the packaging. In most cases this will be a prefabricated helicopter with all of the paint and decals applied. This does not leave room for much customization of course, but it will at the very least give you something to work with.
As a beginner to the world of radio controlled helicopters you may wish to start with a small, two channel radio controlled helicopter. RC helicopters can be difficult to control, even on two channels, but it is not impossible to learn. The biggest problem you will have of course is learning the limits of your machine, and to get used to that you will need to determine the range of your helicopter.
Determining the range will normally consist of flying the radio controlled helicopter as far as it will go without losing the signal. Keep in mind that you should not do this on a windy day, and it would be a bad idea to expose the helicopter to high winds or even cold weather. In addition to that you won't want to fly it terribly high on the first run, especially if you have no idea what you're doing.
Another choice you will have to make when moving up the RC helicopter ranks is whether or not you want to use a battery powered unit. Many of the lower end units do use rechargeable batteries, but there some that use a petrol system instead. Gasoline can be a bit more dangerous, and in some cases the vehicle will be more difficult to control as a result of the weight, but once you get used it, it would find that it works quite nicely.
Building your own model radio controlled helicopters would undoubtedly be a great idea once you get the hang of it. You will be able to construct helicopters from virtually any era an you can install any motor you like whether it be gas or electric. As you can see, there are more than a few things to think about when you are building your own RC helicopter. This may be a difficult hobby to break into, but you have to admit that it provides an amazing thrill to those who would master it. That being said, it is time for you to decide what type of helicopter you would like to start out with. Once you have that information down, you'll bhe primed and ready to step into the world of RC helicopters.