Originally Posted by Dark Angel
Yes, but there is a niche for RTF planes. They are for people that are unsure or unwilling to build a kit. I have the AT su27 it was my first plane complete ready to crash. I built a a4 kit much better finished product but by the time I added the battery it is at 380.00 though.Same with RC cars and trucks mostly junk eletronics but they do allow people to get started without intimidation. Also I went 12 years ago to the local hobby shop wanting to buy a mig17. $800.00 for the airframe not including electronics needlees to say I did not come home with it,LOL. Other things to consider is logistics like batteries. My art tech battery cost 30.00 shipped a big battery for the A4 cost 3 times that. I do agree about the lacking motors etc. Honstly I would not be flying or buliding my own EDF's if it were not for the RTF that got me started.
There are some great and affordable beginner EDFs out there for well under $200. Example: Hobby People F-16. Comes with a brushless motor, ESC, kit, and Fan. All for $139.
The gripe isn't with RTF. The gripe is with the crappy electronics that they package with them. It does a dis-service to a newb trying to get into the hobby. They end up crashing their new plane because the power system/servos etc. crap out and fail.