At first, when looking into RC aircraft, was sort of wandering in the dark among many websites looking for what others had done. I am amazed at the dedication of these hobbyist to their projects, some taking years to complete. I finally settled on the Corsair and purchased plans for a 1/4 scale model. It would take at least a year to build this plane and at the total cost of around $1,500. This of course is well above my availability either in time or cash, but it's a fascinating project.
I can see this methods of research as being applicable to other project in class that I may ask of students in the future. This would open up the world to students, allowing them to focus in on just one project, to understand all that might be involved in carrying it out.