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Posted by cubcrafter60 | Apr 03, 2014 @ 01:58 PM | 1,677 Views
I was reminded that I haven't posted anything on my blog in over two months! Due to Gabe's gracious gift in the previous post I was able get two other planes I had up in the air (a used MPX EasyStar camera ship and an e-flite Alpha 450 I had laying around) and now have two more (FunCub No.2 and a FlyZone Beaver) I can get up in pretty short order!

I did however get side tracked a little when I saw David Windestål's Flite Test Viggen video! I've always thought the Saab Viggen was a great looking jet and when I saw it fly in his video I knew I had to build one (or two, or three)! You can download the free plans or you can order the 'Speed Build Kit' from flitetest.com and you have four power options - the flite test swappable power pod, a pusher fire wall mount, a thrust vectoring (TV) mount pusher, or Electric Ducted Fan (EDF). I chose to go with the EDF version. There is also a .pdf graphics package for a complete splinter camoufaged Viggen, this package completly wraps the model in a vinyl wrap with all the color, markings, and panel lines printed on it! On the 'Flite Test Viggen EDF speed build kit' thread, Rasterize is working on three additional schemes that can be printed up as well. Callie Graphics can print up a set for $45.00 and (I think) it's worth every penny! I had Callie print up a modified version of the splinter scheme with Hägar the Horrible on the vertical fin along with several markings changes for $55.00.

I got the kit and ordered the Detrum...Continue Reading
Posted by cubcrafter60 | Jan 31, 2014 @ 01:14 PM | 2,336 Views
Before I start on the progress report I’d like to say something about the generosity of friends both here on RC Groups and in the modeling community. My participation here has always been due to a love for aircraft and modeling aircraft has always been a more affordable way for me to stay ‘connected’ with aviation. I mentioned awhile back the time my buddy Lane (whom I’ve built models with since 5th grade) built a Sig Commander and brought it up when he remaidened my first FunCub, he let me take the sticks on it for a bit (it flew like it was on rails) and when we got home he starts pulling out servos, I asked what’s wrong? He said, “Nothing, I figured I’d leave this up here with you”!

When I decided to forego renewing my local club membership until I return to work again, a local club member offered to pay my club dues so I wouldn't have to also pay the field assessment fee!

More recently I met a gentleman here on the FunCub thread (Gabe) and after a couple of questions we start PMing and we quickly became friends. He asked me a couple of radio questions and I didn’t think anything of it until he said you have a package on the way, when it arrived I was blown away to find a brand new Spektrum DX8 with an extra receiver & a telemetry module! At first I didn’t know what to do but he directed me to his blog and said read my post on ‘Friends’ –

The Dx8 needs to be up dated. The lipo battery will work, have to check on it. You can use it to power something...Continue Reading
Posted by cubcrafter60 | Dec 31, 2013 @ 01:07 PM | 2,866 Views
Took out 'Got Rocks' again last Sunday and flew through all four batteries I broght with me. Starting to feel more comfortable on the sticks after not flying for so long (other than RealFlight). I also tried out the two camera mounts I built for it as well. I'm happy with the results but the footage isn't really suitable for a full length video by itself but I think it would be good edited in with some other footage. the Guardian may be of some benefit here and if I can figure out where to put it on this already crowded model I may just do it.

The AST (Alaska State Troopers) FunCub is progressing. I mounted the motor on the Morgan Mill stiffener / motor mount and it fits well. I've decided to cut off the front end and build another fiberglass cowl for this project, if this one comes out a bit better than my first I may see if I can have a friend help me pull a mold off of it. Callie Graphics really came thru again on my modified side window decals and even included a matching windshield decal - Awesome service! Just waiting for the Cub landing gear to get here so I can finalize the mounting plate. Last but not least is a quick clip of the lighting system that Todd at http://fiberopticproducts.com/ custom built for me. He's building a new set for the tail because I combined them with a CA lens and the white is kinda overwhelming the red beacon.

Happy New Year all!


AST FunCub light test (1 min 9 sec)
Posted by cubcrafter60 | Dec 22, 2013 @ 11:54 PM | 3,159 Views
Back in July I declared 'Got Rocks' rebuilt and ready to go again (less radio installation & set up), and she's been sitting waiting ever since. Well my buddy Lane (northrop n9m) called and said, "let's fly tomorrow" so I guess it's time to climb back on that horse. I got her all set for another go at it and headed down to Crazy Creek glider port this morning and after a inspection and range check she took off for the first time in a year and a half! All went well (other than not getting any video and only a few pics)! I was able to get in three solid flights and she flew just like I remembered (thanks to the guys on the thread for all the input on the rebuild). Thermals started breaking loose about noon and I flew into a strong gust just as I was flaring to land, it got a little interesting but I was able to get her down OK. After that the wind direction started changing every few minutes so we called it a day! Thanks again to Lane for getting me out again and shaking out the bugs. I can't wait to take her up again!

Posted by cubcrafter60 | Dec 17, 2013 @ 01:43 PM | 3,082 Views
Got off to a kinda slow start, but we’re starting to pick up steam now. Since I already have it, I've elected to go with the Hi-max 3516-0840 set-up on FC No.2 (for now) so I decided to beef up the stock mounts a bit. First I thoroughly cleaned the contact area with acetone and blew it dry with canned air, I then pricked the contact surfaces with an awl to give the excess CA a place to go and form 'teeth'. (Photo 1) Next I roughened up the mount with 60 grit sand paper in the contact areas and cleaned it with alcohol (acetone will craze or 'melt' the plastic) and let it air dry. (Photo 2) I then glued in the mounts and put a small bead of glue around the edge. (Photo 3 right) I then roughened up the plastic on the inside of the mount, pricked the foam around the mount (in green bordered area) and cut a piece of 1/2 oz. fiberglass cloth and 'glassed' it in with CA and a sandwich bag! (Photo 3 left) I’m considering tapping the mounting lugs, cutting a slot for a nut at the back end of the lug, and JB welding the nut in so the two motor mount screws tighten up on metal instead of plastic.

I assembled the Morgan Mill RC stiffener kit and battery tray and have it ready to go in. I’m currently deciding on how I want to 'tie in' the gear plate for the cublandinggear.com gear set to the stiffener before I close up the fuselage. I’d like to make a screw in gear plate so I can make three plates (for wheels, ski’s, and floats) so swapping between...Continue Reading
Posted by cubcrafter60 | Dec 01, 2013 @ 09:47 PM | 3,561 Views
Not a whole lot to report yet, I got tied up with a priority job (fixing my daughter's car)! As I mentioned the airframe arrived and I've been cutting wire channels for the lighting. Probably the worst one was drilling a hole down through the vertical fin for the red anti-collision light and white nav light that will reside there. I started the hole with a drill, twisting it by hand trying to keep it straight, then I switched to a brass tube with 'teeth' filed into it to go the rest of the way through. I was worried about coming out the side of the fin but it came out about 1/64" off the centerline! I've also been working on installing the plastic anchors for the carbon fiber tail braces, removing some 'flash' on the trailing edges, sorting out a lot of parts, and reading up on the stabilization system, (as well as looking for work! ) I'm hoping she comes together quickly. The last photo is of the Seaplane Supply 28" round top, 'v' bottom floats I decided to go with sitting below the fuselage. They may require a bit more work to finish (they'll be fiberglassed & painted and I'll have to make my own struts/mounting system) but I have a feeling they'll be worth the effort!

That's it for now!

Posted by cubcrafter60 | Nov 23, 2013 @ 02:30 AM | 3,791 Views
Due to a layoff and a health hiccup my FunCub No.2 is got off to a bit of a shaky start! However the FunCub kit, 28" Seaplane Supply vee bottom floats, and a graphics package from Callie Graphics are all on the way as well as some smaller (but no less important) accessories! After some serious debate over the landing gear, I finally caved in favor of ordering another set from cublandinggear.com! I've also decided to install a EagleTree Guardian 2D/3D Inertial Flight Stabilizer in this airframe to 'explore' it's capabilities!
Still have a few things to iron out - Stock mount or firewall motor mount? Another glass cowl or try a park flyer plastics or HobbyZone Super Cub cowl? Homemade or after market struts? etc., etc., etc. However, construction will begin in earnest as soon as the parts arrive. Stay tuned...


P.S. Just saw "Planes" for the first time - Loved it! I may have to order an extra hatch to put a set of eyes on for when the Grand kid's come up!
Posted by cubcrafter60 | Oct 20, 2013 @ 01:26 PM | 5,249 Views
While I still plan on building the F-18 sometime soon, I really need to get going on FunCub No.2! She’s been in the planning stages long enough and now is my best shot at getting her done! Being that I’m into the scale(ish) FunCub’s, I’ve committed myself to building one in the colors of the Alaska State Troopers wildlife enforcement Super Cubs. I had originally planned on doing my quarter scale Hangar 9 Super Cub in this scheme but it’s on hold until I can afford to recover and refinish her to a standard a model that size deserves!

It will be equipped like my Got Rocks FunCub
Motor: Turnigy D3536/8 1000KV Motor (Firewall mounted)
Propeller: APC 12x6 e-prop
Battery: Turnigy NanoTec 2200mAh 3-cell Lipo
ESC: Turnigy Plush 60A ESC
BEC: 5-7.5A (8~42v) HV UBEC for Lipoly
Servos: Hitec HS-82MG on Rudder & Elevator and Hitec HS-55’s on Ailerons & Flaps

Planned modifications:
Cublandinggear articulated FunCub gear set & Great Planes tail wheel assembly.
Seriously considering a pull- pull rudder cable setup and a modified elevator control set up. (I really like the way they work!)
A proper Super Cub cowl! Either a modified HZ unit or another hand layed cowl.
Morgan Mill floor stiffener / battery tray / motor mount kit.
http://www.seaplanesupply.com/veebottoms.htm - Flat top ‘V’ bottom floats with a homemade mounting system for a more scale(ish) appearance.
Either E-flite J-3 Cub 15e struts or a fabricated set of struts.
Lighting system (...Continue Reading
Posted by cubcrafter60 | Sep 21, 2013 @ 09:52 PM | 5,235 Views
I'm primarily a low & slow kind of guy, but recently I've been finding myself strangely attracted to some of the Depron Pusher Park jets found on the Park Jet thread. Modern jet fighters have always taken a back seat to WWII fighters as far as my interests go (with the exception of the Fairchild Republic A-10A thunderbolt II). And for the last few years it’s been Bush planes & Biplanes. It’s not that I don’t like modern jets (they’re wicked cool machines). Maybe I’ve just considered them out of reach as far as a flying model goes.

I stumbled onto Steve Shumates (Jetset44) F-18 park jet plans & build thread F/A-18 Hornet Foam Parkflyer Part 2 -http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=359325 and started reading and by the time I got done with it I was hooked (stung?). I had also run across a post awhile back on a Skysurfer done by George (nitroxgas) and thought he did a nice job on it. When I ran across the 'bravo' and 'Echo' caricatures from Disney's Planes I knew I had to give it a shot! I plan on starting on it soon and decided to draw up a set of decals for both ‘Bravo’ & ‘Echo’. All the pictures of them have the wing tanks on so I also drew up a set of plans for a set of wing tank landing skids for it (I just sent off the tank drawing to Gary (GLM) at Morgan Mill RC and the artwork for the decals off to Callie Graphics for quotes). I have to thank Don (Brner) for his help in getting the decals and wing tank plans packaged up in .pdf format and also for tracing the wing tank drawing to create a .dxf file for Gary to quote!

In researching all this I found a 'real' one I'd like to model as well so I'll probably be cutting enough foam for two!

I'm just starting to collect all the bits to make this all come togther and I'm no speed builder either, so stay tuned!

Posted by cubcrafter60 | Aug 13, 2013 @ 09:25 PM | 5,746 Views
Hi all,

Just wanted to wrap this up - not with finished FunCubs but a few examples of some schemes that may be worthy of FunCubdom! These are just a select few of the hundreds of available schemes. I posted these links for photo search results on airliners.net on the FunCub thread but I'll post them here as well for those who don't read the thread.

http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...60&thumbnails= for J-3 Cub variants (L-4, NE-1, and PA-11 Cub Special) 1,369 photos

http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...876eb8ccc02789 for Super Cub variants (PA-18, L-18, L-21, and U-7) 2,371 photos

These are just a few examples that appealed to me for various reasons (easy to do or because I liked the scheme). I'm just trying to get across that you don't have to settle for a 'stickered' model as any of these could be done by a builder with average modeling skills.

1. The first aircraft is Cuzoom it's a purpose built aircraft known as a CUBLITE. It's a top competitor at the Valdez, AK. Bush Pilot competitions.

2. Is an ex Italian Air Force L-21B in US Army markings in a highly visible overall yellow paint job!

3. Is an PA-18-105 from Iceland! I was suprised at how many 'Bush Cub's' are over there! TF-ALK really get's around on the internet!

4. My favorite (next to 'Got Rocks' and probably my next FunCub's scheme) is an Alaska State Troopers PA-18-150

5. N123SA is another Super Cub in Army uniform, newer pilots should avoid this scheme though as the dark...Continue Reading
Posted by cubcrafter60 | Aug 07, 2013 @ 03:53 PM | 5,953 Views
One thing about the Cub and Super Cub is that there is no shortage of paint schemes to choose from! In fact choosing one will likely be more difficult than finding one! This military inspired selection starts out with a prewar J-3 (O-59), a Dutch L-18, a US Navy NE-1, and the finally a few L-4’s to complete out the scale(ish) section!

As I mentioned in the first part of this story, the Military painted FunCubs were proving to be a bit of a challenge. Some are based on actual Cubs and Super Cubs but quite a few seem to have been based on different aircraft altogether! Since this article (?) is based on scale(ish) FunCubs I decided to include them anyway as they’re rather nice and could be considered semi-scale(ish). The two schemes in question were:

The prewar blue fuselage with yellow wing scheme, I could have sworn I’d seen one painted like that but I can’t find one photo of a Cub painted in that scheme anywhere! If anyone has a link to a photo of one I’d appreciate it (and I’ll amend the article). The only photos I could find were of a Taylorcraft L-2A (look’s very similar to a Cub) in that scheme.

The second was for the US Army high visibility arctic scheme of white with red or red/orange panels, I’ve found photos of Navy and Air Force L-18’s in similar schemes but none of Army Cub or Super Cub painted in that manner. There are several examples of Cessna L-19 Birddogs in that scheme however.

Both of these...Continue Reading
Posted by cubcrafter60 | Jul 31, 2013 @ 02:10 AM | 7,936 Views
This blog entry isn’t meant to take away from the fantastic job folks have done on personalizing their FunCubs, but rather to highlight some of the work folks have done in the scale(ish) arena with their FunCub’s! It was going to be a single entry but the more I dug, the more I found I had to look into, (particularly with the military Cubs) so I’ll do a second installment on them in the near future.

I fully realize that the Multiplex FunCub is by no means a scale model! It’s a model loosely based on the J-3 Cub or a PA-18 Super Cub (if you shave off the cylinders) with some exaggerated features and has a wide enough flight envelope that it can be tailored to suit the builders’ needs from a trainer to a 3D rocket ship (and just about anything in between) Multiplex got a lot of things ‘right’ with this model!

Why then do some of us encumber our planes with scale features like heavy (but functional) gear, wing struts, scale lighting systems, complicated paint schemes, & more weight? Maybe it’s to capture the look of a favorite aircraft, or maybe a craft ones piloted or flown in, or to capture the features of a unique aircraft. Maybe it’s to have a good looking scale-like plane without having to worry about the scrutiny of the scale judges! Some are based on a very specific aircraft, some inspired by a certain paint scheme (but not a particular tail number) and still others influenced by military use! Whatever the reason, I certainly appreciate the effort these...Continue Reading
Posted by cubcrafter60 | Jul 16, 2013 @ 03:34 AM | 7,002 Views
Haven't quite finished the radio reinstall yet due to a changing work schedule. However I brought her out to a beach I've been eyeballing a little ways down from us to see if there was enough room to fly out there. There is, but only when theres no wind and most all of the flying would be over water - I think I'll drive the thirty minutes out to the field when I want to fly! I took a couple of shots of her while we were out there to add to the pre(re)maiden photo album.

Posted by cubcrafter60 | Jul 13, 2013 @ 12:52 AM | 6,701 Views
Hi All!

The e-flite J-3 Cub 25e struts arrived this morning and I just happened to take the day off to take my wife to an appointment. When we got back I got busy on the fuselage mounts as they had to be recessed flush with the bottom for the landing gear. I took the struts off, scuffed, & cleaned them with alcohol, and painted them Got Rocks black! After they dried I layed out the positions for the wing mounts and glued in plastic tube sections in for the screws to go into (kind of like the tail braces). I was in a hurry because I had a club meeting tonight and wanted to bring her along, I may make some more substantial mounts before she flys!

Well here she is, construction complete, just have to reinstall the radio, esc, etc. and she'll be ready to go!

Best regards!

Posted by cubcrafter60 | Jul 05, 2013 @ 04:27 PM | 6,610 Views
Still getting ready for the (re)maiden – I added a set of ¼” aluminum exhaust stacks and started looking into options for the struts as I’m not really wanting to sand an airfoil shape into hard wood sticks for the struts and the K&S aluminum tubing has a very thin wall (I think they’d kink rather than bend if I hit something). Well, zeezee on the FunCub thread used a set of e-flite J-3 Cub 25e struts on his plane and they look pretty good, they don’t have the jury struts but I could add them later if I decide to. Anyway I found someone with them in stock and got them on order. Hopefully they’ll get here soon as I’ve decided not to fly her again until she’s completely done!

I also decided to venture out a bit and posted some photos on a German FunCub site (RC-Network.de). Communication has been a challenge but it’s interesting seeing what folk’s in other places are doing with their FunCub’s (I’ve also looked at English, Hungarian, and Italian FunCub threads) and ran across some pretty innovative modifications!

Anyway, I probably won’t update this until the struts are on, but as soon as they are I’ll take some final pre(re)maiden photos and get them posted!

Cheers! Robin
Posted by cubcrafter60 | Jun 30, 2013 @ 11:04 PM | 7,027 Views
Well she's back in one piece again!

Got the wing repainted today and got her together for some pre(re)maiden shots!

Still have several things to do before she goes up again. I was running both the ailerons and flaps on Y harnesses and figured I'd try to split the ailerons to their own channels and switch the flaps from the knob to the three position switch as well as refine the programming. I also need to construct a set of wing struts as the delivery date for the Aeronca Champ 15e struts slipped until early August! Another promenent feature that's missing is the exhaust stacks so I'll be adding a set of those as well.

She's a little beat up but all in all I'm happy with the way the repairs turned out - she'll look fine doing a 20', 15 mph pass with the flaps down! I've got to thank the guys on the Multiplex FunCub thread as their input on the repairs, motor upgrades, etc. kept me on track, THANKS GUYS!

Posted by cubcrafter60 | Jun 30, 2013 @ 12:59 AM | 7,103 Views
Well I didn't get quite as far as I hoped, but its getting there! Perhaps the 104 degree weather is making me lazy? I think the repair blended in fairly well, she won't win any beauty contests but I think she'll look fine when she gets back in the air! It's only supposed to get up to 100 tomorrow so I plan on repainting the wing and hopefully I'll have some photos of her all back together (minus the wing struts). In the second photo the turtle deck is just sitting in place (it fits closer when it's actually attached), theres a back panel to close up the fuselage when the turtle deck is off, it will also serve as a place to mount the key chain camera for a (hopefully) interesting or at least a 'different' rear view through the fuselage frame work!


PS - Large photos - double click and they'll open in a new window if you want to see the larger version.
Posted by cubcrafter60 | Jun 27, 2013 @ 10:01 PM | 7,231 Views
Hi All

Sorry for the lack of updates but work and rain have slowed down the progress! The fuselage repairs have been completed and is awaiting paint, the wing repairs have been completed as well and are just in need of a final sanding and wipe down before it's ready to paint! With the forecast for 95 deg. this weekend I'm sure I'll get the paint work done and hopefully get her reassembled as well!

The graphics arrived from Callie Graphics today. I'm really impressed with the quality of her graphics and the service (did I mention that it's pretty affordable as well)! I didn't waste any time getting them on either! There's just one more to apply after the fuselage gets repainted. If all goes as planned I'll have pre(re)maiden pics of her up Saturday evening or Sunday!

Posted by cubcrafter60 | Jun 17, 2013 @ 12:27 AM | 7,550 Views
Just an update, I got the 'body work' done on the fuselage, it's now ready for paint! I added a couple of 1/8" x .015" carbon fiber stitches to each side of the fuselage across the breaks and CA'd them in real good. I then spackeled the areas that need filling and when dry sanded it smooth. I then cut some 1/4 oz. fiberglass to cover the landing gear mounting pad plus 1" fore and aft and 1" up each side. I poked several small holes in the Balsa, ply, and foam to help with the 'bond' and applied the cloth with CA. (see note below). After it cured or 'kicked off' I gave it a light sanding and a skim coat of spackle over the entire repair area and when dry, finish sanded it! I'll try to repaint the repaired area tomorrow after work.

The wing is next and it's mainly one good dent in the leading edge, a few smaller dents, and that one flap that the hinges pulled out of the main wing,. which is the only thing that has me worried at all (I'm not sure yet if it stripped the servo gears in the process)! The only other thing is the wing color. I've decided to keep them black (like the real one) and just try to pay closer attention (or maybe don't fly as far out with it)! If it's still problematic I'll get some yellow monocote trim sheet and put a coulpe of bands across the bottom wing like on the HobbyZone Super Cub!


Note: Applying fiberglass with CA - I position the cloth and apply some medium CA to the center of the patch, put a sandwitch bag over it,...Continue Reading
Posted by cubcrafter60 | Jun 15, 2013 @ 08:51 AM | 6,981 Views
Hi all,

Well my first order from FunCub parts (motor, ESC, prop, & prop adaptor) got here in record time - ordered on Friday and received on Monday! I modified (shortened) the Hi-max firewall motor mount I had previously used and refitted the cowl to check clearances.
The first of my orders from HobbyKing arrived from the USA warehouse (UBEC and ESC programming card) so I'll be able to get the power system all setup after I do some 'body work' this weekend!
The vendor who had the struts in stock - canceled my order because they didn't really have them! It may be a blessing in disguise though as I think the struts from the Aeronca Champ 15e would be a better 'fit', however, they're also out of stock and won't be in until July, so it's either wait for them or make a set, we'll see...

I really love the FunCub and have been considering a new one for a daily flyer. I haven't decided on a paint scheme yet but here's a couple of ideas I drew up! I'm kinda leaning towards the NE-1 scheme as I'm already planing on refinishing my 1/4 scale Hangar 9 Super Cub (the old one) in the Alaska State Troopers scheme, but if I did the FunCub in that scheme it could serve as a trainer to get me used to flying with that scheme