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Old Aug 17, 2012, 08:50 PM
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1/3 Scale BalsaUSA Super Cub (How-to build custom laminated tail)

I am going to help with a beginners balsa airplane build thread soon, I thought i would share a few simple build techniques.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1704076



After 5 years of flying Cubzilla with over 1500+ flights, it is time for a slight rebuild and recover. During glider towing, the tail really takes a lot of stress due to towlines getting caught in or wrapped around the tail. So I decided to upgrade it a bit.
Building a balsa tail with laminated balsa and carbon fiber leading and trailing edges...in about 60minutes!
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Old Aug 18, 2012, 12:16 AM
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Nice. Lots of little tricks that usually take a new builder years to accumulate. And all those little tricks make all the difference.

I still can't cut a straight cut. I have to use sanding jigs.
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Old Aug 18, 2012, 07:45 PM
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Thanks!

Do you think other builders would like short videos vs. a photo spread like this?

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Old Aug 18, 2012, 10:07 PM
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I don't know about everyone else, but I like it. No matter how much I think I know, I always have tons to learn.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 11:13 AM
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Same here. That is why I still enjoy building and flying. It is only as hard as you want to make it. :-)
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 12:29 PM
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Chris,

I bet it took you longer to take all the photos, edit them, and post them here than it took to actually do the work, right? Nice job, and I'll be keeping an eye on your posts. Good stuff!

So will Cubzilla be flying at the Huntsville Aerotow?

Andy
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 12:57 PM
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Thanks!

Any yes, it took longer to photo and post. lol

Cubzilla repair has snowballed on me. I've decided to build another one, "Cubzilla+" (or "Junge Affe+") Many more custom mods will be added.

I plan to sell off the original Cubzilla at Perry, GA Swap Meet next year.

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Old Aug 22, 2012, 01:06 PM
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Chris,
Good stuff. I wish I had the motivation to build and share like you have. I particularly like the conversion of the xacto saw blade to the "japanese" style pull saw. I've been using dozuki type saws for years in general woodworking but failed to make the transition for models. Duh! See you at Huntsville if not before.
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 03:07 PM
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Selling Cubzilla?!?! I bet you could hock it easily when you come to Huntsville. I wish I could afford to take it off your hands....then I'd get shot for trying to bring that beast into my already full garage!
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