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Old Apr 30, 2008, 10:54 PM
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New CUB..

Beautifull build Doogman..!!I bet it's a pretty sight just flying slowly by...nice detail,if you ever get a CUB video...post it for us all to enjoy.
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Old May 01, 2008, 10:27 AM
BYOP - Build Your Own Planes
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Dogman,

Your Cub is so 31337!

Seriously, it looks great for a "noob". Keep up the building and you'll be putting out 31337 planes in no time.

P.S., I've used that term for almost 20 years now... boy am I getting old.

Brian
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Old May 02, 2008, 07:07 PM
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Thanks for the positive comments. Believe me, I carefully took the pictures to make the plane look it's best.

Nice catch on the registration number. I wondered if anyone would notice.
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Old May 03, 2008, 01:36 PM
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Nice job Doogman, came out real nice., I'm going to try the 3s in mine as well, if it ever stops raining around here.

Glenn
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Old Jul 30, 2008, 07:49 PM
Staying away from trees..
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I got a Mountain Models Cub for my birthday back in June of this year. It was my first balsa build and also my first plane with ailerons. I have been working since mid June on the construction and am proud to say that it is finally finished. I have not flown it yet, but look forward to my maiden.

Being my first balsa build I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but it went together without much hassle. I did run into a few problems, mostly related to me not reading the instructions completely before doing something. I learned the hard way at one point to not glue something together until the instructions told me to. A little ingenuity was able to solve my problems though. The leading edge of the wing was hard for me to get together. I ended up snapping some balsa trying to put that together, but I think I repaired it alright.

This was also my first covering job. I think it worked out OK. The wing was relatively simple, but I did warp it a bit. I think I've got the warp worked out now. The pieces that drove me the most crazy were the ailerons. They warped and were hard to make straight again. I got my graphics from callie today and put the windshield and window plastics on today as well. The windshield was very difficult to get to fit right. I had to fudge that a bit. Overall the plane doesn't look perfect up close, but from about 3 feet away it looks really good.

I look forward to my maiden. The weather has been windy here lately. I hope to get it in sometime this week or next. Any comments are welcome.

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Old Jul 30, 2008, 09:16 PM
Staying away from trees..
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I forgot to include my tech specs for the build

Eskay 400XT
Jeti 18A ESC
CommonSenceRC 1100mAH 3S Lipo

I have no clue what my weight is because I do not have a scale, but it feels fairly light. I'm sure that it will fly just fine.

I also just realized that I put the N number on the top of the left wing and I think it might actually go on the right. Oops. Oh well, I guess If I ever need to re-cover or repair the wing I can fix it then. It doesn't bother me though. This was my first build and it isn't perfect, but I'm happy with it.
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Old Jul 30, 2008, 09:40 PM
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Looks great, nice first covering job. Much better than mine.

Did you use a heat gun? I find I cannot use a heat gun on light planes. an iron results in less warping.
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Old Jul 31, 2008, 12:27 AM
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I used an iron and not a heat gun. The warping I got wasn't really too bad. If you get really up close and personal with my plane, you will see that the covering isn't perfect. But I feel happy with what I was able to do for a first time. I'm sure that I'll get better with time and practice.
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Old Jul 31, 2008, 01:27 AM
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I used an iron and not a heat gun. The warping I got wasn't really too bad. If you get really up close and personal with my plane, you will see that the covering isn't perfect. But I feel happy with what I was able to do for a first time. I'm sure that I'll get better with time and practice.
Hi markag,

First, BEAUTIFUL job! And it's wayyyyyyyyyy better than my first balsa build by far! And yes, I'm very familiar with camera placement strategy as a means of coverings up the 'oops' that are in every single plane ever built by a human... LOL.

Here's something I learned on my latest balsa build. When ever you burn a hole through the covering, just patch the covering and then put a decal over the patch. Pretend you did it on purpose...

But seriously, that really is one nice looking job you did!

And you couldn't have picked a better kit maker than Mountain Models. Top notch, and classy... from the planes to the customer service.

Chuck
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Old Jul 31, 2008, 08:28 AM
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Nicely done, markag - it looks GREAT!!

Aeronca
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Old Jul 31, 2008, 10:08 AM
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Very nice job markag! The clipped wing version was my first balsa build as well. I learned the hard way how fragile balsa can be, I cracked a couple of things and put my thumb through the leading edge sheeting at one point. I don't know if it's the best way to fix things, but I just took some scrap balsa and glued it across the holes/cracks where needed. It's been flying great ever since.

I see you used the 400XT motor, that's the same as I have in mine. I've got a 8x3.8 prop on mine and it will easily give me about 15 minutes of flight on a 1300mAh battery. It only draws about 8A with that prop and gives plenty of thrust and speed on this plane.

Enjoy! And we expect a glowing maiden report!

Andy
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Old Jul 31, 2008, 12:38 PM
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I've got both an APC 8x6 as well as an APC 8x3.8. The 8x6 is the one I'm going to try first. I even have a 9x6 that I might try if I fly with a 2s lipo.

I never stuck my finger through any sheeting, but I did crack some pieces trying to fit the various parts together. Like you, I would just cut a replacement piece from some scrap balsa and glue it in.

maybe there will be a maiden tonight. It is a bit windy right now, but it should calm down this evening sometime.

mark
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Old Jul 31, 2008, 12:57 PM
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The Cub, at least the clipped wing one, has no problem with the wind once you're used to it. I wouldn't maiden any plane in much of a wind though. It's easier and smoother to fly in less wind, but our flying field is right by the ocean, so we quite often have a pretty stiff wind blowing. It's fun and impresses people to bring it in for a landing at a slow walk and a 45 degree crab. Brian's kit is really great.

Andy
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Old Jul 31, 2008, 01:57 PM
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It's fun and impresses people to bring it in for a landing at a slow walk and a 45 degree crab.

Andy
I doubt I have enough skill to try something like that. Maybe someday though.
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Old Jul 31, 2008, 03:10 PM
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I doubt I have enough skill to try something like that. Maybe someday though.
It's actually not that hard, especially with this plane. You can work up to it.

I see from your first post that this is your first plane with ailerons. Just go nice and easy and you shouldn't have any problem. This plane can float along nice and slow so you can get used to using the ailerons. Just be sure to use small movements and not over-control it.

Andy
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