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Old Jun 17, 2001, 08:13 PM
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71" Piper Cub first flight

My Airborne Models 71" Piper Cub flew for the first time. I have had marginal luck with cubs so I intentionally overpowered this one for insurance.

The model is excellent. Very well built and LIGHT! After adding an Aveox 1015/2Y with 4:1 gearbox and 16 Panasonic 3000 Nimh batteries it was still below 20oz wing loading. The batteries weighed 2lbs. All up weight was 6 pounds. It had 4.5 pounds static thrust and pulled 28 amps on a fresh battery.

I took it to the field, topped off the battery, and had a friend take the controls. In true cub fashion it was a handful on the ground. But once up to speed he pulled back on the elevator and up she went. It climbed at a 45 degree angle!!! Not very cub like I know. The 13x8 prop sounded great.

This model flew wonderfully. Stalls were gentle and predictable. After 10 minutes of flight we had a problem with the motor so we had to land. My calculations show that the model should fly about 15 minutes on a charge. I will verify this when I get the motor back.

I would highly recommend this model to anyone wanting a larger cub. Best of all, it is an ARF!

Check it out here

It is the Cub 48.

Can't wait to get my 57" Mustang in the air now!

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Old Jun 25, 2001, 02:01 PM
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I cut away some of the forward former so that I can place the battery nearly against the firewall.

You may be able to make an access door on the bottom. near to front of the plane.
Old Jun 26, 2001, 01:58 AM
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Sounds great, I just pick one up and plan to power it with either Astro 15G or Aveox 1010/2Y with 4.4:1 or 1406/4Y (?)on 12-14 cells. I will have it with floats.

When do you put the battery? I hope to find a place so I don't have to remove the wing and struts everytime.


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