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Sep 09, 2001, 03:36 AM
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pico cub

anyone recommed the pico cub? flight performance/duration.? suitable for a primary trainer? please don't say 'get a zagi or firebird etc. i just wanna know about the cub.


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Sep 09, 2001, 03:48 AM
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The Multiplex Pico Cub is a great little model. Pretty easy to fly, and if braced as per instructions, is mildly aerobatic. Depending on how she's flown duration can be anything up to 10 minutes.
Sep 09, 2001, 07:27 AM
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Hi there

Try this thread for size- but be ready for plenty of reading. Good luck with the Pico Cub- the best training model around IMHO (we don't got no T-52s over here BTW before anyone complains )http://www.ezonemag.com/disc/Forum2/HTML/000699.html



Sep 10, 2001, 06:25 AM
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I'm very happy with my Pico Cub. It's easy to build, and easy to fly.
I use a 7 cell pack (1200 mAh, AA) and all up weight is 660 grams (23.3 oz). I have to enlarge the battery hole because of the size of this pack.
I have tested some props. Standard prop is a Gunther 4.9x4.3 wich performs quite good. MAS 5.5x4.5 is not as good due to the wing profile. Currently I use a Robbe folding 6x3.5, with lower speed and very good climb rate.
Average flights are about 15 minutes but can be longer based on some thermals.
Sep 13, 2001, 05:20 PM
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Well worth getting. After reading some very long treads I've made the alterations to my brother-in-laws first plane , and it flies great. Try it with a 3:1 gear box on a 9 x 5 prop, it'l double your air time (plus on eight 500AR cells it sure can motor). After three short sessions he can fly it about and land (boreing being a spectator)
One thing to do is upgrade the undercarrage.
Sep 13, 2001, 05:44 PM
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i've flown it on the FMS sim, and also found it easy. i've only landed a real plane once before, and that landing was alright. it was a motor glider and cos they don't have wheels you can land them anywhere. i was surprised when i landed the pico cub on the simulator cos it was almost perfect. impossible. is it the sim thats being too easy on me or does the plane simply fly like that?

Sep 14, 2001, 08:11 AM
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Hi Phreak

I'm a really big fan of the Pico Cub , probably the most forgiving plane in the world! The undercarriage is weak , but I just bend mine straight after a less than perfect landing and it's ready to go again. Totally agree with Peter about the wing brace if your going to throw it around (deliberately or otherwise !)
Having flown the real thing lots before the one on FMS I was stunned how accurate the sim was . Felt just like the real thing particularly on 3/4 throttle. My Cub runs on 8 cells with standard prop and motor (no g/box).
Only one downside is that flying in winds over 10-15 mph can be a challenge , which is a bit frustrating ,specially as we are getting into the windy autumn season here. A gearbox +more efficient prop would help .
I trust the weather in Ipswich,Queensland is better than here in Ipswich,Suffolk where I am right now!

Buy one ...you'll love it!


Sep 14, 2001, 04:54 PM
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Watt 4 get the g'box you will be pleasently suprized. Better climb rate and much longer (50%) flights.
Phreak It's easier to land in real life (you can see the ground). Just bring it into wind and let gravity do the rest. If your too short just give a bit of power and it'll climb on it's own.
Sep 14, 2001, 09:05 PM
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watt 4, you'd be surprised how windy it can get on a dry sunny day.

Sep 14, 2001, 10:41 PM
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Ailerons Too!

When you feel you'd like to move up to an aileron ship, don't. Just add them to the Cub. You can buy the wing kit for about $18 from Multiplex, sand out most of the dihedral, cut some ailerons and stiffen them with 1/8 inch fiberglass rod (TAP Plastics), add a 50 or 55 servo and some .032" Sullivan cables and your ready to roll.

One thing, though, you will have to use both thumbs (rudder and ailerons) or a computer radio to combat adverse yaw -- just like the real Cubby.

BTW, I'm using an Aeronaut 1:86 gearbox, APC 9x6 SLOWFLIER prop, and eight AP-1000 Nimh cell packs (same size as 600AEs), though they have a little less voltage.

I bored a 1 inch cooling hole from the motor mount to the battery bay for motor cooling and it flies just fine.

Happy Landings
Sep 15, 2001, 07:11 AM
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what would be the flight time/flight performance of a 7 cell 200mah pack?

Sep 15, 2001, 08:44 AM
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Sep 16, 2001, 05:47 AM
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well i had one which ended up bin-bagged on its first flight i found it way two light they fly well in no wind at all but the slightest breeze can make them a handfull .If you live in an area where you don't get much wind knock yourself out go get yourself a pico-cub .i would personally go for something a bit heavier
best of luck
Sep 16, 2001, 08:49 AM
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Sep 17, 2001, 03:48 AM
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