E-flite Super Cub 25e

Aug 10, 2011 5 Comments by

This great review will be in our November issue of Electric Flight, but you get the first look at this nice aircraft!

Those who know me at the flying field understand that I have a “thing” for Piper aircraft—Cubs in particular! Piper’s Super Cub has been a favorite of mine for a long time and I have built several along the way. Super Cubs make great first scale projects for any modeler who has already earned his RC wings. The new E-flite Super Cub 25e ARF has respectable power and excellent performance and it’is very scale. Part of the E-flite Platinum Series, the Super Cub is built really well. With its nice attention to detail, red/white Oracover film covering and trim scheme, it captures the look and feel of the full-size aviation classic.

 

Unique features

With a span of 68 inches, the Super Cub comes in just slightly larger than 1/6-scale and it is ideally suited for someone’s first “fun scale” competition flyer. It has all sorts of top-shelf features including a functional, shock-absorbing landing gear and leaf-spring tailwheel assembly, aluminum wing and jury struts, and a two-panel, plug-in wing arrangement. This gives the top of the cabin, with its skylight, an accurate scale outline. Also included in the kit are nicely detailed scale corrugated flaps and aileron surfaces and plug-in horizontal stabilizers that also enhance the scale outline of the tail surfaces. The engine cowl is made of fiberglass, comes painted and uses magnets and alignment dowels for quick and accurate attachment. The whole airframe is ruggedly built from lightweight laser-cut balsa and plywood parts. There is also a nice scale cockpit accessory kit as well as an optional lighting system that includes, navigational and landing lights complete with a plug-in lighting control unit.

 

In the Air

If you have never flown a tail dragger, then you are missing some fun! The main thing to remember is to advance the throttle slowly and smoothly and hold a little up-elevator until the plane has gained some airspeed before takeoff. As you release the elevator input, the tail will rise slightly and the high-lift wing will float the Super Cub off the ground in no time. Using coordinated aileron/rudder input or if you have a computer radio, add some aileron differential to minimize adverse yaw in the turns.

            Once you fly a Cub, any Cub, you will become a believer. The E-flite Super Cub

25e is a great example of the breed and you can’t really do better for a first serious scale flyer. The best advice I can give is to practice your slow-speed flying and use coordinated aileron and rudder inputs.

 

Conclusion

The E-flite Super Cub 25e is a nicely detailed and great-flying scale airplane that’s too nice to be labeled simply as an ARF. It has great performance and looks even better in the air. If you are looking for something that will draw attention and can fly out of smaller flying fields, this Super Cub is your ticket to ride. It will make anyone feel like a bush pilot in no time!

Gear Used:

 

Radio: Spektrum DX8 transmitter; AR6200 Ultralite 6-channel receiver;

6 A5030 Spektrum digital servos (spektrumrc.com)

Motor: E-flite Power 25 outrubber brushless (e-fliterc.com)

Speed control: 60-amp Pro Brushless (e-fliterc.com)

Battery: 4S 30C 14.8V 3200mAh High Power Series (e-fliterc.com)

Prop: APC 13 x 8E (apcprop.com)

Specifications

Model: Super Cub 25e

Type: Platinum Series Scale ARF

Manufacturer: E-flite (e-fliterc.com)

Distributor: Horizon Hobby (horizonhobby.com)

Wingspan: 68.in.

Length: 45.5 in.

Wing Area: 670 sq. in.

Weight: 5 to 5.6 lb. without battery; (5.8-6.4 lb. with battery)

Wing loading: 20 oz./sq. ft.

Motor req’d: Power 25 to 32

Radio req’d: 5 to 6 channels (aileron, elevator, throttle, rudder, flaps), lighting system

 

For the complete review, check out the November issue of Electric Flight

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About the author

West Coast senior editor About me: I’ve been involved with RC aircraft since high school and have flown just about everything. I started my RC career with scratch-building, but now like many pilots I rely on ARFs to get me in the air. My main focus is on pylon racing, aerobats, combat and scale warbirds.

5 Responses to “E-flite Super Cub 25e”

  1. william fitzsimmons says:

    I like this plane very much and am seriously looking into it. I have a low budget for this plane and i want to keep the electronics as simple as possible. Do you think that the Spektrum DX5e DSMX 5-Channel Transmitter/Receiver Only MD2 will work? I originally put 5 A5030 Mini Digital Aicraft Servo’s on my wishlist but does the plane require 6 to get the full control over the plane and all it’s features(besides the lights i do not want the lights cuz i will never fly this plane at night i live in an area that has to many random trees/poles to run into at night.)I will be getting the high performance option parts for the plane, i’m sure you know already but, this means i will be getting the Power 32 Brushless Motor and the 60 amp ESC with the 14.8v 4S 30c 3200mAh LiPo battery. im doing this so i can have a quicker take off for the lack of straight roads in my area and so i have plenty of extra power to get me out of a sticky situation. I would highly appreciate it if you got back to me with all your opinions and/or facts. You can reach me at wkfwillfitzs@yahoo.com
    wkfwillfitzs@hotmail.com
    Also i have a facebook account.If you have a facebook you can search wkfwillfitzs@hotmail.com in the facebook friend finder to find me.
    P.S. I’m already putting money aside for the super cub i am currently trying to find the most information on it i can and eventually this plane will be set up with all the best option parts i can find including the lights. But for now i just want the basic setup so i can fly this bird lol. i am very excited

    • Gerry Yarrish says:

      Hi William, I think you can use the 5-channel radio, just use two Y-harnesses (one each for flaps and ailerons) no servo revering Y harness required for flaps as the servo hatches are made so both servo outputs are the same. Not mirror image like the ailerons are. No worries about not using lights. You can simply go to radio shack and get colored LEDS and glue them in place. will still look good. Easy to do. In all honesty, the Super cub powered by the Power 25 motor has plenty of power and I fly it on a 13×8 APC E prop. plenty of takeoff performance. Airborne in less than 20 feet. hope this helps! I love Cubs and I am sure you will find this one, to be one of the best.
      good luck
      GY

  2. william fitzsimmons says:

    I also now see that you intalled 6 servos whats the 6th one for?

    • Gerry Yarrish says:

      Hi William, 6 servos include, 2 for ailerons, 2 for flaps 1 for elevator and one for rudder. Standard setup. A Y-harness connects the flaps to one channel and the Ailerons are mixed using flapperon so there is Aileron Differential dialed in. no need to do any aileron to rudder mixing. Having the differential with flapperons mix, it is necessary to add flaps to the Aux 2 channel in stead of thenormal Aux 1. no biggie. I also slow the flap servos to 3ms. for a nice and slow scale speed.

  3. william fitzsimmons says:

    thank you this helps alot.But i have another question, from my knowledge all i need for this plane is 6 servos, 2 y-harness’s, ESC, Motor, battery, transmitter & receiver. plus the prop and spinner of course. Is there anything else i might need to get this plane flying high.

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