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.
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.
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!
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)
Model: Super Cub 25e
Type: Platinum Series Scale ARF
Manufacturer: E-flite (e-fliterc.com)
Distributor: Horizon Hobby (horizonhobby.com)
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