After a year and a half of building, the Super Cub has taken flight. Wingspan is 12' with the fuselage about 7'9". It is powered by a DA 50 cc gas engine. The Super Cub is scratch built with mostly aircraft spruce and birch plywood glued together with a 2 part epoxy . The covering is Stits polyfiber light aircraft fabric. It flys extremely scale.
It's not until you put someone next to it that you get the true sense of the size .
No aircraft was injured with the making of this film. :-)
Assembly time is about 20 minutes at the field.
First engine start at the field.
Photo shoot after successful maiden flight.
It all started with a set of plans Jan '18
The cowling was purchased from Balsa USA.
Elevator / Stabilizer near completion.
Tail feathers mounted in place.
Landing gear is made of steel tubing.
The start of the wings.... all from scratch.
Leading edge installed.
Center section also made from steel tubing.
First photo with gear installed.
No, that's an aileron, not a wing. :-)
First assembly of wings on fuselage. Flaps were added ( not on plans)
Temporary struts were used to set dihedrel, angle of incidence and washout. Permanent struts are made of aluminum tubing.
Tail mostly covered.
Pull, pull cables for aileron.
Fabric covering going on the wings.
Fabric tape applied.
Fabric applied to fuselage.
Base coat of paint.... seals fabric and provides UV protection.
White painted on.
......Then the blue.....
First engine start-up
It's been a challenging, but rewarding journey. I'm glad I can just go fly now. :-)