I want to start off by saying- this Flite Test community is awesome. This was my first attempt at making my own set of plans to share with the community and was definitely having some issues. My first two beta builds ended in complete disaster (and an exhausting climb to the top of a 30' tall tree!).
I decided it was time to see what the community thought and posted my story on the forums... the help came pouring in. The thread is a perfect example of how the members are always willing to contribute whatever they can to help others. You can see the full fourm thread HERE!
A couple other members used their own resources to build this design and after collecting everone's input a general consensuses was determined that the airfoil on the wings were a bit too tall, the vertical stabillizer was a bit undersized and a few other small details were needing to be fixed.
Everything was squared away on the design and here we are. She now flies better than ever.. see for yourself!
BJ- J3 Piper Cub - Plans and Build Instructions:
Wing Build: Wing Build Instructions
Fuse Build: Fuselage Build Instructions
Tail Build: Rudder and Elevator Build/Assembly Instructions
Final Assembly: Final Assembly
Lenght: 25 1/2"
AUW: 510 Grams (w/o battery & with landing gear)
Build: Easy / Beginer
Electronics Used in This Build:
ESC: 30A Turnigy Plush
Battery: Turnigy 2200mAh - 3s 25c LiPo
*Please note: The BJ-J3 Cub is FT Power Pod compatable and all the electronics I have incorporated for this build is perfect match for almost all of the larger FT designs. I have personally used this exact setup with the FT Storch, Bloody Wonder, Versa, Spitfire, Racer and the FT-22. It works great with all of them!
In my personal opinion this model is amazing in many ways. To begin with, this Cub flies fantantastically. Easily capable of mild aerobatics such as loops, rolls and spins. It tracks like an arrow with a good deal of stability. It also has a great speed envelope. You can zip around the skies covering lots of ground quickly, or pull the throttle back and float her around. You should use rudder for coordinated turns, but this design does fly great as a bank n' yank as well.
This design would also make a great first plane, or for somebody in the early stages of learning to fly RC. The build is very straightforward and would be perfect as someone's first. When you take the aerobatic capabilities into account, it makes it a truly fun plane for all levels of experience!
Don't take only my word for it!!! You should build it and see for youself!
"It flew VERY VERY WELL."
-mrstamp80 ~ Posted on forum thread
"The plane flies alot like my umx carbon cub ss."
-jh1985 ~ Posted on forum thread
If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I am on the forums under the username: BanditJacksRC.
THANKS FOR READING!!