RCU Review: Hobby Zone Super Cub RTF

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    Contributed by: Jim Buzzeo | Published: June 2008 | Views: 42923 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse Review: Hobby Zone Super Cub RTF

    Review by: Jim Buzzeo Email Me

    Hobby Zone
    2415 Annapolis Lane N, #D140
    Plymouth, MN 55441
    Phone: 763-268-0580 (local)
    Phone: 888-953-9663


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    Hobby Zone
    Super Cub RTF

    • Complete package. No additional purchases required.
    • Fast, easy assembly.
    • Excellent flight characteristics.
    • Easy to Fly.
    • Perfect for a beginner.

    • None.

    I've been in this hobby since I was a kid and the age-old question has always been, "What's a good way to start?" and there are as many answers to that question as there are "Experts" out there.

    But Hobbyzone has recently submitted there latest answer - The Hobbyzone Super Cub.

    This is really an amazing little airplane that is an excellent choice for the beginner. It is a 3-channel electric that comes complete with everything you need to get airborne. And I mean everything. You only need to make this one purchase* and you're in the air.

    The Super Cub comes with a 3-channel transmitter which has a stick for the right hand that controls rudder and elevator, which is how even a mode-2** flier usually sets up a 3-channel plane. For throttle control, there is a slider for the left thumb.

    The Super Cub is also equipped with X-Port technology for use with add-on accessories such as Aerial Drop Module and Sonic Combat Module .

    All-in-all, the Hobbzone Super Cub is an excellent way to get started in radio control flying. Let's take a closer look.

    * While the Super Cub is complete, you may want to consider buying 8 rechargable "AA" batteries for the transmitter.

    ** The standard flight controls used in the USA is called "Mode-2". This has the ailerons (which are used for turning) on the right stick. In a 3-channel configuration, the rudder is usually moved to the right stick to accustom you to using the right hand for turning.

    Name: Hobby Zone Super Cub RTF

    Price: $159.99

    Wingspan: 47.75 in (1200mm)

    Wing Area: 890 sq in (57.49 sq dm)

    Length: 32.5 inches (825mm)

    Flying Weight : 26 ounces (715 g)

    Motor Size: 480 Power

    Speed Control: Power FET proportional ESC/receiver

    Battery: 8.4V 1000mAh Ni-MH
    Radio: 3 channel proportional FM

    Approx. Flying Duration: 10 - 15 min

    Gear Ratio: 3:1

    Transmitter Range:2500 ft

    Available Frequencies: 6 channels on 27mhz

    X-Port: Yes

    Charger: Variable rate 1.2A DC peak with LED and 3-hr AC Delta Peak with LED

    Items Needed To Complete

    You don't need anything to get your Super Cub airborne. Just charge the included battery pack while you attach the wing, vertical tail stab and landing gear, and load the AA batteries into the transmitter. Before you know it, you'll be ready to go.

    The packaging was excellent, everything was tucked nicely into the foam carton with no chance of damage from movement, but the thing that really impressed me was the fact that literally everything - even the "Double A" batteries for the transmitter.


    The manual is very clear, concise, and easy to understand. It guides you step-by-step through initial setup, assembly and even some tips for flying.It is available on line HERE.

    Assembly is as easy as 1, 2, 3. First, slip the landing gear wire into its slot and secure it by screwing the strut covers in place. Next, rubber band the wing in place and screw the struts in place. Finally, slide the stab into the fuse, lock it in place with the fin and secure the assembly with two more screws.

    Ok, there's a forth step - Adding the tail wheel - Which is as easy as the rest of the assembly.

    That's it! Charge the battery and you're ready to fly!

    I can honestly say that this airplane not only flies well, it's also quite easy to fly.

    We started out with a couple test hops with the ACT off just to make sure we had everything set up properly. I was immediately impressed with the power available. A tad of rudder to keep it straight down the runway and the next thing I knew we were flying. The Super Cub is very docile and controllable, even without ailerons. A couple of low slow passes and I brought her in for a nice wheel landing.

    With the first flight over with, it was time to try the ACT. I discovered that while the airplane is on the ground with the ACT turned ON, the motor would not come up to speed. According to the manual, the airplane should have at least 200 feet of altitude to use the ACT. Sure enough I turned the ACT OFF for the takeoff, then turned it on as soon as a decent altitude was reached.

    Next I made a climbing turn back toward the field and with the Cub flying straight and level I fed in full DOWN elevator. After the nose dropped I seemed to lose control of the airplane: the motor cut off. After my initial panic I realized that the ACT had taken command of the airplane. The nose brought itself back up to the horizon, and as soon as the airplane was back into a normal attitude the motor came back to life and all was well again. The ACT program seems to do what you SHOULD do with this airplane if it begins to get away from you: bring the throttle to about one third power and release the stick.

    The Positive stability that is built into this cub is what makes it a great first airplane: it literally flies itself. I took the airplane back up to 'Training Altitude' and tried to put it into every unusual attitude I could think of. Each time I did simply bringing the throttle back and letting go of the stick resulted in the Cub returning to straight and level flight.

    Hobby Zone
    Super Cub RTF
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    Hobby Zone
    Super Cub RTF
    Deluxe Video (15.5meg)

    If you're looking to go fly TODAY, this may well be the model for you. With its 'everything included' mindset, HobbyZone has done exactly that. It's a great flying little Cub that's durable and incredibly quick and easy to set up and fly. Perfect for the beginner!

    Hobby Zone
    2415 Annapolis Lane N, #D140
    Plymouth, MN 55441
    Phone: 763-268-0580 (local)
    Phone: 888-953-9663


    Comments on RCU Review: Hobby Zone Super Cub RTF

    Posted by: djnsayne on 06/01/2008

    Posted by: lilbanchee on 06/19/2008
    Nice review. Very detailed.
    Posted by: fredmcl2 on 06/20/2008
    I agree totally this is a great way to start. I did, and my Supercub crashed and was re-built so many times that glue is now one of its main components. This is one tough plane, and it's still flying. After the Supercub came a Nexstar, and now I have a Sig 4-Star 60 and a Goldberg Skylark 70. The Supercub got me started, and now I'm hooked. Thanks for the great review. Fred, Maryland
    Posted by: justlift on 07/25/2008
    great plain for a newbie that wont to get in the air without the trainer standing at his side and a real joy to fly and after you have got the basic down turn off the ACT and you can get a great loop out off the plain and a good stall turn. Great plain
    Posted by: jopiedope on 10/31/2009
    I just bought it and it flies very well! I have the 11.1 V 1300 mAh version which has plenty of power. Right after I bought it it was windy out 11 mph winds, but I was so excited I flew anyways, first time, perfect flight! Even rolled on dirty wed grass. Did several stops and go. Very easy to fly!
    Posted by: nagata on 11/29/2012
    I learned to fly on an original HZ Super Cub and it was a great experience! Taught me the basics, the plane was very forgiving, and when I did crash it (a number of times early on, mostly during poor landing attempts), it was very easy to fix. I eventually upgraded it to a Spektrum 2.4 radio system & 11.1v 1300mAh LiPo power, and this made it very powerful when compared to stock; it's still a lot of fun! Adding floats is another very fun element! Even though I now own and fly half-a-dozen other ParkZone planes, including a hopped-up T-28, a P-47, & a Habu, the HZ Super Cub still comes out when I want a nice, relaxing flight. I've recommended this plane to anyone looking to start flying.
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