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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.
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.
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
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
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 Video (7.5meg) CLICK HERE
Hobby Zone Super Cub RTF Deluxe Video (15.5meg) CLICK HERE
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!
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Plymouth, MN 55441
Phone: 763-268-0580 (local)
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