RCU Review: Hobby Zone Super Cub RTF on Floats

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    Contributed by: Geoff Barber | Published: August 2009 | Views: 52529 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of Hobbyzone Super Cub on floats
    Geoff Barber

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    Horizon Hobby, Inc.
    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, IL 61822
    Phone: (800) 338-4639


    • Nice scale look
    • Anti-Crash Technology (ACT)
    • X-Port to add accessories
    • Quick, easy assembly
    • Easy to transport

    • None

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    What do these ratings mean?

    The Piper PA-18 Super Cub is a two-seat, single-engine monoplane. Introduced in 1949 by Piper Aircraft, it was developed from the Piper PA-11, and traces its lineage back through the J-3 to the Taylor E-2 Cub of the 1930's.

    Super Cubs are commonly found in roles such as bush flying, banner and glider towing, and other situations in which short field performance is required.

    While the Super Cub itself is not a new release from Hobbyzone, the addition of a liPo battery and charger, and a new decal set are. This review will focus on the Super Cub and the float kit.

    You can see the original Super Cub review on R/C Universe as reviewed by Jim Buzzeo, June 2008.

    Name:Hobbyzone Super Cub LP

    Price: $179.99

    Price: $24.99 (float kit)

    Wingspan: 47.7 in (1,200 mm)

    Length: 32.5 in (825 mm)

    Flying weight: 25.2 oz. (30.7 w/ floats) (865 g)

    Radio Used:27 Mhz (Included)

    Motor Used:Brushed 480- geared (Included)

    Battery: 3 cell 1300 mAh 11.1 V LiPo (included)

    Channels Used: 3 total - Elevator, Rudder, Throttle

    Items Needed To Complete

    • Nothing- everything is included to get you in the air!

    The Super Cub and floats arrived in two different nicely colored boxes, both packed very well. The Super Cub was secured in a foam insert that made shipping damage nearly impossible, short of crushing the entire box. The floats came double wrapped in bubble wrap, and the wire bracing bagged and secured to the top lid of the box.

    With a low part count, this airplane and float set goes together quickly and easily!

    The included transmitter is a single-stick style with a thumb operated throttle. A push-button operates the X-Port feature, and a toggle switch activates the Anti-Crash Technology (ACT). I was very impressed to see that Hobbyzone even includes the 8 AA batteries for the transmitter, an 11.1 V LiPo battery, and a LiPo charger. One item that was a suprise was the included adapter to charge the LiPo at home! One other thing I'd like to mention is that Hobbyzone includes an instuctional DVD that walks you through basic assembly, and your first flights. I definitely reccomend spending a few minutes to watch the DVD!

    Assembling the Super Cub starts with installing the landing gear, if you want to use the wheels. The landing gear wire snaps into a molded pocket, and four screws hold the gear covers in place.

    The wing gets put on next, and is as easy as securing four rubber bands to the wing dowels and using two more screws to attach the lower end of the wing struts to the fuselage.

    The rudder and elevator come attached to their respective flying surfaces, and are easy to install. The vertical stabilizer and rudder assembly has two long pins that slide through the horizontal stabilizer, and then the two pieces are attached to the fusealge with two machine screws.

    After the tailfeathers are secure, the rudder and elevator push rods are connected to the control horns, and the tailwheel wire is secured in the tailwheel bracket.

    Once the Super Cub assembly was complete, it was time to start the Floats. Float assembly consists of installing the front and rear landing gear wires and spreader bars. This is the only part of assembly I had a little trouble with. All four wires have notches cut into them where a bolt locks them in place on the floats. The spreader bars I received had notches that were not cut equally, causing the complete float assembly to warp when the bolts were tightened. This was easily overcome by rotating the spreader bar and tightening the bolts on the round part of the shaft. The float kit also comes with a 10x8 prop that must be used for float flying.

    After tightening all 8 of the bolts to secure the wire gear to the floats, the assembly is attached to the fuselage. the front and rear landing gear wires slide into brackets in the bottom of the fuselage, and four machine screws hold the rear gear wire in place. The front gear wire snaps in place using the same slot as the wheeled gear. After the floats are attached, assembly is complete!

    With the LiPo battery charged, let's take the Super Cub out into the sunlight and see what she's got!

    The morning I chose for the maiden flight was absolutely perfect. There was just a slight breeze blowing directly in towards shore and the sun was shining brightly! After a quick pose for the camera, the Super Cub was pointed into the wind, the throttle was opened, and she was off the water and climbing out at a very nice pace. Though the Super Cub was a little squirrelly on the water before taking off, it became apparent very quickly that this was going to be a fun little floatplane!

    Once at a safe altitude, I adjusted the trims slightly, and the Super Cub was flying like a trainer. It has no bad tendancies, stalls are straight ahead, and the plane flys where you point it. I would also like to add that the Super Cub flies great fast and slow!

    As with most three channel airplanes, the Super Cub is limited in aerobatics, but really, how much aerobatic flying do you want to do with a set of floats on a plane? With that said, the Super Cub will do very nice loops and stall turns!

    After I had had my fun, I brought the Super Cub in to land. I was very pleased to see that this plane came down nicely without feeling like a sinking rock. I cut the power and it floated in and landed very scale-like before I had realized that almost 15 minutes had gone by! The LiPo battery pack is definately a great battery choice for the Super Cub. One thing to note: in order to turn the plane on the water, remember to keep some throttle on. With no water rudder, you are turning the airplane only by the air flowing over the rudder.

    Check out the video to see her in action!

    Hobby Zone Super Cub on Floats
    Or, Download the Video (24meg)

    I really enjoyed reviewing the Hobbyzone Super Cub LP, and the float kit. Together, they make a great electric floatplane that is a lot of fun to fly, while being easy to transport. At $179.99 for the Super Cub LP and $24.99 for the floats, you just can't beat this winning combination for electric float flying!

    Horizon Hobby, Inc.
    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, IL 61822
    Phone: (800) 338-4639

    Comments on RCU Review: Hobby Zone Super Cub RTF on Floats

    Posted by: marcv on 09/03/2009
    Nice job on the review!
    Posted by: twoslick2 on 10/24/2009
    Is it true that there is a supercub that is bind and fly? I love the supercub I have now but it would be nice to get a new one that would bind and fly!
    Posted by: G.Barber on 10/24/2009
    If there is, I am unaware of it, I looked for it at Horizonhobby.com, but did not see anything.
    Posted by: G.Barber on 11/03/2009
    I did see that Hobbyzone now has a Bind N Fly version of the Super Cub LP.
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