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    Contributed by: Burc Simsek | Published: November 2010 | Views: 46575 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of Flyzone Select Scale Super Cub RTF




    Burc
    Simsek

    The Hobbico Select Scale Super Cub is a great rendition of one of general aviations most recognizable airplanes in a RTF brushless powered package. Recently, Mike Buzzeo (MinnFlyer) reviewed the Rx-R version and gave it high marks so when the opportunity came up to review the RTF version I did not spend anytime signing up for the task.

    The RTF version of the Super Cub comes bundled with a Tactic TTX404 2.4GHz 4 Channel transmitter and a TR624 2.4GHz receiver. The airframe is advertised as ready to fly (though there is some minimal assembly involved) and comes complete all the required servos, motor and esc pre-installed. To top things off, a 1300mAh 3S LiPo battery and AC/DC LiPo charger is also included. 


    • Scale looks
    • Includes TTX404 and Rx
    • Brushless Power
    • Working suspension
    • Ready to Fly
    • Spare prop included

    • Battery fit a bit tight


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    What do these ratings mean?


    Specs

    • Name: FlyZone Super Cub
    • Price: 219.99 (accurate as of review date)
    • Stock Number: HCAA2527
    • Wingspan: 48 in.
    • Length: 33 in.
    • Advertised Weight: 30.4 oz.

    Key Features

    • Everything needed to fly is included.
    • Made from light, tough AeroCell - the advanced foam durable enough to stand up to everyday use and abuse.
    • The landing gear features a working suspension that absorbs shocks for smoother landings.
    • Molded wing ribs have the appearance of fabric stretched across them, just like the full-size Cub.
    • Detailed dash panel adds even more realism.
    • Steerable tail wheel improves ground handling.
    Items needed to complete

  • None



  • Packaging


    The Super Cub arrived in a double boxed package with each component individually wrapped and taped. I did have some minor shipping damage where the horizontal stab was a little bowed and the canopy glass seemed to have been knocked in by a box moving inside the shipping box. Overall, the contents were in good shape. Inside the box, you will find the fuselage, the wing and stabilizers, the landing gear set, wing struts, the Tactic transmitter (and batteries) along with the required Lipo battery and charger.  



    Packaging
    The RTF version comes with e 6 channel Tactic receiver already wired up and loosely located in the airframe. This will be attached to the fuselage in the assembly process. The battery hatch is at the bottom front of the airframe and makes a nice seal when engaged. The ailerons are controlled using a single pre-installed servo. I especially like the way that the ailerons are mounted to the wing where there is little to no gap and no visible bevels. The Wing includes detailed ribs to give the effect of cloth being stretched over the ribs. The horizontal and vertical stabilizer look like they simply bolt in to the fuselage.


    Packaging

    The Super Cub also has a detailed dash that is visible through the side windows. Removing the 4 screws that hold the cowl in place, the motor and ESC become visible. Note the weights that have already been added by the factory. The backplate on the motor shaft is a tight fit through the cowl opening but it does pass through with a little bit of force. If you pay close attention to the horizontal and vertical stabs, there seems to be some locations where support or flying wires could be added. There was no mention of adding anything like this in the manual but I thought this was interesting. 


    Packaging

    One of the most noticeable features of the Super Cub is the replica landing gear with working suspension. Included in the RTF version is the TTX404 2.4GHz transmitter which comes complete with the required 4x"AA" batteries. Additionally, a 1300mAh 3S LiPo battery is provided along with a LiPo charger. Everything you need to fly is included in the box and assembling this Super Cub should not take more than the time it takes to charge the battery so lets get to it.

    The manual that is included with the Super Cub provides detailed instructions for assembly and setup of the airframe. I can imagine that a beginner would find the information contained in the manual invaluable where a more experienced modeler could use it as a reference. The assembly of the Super Cub is actually quite straight forward that most modelers may not even have to refer to the manual.

    Super Cub Manual RTF

    Super Cub Manual Rx-R





    The assembly starts by installing the landing gear on to the fuselage. There is two small screws that have to be backed out to allow the landing gear to be inserted in the grooves on the bottom of the fuselage. Once the landing gear is inserted, these screws can be loosely put back in place as they have to be removed in later steps to install the wing supports. Once both pieces have been installed, they are connected by inserting the suspension string in a plastic retainer and tightening a screw.



    The bottom of the suspension springs are then attached to the fuselage using two screws and the landing gear is complete. The completed landing gear looks very sharp. Once the landing gear was on the airframe, I had to test it out by applying some pressure from the top to see how the suspension worked and I can say it is simple but effective and should provide enough spring to absorb any force from those rough landings.



    The assembly continues by installing the vertical and horizontal stabilizer. The manual recommends that you flex the elevator a couple of times before making the connection to the push rod and inserting it in the frame. The fuselage has guide tubes already installed. Installation is a simple matter of inserting the push rod though the guide tubes and latching the stabilizer on to the fuselage. 



    The vertical stab is installed in a similar fashion as the horizontal stab. The supplied push rods are first installed in the rudder clevis then inserted through the guide tubes. The tail wheel horn is inserted in the groove on the rudder and the complete assembly simply clicks in place over the stabilizer. Once the rudder is positioned properly, it is held in place by inserting a screw in the bottom of the rudder where it locks the tail wheel and thus the rudder in place.



    Once both stabs have been installed, I powered up the radio system to center the servos and made the connections using the already attached ez-connectors. I used a drop of locktite on each screw to make sure I would not have to re-visit this step in the field. The receiver already had a 6" servo extender connected to the aileron port ready to accept the servo lead that needs to be connected from the wing. The wing is installed by hooking two latches in the back and sliding it in place.



    Once the servo is connected and the wing installed, a single screw is used to lock it in place. The hole that is used to install the wing screw is the covered using a mock antenna by simply sliding it in place. With the wing in place, the wing supports can be installed. The wing supports attach to the fuselage in the same location as the landing gear.



    The supports are then screwed in the wing using four screws on each side. You will have to flex the wing a little to align the screws during the installation of the second strut. With everything in place, all that is left is to attach the propeller and foam spinner and the Super Cub is ready to go.

    I am normally not a big fan of the bundled transmitter and receiver packages that come with RTF airframes but Tactic 2.4GHz is a different story. One of the biggest features that the Super Cub has going for it is that it has ailerons which is often rare for a model in this category. Additionally, the fact that it is a 2.4GHz system should eliminate the all too often problem that we see with beginners coming out to the field with their new airplanes and inadvertently turning on their radio causing problems with flyers who are still using FM.

    As far as features go, the TTX404 is a simple but effective radio. It does not provide dual rates or exponential but it does provide a nifty wireless trainer feature along with the capability to do elevon and V-tail mixing. To enabling and disabling of these features are not very intuitive though as there are no separate switches to control them. They are activated by powering on the transmitter with the sticks in their bottom outside corner positions. The Transmitter does provide some feedback as to which mode its in by audible beeps when powered on which is handy. The transmitter also provides hard switches to reverse all channels along with digital trims for the elevator, aileron and rudder channels.

    As far as the setup goes with the Super Cub, I did not have to do anything in terms of centering servos or reversing channels as the system seemed to be already binded and setup from the factory. The receiver does have a separate bind switch which is a great feature as you dont have to deal with bind plugs which are too often easily lost. Even without dual rates or exponential control, this transmitter and receiver combination would allow for the successful control of most entry level airframes that do not require these features. I also look forward to trying out the wireless trainer feature to introduce some of my 'reluctant' buddies to the hobby as soon as I get my hands on another TTX404. For additional information on the TTX404, also refer to the recent review posted by Mike Buzzeo.

    Features:
  • Digital trims and servo reversing on all channels (except throttle)
  • Compact, lightweight TR624 receiver
  • Power LED and low voltage alarm
  • Adjustable stick lengths


  • Specs:
  • Channels: 4
  • Frequencies: 2.403-2.480 GHz
  • Modulation: FHSS 
  • Input Power: 4xAA 
  • Output Power: < 0.1W
  • Power-On Indicator: Red LED with low battery indication
  • Audible tones: low-voltage alarm, digital trims, receiver mode
  • Rx Dimensions: 1.77 x 0.98 x 0.5 in

  • TTX 404 Manual





     

    The maiden flight of the Super Cub happened to land on a nice but gusty day in Houston. I was initially about to decide that it was too windy to fly the little electric until I decided to just go for it and I am glad I did. I set the Super Cub down on the runway and made sure all the surfaces were moving as expected and spun up the motor and applied about 3/4 throttle. The tail lifted off almost immediately and the Super Cub was airborne within a couple of feet. I was surprised at how quickly the Cub took to the air.

    Once airborne, I did not have to adjust any trims on any of the surfaces as the Super Cub flew straight and true right right out of the hole. I took the Super Cub a couple of mistakes high and began experimenting with its flight characteristics. As expected, the Super Cub exhibited very scale like and relaxed flight characteristics. I noticed that turns can be made by simply banking and yanking but look a lot prettier if coordinated with a little rudder. Even with the wind and gusty weather conditions, the Super Cub did quite well thought the gusts would want to throw the airframe around quite a bit.

    I performed a couple of touch and gos to get familiar with the glide characteristics of the Super Cub and can report that it is a very forgiving airframe what is easy to land but likes to come in with a little bit of power on the final leg. Once I was about 20-30 feet from the touchdown point, I could cut the throttle and glide in the rest of the way and apply a little throttle to flare at the last moment for nice 3-point landings. If you do mess up your landing by coming down too hard, the suspension on the gear does a good job of absorbing some of the force away but come down too hard and the cub will definitely bounce and possibly scrape a wing. Speaking of scraping wings, I did happen to scrape a wing and cartwheel due to a cross wind landing and wish that the designers had put some hard formed plastic on the wingtips as the contact with the asphalt did rip out some foam from the wingtips which was almost impossible to glue back together.

    The following weekend we took the Cub out to the field again but this time the weather was perfectly calm. This gave me the opportunity to compare the flight characteristics of the Cub in both conditions and I would recommend flying the Cub in calmer conditions to enjoy its relaxed flight characteristics and scale looks.

    As far as aerobatics go, the Super Cub is not a very capable airframe but neither is the full scale Super Cub so this is not a real concern for me. I was able to perform loops, rolls and inverted flight quite easily though. Inverted flight required a good amount of down elevator to be applied. The roll rate of the Super Cub is quite slow and if you apply some down elevator while inverted, the rolls seem to look a little better rather than just going full stick left or right and waiting for the cub to respond. The Super Cub is also capable of stall turns and if you are lucky a short tail slide. But again, aerobatics is not what the Super Cub is not meant for.

    For me the most enjoyable aspect of flying the Super Cub was to watch it perform low and slow flybys where everyone at the field could admire the great scale looks the FlyZone Select Scale Super Cub has to offer.

     

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    Overall I think the FlyZone Select Scale Super Cub RTF is a package with a lot to offer. The fact that it comes bundled with a good transmitter and receiver is an added bonus alongside its great looks and flight characteristics. The provided battery gave me around 8-10 minutes of comfortable flight time. I think this RTF would make a great second airplane. With the right instructor, and using the wireless trainer feature that the TTX404 allows for, it could even be your first airframe but just be careful as it does not have self righting characteristics that a full on trainer would have.

    I really enjoyed doing this review of the Super Cub and the time I had with it at the flying field. It is truly a nice flying airframe that begs to be flown low and slow so that onlookers can admire the nice scale looks that it has to offer. But lay on the throttle and the Super Cub can deliver a taste of its wild side as well. I plan to keep this airframe and get another TTX404 to use as a wireless trainer so that I can entice my 'non-RC' friends to get hands on experience with the great looks and flight characteristics that the Super Cub has to offer.




    Distributed by:
    Great Planes Model Distributors.
    P.O. Box 9021  
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021 

    www.greatplanes.com

    Comments on RCU Review: FlyZone Super Cub

    Posted by: lvthtoreo on 01/04/2011

    Posted by: lvthtoreo on 01/04/2011

    Posted by: 501st on 06/12/2011
    I am a beginner and i was wondering if this would be a good first plane?
    Posted by: Burc on 06/13/2011
    While it is not a real trainer, I think that with a good instructor, this could be nice first airplane.
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