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    Contributed by: Geoff Barber | Published: December 2011 | Views: 13335 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of the Flyzone Super Cub
    Geoff Barber
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    Flyzone
    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826
    Phone: 800-637-7660
    www.flyzoneplanes.com

    Have you ever wanted to go out into the wild tundra of Alaska? Besides your basic needs of food, shelter and water, what else would you need? You'll need a way in and out of said tundra. That's where the Piper Super Cub comes into the picture. Built to be a rugged, light plane that can carry a heavy load, the Super Cub could be called a "pack Mule with wings".

    With a 150 HP four-cylinder Lycoming engine and a recommended load capacity of 820 pounds (including pilot, passenger, fuel and supplies) the Super Cub is as good as it gets when you're flying into tight spots. The addition of flaps, dual fuel tanks and a larger engine turned the J-3 Cub into a plane that could be used to haul people and cargo into places the original plane just couldn't go!

    Flyzone has recently introduced a new micro plane: the Super Cub. With a wingspan of just under 18", it's a perfect plane for large indoor areas. Yes, it can be flown outside too, but you'll probably want to save it for nice days.


    • Almost No Assembly
    • Box Doubles as Carrying Case
    • 2.4 gHz Radio Included
    • Flight Batteries Charge from Transmitter
    • Transmitter Batteries Included


    • None as Tested


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    Name:Flyzone Super Cub RTF

    Price: $79.98 (Accurate at time of review)

    Stock Number: HCAA2552

    Wingspan: 17.7 in (450 mm)
    Length: 13.2 in (335 mm)
    Weight: 1 oz (29 g)
    Radio Used: Included 2.4 Ghz Tactic radio
    Battery Used: Included 3.7 V 130 mAh LiPo
    Channels Used: 3 Total - Elevator, Throttle, and Rudder


    Items Needed To Complete:

    • Nothing- Everything is Included!
     





    The plane comes securely packaged in a sturdy box that also serves as a carrying case - a very nice feature for these small aircraft! The only items to install are the batteries in the transmitter and the wing struts on the plane. You'll have the Super Cub ready to fly before the flight battery is done charging!



    While the Flyzone model is not exactly "scale" in appearance, there are enough features to define the plane as a Super Cub.

    The four-channel Tactic TTX402 2.4 gHz radio system has a flight battery charger built into the back of its case!



    "Assembly" consisted of charging the flight battery and installing the wing struts. The struts have double-sided tape on the ends, and the wing and fuselage have indentations where the struts are installed.

    After installing the flight battery, the Super Cub was ready to take to the air!


    Manual


    The manual is really nice to have on hand - it gives the owner a lot of useful information. I really liked the sections regarding the repair of the plane, if an occasion ever arised for repair.



    As luck would have it, shortly after receiving the Super Cub, my local club had its first indoor flying event. Since I live in Minnesota, it can be difficult (read really, really COLD) to fly outside in the winter. My club is lucky enough to have two different venues to choose from for the cold winter months.

    My fellow club members were also excited about the first indoor flying event of the year, so I had to share the airspace with several other micro planes. That didn't bother the Flyzone Super Cub though.

    The ground handling of this plane can be a little tricky, due to the lack of a steerable tail wheel, so I found it better to give the Super Cub full throttle and get her in the air as quickly as possible.

    Once in the air, the throttle can be brought back to about one-quarter, and she'll fly very nicely. The cruise speed of this plane makes it easy to fly in a gym, but watch the throttle - the Super Cub will climb very quickly if more throttle is added. I did find that the climb can be negated by pushing forward on the elevator stick gently.

    Aerobatics are limited, due to the three-channel design, but I had a lot of fun doing loops and high-banked turns. At full throttle, multiple loops can be done, and they're a blast!

    Landing the plane takes almost no skill - simply line up the plane and gradually bring the throttle back. A touch of up elevator at the end and the Super Cub will flair for a three-point landing! Flying low and slow is a joy for me, and I got almost 20 minutes out of a single charge on the battery!

    As luck would have it, I had a chance to fly the plane outside on the following Saturday morning. The wind was blowing at about 5 MPH, but the little Cub flew just fine. I had a really good time flying outside!

    Check out the video to see them in action!




    Flyzone Super Cub















    Well, there you have it. The Super Cub does deliver as advertised - you CAN start flying in minutes. There is very little assembly, and you'll have the plane ready before the battery is charged. Flying this Cub is very easy, and also a lot of fun! In my opinion, the price is right on at $79.99 - that should allow for many beginners to get a lot of flying in for a very economical price! Great job, Flyzone!





    Flyzone
    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826
    Phone: 800-637-7660
    www.flyzoneplanes.com



    Comments on RCU Review: FlyZone Super Cub RTF

    Posted by: Jim_Purcha on 12/25/2011
    Great review. Bought this plane to use for in door flying at the golf dome (Winnipeg,Canada). Watch out for netting, the props break easily. When replacing the propellor hold on to the gear shaft or the shaft will pull out quite easily. Flys great. Only negative is the battery charger in the transmitter. Picked up a HZ charger at a swap meet for $10.00, so I can charge and fly at the same time. Jim
    Posted by: Jim_Purcha on 12/25/2011
    RCU double posted. Jim
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    The comments, observations and conclusions made in this review are solely with respect to the particular item the editor reviewed and may not apply generally to similar products by the manufacturer. We cannot be responsible for any manufacturer defects in workmanship or other deficiencies in products like the one featured in the review.

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