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Old 04-04-2020, 05:06 PM
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Default Seagull L-4 Grasshopper flap?

So I have ordered one of these, (from VQ ) but now as I look at the pics of the reviews and instructions online, I do not see flaps? But on one of the advertisements it says operational flaps and linkages included. Mine is supposed to be in by mid April, (I ordered just before March). Anyway, just wondered if anyone has one of these already and can tell me if this is a new addition, or ?

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Old 04-04-2020, 08:05 PM
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The full scale L-4 did not have flaps. Could be a misstatement in the info for the model or if the model does have flaps, then it is not scale correct. Let us know.
Old 04-05-2020, 03:47 AM
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Wow, I did not know that, that is good info. I want to keep it scale. So I wonder, did the full scale have like flaperons? or did it just not need them because of the design?
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Old 04-05-2020, 05:31 AM
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My cousin flew back seat in one and said often they would come under mortar attack on landing. But it landed so slow he could be out of it and heading for cover right after touchdown while it was still rolling. He did lose a couple of planes, and pilots, though.
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flynpreacher, "Flaperons" are a model airplane item only (and not advised by everyone). As rgburrill correctly stated it's such a slow landing plane they weren't built with them. Remember that a L-4 Grasshopper is the same airplane as a J-3 Cub but with green paint and extra windows. Now some J-3's (think Alaska bush flying) have been retrofitted with wings having flaps but they weren't built like that by Piper. Tower sells a yellow Phoenix J-3 Cub that has flaps, but of course it's not scale correct with them. If you are just fun flying the model I say "so what" either way, not a big deal. BTY most flyers think that all Super Cubs had flaps but that's not so, the base version Super Cub 95 did not come with flaps but the more common Super Cub 105 did. Either way, enjoy your Cub!

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Old 04-05-2020, 08:27 AM
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I am assembling one now. It has no flaps.
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Thank you all for the great replies and correct information. I will build mine as is, no flaps, I want to keep authentic as I can. Thanks again!

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