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Old 10-22-2009, 08:07 PM
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Default Ultra-Micro J-3 Cub BNF by ParkZone

http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=PKZ3980

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Old 10-22-2009, 09:04 PM
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I have advised my LHS to set one aside for me, if and when they get one or more in from HH. I believe "late November" is the general rumor concerning delivery.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:42 PM
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Looks like fun. With some floats, I could take advantage of my office location:

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Old 10-22-2009, 09:52 PM
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Too bad it's BNF.

I probably woulda picked one up other wise.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by TDisaster View Post
Too bad it's BNF.

I probably woulda picked one up other wise.
They have it in RTF as well. I think $119.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:55 PM
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I checked Horizion. Didn't see a RTF version. Maybe I'm just blind?

EDIT: Checked Parkzone, and they do! Late November? I smell a perfect birthday present .
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Old 10-23-2009, 01:24 AM
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Looks a lot like my micro Citabria painted Cub yellow
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:12 AM
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Originally Posted by dumo01 View Post
Looks a lot like my micro Citabria painted Cub yellow
no, your micro Citabria looks like the micro cub painted white.


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Old 10-23-2009, 03:24 AM
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They fly better when they're painted yellow
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Old 10-23-2009, 03:34 PM
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Looks like fun. With some floats, I could take advantage of my office location:

Man, my office doesn't look anything like that!!!
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:05 PM
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Mine does except for the pool, patio, life guard chair, grass,trees, and sky. Just like it.
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:28 PM
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Has anyone tried this cub out in a small indoor venue? Doc Ferguson
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:40 PM
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might start stocking up on these micro models just got a free dx5e from a bud of mine. anyone know the quality of the flightmax 138mAh packs from hobbycity? 1.99 ea. is a price that would be hard to beat.
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Doc Ferguson View Post
Has anyone tried this cub out in a small indoor venue? Doc Ferguson
i don't think it has hit the shelves yet. if i see it $20 under msrp sitting on a shelf, I don't think I will be able to resist.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by HeliScRapYard View Post
...anyone know the quality of the flightmax 138mAh packs from hobbycity? 1.99 ea. is a price that would be hard to beat.
The original 138 mAh Flightmax (Zippys) were in the real world barely 110 mAh, and possibly 10C or lower in discharge capacity. I use them regularly in my Ember fleet, w/o problems, typical 16 minute flight durations. They also work well with the Vapor.

However, for the UM P-51 Mustang, forget it. The ParkZone 120 mAh Lipo supplied with the plane is definitely stronger (probably better discharge C rating) than the Zippy 138's. I used a PkZn 120 from my Mustang kit to power an Ember last night. Got 23 minutes before LVC. In the UM Mustang, 6 - 7 minutes is about the best you will get.

Hobby King now has Vs. 2 of the 139 mAh Lipos. Haven't gotten one yet, it's only a matter of time. E-flite's 150 mAh 1S Lipo works well for the mini-Mustang, but at $12 - 15$ a pop, a bit pricey. Good for 9 minutes of Mustang flying, from what I read.

A lot will depend on the motor and prop that will be supplied with the mini-J3 Cub. If the same motor/gearing as the Mustang, then stick with the PkZn 120's until HK/HC comes out with their clone of the E-flite 150's. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by texasclouds View Post
i don't think it has hit the shelves yet. if i see it $20 under msrp sitting on a shelf, I don't think I will be able to resist.


Thank You for the information. Doc Ferguson
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Old 10-30-2009, 01:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Elfi Flyer View Post
The original 138 mAh Flightmax (Zippys) were in the real world barely 110 mAh, and possibly 10C or lower in discharge capacity. I use them regularly in my Ember fleet, w/o problems, typical 16 minute flight durations. They also work well with the Vapor.

However, for the UM P-51 Mustang, forget it. The ParkZone 120 mAh Lipo supplied with the plane is definitely stronger (probably better discharge C rating) than the Zippy 138's. I used a PkZn 120 from my Mustang kit to power an Ember last night. Got 23 minutes before LVC. In the UM Mustang, 6 - 7 minutes is about the best you will get.

Hobby King now has Vs. 2 of the 139 mAh Lipos. Haven't gotten one yet, it's only a matter of time. E-flite's 150 mAh 1S Lipo works well for the mini-Mustang, but at $12 - 15$ a pop, a bit pricey. Good for 9 minutes of Mustang flying, from what I read.

A lot will depend on the motor and prop that will be supplied with the mini-J3 Cub. If the same motor/gearing as the Mustang, then stick with the PkZn 120's until HK/HC comes out with their clone of the E-flite 150's. Just my 2 cents worth.
Seems you know a bit about these little planes. I've no experience with them, how Calm a day do you need to fly outside?
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Old 10-30-2009, 02:56 AM
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Originally Posted by HeliScRapYard View Post
Seems you know a bit about these little planes. I've no experience with them, how Calm a day do you need to fly outside?
With the Vapor, absolutely dead calm, don't even consider sneezing!

With the Ember, trace breeze (1-2 mph or less), still best in dead calm.

With the UM Mustang, great in dead calm, but I have flown mine in 5 - 7 mph light winds. It can be a handful, but it WILL fly in conditions that would be excessive for both the Vapor and Ember.

These opinions relate to outdoor flying only, where 90% of my flying ultra-light ParkZone equipment occurrs.

FWIW
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:11 AM
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at the same time i'd like to try these parkzone planes the pricetag really throws me off. have been looking into building some of ** Tony65x55 **'s 24" planes. only 6" difference and practically free minus a little effort. ah, we'll see. parkzones planes are a bit prettier

24" plans
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=997484
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Old 10-30-2009, 02:57 PM
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I have built the 33" version of Tony65x55's Blu-Baby. It's a great little trainer type/slow flyer. Very relaxing. The 24" versions apparently have slightly higher wing loading... unless you can really lighten the gear and get her down to 4oz or so. My 33" version has an AUW of 6.5oz... with a 350mAh battery and GWS IPS 'A' power. You can build them for real cheap compared to the PZ micro planes.

You 'could' fly the smaller Blu-Baby planes indoors, but they need a good sized double gym. Outdoors a ball diamond or soccer pitch is perfect.

I was looking for a small indoor plane to complement my Vapor, like the J-3 Cub. But I had a pile of gear laying around so I scratchbuilt a BluCor (Fan Fold Foam) version of the WildRC IFO Trainer. At 28" WS and 25" fuse length it has a huge wing surface... it's basically a flying plate! I should be able to get very light wing loading in the 1.5-2oz/sq ft. range to fly indoors. We'll see if she flies.
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:50 PM
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sorry put into the wrong place

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Old 11-10-2009, 05:06 AM
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Thumbs up struts

I've already started the mods.
Carbon fibre struts, painted cub yellow of course, with simple flexible hook fastenings.
Some kind of matt clear coat to get rid of the shine. (a light dusting, don't want to make into a quarter pounder).

Maybe ink in some doors and alierons etc..
That should be enough to make it look a bit more scale.
The lines are near perfect. It looks so "Cub Like"!

Oh, and a dab of silver paint for the engine heads.

I love Cubs and Taylorcraft and Aeroncas.
Best flyers I could build when I was a kid. (well, a younger kid)

Floats?
Might need a hop up for that!
They would need to be custom made floats, super light, and tiny.
Do you think it will be able to handle floats, or skis?

At the very least, this will be a decorative little plane to have hanging in my office.
Parkzone did it again!

Are you listening PZ?
Skis and floats for these little gems. Silver please.
Super light, easy change.
Maybe a bigger capacity battery, for extended flight times?

Currently practising with my Ember 2.
Great little floater for a newby to RC flying.
My grandson gets a real kick out of it. A future Rc pilot!
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:15 AM
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You can find my Cub kit a http://www.modellbyggeriet.se/ byggsatser and Cub J3

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66JcDgvYuM4[/media]

Kits are in stock :-)

Regards

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Old 12-02-2009, 12:44 PM
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I can't wait to get it. My LHS has 10 of them on backorder!

I'm winter snow bound so I'm going to design skis for it out of foam.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:41 PM
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Aww man that looks awesome! I must have! I have a Dx5e that'll work right? That's sweet I'm thinking I'd fit it with tiny floats for small ponds and such or puddles aww that is so cool! 90bucks too not bad! I just love cubs! Especially this scheme the yellow with black lightning.
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