FlyZone tackles the super-popular Piper Cub line in this tiny foam ultra micro rendition. See how the Micro Super Cub performs in our 5X5 review process…
FlyZone has been coming on strong with some ultra micro hits. The Super Cub is one of their latest additions. It’s an attractive model out of the box with a noticeably strong dihedral so we were really curious as to how the Cub would perform. Too much dihedral tied to an under-cambered wing often leads to poor turning authority in any crosswind, so when we arrived at the field only to discover about 1/2 mile an hour “puff”, we knew we’d know the answer, very shortly. We brought along a few different batteries to try as well as the stock 130mAh. Since the Micro Cub uses the standard connector found on the bulk of the micros on the market today, this was a big plus.
Upon roll-out, the Cub immediately jumps up into the air. There’s definitely no lack of power but we noticed that the Cub liked to climb. After a little trimming to maintain level flight, each burst of throttle had us climbing again. Since there’s a decent down-pitch built into the motor mount, we started to suspect the CG to be a little more aft than we needed for our windier conditions. We landed the Cub and replaced the stock battery with a larger 160mAh battery. The difference was immediate. The Cub still had plenty of power for the added weight (in fact, you couldn’t even tell the difference!) and the flight was nice and level under power and gliding was a calm descent. The stock battery is definitely best suited for dead calm flying outdoors or for indoor flight.
Loops from level flight are not a problem and the Cub maintained nice authority through crosswind turns. Run-times were insane with the 160mAh battery and the stock battery provides well into ten minutes, so with a couple spares on hand you’ll spend all your time in the air. The fairly narrow landing gear proved to be a stable platform, even when we were landing with a breeze. The Cub overall registered as a wonderful flying little plane with good handling and control. While we found it most enjoyable with the larger battery, mildly experienced pilots will find it quite manageable even with the lighter stock 130mAh.