FlyZone Select Scale Super Cub Review

The classic lines of a Cub are not lost in this foam creation by FlyZone. Scale landing gear, wing struts, and wheel pants are just a few of the surprising details offered in an EPO foam model. We’ll see how it performs…

Intro and Flight Footage
5X5 Review Scoring

 

Summary

FlyZone’s Super Cub is their latest installment in the Select Scale lineup – more detail, scale looks. Even though we noticed higher wing loading numbers than you typically see on a Cub this size, the flight performance was very solid and predictable, especially after stepping up to an APC 8X6 slow-fly prop. The included brushless outrunner was able to haul the Super Cub with the 8X6 prop through the air without any concern. Be prepared for more true scale performance, meaning, you won’t be doing any vertical climb-outs with the Cub, but 35o+< ascents are well within the performance envelope.

The landing gear flexes nicely on those rougher landings and you quickly realize how skinny Cub gear is on both take-off and landing. Overall, the Super Cub flew well and we got some decent run-times out of the stock setup and our 8X6 prop. If you’re a Cub fan and want a foam flyer with a surprising amount of scale detail, the FlyZone Select Scale Super Cub is sure to please.

 

Build Notes

Flight Power EONX 11.1V 1300mAh Hatch Mod

We received a Flight Power EONX battery with our demo Super Cub, which by all means is an upgrade from the shipped 1300mAh FlyZone battery. Problem was..it didn’t fit! No fear, there’s a simple battery hatch modification that will allow you to use the EONX pack if you choose.

 

The battery hatch tab was much too large to slip between the battery and the fuselage with the optional EONX battery installed.

 

The first step was to cut off the existing hatch tab to make room for a thinner plywood tab we’d fashion out of 1/32″ birch hobby plywood.

 

With the hatch cover tab removed, we needed to make a slit in the EPO hatch to accept our new birch plywood tab. Remove enough material in the groove to accept the 1/32″ plywood tab without “bulging” the foam cover.

 

With the plywood tab inserted and glued in place with some Cyanoacrylate hobby glue (CA), we now had to remove some material from the underside of the hatch to make room for the larger Flight Power EONX Lite pack.

Our 1/32″ (.793mm) thick birch plywood tab was cut to the following dimensions: W=23mm L=30mm
Be sure to cut your plywood so the grain runs lengthwise for strength!

 

After our modification, the battery hatch fit perfectly back where it belonged and the EONX pack was held firmly in place.

 

Wing Strut Adjustment

 

The factory angle at the tips of the wing struts did not match the mounting points on the wing.

 

While this seems trivial, the wing flexes rather easily and if “bent” to obtain proper hole alignment, your wing profile could be affected.  The four(4) outer tabs at the end of the aluminum struts bend fairly easily with your fingers.

 

With very small adjustments, your tabs will fit flat to the wings and make installation a lot easier and keep your wing true.

 

Recommended Servo Horn Setup

 

We found the best control response with the pictured linkage placement on the Elevator and Rudder servo horns.  Be sure to apply blue thread locker to the set screws to be certain they don’t loosen in flight.

5X5 Review Scoring

Model Characteristics

Build as Advertised:

Build Instructions and Advertised Difficulty...
3.5 / 5

Finish:

Covering, Paint, Plastic and Decals...
5 / 5

Power:

Specified Powerplant Performance...
3.5 / 5

Ground Handling:

Landing Gear, Floats, and Hovering...
4.5 / 5

Durability:

Model Impact and Transportation Durability...
4.5 / 5

Pilot Experience

Flight as Advertised:

Flight Experience As Compared To Marketing
4 / 5

Flight Time:

Flight Duration Of Recommended Powerplant
4.5 / 5

Field Size:

2 Brothers Flying Site Recommendation
Large Park/Field

Portability:

How Easily The Model Transports Without Damage
3 / 5

Skill Level:

2 Brothers Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate

Model Specifications

Wing Span:

33 inches (840mm)

Wing Area:

354 in2 (22.8 dm2)

Weight:

30.4 oz. (860 g)

Wing Loading:

12.4 oz/ft2 (38 g/dm2)

Length:

33 inches (840mm)

Motor Design:

Brushless Outrunner

Motor kv:

1144

Volt Range:

3s LiPo (11.1V)

Propeller:

8X4 Slow Fly

Construction:

AeroCellâ„¢

ESC Amperage:

18A

Radio Channels:

4

Included Radio System:

4 Channel 2.4GHz Tactic TTX404

Included Charger:

AC/DC LiPo Balancing

Included Battery:

1300mAh 3s LiPo (11.1V)

Needed Items:

RTF: Nothing, RxR: Radio System (min. 4 channel), 11.1V 1300mAh LiPo Battery and Compatible Charger

Street Price:

$RxR: 139.98 USD RTF: 219.99 USD
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One Response to FlyZone Select Scale Super Cub Review

  1. avatar tmulligan says:

    I’m an early intermediate pilot. I just got this plane and found it to be underpowered. So, I put a Super Tiger .10 motor, Turnigy Plush 30 A ESC, and APC 8×6 prop on it. It now has much more power but is still somewhat difficult to control. It wants to climb with anything more than 25% throttle and seems to lose a lot of altitude when turning. Do you have any suggestions to make it fly better?

    Thanks,
    Tom

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