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trainer, recreation
one pilot
Continental A-65-8
65 hp flat 4
22' 5"
35' 3"
680 lbs.
1,220 lbs.
one
455 lbs.
12 gallons
4 - 5 gph
75 mph
87 mph
450 fpm
11,500 feet
220 miles
2/14/38
1938





RC J-3 Cub

The NitroPlanes rc J-3 Cub shown above has a 71" wingspan, is 50" long, and weighs about 5 1/2 lbs. Construction is all wood. Engines can be from .52 to .60 four stroke.

The Piper J-3 Cub is one of the most recognized airplanes in the world.  The aircraft became the mainstay trainer of civilian pilots, preparing them to enter Air Corps service prior to World War II.



RC J-3 Cub - Military Version.

The rc J-3 Cub from Nitroplanes just above is shown in military version colors.  It has a wingspan of 72" and a length of 46". It is of all wood construction with working flaps and doors. It is designed for your electric motor. Weight is around 4 1/2 lbs.

Not pictured, NitroPlanes also has the rc J-3 Cub in wingspans of 10 feet, 71 1/2", 55", and 50".

The China Model Products - CMP - rc J-3 Cub stocked by NitroPlanes has a 91" wingspan and is 59" long with an all up weight of just under 12 lbs. It is an ARF that can use from .90 to 1.08 two cycle or 1.10 to 1.20 four cycle engine power.

CMP also manufacturers a rc J-3 Cub that you can also find at NitroPlanes with a 65" or 72" wingspan and 46" length. It comes as an ARF that weighs around 4 1/2 lbs.

For a trainer, the J-3 Cub is simple in design.  It has an extensive wing area to help make up for the lack of power of its engine. It is also a sturdy aircraft, and simple to fix. These ingredients made the aircraft able to survive the type of abuse it endures while under the control of novice pilots.



RC J-3 Cub by HobbyKing

The rc Piper J-3 Cub pictured right above from HobbyKing has a 71" wingspan and 46" length. The ARF features all-wood construction and has see-through covering. Your .46 two stroke engine should provide plenty of power.

HobbyKing has the rc Piper J-3 Cub with wingspans of 18", 27", 37", 40 1/2", 47", 55", 59", and the 71" rc Piper J-3 Cub as described above.

In 1941 a military version of aircraft was developed, primarily as an observation plane, designated the L-4 Grasshopper. It was virtually identical mechanically to the Piper J-3 Cub. It was also used as a utility and observation aircraft during the war. Some were put to service in the Korean War as well.



RC J-3 Cub from Trend Times.

The Trend Times rc Piper J-3 Cub comes ready to fly. Wingspan is 34 1/2", and length is 23 1/2". Included is a radio, motor, flight battery, and charger.

Landing the airplane in a cross wind can get interesting. The light aircraft can be blown side ways fairly easily. Being ready to apply some rudder and throttle while landing is a good idea. And, if it gets going too far sideways, it is always prudent to go around for another try.

Given its low wing loading, stalling the aircraft is usually done purposefully. Spins are performed in slow motion. If you do force the aircraft into a stall or spin, and have sufficient altitude, just centering the controls and applying a little forward stick to pick up flying speed will get you back in control.

Flying the Piper J-3 Cub is a pleasure, especially if you leave the doors and windows open on a spring day, and like to fly low and slow. Flying solo in theCub does have its challenges. You must occupy the rear seat in order to offset the weight of the fuel in its tank up front. That means that the nose of the aircraft can interfere with your forward view on take off and landings.

The trick to achieving better over the nose visibility during take off is, after the tail comes up, to keep just enough forward stick to keep the nose down until sufficient speed is reached to rotate. Before the tail comes up, the best view is out of the side window. Also, pilots used to flying other, more modern, single engine civil aircraft, will find that a bit of anticipated extra rudder will help coordinate turns and prevent side slip.

If you have a fondness for slow fliers from the earlier days of civil aviation, the rc Piper J-3 Cub will not disappoint. With its exposed cylinders, wing bracing, and tandem cockpit design, it exudes an aura of quaintness that has been misplaced among most of today's more utilitarian aircraft.

Some 20,000 Piper J-3 Cub aircraft were produced from 1938 to 1947.



RC J-3 Cub from Banana Hobby.

The rc J-3 Cub made by Guanli, available from Banana Hobby, has a wingspan of 37" and length of 29". Included with the RTF is a Speed 380 type motor. Weight is about 1 lb.

Another Banana Hobby rc Piper J-3 Cub is made from EPO. It has a wingspan of 40" and length of 27". It comes ready to fly with motor, controller, flight battery, charger, and radio. Weight is about 1 1/2 lbs.



RC J-3 Cub by Hangar 9

The rc Piper J-3 Cub made by Hangar 9 from A Main Hobbies has a 80" wingspan and a 51" length. Construction is wood throughout. Engines should be from .36 to .46 two cycle or .56 to .82 four cycle. Weight is around 7 1/2 lbs.


Horizon Hobby rc J-3 Cub

The Hangar 9 rc Piper J-3 Cub from Horizon Hobby has a wingspan that is 106", and a length of 68". Weight is around 16 1/2 lbs. You have your choice of power from 1.0 to 1.6 two cycle, 1.8 four cycle, or the electric motor equivalent.


RC J-3 Cub from Great Planes.

The Great Planes rc Piper J-3 Cub, pictured here, has a wingspan of 81", length of 49", weight about 8 1/2 lbs., with engines that can be from .40 to .46 two stroke or .48 to .70 four stroke.

Vinny Solorzano wrote to tell us about his Great Planes rc Piper J-3 Cub. He reports that it is maneuverable without being twitchy. In fact, he told us that at high cruise speed, the rc Cub is as good a performer as some of the war birds in his collection

Great Planes has a rc Piper J-3 Cub with a wingspan of 61" and a length of 39". It weighs about 4 1/2 lbs. and needs .15 to .25 two cycle or .20 to .26 four cycle engines.

Great Planes also has a rc Piper J-3 Cub with a wingspan of 76 1/2" and one with a wingspan of 90".

Goldberg has a rc Piper J-3 Cub. Their kit builds to a wingspan of 76 1/2" and length of 48". It needs a .40 engine for power. Weight is about 7 1/2 lbs.

The rc Piper J-3 Cub from Dynam is made from EPO. Its wingspan is 49", length is 33 1/2", and weight is around 2 1/4 lbs. Included is a motor, controller, flight battery, and radio.

There is a rc Piper J-3 Cub shown on eBay made from all wood. Its wingspan is 81" and it is 49" long. You will need from .60 to 1.0 two cycle or from .91 to 1.20 four cycle engine power.

Amax Toys makes a rc Piper J-3 Cub. It is a foamy with a 37 1/2" wingspan and 28" length that weighs around 18 oz. all up. Included is a brushed motor and flight battery.

The rc Piper J-3 Cub manufactured by Shantou Happy Sun has a 37 1/2" wingspan is 29 1/2" long, and is constructed from EPS. Included is a motor, flight battery, controller, and radio. It is also available in kit form. Weight is about 18 oz.



RC J-3 Cub from HobbyZone

The HobbyZone rc Piper J-3 Cub has a wingspan of 47 3/4" and length of 32 1/2". The RTF model includes 480 motor, radio, controller, batteries and chargers.  HobbyZone also has a rc Piper J-3 Cub with a 32" wingspan.


BH Mocels RC Piper J-3 Cub

The rc Piper J-3 Cub from BH Models wingspan is 72", length is 53", and weight is around 6 lbs. Construction is balsa and ply. Engines can be .46 two cycle or .52 four cycle.


Greg Covey with his rc J-3 Cub from World Models.

The rc Piper J-3 Cub World Models kit builds to a 104" wingspan and 65" length. It weighs around 16 lbs. upon completion. Greg is using motor power instead of an engine.  It is usually powered with .90 two stroke or 1.60 four stroke engines.

SIG Mfg. has a kit of the rc Piper J-3 Cub made primarily from balsa and ply. It has a 71" wingspan and needs a .25 to .40 two cycle or .40 to .45 four cycle engine.

If you are looking for a larger rc Piper J-3 Cub from SIG, you should check out the kit of their 105" wingspan model. It has a fuselage length of 67" with recommended power from .60 to .90 two cycle or .90 to 1.60 four cycle engines. Upon completion, all up weight should be about 15 lbs.

Balsa USA has a rc Piper J-3 Cub with a 108" wingspan and a 68" long fuselage. Engines suggested are from .60 to 1.08 two cycle or .90 to 1.20 four cycle. Ready to fly weight is from 12 to 14 lbs.

The largest Balsa USA rc Piper J-3 Cub comes with a wingspan of 141", length of 88", and all up weight of about 34 lbs.

ParkZone rc J-3 Cub.

The above rc Piper J-3 Cub from ParkZone with a 18" wingspan and 12" length comes ready to fly, with or without a transmitter. In addition to a motor and controller, a flight battery and charger are included.

We received the following email with the above picture from Charlie Torqston: "I've had the ParkZone rc Piper J-3 Cub for a little over a month. It has become one of my favorites for indoor flying, or outdoor flying on windless days."

Thank you, Charlie, for telling us about your experiences with the ParkZone rc Piper J-3 Cub.

ParkZone also has a rc Piper J-3 Cub with a 37" wingspan, and a 27" length. A 370 size brushless motor is included.



RC J-3 Cub on eBay.

We found this nice looking rc Piper J-3 Cub on eBay. It is a foamy that comes as RTF with a 40 1/2" wingspan and 28" length. Included are radio, motor, controller, flight battery and charger. Ready to fly weight is about 23 oz.

SDM's rc Piper J-3 Cub, sold under the Exceed brand, comes with a wingspan of 37 1/2" and length of 29". It includes a 380 brushed motor.

The rc Piper J-3 Cub from Goldberg is a ARF with a wingspan of 76 1/2" and length of 50". Engine choices are from .40 to .62 two cycle or .40 to .90 four cycle. Ready to fly weight should be around 7 1/2 lbs.

Electrifly has a rc Piper J-3 Cub. The kit has a wingspan of 59" with a length of 37" and weighs around 3 1/2 lbs. A Speed 600 motor is included.

E-flite's rc Piper J-3 Cub comes with a 38", 62" and 80" wingspan.

Kyosho's rc Piper J-3 Cub has a wingspan of 71" and a length of 47". It is made entirely from wood and weighs about 5 3/4 lbs. To power it you will need .40 2C or from .48 to .53 4C engines.

The House of Balsa rc Piper J-3 Cub has a wingspan that is 52 1/2", length that is 27 1/2" and weight that is about 30 oz. You will need a geared Speed 400 motor for power.

Thunder Tiger's rc Piper J-3 Cub is made from balsawood and plywood and has a wingspan of 83", a length of 78" and a weight of about 7 1/2 lbs.

There are Kit Cutters kits of the rc Piper J-3 Cub and plans with wingspans of 40", 83", 106", 108", 127" and 141".

Cleveland Models has plans for the rc Piper J-3 Cub with wingspans of 13", 18", 26 1/2", 35 1/2", 53", 71" and 106".

The AMA Plans service has plans for the rc Piper J-3 Cub from the 1/04 issue of Model Airplane News, # 17048 and Headley Plans for a rc Piper J-3 Cub with a 52" wingspan. Plan # 30082. For a small rc Piper J-3 Cub there are plans from the AMA from Flyline Models. Wingspan builds to 33" # 28534. Hollinger Plans of the rc Piper J-3 Cub from the AMA have a wingspan that is 50". Plan # 29385.

There are Drake Plans for a 71" wingspan rc Piper J-3 Cub by the AMA. Plan # 30934. Sterling Plans for the rc Piper J-3 Cub are available from the AMA that build to a 54" wingspan, # 23908. The AMA's Hollinger plans produce a 70" wingspan rc Piper J-3 Cub, #25868.

If you like building from Berkeley Plans you can find those at the AMA Plans Service for a rc Piper J-3 Cub with a 71" wingspan. Plan no. is 25867.  Hobby Helpers plans for a 70" wingspan rc Piper J-3 Cub are available at the AMA Plans Service under # 13422.

Senye International manufacturers a rc Piper J-3 Cub. The ARF has a wingspan of 50" with a 31 1/2" length and a weight of about 37 oz. It has a glass fuse and b/u balsa wings. You will need from .15 to .25 two stroke engine power.

There is a 71" wingspan rc Piper J-3 Cub also available from Senye. Length is 46 1/2", weight is about 6 lbs. Engines can be from .46 to .52 two cycle.

Foshan Jun Feng Model Shop has a rc Piper J-3 Cub. It is made from fiberglass and plastic with a 57 1/2" wingspan and a 44" length. You will need from .40 to .56 two stroke or from .52 to .56 four stroke engines to power the approximately 5 1/4 lb. rc model airplane.

Shenzhen SDS Electric manufacturers a rc Piper J-3 Cub that is ARF with a 37 1/2" wingspan, 25" length, and about 15.9 oz. all up weight. It needs Speed 400 type motor power.

Shenzhen SDS Electric produces a rc Piper J-3 Cub with a 47" wingspan. The ARF is made from EPO and is 40" long. Included is a motor, controller, flight battery, charger, and radio.

The rc Piper J-3 Cub from Shenzhen Riccs is made from EPO. It has a 26 1/2" wingspan and 20 1/2" length. Included is a motor, flight battery, charger, and your choice with or without radio, flight battery and charger.

Shenzhen Qpstore produces a rc Piper J-3 Cub. It is of all wood construction, comes almost ready to fly, with a 72" wingspan and a length of 46". Suggested power is the electric motor equivalent of a .40 two stroke engine. Weight is around 4 1/2 lbs.

E-Supply International has a rc Piper J-3 Cub that is a ARF with a 49 1/2" wingspan, a 32" length, and weighs about 41 oz.  A .15 two stroke engine can power it.

Yongkang Fly Model's rc Piper J-3 Cub has a 70" wingspan and needs from .46 to .52 two stroke engine power.

Jogja RC Hobby is a retailer for the rc Piper J-3 Cub. It comes as ARF.

Black Horse produces a rc Piper J-3 Cub with a 72 1/2" wingspan.

Hobby Hut is a retailer for the rc Piper J-3 Cub. It is made from balsawood and ply.

Cyclone Technology has a rc Piper J-3 Cub with a 37 1/2" wingspan, a 25" length and a weight of about 1 lb. The ARF needs a 1600 kV motor for power.

Bill Carundle brought his brand new just completed rc Piper J-3 Cub to our last fun fly, but was unable to get its engine started. It has a 62" wingspan and a O.S. .60 FP in the nose. We hope to see it flying soon.

Al Castansky has a rc Piper J-3 Cub that he set up for extreme aerobatics. It has a clipped wing of 56" and uses .60 engine power.

Hal Stanher told us about his new rc Piper J-3 Cub at our last club meet. We hope to see it fly when the weather gets a little better. Wingspan is 44".

Paul Randazzo told us about his rc Piper J-3 Cub that he intends to build from a kit. It has a 60" wingspan with a length of 40".  Paul intends to use a brushless motor for power.

Mike Zachs has a rc Piper J-3 Cub with a 69" wingspan that is 48" long.  Weight is around 4 1/2 lbs.

Al Tromby showed us a video of the maiden flight of his rc Piper J-3 Cub. It is electric powered with a 72" wingspan and 50" length that weight about 5 lbs.  Nice looking airplane and great flight Al!

Our newest member, Paul Frankowski is considering buying a rc Piper J-3 Cub as his second airplane.

Vinny Gamzano built a rc Piper J-3 Cub with a 90" wingspan.

Nick Rizoni has a new rc Piper J-3 Cub with a 72" wingspan.

Dick Jensen is looking for a 49" long fuselage for his Great Planes rc Piper J-3 Cub.

Gil Rizzo started building a rc Piper J-3 Cub of his own design. It will have a wingspan of 102" and use engine power.

Chuck Devon has a rc Piper J-3 Cub. It has a wingspan of 38" and a length of 26". Power can come from a geared Speed 600 size engine. Weight is about 2 lbs.

Bob Norcan has a video showing off his rc J-3 Cub with a 60" wingspan powered by a brushless motor.

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