One of the most famous high wing, light-sport aircraft ever to be built, the Piper J3 cub is a historical icon. Built between 1937 and 1947 by Piper Aircraft, the original plane was designed to be a tandem seat trainer, but the plane was so easy to fly, it became one of the most popular planes for general civil aviation.
This FMS 55" (1400mm) wing span version of the classic plane is every bit as detailed as the original. And it flys just like the real plane - smooth, stable and responsive. The J3 Cub is a perfect "2nd Model" after you have completed practice with a beginner level aircraft. If you have only flown "belly landers" in the past, the Piper Cub is also a great plane to practice take-offs and landings with its tail dragger design and large rubber tires. Enjoy this piece of aviation history, now in a 1400mm large scale size.
1410mm / 55.5in
900mm / 35.4in
1270g / 44.8oz
3536-KV900 Brushless Motor
40A ESC with EC3 Connector
Propeller / EDF
11x7 Two Blade Propeller
9g x 4
Fixed main gear with steerable tail wheel
11.1V 1800mAh 25C 3 cell LiPo with EC3 Connector
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My dream come true great products great detail flies great will order again from this company
I have been in the hobby for little over two years now and like to consider myself an intermediate pilot. This is now my third J3 Cub after the E-flite UMX J-3 Cub BNF Basic 660mm (26") Wingspan - BNF and the FMS Piper J3 Cub V2 1030mm (40.5") Wingspan - PNP. The little Eflite J3 handles great and is a joy to fly indoors or out, but this big guy....."Flies like a Cub". To date I have only flown it once but I am pretty sure that this Cub is going to be my new favorite flier. The build was pretty straight forward and the only issue that I had was the orientation of the wing struts, in the end it went together well and I have no complaints. I would definitely recommend this airplane to anyone that has developed the confidence to give up their "Safe" technology and fly it alone. I put AR610 receivers in all of my airplanes and I use a DX6 programmable radio, they seem to work well together as I have never had any problems with them, the two extra channels give you some options such as parachute drops if you so chose. Durable and great detail at a reasonable price, far better landing gear than the 1030mm version. As any J3 flier knows, J3's are flown solo from the rear seat, FMS needs to put the pilot in rear seat. (which you can do yourself)
I've had at least 75 flights with well over 100 takeoffs/landings (many many touch and goes). The all plastic gear is still something I watch. However, for $13 my local hobby shop bent a steel "music wire" into a shape measuring 2.5" by 3.5" by 2.5" with a 45 degree angle that I use to strengthen the plastic gear. I would highly recommend doing this for those who do a lot of takeoffs and landings. The metal adds very little weight and it prevents a little jarring on the outside of the wheel from making the wheel bend inwards breaking the TINY piece of plastic designed to prevent the gear from collapsing inwards. Without the fix having the gear bend inwards on takeoff or landing can be very easy if the terrain isn't quite smooth and/or you ground loop. It also maintains optimal shape and rigidity improving ground handling. Since I made this simple modification I haven't had issues with the landing gear. I just fastened it with a couple wraps of tape. It was a simple fix that made a huge difference. It also adds to shock absorption and the gear will not collapse should a spring ever break. I also use larger wheels ( 4" set and a 4.7" set) for taller grass. However, be careful doing this as the plastic collar for the metal axles can't take the extra stress of the larger diameter wheels. I've put a little bit of carbon fiber reinforcement on the plastic collar and a little epoxy. I would probably not recommend larger than 3 to 3.5" wheels. Conclusion: the plane would be MUCH better if it had the metal axles connected to a metal support rod running up the inside of the plastic gear and mounted to the underside of the battery compartment. The plane flies really well and I've done countless loops and rolls with it. The foam is also very strong and high quality. I'm also going to try to add lights to the plane as I'm often forced to fly in the evening because of work.
not happy with the way the struts are made. They are weak....
I have three flights with the plane. The plane flies great and is a little hard to handle on takeoffs (like any tail dragger) and it lands nice. The large weakness of this model is the landing gear. I have had a few issues with the gear as explained below: First: the tail wheel was assembled backwards and it had to be modified to get it to work. Not too much of a deal as I just disassembled it and bent the metal bar a bit to get it to work. I'm not sure why or how the factory put it together backwards. Someone in the factory clearly didn't know what they were doing. Second: I took the plane out to taxi on my driveway to test the motor/ground handling. I ended up losing a pin out of one of landing gear joints, the plane fell to the ground, and my prop struck the ground. I was able to find the tiny pin but the prop had a bit of a chunk taken out of it. PLEASE NOTE: before flying this plane make sure to put a little dab of glue on all the little pins on the landing gear then put fuel tube or tape over each pin. The pins fall out VERY easily. I also found out that the left spring on the gear was elongated. I'm not sure if it was damaged from the taxiing, the prop strike, or if was from the plane resting on the gear for a month waiting for good weather. I would definitely NOT rest the plane on the gear while in storage as this places a lot of tension on the already weak springs. Third: by the third flight the elongated left spring is starting to cause issues and its stretching more. The spring is letting the plane twist to the side (the left spring is about 50% longer than the right spring). The weak spring is causing more issues with handling on the ground and I am constantly worried it will fail. Like another customer who wrote a review I will probably buy a pack of springs. A pack of 20 springs similar to the ones provided is about $2.50. The issues I had with the gear were annoying but in the long run the easy way to replace the suspension springs might make up for the shortcomings. I just hope there aren't any further issues with the gear like the wheels falling off. Also I really wish that at least some of the gear assembly was metal. Another issue with the plane was the holes for the four screws holding the main wing onto the fuselage did not fully align. I had to use a drill to get the holes aligned and the screws all the way in. This was a simple fix but don't let the "one hour" assembly fool you as the plane will likely take much more than this. The flying is great and I get about 7 to 8 minutes with my 1800 mah Admiral batteries. The plane seems to handle the wind quite well as I've taken it up in 15 to 20 mph winds. I had no problem with balance or trimming the aircraft. Except for the gear issues and the wing misalignment the rest of the plane went together very well and it is very robust. The plane has plenty of power. I'd recommend putting the receiver in the cockpit to keep the wires away from the servos, esc, and battery.
Great plane, weak gear springs. A hard landing will stretch the springs. You cannot buy the springs as a 09arate part, you have to buy the whole gear. I found springs that will work. Check out "American Science and Surplus". The item # is: SZZ99942218P0020. You can also find it under "springs" on the site. $2.50 for 20 springs, with $5.95 shipping. These are steel and strong enough. You have to cut down the loops on each end to size the fit.
I've had this Cub for over a year now, and it had become one of my absolute favorites to fly. Ground handling is typical Cub, but off short grass it isn't bad. Just be ready with rudder, especially when flying off pavement. In the air, she is just a joy to fly. Very forgiving, will fly slow, and can be very aerobatic too. The yellow shows up great as well. This has been my go to plane for fun flying. I've got too many flights on it to count, with no issues. The landing gear had held up well. The springs are a bit tired now, but still working fine. Overall, this is definitely one I would buy again if something happened to it!
Happy with this plane. But nothing is perfect...the complete landing gear is plastic. FMS should consider offering a optional package or upgraded CF or wire frame system. You stick a landing and its a goner...But everything else is awesome!
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