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HK's 'Old Time' J3 Cub

lobstermash

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I got this as a freebie from HK. Apart from the brushed motor mount, the rest of the plane is modern enough to be a good trainer. When it finally arrived (took the long way to Aus apparently), my wife immediately claimed it as her own. That being the case, I made her build it (aside from the motor mount). I donated a 2210 1400kv to the cause, paired with an 8x6 S/F prop. I modified the battery tray too, so it can fit a 1600 3s pushed into the nose. This *just* balances the plane. Getting the rudder right was a little tricky, as the rod is only just long enough.

All up, I think if I bought this one I'd be pretty happy (hey, it's only $16 + postage). It has been a little trickier to trim out than I anticipated, but it'll be a good first plane for the other half. My eldest has it in his sights too...

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lobstermash

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Apparently he's a dead ringer for me at that age... Poor kid.

I trimmed it out and it flies beautifully! I'm not used to flying with just a rudder, so I put rudder on both sticks. Works nicely. The power setup is more than overkill. Landing gear is a bit on the floppy side, but that's about my only gripe.
 

Banshee

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What he neglects to mention is that he trimmed it straight into a tree! And then didn't catch it when he finally got it unstuck...
 

lobstermash

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Thanks honey... And this is meant to be your plane, remember? ;) It wasn't 'straight' into the tree, the outer branch of a tree caught on to the landing gear... Plane was undamaged. Fred mentioned banning her last month. Maybe I should take up his offer!
 

Banshee

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Just expanding your 'bit more difficult to trim out' comment :) You have to share so that those of us less experienced can learn from your mistakes :p And it was too damaged! There is now a white patch on it's lovely yellow paint :(
 

lobstermash

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Thanks Andre! It really is a tiny blemish. I flew it again today after adjusting the wing angle a touch. Flies like a dream! Looks so good in the air too.
 

lobstermash

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She's had a total of 4 flights already with other planes, but the cub is the first plane that's 'hers'. I'll definitely get some video of her first flight with it. She spent a couple of hours (over a few weeks) on the sim before flying my Tuff Trainer. I also got her to fly my Bixler and she had a couple of flights on her old man's old skool brushed Cessna.
 
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lobstermash

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I know! I have many jealous flying buddies! My two younger boys are also obsessed with planes, so the poor girl didn't stand a chance. She's as excited to go to an aviation museum or a hobby shop as I am. We share a similar taste in planes too!
 

colorex

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Meeting a girl like,

"Hi, do you like RC planes?"

"No"

"Have a nice day"

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"Hi, do you like RC planes?"

"Yes"

"WILL YOU MARRY ME!"
 

glydr

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Funny.

LM's wife explained to me once that if she was to have anything in common with her family it would have to be planes! I don't think mine would quite take that path, but kudos to you banshee!

The new flooring looks good.

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glydr

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PS - Saw the cub yesterday, it did look great in the air. At that sort of price considering it as a disposable trainer.
 

Banshee

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I've flown 4 times so far, with 2 'crashes'. The most damage I've done is snap a prop in half. The footage you want to watch isn't the first time I fly the cub, it's the first time I try and land a plane!!! I can land them on the simulator, but that's a bit different... I grew up in a house with a dad who was (and still is) really into flying models and married someone the same. Now all 3 of our boys are into planes so unless I wanted to spend my days being bored by all their aeroplane talk, I had to become interested too. Now I know most of the planes in the history channel's dogfight series, go to the war memorial to talk to the planes at least 2 times a term and will cheerfully visit any plane memorial/flying exhibit the rest want to go to. Better than being bored or resentful