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One Week of Super Cub Modifications

Spent a week doing little things here-and-there to the SC and ended up with a very different model :) I’m happy because I did a lot of stuff I had been meaning to do to it for a long time.

I only have pictures (and crappy ones!) because I lost my digital camera so I had to use my mobil phone.

The first thing I did was put flaps on. I used these hinges I had bought from HobbyKing like a year ago and didn’t know what to do with them because they sucked as “hatch hinges” like they had been advertised. I like them for flaps because I can make a single cut instead of having to bevel the edge of the flaps, thus keeping the wing totally free of indentations when the flaps are up.

Flaps up. You can barely tell they are there!

That was supposed to be IT. I just wanted to add flaps to the SC. I then thought “Hmm… I should put flapperons TOO!” so I did. I removed the Y-lead and installed two 200mm lead extensions on the servos to split the aileron channel in two. Then I mixed them together with two switches. So I can lower the flaps with or without the flapperons.

Flaps ONLY down
Flaps AND Flapperons down

I also mixed in down-elevator with the flaps and also on a switch to turn it on and off. You can see that in the two pictures above.

Now, my transforming Super Cub (hopefully) can slow down to a crawl.

But WAIT! There’s more! :D

I went up to the attic and found a few goodies in a bin! I found my old SC landing gear! I put those on, as you can see from those pics up there. I had been flying with the rear end of the floats set held on by screws!

I also found a brand new rudder in a pack that used to be a SC tail feathers kit. This rudder has a tail wheel on! AWESOME for me because I had cut off my old tail wheel when I was flying the SC with tricycle landing gear.

And something I had wanted to do for a long time: I counter-balanced the elevator and rudder, as found in many clipped wing cubs. I LOVE the look of that :)

Counter-balanced rudder and elevator

Of course I’m using the OrangeRx 6-ch receiver and taking up every single channel and every mix on the DX6i, including the gear mix, Mix 1 and Mix 2.

Every servo slot is used!

Actually I didn’t use the Flaps mix for reasons only known to me. lol. I can change it later if I feel I have to ;D

Top of the wing with flaps and flapperons down.

Step-by-step tutorials and videos on how to do all this will be coming soon. I just have to find my camera :(

Flaperons Using T6A Radio

Recently, I was discussing the T6a radio at the Super Cub Club when the topic on flaperons came up. I decided to give it a try with my SC.

I started out with a servo on CH1 for the left aileron and a servo on CH6 for the right aileron. I programmed the first mix (MIX1) for standard ailerons as follows:

  • Mix Num: MIX 1
  • Source: CH1
  • Des: CH6
  • Up Rate: 100%
  • Down Rate: 100%
  • Switch: ON

If all you want is ailerons, this is where you can stop. Next, for flapperons, I used up the remaining mixes (MIX2 & MIX3). MIX2 for CH1 (Left Aileron) and MIX3 for CH6 (Right Aileron):

  • Mix Num: MIX 2
  • Source: VR B
  • Des: CH1
  • Up Rate: 75%
  • Down Rate: 75%
  • Switch: SW B
  • Mix Num: MIX 3
  • Source: VR B
  • Des: CH6
  • Up Rate: -75%
  • Down Rate: -75%%
  • Switch: SW B

This results in the ability to switch flaperons ON and OFF with Switch B (SW B) and adjust the angle of the flaperons by rotating Pot B (VR B).

There are many options and settings to play with here, including aileron differential; to read further, see the RCGroups.com post where I found the info I needed.

Here’s the video and the link to where I found the instructions: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=12916824&postcount=1705

Follow the thread at SCC: http://supercubclub.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=pb&action=display&thread=2948&page=2 starting with Reply #19.

Flying Over the Lake [VIDEO]

Just got a MiniDV camera (MD80/B001) and shot a couple of videos this week over the lake here at The Moors in Miami Lakes.

HZ Super Cub Flying Over Miami Lakes, FL from Erwin P on Vimeo.

More flying at the lake. This time the camera is mounted on a swivel mount on the side of the fuselage. The mount kept tilting right and down so this video sucks; a lot. At least it was a clear day and winds under 3 knots.

HZ Super Cub over Miami Lakes, FL from Erwin P on Vimeo.

On-board video of my Hobbyzone Super Cub RC float plane flying from the lake at The Moors. Views of Opa-locka Airport (KOPF), SR828, Dade Christian Academy, Miami Lakes, Miami Gardens. The camera is a MD80/B001/YSB001 MiniDV camera from Hong Kong.

HZ Super Cub Flying Over The Lake from Erwin P on Vimeo.

Went out again today and got more on-board video of my Hobbyzone Super Cub RC float plane flying from the lake at The Moors. I set up the camera on a wooden mount behind and 3 inches above the right float. I love the angle but the propeller kills it for me. I will not be using this location for the camera anymore.

Flying over Live Oak, Florida [VIDEO]

In early September I took a trip to see my family in Northern Florida and I couldn’t waste the opportunity to fly in the countryside. I packed up the Super Cub and took her along for the ride. While up there, I had many smooth flights, including some of extended length due to a few thermals and well-placed winds. Here’s a video on-board the Cub on a very windy flight.