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Scale Balsa USA 1/3 Scale Super Cub Kit " NIB "

Discussion in 'Giant / Scale Scratch and Kit Build Threads' started by fencelake, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. fencelake

    fencelake 70cc twin V2

    Alright! Alright! Alright! Because I don't have enough to do, getting my new PAU 35% IMAC plane in the air by the beginning of Feb., work, etc. I decided I needed to also turn a giant box of wood into a Super Cub! So... Here we go!


    I love my aerobatic planes, I love IMAC, but I also love having a tail dragger to slow fly, practice some STOL stuff, and do some lazy aerobatics. I've wanted a big super cub for a long time, and the Balsa USA 1/3 is the one that looks right, and I know I could've bought a 1/4 scale ARF, but (just the way I am) I would've stripped the covering and made it look like some bush plane that's actually flying out there. So, the road to the plane I want is this kit, and building it, which I must say even in the first few steps, I really see why people talk so highly of building one yourself. There's definitely some gravity about spending money on a kit and now knowing that if it's going to be what you want, it must be done right and with care.

    The second thing is this, there are a few threads out there on this build, but they peter out before they're finished. My goal... GOAL... is to have this complete for at least static display by the last weekend in March for a Giant Scale Fun Fly here in TX. Will it happen? Probably. Also, I live in an apartment, so now that I've started... I have to keep my project room like an O.R. and also complete each task within a few days so that I don't have stuff laying around. Incentive to complete it and not let it sit.

    Okay, so here go...
  2. fencelake

    fencelake 70cc twin V2

    The first order of business this past weekend was to unpack everything, study, study, study, the plans, the book, other build threads... This is an easy kit, but you have to pay attention to details for sure. Some are on the plans, and some are in the book, and some aren't anywhere and thankfully I've read several other threads to get some info. I love that the book is "1959". Hey, why change something that works!?

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  3. fencelake

    fencelake 70cc twin V2

    I admit, the sheer volume of wood and hardware is a little bit daunting, but I decided to dip my toe in and laminate the wingtips first.

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  4. fencelake

    fencelake 70cc twin V2

    I decided to start a little out of order. I plan on putting a wing tube, or wing tubes into the plane, but I haven't decided exactly size, etc. I'd like to order a carbon fiber wing tube 1-1/2" or really 2 1" tubes, because they'll be hidden better. Ziroli sells some aluminum ones with the cardboard sleeves, but they're a little short to actually function as a spar, I think. They'll only go into each wing 11". The carbon fiber tubes I've been looking at don't have sleeves, so I would have to make them myself with crate paper and a glue/alcohol mix.

    If anyone has any information on aerobatic capabilities of the 1/3 BUSA Super Cub please let me know, or wing tube information. I think I've got to have a tube if I'm going to do anything.

    I'm starting with the fuselage until I figure out the tube situation and drill the ribs accordingly.
  5. Bartman

    Bartman Defender of the Noob!

    it just warms my heart to see a big pile of balsa laying there like that.

    have fun with it!

  6. Bartman

    Bartman Defender of the Noob!

    You can do it!
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  7. fencelake

    fencelake 70cc twin V2

    Laying out the plan and plastic takes a little bit of time. The plans are HUGE! I thought I would be tricky and use the smaller of the fuselage plans, but after getting it set up I realized the other one had all the notes on it, so... I had to switch them out. AND Finally! Laying down some wood!

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  8. fencelake

    fencelake 70cc twin V2

    One thing I'm doing is I have a "scrap box" under my table. Every scrap will go in there for cleanliness, and also if I need some during the build.

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  9. fencelake

    fencelake 70cc twin V2

    Thanks!! It is a pretty cool endeavor, I have to say! I'm excited.
  10. BalsaDust

    BalsaDust Moderator

    Sub'd. I love me some aerobatic planes but I must admit that I'm a closet Cub lover. My new cub kit hopefully will be here tomorrow. I just got the little elcheapo kit from hobbyking. Heard some decent things about it so I figured for $30 what the hell.
    Looking forward to seeing this one of yours take shape.

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