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Piper J3 Cub 1400mm EPO (PNF)

Piper J3 Cub 1400mm EPO (PNF)
Piper J3 Cub 1400mm EPO (PNF)

We love J-3 Cubs here at Hobbyking as you may have noticed! This PNF Cub is remarkably scale for it's size, is easy to fly and being a bit bigger can handle more wind than some of the smaller foam J3's we offer. A real favourite with scale pilots, this is a Cub you will be proud to own.

Plug N Fly of course means quick assembly and almost every component is attached by screws, including the 2 wing halves, even the tailplane can be removed for transportation if desired. All servos are pre-installed as is the ESC & powerful Brushless Motor. This model is ideal for RC pilots of all ability and it is not often that a geniuine scale model can be flown by relative beginners. The scale detail is quite amazing, plastic injection moulded parts are used extensively and include the dummy engine, wing struts and and the dummy bungee under-carriage.

Practical features include the linked steerable tailwheel, large magnetic battery hatch, construction of course from tough & easy to repair EPO foam, large "Cub" wheels with rubber tyres and 4s power for guaranteed performance.....a fantastic looking model on the ground and in the air.

Length: 950mm
Flying Weight: 1800g
Wing Loading: 56g/dm2
Motor: 36-48 700kv Brushless Outrunner
ESC: 45A w/BEC
Prop: 12x9
Servo: 9g x 4

All Hardware
Colour Photo Instruction Book

Your Own 4 Channel TX/RX
2200mAh 4s Lipoly Battery


2 1:IC/2:Elec 4 Channel 1400mm (55.12in) 950mm (37.40in) 1800g (3.96lb)

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KARL  5 points - 5/20/2016
Is landing gear available for this plane? I have one that needs gear and wing struts. Tanks Karl
Hugo  1 points - 4/8/2016
Buenas Tardes!! Podrian informarme que tipo de servos utiliza esta Piper J3 Good afternoon!! Can you tell me what kind of servos uses this Piper J3 Gracias / Tks
PHILIPPE  1 points - 2/14/2016
hi , i'm the owner of one PIPER J3 CUB with a STARMAW RC SYSYTEM 2.4 ghz. and i need an other receiver for my emitter (spread spectrum technology). which receivers are compatible with my rc system : i don't understand the differences between the technology emission: sorry for my Eng**sh, but i speek french. best regards
 Brian 5 points
Philippe, I believe that Starmax is out of business. You may have to replace both the receiver and the transmitter. I would recommend the FrSky Taranis X9D Tx and X8R receiver. $210 for the set. You can do everything with this Tx. If you are just looking for a very cheap replacement, you could try the OrangeRX line here on Hobbyking, but I don't know anything about them personally.
 Zachry 91 points
Philippe, I am just started out in RC 2 years ago, and I started out with radio system that was dsm2/x protocal as the orange rx stuff, and I hated it, I always had issues with signal loss. Now I run the turnigy tgy-i6 system, and it's great. Much more affordable than most other stuff, and very reliable. As far as the different technologies, spread spectrum has nothing to do with what's compatible with what, its the protocal, or langauge that they talk in that's important. Orange rx uses dsm2, tgy-i6 uses afhds 2a, and yours probably has a different langauge than both. So your best bet is to just get a tx/rx combo, such as the tgy-i6, and replace your receiver as well. At right around $50, the turnigy radio can do most anything the more expensive tx's can do, and is a good fit for anyone who is just a weekend flyer.
Brian  5 points - 2/4/2016
For those of you with a 3D printer and a need for replacement plastic parts, check out Thingiverse and do a search for "J3 Cub". Choose the entry with the picture of this plane. I have tested models of most of the plastic parts there, both replacement and upgrade - everything from landing gear parts to snow skis.
Peter  3 points - 12/22/2015
Hi Can anyone reccommend a suitable replacement servo. I know they are 9 gram but am unsure about fitting size
 Zachry 91 points
Any 9g servo will work, even the HobbyKing cheap 9g servos are okay for the price, and will fit fine.
 Erik 1 points
HXT-900 servos are 9 grams, only $2.69/ea. Buy them by the dozen, that's what I do
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PIPER CUB J3 - 20 years on Hobby
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Mad value for money, I can't wait to fly it soon. I have a Sbach 342 as well, but waiting to learn more with this plane first.

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Finally i received my cub today. It arrived in one piece. The parts were all in good shape. the packaging was of good quality. The content of the kit was mostly complete as per the content list. Except for the glue and the tail wheel springs which in fact were replaced by two piano wires instead. Other than that all was well. It did not take long to build but not because of the pictures provided in the guide. Less than helpful since they are too small to really see anything, for my taste anyway. I agree with all that the foam parts are highly detailed and really well scaled. A pleasure to look at. I am not in a rush to destroy it while learning to fly R/C. I might even wait and get something else to hone my skills first. All in all a good buy.

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Very strong plane...Smooth landing...Good for new starter.. Recommended to modify the landing gear because the body still little bit heavy. But i love this plane very much...

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I bought this motor Turnigy D3548/5 900KV Brushless Outrunner Motor and it made the j3 sky rocket it. Excellent.

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Same issues as reported by of the hold down screws for the wing didn't fit, the manual is a joke, and had to use two of the tail plane brace springs for the tail wheel. Main gripe is with the landing gear. It's a MODEL plane!! Therefore, it will get landed hard sooner or later and plastic struts just aren't going to cut it no matter how many springs it has. You don't even have to land it hard to break it and I'll be repairing it yet again this week-end. OK, now for the good stuff that makes up for these deficiencies. The plane is terrific value. I got it for about $108 and ordered the HK 6DF TX/RX package with it, which is again unbelievable value. This Cub has real presence at the field. It will fly on a 3S pack and perform just like a real 65 hp Cub. You can do all the aerobatics but you may have to dive a bit for airspeed for some. Put in a 4S pack and you now have a 150 hp Super Cub. Aerobatics become more authoritative and of course you get better climb out and vertical. The plane flies in a very predictable manner and has no vices. It can handle wind much better than the smaller 1030 mm version. It's a joy to just do circuits with it and keep shooting grease-on touch and goes. I highly recommend this plane for anyone wanting a really nice Cub without building one from a kit or scratch.

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