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Dads, building and flying this model with your son or daughter is a

great family project.

The classic yellow PIPER J-3 CUB is America’s all-time favorite light plane! The light wing loading, hands-off stability, and forgiving flight characteristics that made the Cub so popular with full-scale pilots are also ideal for model builders. The Cub design is nearly perfect for R/C flying – making a beautiful scale model that is easy to fly. This is the all-time classic Cub kit originally designed by Chuck Hollinger over 40 years ago. The kit features built-up balsa construction for a strong structure without excess weight. Very realistic in flight!

America’s Favorite Light Plane
NOTE: The dummy engine, laminated prop, and opening door on the Cub pictured above are not included in the kit. Modeler Charles Viosca built this superior example from the kit and added those extra scale details himself.
Wingspan 71 in 1800 mm
Wing Area 700 sq in 45.2 dm²
Length 43.5 in 1100 mm
Flying Weight 5 – 5.5 lb 2268 – 2500 g
Radio Required 4-Channel (not included)
Engine Required
(not included)Set Up Specifications 











2-Stroke .25 – .40 (4.1 – 6.5 cc)
4-Stroke .40 – .45 (6.5 – 7.5 cc)

Elevator   1/2 inch 12.7 mm Up and Down
Rudder 1 inch 25.4 mm Right and Left
Ailerons   3/8 inch 9.5 mm Up and Down
Center of Gravity 2-1/8 to 3-1/8 inch 54-79 mm Back from Leading Edge
Dihedral   7/16 inch 11 mm Up at each W-4 Rib
Incidence +1 degree Wing, 0 degree Stab
Engine Offset 1 degree down, 0 degree right
English Metric Number Required
Pilot 2  5/8 inch 67 mm 1
Main Wheels 3 inch 76 mm 2
Tail Wheel 1 inch 25 mm 1
Fuel Tank 6 to 8 ounce 180-240 cc 1
Spinner May use a Prop Nut of a size to fit the engine selected
Covering 3 rolls
  • Authentic Decals
  • Strong One-Piece Wing
  • Simple Balsa/Ply Construction
  • Engine Mounts
  • Spruce Wing Struts
  • Full-Size Plans
  • Molded Plastic Cowling
  • Formed Wire Landing Gear
  • Hardware Package
  • Illustrated Assembly Manual
Piper J-3 Cub Kit Instruction Manuals
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Instruction Manual
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