Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)

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The passion at FliteTest is to introduce this great hobby to as many people as possible.It is also to make that journey as fun as possible. This design focuses on both goals more than anything. We learned a ton from the tiny trainer on the value of growing with one aircraft from 3 to 4 channel. We also learned that a landing gear adds another very important skill set and source of fun to every pilot.We did not want this design to end there.Versatility is also very important as well. The landing gear of the FT Simple Cub can be removed to either fly as a belly lander or on optional floats specially designed for this great little trainer.

The Simple Cub is both easy to build and easy to fly. In its most simple format, 11 separate pieces of foam is all that is required to build this plane. This makes for a build time under 2 hours. We took a great amount of inspiration from the Horizon Super Cub LP and the Blu Baby. Both are amazing designs that we all love and want to honor. The ability for the FT Simple cub to go from 3 channel (rudder, elevator, and throttle) to 4 channel (rudder, elevator, aileron, and throttle) without building a new wing. The aileron mod only takes 15 minutes to add and opens a world of options like flaperons and aerobatic flying. If dropping foam bombs for target practice is your fancy, the same servo will double as drop mechanisms while still keeping the great flight characteristics as the original 3 channel format. Your support, feedback, and passion for flight is the reason we are here today! Thank you for choosing the FT Simple Cub and for your support through your purchase. We are confident that this design is possibly the most rewarding to build, fly, and modify creations that we have ever created. We can’t wait to see how many memories, pilots, and modifications come from our great FT Family!

Power Pack Compatibility:  
Flite Test Airplanes are all designed around the use of various "Power Packs" which include an inexpensive Motor, ESC, Servo, & accessory package to complete each aircraft!




Specifications:
Weight: 10 Oz (Fully assembled; without battery)
Wingspan: 38 Inches (956mm)
Center of Gravity: 1.75 Inches (45mm) from the leading edge of the wing (Recommended)
Control Surface Throws: 12-16 Degrees
Expo Suggestions: 30%

Kit Includes:

  • Laser-cut Foam Airframe
  • Firewall
  • Push Rods
  • Control Horns
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Throw Gauge
  • BarBQ Skewers
  • Velcro
  • Rubber Bands
  • Specification Sheet

Needed to Complete:

  • (1) Brushless Motor: Flite Test B Radial or 370 Size, 1200kV Minimum
  • (1+) Propellers: 8x4.5
  • (1) ESC: 20-30 Amp
  • (1+) Battery: 3S 11.1V LiPo 1300mAh
  • (4) Servos: ~9 Gram Micro Servos
  • (1) 2.75" Wheels (FLT-2054)
  • (1) 2.4GHZ Radio System (Radio & Receiver)
  • Misc. Building Supplies.

This product was added to our catalog on August 2, 2017

Verified Owner
Sunday, Apr 8 2018 (about 2 years ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
Never disappointed with these FT build kits!! Quick, Easy and lots of fun!!!!
Verified Owner
Saturday, Aug 4 2018 (about 2 years ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
This was my first Flite Test design, and it is great! Everything in the videos is true- great characteristics and simple to build and fly. Just remember to order wheels with your purchase since they are not included.
Verified Owner
Monday, Mar 25 2019 (about a year ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
I have been wanting to get this kit for a few years now and finally decided to give it a go. This will be my first plane and first time flying a plane. I really liked the foam board approach, cost effective and easy enough, took me about a full day to build the plane. Stoked for my maiden, still deciding if I should paint first or not, we shall see!

The instructional video was good, though it seems to need an update as the kit varied a bit from when the video was shot. I firstly noticed the power pack did not come with a motor mount or wood screws, luckily I had some laying around that fit from my drone spares. My only other complaint would be spare parts - it would be nice to see a spare set of control horns, one of my mounting holes split, a spare set would remedy something like this for a first build. The control linkage for the rudder gets a wild deflection that I am having trouble getting proper, I think this might be due to my linkages not being crossed (that part of the video was not very clear). As much as I hate to knock a star for this I'm gonna have to, someone new to R/C would have been delayed waiting on the proper parts to mount the motor straight out of the box.

I am overall very happy with the kit and the way Flite Test does it's best to get the community involved with flight for a good price. Thank You Josh, Josh, David (love my Tri-Copter) and the rest of the crew!
Friday, Oct 4 2019 (about a year ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
The FT Simple Cub is, as advertised, the perfect trainer, but is also a great bush plane and sport flyer as well. I have had mine for over a year, and it is still one of my go-to, favorite planes.
When I built it, I already had a firm handle on 4-channel flight, having about a year on a Champ S+ and some experience with a Mighty Mini Sportster. For starters, I built it as a 3-channel, however, because I wanted to try out the bomb drop mod featured on the release video. The build experience was really smooth; it is definitely the ideal first build. The larger size (as compared to the planes like the Mini Scout) offered plenty of working room when it came to installing servos, etc.
The bomb drops I found a little disappointing. The bombs would tend to stick, making aiming sketchy at best. They were fun, but after a few flights, I was ready to upgrade to ditch the bombs and use those servos for ailerons.
This is probably the best part about this Cub: it can grow with you as your skill level progresses. From a 3-channel that could serve as your very first plane, you can add the bombs, then move on up to a 4-channel very easily. This is when the Cub started to really come into its own. Compared to the trainer-type aircraft I had already flown, it was very responsive and aerobatic. I made great strides in my skill level as I practiced loops, rolls, hammerheads, and some inverted flight. I also programmed flaperons to enable it to fly even slower. They are 100% not needed, but it gave me another avenue of advancing my skill with the same airplane.
Now, a year later, my skill level is well beyond finding this plane challenging, but I still love to fly it because it's just so docile, relaxing, and capable at the same time.
While this plane is designed to be a primary trainer, I personally would advise a ready-to-fly package like the Sport Cub S or similar as a "teach yourself to fly" plane. If you have someone to help you, or access to a simulator, then this would be a good plane to go to. If you do crash it, I have found that it takes a hit pretty well. I've crashed it for real a couple of times (once into a tree and once when I accidentally hit the throttle cut on takeoff) and had countless hard landings, and it hasn't showed more damage than just a little scraping on the nose and a couple broken rubber bands.
About the only thing negative I have to say about the FT Simple Cub is that, while easy to fly, it is challenging to land, particularly on grass. With its high center of mass, it is very difficult to put it down without nosing over. Possibly some large tires (larger than the 2.75" ones shown in the picture) would assist in roll outs on the grass.
So that's an overview of my experience with the Cub and what I think of it. It makes a good trainer, but shouldn't be overlooked by more experienced flyers either, as it offers some great flying characteristics and personality.
Hope this helps!
SpekitLe#1
Verified Owner
Monday, Nov 5 2018 (about a year ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
Amazing plane ! really easy to build and fly. i've learn to fly with this plane, he's really strong and easy to repair.
Sunday, Jul 29 2018 (about 2 years ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
Great flyer! Fun and easy to build.
Ready to build the floats next.
Friday, Dec 7 2018 (about a year ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
Great plane to start on and learn how to do repairs upon repairs to the front of the plane. :) I recommend using props that would be used for a drone that way they bend easier and last easier.
Sunday, Nov 4 2018 (about a year ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
Started with foam builds back in 2006 but after my first child free time became a rarity. Nearly 10 years later my kids are old enough and have shown an interest in the hobby and this was a great first build. We did the scratch build and the kids traced the parts while I did the cutting. Plane flew great right out the gate, even survived the few crashes we had. Suggest forgoing the wheels in even medium grass since it tends to nose over despite my best efforts. Can’t wait to build another DIY aircraft!
Verified Owner
Saturday, Sep 22 2018 (about 2 years ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
Easy to build and it flies really good! Easy to fly and only took a couple hours to build. One of the foam boards came cracked but did not seem to effect it.
Monday, Aug 13 2018 (about 2 years ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
great deal with power pack perfect for a first flight plane
Tuesday, Mar 31 2020 (7 months ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
I scratch built the cub and in return got a lot of frustration and crashes.
I had a very negative experience on the swappable power pod as I could not stop it breaking at the top and giving me a negative thrust angle.
I can see how people find this plane a good trainer as I did get it to fly but not at all well. I think this is a decent design but just the power pod let it down majorly for me.
If you have the power pod built without issues like me then this would be 4/5 star. I have built about 15 flite test designs and this has been my worst experience yet. I begun with the simple scout and found it a much better flying plane even with my bad building skills at the time.
Sunday, Mar 22 2020 (7 months ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
I have not flown this plane yet, but the build experience for me was excellent. Josh did a great job explaining everything, and all the parts went together perfectly. The plane looks great, and the optional ailerons went on without a hitch! 100% worth it, I am glad to say!
Verified Owner
Monday, Feb 10 2020 (9 months ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
Bought this for my son for Christmas after he had interest in watching your youtube channel. He loves it. Went to dollar store and bought foam to make a replica. Flew for 2 hours at family farm. Lots of crashes, but was easily repaired with tape. My older son made a video of it here: https://youtu.be/nIjdF_ZMDI0

Purchased everything but controller through flitetest. Bought controller here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0744DPPL8?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title
Flysky FS-i6X and it works great for beginner.

Very well done guys!
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jan 18 2020 (9 months ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
Great first flite test model to build. Building video was great abd easy to follow. Can't wait to build another model. Only thing that would make this easier is to have some examples of battery and receiver placememt in planes. Overall great build.
Verified Owner
Monday, Dec 2 2019 (11 months ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
I'm changing my review to a one (1) star for the reason that I can NOT get any TECHNICAL assistance for connecting and testing MOTOR ROTATION and SERVO CENTERING using the servo tester. I have made four requests for assistance. The first (case #84250) from Fred showed some connection which promptly burned up the ESC unit. Requests two and three went unanswered. The fourth request suggested I buy a 3 volt battery. The electronics are the most expensive part of the Kit yet have the least amount of instructions.

I would have given you rave reviews ,but the videos on the assembly and connection of the power pod components are terrible. I think the kit was an amassing of random components. Nothing I received in this kit comes close to the items shown in the videos. I'm still confused about the servo centering, so I bought the Servo Tester, Guess what , it does not contain any instructions !!(Take a chance and burn up the servos ???) There is connector that I have no idea where it is supposed to attach to
The good news, the Airplane itself was beautiful, the instructions in the video were clear concise and easy to follow.
Verified Owner
Monday, Dec 9 2019 (11 months ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
I've been building model airplanes for about 25 years or more. I took a little break from building in the past 2 years. So I decided this will be a good jump back in. I built the plane this morning and flew it all day. I built it 3 channel and no landing gear, and I built it in about the time it took to watch the video (1.5 hours). I highly recommend this to beginners, retreads, and people that just like to cruise. I only stopped flying it today because it got too dark!
Verified Owner
Friday, Nov 1 2019 (12 months ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
Great plane! Received mine yesterday came really well packaged, and was built in a few hours great beginner plane. Would recommend!
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Jun 19 2019 (about a year ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
This was my first Flite Test build and I’ve been flying for 22 years. The plane turned out better than I expected and flys even better! My little girl took an interest in helping me with this build which was awesome! Will be starting another build soon!
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Mar 19 2019 (about a year ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
The kit was very well organized. The build video was very detailed and easy to follow. Will be buying many more models in the future.
Saturday, Mar 16 2019 (about a year ago)
Flite Test Simple Cub Electric Airplane Kit (956mm)
Awesome design, easy to scratch build and to fly. What an amazing plane! I'm 45 but when I was young (10-15), people were flying cubs near my house. They were gaz airplanes and everything costed a lot. Things have changed with Flite Test and Ebay. Thanks to you guys! I realized my young dreams with this great addition to your squadron.