Best purchase of the entire year. Best plane in our fleet. Fun build, flies like a dream. Recommended for ALL skill levels. Try to get one with brown foam. The white foam is NOT an upgrade.
Thank you Flight Test for all your wonderful summer projects!
Overall a solid plane, but not truly what I would recommend as a first plane. I know that high wing, slow fly planes are good, but this design is almost TOO capable! Even on low rates, the full lenght ailerons and big elevator make for a very maneuverable plane. To me, even on a small power plant, its a little fast for training. Regardless, it does 3D really well, and is an awesome 2nd or 3rd plane!
I ordered the older version of this plane (brown foam), and it was excellent. The build went smoothly, and the kit was cut out perfectly. This is the first "real" plane I have owned, and it has held up to my abuse quite well (think nosedives into pavement at full throttle from 10 feet up). I have modified this plane several times, from adding and removing flaps to reinforcing the airframe numerous times with 1/16" balsa wood that I had laying around. I think the fact that I am running it on power pack "C" instead of "B" (which is recommended), has helped to counteract the extra weight of the wood. Some things I think could be changed:
1: The front/nose. I have had a lot of nosedives, which have made it nessesary for me to replace/reinforce a large part of the front 4" of the plane several times, due to the foam crumpling back and affecting the fit of the power pod. I think some thicker walls or balsa wood braces would help fix this problem.
2: The skewer holes for the power pod. As previously mentioned, I have had a lot of hard, nose-down crashes, and this has led to the power pod and motor being crushed backwards into the fuselage. While this has not damaged the motor or electronics, the holes for the skewers eventually became so crushed that I had to replace the area of foam around the hole with balsa wood with a hole drilled in it (I wouldn't really recommend this, as the next crash, instead of stripping the holes, actually put so much force on the wood that it cracked the whole nose).
3: The landing gear. I am terrible at landing (*crashing*), and my landing gear have taken a lot of abuse. I have had no major issues with the gear themselves, but the mounting block for them has long ago been crushed rendered useless. I have have to replace large amounts of the gear mounting mechanism with balsa wood, and it is now much stronger.
I have also noticed that the ailerons are very touchy. While I do not mind this, as I can adjust the rates on my transmitter, this is just a warning to other new pilots: I found that I had to dial down the rates to about 75% for a pleasant experience.
All in all, I think this is an excellent option for a first plane. It is remarkable durable, I have had many bad crashes where, aside from a broken prop, the plane is ready to fly again within 5 minutes. I would say that this is a good first plane for anyone who enjoys modifying a plane, or who is particularly good at crashing. Overall this is well worth the money in my opinion, it is well made and fun to fly. I think that a few modifications would make this a perfect 5/5 and even more beginner freindly, but it is still great as is.
This was my 1st plane ever. It arrived on time. It went together nicely. Cold and windy up here in Wisconsin so I haven't flown it yet. My experience with your product, website, and YouTube videos has been excellent. Finding you on YouTube is what brought me back to the hobby after over 25 years. Thanks. I look forward to building some of your master series planes.
Update: Fly's great.
Well, after being a big Flite Test fan, still am, and having built a handful of scratch build planes, I pulled the trigger on one of these. When it arrived I was excited, but when flight time came, I was pretty disappointed and pretty much discouraged all together. The build went well, except I didn't get wheels with my order, which I was sure we're supposed to be included. Not too big a deal, just hand launch instead. The first flight was horrible and crashed almost immediately. I made some adjustments and replaced a broken prop. Second flight, crash on take off. WTH?? Made a couple more adjustments that I know make it easy to get into the air, replaced another prop. Third flight, crash. Fourth, crash. I head home and access the damage and prepare to order some new props. Turns out one of the crashes made the motor (FT power pack), seem to hang up a bit, grabby. I searched everywhere and could not find the correct prop that comes witht he power pack kit. Not even on the FT store. I found the closest I could on their web store, and also ordered a replacement motor. Everything arrived and I made more adjustments to the plane. Test glided it and felt like it was going to be a successful flight. Nope, crash, crash, crash, and crash, and another crash, and out of props again! POS props can't even touch the grass or they will break. I test flew a plane I know fly's and had no problem with it on the same transmitter, same location, same day. So I have no idea what I am doing wrong. Everything is connected correctly, weight and CG is golden, everything is a true as it can be. Looking at the fact that its impossible to buy replacement props (that are stupid weak), and a motor that had 4 grass landings and failed (not nose dives), missing parts in the kit, I have come to the conclusion that these kits are not as exciting as they seem. Possible motor controller issue? Junk prop flexing maybe? I really don't know but I'm pretty much over it. The plane will just have to hang on the wall, and the money spent is another learning experience. Maybe I'll try another build in the future, but money spent with FT was a loss for me :(
I'm a huge fan of this plane. Coming from building multirotors, this was my first airplane build, and the laser cut kit and instruction videos made it trivial to put together. It's pretty capable and forgiving to fly. It's not the slowest thing, but I've flown it in areas maybe 400x400ft.
Like the other reviewers, I was wonderfully surprised to see how robust this model is. I accepted that my first plane would be sacrificial, for the sake of learning how to fly, and as such I put this thing through a lot of abuse. Most of the damage was totally repairable in the field with some tyvek tape, hot glue, and the occasional popsicle stick. It even (more or less) survived two weeks stuck 60ft up in the top of a tree! Eventually of course the fuselage needed to be retired. But hey, all the electronics are fine and the foam is cheap, so I can just have fun building it again!
I've been experimenting with it a ton because it's so easy to tweak and rebuild, and so far I've modded it to have a tailwheel instead of a skid, added bits of styrene plastic to reinforce areas that I notice wore out quickest (skewer holes, landing gear slots), added FPV, set up flaperons, and gave it a flight controller complete with autopilot and GPS. Not to mention building the official floats. A lot of versatility for a "simple" plane!
Love this plane. I built mine with a flat wing and flaperons for a more advanced flight envelope and boy did it deliver. First one lasted 2 years and flew and crashed and flew again more times than I can count. From lazy slow patterns to inverted spins and crazyness this plane is awesome and for the price I dont think you will find much better.
Lets start off by saying, thank you Flite Test!
This little bird is simply amazing, I messed up some of the build (minor confusions while trying to follow the video) and she still flies great! This is my first Flite Test model, and actually the first RC plane I have ever flown and also built. This experience has been like no other.
Maiden today after splitting the build between 2 days was eventful, first flight was great and 2nd ended in a broken prop and some busted foam, a little hot glue and tape later. She's airworthy again but I can't get this silly smile off of my face. When you think about it, the cost of entry compared to another plane I have (have not flown it yet) I have no worries about taking her up. The wind is literally 13 mph right now and I still went, hey lets she if she flies and lands. It did without issue and I can not be more grateful for having a chance to build and fly this.
You all have done something great with these kits and I will continue to build and try others out also, Simply put the simple cub is easy to fly 3ch even in a wind I shouldn't have gone out in and did a 1/2 battery worth of flight, having never flown in anything but Real Flight 9. The build is sturdy, even with my own creative liberties from missing a step or glueing in the wrong place. It took a hit on day one and is ready for day 2.
All in all I would say this is a great product. Just take your time building and pick a calm day to start with.
The control horns are very weak they snapped in air and the foam was badly cut.
Great beginner plane, I’ve crashed countless times and it is still able to fly well. Dihedral make it very easy to stay level and overall flys great!
This is my first plane. When I did the build I made a few mistakes but the plane still turned out great. I opted for no wheels and was really happy with belly landing in a large grassy field. I had a crash already and was really surprised at how the plane shrug it off. I am already planning my next build and cant wait to fly more. This is a true hobby, if your on the fence now is a great time to go for it.
I gave this kit as a Christmas present to my son and once we got around to it, ended up building it with my daughter who was more interested. It was fun while watching the great video on YouTube for the Simple Cub.
First flight was short (crashed) broke prop and discovered that the push rod for the elevator buckles really easily so we weren't able to give it enough 'up'. With tape we braced the inside of the rod against the fuselage, cutting the unsupported length in half, and also removed most of the 'hinge' length, just cut it out with a razor blade. No more rod buckling, plenty of 'up' elevator.
Then we flew it for what seemed like an hour. About 12 flights, trying to land but crashing mostly, it was great! He flew it, I flew it, and I'm sure my daughters will get up the courage to fly it soon.
I've built a balsa wood plane before, this was way easier and faster to get into the air, and despite rolling it into the ground a few times it held up perfectly. We just threw it back into the air and it kept flying.
Awful. Don't purchase if you don't want to spend money for nothing!
I ordered this product in May 7. They claimed to have attempted delivery on June 2, but I did not receive any text or call. I have emailed FliteTest twice as the product is being held at a post office but I do not know which one but no reply after two weeks.
I will update this comment if FliteTest addresses this issue.