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J3 Piper Cub by Steve 12345 - FINISHED - 1/4 scale

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Hello all ive been away for a while from ship building as rc plane building has sparked my interest i thought i would show you all what to expect from a balsa plane kit 

and how i got on with my first build ,the build itself was quite quick built over the course of a couple of months and very satisfying to see a large airframe come together over the first few weeks ,at about half way into the build i joined a local flying club and knowing what i know now i 100 percent would not have succesfully flown her without there help ,over the course of the past year i have scaled her out a bit and now enjoy flying on a regular basis





































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Nice build Steve. If she flies as good as she looks, (and I suspect she does) you will get a lot of good enjoyment out of flying her. Congratulations.



Build logs: Colonial sloop Providence 1/48th scale kit bashed from AL Independence

Currant builds:

Constructo Brigantine Sentinel (Union) (On hold)

Minicraft 1/350 Titanic (For the Admiral)

1/350 Heavy Cruiser USS Houston (Resin)

Currant research/scratchbuild:

Schooner USS Lanikai/Hermes

Non ship build log:

1/35th UH-1H Huey


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Lovely work, Steve.  Since you didn't mention any of these, we'll assume there were no shunts, hard landings, etc.  Any other aircraft in your future?  

"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
Past Builds:
 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans                             Triton Cross-Section   

                                                                                                                       USS Constellaton (kit bashed to 1854 Sloop of War  _(Gallery) Build Log

                                                                                Wasa (Gallery)

                                                                                                                        HMS Sphinx 1775 - Vanguard Models - 1:64               


Non-Ship Model:                                                                                         On hold, maybe forever:           

CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         



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Nice work Chap!!

Need to ask the challenge if you "Cream" the Cub....

(You can't cream a ship model.)

As I said many months ago, I used to do this stuff some years ago, but, the piloting skills left much to be desired.


A lovely model, I hope that you will get some great flying time!!


(Also hope that you'll get some time back into Ships/Cabinets soonish!!)


Cheers and Regards to all!!


(I guess the four stroke sounds great!!)


Harry (HOF)



Completed Builds:


A/L Bluenose II

A/L Mare Nostrum

Sergal/Mantua Cutty Sark

A/L Pen Duick

A/L Fulgaro

Amati/Partworks 1/200 Bismarck

A/L Sanson

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the Piper looks sweet!   you did a superb job on her!  :)   big plane.....I like that!  I've only done the Guillow's rubber powered planes....along with a few by Comet {old company}.   hope your getting some glorious fly time  :) 

I yam wot I yam!

finished builds:
Billings Nordkap 476 / Billings Cux 87 / Billings Mary Ann / Billings AmericA - reissue
Billings Regina - bashed into the Susan A / Andrea Gail 1:20 - semi scratch w/ Billing instructions
M&M Fun Ship - semi scratch build / Gundalow - scratch build / Jeanne D'Arc - Heller
Phylly C & Denny-Zen - the Lobsie twins - bashed & semi scratch dual build

Billing T78 Norden


in dry dock:
Billing's Gothenborg 1:100 / Billing's Boulogne Etaples 1:20
Billing's Half Moon 1:40 - some scratch required
Revell U.S.S. United States 1:96 - plastic/ wood modified / Academy Titanic 1:400
Trawler Syborn - semi scratch / Holiday Harbor dual build - semi scratch

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Thanks for the comments guys the cub is an absolute buety to fly but only after a lot and I mean a lot of experience I started by flying a foamie orientation was my first hurtle (what way up was it ) after concurring that I soon discovered I'm short sighted (others seemed to fly far away and I thought how can they even see that) after a trip the opiction I purchased some glasses solely for flying later I purchased some ready made almost ready to fly balsa planes the acro wot being one of them people from the uk will be familiar with this plane such a buetifull flyer I later purchased the acro wot xl and hey that thing is the best flyer I have then it was time to maiden the cub ,what a relaxing flight and lands like a dream everyone in my flying club adores seeing the big bird which has a good number of successful flight under her belt such a joy to fly



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