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Old 03-06-2011, 01:06 AM   #1
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Here are some pictures of 2 Cubs I just finished. I used to build RC back in the late 80s early 90s then I decided to chase women......well here I am back to RC. For the last 5 years I have gotten back into Freeflight and vintage Estes rocket builds so I figured why not get back into RC. Getting back into the hobby I cannot believe how cheap and advanced electronics have become. Also I cannot believe how few kits are left out there, so I am buying up the kits I want to build for a later date. I had a few older RC kits I bought a while back when I thought about getting back into the hobby, the Great Planes Electricub and Herr Cub. The Great Planes Cub was a fun build except I used CA glue like the plans call for, never do that again. Even though CA dries fast, I think I spent more time sanding, correcting and ungluing my fingers than building. I normally use white glue for everything so on the Herr Cub I used all White glue. The Great Planes Cub is covered in Cub Yellow Monokote, man I love that stuff much better than Tissue. When I went to cover my Herr Cub I used Ultracote since the hobby store ran out of Monokote. The Ultracote is real nice, but I still like Monokote. I have read a lot of bad stuff about how Monokote has changed, but it appears to be the same stuff from when I used to build in the late 80s. Looking at old forum posts, it looks like Monokote went through some bad times, but I think they must have fixed it or I am just lucky. I have some old rolls of Monokote from the 80s and 90s so I will play with them and let you know what the difference is. The Great Plane Cub will use the stock T600 Geared with 35 ESC and 2SLipo. Not the best but should work. I am using an EFlite motor on the Herr Cub. My next build is an older Midwest AeroLectric kit with updated electronics.
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White glue, Much better than CA for me.




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Nice Planes! I am planing on building the Great Planes Cub this spring.
Amazing work and nice covering! I still have some trouble with thatI'll get it though.
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I am having a lot of fun with Monokote, sorry but I spent the last 5 years messing with Esaki and domestic tissue, so I am in heaven right now. I liked using the Ultracote on my Herr Cub, but did not like how the seams pull away when using the heat gun. With Monokote I don't have to worry about the seams. Ultracote and Monokote are both great coverings and it is nice to have options that don't require dope or expoxy.





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Great looking work. What is the fuse in the last pictures?
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It is just some parts that I threw together to play with. I am covering it with the new Monokote and old Monokote to see if there really is a difference. When I first started with RC that is how I practiced so I wouldn't ruin the actual kit. You can throw together basic fuselages, round fuselages and Turtle Deck Fuselages to practice covering, detailing or painting. Just cover, rip it off, sand and recover.
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The reason I ask is I have been looking for a simple fuse like that and thought of building one. Is that from a kit or scratch built? Did you build that from a plan? I am looking for something that will give an overall length of about 38-40 inches with motor and prop. I want to put an E-Flite Apprentice wing on it.
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It is from an older Midwest Aero kit. I am now beginning to build an Midwest Aero and will post pictures.
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Nice work...

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Awesome work, like the cubs!
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Nice looking Cubs you have there. They look great. I have 6 Cubs, from a small indoor up to a 1/4 scale.
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[QUOTE=scigs30;790101]I am having a lot of fun with Monokote, sorry but I spent the last 5 years messing with Esaki and domestic tissue, so I am in heaven right now. I liked using the Ultracote on my Herr Cub, but did not like how the seams pull away when using the heat gun. With Monokote I don't have to worry about the seams. Ultracote and Monokote are both great coverings and it is nice to have options that don't require dope or expoxy.

Yeah, its great stuff I just have trouble getting it to look as nice as yours.
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