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Hangar 9 Piper J-3 Cub 40

Manufacturer: Hangar 9

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Average Rating
No. of Reviews6
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richard cohen wrote on 04/05/2010:
GOOD LOOKING/FLYING MODEL
Strengths: lots of usual hanger 9 build quality and opportunity to add detail. Decals come off if warmed and allow personalisation ( mine is now a korean war medivac ).
Weaknesses: rudder tube does have an 's' bend and smaller diameter pushrod required to stop binding. wing struts touch together where they meet the fuselage causing paint to rub but not enough problems to detract from the build.
Overall: very nice model, lots of scope to add scale detail with only a few niggles which hanger 9 should look to address.
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
100%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
80%

Davy wrote on 30/03/2009:
A FAVOURITE OF MINE
Strengths: It's very hard to fault this model. I like scale looks and this model looks great to me.
Weaknesses: My only reservations are the wheels which are a bit firm for transfer shocks to the airframe, also the tyres seem a bit loose on the rims. I replaced mine with larger pneumatic off the shelf ones. Also I had to replace the linkages with English type threads and metal clevises.
Overall: I actually fly mine on an OS FS40 four stroke, and it flies well. But stick to the minimum (OS52 fourstroke I think). I have fitted flaps to my wings as I note that on youtube many of cubs used for extreme work have them. The kit can be improved further with a working undercarriage, I might follow the other members doing this. I previously had the Flair piper cub and they seem to be on a par in the air. But the hanger 9 model has the detail I wanted. I would certainly buy again. I have just bought the 1/4 scale version of this also by Hanger 9 and that looks good too.
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
80%

DICK wrote on 26/08/2008:
GOOD MODEL HAD ONE KNOW FOR 12 YEARES
Overall: good size nice flyer
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
60%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
60%
Overall
60%

Fred Keegan wrote on 16/08/2008:
GREAT MODEL
Strengths: went together very well,no mod's, only bolt changes to metric
Weaknesses: imperial bolts.
Overall: A great model to build and fly
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
60%
Flight performance
100%
Value for money
100%
Overall
80%

Chris Hornby wrote on 26/07/2007:
SUBERB H9 QUALITY
Strengths: All lovely and yellow, looks like the real thing in the air
Weaknesses: Landing gear too rigid, ordered robarts.
Overall: I was impresssed by the review and bought one and I am not sorry. I used the same engine (OS70 FL) but used flexible exhaust instead of recommended JEN setup. I cant understand the other reviewers comments about the rudder control. I think he must have used the antenna tube to thread his pushrod. In my kit torque rods were supplied for rudder and elevator. I dont need the antenna tube anyway, 2.4GHz :)
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
100%
Flight performance
60%
Value for money
80%
Overall
80%

Ed Kershaw wrote on 15/07/2007:
SCALE LOOKING CUB BUT SOME DETAILS COULD DO WITH SORTING OUT
Strengths: Well designed lightweight structure laser cut and glued together well. Lovely struts! Good quality covering material. All parts fit together well. Excellent instructions. After some research, I think this is overall the most convincing looking artf cub of this size currently available. It looks convincing in the air and flies like the real thing. Watch out for the stall. It's slow, but it drops a wing suddenly! Another bonus - the black trim and numbers come off easily if you want to "personalise" it. Hardware kit is all good quality, as you would expect with Hangar 9.
Weaknesses: Controls! Rudder control is a long threaded rod, approx 14swg. This fits down a plastic tube with an 'S' bend in it! It needs a mighty servo just to move the rod in the tube! There does not appear to be any reason this could not be a straight run, then it would work. I pushed a length of PTFE tube inside the plastic tube then fitted a 20swg rod inside this with a threaded end soldered on. This worked fine. The Y ended pushrods so many artf manufatcurers use never work properly either (unless you're prepared to accept sloppy controls). I used two Sullivan snaked instead for the elevators. The undercarriage is noisy - you need to fit some small bits of rubber tube to the bracing to stop it clunking loudly on the main frame during take off and landing. If you fancy spending another 150, though, you can get a beautiful Robart scale UC assembly designed especially for it. Covering around the pre-fitted fin is a bit untidy and difficult to improve on. The wrinkles are there pretty much for good. It's a shame Hangar 9 do not supply the E version without their own motor fitted. If you want to fit your own electric set up (as I did) you have to convert the IC40 version, which means mods to the fuz for the battery box etc. Wheel hubs have to be assembled around the tyres to fit them onto the axles. They are a sloppy fit and the wheels wobble horribly on the axles. I used some brass tube to bring the axle OD up then drilled the hubs to fit nicely. You can get this really accurate with a lathe. Hubs are handed. My kit had three outers and one inner. It was quite easly to modify one outer to make another inner, though.
Overall: Despite the niggles, this is a really nice Cub and I enjoyed building (OK, assembling) it. I did a substantially Red/Yellow chequered pattern - which looks a bit different - and fitted it with an AXI 4130/20 and 6S 4500 lipos. I would definitely choose this one again should I want another.
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
100%
Overall
80%

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