If you have progressed past the teach-yourself-to-fly stage and are looking to add even more excitement to your RC flight experience, the Super Cub float set is the perfect option. This lightweight, Z-foam™ float set includes a larger prop (10x8) to maximize the performance of the Cub on floats.
These floats are a Zone 3 product, and are not recommended for beginners due to the difficulty of flying off of water.
I have only had the super cub for 1 season, and I already have the floats on it. The plane was so easy to fly, I thought I was ready. It is so much fun to fly from the water. Jim is right, plane does not steer well at all at slow speeds. You have got to have air on the rudder, but once you realize this, it is fine, just keep full up elevator whenever moving on the water. At first I had a tough time taking off until I realized the best way is just to pull all the way back on the stick and go full throttle, takes off perfect every time. Landing is easier than you would think, there is a certain amount of forgiveness for less than perfect landings. I would suggest putting a waterproof bag with a zip tie over the ESC/Receiver as you WILL get water up into the battery compartment. I unhooked the ACT, which you can't use on water anyway, and the xport and put a piece of plastic bag around the ESC/Reciever after the first flight got it wet and started to act funny. Dried it off and everything was fine. Have not had any problems since. 50+ flights and no bad incidents. Fly it from the house boat on a big lake, it is the most fun I have had with an RC Plane.
For a beginner plane these floats make it super easy to learn how to fly and take off the water. These floats are forgiving and work well in the snow as well. They mount very well by having two points of attachment to the plane unlike some "other" float sets.
Floats need water rudders for slow taxiing. Right offset in motor overcomes rudder effect at slow taxi speed causing difficulty in retrieval. I hope you will offer float water rudders as an add-on, it would make the plane a lot more enjoyable.
This is my honest review of these floats. I've had to buy 3 sets of these because they break very easily. No, I'm not a rookie pilot either. I fly EDFs that go 100mph and have logged many many hours with a variety of planes.
First of all, flying off the water is very cool. Everyone on my lake loves watching me fly my Super Cub around the lake. The floats match the cub perfectly and are easy to install on the plane. I strongly advise you buy the water rudder mod if you use these, as it is very difficult to steer the plane when taxiing on the water.
There are some issues everyone should know before the buy these. 1.) The screws that come with the floats (they keep the landing gear wires attached to the floats) are EXTREMELY soft. They will strip VERY EASILY if you don't use a lot of downforce when tightening them down. (Refer to #4 for further info). 2.) The plastic mounting points that hold the wires to each float are very brittle. If you hit the water too hard or make any mistake that causes one float to hit first, there is a 90% chance the plastic will break off the float, usually where you screw the wire to the float. 3.) The front mounting bracket that slides in front of the battery box gets pulled out very easy on landings. You don't have to catch the front of the floats in the water for this to happen. I suggest placing a screw through the battery box into the foam to keep this from happening, because it WILL happen. 4.) It is extremely difficult to tighten the screws down onto each wire. When I say difficult, I mean it. The screw holes on each float seem to be too small for the screw. That, coupled with the soft make installation a headache. Also, the flat indentations on each wire are often not consistent in depth. Which leads me to my next complaint. 5.) When everything is put together, the floats are NEVER correctly aligned. Due to poor quality control on the quality of each wire, every set of floats I've used have been crooked and uneven. One float will always be higher/lower than the other. This causes problems when taking off and landing. Bending them to align better will weaken each plastic attachment on the float. 6.) When everything is installed on the plane, the floats are very flimsy. They wobble and are poorly designed IMO. Additional cross wires should've been designed into the float kit. Don't expect them to be rock solid and reliable.
Like I said, I'm on my 3rd set of these floats. I actually had to fix the last set I bought right out of the box, as one of the front plastic attachments to the float was already separated. Bummer. Therefore, I had to go buy some 5min. epoxy and glue it down. This is unacceptable on a brand new product. Yes, I could've returned it, but it's a headache to ship in back, wait another week, and likely get another set of defective floats. In conclusion, the price is pretty cheap so I guess I can't expect too much out of the kit. I highly suggest you buy 2 or 3 of these at once to keep for backup sets. Also, I suggest buyers research the forums on how to take preventive measures to reinforce them prior to your first flight. Lose a float on landing and you'll likely fry your battery/receiver/ESC, when the plane is bobbing nose-first in the water.
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