With classic lines from the golden age of flight, the Arrows 1100mm J3 is a scale aircraft with predictable trainer-like flight characteristics. True to its full scale counterpart, the 1100mm J3's high-lift wing design allows for excellent slow speed and STOL (short takeoff and landing) capabilities.
Details such as a scale two-bladed propeller, wing struts, engine and landing gear components, make the J3 look just like the real aircraft even upon closer inspection.
The simple, screw-together design allow pilots to spend more time flying and less time building.
Whther you're looking for a fun weekend flyer or a perfect scale trainer, the Arrows J3 is not to be missed!
She handles like a typical J3. Ran her on 1300 2s and 1000 2s and got 6 minute flights running flat out. Programmed with dual rates 65/100. High rates for hand toss is best. She has great scale detail and will do rolls and loops no problem. I added bush wheels just for the looks.
ordered this foamie and it arrived after 4 days. smaller than I thought it would be. set up was fast and easy, just put on the cowling, attached the prop and screw on the wing and tail surfaces (with bracings). went to the local hobby store and bought 2 lipo batteries, (flight time is about 15 min) and a spare prop just in case. take off on a paved rc club runway, right away the prop grazes the asphalt so just pull up and it flies fine at 3/4 throttle. it is a small high wing scale model so it will get squirrely if u try any acrobatics. you can cut throttle and stay aloft if you're high enough and there is some updraft around, which is cool. a folding prop could be a good possibility for a little gliding. I haven't tried throwing take off. landing is easy, but one of the landing gears tends to stick so I just put it down without taxi. I like this little plane, for what it is--a park flyer scale cub with realistic level of detail. the gear bracings came off and I don't seem to miss them.
As far as the shop and purchase, Hobby Zone is great! Friendly and knowledgeable, a first rate shop. I was impressed with the Cub's quality and scale details, really nice. I would concur with the issues mentioned in other reviews, but they are fixable. I installed 2 1/2" foam wheels, all metal gear braces/springs, and added wire reinforcing to balance the L and R elevator authority before flying the plane.
I'm a fairly new pilot, this is my third plane. On the maiden I encountered a hard right bank/turn when the plane left the ground, causing a violent cartwheel. After 2-3 failed attempts on grass I cracked the wing, easily fixed. I let a 30+ year veteran try and he encountered the same problem on take-off, but after a few failed attempts got it flying. Once in the air it was more predictable and trimmed quickly. It proved to be very durable after all the crashes. I shimmed the motor mount to reduce the right angle of the motor/prop slightly and that helped the take-offs.
The group consensus: this isn't an easy model to fly, so not a good first plane. It has enough power and flies best at more than 50% throttle, just not a great slow flyer. But with the kinks worked out it is sporty, fun to fly and looks awesome. I'm switching to an gyro/AS3X receiver to see if that will relax the plane's manners. All flights have been on a 1300 2S battery as recommended, and get 7-8 minute flights.
Upon receiving it was packaged great but the paint on the wing was bubbled in some spots not many, they said it was normal ok sure, then the elevator halves didnt move evenly poor locking design flew it anyway and it cause some unwanted flight characteristics so landed it upon landing nosed over in the grass and the plastic motor support broke, ordered another same thing again on landing going to have to make something else something that doesnt break.
This cub is good price, but doesn’t have the same flow flight characteristic you would expect from a cub. The scale detail is great, but the landing gear scale suspension details will break on the first landing. The non- scale prop is large and offers little ground clearance, stepping down and inch does help. Aileron authority is very low and rudder is huge with stock setup. It simple doesn’t fly well for what most people would purchase it for - slow scale cub flying - and it doesn’t have the aileron authority to do anything fun. Lastly, the elevator does not provide the same movement on both sides, so it will always try to roll when applying it. For only a little more money, you can purchase the e-flite clipped wing cub with a receiver and stabilization and that would be my recommendation
one flight second flight flipped over in wind bent the prop shaft. broke it when straightingi it . So I bought a new engine.
When take off flipped to the right and bent the shaft again. alway to the right. bending the shaft once again broke when trying
to straighten it. Shaft is to flimsy.
I would not buy this again.
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