Photos by the author
The Sport Cub comes equipped with bush-flying-style wheels and
the pilot silhouette replaces the side window decals that many
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the Sport Cub from Horizon Hobby.
The ParkZone Sport Cub is modeled after the 100hp midrange Cub offered by Cub
Crafters. With its 51-inch wingspan,
the ParkZone Sport Cub lands right
between its two siblings, the UMX
Carbon Cub and Carbon-Z Cub. I
thought that the Sport Cub would
handle more wind than the UMX
Carbon Cub, yet be small enough to
transport fully assembled.
The Sport Cub BNF includes an
AR636 six-channel DSMX receiver
with built-in Aircraft Stabilization
3 aXis (AS3X) capability as well as
integrated flight data telemetry. Four
micro servos are preinstalled and it has
provisions for adding an optional fifth
servo to actuate the flaps.
Knowing how much fun the smaller
and larger Carbon Cubs are, I was
anxious to get started on the Sport Cub.
I received the optional flap servo and
the optional float kit with my review
model, so I planned to assemble the
Sport Cub on wheels, flight test it, and
then convert it to a floatplane.
The well-packaged Sport Cub arrived
with no shipping damage. The parts
were securely taped with a layer of
packing material between the tape and
After I unpacked the pieces, I
reviewed the instructions. The manual
is well written, nicely illustrated, and
leaves little to chance.
The Sport Cub’s assembly is easy and
straightforward. The first step is to locate
the battery and charger and charge the
battery so you can bind your radio.
After the battery was charged, I
bound the Sport Cub to my Spektrum
DX-18QQ radio by following the
instructions. I set up a throttle cut,
enabled the flap menu, and set the flap
channel to a three-position switch with a
3-second transit time.
When rigging flaps, I set the servo to
the middle of its throw, mechanically
adjusted the flaps to their center switch
position, and used the flap menu to
finish setting up the flaps.
The hardware is bagged and labeled
A go-to model
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