Clipped Wing Piper Cub

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Clipped Wing Piper Cub

Post by Strava » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:44 am

Clipped Wing Piper Cub by JB

Wings clipped 1 meter
streamlined wingstruts & bungee covers
wheel covers
new 3d model for the 120hp engine :O
leather seats ;)
aviator shades for the pilot 8)
new gas tank

Some comments from the web about clip wing cubs:
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The supposed purpose of the Reed conversion was to take a little of the Cub out of the Cub. It cut down the float on landing, made it less of a cork in rough air, made it stronger because the bending moments were less and speeded up the roll rate because the wings were shorter. It is highly doubtful if any Reed conversions were done to help the airplane's stability. It was the last two points, the increased strength and roll rate that caught everybody's eye. Here was a way a couple of guys could spend a weekend with a sabre saw and welding torch and produce their very own 65 hp acrobatic machine. Incidentally, the Reed STC applies only to wood spar Cubs, although I believe there is an STC for chopping aluminum Cub spars.

A Reed Cub looks just exactly like any other Cub, except that there is only one short rib bay between the ailerons and the fuselage, as compared to a couple bays in the stock Cub. However, the biggest majority of clipped Cubs are pretty easy to identify because the builders seldom stop with trying to increase their "stability" or cut down on the float. These days, the Cub is like the 1932 Model B Ford used to be, before the price went out of sight. When I was a kid, if you could get a fat motor under the hood, you put it under the hood and, if it didn't fit, you moved the firewall or left the hood off. Clipped Cubs now fall into the same sort of street rod category. The originals may have been 65 hp, but there are precious few of them still flying on that few ponies. 85 hp is the norm, with C-90s and 100 hp 0-200s being as common as ladybugs.

A goodly number of real hotrods have been built around the clipped Cub with 150 and 180 Lycomings shoe-horned up front, the fuselages clipped and the wings replaced with symmetrical Taylorcraft panels. These, of course, are licensed "Experimental" because they don't conform to the Reed STC. What a blast it would be to build a 180 hp J-3 with T-craft wings. You'd use the original style open cowl, paint it yellow with the black lightning bolt and then go looking for Arrows and Cutlasses. A 180 clipped Cub is good for 160 mph in cruise and a 3,000 fpm rate of climb, or better.
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