Scale

1 to 3

Wingspan

141 inches

Length

89 inches

Weight ca.

30 lbs+

Power






Available:

Museum scale detailed float kit

Seats kit

Scale pilot

Scale prop


The Taylor E-2 Cub first appeared in 1930, built by Taylor Aircraft in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by William T. Piper, a Bradford industrialist who had invested in the company, the E-2 was meant to be an affordable aircraft that would encourage interest in aviation. Later in 1930, the company went bankrupt, with Piper buying the assets but keeping founder C. Gilbert Taylor on as president. In 1936,an earlier Cub was altered by employee Walter Jamouneau to become the J-2 while Taylor was on sick leave. When he saw the redesign,Taylor was so incensed that he fired Jamouneau. Piper, however, had encouraged Jamouneau's changes, and hired him back. Piper then bought Taylor's share in the company, paying him US$250 per month for three years. Although sales were initially slow, about 1,200 J-2s were produced before a fire in the Piper factory ended its production in 1938.

Piper developed a military variant ("All we had to do," Bill Jr. is quoted as saying, "was paint the Cub olive drab to produce a military airplane"), variously designated as the O-59 (1941), L-4 (after April 1942), and NE (U.S. Navy). The L-4 Grasshopper was mechanically identical to the J-3 civilian Cub, but was distinguishable by the use of a Plexiglas greenhouse skylight and rear windows for improved visibility, much like the Taylorcraft L-2 and Aeronca L-3 also in use with the US armed forces. Paolo Severin:SIMPLY LIKE A REAL PLANE - In order to build a beautiful scale model, there is nothing new to invent, but you only have to make the most faithful replica of the real plane.  I discovered this simple truth when I built my first Fieseler Storch which had a welded steel tubing fuselage like the real one. The final result was simply astonishing!  Thanks to this type of skeletal structure which one can admire looking through the cabin glazing and can also be guessed under the skin of fabric covering, the model looks extremely realistic. You are not in front of the same old big scale model, but of a real, true-to-scale aircraft. These aircrafts (I apologize, but I really can’t call them simply “models”) are not only a pleasure to the eye, but their flight characteristics are incredibly similar to those of the real ones. I obtained these results thanks to the large scales adopted and through a rigorous and respectful work on the original plans and airfoils. But there is more: unlike what one could imagine, these stainless steel structures are not only extremely strong, but also very light, much lighter than their traditional balsa/ply counterparts.Let’s see an example: a traditional quarter scale replica of a Fieseler Storch weighs around 17 kgs, but my Storch weighs only 11,5 kgs and in comparison is much, much stronger. In my kits nothing is left to chance and every modeler can finish the work making his own unique masterpiece, a wonderful replica which can withstand a lot of abuse and even the hardest landings. Anyway, small repairs and servicing are simple and straightforward. The operational life of these small aircrafts is bound to be similar to that of their beautifully preserved full-size brothers who are still flying today after so many years and are still giving wonderful emotions and great satisfactions to their owners......................................................................................................................Paolo Severin

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