42" Balsa Basics Cub 3ch Trainer

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Learn to Build, Learn to Fly

Complete airframe kit for those who already have their own electronics and R/C gear.

The Balsa Basics Cub is the start of a new phase for the Vintage Model Company. The Balsa Basics Series is envisioned as a ‘next step’ for those wanting to venture into more traditional model aviation materials without intimidation. Balsa has a reputation for being hard to get into, complex and fragile, so we've created a range of robust fun flyers that are easy to assemble and straightforward to fly. The Cub is the first in this range, for good reason - it's the ideal trainer.


Designed for Beginners

Being a 3-channel aircraft, you can develop your skills from the ground up. Most of the time the Cub is happiest cruising along at minimum throttle, however, it can also perform basic aerobatics such as loops and wingovers. Flight times with the recommended battery can be up to 20 minutes on calm days. With a large 1000mm wingspan, you’ll also be able to take on windier conditions. Even if you are an expert builder and pilot, this is a great aircraft to keep in your squadron.


Build It with Video Instructions

Unlike many of our other more complicated kits, the Balsa Basics Cub doesn't need to be built over a plan and can be constructed on a normal sized table with some basic tools. All you need is to follow this video along step-by-step. 

Kit Contents: 

  • 1x Sheet of 3mm Ply parts 
  • 7x Sheets of balsa parts 
  • Landing gear wire
  • Push rod wire
  • Control horns
  • Thin wooden dowel
  • Set of self-adhesive stickers

Wheels not included


Detailed Specs

Wingspan - 42" / 1070mm
Build Skill Level - Absolute Beginner 
Flying Skill Level - Absolute Beginner 
Channels - 3 (throttle, rudder and elevator)
Power System - Electric Brushless 
Recommended Motor - Emax MT2213-920KV (approximately 150w)
Propeller Size -  1045
Recommended ESC - Emax 25A
Recommended Battery - 1300mah-2200mah 3s Lipo
Servo Size - (2x) 9g




Download written instructions for the Balsa Basics Cub here:Balsa Basics Cub Instructions

42" (1070mm)


  • 5
    Easy build

    Posted by Neil Cooper on 8th May 2021

    This is a simple beginner's build with incredibly accurate laser-cut pieces. This enables you to 'dry build' then check all's okay before glueing.

  • 5
    42" 3 channel trainer

    Posted by alec baldwin on 11th Apr 2021

    amazing model. definately designed by someone with many years modeller experience. a very rewarding model. unbeatable as a first model. worth every penny.