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Piper NE-1 Cub

by Randy Lutz


Piper NE-1 Cub


 Hobbycraft's 1/48 scale Piper J-3 Cub is available online from Squadron.com




Here is my Hobbycraft 1/48 scale Piper Cub.

A special thanks goes to Dr. Charles Metz for providing info on this particular scheme and David Loughhead for supplying the decals.

The model is finished in the markings of a Piper NE-1 Cub of Airship Squadron 32, while based at Moffett Field, California in October, 1942.



Construction and Modifications


Modifications to the Hobby Craft kit consist of the following:


  • new floor with kick plates made from sheet styrene

  • interior cockpit door scribed

  • photo-etched seatbelts, throttle quadrants rudder pedals and
    instrument panel added




  • boarding step made from piano wire

  • fuel line drain added

  • exhaust pipe and heater outlet made from plastic tubing

  • teardrop shaped blisters added to lower engine cowl

  • engine cowling drilled out to allow exhaust pipes to enter sides

  • fuel filler cap/fuel level gauge added

  • rudder control linkage added

  • tailplane guy wires added

  • round inspection panels added to rear and underside of fuselage

  • lifting handles made

  • springs added to tail wheel

  • brake lines added



  • aileron control linkage added

  • reduced the exaggerated wing rib detail

  • round inspection panels added to underside of wings

  • pitot tube made from piano wire

  • navigation lights added



Paint and Markings

My Cub was painted with Xtracolor X162 USN Blue/Grey M-485 (FS15189) and X137 Light Gull Grey (FS16440).



Decals are from Propagteam set numberPPT01648





  • Piper Cubs, by McGraw- Hill/TAB Books

  • Samolot Piper L-4 Cub, Skrzydla w miniaturze 1'91

  • Aircraft Archive - Classics of World War II,Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin.



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Review and Images Copyright 2002 by Randy Lutz
Page Created 19 April, 2002
Last updated 04 June, 2007

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