Super Scale Kit

Piper L4, M 1:3 „Grasshopper“

  • Stainless steel sandblasted fuselage
  • Stainless steel sandblasted tailplanes with adjusting mechanism
  • Streamlined scale struts
  • Functional scale undercarriage and tail wheel
  • Functional door
  • Fibreglass detailed cowling with oil radiator aluminium dummy
  • functional tank cap, etc.
  • Aluminium panel with instruments and functional compass
  • CNC cut aluminium sheeting with scale screws
  • CNC cut windscreen
  • CNC cut aluminium frames with scale screws and rivets
  • Scale wheels
  • CNC cut jig for fast building of the scale ribs
  • CNC cut plywood parts
  • Spars and strip-wood
  • Scale aileron hinges and mechanism
  • Rolled full-scale colour plans
  • Photo Building Manual
  • Screws and laser cut stainless steel accessories.

Required for completion: covering material, glue, radio equipment and engine.

A few words about the full-size Piper L-4

The Piper L-4 Grasshopper is mechanically identical to the J-3 Cub, but is distinguishable by the use of a Plexiglass greenhouse skylight and rear windows for improved visibility.

All L-4 models, as well as similar tandem-cockpit accommodation aircraft from Aeronca and Taylorcraft, were collectively nicknamed “Grasshoppers”, though the L-4 was almost universally referred to by its civilian designation of Cub.
Carrying only the pilot and no passenger, the L-4 has a top speed of 85 mph (137 km/h), a cruise speed of 75 mph (121 km/h), a service ceiling of 12,000 ft (3,658 m) and a stall speed of 38 mph (61 km/h).
The L-4 was used extensively in World War II for reconnaissance, transporting supplies, artillery spotting duties, and medical evacuation of wounded soldiers. The L-4’s slow cruising speed and low-level manoeuvrability made it an ideal observation platform. For these operations the pilot generally carried both an observer/radio operator and a 25-pound communications radio, a load that often exceeded the plane’s specified weight capacity.
After the war, many L-4s were sold as surplus, but a considerable number were retained in service. L-4s sold as surplus in the U.S. were re-designated as J-3s, but often retained their wartime glazing and paint.

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Airplane Specifications

Scale: 1:3 (33%)
Wingspan: 3.58 m (140 in)
Length: 2.26 m (89 in)
Wing area: 1.86 m² (2883 sq inches)
All up weight: with Kavan FK50 13.5 kg (29.7 lb)
Wing loading: 73 g/dm2 (24 oz/sq ft)

Piper L-4 „Grasshopper“ 33% super scale kit OrderNo. #8800 3598.00€

Engines: OS 300 or 600 Gemini, Saito 300 boxer, Kavan FK50 boxer, etc.

For glider towing:
2-stroke boxer up to 100 cc.
4-stroke boxer up to 120 cc
like the Valach VM 120 B2-4T.

Projected and drawn by Paolo Severin – August 2011.

Piper J3 CUB version available on request.

Piper L4 "Grasshopper"

Options for the Piper L4

Option: Fibreglass Float kit

Option: Cockpit kit with seats and functional control stick

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