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    Black Lightning bolt

    Does anyone have the dimensions of where the black lightning bolt on a Super Cub should be laid out for painting? or is it just an eyeball thing?

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    cub club has a drawing, to me pipers looks the best.

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    Yep. Use that. A lot of ugly bolts out there. Opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinbarton1 View Post
    Does anyone have the dimensions of where the black lightning bolt on a Super Cub should be laid out for painting? or is it just an eyeball thing?
    Black lightning bolts should never be put on a Super Cub, only J-3.


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    Thanks to all for the input!

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    Skips 18-90 was red with a black bolt and I always thought it was one of the nicest looking SC ever

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdriver2 View Post
    Skips 18-90 was red with a black bolt and I always thought it was one of the nicest looking SC ever

    Glenn
    and i have seen a white cub with a black bolt that also looked good. the trim for everything else was done in black and white.

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    I don't believe the bolt was ever on the SC but only on the Js.

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    Piper production in the late decades of last century - yellow with black bolt. 6:00x6.

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    Yellow with a red lightning bolt looks pretty good too


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    Quote Originally Posted by G44 View Post
    Black lightning bolts should never be put on a Super Cub, only J-3.

    And Super Cubs should never be painted yellow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G44 View Post
    Black lightning bolts should never be put on a Super Cub, only J-3.

    I went to google images and typed in "piper super cub." A slight majority of the yellow cubs had the lightning bolt. Not so with the other colors. To me, a yellow cub without the bolt just doesn't look right! I can't tell you why though!

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    I kinda like this... obviously. Thanks Lou!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob turner View Post
    Piper production in the late decades of last century - yellow with black bolt. 6:00x6.

    Yeah,...but that doesn't make it right.
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    I agree on the 6:00x6, but prefer yellow Cubs. My personal J3 has a stripe as dimensioned above, but it is red with a black pinstripe. My bear is 150% of the original. Blasphemy, huh?

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    Bah Hooey!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by G44 View Post
    Black lightning bolts should never be put on a Super Cub, only J-3.


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    How about red with a gold lightening bolt?Click image for larger version. 

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    You can't see it when you are flying. That is how I excuse my ugly Super Cub. I am fond of white with a red lightening bolt probably because that is how the Super Cub I cut my teeth on was painted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G44 View Post
    Black lightning bolts should never be put on a Super Cub, only J-3.

    Husky Drivers stiring the pot.
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    The lightning bolt tells the whole world just how blisteringly fast our planes are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    Husky Drivers stiring the pot.

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    I heard once that the reason you Cub guys all go for that paint scheme, besides historical accuracy and tradition, is that it makes it hard for witnesses/onlookers to separate who did what, when. That can't be right, and it's not your fault if it happens.
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    To each his own. I've always been an adherent to historically accurate paint schemes on vintage airplanes. I'm a little off the deep end on aviation history, but beyond that is the fact that most of the original manufacturers got it right as regards to the scheme being compatible with and accentuating the lines of the design. For a PA-18, I've always liked the scheme and color palate Piper used in the early 50s.

    I remember that Piper put the J-3 scheme on Super Cubs when they started production of the PA-18 again in the '90s. To my eye, the lightning bolt doesn't work very well with 12 inch high registration numbers plastered on the side of the fuselage.

    On the other hand, If you're doing the work and/or footing the bill to recover a vintage airplane, what I or anyone else thinks the airplane should look like doesn't matter. If a purple airplane with pink polka dots does it for you, good on ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by courierguy View Post
    I heard once that the reason you Cub guys all go for that paint scheme, besides historical accuracy and tradition, is that it makes it hard for witnesses/onlookers to separate who did what, when. That can't be right, and it's not your fault if it happens.
    BINGO! I know of a few stories to support that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldo M View Post
    BINGO! I know of a few stories to support that one.
    https://youtu.be/ZQQHj8ZJ5lk

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