• Review: ASDG Piper Super Cub

    Review: ASDG Piper Super Cub

    By Shawn Weigelt

    ASDG Piper Super Cub

    Introduction

    "The mountains are calling and I must go." This oft used quote of famed naturalist, John Muir, popped into my mind and lingered there when I considered the prospect of reviewing the ASDG Piper Super Cub. I was very excited, to say the least, as I absolutely love all things bush flying. In fact, second only to flying a jet fighter, flying a high wing single with huge bush wheels into tiny, remote airfields is probably the coolest thing someone can do with an airplane. This aircraft file for X-Plane 11 looked tailor-made for taking into the Idaho backcountry or the Alaska bush and I was practically begging my good friend Dom Smith for the opportunity to review it. Well, some strings were pulled and I ended up with my very own review copy of the ASDG Super Cub.

    ASDG Piper Super Cub     ASDG Piper Super Cub

    Now that I had spent way too much time hyping up this aircraft in my own mind by drooling over screen shots and YouTube videos, would the ASDG Super Cub actually live up to the hype? All the reviews I had watched and read about the file painted the aircraft in a very favorable light. Would I share those sympathies? Would this be the highly detailed bush plane I have always wanted for flying the remotest places of X-Plane's world? Let's find out.

    Modeling, Textures And Features

    Once I had downloaded the ASDG Piper Super Cub file I was pleased to see that it included essentially four separate acf's: a basic model with standard landing gear and a 150 hp engine, a tundra wheeled model with a 150 hp engine, a tundra wheeled model with a 180 hp engine, and an amphibian model with a 180 hp engine. Not only are there four aircraft in one purchase, but also each model has its own, unique flight model. This instantly got my attention as an incredible source of value that not every airplane add-on out there can boast of.

    ASDG Piper Super Cub     ASDG Piper Super Cub

    The Aero Sim Development Group (ASDG) is a relative newcomer to the flight simulation/X-Plane world, and the Super Cub is their first foray into airplane development. I followed the progress of their Super Cub with great interest on the forums as ASDG shared screen shots and posted updates of its development. Not only did the expert modeling and realistic textures intrigue me, but also the revelation that the ASDG Super Cub would include the proven and popular Reality Expansion Pack from Sim Coders. I have tested and reviewed a Reality Expansion Pack (REP) from Sim Coders in the past with the Carenado Cessna CT210M Centurion for X-Plane 10 and absolutely loved it. The realistic enhancements that REP offers over the standard offerings from third party developers are clear. REP provides the sim pilot with a sense of "virtual ownership" of their airplanes, as they are able to conduct a walk-around, do repairs, change the oil, tires, and spark plugs, and fly the aircraft "by the book." The fact that the Aero Sim Development Group "tag teamed" with Sim Coders on their Super Cub is a major selling point to this file. It was a brilliant decision and should not be overlooked. Here again, the ASDG Super Cub gets major points for value.

    ASDG Piper Super Cub     ASDG Piper Super Cub

    For my first flight with the ASDG Super Cub I selected the 180 hp model with tundra tires. I figured, "go big or go home." I decided that such a momentous occasion ought to take place near an area where this type of aircraft loves to fly, so I chose McCall Municipal Airport (KMYL), not far from some iconic grass airfields in the Idaho backcountry. With the field nestled at an altitude of 5,024 feet, this wouldn't exactly be testing the airplane's performance at sea level, but, honestly, my excitement to play with the Super Cub was trumping any desire for accurate flight testing at the moment.

    Tags: asdg, cub, piper, super cub

    10 Comments
    1. rooitou's Avatar
      rooitou -
      Thanks for the very honest review Shawn. This is the kind of aircraft that I like to fly and it did catch my eye when it was released initially. However, that high price was an instant turn-off and I'm glad to see that some of my reservation was justified. I think at half the asking price, this would be a much more appealing value proposition.
    1. lear45xr's Avatar
      lear45xr -
      Well said rootiou. When are these developers going to figure out they are pricing many out of the add-on market. I have to disagree with author "The ASDG Super Cub is not an inexpensive add-on at $42.95 USD". It's too much, even if the Cub was good. $43 is to much. Why not a market goal of selling 3 times as many for $20 as opposed to a third at $43. Price sells.

      I also appreciate the honest review by Shawn. Good to know everything doesn't automatically get an "awesome" review. Keep up the good work
    1. ryogahibiki345's Avatar
      ryogahibiki345 -
      While it might not be a Super Cub the A2A Piper Cub is light years ahead of this thing.
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Quote Originally Posted by ryogahibiki345 View Post
      While it might not be a Super Cub the A2A Piper Cub is light years ahead of this thing.
      I have both the A2A Cub you mentioned, and the ASDG Super Cub reviewed here, and find them equally satisfying (but different).

      I'm assuming you've based your findings on having owned both models; so if that is the case, could you tell me what you find so disappointing about the ASDG Super Cub?

      I'd be highly interested to know.
    1. ryogahibiki345's Avatar
      ryogahibiki345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DominicS View Post
      I have both the A2A Cub you mentioned, and the ASDG Super Cub reviewed here, and find them equally satisfying (but different).

      I'm assuming you've based your findings on having owned both models; so if that is the case, could you tell me what you find so disappointing about the ASDG Super Cub?

      I'd be highly interested to know.
      Seeing as how you are trying to call me out, an irritating but truth none the less, one does not have to own a product to have tried it, so that right there is pretty blatantly a nasty way of asking what I don't like about a product. That said, I do own the A2A Cub and have for many years. The ASDG a friend has let me fly on his rig as I do not fly X-Plane often. From a real world mechanic stand point I can tell you, that the A2A has a "real" engine under its hood where as the ASDG offering is like most other aircraft out there, running on rails and living solidly with in the simulation environment, which A2A does not. A2A has its own IP module that operates outside of the simulator so that the aircraft doesn't act the same way all the time. I hope that you've found my reply to your snide comment adequate but, like my other posts, I am sure it will never see the light of day as you like to remove them.
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Quote Originally Posted by ryogahibiki345 View Post
      Seeing as how you are trying to call me out, an irritating but truth none the less, one does not have to own a product to have tried it, so that right there is pretty blatantly a nasty way of asking what I don't like about a product. That said, I do own the A2A Cub and have for many years. The ASDG a friend has let me fly on his rig as I do not fly X-Plane often. From a real world mechanic stand point I can tell you, that the A2A has a "real" engine under its hood where as the ASDG offering is like most other aircraft out there, running on rails and living solidly with in the simulation environment, which A2A does not. A2A has its own IP module that operates outside of the simulator so that the aircraft doesn't act the same way all the time. I hope that you've found my reply to your snide comment adequate but, like my other posts, I am sure it will never see the light of day as you like to remove them.
      'Running on rails' was a term adopted to flying certain MSFS aircraft, but with X-Plane, that term was rarely used/required (quite the opposite in fact), due to the simulators usage of blade element theory. It's well known that A2A use custom code to enhance the default MSFS flight dynamics, but again, this is due to the aforementioned 'running on rails' syndrome of the default flight dynamics.

      Many thanks for contributing!

      Dominic
    1. yubi's Avatar
      yubi -
      Nice plane, but, $43.00 US...I'm in Canada, so this is closer to $60.00 ....Not a Chance...
    1. lear45xr's Avatar
      lear45xr -
      Quote Originally Posted by yubi View Post
      Nice plane, but, $43.00 US...I'm in Canada, so this is closer to $60.00 ....Not a Chance...
      I'm with ya. Way over priced!
    1. W33's Avatar
      W33 -
      Very enjoyable, so I consider it money well spent here.

      W33
    1. louden06's Avatar
      louden06 -
      Where can i buy it
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