It’s about time I got to grips with this little aircraft here. Despite outwardly being just a normal Super Cub, this specific little machine has a very interesting story behind it. It was assembled by hand by Mr. Vlaho Ljubić, who spent six years working on it – literally from the ground up, when it was still a random collection of bolts and structural components.
The aircraft is basically a stock PA-18-150 without any modifications, the only difference being the instrument panel layout – but that varied between batches in factory-built models, so we can’t hold that against it :). It is painted in a scheme taken off the Cub Crafters CC18 replica of the Super Cub, but in lighter tones (the original scheme can be seen here: http://www.airliners.net/photo/CC18-180/1423224/L/). Its first post-assembly fight was on October 12th, 2008., on a lovely warm and calm afternoon. The following pictures go out to Mr. Ljubić, who generously allowed me to crawl over every inch of the plane :).
(an additional note about the reg – initially, the aircraft was registered as 9A-XLJ, X being the prefix for the experimental register. However, being in essence a stock, factory design – and given that the whole experimental thing is still wobbly in Croatia – it was transferred to the standard GA register – prefixes B, C (rarely) and D – becoming 9A-DLJ)