The AMA Cub was developed in 1968 by Frank Ehling, technical director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), as a simple plane to introduce beginners to the hobby and sport of model aviation. It is suitable for kids age 10 or older, younger with direct help. It takes about an hour to build. Wikipedia, Model Airplane, Entry Level, includes it in the list of the five most popular entry level model airplanes.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics has published a series of History Moments, including this one for Week 3 in October on the AMA Cub and its cousins:
It has been in production for many years and is the most widely built beginner model. The version kitted by Sig Manufacturing and sold by the AMA is known as the AMA Cub. Midwest Products makes a very similar, slightly smaller plane called the Delta Dart. The following links tell more about this airplane, how to build and fly them and its educational value.
Building and Flying
There are several sets of building instructions. I list them all because each has something a little different.
I might as well lead with our own comprehensive illustrated build and fly tutorial
Bill Kuhl’s sites give much background in addition to building and flying instructions
Gary Hinze note on building for proper balance
Canadian Cub instructions, note the supplemental steps A-E to the right
First Flight Delta Dart building instructions
Eli Whitney Museum assembly instructions
South African Model Aircraft Association Cub plan with instructions
Dave’s flight video
Sources of Kits
Look around these sites for other things.
Sig Manufacturing Store
Midwest Delta Dart kit
British Model Flying Association Dart and others
Great Canadian Cub kit
Trillium Balsa, Canada
Use in Educational Programs
British Model Flying Association Education Programme
First Flights Program
Whitney Museum Aeromodeling Club
Canadian Cub Scouts building Canadian Cubs, in pictures
Thayer Syme’s site
AMA Cub Program document
Kettle Moraine Middle School Program, Wales, WI
Delta Dart Teachers’ guide
Mansfield Middle School Flight Camp, Storrs, CT
Pennsylvania State College Radio Control Club elementary school Delta Dart model building class