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Old 03-28-2018, 09:44 AM
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I recently acquired an old Bryon Originals Cap 21 kit. The kit is very complete so I am tempted to build it. Any of you old timers out
there who have had experience with this airplane ?
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:10 AM
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You're going back a few years but here is what I remember.

If the CG was right it flew well but like the real one, could bite you if you got too slow landing it and tip stall. Other than that it was fun to fly and pretty precise.
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Silent,

A fellow flyer had one and he had the same experience with tip stalling as Andy. He powered his with a Quadra 52. This was 32 years ago.

Good luck with it.

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At one time Byron was selling them at ridiculous prices just to get rid of them! One 'fix' I heard of was to cut off the counter balances on the elevators and glue it to the horizontal stab.....
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Yes cut off the balance tabs and glue them to the stab it makes a much better handling plane I did this with a great planes years ago it called for a small amount of elevator throw and we finally ended up with about 45 degrees on high rates it would do the nicest inverted flat spins and land likes a sport plane
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Also known as "Snap 21".
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Old 04-08-2018, 01:13 AM
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Better of leaving it as a kit as its worth more. These reason it flew nasty was simply down to weight... Byron models built very very heavy. Aerobatic piloys understand aerobatic models fly better when built as light as possible. Scale modellers don't get that.
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Originally Posted by David Bathe View Post
Scale modellers don't get that.

Pretty broad brush.
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With today's light weight engines, batteries and the higher level of knowledge, I am betting you would be able to build it up light enough to be a great airplane. A few years ago I built a Lanier Laser that when in production would come out to 18-19 lbs. Mine came out at 15 lbs and was powered with a DA50. Flew great. I'm betting if you were to core out the injected molded wings/stabs and then sheeted them with balsa and used film covering you could save a ton of weight.
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Originally Posted by Chad Veich View Post
Pretty broad brush.

indeed

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