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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    3/4 oz cloth and z-poxy with Dupont primer ,,,, Full Thane paint by Nason !!! a little heavy but plenty power .. Go with heavier cloth... very easy to dent

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    The last foam Byron plane I built, I cut the leading and trailing edges off and replaced them with balsa. I did it simply for the ding resistance.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    The Ryan already has Wood for the trailing edges. I've been thinking about laminating the leading edge and wingtips.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    first flight today ! 18knt cross wind Flew perfect !!!
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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    What engine? Shame that you had to cut the cowl

    Bill, Waco Brother #1
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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    DLE 30

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    Didn't they offer the rear carb conversion for that engine?

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    Grandad went to the hobby store and picked it up ! should have been a rear carb , but at 74 years old we still build , paint and fly as much as possible ! so really dont matter. yes they make rear carb , and the 30 DLE is a perfect match for this plane . A G-62 would be to big. Good Luck flying

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    I'm using the ZDZ 40 on mine. Its rear intake, rear exhaust. There is always the throttle.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    Bill, did you get those mounts yet?

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A


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    Bill, did you get those mounts yet?
    Yes I did. Excuse me for not letting you know. They will be just fine. Thanks

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    Good, glad someone will be able to use them.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    Okay, sorry to be away so long, but I've been kind of busy. Got all the tail group fiberglassed and installed, now on to the wings. I'll try to post a few photos tonight, even though there is not much new to see. On glassing the foam, I used the Minnwax method with the Teal colored can. Works great, and there is no smell at all. Clean up is easy, and it sands like butter. Why didn't I find this stuff before? I'm using 0.06 oz glass cloth, and I'm only adding about 1.5 oz per square yard. It is unbelievable.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    Yup, That Minwax is nice to use !
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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    I finished the fuse and the tail group. I'm going to be glassing the wings tomorrow night. I think that this one is gonna be a ton of fun.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    Right in the middle of glassing the wings, I decided that these foam wings were really pieces of crap, and so I'll be framing up a new set of wings rather than chasing my tail with trying to get these foam things to look and work as they should.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    That is probably a wise idea of longevity. I had the Staggerwing and everytime you looked at the wings, you had a new ding or dent. I would bet a built up set of wings will be lighter as well.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    I don't know about lighter, but after glassing the wings, quite a bit of the rib detail was lost. Add to that the shrouded ailerons and flaps, with the attendant tiny amount of available movement, you have a high probability of lack of control. I'm building a set using the Frise Aileron design, and that should take care of the entire issue.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    Post pics of the new wing, Bill.
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    Post pics of the new wing, Bill.
    Tom, I'll be happy to do that as I go. We are in the process of moving back to the Nashville area this weekend. It'll have to be after that.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    I just got my hands on a byron Ryan this afternoon. I have all the parts but NO instruction booklet at all - nothing!!! It would be great if you could send me an instruction booklet on it if you still have access to it. I'm sure I could probably figure it all out but I HATE guessing. Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much if you can help. My e-mail address.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    We moved to the Nashville area and wouldn't you know 5 days later I'm in the hospital with a massive heart attack. 4 bypasses and a defibrillator/pacemaker later I'm back on my feet (kinda-sorta) I'm through rehab, and the Doctor now will let me begin to build again. I'll post more photos.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    Are you still working on your Byron STA? Do have photos of your built up wings?
    Lovehydro

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    It's been on the back burner. We had just moved to Nashville, an I had the cardiac issue. Now we have just moved back to Florida and Ive just finished setting up the shop. Ill be back at the Ryan soon.

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    RE: Byron Ryan ST-A

    Gentlemen
    I just happened on to this build thread on the Byron Ryan St-A . In May I purchased a Ryan which was very well used and needed much restoration. As I started I relized I would have been much better off having built a new kit. The wings were dented up, leading and trailing edges on all surfaces were very bad. Gouges in the foam everywhere. It was missing all the flap mechinisim, the cowl was a reck, both wind screens were no good. And it was missing all the fiberglass to the landing gear except the pants. It also had no flying wires, but did come with the Byron mount for a Quadra which I have installed. I happened onto Ironbay which had bought out most of Byrons stuff. I gave them a list but got no answer. Then suddenly a kit came up not far from me for 330.00 bucks. I had already started to restore the ryan I had so I decided to buy the kit anyway to get the parts I needed. To make a long story short I have restored the ryan into a YPT- 16 and I am two weeks away from completion. Plus Iron Bay just got back to me so I will eventually get the replacement parts I used in the new kit and have that complete once again. I will post some pictures here soon after I finish. I am plaining to bring the model to Rhinebeck for the Jamboree in Sept. as they allow planes up to 1939.
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