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Old 03-26-2012, 08:36 AM
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I recently aquired a 35% 232. In reading over the info here, it sounds like it is one of the early models, since the wings fit into the fuselage. My question to all the Carden lovers out there, is this plane worth the time and effort to restore-recover. It does not appear to have ever been crashed, but the wing skins are delaminating in a couple of places. I have most of the monokote stripped off at this point. Any insight is greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:28 PM
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It's a fine aircraft. You'll just want to keep the speed up on it a little more than the newer models as it has a bit more of a tip stall habit.
Old 06-28-2012, 08:02 PM
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I had one about 10 years ago. No tip stall issues at all. Mine was powered by a 3W 80 and was in the 26 lb range. As for the delaminating wing skins. I would drill several 1/16 holes in the affected area, inject some epoxy and place in a vacuum bag. The vacuum will draw the epoxy into all the voids around the injection site.
Old 03-23-2013, 07:27 AM
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I will second that. The one that I flew for several years flew very well. No tip stall issues. Speed, you might have even had a hand in building the one I had. It was the one of the two that Fouquet and Parker had framed up and never finished.

Anyone, really liked mine especially with the DA 100 and three blade prop 25x12 on it.

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The 35% Cap 232 is one of my favorite of Dennis' designs. I built the first 'kit' prototype, and flew it to 2nd place Unlimited at the IMAC Nats after only 2 test flights on the airplane. It was one of those airplanes where I just felt instantly locked in. I'd LOVE to build another one someday if I can talk Dennis into a kit run of them.
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Doug- I was in Fremont at Ken Gregory's contest when you came up and showed off the 35% Cap. We were all in awe of the thing. It was a tragedy that weekend when it went into the nasty wet stuff around that field. That plane inspired me to go bigger and ultimately to the 35% Carden Cap that I had.

Berkheimer (SpeedRacer) did a sweet job framing it up for Damon Parker who must have felt sorry for me and helped me get my hands on it.

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Old 12-12-2013, 07:06 PM
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I remember that now I think. As we were driving up to the field Damon was telling me how Doug had lost his Cap in the mud on Friday. I was flying a 3W 70 powered Ohio Cap at the time. The two Carden Caps were framed up for Damon and Chris in trade for that 3W 70, they decided to sell them off so they could get a pair of Fiberclassics 202s. Damon flew his 202 for a few years and I actually ended up with it after he had a mid air. I flew it for 3 seasons and grabbed a few trophies with it. Chris sat on his and I ended up painting it for him in 2005 I think. Lots of good memories with the old Bay Area IMAC group.
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Yeah.. Lost it into that salt pond. Really enjoyed that airplane for sure.

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