Final Build Photos
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|Apple Creek, OH, United States|
|Build Type||Modified ARF/Kit|
|Manufacturer/Brand Name||Great Planes|
|Model name, number, and/or variant||CAP 232|
|Wingspan/Rotor span (inches)||58|
|Construction Type||Built up (wood/covering)|
|Electric Motor Brand and Model||Extreme Flight Xpwr 22cc|
|Speed Control Brand and Model||Extreme Flight Airboss 80A|
|Battery Brand and Model||SMC 6s 4000mah|
|Propeller (if applicable)||17×6|
|Radio System Brand and Model||Futaba 14SG|
|Number of channels utilized||6|
|Channel functions||Throttle, Rudder, Elevator, Ailerons|
|Retracts or Fixed Gear|
|Paint, Covering or Graphics||
Cub Yellow and Corsair Blue Ultracote, Custom Matched Paint for Cowl, canopy and wheel pants. Tinted the stock Canopy with Rit Dye. Custom graphics from B and E Graphix to match Dave Martin’s full scale CAP 232.
|Other Features or Options||
-Nitro to Electric Converted
With this setup, almost 2000 watts of power!
|Further Description/Back Story||
Hi, I’m Bill Yoder. The Cap 232 has always been one of my favorites, ever since I built a Great Planes .40 kit when I was 15, and totally destroyed it on the maiden, it was way out of my flying capabilities back then. So I have a couple Extreme Flight planes, and I absolutely love them, from assembly, to setup and power systems, those guys have got it figured out!
Recently I came across a halfway finished Cap 232 kit at my local hobby shop, exactly like the one I had at 15. I couldn’t resist it, I bought it and made it my winter project. So I understand completely why these planes aren’t popular anymore, with the tip stalling tendencies and whatnot. But I decided I’m going to do what I can to take that out. After some research, and some ideas from Extreme Flight, here is what I did:
-Lightened the wood skeleton
After all that, it balanced perfectly, I was amazed and super impressed! I have about 10 flights on it now, and I’m happy to say it flies awesome! BALLISTIC power! It does anything from KE spins, rifles, rolling harriers, both inverted and upright harriers are solid, crankshafts, blenders, parachutes, waterfalls and the whole nine yards. My plan was if it flies like crap, even if I don’t like gyros, to put an Aura in it, that way I can still putt it around and have it look it look nice. It does have still have the typical Cap tip stall going around turns at lower speeds, if I would do it over again, I would work on lengthening the tail moment. But the weird thing, in stalled out 3d flight, it never drops a wing! A modernized, 3D blast from the past!
Build Process Photos