In case you are not aware of it, Old Sailor, Tower sells a Kaos 40 ARF that
is pretty nice and cheap. You can't build one that inexpensively.
Am I impressed with Tower's ARF version? Well, I have four of them.
I know where you are coming from, Old Sailor.
Years ago, I bought a bootleg kit of the original Bridi Kaos 40 and built
five of them from that one kit. They were great flying models.
Later, Great Planes modified the original kit and made it a tad larger,
which I was all for doing, but I never got around to buying the kit. Wish I
had now and just kept it on the shelf.
The original Bridi version, which you built before and want now, was a bit
small in the fuselage for most folks radios in the old days. With today's
small servos and stuff, that problem would not even exist at all, would it?
Glad you found another kit.
Not sure I see the value in narrowing the fuselage. It just makes for
tighter fitting servos and fuel tank. I doubt it makes any difference
in flight as long as he did not modify the wing as well. I think the
out of the box kit is plenty sleek looking.
response. Of courser, I had to pay more than the original kit cost plus
shipping, but it was worth it to me not to have to scratch build from the plans
I have. I don't know how many new kits are still out there, but you might give
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums a try. I looked in eBay but did not find any
I have some original Bridi kits and paid more for them than I could have
purchased them from Bluejay. I bought them to collect, not build. Although I
have been known to make templates from original kits and save the original
for the collection.
The Bluejay kits are quite good, but they do not reproduce the entire Bridi
line. I believe they are limited because of the Hobbico complex owning the
rights to Joe's original line of kits.
Fortunately, plans of the original models are still available, so there is
no need for anyone to be without an original Bridi Kaos or Super Kaos.
One could not find a better model to begin building from plans than the
Bridi Kaos series, in any size. There is nothing to be built that cannot be
done with simple hand and power tools and sanding blocks. Furthermore, there
are foam wings available from various sources for Joe's early models. All
you have left to do is to build a simple box fuselage, something that anyone
I love foam wings. I'm one of those guys that ends up building uselessly
twisted balsa wings. Especially Joe's triple tapered wings, like the Kaos or
Super Kaos. I'm okay with Dirty Birdy and constant chord wings though.
I'll try to remember to look them up once I wake up a bit. I'll post them
here on the newsgroup, in case others are interested.
One of the balsa suppliers makes/made them. It might have been the one that
burned down. I hope not. But there are others. I'm still working on my first
cup of coffee, so please bear with me.
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