If you can't build light it's likely you will be disappointed in the lamys. I've had a couple and decided that they aren't my style although I will admit that mine weren't light weights. When they get a little porky they tend to do things unexpectedly. Sold my last one to Island Runner, he had the same feelings. It was a lot more fun to watch him fly it than it was to fly it myself though!!
Yes you are correct with all you say.I also like a fat wing and a floater. I know this plane is none of that but still I am going to give it a shot. Expand my horizons. I have built from scratch and in general dont need a build manual,but I found the manual for this one and it is pretty professional looking. I am going to scale it down and build it as light as possible. Maybe it will float my boat. A mojo will be in my future eventually. I am interested in the Burrito also. It is like a updated Morris the Knife. That plane was one of my favorites,but back then I didnt know nothing but loops and rolls so I never really ever gave it a workout.Trust in what these guys say,they never told me wrong and are here to help. Just my thoughts,the plans for a mojo 40 are here,scale it down a bit and have a winner. I have a mojo25,it flies very good,is el powerd,i bet the 40 scaled back a blt will to. Myself,i like a thick wing,it slows down things,the plane you speak of has a thin wing i think,but not sure of this,they are better in the wind. Norvel made 1/2a fun,do love a .074. Guess were trying to say,pick the best plane,takes the same money and time to build but some got more forgiveness than others. Thats why i like mojos,they got so much forgiveness for my ut ooos.
Thanks for the input. That plane looks sharp! I like the transparent blue with the white.Scaling to 41" is a good idea for a .40 glow motor. The absolute best plane in this class in my opinion is TriFlyer3D's Stix 41. Ask Heinz 57 - he built one on my recommendation and loves it. Cartman loves them too and has built several. Most of the reason that plane is so amazing is that it can come in at 2 1/2 pounds if kept light, and use TriFlyer's recommended E power system.
I am not familiar with the Norvel, but I am very familiar with the 40FP. I scaled a Chinn Yak to 41" and the percent for that plane was 87% of original.
Use a good 1 oz. servo to save weight. Mine came in at 2 3/4 lbs when it was done and it flew really good with the 40 FP. I had an unfortunate crash with it and also converted it to E power. After the repairs it came in at 3 lbs RTF. On this size bird you can REALLY feel the xtra weight and the plane doesn't fly near as well as it did at 2 3/4 lbs.
I think you can get the LamYak scaled down and built to be under 3 lbs with a 40 FP. Like the others have said, use a Moussse, Coke, or dollar tree can for a power boost and you will have a very good flying plane if under 3 lbs RTF.
Here is a pic of my 87% 40FP Chakk when it was new. View attachment 145819