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Old Apr 22, 2014, 07:02 PM
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The landing lights on the full-scale are as follows:

(1) in both wing leading edges, outboard of the gear, if installed when originally built, or:

(2) located in the wheel wells (not the factory location, but very common, nonetheless)
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Old Apr 23, 2014, 08:09 AM
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Thanks for the pics, flyboy. Too bad I didn't get that inspiration when I had the covering off a couple weeks ago when I was fixing the lg. I'll see if I can work out something in the wheel well.
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Old Apr 23, 2014, 04:30 PM
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Still can't get the optional interior dash board lights to work. What's the secret code?
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Old Apr 24, 2014, 08:02 AM
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Sorry can't help you with that one. I don't have the lights and I made my own interior.
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Old Jan 11, 2015, 10:57 PM
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Anyone still flying their Swift? I'm thinking of putting mine together but not sure it may be worth the effort considering all the problems it came with.

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Old Jan 12, 2015, 08:18 AM
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After about a 4 month hiatus, I flew mine yesterday. She does fly great but again with just a little harder than grease-on landing, the blocking around one of my lg broke again. So it's back to the bench...cut open the covering, repair the balsa damage...try to beef it up better again. Just be sure to go through the whole plane and beef up weak areas and re-glue every joint you can get to. Good luck!
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Old Jan 12, 2015, 12:56 PM
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I took it out of the box last night and had a another look and as much as I looked forward this plane I think I'll sell it. I'm extremely disappointed they couldn't have taken more care with it. Regrettably, I've finally concluded Maxford left this plane with way too many weak points for me to mess with and I've been interested in a couple other planes anyway.

Best wishes with yours and I hope you continue to enjoy it despite the problems.
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Old May 22, 2015, 02:15 PM
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Got the Maxford Swift on Sale for $153. After reading though this thread I decided to pull the landing gear and look at the mounting base. What a poor design. That would not hold up to the best greased landing on an asphault runway - I fly off grass.

Here are a few photos. the first two show the mounting base for the landing gear. as you can see, it is made of very poor quality plywood AND very little "meat" to absorb the stresses of landing.

I am going to use the same reinforcement blocks that I saw earlier in this thread. I am going to install the blocks with Gorila Glue. It is about as strong as epoxy and it will expand to fill the gaps to make a stronger installation of the blocks.

Not feeling good about this model.
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Old May 27, 2015, 09:42 AM
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Landing Gear Design

Maxford really missed the mark on the landing gear for this model. As you can see in this photo:
  • the retracts are 90 degree retracts. The wing has several degrees of dihedral. So, the landing gear is angled out - BAD
  • the stock wires have a "flat" for the mounting screw to make the wheel sit flat in the wheel wells. However, this results in TOE OUT camber of the wheels - BAD
  • the wheel wells are not deep enough to allow sheeting on the bottom. The bottom of the wheel wells is only the covering for the top of the wing - BAD

Although the plane (fuse and wings) look good, the landing gear design is REALLY BAD!
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Old Jun 01, 2015, 02:24 PM
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Hey guys, I am planning on doing a COMPLETE wing redesign to mate up to the existing fuselage. Hopefully it will be more scale in proportion, and the landing gear situation will be fixed (hopefully). The landing gear wells wont be so far out from the center, and the flaps wont be positioned so far out either. HOPEFULLY it will look nice, clean, and scale, and be 100% stronger in the landing gear department.
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Hey guys, I am planning on doing a COMPLETE wing redesign to mate up to the existing fuselage. Hopefully it will be more scale in proportion, and the landing gear situation will be fixed (hopefully). The landing gear wells wont be so far out from the center, and the flaps wont be positioned so far out either. HOPEFULLY it will look nice, clean, and scale, and be 100% stronger in the landing gear department.
Keep us posted on your progress.

BTW - I made a formal complaint to Maxford listing all of the gear issues. They said they would "try" to incorporate them into the next release of this model.
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Motor Mount

Yet another "poor" construction issue with this model. The slide in motor mount is a great idea. However, when you mount your motor in the center of the firewall as indicated by the centering marks, it results in the motor being located high in the hole in the cowl (off center - high). It appears that Maxford was aware of this as the hole in the cowl has a small divit (cut-out) at the top center area of the hole.

What a POS!!!
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Mine's been sitting on the bench uncompleted for 2 years.
Chris...
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Old Jun 19, 2015, 08:26 AM
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Mine's been sitting on the bench uncompleted for 2 years.
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That may be the best place for this model.
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Old Jun 29, 2015, 04:33 PM
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Maiden

As suspected, ground handling was very erratic and hard to control due to the angle of the landing gear. After several attempts to perform a "scale" takeoff, I just got it going straight and gunned it! I made a few trim adjustments and got her flying relatively well. I got brave and retracted the landing gear. It was a bit breezy (8-10mph) which pushed the plane around a bit. However, it flew quite well. On the landing, it slowed down to a crawl and nearly stopped in mid air (no flaps). But once the gear touched the ground, she nosed over onto the cowl and settle back down on the tail wheel. I knew it would not roll out well (landing gear issue).

On the second flight, I did a few rolls and loops. In summary, it flew quite well and should fly better with less wind.
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