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Old Feb 08, 2013, 12:49 PM
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As an experiment, I put one of these low cost 3-axis stabilisers in my Mini Switft, hoping to make it more stable in windy conditions.
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...rch=9171000102
It sort of worked. On the first flight I had the yaw gain set too high and it had a permanent tail waggle as it it oscillated in yaw. I reduced the gain and it was better, but I found a few other things that weren't great. Firstly it adds weight (almost 10%) in a very light aircraft, plus mounting it under the canopy caused a large CG shift forward requiring full up elevator trim. For some reason the already slow roll rate seemed to have reduced too. So in summary it works and in a larger aircraft where the added weight might be less of an issue it would be OK. But I ended up removing it from the Mini-Swift.
I see that there is now a version 2 of this unit. The V2 supports delta wings and v-tails.
Here is V.2 of the Orange Stabilizer and it looks a bit more sophisticated than V. 1.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...elta_AUX_.html
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 01:00 PM
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I think the fox is a lot like the kinetic 800
well, apart from it being sold as a chuck glider! It's probably the most modded chuck glider out there with pullers, pylon mounted pullers and pushers, single and twin edf, tail mounted motors and twin booms,bi-plane and tri-planes!
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 01:11 PM
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And the Kinetic 800 is a lot like a Multiplex Merlln which is a lot like an overgrown Mini Swift.
I have a Merlin and love it. The Elapor Foam is crazy strong and my set up is nice and fast on 3s.
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 01:13 PM
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BTW... It's nice to see this thread resuscitated!
The Mini Swift deserves to mentioned with the Best.
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 06:48 PM
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The Multiplex Fox is just 500mm wingspan, the Mini Swift is 600mm and the Kinetic/Merlin are 800mm span. They are all just good fun.
I have a Fox that I converted to a slope plane. We get eagles often come by our local slope. One time I am flying the Fox and an eagle cruises by and comes back for another look. Another slope pilot says "I reckon that Fox could kill that eagle". What? Why???
He continues "Yeah, I reckon the eagle might choke on it as it tries to eat it!"
It's snack size all right.
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 08:03 AM
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Hey Ricko - Does the Orange Stabilizer replace the Rx?
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 09:04 AM
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Hi all.
Got my swift rebuilt for the third major time, gorillor glue is magic ! Last time had a good launch into a stiff breeze with full throttle looked good guess what ? . The bloody tx slipped out of my hand !!. Neck strap from now on. Have put a 1811 2000kv in much better. Have a 1806 maybe too much ?. Have a spare set of parts for a complete new one, also thinking of getting another arf.
Love the swift in a really strong wind, I have learned to fly it with a lot of throttle to beat the tip stall. Must put up some pics when the work settles down (beef farm)
Thanks all for the thread.

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Old Feb 11, 2013, 11:08 AM
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Hi all.
Got my swift rebuilt for the third major time, gorillor glue is magic ! Last time had a good launch into a stiff breeze with full throttle looked good guess what ? . The bloody tx slipped out of my hand !!. Neck strap from now on. Have put a 1811 2000kv in much better. Have a 1806 maybe too much ?. Have a spare set of parts for a complete new one, also thinking of getting another arf.
Love the swift in a really strong wind, I have learned to fly it with a lot of throttle to beat the tip stall. Must put up some pics when the work settles down (beef farm)
Thanks all for the thread.

ron (acheyJ VK5AKJ)
The AX1806n 2500kv motor is perfectly suited for the Mini Swift.
Lots of umph for the size of the plane and easy on the battery.
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 11:11 AM
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http://www.killerplanes.com/product/mini-swift

Check this one out.
Crash proofing for 20 bucks.
This guy, Steve is quite the salesman, but a very convincing one at that!
If, for whatever reason, I crashed by MS catastrophically, I would definately consider one of these.
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 12:35 PM
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Hey Ricko - Does the Orange Stabilizer replace the Rx?
No, it goes between the RX and servos. A short male to male servo lead connects the rudder,aileron and elevator channels of the RX to the stabilizer and the servos plug into the stabilizer. The RX still sends commands to the servos but the stabilizer also sends stabilizing commands to keep the plane flying sunny side up
Andy
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 07:47 AM
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Thanks for the clarification Andy, Jim
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 02:29 PM
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Flew her again today.
10mph winds. She did great! I'm so glad I put on prop saver on the motor.
It's saved me the trouble of having to fix the firewall after a couple of dicey launches.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 09:17 PM
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I am just about to get back into R/C planes, and I think the mini-swift is going to be my entry point.

Does it still come with the spare fuse, wing and tail (as seen on a few youtube vids)?
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 10:31 PM
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No, it does not.
Might not be the greatest choice for entry level
It has reliability issues stock.
I think there are better out of the box fliers.
That's just my opinion though.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 11:42 PM
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I have flown in the past, so I don't need a trainer as it were.
This will be my first LiPo Electric (I did have a Slo-V).

I was going to get an AXN Clouds, but as I am only going to go to parks this might be a bit too big. The other options I like are the funfighters or the wings.
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