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Old Apr 23, 2011, 02:06 PM
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Stevens AeroModel - Swift (100)

My latest purchase from SA is the Swift (100) 21" and my next build. I like the idea of having all control surfaces besides getting hooked on the Spektrum BNF. I'm a Futaba guy however; I'm really liking my DX7 and looking forward to trying this AR6400LBL Ultra Microlite along with the AS2000 servos.
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Old Apr 23, 2011, 02:55 PM
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Very nice, looking forward to the build and maiden report. She looks like a grown-up LittleRod.
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Old Apr 23, 2011, 09:49 PM
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Oddly enough, this full sized small single seater appears to have been inspired by Stevens new kit ...

http://www.google.com/search?q=compe...w=1339&bih=574

Will give you a few ideas for colour schemes and other such stuff

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Old Apr 23, 2011, 10:08 PM
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Oddly enough, this full sized small single seater appears to have been inspired by Stevens new kit ...
http://www.google.com/search?q=compe...w=1339&bih=574
Will give you a few ideas for colour schemes and other such stuff
D
Thanks - I'm thinking red and white, but those are a few more possibilities...
Keith
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Old Apr 24, 2011, 12:01 PM
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Lol certainly the other way around. We started in on the Comper but soon agreed it looked a bit to..... well.... British. A few curves here and there and once again there was harmony at the "skunked" works of the SA workshop.

Bill

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Oddly enough, this full sized small single seater appears to have been inspired by Stevens new kit ...

http://www.google.com/search?q=compe...w=1339&bih=574

Will give you a few ideas for colour schemes and other such stuff

D
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Old Apr 24, 2011, 12:21 PM
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Okay - who's doing one with a dummy radial?

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Old Apr 24, 2011, 02:37 PM
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Thanks - I'm thinking red and white, but those are a few more possibilities...
Keith
Or maybe the PT 19 color scheme or a PT 20
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 11:23 AM
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Stevens,

"We started in on the Comper but soon agreed it looked a bit to..... well.... British."

Though I'm a Yank, bred and true, I would take offence (offense, on this pond side) .

Jim R.
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Old May 06, 2011, 10:23 AM
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I just have to.......

Start the build..... It's just too hard to sit on my hands Derek....

Ordered some LiPos today with a weight of 17g and that's with a balance plug which I have to have on my lipos.

Thunder Power RC - 250mAh 2S 7.4V 20C ProLite V2

Wire Gauge: 20AWG
Weight: 0.60 oz (17g)
Length: 1.57 in (40mm)
Width: 0.83 in (21mm)
Height: 0.43 in (11mm)
Maximum Burst Discharge : 40C
Maximum Continuous Current : 5A
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Old May 06, 2011, 01:29 PM
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Build? What's with this building business?

I thought you got a bag of bits and a sachet of glue. Open the bag of bits, open and pour the glue into the bag, shake vigourously and test glide the complete model across the living room five minutes later...

Regards

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Who just cut out 12 tapered wing ribs for a 200% full size model - and survived with no cuts, which is pretty good, all things considered...
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Old May 06, 2011, 01:47 PM
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Build? What's with this building business?
I thought you got a bag of bits and a sachet of glue. Open the bag of bits, open and pour the glue into the bag, shake vigourously and test glide the complete model across the living room five minutes later...... Regards Dereck
You can almost do that with these SA kits!

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Who just cut out 12 tapered wing ribs for a 200% full size model - and survived with no cuts, which is pretty good, all things considered... Regards Dereck
I usually CA my fingers before I cut myself however; my wife put a box of band-aids on my table while grinning..... what a gal!
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Old May 08, 2011, 06:16 PM
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Well........

That was easy!


Nice touch with the 11 page Photo Supplement "download"

I would recommend any of the Stevens AeroModel kits as a first time build!
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Old May 10, 2011, 09:37 PM
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Got started on covering

It was a little tougher to get aound this one...... I decided on white with red trim and will follow something like this scheme and it will evolve as I go.....
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Old May 11, 2011, 06:58 AM
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The FROG Linnet - a lovely model. The one I'm tinkering with is the 'Raven' from the same range, blown up to an IMAA Crushing 200%. Okay, that's all of 36" span

With painful childhod memories of cutting such kits out - dragging a razor blade through rock- hard fuzzy balsa around badly printed parts with all the patience a kid could raise - i could nearly go buy a small laser cut kit just to say I'd done it!

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Old May 15, 2011, 09:31 PM
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Well another wet weekend......

No problem did a little covering on the Swift, using th lines from the Ailerons and elevator.
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Old May 15, 2011, 09:34 PM
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Electronics started

finished the BL-1504 bullets and extended the AR6400LBL wiring. Pretty much sticking to the plans and instructions......

Had to clean up and reorganize the hobby room too, was getting hard to find everything.....
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Now I have four projects to maiden....

Servos and control linkage went well and easy enough, although the CG is 1/8 behind the spar could use just a bit more weight in the front. Once again followed the plans and instructions.....
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I would be wary of using that stand for models this small. The long plastic arms for measuring the CG location can throw off the actual weight and balance.

Didn't Bill already mark the underside of the wing? If so, simply remove the slides and go again.

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Old May 17, 2011, 03:11 PM
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Yes it's marked on the plans 1/8 inch from spar and checked it using pencils too.
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I would be wary of using that stand for models this small. The long plastic arms for measuring the CG location can throw off the actual weight and balance.

Didn't Bill already mark the underside of the wing? If so, simply remove the slides and go again.

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Old Jun 08, 2011, 10:49 PM
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Silly Me.....

Had a problem with the throttle..... kept cutting out intermittently, discovered that it helps if you don't forget to set the esc throttle range......

It will fly I suppose.
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Old Jun 21, 2011, 04:04 AM
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I just bought one. His models are great! I build his Shaft and it flies great, it flew right off the building board need no trimming.
I also have his air boat, his Ring Rat (control line!) and his ehopper (a scale ultralight)
All great kits, I love the way they build, like a 3D jigsaw puzzle.
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Old Jun 21, 2011, 10:36 AM
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I know what you mean vrex...... I was thinking of the ultralight next because I have the perfect place to fly all around me especially park flyers! However; when the breeze turns to 10-20 mph not good for the light wings or light hearted.... like myself!

Still have to get the Swift100 airborne..... 2nd attempt not good.... it's not the plane well it's the both electronics and the RX tray. I didn't realize it but the balsa F27 where I mounted the 6400 split underneath and to the side. Needless to saying the rx moved around and didn't have good control. Probably pushed too hard when mounting it..... plus the battery tray was a bit weak for my grabby velcro. Hopefully, I can get out today or this evening and fly with the nesting swallows!
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Old Jun 21, 2011, 10:35 PM
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Something must be wrong with the AR6400 or one of the AS2000. I have a side yard with a large hill of wild flowers where I can land safely if needed...... So, I hand launched the Swift, but immediately got away from me right after launch, when nice... then it turned right, wings started to "rock" back and forth then just turned sharp and couldn't avoid the house. Nose hit and slightly bent the motor shaft...... glad I didn't go down to the park, otherwise I would have watched it float in the pond..... More to follow I suppose......
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Old Jul 04, 2011, 06:30 PM
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Whoo Whoo

Finally got to fly the Swift100 with a successful maiden...... followed by 2 more flights! I'll get video on the next few.

I found the previous problem was no "full" elevator because the control wire (shrink wrap) was loose at the tail and I plugged the ailerons into the other plug on the AR6400.

Oh and the new motor fixed the bent shaft...

Love how it just glides in for a landing with cut throttle. Yes, another keeper for sure.

Thanks again SA
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Old Jul 11, 2011, 11:27 AM
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Wow, how'd I miss the progress on this one. That trim scheme is SHARP! nice work on the Swift, and I'm glad you got things worked out for the maiden. Definitely one of my favorite UM models.

-Bill
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Old Jul 11, 2011, 12:35 PM
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Wow, how'd I miss the progress on this one. That trim scheme is SHARP! nice work on the Swift, and I'm glad you got things worked out for the maiden. Definitely one of my favorite UM models. -Bill
Thanks again Bill... Have to tweak the D/R a bit as it's still really touchy.

I have to review my videos to see if the Swift100 flights came out. Seems like my Zi6 was set to VGA and not HD. Besides I want to put the keychain cam on board. Either way I'll post some video soon.
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Old Jul 15, 2011, 03:29 PM
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Your Swift looks really nice! What kind of covering did you use? Looking forward to the flight video.
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Old Jul 15, 2011, 05:14 PM
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Your Swift looks really nice! What kind of covering did you use? Looking forward to the flight video.
I used AeroLite available from Stevens AeroModel and their AeroTrim. On the Swift the checker pattern was created using my injet Clear Glossy Vinyl from papilio.
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Old Jul 16, 2011, 04:12 PM
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Thanks for your reply. I am considering building one. Maybe a little later in the year.
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Old Jul 17, 2011, 12:39 AM
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Swift100 Flight video

Although I've had many successful flights, this was a maiden flight with a keychain cam on the wing, then move to center well, then to my hat....

Video is a little over 7 minutes and should give you an idea of the fun you can have with it. Got side tracked with the video and forgot to test the D/R .....

Swift100_Final_x264.mp4 (7 min 1 sec)
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Old Jul 17, 2011, 11:20 AM
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Looks like a good flier! It's faster and more aerobatic than I thought it would be.
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Old Jul 17, 2011, 11:25 AM
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For sure, I haven't hit the D/R yet, but hope to get out this evening to see the difference or it could just be my over controlling......
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It appears to be "swift," indeed. Might be a handful flown indoors.

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Old Jul 18, 2011, 11:03 AM
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It appears to be "swift," indeed. Might be a handful flown indoors. Jim R.
You could make it float..... indoors....

Just added my Specsheet, better late than never.....
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