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Old Sep 25, 2011, 12:54 PM
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LoPresti Fury (Globe Swift)

I came across the Lopresti Fury a while back and always liked the Globe Swift so I decided to try and capture the Fury in 1/7 scale.

A little history of where the LoPresti Fury came from. The following is from the Lopresti Fury website; Loprestifury.com "The LoPresti family owns the Fury design and the prototype. Roy left behind the plans, the tooling and even the bill of materials with every nut and bolt specified. More importantly Roy left behind a family of aviation engineers. Curt LoPresti heads the family business "Speed Merchants". They are known as the premier go-fast aviation company which "re-engineers" the designs of others. Speed Merchants is the place aviators go to when they need more you know what. (Speed!)" Work started back in 1990 and they continue to fine tune the design today.

My model will have a 50" span and have about 385 square inches. I will be using a Scorpion 3014-1040Kv motor, Ice 50Amp esc and E-Flite 15-25 85 degree electric retracts.

Here are some pictures of the real one. I just found out that they are in process of repainting the Fury. I believe the new paint scheme will have the current scheme inverted, what is now yellow will be red and what is red will now be yellow.

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Old Sep 25, 2011, 12:57 PM
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Here are the fuse formers and firewall. The fuse sides will be 1/16 as well as wing sheeting....
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Old Sep 25, 2011, 01:02 PM
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The tail feathers will be 3/16 balsa and I will cut the stab in half and glue at the 16 degree dihedral after shaping and hinging.

The cowl is built up from layers of 1/4 balsa assembled on 1/8 music wire rods.

I will post more pictures when the build gets underway.

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Old Sep 25, 2011, 02:02 PM
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Nice plane and will watch this one. Do not often see this one modeled.
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Old Sep 25, 2011, 02:36 PM
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Way cool!

Thanks a lot for sharing. The Fury is the sexiest GA aircraft I've seen.

Here's a great read from The pilot Corkey Fornof:
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Lots of great info on the plane among other stuff.


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Old Sep 25, 2011, 03:51 PM
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The Swift is an elegant looking plane in stock configuration, and the mods don't seem to detract from it. Great choice!

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Old Sep 26, 2011, 03:19 AM
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sub`d !
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 04:19 PM
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I've made some progress on the fuse...I cut the two sides out of 1/16 balsa and located the firewall, F1, F2, F3, and F4. I also glued the additional 1/16 sheet which will form the turtle deck. The triangle stock, wing saddle doubler, and 1/4 square have also been added.

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Old Sep 27, 2011, 04:26 PM
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Building up the fuse;

Here I have the top view of the plan with center line highlighted and the fuse sides and firewall and formers positioned but not glued.

I made sure everything was squared up then glued the F2, F1 and finally the firewall. Note the top of the 1/4 square is 0-0 so by shimming the fuse until the 1/4 square is at 0-0 you can then use a triangle to make sure thrust is 0-0 and by sighting down on the top view make sure I am not building any left thrust!

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Old Sep 27, 2011, 07:03 PM
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Subscribed and fascinated. I love that little Swift!
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Way cool!

Thanks a lot for sharing. The Fury is the sexiest GA aircraft I've seen.

Here's a great read from The pilot Corkey Fornof:
Plane talk
Lots of great info on the plane among other stuff.


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Great stuff... Corkey was the Pilot flying the BD-5 though the hanger in James Bond Octopussy film !
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Old Sep 28, 2011, 03:03 AM
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Great progres! Do you have a 3-view or what are you using as a plan?

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Great stuff... Corkey was the Pilot flying the BD-5 though the hanger in James Bond Octopussy film !
Among other cool movie stunts

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Old Sep 28, 2011, 05:05 AM
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Raipe,

I am working from my plans developed from a 3 view. I drew it up in CAD and had the formers, ribs, etc laser cut.

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Old Sep 29, 2011, 06:06 AM
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Raipe,

I am working from my plans developed from a 3 view. I drew it up in CAD and had the formers, ribs, etc laser cut.

Denny
I had a hunch about laser cutting when I looked at the pics, good work. Did you use a Swift 3-view or do you have one for the Fury. I have never seen one and trust me I've searched

Keep up the good work
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Old Sep 29, 2011, 06:59 AM
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Raipe,

Here's what I started with....

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