|Dec 14, 2011, 05:16 AM|
Joined Nov 2005
MaxfordUSA Globe/TEMCO Swift EP 56"
I just saw the new maxfordusa model on their web site.
Globe/TEMCO Swift EP 56" ARF with pre-installed Electronic Retracts
Wing Area: 390 sq. inches
ARF Weight: 2 pounds and 13 ounces
Flying Weight: 3 pounds and 9 ounces
Power System (not included): U35425 Motor, 60A ESC and one 3S/2100 mAh Li-Po 20C battery
-Authentic and functional wing-tip slats and trailing edge flaps.
-Prepainted scale-looking fiberglass cowl with Max-Cowling attachment.
-Pre-trimmed oversized cockpit canopy allows easy access and is secured by alignment pins and powerful magnets.
-Adjustable motor box to fit most types of motors
-Wing panels are easily removable for transport and storage
-Pre-installed electronic retracts
-Optional Detail Upgrade Package- scale dashboard and 2 1/8 pilots
The Globe Swift
What does it mean : functional wingtips slats ?!?
Youtube video :
|Dec 14, 2011, 11:59 PM|
Here's an image that roughly shows the difference and the effect:
By "functional," I assume Maxford means the slots on this model actually work to improve the airflow over the wing at the ailerons, aiding control at high angles of attack.
|Dec 15, 2011, 09:32 PM|
Yes, they are slots, not slats. I still have the slots in my full-scale Swift. I have flown several with the slots covered (in order to gain a few knots airspeed). I don't think the trade-off is worth it. They are not as roll-sensitive at low speed, also a higher propensity to roll off on a wing during a stall.
|Dec 18, 2011, 12:55 PM|
Would be nice if Maxford added more stringers or some balsa sheeting on their fuselages...I hate their extreme starved horse look on the fuselages of the Hughes Racer and their new Globe Swift.
Heck, if they simply sheeted the fuslage in the aft turtledeck area and other upper fuse locations, the models would look 100% better on the ground and in the shop. A model of a smooth sheet metal airframe aircraft really needs either lots of fuse stringers, or sheeting to look good.
If some of you guys uncover the models for another color scheme, please consider getting rid of the starved look!
|Dec 18, 2011, 05:25 PM|
United States, IN, Lafayette
Joined Dec 2003
I think I will just build my own, After buying this and stripping the covering , adding stringers and modifying the landing gear to the proper spacing , it will be easier.
|Dec 18, 2011, 09:12 PM|
|Dec 23, 2011, 06:13 PM|
I've admired Swifts for a long time and was fortunate to have a few hours full scale stick time. I nearly had one bought but unfortunately the deal didn't go through.
I'ts exciting to to see Maxford has come out with such an uncommon model but I'm also not so thrilled with the color even though it's based on a ful scale example. The standard aluminum and factory blue trim would have been more agreeable to me so if I get one it'll have to be painted.
I like the retracts, flaps, slots and the size is perfect. Except for the color and the front cowl looking too round it's a good looking airplane.
The Maxford Gee Bee Y I had was one of the best flying ships in my hanger, so based on that I'll look forward to the Swift a great deal.
Congratulations to Maxford for offering someting less common.
|Dec 23, 2011, 07:09 PM|
It will add a few grams that will not affect the wing loading enough to matter and it will vastly improve the looks of the model.
When modelling aircraft that have metal skins, you really need lots of stringers or some light weight sheeting to get the correct look. And it can be done with an eye to weight.
I still feel Maxford could have had a significantly better looking model with the same flight performance.
|Aug 01, 2012, 01:16 PM|
USA, FL, Safety Harbor
Joined Sep 2000
My student flying buddy just ordered the Swift from Maxford and I will be helping him finish/kit bash and be doing initial test flight/trimming. Tom Sullivan's Aug Model Aviation magazine review is excellent intro to the design. I plan on hinging the canopy to avoid inflight loss due to increased air pressure. Magnets are nice but clear 20X packing tape over double sided tape hinges are what I plan on using. Also plan on activating the ESC brake to stop the windmilling prop from causing any unwanted elevator/rudder blanking. Wet/tall grass runway at club field will most likely require removing strut covers and squeezing in larger tires for rough field takeoffs and landings. Hope the electric retracts stop current draw when the gear gets blocked! I plan on using DX7s battery warning/transmitter vibration for this low voltage condition...what ever that turns out to be!
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