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Old Feb 08, 2012, 09:45 PM
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Speaking of Classic Speed Planes...

Here's my old-warhorse Cavazos Sailplane Design Vortex.

CSD Vortex 05 Electric Sport/Pylon Plane (1 min 2 sec)


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Old Feb 08, 2012, 11:38 PM
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I got the Switchblade and the Twister. They're both fantastic flyers. A Vortex would be a nice addition to my CSD family.
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Old Feb 09, 2012, 11:11 AM
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If you like the Twister and Switchblade, you would love their larger brother. The Vortex is an excellent, fast sports plane for flying smooth, big maneuvers like Cuban 8s, etc.

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Old Feb 09, 2012, 10:45 PM
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I just resurrected one of my old CSD Switchblades that I have had since the late 90's. I had several that I raced (7 cell 6V Speed 400) and now only have one that got heavy due to repairs. I sport flew it with 8 to 10 cells and had a blast. This thing had probably a thousand flights on it when it went on a shelf for about 10 years. I added a carbon spar, some glass on the nose and firewall, installed a Mega 16-15-3 and TP 3 cell 1300 It was the fastest plane most had seen back in the day w/ a 10 cell being dropped from several hundred feet. Now it seems that fast straight and level. The turns......oh well it may break someday. Had a guy the other day say " cute park flyer", just as I did a quick runup. Now that there was funny.

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Old May 22, 2012, 04:27 PM
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Hi, I just pulled out my switchblade and installed the mega 16/15/3. I am having trouble getting a 1300 lipo to fit. Can you post a pic of how you got everything inside the fuse? When I flew it on nicads it wasnt a problem as the pack was flat enough that it could go right under the wing servo.

It may be possible to put it up in the nose but I misplaced my instructions and am not sure where the CG is supposed to be. Thanks for any advice.

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Old May 23, 2012, 05:47 PM
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Hi, I just pulled out my switchblade and installed the mega 16/15/3. I am having trouble getting a 1300 lipo to fit. Can you post a pic of how you got everything inside the fuse? When I flew it on nicads it wasnt a problem as the pack was flat enough that it could go right under the wing servo.

It may be possible to put it up in the nose but I misplaced my instructions and am not sure where the CG is supposed to be. Thanks for any advice.

Bob
I am using the Thunder Power 3S 1300 and got it to clear by tilting the battery away from the servo arm. I had to laterally balance with a bit of weight on the light side wing due to the battery offset. The CG is 1 1/4 to 1 3/8 from the leading edge at the root.

Hope that helps
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Old May 24, 2012, 10:35 AM
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That does help. Thanks.

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Old May 26, 2012, 10:34 AM
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I remember wanting a Vortex. At the time, it was more than I could spend. I liked that it could be had with a rudder. The closest thing out there now is, I think, the Acro-Prism.
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