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Old Aug 02, 2009, 12:50 AM
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Thank you One of the dog's is ours (you can hear Kristy calling her at one point) the other two we met there. One of those two was really keen on chasing the Swift. Kristy video'd about the first half of the flight, which I edited down to about 2:30. But just before my final catch I came in low and one of the dogs leapt in the air to try and beat me to the catch! He didn't come close but it was hilarious to watch.

I haven't tried the cricket pitch yet, unfortunately it's end on to the shortest boundaries with tall trees all around. The boundaries there are so short, a decent pace bowler would have first slip on the boundary! My EVA Bipe definately can't land on it (too fast). Maybe when I finish the flap mod to my Cessna 182 it will fly slow enough to use the pitch. It is beautiful and smooth though, I think it's made of recycled tyres so it's got a bit of spring to it.

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Old Aug 02, 2009, 08:53 PM
Where'd The Wise Men Go?!?
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Had a ball last night with my Swift.. High altitude dives w/high speed passes - always fun.

I like to climb to a few hundred feet and cut the motor to see how long I can glide it until I have to power back up. Well, last night I was up pretty good gliding when all of a sudden I lost all control! The Swift was in a gentle right turn; but no control input would do anything. I shut down the TX and powered back up w/no effect. Started to run and follow it so I could see where it came down. Luckly the winds blew it away from the hills and into the valley meadow. As I got up to it, wiggling the sticks, still had nothing. I picked it up off the ground and all of a sudden I had control again. On/Off/On/Off it would go. Then I noticed the battery connection wasn't fully seated. Arrrgghhh

HINT: Make sure battery plug is FULLY seated before takeoff!
I got lucky this time!!
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Old Aug 02, 2009, 10:14 PM
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Took my Swift out to fly some indoor laps. The guys thought I was nuts.
I gotta say this; it was a BLAST and a RUSH! Caught a few obsticles with the wings a couple times, and had a few close calls with the lights/heat ducts. After that flying I can vouch 100% on the durability of this plane! LoL

Which brings up a question.. One 'hard' crash-land I walked up to find my blue wonder in two pieces?!?! The bell/shaft got pulled out through the assembly. I put the thing back together and it operates great. But, there is no retaining clip to hold the motor on anymore... It's a pusher only motor now! Anyone ever had this happen with their motor?
I had the exact same thing happen to my blue wonder. I flew it as a pusher until I could find a replacement e clip. I was able to get some at the LHS a bunch for about $2.50. I asked the worker about them and I told him it was for a 3mm shaft with a slot cut into it. He found some in the rc car section of the store.
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Old Aug 02, 2009, 10:34 PM
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Thx for the tip AltonMan
May have to take in my blue wonder to see if they can help me out as well.
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Old Aug 03, 2009, 11:46 AM
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Im currently about to begin my new Ritewing TL50 build. I am going to be glassing it with Riteweave (lighter then henry's) and 3m90.

My question is...has anybody glassed there swift ii? would it just be a monster of a brick then? i have been noticing alot of flex in my Swift and i am wondering the best way to get rid of it considering i have quite a bit of strapping tape on it....im thinking either stipping it down and glassing it or parts of it OR adding CF Spar's

Dont bash me as i think it would be way to heavy but wondering if anyone has done it? haha
-Justin
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Old Aug 03, 2009, 12:05 PM
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Also thinking about picking up some of the GWS 3 bladed props. Prob the 5 6 and 7 inches ones. If i catch the wing which i almost always do on landing i wonder what these props will offer to the motor/wing/battery.

Anyone given it a try?

Hey i just want to experiment :-)!

-Justin
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Old Aug 03, 2009, 12:41 PM
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randys hobbies in houston is stocking ms composite, i picked up a swift there sunday.
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Old Aug 03, 2009, 01:12 PM
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Never glassed one - but I have two 4mm x .5mm CF spars in my Swift. One about 4" back from the nose, and the other 3" from the TE root. Both run out to 1" from the wingtips. Strapping tape over the LE, heavy around the nose, and covering about 1/2 the bottom. I have never noticed any 'flexing' on mine.

I do believe that glassing would add a bit of weight, but if you did it right, it shouldn't add all that much. The downside I would see would be that it would not be nearly as forgiving during a botched landing (as I have several under my rather large belt).

The 3blade prop idea is interesting. I actually have a 9x7 one here that I have considered using ... But my landings and chances of breaking up another motor have kept me from using it. Wouldn't hurt to give it a shot tho! you'll have to post how it goes if you do!
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Old Aug 03, 2009, 05:21 PM
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Im currently about to begin my new Ritewing TL50 build. I am going to be glassing it with Riteweave (lighter then henry's) and 3m90.

My question is...has anybody glassed there swift ii? would it just be a monster of a brick then? i have been noticing alot of flex in my Swift and i am wondering the best way to get rid of it considering i have quite a bit of strapping tape on it....im thinking either stipping it down and glassing it or parts of it OR adding CF Spar's

Dont bash me as i think it would be way to heavy but wondering if anyone has done it? haha
-Justin

I saw a Superfly done the Riteway, but haven't seen anyone try it with the swift II. Would be interesting, but I agree with you it would be way heavy for what it is. Although, I bet it could be pretty fast.

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Old Aug 05, 2009, 09:16 AM
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Been doing more and more thinking about this prospect of Ritewaying the Swift II. One of the things i dont like at all about the Swift is the Elevons...they bend and twist and therefor are terribly INEFFECTIVE....Considering ritewaying those first to see how much increased control authority i gain. I currently have alittle ballast in the rear anyways to balance CG so ill remove that and see how it balances once this Glassed.

Another thought/question is. Has anyone just cut the elevons off and replaced them with balsa and hot glue hinged em? Ive been considering that too.

ugh decisions decisions. One thing for sure is that its likely to gain weight if i glass it all but then again i have alot of Strapping tape already on there that would be removed. haha

-Justin
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Old Aug 05, 2009, 04:20 PM
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Who has the swift 2 online for the best price???
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Old Aug 05, 2009, 04:55 PM
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Who has the swift 2 online for the best price???
If you are in the USA, finding a Swift 2 is a challenge due to the MScomposit USA ordeal.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1070715

I think you can get them from these places.

Lazertoyz
Airlandseahobby
NEsail

You might find them at a few other spots, but right now price shopping really isn't going to help much, just finding one available in the scheme you want is a real challenge.

GL,

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Old Aug 05, 2009, 05:04 PM
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Been doing more and more thinking about this prospect of Ritewaying the Swift II. One of the things i dont like at all about the Swift is the Elevons...they bend and twist and therefor are terribly INEFFECTIVE....Considering ritewaying those first to see how much increased control authority i gain. I currently have alittle ballast in the rear anyways to balance CG so ill remove that and see how it balances once this Glassed.

Another thought/question is. Has anyone just cut the elevons off and replaced them with balsa and hot glue hinged em? Ive been considering that too.

ugh decisions decisions. One thing for sure is that its likely to gain weight if i glass it all but then again i have alot of Strapping tape already on there that would be removed. haha

-Justin

I'm thinking of replacing my elevons with depron foam. Shouldn't gain much weight if any.
I've already replaced the wingtip stabilizers with 6mm depron.
That made a big difference in the way it tracked. The originals were just too floppy.
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Old Aug 07, 2009, 12:07 PM
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i know this is slighty off topic, but just ordered a mini swift, and wondering if you guys can give me some advice on a good set up, i will use either my 1500 Kv or 1700 Kv blue wonder motor, or maybe you can advise me on motor and lipo set up, i already fly the swift 2 and loving it, but just fancy trying the mini
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Old Aug 09, 2009, 08:04 PM
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i know this is slighty off topic, but just ordered a mini swift, and wondering if you guys can give me some advice on a good set up, i will use either my 1500 Kv or 1700 Kv blue wonder motor, or maybe you can advise me on motor and lipo set up, i already fly the swift 2 and loving it, but just fancy trying the mini
carl
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You might consider this motor or something similar, http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/the...ushless/Detail

It flies well with a 5x5 prop in both 2 and 3 cell.
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