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Old May 01, 2007, 01:32 PM
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MS Composit Mini Swift

We've been flying the Swift II and the Maxi Swift for several months. Anybody tried the new Mini Swift? I have got one yesterday, but haven't broken it out yet.
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Old May 01, 2007, 02:30 PM
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If it flies half as good as the SWIFT II it will be a winner. This it the first I've heard of it. Let us know how it goes. How do you intend to outfit it?


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Old May 01, 2007, 03:37 PM
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The little wing has an interesting EPP motor mount. It also has pre-cut servo holes (the wrong orientation), and servo saver horns...We're using the Axi2203/52 motor with an 8A Brushless ESC, a AR6100. We're starting with an E-Flite 2S 800 battery (from the Blade CX).
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Old May 01, 2007, 03:39 PM
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Bob will maiden the little wing from the treehouse today...

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Old May 01, 2007, 05:40 PM
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Successful maiden at the end of the parking lot. Winds of 8, gusting to 12mph. The mini flies virtually the same as the Swift II. Not as stable as the Maxi, but what do we expect? The AUW is 160 grams, 44 of which is the 800mAh battery. (The recommended battery is a 2S 425 to 700mAh). Interesting to try a lighter battery. Flight time was way longer than we wanted. We made multiple launches for a total of 15 minutes of flying. It pitched up on throttle, but settled nicely on glide. Used HS-50 servos.

We mounted all the components, except the servos, on a centrally located strip of Velcro. Even mounted the motor mount with velcro.

The Mini Swift took several hard landings in lava (very sharp and hard), and didn't even scuff the EPP. The reason for that, of course is the light weight.
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Old May 01, 2007, 09:28 PM
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More Mini Swift pictures...
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Old May 01, 2007, 11:31 PM
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Flew again this evening in gusty conditions. The wing doesn't have the LD that the others do. perhaps our next one will have to have more attention paid to weight. Or maybe she needs more boyant, less gusty conditions.
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Old May 02, 2007, 01:30 PM
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Looks good!

What is the max prop diameter?

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Old May 02, 2007, 06:54 PM
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I don' t have the wing in front of me, but I'd say the max prop diameter is 7 inches. It flies now on a 5.5x4.5.
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Old May 02, 2007, 07:02 PM
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Flew today at my buddies tree house. There were stellar conditions and the mini flew flawlessly. My first hunch that the little beast needs the right conditions was right. We launched without power and soared for as long as our necks would last. The mini soared as well or better than the maxi swift I was flying.

Lopakalolo also flew a Maxi Swift with no wing tips. It flew very well, more manueverable (less stable) than the stock Maxi. It has the added advantage of being easier to get out of trees without the wing-tips.

On one flight, Lopakalolo was flying my stock Maxi. He did an Immelman over head and the wind blew the wing over the tree we were flying from. Of course, he could no longer see it. He released the controls, ran down the steps of the treehouse, moved away from the tree, found the still flying wing, regained control, and came back up the steps of the treehouse to finish the flight.
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Old May 02, 2007, 07:05 PM
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Mini Swift ridge soaring...
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Old May 02, 2007, 07:08 PM
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Maxi Swift, no Wing Tips...
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Old May 03, 2007, 02:01 AM
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Built another mini swift this evening. Bone stock. It weighed in at 130 grams. a savings of 30 some grams. I'll fly in the morning. we'll see.
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Old May 03, 2007, 02:01 AM
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Max prop size is no more than 6", without adaptation.
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Old May 04, 2007, 01:52 AM
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The stock Mini Swift maidened this morning with great success. It torque rolls to the right with the application of power, but that's to be expected with the light weight. Lateral stability seemed better than its heavier sister we built yesterday. great glide ratio, indestructable due to the light weight.
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