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Mar 20, 2012, 10:20 PM
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Swift 3D, inside: my building strategy

Here is my new project. The Swift 3D.
Please for the love of god tell me if someone has already taken that name, I promise I won't kill them, but I will change the name of my plane so I don't look like a plagiarizer
Anyways. I have thrown in some little detail from all sorts of planes I have seen and... well from a pickup truck too. I was thinking "Ford Ranger" while I was building it.
I noticed on the Fancy Foam Fenix, both the v1 and the v2 that the wing is somewhat squarish. I decided to incorporate that kinda into the design. So props to them. Because I have always made much thinner wingtips on my airplanes, well, not a whole lot thinner but reasonably thinner.
I have been playing around with wing sweep as well. I have discovered that it gets your CG back relative to the fuselage and makes a plane knife edge cleaner.
You may notice that I have more fuse chord UNDER the wing that over it, well, the carbon and landing gear is down there so it deserves a bit more area to make up for that. I think.
Anyways, I will update the pictures and the info as I go. You guys better be damn appreciable for me doing this! Its a pain in the tush to make a build thread you know!
I think it looks really cool and it should fly well. Who cares? First version of the design so looking cool is the top of priorities!
Anyways, wish me luck and feel free to attempt a build using the plans. Remember I have no idea how it flies so... Don't keep your expectations very high if you choose to do so. But it should fly alright. I usually have good luck with that.
Now, I will go through how I build planes and the method I use as a part of this thread. This will be applicable to just about any self made 3D foamy in this size class. As well as how I lay out my carbon, which has never let me down, ever. My airplanes have always been rock solid in the air. So you may want to keep up with the thread just for that simple stupid reason.

Chris G.
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Mar 24, 2012, 06:08 PM
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Okey dokey! The airplane is finished and the pictures have been taken, at least as many as I could in the short period of time I had. Near the end I had to stop and hurry to finish the airplane before 12 this morning. I had to get it finished then to enter it in a building contest at the Westlake RC club. I got an amazing 1st place in my building category! HOORAY!!!
Its going to take me a while to get all the pictures uploaded, mostly because of the fact that the files are large and the internet speed is small.

Chris G.
Mar 24, 2012, 10:40 PM
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Okey dokey. The instructions continue...
Mar 24, 2012, 10:43 PM
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Mein Kampf (My struggle)

The difficulty I have with the uploader is so great. That I am making preparations to commit a murder.
That was a joke.
But seriously, could this thing be ANY harder to use? I have tried to load the last set of photos multiple times and every time I make some kind of mistake that takes an hour away from my life that I will never get back. Ever.
I will try again tomorrow. Sorry for the disappointment.

Chris G.
Mar 25, 2012, 04:11 PM
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Updating once more! And probably again after this. Though I am not a hundred percent sure.
Ya, definitely not the last of the updates here.
Sep 17, 2012, 11:33 AM
was geht , müssen unten kommen
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Cool Subbed ..
Good luck on the maiden
Sep 17, 2012, 01:54 PM
F3A Team Finland
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Hehe, that looks like a T-72 tank but I bet it flies quite well! Good job.
Sep 17, 2012, 03:42 PM
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Oh it was maidened LONG ago. I actually based the nose and canopy off of a 2011 Ford Ranger.
I will get a video of it. It does fly nice. Very nice actually. Well, at least I think so.
Thanks for the comments!

Chris G.
Sep 17, 2012, 05:36 PM
It's Just Foam!!!
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I like it! Good for you, you came up with an idea and made it work! That's the heart of this sport, er, hobby, er obsession! Unfortunately, Techone does have a 48 in foamie called the "Swift". Why not just go with "Ranger"?
Sep 17, 2012, 10:21 PM
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Hate to bust your bubble on the name, but Techone makes a plane called the Swift 3D. I've got one myself and it's awesome. Not sure if you couldn't call yours that anyways. Nitroplanes sells the Techone Swift if you wanna check them out.
Sep 18, 2012, 11:23 AM
One more flight...
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If you had posted this in the scratchbuild forum you'd have had more replies IMO... None the less, looks good, vids or it didn't fly, and for your next project - a ford svt raptor.
Sep 18, 2012, 02:00 PM
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Or how about "Stranger"?
Sep 18, 2012, 03:04 PM
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I'll call it Swift, TechOne stuff is junk anyways.
Joking, I had a Malibu 2 once upon a time. As long as you build it according to common sense instead of the directions it turns out kinda light. But then you fly it an realize that it actually flies pretty darn straight.
The Swift has 50 flights or so on it. It does fly very well. Very crisp rolling behaviors and it tracks pretty straight too. Swift v2 is actually currently in production. I will get a video up of the original Swift as soon as I can. Gotta glue it back together though. Needs a new ESC too, it died in a pretty high hover, and if you know profile foamies this size like some of us do you know that they slip backwards in a HURRY if they are not extremely light and they don't have airbrakes. So it accordianified the tail a little. Easy fix but now it will be a little tail heavy...
Good thing I got it's 14 dollars worth of use.

Chris G.

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