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combination of things. First are flaps. I
used half flaps for each of the attempts,
and because I had programmed in a
scalelike (slow) servo speed, it kept the
Swift level when deploying them.
Next was the propeller. The Slow
Flyer’s wide-blade propeller design acts
like an airbrake when turning slowly.
Because of the LE’s wing slots. I found
that once I turned on final, the Swift
“locked” into a gentle glide slope. If
you’re slightly short, just throttle up a
little. If you’re somewhat off-center, the
flying surfaces will still be effective; the
model showed no tendency to tip stall.
After touching down, the rollout was
short because of the toe-out problem, so
I went home to correct this. Removing
the gear from the fuselage, I found that
a single screw holds the gear struts in. I
removed the struts, recut the flats for a
better angle, then reinstalled the struts,
but this created another problem.
Although I filed off only enough
metal to alter the angle of the flat, it
was enough that the factory screw was
too short to hold the strut in place.
I dug through my collection of odd
screws and found a couple of matching
metric screws that were approximately
1/8 inch longer, and they did the trick. I
reassembled everything and now taxiing,
takeoffs, and landings are much better.
I’ve made quite a few flights with the
Swift and have become comfortable
with it. It handles 10 to 15 mph winds
well, although it can bounce slightly. It’s
not what I’d call a speedster, but it sure
looks good buzzing the field on a high-speed low pass.
The electric retracts work flawlessly
and it’s nice not having to worry about
them. The gear’s wide stance helps in
Maxford has done a great job with this
Globe/Temco Swift ARF. Its scalelike
appearance and lightweight construction
are top notch. It can accept a wide range
of radio and power equipment.
The Swift has a wide flight envelope
and superior low-speed characteristics
that make it a fun, highly aerobatic
design. Throw in the facts that it will
stand out at the field and you can get
close to 12 minutes of aerobatic flight
time, and I feel that Maxford’s Swift
is something to think about if you are
looking to add a new model to your
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