Made with EPO, this small glider is both agile and very resliant to crashes. A great hotliner style glider with an 800mAh 2S pack, or bungy high-start/tow model with a 350mAh pack. The Mini-swift is great fun slope soaring or just racing around your local park. Because it's plug-n-fly ready you only need to include your own receiver and battery to be flight-ready!
Hello everyone! This is the mini swift of a friend with a new powerfull motor 2500kv 19g on 2 cell. Now is really better this little glider *) Soon we will test a new motor with 3000kv also one 2 cell. I will post here the video here. Regards
As for the Spirit comparison, they are very different. the Spirit with longer wings will 'soar' better in thermals and also do better in higher winds with more power and a heavier battery... but for sloaping I would prefer the mini-swift as it's lighter.
Maidened today and what a great little plane , using 500mah 2s noon techs up front on stock set up , could do with a little more power but other than that a great model to chuck in the car and go for a fly , lipos are cheap too *-)
this plane is a great park flyer I have 800mah batt in mine and have as close to the nose as I can get it with a micro rx behind it the CG is good flys really good and getting 25 to 30 minutes flight time great to learn on love flying the swift in the park its a bit slow at my local flying club but I really like it tough too very tough for little plane GOOD WORK HOBBYKING HAVE A BEER ON ME
Is the orange r410 rx ok to use with the mini swift ??
Also I'm using using nanotech 2s 460mah lipos pushed as far foward as poss and can't seem to get CG right ,, best I can get CG is just behind the aileron push rod tube...
If I push the lipo anywhere near toward the wing it's way too tail heavy ,
The 410 would be ok so long as you don't let it get too far away. It's not a long range RX. I have Nano 460 sitting about 5mm behind the hatch magnet (velcro to one side) with the ESC beside and forward & an FrSky 6 ch RX beside & behind the ESC.
Balances perfectly with no lead.
The orange Rx receivers are great for the price but if you want to fly anything from more than about a kilometer away go and get a spektrum brand receiver. However this is a small plane that I don't even think is visible at a kilometer away. That's why it would work. If you were going to buy a large turbine jet or something super expensive, I would go out and but a spektrum brand receiver. Hope this helps.
First of all it will not fit without cutting much of the foam away. However I feel the weight would be much too heavy and flight characteristics would be not be ideal (you would need to fly it quite fast, and it would be very susceptible to tip-stalling)
It's not going to like the weight. It'll be ok at speed but you'll need to carry a lot of speed at landing & it'll tipstall like a mofo.
Keep it light with a 5oomah or less battery & you'll have a much better behaved plane.
You would have to add more dihedral otherwise it would be unflyable.
May I suggest you look at the sky500 or something similar. This will never be a god slow flyer. You're trying to turn a Ferrari into a VW Combi.
If you were going 3-channel, I would recommend Aileron & Elevator are required - and you could leave the rudder out. If you skipped the Ailerons, you would lose responsiveness, and may have problems in wind or turbulence due to the lack of primary control.
Try a new motor. 2500 kv for two cell its a good choice. "X 1806N 2500kv Brushless Micro Motor (19g)". The stock esc works for 2 cell setup and 4.5x4.5 prop. If you scroll down a little you will see a video of this plane with that motor
Im a beginner, but all these comment that i read on nearly every plane, (sucks) some say servo's broke other say the wing sucks, can you guys show me a plane that works great, because, i don't know much about servo's etc... nvm to replace or fix them.
I got this as my first plane about 3 weeks ago.
Its great fun and have crashed it a couple of time and it still flying. Have managed to thermal it and just now (stupidly) flew in 30km/h winds. So if you want it get it, just a beginners opinion for another beginner.
if you are just starting to gliding I would get an anx floater or a blixer. just because it has a bigger wing area, and it's more stable. so basically if you want a very acrobatic plane get this one if you want a stable plane get the anx floater or the blixer.
This mini-swift will glide some what into the wind but it will need power to sustain flight as it starts to drop and tip stall off to the side if the speed drops too much. It is really not a great glider as the wings are very small.
had one of these before, and time for another.
however i did not like the stock motor.
i have seen the video for the upgrade motor, but quite frankly i want something more.
i am thinking of running a nanotech 3s and a 18-25A esc. probly plush.
just wondering what motor/prop combo will fit.
i have been thinking an inrunner would be better, but im really not sure.
any suggestions welcome.
but please dont tell me it doesnt need it, or the plane wont handle it, because i have already done this, just not well, and i know what i want.
I have 2 mini swifts I have been flying for 2 years now.One crashed and I have modified it with a extended foam nose with the motor externally mounted. It fly,s better than my new one. Regarding the battery the best one in my opinion, and I have tried from 370mah to an 800mah...all successfully is the nano-tech 370 mah 25-40C discharge 2 cell 7.4V.My flight times have been 8 minutes coming back down with over 30% left in the battery after reading the analyzer. Hope this helps.Remember the lighter the battery the better the performance, as with an 800mah the plane is too heavy although it has good penetration through the air, but you can tell it's struggling
I think is better to start another type of aircraft .. slowfly like to, but if you have minimal experience this plane is perfect, I have two with 800mah are fun and you can spend an hour with it and not get bored.
this is a good example of how any folding prop must be designed so it performs as needed:
in it you can see that the hub protrudes and the blades have an "L" bend so they fold and don't get blocked by the fuselage. why the designers of these small props did not do the same?
Like you phil, I have a throbbing passion for folding props. I totally agree that the miniswifts props should fold all the way. What were they thinking? In saying that, I've never had a problem with this plane (i have 2 but one is in a tall tree). In fact, it might be argued that the angle they sit might even help the gliding dynamics..!! Crazy. Miniswift rocks.
there is a market for small (5 to 6") folding props that perform as expected, and fold completely without being blocked by the fuselage. hobby king sells others that are well designed. will someone ever do this?
thanks. for what i see, the way they were designed, the hinge line is under the spinner and the fuselage gets on their way. so it is not that they don't fold all the way by themselves. anyhow, it is a typical example of designing from drafting board to manufacturing, without field testing. sad.
I got rid of this folding prop because it has a white plastic heavy mass that it attaches to behind it. All this does is add weight to the front of the engine and when you nose in its bends the motor shaft which I have done 3 times. Enough of that. I went to a 2mm prop saver and now have the motor mounted externally with an 1811-2000kv. What a difference. Motor stays cold,no more bent shafts. It flys super straight now...no wiggle, and if you hit the ground with the nose the prop gives instead of the motor shaft. 2mm shafts bend easy.
thank you for sharing your experience. i would think the designers were releasing something like this:
CAM FOLDING PROP 4.7 x 2.4 (for 2mm Shaft) 26mm spinner
sales*gliders.uk**** at a lower price, but they made a prop that does not perform like that.
9 thumbs up!
Genial, monte tres rapidement, je lui mis des rhino 610 en 2S qui se logent tres bien dedans. Seul difficulte est de passer le cable de servos des ailerons dans le fuselage lors du montage. Sinon c'est une machine tres chouette, qui plane pas trop mal, tient super bien le vol dos.
Got the one the other day. The kit came nicely packed and was shipped as Fragile good, so it arrived undamaged half way around the world.
First impressions: Looks very well made, all parts fit well together. All electronics are in working order. Motor has enough pull and is very silent. Servos felt a bit ratchety and cheap (well they are cheap) but seem to do the job. They do buzz at extreme end of travel but that can be sorted on Tx.
It came with a Pentium mark ed 6A ESC not a Turnigy one (surprise).
Controls have enough throw so that should not be a problem, Ailerons seemed not to have as much throw as other two but I am not sure as I am more a Heliguy.
The spare kit doesn't come with channels or the push rods.
Build material used seems not as robust as on my Multiplex Fox.
All in all a good package for the price but shipping kills the joy. 30USD EMS shipping plus about 45USD toll tax and handelling fee(higher tax due to EMS option)will make me think twice the next time.
Anyway I have some unpacking of kit photos posted in the blog section of hobbyking forums.
i just recieved my hk swift opened the box the plane looks great assembled and pluged 2 cell 500 ma battery in all the servos worked great but when i tried the to throttle on it won't go it just beebs once every 3 sec's i tried adjusting the throws,reversed throw but still no go?
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3 thumbs up!
I've just come from the field, and so far not believe how this plane can fly, perfect controls, flew well even with enough wind. Five stars for hobbyking
Mine came out at 120 grams with a 360mAh 2cell LiPo. Current draw is ~4,5A. I would not say very fast, but its fun to fly. A little slow response on the aileron, but crispy on elevator. I am probably going to extend the ailerons as long as it is possible. //Magnus
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A fantastic little glider, great for slope soaring or tearing around your local park. Very resilient to crashes and long flight times on just an 500mAh Lipo.