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Century Radikal E640 - Swift 16 NX
› Swift shake and vibe at spoolup and down
01-25-2007 11:49 PM  10 years agoPost 21
Wheelhaus

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Denver

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Willie has a point, a lot of people feel the Swift has a "flexible personality"... They say the frames flex easily, it feels squishy in flight, etc etc. I can barely bend the frame at all with my gorilla hands. It's remarkably stiff for a reinforced plastic frame.

I personally haven't noticed this much at all. I am using the V2 frames, and they are quite stiff. I never have problems with flips or rolls, the heli always tracks very well. My inputs usually get mixed, so a roll has a bit of elevator in it, a flip gets a bit of a roll... When I give the heli clean inputs, it executes them cleanly.

Try the V2 frame. It apparently makes a big difference as I haven't noticed any of these issues. for $15 it's a cheap fix.

..........
Dave

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01-25-2007 11:56 PM  10 years agoPost 22
Micro-Maniac

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Pasco,Washington Formerly: Captain Chaos

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I skimmed through and didn't bother to read every detail of the replys so far so pardon me if I'm repeating or missed something -

I'm pretty sure your spool up/down shakes are caused by the tracking being off a bit - Some systems you need to be really accurate with the tracking or you will get some pretty severe shakes during spool up/down but it completely disappears when the head is up to speed - So just try giving another go at adjusting the tracking -

I have a head that is so sensitive to tracking that I've had to disassemble a linkage and reassemble it cross-threaded because it won't tolerate being even less than half a turn out of track - Spool ups/downs go from extremely violent to smooth as a baby's butt just from a little tracking adjustment - It sounds far fetched but in my case and other's it's been absolutely true.

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01-26-2007 12:08 AM  10 years agoPost 23
trevorz

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Calgary, Alberta Canada

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For me, the Trex 600 is too big (i.e. battery/motor wise), but it is a nice machine for sure. The Logo are nice machine too. For me the Swift is a great size, and flys well, and crashes even better.

Yes it was the Swift's fault. Leon didn't like it so much he flew his Vibe into it to get it out of his way .

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01-26-2007 01:15 AM  10 years agoPost 24
Syclic

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The very first versions of the Swift had relatively spindly landing gear that did have excessive shakes on spool up and down. But Century was very quick in supplying V2 versions at N/C to any that requested them. These are the ones I have been flying for over a year now, with no spool up or down issues.

I do find these V2 versions could be beefed up more at the struts/skids juncture. This would make them survive a hard landing (as when I botch the odd auto) better. But then again, this was addressed a long time ago when the third version of the struts were introduced within a few weeks of the V2's. As I have not broken the V2's I now have in any landings in over 100 flights, I will wait until I do, and then replace them with the current versions.

I do not understand Willy's "thing" with the Swift and the "shakes", as there are a lot of them around here (about 14 at last count) and none have the problem??? And last summer I saw many others at numerous fun fly events in Canada and did not come across it either.

And surprising also, is that most all of the ones I saw that were flown the hardest, were all basically stock, with maybe a change to composite mainblades from the stock woodies. That being said, one fellow I know still uses the stock woodies and really pushes his. So go figure.

As for the Logo, a good heli also, but I can remember when it first came out and all its warts where being discussed in various forums on the net. Eventually Mikado did iron most of them out, but it took a lot longer and they cost a LOT more at that time. So I guess the Logo flyers can thank Century and the Swift for forcing Mikado to lower the prices on their helis and parts by a substantial margin.

In the end - the proof is always in the pudding. And the pudding is always the fun we are all having with what we have. Of course if one can have more fun, while spending less money (bang for the buck), so much the better.

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01-26-2007 01:19 AM  10 years agoPost 25
Ronald Thomas

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What syclic said!

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01-26-2007 02:21 AM  10 years agoPost 26
willie evans

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Alberta, Canada

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over one year old.

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02-05-2007 04:14 AM  10 years agoPost 27
aramsdell

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Sanford, Maine

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Swift shakes.

Get some silicone lube and wick it into thehole on top of the head and then wiggle the head around to work it in. Before shutting down wiggle the ail./elve controls to make sure the head is running straight. lower the throttle slower. This got rid of almost all the shakes.

Should've bought a sim. Got a bucket of used blades!

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02-05-2007 10:38 PM  10 years agoPost 28
JETSKIJON

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cape coral fl

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I did everthing they said to do on swifttuning.com. Now it's sitting on the shelf colecting dust. On swifts webb site you can put in your serial # and they will send you the upgrades. One problem, i cant find the serial # and when i e-mail swift to find the # they dont reply. Lost faith in swift bought a 600 and love it.

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02-06-2007 12:03 AM  10 years agoPost 29
oldfart

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JETSKIJON

And how long ago was that?

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02-06-2007 08:49 AM  10 years agoPost 30
borneobear

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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I just put my swift together. I was really sensitized looking for that old spool up and spool down vibes.
Guess what?? I didn't see any. Nada. Zilch.
Spool up is smooth, spool down is even smoother.

For the person who started this thread, you should check out those build videos by Bob. Can't imagine someone putting up the kit based on that crap manual alone.

Again, I LOVE MY SWIFT!!!

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02-06-2007 09:23 AM  10 years agoPost 31
TomC

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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I agree 100% with Borneo, my Swift does not wobble or shake at all. I actually had a lot more trouble getting rid of vibs, wags, and tracking problems with my Trex600. I managed to sort all these out and my 600 flys very well, and with my current 10s setup, is a lot more ballistic and does stronger 3d. However, I still fly my Swift more and try more new things on it because I find it much easier to manage.

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Tom C

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02-06-2007 12:16 PM  10 years agoPost 32
JETSKIJON

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cape coral fl

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Oldfart,borneobear,tomc
that was a couple of months ago, but this kit is v1 i bought it as soon as it came out. the strange thing is i fly with a guy that has the same setup and also a v1 early kit that is perfect, smooth as silk. all the good things i hear i would love to fly it. IF ANYONE KNOWS ABOUT THIS SERIAL # THING FOR UPDATE PARTS PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

P.S. I AM NEW TO RR AND EVERONE IS REALLY HELPFUL. THANK YOU

CP,2 T-REX SE,SWIFT 16,T-REX 600 CF

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02-06-2007 12:21 PM  10 years agoPost 33
Ronald Thomas

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I dont think ther is a serial code. I think you have to give them the date and place you bought it. Try calling Century directly or Heliworld. The number for Heliworld is 1-800-686-8588 or the tech department at 1-408-451-1155. They should at least be able to get you in the right direction. Hope this helps....Ron

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02-06-2007 12:44 PM  10 years agoPost 34
JETSKIJON

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cape coral fl

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laughingstill THANKS

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02-06-2007 10:01 PM  10 years agoPost 35
SRH990

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Birmingham, UK

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Inside the kit box there should be a small slip of paper which has the kit # on it - we didn't get any in the UK.

Steve -Trex 700N, Trex 600N, Raptor 550E, 450SE, Mini Titan, Logo 5003D, Beam E4

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