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04-28-2010 07:22 AM  8 years agoPost 1
rushpilot

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Is this heli worth the money? I've been giving it alot of consideration lately!

“The helicopter is evidence of how man's imagination can be given physical form.”

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04-28-2010 01:45 PM  8 years agoPost 2
HarveyR

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Probably a good model to buy if you don't have any equipment (radio, chargers, LiPos, Servos, Gyros, ...). At least you'll get a complete and well balanced setup.

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04-29-2010 05:37 PM  8 years agoPost 3
JustPlaneChris

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I got a chance to fly the RTF Swift. In my opinion, it's NOT a good deal because you will quickly throw out the servos, radio and gyro! They are just not good quality at all and cripple an otherwise very nice helicopter. You'd be better off in the long run to get a new Swift NX and fit it out with decent gear.

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04-29-2010 08:56 PM  8 years agoPost 4
rushpilot

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I figured there would be no longevity to the electronics for the price!

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05-12-2010 08:46 PM  8 years agoPost 5
rushpilot

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What makes the NX a better option? It seems to me a few upgrades to the rtf and its the same as the NX.

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05-13-2010 08:54 AM  8 years agoPost 6
HarveyR

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Clearly the SwiftNX (about 3 months old) is the new version of the Swift16 (probably around 3 to 5 years old, I'm not sure). It is replacing it. My guess is that Century (and shops) are finishing the stocks of Swift16s and that will be it, in a few months there'll be no Swift16s for sale anymore. And the RTF versions will include the NX instead of the 16.

That said, I don't think parts will be an issue, as many are compatible and from my experience Century are good at maintaining old parts in production (I have some old Hawks SE from 2002 and I still get the parts easy).

Whatever, for now, for approx 50$ more I'd go for a 550 Carbon, and for 100$ for a 620SE. I definitely find the NX is overpriced compared to these two (the Swift16 was better positioned piecewise compared to these two, I'm sure the NX will go down fast when the 16 is out of sale... this also helps finish the stocks of Swift16).

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05-13-2010 04:08 PM  8 years agoPost 7
rushpilot

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So what is the 100% RTF all about. Seems decent for the price, or is it?

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05-13-2010 04:24 PM  8 years agoPost 8
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I dont believe the swift 16 is being faced out.

I prefer the bellcranks over the direct servo to swash as well as many others.

It would be a mistake to do so.

Maybe CENTURY can shine a light on this subject.

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05-13-2010 09:57 PM  8 years agoPost 9
HarveyR

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Was just my impression... the offer is already confusing for newcomers, you just have to see the number of threads with questions like "do the 550 share many parts with the 16", "is the 620 just a 550 with longer boom", "are the 550 and 620 side frames the same", ... I don't see how the 16 and NX could stand side by side, they adress exactly the same market (basic good quality plastic entry level ECCPM electric 550 heli), they would be competitors.

I don't get the "direct" / "bellcranck" issue, as from what I can see on the pictures (I have neither of these helies, I have a 620) they both have intermediate bellcrancks between servo and swashplate? Is "direct link" an option that exists for the 16?

I think Align's clear market segmentation has contributed to their success. For the client there's one model per size (250, 450, 600, 700), if applyable several "qualities" per size (ESP, ...) and different power options when possible (Nitro / Electric). There's one clear model for each clear requirement (good quality electric 600 heli = 600 ESP, big Nitro 3D machine = 700 NitroPro, small quality indoors electric=250SE), that's clear for the consumer. For Align it makes marketing and production efficient and avoids getting lost in multiple product configurations and so.

PS: I'd say either Century won't reply either they'll have to say something like "... bla bla ... there's no plans on discontinuing the Swift 16 at this point... bla bla ..." (they have to finish the stocks).

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05-15-2010 04:51 PM  8 years agoPost 10
Pistol Pete

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sorry for bellcrank confusion...on my part i was refering to another heli...got my forums mixed

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