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05-14-2010, 11:58 AM
Anyone do a fbl 16? Can the head be converted reasonably? What head is used if not? The turnigy fbl system is calling my name.

05-14-2010, 12:04 PM
Yep, lots of folks have gone FBL on the Swift 16, and it's dirt-simple to convert. Check this post for pics:


05-19-2010, 07:44 PM
i have the same heli flys great but when head is speeding up to lift or slowing down on the ground . there is an rpm that it begins to vibrate ,like a resonate vibration. the skids shake. i have wood blades . does urs do this ?

05-19-2010, 09:17 PM
Yep, the Swift is pretty famous for having that shake during spoolup or spooldown. Try adjusting the tightness of the blades to reduce it. The thing that really reduced it for me was going to shorter stiffer landing gear (Hirobo Sceadu).

05-19-2010, 10:39 PM
. The thing that really reduced it for me was going to shorter stiffer landing gear

I found the ones from the Swift 620SE (CNE612) work great and give more tail rotor clearance. These are what are now included in the new Swift NX kits.

05-20-2010, 07:45 AM
Good to know, Phil. Thanks! :thumbup:

05-20-2010, 03:13 PM
Thank you guys Im thinking of getting a scale fuselodge. Century makes the rt

05-20-2010, 11:23 PM
Thank you guys Im thinking of getting a scale fuselodge. Century makes the rt

Approach Engineering makes some nice fuselages for the Swift 16/Logo 10:

AH-1F Cobra http://www.starwoodmodels.com/products/ap/AP102overview.php

AH-1W Supercobra http://www.starwoodmodels.com/products/ap/AP104overview.php


AH-64A Apache http://www.starwoodmodels.com/products/ap/AP103overview.php

I'm trying to build the AH-1W right now, but with Gaui 550 mechanics instead of Swift. It's a real challenge, but fun too! Here's a link:



05-21-2010, 12:46 PM
There are a number of threads in various forums of people who have mounted them into a number of the Century 30 nitro sized fuselages and in their 50nitro fuselages after they intstalled the longer tail boom and belt from the bigger Swift Carbon 620SE.

But Century also make a special Coast Guard RTF fuselage for it (includes the retracts). I have many flights on mine now and really love it.


05-29-2010, 02:13 AM
There are a couple of videos on youtube about a DIY fbls head and flying without additional electronics. Seems to fly great.

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05-29-2010, 09:38 PM
It flies great if all you want to do is flip around like you're standing in a fire ant mount. ;)
For smooth / fast / precision flying, a no-electronic FBL setup just ain't gonna make you happy. There are some goofy aerodynamic quirks that you'll have to compensate for manually, and (for me anyway) that takes the fun out of flying.

05-31-2010, 08:27 AM
I agree with you Chris, I have seen a couple of the fbl turnigy type systems fly out at the field. They seem to do well. altimatt has one on his t600e and says it will hover hands off. He enjoys how it flies so I am going to buy one of these units and the $50 fbl head conversion for the 16. Can't wait.

05-31-2010, 08:45 AM
Cool, let us know how it goes! You might compare prices to the SJGD (which is what the Turnigy unit is) from HeliFlightCenter.com. When you factor in the shipping I don't think there is much difference, then if you have any issues you don't have to ship the unit back to Hong Kong.

05-31-2010, 09:03 AM
That is the one altimike has. Or is it altimatt? Either way, he has one and so does another guy at our field. Good point on the US one and return shipping.

Furious Predator
06-09-2010, 02:24 AM
i recently got my Swift NX in the mail. I just ordered servos for it tonight. I plan on giving the Align 3G a try....only because i was able to get it for a good price, otherwise i would not be putting something that says the "A" word on my century machines :)