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Semroc

Swift

Description

The Swift was introduced in 1968. The Semroc Swift was ans entry level kit modeled after the Estes Mark II and Centuri Micron. It did offer parachute recovery. The earliest models were shipped with an A6-3 motor to use to space the thrust ring and later to use for the first flight. The live engine was later replace with an empty engine casing so it could be shipped easier.The Retro-Repo Swift was updated by using laser cut fins, maintaining the original balsa nose cone dimensions and body tube size. The original rubber shock cord was replaced with an elastic cord. The original method of gluing it to the body tube with a paper shock cord mount was replace by a Kevlar cord.

Additional Information

  • Length: 13.75″
  • Diameter: 0.76″
  • Weight: 1.00 oz.
  • Fin: Balsa
  • Fin Span: 11.80″
  • Wing Span: 10.75″
  • Recovery: Parachute
  • Recommended Motors:
    • 1/2A6-2, B6-2

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Build History

  • 10/27/2004 – Purchased Semroc Swift from Semroc for $0.00
  • 07/23/2005 – Too pictures, measurements and scans of parts and plans.
  • 08/01/2005 – Tied shock cord to Kevlar thread. Tied other end around engine block. Glued engine block 2-1/2″ from rear of body tube. Marked body tube for three fins with Estes marking guide. Glued fin so root edge is flush with rear of body tube. Glued screw eye into base of nose cone.
  • 08/02/2005 – Filleted fin joints. Glued launch lug to body tube 1/4″ from end of body tube and midway between 2 fins.Tied shock cord to nose cone screw eye. Filleted around launch lug joint.
  • 08/04/2005 – Applied balsa filler to fins and nose cone.
  • 09/02/2005 – Wiped down model with a dry cloth and applied coat of Krylon Gloss White #1501 spray paint.
  • 06/30/2007 – Sanded balsa fins smooth and painted with Krylon Glossy White.
  • 07/18/2009 – Spray painted nose cone and fins with John Deere Green #7435.
  • 06/07/2014 – Masked all but one side of each fin. Spray painted one side with Gloss Black Krylon. Removed masking tape.

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