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Written by Bob Aberle.
Find the entire feature on page 57 in the June 2012 issue.
Watch an online video with the owner of Stevens AeroModel about the Swift 100.


Model type: Electric-powered RC ultramicro

Skill level: Intermediate builder; intermediate pilot

Manufacturer: Stevens AeroModel

Price: $59 (as of March 2012)

Wingspan: 21 inches

Wing area: 92 square inches

Length: 17 inches

Weight: 3.1 ounces

Wing loading: 4.8 ounce/square foot

Power system: 40 watt Park BL180 (2200Kv)

ESC: Spektrum AR6400LBL

Battery: 120 mAh (25C) 7.4 volts

Radio required: Four-channel, Spektrum DSM2- or DSMX-compatible transmitter

Test-Model Details

Motor: Horizon Hobby/E-flite Park 180 brushless outrunner motor

Battery: Two-cell 250 mAh LiPo battery pack

Radio system: Horizon Hobby/Spektrum DX7 transmitter; Spektrum AR6400LBL RC brick (receiver, two servos, and ESC); two Spektrum AS2000 linear aileron servos

Ready-to-fly weight: 4.0 ounces

Ready-to-fly wing loading: 6.3 ounce/square foot

Propeller: GWS 4.5 x 3 propeller

Flight duration: 7 to 10 minutes

Motor current: 2.1 amps

Voltage: 7.37 volts

Power Output: 15 watts

Battery Loading: 8.4C

• Thanks to excellent laser cutting, all parts fit perfectly.

• Framing the entire model took only six hours.

• Detailed instructions and assembly photos made the construction easy.

• It is hard to believe that at only 4 ounces, this little airplane can fly so well on full, four-channel control.


• Review model was slightly tail-heavy, requiring the battery to be moved forward to balance.

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