IIRC there’s a lot of metal fittings and hardware joining all that wood, possibly enough to not rely on glue in places. As an airplane I don’t think there’s anything necessarily wrong with building that way, that’s really how it all started and I was surprised to learn that Stampe built their SV-4 that way too, but not necessarily conducive to making a singular example.Sorry, but to my eye the Swift looks like a typical wood and fabric design of the era with neat folding wings. Am I missing something?
I was quite happily planning to build a Swift and buy the metal kit form Paul Prince I think it was, but the drawings only show the Pobjoy installation and none of the Gipsy installation could be found short of going to Australia to measure the surviving aircraft. Probably for the best really....Agreed, there are a very high number of metal parts holding a Swift together. About 20 years ago the full set was being offered, finished and bent where necessary, for £5000, which was higher than I could afford back then. My 'version' used a one-piece fuselage with glued joints and a highly modified Currie Wot wing, with deeper spars and the chord increased from 42" to 48". Wing section was modified therefrom to eliminate the reflex of the Clark YH and basically create a Clark Y, albeit with a slightly finer thickness ratio. Only one wing was so modified.
Pobjoys are, I assume, in fairly short supply* so how about dusting off your pseudo-Swift drawings and considering cribbing the FWF from the Platzer Kiebitz or one of the modern Suzuki conversions for a Gypsy Swift. Gypsy spelled that way on purpose because it could be a nice little solo traveller with character for days.watching a Pobjoy Niagara-powered Swift at Sywell take-off, briefly accelerate straight and level before entering an apparently effortless roll-off-the-top, convinced me that the design potential, even in facsimile, was worth incorporating a geared engine which could turn a big, efficient propeller, such as driven by a Pobjoy R.
My intention back then was to re-create the 'Scorpion Swift', albeit with a VW motor for financial reasons - although a Mosler flat-twin would probably have been more authentic. Also my wings were intended to be 'fixed', not folding, again for simplicity and lightness. But watching a Pobjoy Niagara-powered Swift at Sywell take-off, briefly accelerate straight and level before entering an apparently effortless roll-off-the-top, convinced me that the design potential, even in facsimile, was worth incorporating a geared engine which could turn a big, efficient propeller, such as driven by a Pobjoy R.
Just about the time when my attention was diverted onto other design paths, a 60 hp.Pobjoy P was advertised for sale. But it was soon snapped up and I've not heard since whether it wound up in another project.
The Fred and Piet are not in the same performance class, sorry Matt.