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06-02-2004 05:26 AM  13 years agoPost 1
rcsoar4fun

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After flying a couple of gallons through the Hawk I am wondering what should come next. Its a great bird, but I already know I will want something with more "snap" before too long. Should I bling out the Hawk? New motor (currently OS 32SX-R)? Glass blades? Is there an upgrade path for the Hawk to 50 size? Should I give up now and buy a Rap50? (just kidding...)

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06-02-2004 05:28 AM  13 years agoPost 2
pepper

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RAVEN 50, or 60 p-max

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06-02-2004 12:51 PM  13 years agoPost 3
scotter

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If you have not already, definitely put some nice carbon blades on that ship. They will wake it up a little bit. It won't be a powerhouse, but the 30 sized ships need every bit of help you can give 'em.

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06-02-2004 01:19 PM  13 years agoPost 4
sreuss

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Your Hawk is much more capable most of us are as pilots... I'd recommend working with it for as much of your learning curve as possible. I speak from experience, having started with a low cost 30 in the early 90s, moving to a high-pucker-factor 60 in the mid 90s and then back to a Hawk in the late 90s. The retreat back to a 30 size heli came because of the cost of repairing the 60s. I'm flying a PMax now, but that is after I got comfortable with flying my 30 inverted, and doing basic aerobatics etc with it.

I'm not a high bling guy; however, I'll spend money on things that give some functional advantage to me. Bearing in mind that you probably want to keep the Hawk as a low cost machine and want to save money for a bigger heli later, I'd recommend only the following upgrades:
* composite (FG or CF) main and tail blades because they do improve overall flight performance
* some sort of a tuned exhaust for your engine because you'll need to start squeezing power out of the engine

Other than that, I'd spend you money on fuel and possibly a good gyro/tail servo combination (e.g. GY401/9253). Burning fuel will get you flight experience and confidence which you will carry into the larger ships, and a good gyro/tail servo combo will improve controlability now and you can use it in the future.

HIH,
SteveR

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06-02-2004 01:49 PM  13 years agoPost 5
concept1

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I will agree as well, you will probably want to move into a 50 but first try a nice weston pipe on that O.S, and a reasonable set of carbon blades and get a set of carbon flybar stiffeners, don't use the aluminum ends that come with them just use the carbon tubes, the ends act like flybar weights, but without them, it really livens up that 3mm flybar. if you get the weston pipe, and flybar stiffeners you will swear it is a different heli. then it will be time for the 50 Raven or Falcon, or just for fun you can find a used OS46 and put in your Hawk, you can run the 46 in your Hawk with no mods other then the engine mount, I'd recomend changing the gear but it can be done without. the 46 with stock muffler and 15% fuel will be a monster, I had a lot of fun with my old Hawk SE, I went thru several trials a few years back on conversions and blades ging from hawk with OS 32, 46 and 50, the 46 really ran nice in a Hawk but it was a real pain getting curves down so I didn't blow it up. but just to let you know I am looking for a old Hawk Se to run a 46 in again....

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