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01-09-2013 02:33 PM  7 years ago
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Mr.Bowflex

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Aftermarket Hawk/Falcon swashplate
Anybody know of a good, aftermarket upgrade swashplate? Maybe even a raptor all metal?
I would like to do away with the white nylon ball retainer currently on the Hawk swashplate.
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01-09-2013 03:43 PM  7 years ago
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I used a Raptor metal swash on my old JR gasser years ago. I had the JR gasser fitted with a Predator metal head. It worked great. The Century links were a little tight on the swash side but I didnt have a link sizer at the time.

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01-09-2013 07:08 PM  7 years ago
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here, fits perfect

http://www.centuryheli.com/products...146E&pageid=329
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01-09-2013 07:55 PM  7 years ago
Mr.Bowflex

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Thanks Jim,
The Century HI3146E looks really good. It also appears to not have the white nylon retainers that are retained by crimping the edge of the aluminum. It also looks like you might get more tilt out of it before it contacts the mast.

My only concern with this swash is that I know there is another version out there that does have the white nylon retainers and if I order one, I can't be sure I will be sent this unit or the old style. I guess I could just ask Heli-world to send me the new style.
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01-09-2013 10:11 PM  7 years ago
Triggr Happy

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I have the 120ccpm version of that swash on 3 of my current machines, as well as older ones (predator 90, N640, Swift 550, and my former raven 50, former NX50)

To be honest I never really had any issues with these swashes wearing out. The one on the predator is about 4-5 years old, and it compares well to the brand new one on my N640. Century swash plates are top notch.

If you are concerned about getting the version you want, I would personally skip Heliworld and get a hold of either Pivotal Hobbies in BC, or the Canadian distributor, I am sure they would show you what you are getting before you purchase it. PM me if you want contact info.
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01-09-2013 11:21 PM  7 years ago
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^^agreed^^Jim
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01-15-2013 06:56 PM  7 years ago
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On the Hawk pro, my plastic swashes were so sloppy it was silly but the heli flew great and was very precise. How? I don't know. I treated the heli to the metal swash and then ultimately to the entire metal head assembly upgrade. Yikes did that ruin the feel of my Hawk Pro. I actually converted back to the plastic head. The metal looks awesome but it doesn't have the same feel as the plastic assembly does.
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01-16-2013 01:23 AM  7 years ago
Triggr Happy

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metal grips/hub will give the heli a much more rigid and responsive feel, the rest of it doesnt really do much IMO.

You could get the softer feel back a little by putting softer dampers in and playing with the flybar ratio.
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01-16-2013 02:46 PM  7 years ago
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What you write is in theory how it works. It did not work in practice on the Hawk Pro and I had the softer dampers. In any case, my point really was that the plastic swashes had a ton of slop from new but it didn't seem to hurt how the heli flew.
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01-16-2013 09:37 PM  7 years ago
Triggr Happy

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Not just theory, but practice as well. I flew all plastic heads for many years before only recently switching to metal heads on a number of different machines.

What is it in particular you did not like about the metal head?

But yes, I notice as well that there is a certain level of slop that can be had without notice. Though I do try to keep mine as slop free as possible.
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