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Old 09-15-2002, 11:45 PM
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Default hawk 3 with 10mm shaft

I dont see any changes from this and the hawk3 just the 10mm shaft and the price is $40 cheaper you have to buy the other bearings the hawk 3 comes with.
Old 09-16-2002, 01:54 AM
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Default Centruy Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Flying

Well, IT finally stopped raining down here in SOUTH, SOUTH Louisiana!!! So I finally got to go fly the Hawk Sport.

Any Questions???

Yours,

Kirk Voclain
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Old 09-16-2002, 01:58 AM
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

Very nice.
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Default Centruy Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Flying

I'll say this, at first it was a little squirrelly!! But that was mostly me and the fact that I had put a ROUND SERVO horn on the tail rotor 9253 servo.

Someone pointed out to me that this servo really is so fast that it needed a larger servo horn.

After I got it all trimmed out,,,it flew GREAT!!

Any QUESTIONS??

Yours,

Kirk Voclain
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Old 09-16-2002, 02:03 AM
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Default Centruy Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Flying

Also, this thing is LIGHT as a feather!! and fast too!! I had a little too much NEGATIVE dialed in for the normal mode, and when I pulled the stick down, well she COMES DOWN!!

I did not crash, thankfully!!

So far I'm really enjoying this ship. I would like to remind everyone to check your links, you screws, and everything several times over.

I has something come loose again. But if you fly heli's, checking everything either becomes second nature, or fixing them becomes second nature...YOUR CHOICE!!

Any Questions???

Yours,

Kirk Voclain
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Old 09-16-2002, 02:07 AM
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Default Hawk III & Hawk Sport

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The Hawk III was a great little ship also, but there are a few more differences between the Hawk IV/Hawk Sport and the Hawk III then just the 10mm mainshaft. Converting to a 10mm mainshaft would mean the mainrotor hub, washout hub and swashplate would all have to have 10mm holes in their center instead of 8mm ones so in effect they would have different part numbers also.

Of note is that because the 10mm mainshaft system is from the Falcon, it is longer. This allows for an increse of about 5 degrees in the total possible pitch range compared to the 8mm Hawk III....from 18 to 23.

But the current Hawk IV & Hawk Sport actually has two more bearings then the Hawk III in the control system. They have dual boom supports instead of the single boom support. They have an improved tail rotor bellcrank/slider coupling. They come with a larger volume muffler. They come with the new much better looking canopy and fin set. They have the hex start system instead of the cone start system of the Hawk III. I think there are a few more minor differences that just escape me at the moment.

These are some fairly significant changes. So as I agree that the Hawk III was a great little heli for its day, the Hawk Sport, with all these improvements, plus the great lower price, is destined to become a one that will become very popular in the near future.
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Default Centruy Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Flying Light 3D

OK, so I'm a beginner...But I want to discuss the "PUCKER" factor. Many told me that when I got my Century Falcon, that I would experience the "PUCKER" factor.

I was coming from the NEXUS, and now I had a more expensive kit and that it would make me overly careful.

WELL they were correct!! And I have not really taken any chances with the Falcon!

But the very first time I got this $159 kit in the air, I noticed that the "PUCKER" factor was GONE!!

Well I was whipping it left and right and turning on a dime and doing some crazy stuff (esp. for me!!).

So at that moment, I decided, NOW IS THE TIME!!!

I pulled back on the stick, held it, added a little negative, and did my VERY FIRST LOOP!!

Well, it wasn't perfect (you have to remember to add back POSITIVE!! ), it was sloppy, and when I finally got it back right side up, the engine started bogging down, the sudden lack of engine cause a violent pirouette.

NO PROBLEM (my brain said), I just kept flying, dumped the nose, the engine caught up to the power curve, and she lifted off about 3 feet from impact.....

At this moment in time I would like to say, "....THANK YOU Real Flight!!"

I went on to do 3 more loops, each one getting better and better.

Any Questions???

Yours,

Kirk Voclain
PS: The dude in the photo,,,,it's ME!!
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Old 09-16-2002, 02:21 AM
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Default Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- My LAST POST - Final Word.

I want to thank Century Helicopter Products for all of there help and support through the buying and building of this kit!!

Check them out online at: http://centuryheli.com/
IF you want to buy a Hawk Sport, go to: http://www.heli-world.com/

Also I would like to say that for the MONEY,,,,I do not think you can find a better built heli out there for the beginner!!

And finally I would like to thank RCU for allowing me the special privilege of posting here!! Thank you very much!!

Here's the last shot I have, I thought it was very DRAMATIC!!

Thanks everyone!!

Any Questions???

Yours,

Kirk Voclain
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Old 09-16-2002, 11:52 AM
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

Hey Kirk!

Put a diverter on that thing would ya? You're making it all messy... I can't stand a sprayed-greasy helicopter.

Phoenix
Old 09-16-2002, 11:56 AM
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

Yea I know!! was a little LAZY about things like that on this one.

ALSO, if you buy one, MAKE SURE you buy a REMOTE GLOW adapter.

To get to the engine and start it with out one, you have to take off the canopy!! IT'S A REAL PAIN!!

Kirk
Old 09-17-2002, 12:19 AM
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Old 09-17-2002, 12:16 PM
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

Kirk,

In some of those flight photos it looks as if the canopy is tilting backwards on it's mounts.... perhaps if it were decending.

In one of them you can see that it's not in contact with the lower front frame.

Did you forget to clip it in on the front.. or is there just no mounting hardware there?

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Old 09-17-2002, 12:33 PM
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

NO??? Just checked it?? Everything appears to be normal???

Maybe it the angle they were shot at.

Kirk
Old 09-17-2002, 12:41 PM
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

See.... in this photo it looks as if the canopy is tilted back a little and not attached in the lower front... there is a big gap between the servo tray and the bottom of the canopy.

BTW: Where did you mount your gyro? next to the throttle and collective servos?
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Old 09-17-2002, 12:43 PM
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

In this pic the lower canopy appears to be snug against the servo tray...
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

Anything is possible???? I did not shoot this series of images all at the same time. I did it over 3 flights. So it cold have come loose.

I just don't remember?

Kirk
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

Okay, you probably just forgot to snag it on the clip... when I first posted that I was wondering if there was a latch for the lower canopy.... I went and read the manual and found out...

How about that gyro? Did you mount it next to the throttle & collective servo's?
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

YEP!! Mounted it exactly where they suggested.

Kirk
Old 10-04-2002, 06:25 PM
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

Kirk,

I enjoyed reading your review. I'm a beginner and was considering the Hawk IV but the Sport is a bit less expensive. Can you tell me, with out getting too technical, what the differences between the two are?

Thanks,
C.P.
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

That was exactly what I asked the MANUFACTURER when they asked me to review it.

HE SAID they are EXACTLY the same ship. JUST one is marketed to the BEGINNER.

For what it's worth, I've been flying this thing now for a while and I'm LOVING IT MORE and MORE!!

I reach for it even before I reach for my Centruy Falcon!!!

I'll do things with it that I would never think of doing with a more expensive ship.

IT IS exactly what many who post here have said......IT'S A NO PUCKER factor ship.

MEANING,,,,,that this is what is going through your mind when you fly an XCELL or FURY....."....careful, careful,,,$1500+....DON'T CRASH"

But with the SPORT,,,,this is what goes through my mind, ".....do it!!! WORST CASE SERNERIO,,,,it's going to cost you another $159!!!!!"

HOPE that helps.

Kirk
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Kirk,

2 thumbs up- excellent, no-nonsense, seat of the pants review- I loved it.

I think this hobby has grown quite a bit because of inexpensive heli's just like the "Sport" you've reviewed. No hiccups and you ended up with a flight ready bird in no time- big thumbs up to Century...I hope they sell 10,000 of them.

I've been out of the heli scene for quite some time but just placed an order for a Quick 30 from HeliProz- but I think a "Sport" would be a perfect backup machine....again don't think your review was a waste of time- tons of people get alot out of reading other people's experiences with products..kudos and I hope you continue to enjoy the Hawk.

Your photos are great- what are you using, a digital SLR? (Nikon D1??)

(...why can't someone make a good flight sim for the Mac??........bummed )
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

Steve:

Thanks a bunch!! I'm a professional photographer during the day and a heli guy on the weekends!!

I shot with a Canon D60!!! BUT I've got my eye on this new thing that Canon just announced, the 1DS 11.3 MEGA PIXS!!! OUCH!! That is a lot of information!!

Kirk
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Default Century Hawk Sport -- REVIEW -- Opening the kit!!

Nicely done
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Hey Kirk,

I'm a digital slr enthusiast myself- I've had both a Kodak DCS 315 and 620 and now a Nikon D1...the EOS 1D is awesomely fast- too bad the EOS 1DS is a bit slower- but the CMOS sensor gives awesome noise free images. The Canon D60 is awesome too (used a D30 alot myself)....the picture quality shows in the photos you've shown....

...can't wait to get my Quick 30....as soon as I get it painted up (i'm a professional airbrush artist- check www.bronxpowersports.com for samples) I'll post it here...

again, nice review and good luck with your new toy.

Here's a car/motorcycle hybrid I've just painted called the T-Rex...hope you like it......
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Old 10-06-2002, 03:46 AM
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Kirk!
When is it going to be here (60 size)? I am selling my gas x-cell so I need another 60 size heli, by the way I have the sport it is GREAT.

Charles

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