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Old 12-29-2006, 09:55 AM
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Default Anyone convert their Hawk to a Swift?

Or more accurately, make their Hawk electric?
I'm starting to think I'd rather charge batteries than wipe off fuel residue!

Seems plausible to me to exchange the nitro for electric (brushless of course!) and just go.
I've got an old Hawk III I just might try it with.

Just wondering if I'm spinning my wheels here. I ran across some posts about this a while back, but didn't find them on my quick search this morn.

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Old 12-29-2006, 10:10 AM
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Default RE: Anyone convert their Hawk to a Swift?

Oh, found the other thread -- over on [link=http://www.runryder.com/helicopter/t297288p1/]RunRyder[/link].
Still like to see anyone's input here too!

If anyone has some drawings of their motor brackets (for a Hawk III) that would be GREAT!
Thanks!
Old 01-24-2007, 09:43 AM
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Default RE: Anyone convert their Hawk to a Swift?

I'm starting to think I'd rather charge batteries than wipe off fuel residue!
I hear ya there!

Personally I would do it. If it were me I'd buy a Swift and sell the Hawk to offset the cost. I have a Swift and though I don't have a lot of flights on it yet it looks promising, very happy with it. I also have a Sceadu Evo 50 which I had though of converting to electric. The more I think about it the more I think I'll just sell it and if I want a larger E-heli I'll just buy a purpose built electric. Looking at the weight of my Evo it'll be considerably heavier as an electric. My Swift weighs 5.4 pounds with batteries. Emoli's no less (which weigh more than LiPo). The Hawk Sport I had weighed about 6 lbs so had I converted that one it would definitely be heavier than the Swift which granted is a little smaller.

Bottom line is you can convert a glow model to electric (heli or fixed wing) but they always fly better with less weight. Now, you could possibly do a few thing to lighten it up but then it comes down to what's easier, modifying a heli or just building one.


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