The Dynam Hawsky
is a modified copy of the mulitplex EasyStar (sometimes abbreviated
Easy*). The advantages to how Dynam improved on the EasyStar
that they have full 4 channel control (Aileron, Elevator, Rudder and
Throttle). They also put the motor into a plastic power pod
the ability to change out the motor or to upgrade it is improved over
the Easystar. The Hawsky is a great first plane/beginner
for the newbie RC airplane pilot. Many people have gone from
simulator to Hawsky and have worked up to solo flight all by
themselves. Others (like myself) purchased a Hawksky to train others or
use as a camera platiform. I have also used the Hawksky to
Recievers for myself and others because the Hawksy can often withstand
minor crashes with no damage or bigger crashes are often very
repairable. My personal Hawsky has crashed more than a dozen
times and I've only had to do epoxy and/or tape it back together. The
plane comes Ready to fly with everything you need including battery,
Rx/Tx and servos already installed.
build is pretty straightforward. Only the fishing of the ESC wires from
the motor to the ESC is slightly difficult. I opened up the rear vent
hole to make it easier to fish the wires through and join the
connectors before shoving back in the fuse. The wings press
into the fuse. you will find that this will eventually work its way out
so you should either use some velcro from the inside vertical edges or
tape the wings to the fuse each flight. I used DUCK brand
Gorilla Tape strips to hold the wings to the fuse and I don't take the
wings apart when I put it in the garage. After about flight
broke the rear horn on the elevator then opted to replace the rear
horns and wire clamps with some Dubro parts from the local hobby store.
Many people mod the elevator to pull from the top instead of
from the bottom. This is a good first mod to do. I have yet
that mod but think it's a good idea. Like any plane, battery
position to allow a proper CG is important. Follow the CG in the
instructions and you will be alright. I elected to NOT put on
large stickers that are placed into the curved part of the wing.
Those can come undone in flight and cause drag and thus YAW
the plane. I also painted red on the wing tips and black "chipmonk"
stripes on the bottom for visibility by students. One comment is on the
Y splitter for the Ailerons, when you shove the wires into the fuse
before putting the wing on, be careful not to break that Y splitter.
The wires are soldered onto the splitter header so you can
those off if you shove too hard. A new Y splitter is another
worthwhile upgrade for this plane. Make sure when you power
the transmitter, that you either plug in the airplane first (yes
airplane battery first) or do it quickly after turning on the Tx. The
TX binds to the RX on each power up so the two need to be turned on
airplane first, then Tx. Also , make sure the RX antenna wire is away
from other wires in the airplane. I like to push my antenna
out of the fuse to stay clear of other wires that attenuate the signal.
have 25+ hours on the original electronics and finally in the summer of
2011 upgraded the motor and esc. I am still using the stock dynam
servos with no problems to date. The plane needs full throttle to pull
a loop with that pusher prop. Loops and rolls can be done but
it's not it's primary use. The Hawsky flies like a trainer.
I'm not using the plane to Reciever test or train, I'm using it for
relaxed flying down low 10' off the deck. Although I
use a 2200mAh 3S pack, the included 1800mAh 3S pack is more than
enough. I have flown 1/2 throttle 15-20 minute flights with the Hawksky
Hawksky is tough. I Belly land it and have cartwheeled it a
number of times. Running some clear packing tape along the
of the wing will stiffen/strengthen it up tremendously. Make sure the
surface is clean and the packing tape does not peal up on the leading
edge or this can cause drag yawing the plane in flight. In my
worse crash, the cockpit area buckled and split apart. I used epoxy and
added some fiberglass rods from a broken kite to reinforce it along
with some wraps of packing tape. Note that there is a glob of
weight inside the fuse at the nose. That is needed for balance and if
you remove it, you will need to rebalance the plane and put your
battery more forward (or use a bigger battery). Nitroplanes
carries spare parts for the Hawksky so if you crash and tear up a wing,
you can get replacements.
if your a beginner looking for your first plane, or a seasoned veteran
looking for an easy flying relaxing plane you can fly in a field, the
Hawsky is a good choice. I can definitly say that if I won't
to be without a flying Hawksky.