My original Hawk Mk1 heli suffered at my inexperienced hands. Not belonging to a club and not knowing anyone else who flew I learnt to fly the hard way through trial and error (this was before simulators were cheap enough for me to afford). That said it proved to be the ideal learning machine with an extremely stable hover and a solid feel in flight.
Following a big crash brought on by overconfidence I replaced it with a Hirobo Shuttle Z-TS primarily as I was getting fed up with the hawk’s one weakness; namely its starting cone. I didn’t realise at the time of course that a hex start upgrade was available that would have transformed the Hawk but you live and learn!
This new Hawk was purchased un-built on eBay following a fit of nostalgia. The Mk1 was only in production for 1 year (1997) and half of that was with the new style canopy so you don’t see many around built yet alone still unassembled. My original attempt at the ‘proper’ Mk1 ABS canopy looked like it had been cut out with garden secateurs. Experience takes time and this time around the canopy actually looks the part. I also made one concession and that was to replace that starting cone with a hex adapter!
So there we have it, a nice Hawk MK1 model exactly how I remember and some.