- by Yitah Wu)
This kit has been discontinued, but
there's still more than a few floating around - I've seen some at out of the
way hobby stores as recently as 6/97.
I started this kit in 2/97, and finished most of the Sandhawk (less fins)
and recently started to finish.
The Sandhawk portion of this kit is the same as the old Sandhawk kit. Lots
of plastic, both on the and on the payload/nosecone section. The tool
must be getting old or something as the fits are not great and there's some
slight sink marks here and there.
The kit is designed to be flown either as a Terrier- with a
"Sandhawk" Nosecone, or as the Sandhawk alone. I've heard that
you can electronically stage the Sandhawk, but don't see how this can be
easily done since the adapter connects to the Sandhawk where the engine
After reviewing Bob Wiersbe's information on this, it turns out you have to
modify the Sandhawk Engine mount during construction of the Sandhawk, so
I'm SOL. I'm going to try to scratch out my own Sandhawk to see if I can
make this work.
Construction is straightforward and simple, though the engine mount
instructions for the Terrier are confusing and garbled. If you follow the
diagram at the bottom showing the 2 centering rings to be 2" apart, you're
okay - ignore everything else. The Terrier fins are 2-piece plastic
injection molded construction - High quality stuff, though I'm worried that the
leading and trailing edges are too thin and will be easily damaged.
Everything has been sanded and primed. It's plain but fly-able.
I haven't assembled the antennae yet, as I'm planning to do the piano wire
modification that's recommended (The plastic ones break off too easily I'm
More as I finish....