(Contributed - by Matt Gillard - 05/21/06)
As with other Fun Rockets, the Silver Hawk is another foam version of the
Holverson Design Silver Hawk. It boosts on a 13mm motor, and recovers in two
pieces: a glider and pod recovers via a streamer. The foam isn't that bad on
this fun rocket
The box says a skill level three rocket, however, this rocket is an ,
everything is assembled, even to the point where there is some wadding in the
body tube! The kit consists of a pod with foam nose cone with a yellow streamer
attached to an elastic shock cord. The hook mechanism used to attach the glider
to the pod is also foam. The glider is one piece of silver foam. There is a
peel 'n' stick decal and some nose weight. Opening the box to completion takes
about 30 second. Add the decal to the body of the glider to prevent charring on
boost. Add nose mass to the glider to trim it. The hook mechanism is a snug
fit, so a bit of silicon spray can be added to ease separation.
There are no gotchas to this kit and the youngest of rocketeers could assemble
the Silver Hawk. It looks like a hunk of silver foam because that's exactly
what it is.
½ out of 5
Recommended motors are 1/2A3-2T and A3-4T. I've flown with both of these motors
and with A10-3Ts when I ran out of the recommended motors. The 1/2A3-2T is
slightly underpowered but the A3-4T delivers a much better performance. A10-3T
motors are not as good as A3-4T for this rocket as the 4 second delay is a tad
too long, but not enough to massively affect glider flight.
The rocket usually boost straight, although it does not like wind. The pod
easily takes the streamer and wadding.
The pod recovers very close to the pad on straight boosts. There is no mass to
the pod so with the streamer it recovers safely with no damage. The shock cord
like all elastic cords will eventually burn through as mine did after half a
dozen flights--it has now been upgraded with Kevlar
and a mylar streamer.
The glider is average at best. The hawk does glide and if trimmed out
properly, will give up to 30 seconds glide although about 15 seconds is
out of 5
This is a below average boost glider, and there are plenty better on the
market. But in its favor, it is cheap (as I got several in a lot for about
£2 apiece). The construction is idiot proof, making it suitable as an
introduction boost glider, and it is reliable--you constantly get average
out of 5