Once you've played with your Wild Hawk and have become comfortable flying it, you can get the bug to take your Wild Hawk to the next level. With this in mind, these are the mods I would recommend, and have made, to my Wild Hawk.
Here are the mods that I recommend and the order that I would make them.
First mod: Fix those tail hinges
hinge post on how to do the actual tape hinges.
Second mod: Update that battery
I really feel that the next mod it to replace the NiMH battery with an upgraded LiPo battery. The energy density of new LiPo batteries is just too much to pass up. For about the same weight you can almost double your mAH rating and run time. This is done by checking out your favorite hobby supplier and seeing what LiPo options are available. I recommend 1300mAH to 2200mAH, 3 cell (series connected cells), LiPo packs. Most likely these new battery packs will not come with the same connector and you will need to replace the connector on the battery pack to match the speed controller, or replace the connector on the speed controller to match the battery pack. This is easy enough to do if you know how to solder. If you don't, find a friend or hobby shop person that can do this for you. This new pack will also supply more voltage to your motor. Your new 3 cell LiPo pack will provide 11 to 12 volts as apposed to the 8 to 10 volts of the NiMH pack. This will give you more RPMs out of your motor and more thrust. I think you will find this especially helpful during take off. Some people have warned me about the possibility of burning out the stock brushed motor. While this is possible, I have not noticed any issues with this and have been pretty harsh on mine.
Third mod: Cut in some ailerons
Fourth mod: Upgrade your radio
The fourth mod that I would suggest is to upgrade your radio to a 6 channel radio. I would go beyond a four channel radio (which would be enough for all the controls needed on this plane) only because I really feel that 6 channels is the minimum for a really useful radio setup. This is probably the easiest mod that you can make to this plane. The hardest part is deciding what radio you will upgrade to. I purchased the least expensive 6 channel 2.4GHz radio that I could find because I wanted the benefits of 2.4GHz (small antenna and spread spectrum technology) and I'm a cheep Dutchman. My cheep radio is not the easiest to use, but has not let me down.
So this mod is as simple as replacing the stock receiver with your new one. You will need test and make sure that you get the servos plugged into the correct locations and make sure that you get the polarity right.
Fifth mod: Upgrade your speed controller and motor
This post will show exactly what I did to upgrade my ESC and motor.
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