A new generation of Hobie Hawk: SuperHawk!

CURRENT STATUS 3/25/07: Tony has sold all the SuperHawks - sorry!

What you are looking at is based on the original Hobie Hawk... this is the NEW GENERATION! The goal was to improve the performance and handling of the original Hobie Hawk while keeping the beautiful lines that made the Hobie Hawk a legend... In a nutshell the "SuperHawk" is a completely hand built and highly modified version of the Hobie Hawk manufactured by my friend Tony at Synergy Composites. All current SuperHawks are the RES version (Rudder Elevator, Spoiler)!

Here is a stock Hobie Hawk and a SuperHawk, quite a difference!... and here is the kit.

Plane info: 

  • Wingspan 122"

  • Overall length 54" with rudder installed

  • Weight approx 300 grams per panel (11.25 ounces) unfinished.

  • Total wing area : 770 sq. in. (5.4 sq feet)

  • Wing loading: 7.5 ounces per sq. ft. (with 8 ounces R/C gear)

  • Airfoil: SD7037 on all planes (thermal type airfoil)

Wing specifics:

  • 1/32nd Finland Birch plywood top skin and 1/64" Finland Birch Ply bottom skin.

  • Dow-Corning very high density blue foam cores.

  •  An end grain balsa/Carbon fiber I-beam spar system is installed in the wing for extra stiffness on launching equipment.

  • The spar extends 28" from the wing root.  Wing rib bays routed and lightly sanded.

  • Require finish sanding and covering.

  • Spoiler bays routed and conduits installed.

  • Spoiler panels are fabricated by builder using choice of material, balsa recommended for weight savings.

  • Builder decides how to run their wires to the HS-55 servos or other.

  • A larger 3/8" diameter wing rod is used.


  • Overall length 54 inches with rudder installed

  • Constructed from fiberglass reinforced epoxy matrix reinforced with Dupont Kevlar 49 aramid fiber and Hexcel carbon fiber tow. Oven cured for complete reaction and curing of the epoxy matrix for maximum strength to weight ratio. 

  • Fiberglass re-enforced injection molded polycarbonate dorsal assembly made by Ross Models

  • Fuse' weight empty and unfinished is approx 290 grams (10.7 ounces).

  • Pushrods are Pultruded carbon fiber tubes with control pushrod ends installed.  Builder solders on the brass threaded coupler on the cockpit end adjusted for his choice of radio installation.

  • Requires filling, primering, and painting with builders choice of finish.

  • RIT dye tintable CAB (Butyrate) canopy is supplied. 

Empenage specifics:

  • Construction same as wings but 1/64 Finland Birch plywood is skinned on both surfaces.

  •  Brass control tubes installed.

  • Approximate weight is 57 grams (2.1 ounces) for all three components. 

  • Rudder has fiberglass reinforced injection molded root rib supplied by Ross Models. 

  • Surfaces routed out for weight savings and ribbed appearance.

  • Require finish sanding and finishing with choice of covering material.


Supplied Hardware: 

  • Instruction manual.

  • Pine blocks for wing and tail tips

  • Wing rod, incidence pin,  tail rods and rudder pin.

  • Brass threaded pushrod ends, 1/16" ball-link servo hardware.

  • Canopy screws.

  • "Hobie Happenings" DVD from Brian Joder at Hobiehawk.com.

Other notations:

  • Prototype Superhawk is painted with PPG polyurethane matched to covering material.

  • Covering is Monokote transparent yellow over bare wood surfaces sanded with 600 grit sandpaper.

  • Canopy was tinted with dark brown RIT dye. (makes it look gold/bronze in color).

  • Towhook, if desired, is supplied and installed by builder. Several types are available that are satisfactory.

  • The Superhawk is winch launch capable if used conservatively due to the spar system installed in the wing. A minimum of a heavy duty high start is recommended.

  • Radio gear should be 3 channels: rudder,  elevator and spoiler (RES). A fancy computer radio is not required at all.

  • Total weight of the unfinished airframe is Approx. 37-39 ounces.

  • Radio gear, paint, covering and other misc. hardware are not included. 

NOTE: The SuperHawk is not currently available.



Here are a some more  photos - click on the thumbnails to enlarge.




The "SuperFuse" is 11" longer than the original... and lighter!

Now here is some rudder authority! SuperHawk rudder vs. original.

Here is a SuperHawk wing looking down the root... pretty SWEET!

After a little work, this is what I ended up with... SWEET!

For more details on the development and construction of SuperHawk kit parts go HERE. 

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