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Old Jun 29, 2014, 04:18 PM
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Hobby hawk wing rod.

Can any one tell me where I can replace my original hobby hawk wing rod? Thanks .
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Old Jun 29, 2014, 06:04 PM
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Wing Rod

Try Aircraft Spruce - Alum or C- Molly by the foot ! I still have one I got in 1974 ! Still fly it !!! Way ahead of it's time !!
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Old Jun 30, 2014, 12:17 AM
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Get a DixiePin of the appropriate diameter and cut it to length with a dremel cutoff wheel.
http://www.dixiepins.com/
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Old Jun 30, 2014, 09:33 AM
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Thanks for the info. I was told ACE hardware has what I need.
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Old Jun 30, 2014, 09:45 AM
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Watch out for hardware store aluminum rods as they are not hard enough and bend easily, don't ask how I know. I got mine from Small Parts(?) I think. I am not near my shop now so can not help with a part number. I think it was 6061 aluminum.
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Old Jun 30, 2014, 09:48 AM
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You are talking about a Hobie Hawk right?
IIRC the main wing rod is 5/16".The pins may be 5/32" but don't quote me.
Hardware store steel rod should work unless your into some serious winching.Keep it rust free.
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Old Jun 30, 2014, 01:08 PM
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All hardware stores sell 6063 or lower grade !! They call it "Architectural Grade" It"s "SOFT" The first time you pull up it will bend both wings up ! Then if you make it back to ground! Then you will have "REAL" fun trying to get wing rod out !! Go to Aircraft Spruce and get sum 2024T3 or T4! less than $1.00 per foot !! or get sum C/M 4130 Structural Tubing ! You would be more than safe with .028 in wall, This what I have in mine, never bent one yet!! May be under $3.00 per foot ! The Ozone Ranger
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Old Jun 30, 2014, 01:13 PM
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I have used some 5/16" 7075 T6 aluminum bar from Speedy Metals. Works great! Steel puts a lot of stress into the wing on launch where the aluminum will flex
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Old Jun 30, 2014, 03:13 PM
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All hardware stores sell 6063 or lower grade !! They call it "Architectural Grade" It"s "SOFT" The first time you pull up it will bend both wings up ! Then if you make it back to ground! Then you will have "REAL" fun trying to get wing rod out !! The Ozone Ranger
I was wondering about just that.
Mark's idea is good however I've always seen high shipping & handling charges from online metal suppliers.Buyer beware.
Could prolly get a nice piece of SS tube from the metal display @ the hobby store (K & S metals?) if you have one.Maybe hardware store too.
Do Not Use plastic I only say this cause a fellow used acrylic rods (worried about weight IIRC) on his OE Hobie w/ 10' wings.Last time that one flew.
Although I bet a delrin rod may work.I just won't bet my bird on it.
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Old Jun 30, 2014, 07:07 PM
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I was wondering about just that.
Mark's idea is good however I've always seen high shipping & handling charges from online metal suppliers.Buyer beware.
Could prolly get a nice piece of SS tube from the metal display @ the hobby store (K & S metals?) if you have one.Maybe hardware store too.
Do Not Use plastic I only say this cause a fellow used acrylic rods (worried about weight IIRC) on his OE Hobie w/ 10' wings.Last time that one flew.
Although I bet a delrin rod may work.I just won't bet my bird on it.
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S- Steel Nope !! No Plastic- Delrin Nope - Nope !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spend $10.00 or less and save your Hobie Hawk !!
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