I built my Dakota Hawk from plans over a period of about three and a half years; the first flight was in October 2011. I’ve built many R.C. models over the years, and my wife said the Hawk, during construction, “looked just like a big model.” I must agree. The plane is a simple, classic design, all wood, fabric covering, steam gauges and powered by a Continental A75 with no electrics. I finished it with latex paint and I carry a handheld radio and a simple GPS. Many parts that I didn’t think were worth trying to build, such as the windshield, fuel tanks and motor mount, were supplied by Fisher Flying Products. Total cost was about $19,000.
Location: Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
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