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Old 11-11-2013, 03:54 AM   #1
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Default Hobby King Skipper

I've been flying this plane for about a week now & its been a lot of fun. It also seems to be generating quite a buzz with my club mates. I know a few have ordered one after watching me fly mine. Anyway here's a video I made...





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Old 11-11-2013, 12:01 PM   #2
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Nice Vid Chris !

Now I have another plane to put on my list. Looks equally as good as the Polaris. The closest I've come to something like it was my scratchbuilt Sea Dart.

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Old 11-11-2013, 05:47 PM   #3
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Thank you Hawk. Hmmm maybe I need to try sticking water skis on her like the Sea Dart *grin*


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Part 2
I explore a few options for reinforcing the hull...


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Default HK Skipper - good copy plane

Nice video Nodd!
With the Skipper, HobbyKing has done an obvious Polaris clone -but a good one. Joysway, also an Asian-based company I believe, has a copy called The Dragonfly.
Like you, I removed H-Ks decals from my Skipper. I then placed a badge on a wing which reads, "Thanks to the real designers: Laddie M. and Steve S.

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Old 12-15-2013, 03:26 AM   #6
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That's cool you gave credit to the original designers. I agree this is a good clone of the Polaris, flies quite nicely. Speaking of those evil Hobby King decals, here's part three of my Skipper video series...


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Hey, Just had mine turn up. Is there anything I should look at before I maiden it? I imagine with most of these models there are a few things that might need strengthening etc.

Is it good off grass as well?
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That last post was 2 years ago.
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Hey, Just had mine turn up. Is there anything I should look at before I maiden it? I imagine with most of these models there are a few things that might need strengthening etc.

Is it good off grass as well?
It is very good off grass, snow, water, you name it. It's an "all terrain" airplane for sure. Depending on your flying skills & what you're used to flying, you should dial down the aileron control throws a lot before flying a Skipper for the first time. Most pilots find the fast roll-rate a handful.

I understand Hobby King may have changed their CG recommendations in the Skipper's manual. I'd strongly advise going with 10mm behind the hull step. That was their original setup & most folks found it worked great. No clue why they changed it.

As far as strengthening, the rudder is cause for concern. Due to the way the Skipper rotates during take off, the rudder tends to take a beating. It's not a case of if it'll a break, more like when. Many Skipper owners add CA hinges to sure-up the rudder. I took things a few steps further & added a rudder guard.

If you expect you'll be flying from ice, sand or other potentially abrasive surfaces, you can add packing tape to the bottom of the hull. That'll minimize any dings. Again I took things to the extreme & added carbon-fiber to mine. Kinda overkill but I like that I need never worry about what I'm flying off.

Clearly this is one of those airframes people enjoy modifying, myself included. Not that I have anything against wattflyer but there's a superior Skipper thread to be found over at RCGroups. It's a long read but there's tons of useful ideas for improving the Skipper there...

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2003342

Best of luck with the maiden. I think you'll like her, fun airplane.

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................. Not that I have anything against wattflyer but there's a superior Skipper thread to be found over at RCGroups................
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Nodd, my initial response to the issue of catching the rudder was to trim it off at an angle so that it was not catch-able, think the tail of a C-130 or 5-A galaxy, they really squat back on their bums when they rotate. But, as usual, you made a far superior repair and modification. Love watching your video's. Scott
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Thanks for the info Nodd. I'll definitely look at the rudder and probably cover the hull like you did. I'm looking forward to setting this up as the "always ready to go" model that can come out when the field is flooded or I pull up near one of the hundreds of dams (lakes) in the area.
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