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Old 12-14-2015, 12:23 PM
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HK Skipper unbox and put together ...

You cannot say construct or build .. this is just a plug together and set controls job.

Double box arrives ...



Inside is original box with ends protected ..



Lift out and open ... becomes obvious that this is actually a PNF version of an RTF .. the Tx spaces are in the packaging foam ..



All pieces checked over ... only remark is the scuffed bit of black on canopy .. most likely from lack of lacquer applied as foam is unmarked.



Putting it together took me about 30mins ... and most of that was figuring out the tailplane bit. There's no instruction how to fix the two parts ... so I dug out my glue and glued them in.

Wings are held by Double sided tape ... works a treat - I cannot pull any wing out now !! I used UHU Por on the tail plane parts and the supplied tape to join the elevator halves.

FrSky Rx and 1750 in the bays ... a tape tab added to the Rx bay hatch as that one is VERY difficult to open against the strong magnet.







With the 1750 3S ... balances on the step ... which is not a bad place ... manual says CoG 10mm behind step ... so a smaller LiPo will balance fine.

Only servo that needed reversing was the elevator. And calibrate the ESC. I didn't use the balloon ... as I usually just wrap in clear Clingfilm ...

Everything as supplied needed dialing back as movements were massive. FrSky is often found to be about 125% of what Spektrum are etc. - so all set near to manual recc'd. I like more for full ... but Reduced DR is set to give a smooth gentle flight.

Impressions as a box of bits ? Goes together quick .. all fits ... and to be honest looks as though this will just fly straight of the bench.

ran up motor and all sounds sweet ... so didn't bother to check prop balance etc.

I basically went through all this in terms of what a relative newcomer would do rather than a seasoned vet.
Will be interesting to compare with my Polaris ...

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Old 12-14-2015, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by solentlife View Post
HK Skipper...
Will be interesting to compare with my Polaris ...

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Old 12-14-2015, 02:44 PM
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Been thinking about picking one up for some winter/snow flying. Look forward to the flight report.
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Old 12-20-2015, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Wrongway-Feldman View Post
Been thinking about picking one up for some winter/snow flying. Look forward to the flight report.
Weather here is atrocious ... could be some time before it gets airborne.

I've also installed a A3 Super II Stabiliser unit for testing.

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Old 12-22-2015, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by solentlife View Post
Weather here is atrocious ... could be some time before it gets airborne.

I've also installed a A3 Super II Stabiliser unit for testing.

Nigel
Weather terrible here too. Everytime the forecast has a temperature forecast in single minus digits it's snowing and foggy. When it's clear it's too cold and windy.
Frustrating winter so far.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:15 AM
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I have one of these in my stable,and was very pleased with it.It.s quite fast,so you have to keep your eye on it.
Last flying day,I got disorientated,and decked my Skipper.The tail broke off at the fuselage,and nose a bit mangled.
Tail glued back on with epoxy,and blenderm tape added to join.Nose was gently heated with heat gun,and stretched back into shape.
I think a 1700 battery might be a bit light.My CG was too far back with a 3-cell 1800,so I use a 2200 pack.YMMV.
Oh,and it,s not too keen on windy conditions.Best of luck with your maiden,Nigel.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:29 AM
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Originally Posted by DHC Beaver View Post
Last flying day,I got disorientated,and decked my Skipper.
Same thing here with my Seawind and Polaris.
Both lawn-darted hard into the lake ice. Lots of pieces to pick up.
I do like this style plane for year-round flying.
I have a Polaris XL for this winter.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:38 AM
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Same thing here with my Seawind and Polaris.
Both lawn-darted hard into the lake ice. Lots of pieces to pick up.
I do like this style plane for year-round flying.
I have a Polaris XL for this winter.
Ice is not the best stuff to lawn-dart !

Over here is gale force winds, rain rain rain.... temps hovering round the 0 to +5C .... definitely not normal Baltic winters. We should have loads of snow, -10C, clear skies, crisp air now.
Once winter really gets here and we have the snow etc. - I'm looking forward to it. I have Santa's Sled near completed - paint is slowing that down by not drying quick enough.... I have a new Polaris ... and the Skipper of course ALL waiting maidens.

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Old 12-31-2015, 04:39 PM
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Well nice quiet afternoon ..... charged up a few batts and off I go to maiden the Skipper.


Its winter finally here ... and snow.

I think - OK .. its a white model but its got black stripes under ... plenty of decals on top ....

BIG mistake !! She took off like scalded cat and while trimming - I just could not see her as she flew away ... I got odd glimpses of black stripes ... tried to bring her back but lost orientation on her ... in she went. Snapped of nose ... broke battery tray.

20 mins work with hot air and glue ... she's ready again.



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Bummer.
When I nosed my Polaris in, the weight of the motor broke the tail off at the base.
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:41 AM
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Ok here you can see the joint made when nose broke off first time :



The scrunched up nose is the second crash !!

Anyway ... the second crash concertina'd the nose ...





Shattered the battery tray again..



So liberal heat and stretching ... bit of remodelling of battery tray ...

But now I know why she failed to pull out ... the cold must have made the elevator foam hinge brittle ... once repairs made - I was testing and checking her over and noticed the light through the hinge line !!



So knife through rest of it ... insert decent mylar strip hinges ...

I'm still considering altering colour scheme to get her more visible in the pale winter sky ...

The Factory scheme Top :



I have added some more black underside to try and help ..



mmmmmm decisions ... decisions ....

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Old 01-05-2016, 12:19 PM
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So a quick addition of some vinyl tape to see what happens in the air ...



If the scheme works ... then I will remove the tape and do it properly with paint. So charging batts now ..

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I've got a lot of water around me and can't wait to fly my Skipper once my skills develop. Enjoy your flight today
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Old 01-05-2016, 04:29 PM
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Well the scheme works a treat ...



Sadly I put a 'spent' battery in and only got a short flight. It was -10C as well ... so good excuse to pack up and go home to warm fire and hot toddy !!

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Old 01-07-2016, 07:18 PM
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Had some fun today and tested the Hobby Eagle A3 Super II in her ...

Brilliant combo.



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