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Old Yesterday, 02:11 AM
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I got this reply from Hobby King when I asked how long it would be before the Skipper was back in the shop. Not very encouraging - they must have sold hundreds if not thousands, and the after-market is there, so why the big delay, I wonder?


Hi Mike,

Greetings!

Thank you for contacting us regarding the availability of the 1* 9215000015-0 (HobbyKing® ™ Skipper All Terrain Airplane EPO 700mm (PNF)). There is no guaranteed date for the replenishment of the stocks of it. But, I have enrolled your e-mail to our Stock Arrival Alert so that you will be notified once the item is available.

We deeply appreciate your continuous patronage of our services and products. For further assistance, kindly contact us through our live chat support 24/7.

Regards,

Daryl G.
HobbyKing Support Team
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Old Yesterday, 02:37 AM
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i got some more detailed info out of them. When i asked 3 days ago i was number 38 on backorder and they dont know when stock will arrive but it should be with in 30 days. I asked how many are arriving and if my order was going to get shipped on this next batch? he said there should be enough arriving. It would be great to get CS tied in with the guys who places the orders for HK so that they can give us a date.
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Old Yesterday, 03:47 AM
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Thanks DrBamBam, you got more from them than I did! A typical corporate "don't give a stuff about the customer" brush-off IMHO
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Old Yesterday, 07:54 AM
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As I mentioned in my earlier post, at ultra low speed you can drag an aileron in the water (assuming you have enough throw). That helps drag that wing around. No aerodynamics involved, just one aileron in the water.

And at higher speeds when air does start to play a role, that pushes one wingtip into the water which has the same effect, drags that side of the plane around.
Definately be giving this a try. Flew it this last week and turning was mediocre even on smooth water with no wind. Flew great otherwise.
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Old Yesterday, 11:54 AM
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Thanks DrBamBam, you got more from them than I did! A typical corporate "don't give a stuff about the customer" brush-off IMHO
agreed... in the mean time i started scratch building a polaris xl.
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Old Yesterday, 01:33 PM
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The supply issue is likely complicated by the fact Hobby King doesn't actually manufacture the Skipper, Joysway does. And I'm not surprised they're unwilling to give specifics about their order size. Sharing detailed info about your business plans online isn't something most companies are comfortable doing.

Regarding water takeoffs I've also noticed the Skipper tends to get stuck to the water during certain takeoff runs, not always though. I'd love to figure out what makes it do that.
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Old Yesterday, 05:04 PM
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If the water is very calm and glassy, it may assist by slightly 'roughing' the water up before your take-off run. All you need to do is create some small ripples by taxiing around in a circle of figure eight. This will allow the floats to break free of the surface much easier - give it a go.
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Old Today, 01:48 AM
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Good point Nodd.

I had trouble taking off grass at first, but suddenly it seemed I learned how to handle the plane and never had any problems after that. Apart from the terminal crash of course caused by losing orientation. Which is why I want a new one!
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Old Today, 06:32 AM
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If the water is very calm and glassy, it may assist by slightly 'roughing' the water up before your take-off run. All you need to do is create some small ripples by taxiing around in a circle of figure eight. This will allow the floats to break free of the surface much easier - give it a go.
That is standard procedure for full size float planes when they are heavily loaded and the water is glassy. Another thing they do is tilt to one side to lift one of the floats off the water, but of course we can't do that with the Skipper.

What are you guys using for throws on the horns? Mine are all in the outer holes providing the least amount of throw.
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Old Today, 07:58 AM
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Any tips to getting the foam spinner off without destroying it? Thinking of swapping to an apc 6x4 to get some more rigidity.
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Old Today, 09:00 AM
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I managed to get mine off in two pieces which could be glued back together. I'm going to leave it off to allow air into the motor and because it looked funny anyway. It looked crooked because it was not centered in the cowl. The 6x4 prop works very well and is quieter.
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