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Old Oct 29, 2001, 12:26 PM
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Low Wing Skimmer 400 anyone build and fly one?

Looking at getting a Low Wing Skimmer 400 by Hobby Lobby. Has anyone built and flown one yet? I have a Graupner Terry (foamy) and want to try this one. Let me know.

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Old Oct 30, 2001, 02:34 PM
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Hey people!! Someone's got to have flown this plane Some lookers but no info yet Help me please.

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Old Nov 14, 2001, 10:50 AM
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I'm building mine now Fred, so I'll let you know.
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Old Nov 15, 2001, 09:36 AM
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Thanks Tekochip, please let me know how the bulding and your flights went. I like what I have seen but I like to get first hand knowledge before I get it.


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Old Nov 19, 2001, 06:51 PM
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OK, she's ready to go, I just have to wait for the wind to die down. This was my first stick -built kit, and my covering job is nothing to be proud of....next time.

I have a 10X6 and a 1:3 gearbox rather than the 6X3 direct drive. I've used the direct drive before on the Terry and it just wastes too much juice.

Wish me luck, I'll pitch it in the tomorrow.
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Old Nov 19, 2001, 07:55 PM
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Thanks tekochip for the update. Good luck in your virgin flight. Let me know how you did and how she preformed.

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Old Nov 20, 2001, 11:24 AM
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She came out a little nose heavy and I had to use a weight to get the CG close. Loaded with 7 1000mAH NiCd AAs I tossed her into the air. I had made an error on the ground trim and had to jostle things a little to get her trim, but she came up right. Man, did she fly slow. It was like a Sky Scooter that just woke up. It was all I could do to hold altitude, so I just brought her in. Maybe with a little more airspeed she'll do a better, but right now she handles like a fully loaded 747.

I just loaded the 6X3 direct drive, and I'm going to give it another toss
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Old Nov 20, 2001, 12:37 PM
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Wow, did it fly! My gearbox must be slipping because it took off almost vertical into the wind, wow! Big silent loops, even rolled and flew inverted. The plane has a huge range of speed, and how can you go wrong on seventeen bucks? Flight times were real long because very little power was needed to keep it in the air.
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Old Nov 20, 2001, 12:46 PM
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17 bucks for the low wing? I thought it was the skimmer 400 that was on sale.
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Old Nov 20, 2001, 02:15 PM
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I just checked the site and it's back up to $21, oh well, I'm having fun. So, in comparison, I had a Terry (my auntie m chased it up a tree). The Terry is not a real sailplane. Yes, it kinda glides like one, but that's about it. The Skimmer will thermal, it will loop, but the roll rate is slow, real slow. Don't do it without 100 feet to spare. The wing is much stronger, and I think it'll take a little more abuse than a Terry will.


For me, it was fun for my first kit and the sonofa can fly!
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Old Dec 26, 2001, 01:18 PM
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Fred,

I've built one one these, and continue to fly it. I'm using a 6x3 prop, direct drive 400, and 7x600 AE. It get's up to altitude, has a reasonable flight time, and you can't beat the price (I picked mine up for $19). For the first few flights I hadn't put in enough wash out, so tip stalling was a real problem - 1/4" wash out worked great. Now it ROG's, fly's well, and lands great. Well worth the money.
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Old Dec 26, 2001, 01:36 PM
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how long did this take to build?
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Old Dec 26, 2001, 01:51 PM
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Austin,

It didn't take too long to put together... when the wife allowed me time to do it I'd probably say a week to 10 days of evenings. It would have been a little faster without sanding/shaping a lot of the die pressed parts, but I didn't mind that. I was so happy with the Low wing model (with respect to price and flying characteristics), I've started on the regular Skimmer 400. I'll see how long this one takes me.

Cheers,

Rob
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Old Dec 26, 2001, 02:00 PM
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HI all,

Glad to see some other of you all are trying the Skimmer series.

Just be careful to get out any warps in the wing and make very
certain that you put a good wash out in both tips.
Maybe 3/16 to 1/4 would be good.
However just be careful if you try to slow either of them way
down as they will snap off on either wing.

I've had both planes for a good long time and flown them
a lot. The other secret with the Low Wing Skimmer
is try to keep the speed in flight up a bit since
they're are no ailerons you need to keep good rudder
authority.



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Old Dec 26, 2001, 08:59 PM
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I built one and fitted it with the power plant recommended by Hobby Lobby. In my opinion is a first class dog and with so many interesting choices out there, albeit more expensive ones, wouldn't have one for free.
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