HobbyKing Skipper

Water, Grass, Snow, Fly it Anywhere!

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Receiver Ready All Terrain Aircraft

Capable of taking off from and landing on just about any surface including water, ice, snow, grass and more, the Skipper is a truly versatile model. Add to that its super low wing loading and high performance brushless power system and you've got yourself a model that is an absolute blast to fly!

The pre-installed 40A brushless power system provides tons of power, just what you need for getting off of the water or grass take-offs. This abundance of power adds to the fun factor in the air, providing unlimited vertical performance. The large control surfaces allow for a fast roll rate and excellent elevator response making aerobatic flight a big part of the Skipper's wide flight envelope.

Constructed from low-density EPO foam, this model is very lightweight yet maintains a high level of durability. The wing halves are joined with twin carbon fiber spars providing excellent rigidity. The fuselage of the Skipper is moulded in a "flying boat" shape allowing it to easily take off, land and cruise on the water. This smooth, low-drag design also lends itself very well to use on snow and grass.

The Skipper comes in "Plug and Fly" form meaning that the brushless power system and all servos are pre-installed, you will simply need to add your own 4CH radio system and 3S lipoly battery. Assembly is a breeze requiring gluing of the horizontal stabilizer only. You can have the Skipper built and ready for flight in as little as 15 minutes. [HobbyKing]

Features

  • The most fun plane ever
  • Plug and Fly - simply add your own radio system and 3S lipoly battery
  • All terrain flight ability - capable of flying from water, snow, ice, grass and more
  • Ultra durable EPO foam construction
  • Waterproof brushless power system and servos
  • Easy to assemble

Specs

  • Wingspan: 700mm
  • Length: 970mm
  • Wing Loading: 25g/dmē
  • Flying Weight: 575g
  • Motor Thrust: 850g

Required

  • 4CH transmitter and receiver
  • 3S 1300~1500mAh lipoly battery

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Oct 08, 2013, 12:01 PM
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A Polaris Ultra Clone from HK!
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Oct 08, 2013, 12:02 PM
ballin to keep from stallin ;)
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Looks like a molded Polaris. Nice
Oct 08, 2013, 12:20 PM
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more intellectual thievery at it's finest.
Oct 08, 2013, 12:44 PM
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I was just about to ask whose design they stole this time, looks like I have my answer.
Oct 08, 2013, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by pecanpatch
A Polaris Ultra Clone from HK!

In style only. Different motor, different size overall, different electronics, battery etc etc etc. Oh, and available almost ready to fly.

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Originally Posted by slide ruler
more intellectual thievery at it's finest.
How many companies make Extra 300's, Cessna 172's, Yaks...the list is endless.
Oct 08, 2013, 03:02 PM
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In style only. Different motor, different size overall, different electronics, battery etc etc etc. Oh, and available almost ready to fly.



How many companies make Extra 300's, Cessna 172's, Yaks...the list is endless.
A scale model of a real airplane is one thing. Producing and selling commercially a clone of a popular ORIGINAL RC design is a whole other thing.

Laddie M, the designer of the Northstar and the guy who created the Polaris foamy version of the have some intellectual property rights that are being run over.
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Oct 08, 2013, 03:13 PM
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RCG thread: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2003342

It is a rebadged Joysway Dragonfly.
Last edited by KiwiKid; Oct 08, 2013 at 03:18 PM.
Oct 08, 2013, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Thomas B
A scale model of a real airplane is one thing. Producing and selling commercially a clone of a popular ORIGINAL RC design is a whole other thing.

Laddie M, the designer of the Northstar and the guy who created the Polaris foamy version of the have some intellectual property rights that are being run over.
You are correct about the intellectual property. Every version of the Polaris that we have kitted was done with Laddie's blessing as well as Steve Shumate, who drew up the plans for the original Polaris model.

It's unfortunate but that is how some companies choose to do business.

Scott
Oct 08, 2013, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by KiwiKid
RCG thread: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2003342

It is a rebadged Joysway Dragonfly.
Not exactly. The Northstar came came along first. And given that it is molded foam and smaller, it is not a rebadged built up balsa Northstar. Certainly a Polaris clone, though.

I am giving this one a pass and will finish my stock Polaris and eventually get around to building a Polaris XL.
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Oct 08, 2013, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Model Aero
You are correct about the intellectual property. Every version of the Polaris that we have kitted was done with Laddie's blessing as well as Steve Shumate, who drew up the plans for the original Polaris model.

It's unfortunate but that is how some companies choose to do business.

Scott
Scott, I was aware that you did this sort of business the correct way....good on you.
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Oct 08, 2013, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Thomas B
A scale model of a real airplane is one thing. Producing and selling commercially a clone of a popular ORIGINAL RC design is a whole other thing.

Laddie M, the designer of the Northstar and the guy who created the Polaris foamy version of the have some intellectual property rights that are being run over.
That's a great point that negates my argument about scale aircraft to some degree. This certainly is a unique design not often seen elsewhere. Notwithstanding some component and size differences, it's certainly similar.

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Originally Posted by Model Aero
You are correct about the intellectual property. Every version of the Polaris that we have kitted was done with Laddie's blessing as well as Steve Shumate, who drew up the plans for the original Polaris model.

It's unfortunate but that is how some companies choose to do business.

Scott

What is the remedy then for you or the original designer if you were to do something about this? I honestly don't know what it would entail, but presume it would be costly.

At the end of the day the Polaris will still stand as the benchmark for this type of plane. Other than a similar design, the $100.00 item I would guess won't impact this one.

On another note, I wrote you guys last year I believe about a ARF or RTF set up for the Polaris Ultra and I think you said it was in the works, any updates on that?
Oct 08, 2013, 08:16 PM
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What is the remedy then for you or the original designer if you were to do something about this? I honestly don't know what it would entail, but presume it would be costly.

At the end of the day the Polaris will still stand as the benchmark for this type of plane. Other than a similar design, the $100.00 item I would guess won't impact this one.

On another note, I wrote you guys last year I believe about a ARF or RTF set up for the Polaris Ultra and I think you said it was in the works, any updates on that?
Our remedy is to continue to offer a level of service and support that the others can't match.

You can check out the original and authorized Polaris ARF here:

Polaris Ultra
Oct 08, 2013, 08:39 PM
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No matter which one ya get, just get one..... I love my 3 year old Polaris built from the plans.... I have also Built the Drifter boat from the Model Aero kit.... Love them both! Mainly, just get out and fly!
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Oct 08, 2013, 09:32 PM
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NorthStar --==> Twinkle --==> Polaris --==> numerous Polaris versions including the new molded foamie --==> this thing. Twinkle and Polarii were at least done with the knowledge/blessing of the legend that came up with the original idea/configuration, Laddie Mikulasko. Laddie came up with a whole new plane configuration, which is truly epic... but now it's like saying that the P51 Mustang is a rip off of the Spitfire. Call it a delta Seawind even...


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