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May 08, 2002, 06:11 PM
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Hobby Lobby Skimmer?

Hi all,
I mostly fly pylon racers but during my last outing a friend of mine brought out a sailplane from Hobby Lobby called the skimmer.
Battery problems kept him from flying it as his had a speed 400 in the nose.
Aside from a Gentle Lady when I was first learning to fly many years ago, I have to admit that I don't have much experience with sailplanes.
Although this plane didn't look like a high dollar outfit and definitely not a "Pure Sailplane" it did look like it would be a fun way to relax after the world of high speed.
Anyone have any experiences with it? Is it able to thermal very well?
I was contemplating picking up one.
Many Thanks.

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May 08, 2002, 08:20 PM
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Do a search for 'Skimmer' and you'll have your answers, some of them from me! Your observations are all correct. NOT a high dollar plane, it's on sale at HL for $19. NOT a great kit, but nothing to gripe about if you've seen poor die cutting before. But it IS exactly as you said, an easy, fun, low investment way to kick back and fly. Thermals pretty well if you keep it light. The Big Skimmer thermals even better, again, if light. The little one is very nimble. Can't beat it for $19, a speed 400, 7x600 pack, 6x3 folder, etc. Cheap and easy.

May 10, 2002, 03:26 PM
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I picked one up from the HL sale. Tinkering about either using a 4.8V S400 on 6 cells to keep it light, or going to an inline geared set-up.

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