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Andre's HobbyKing Skipper

Andre

Fly yes... land no.
Admin
#1
The Skipper is one of those planes you should really try.
It is a little wild but handles like a race car. Specially if you have snow issues.

I picked mine up during the pre-Christmas sale.
HobbyKing® ™ Skipper All Terrain Airplane EPO 700mm (PNF)

I use a OrangeRx R410X DSMX Compatible 4Ch/6CH PWM/CPPM 2.4Ghz Receiver

And fly the plane with ZIPPY Compact 2200mAh 3S 25C Lipo Pack

To enhance visibility I applied some yellow paint to the belly and added some re-enforced duct tape to help protect the underside when the snow turns to ice.

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AkimboGlueGuns

Biplane Guy
Mentor
#2
Very nice! The skipper is one of the best flying planes I've flown (as far as non purpose built aerobatic planes.) Just wait until you can fly it off of the water! :)
 

airhawk

Crashing Ace
#5
Nice if I wasnt buying a nqx fpv I would get this or a durafly plane hey Andre you know how I was talking to you about the das ugly stik well Im not getting its not a need my dad is having some layoff period at work(he hasn't been affected) so Im on a tight budget until February ill consider this one maybe if it goes down on cyber Monday.
thanks for all the great content,
-Airhawk
 

Andre

Fly yes... land no.
Admin
#6
Nice if I wasnt buying a nqx fpv I would get this or a durafly plane hey Andre you know how I was talking to you about the das ugly stik well Im not getting its not a need my dad is having some layoff period at work(he hasn't been affected) so Im on a tight budget until February ill consider this one maybe if it goes down on cyber Monday.
thanks for all the great content,
-Airhawk
Hang in there buddy. We've all gone through some pretty scary/lean times.
At least you can still scratch build.
 
#7
Andre'....nice flight with the "Skipper" I've built a few Polaris (Polari), and always wanted to fly em off snow, but they didn't survive to the winter!!! I've got a cub on floats and a grasshopper on skis, that I'll fly off snow for the first time tomorrow!! Happy New Year!
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RAM

Posted a thousand or more times
#9
Andre, is this one a copy of the Polaris or is the Polaris a copy of this one??? Looks just like the polaris to me.
 

SP0NZ

FT CAD Gremlin
Staff member
Moderator
Mentor
#13
I've had mine for almost two years now. It's a great flying plane.

Couple of interesting facts I've learned since I purchased mine:


  • Even though the specs say it's rated for 3S, it can handle 4S just fine.
  • The Skipper is actually the Joysway Dragonfly rebranded for HobbyKing.
  • The Polaris/Skipper/Dragonfly are all copies of the North Star originally designed by Laddie Mikulasko in 1986
  • Laddie also had a follow-up to the North Star called the Arrow in 2004
 
#14
I tried to figure out which came first, the chicken or the egg.

Guess what? Neither of them :)

It's a NorthSkilaris PolipperStar
The "Northstar" definitely came first!!! but it was a balsa (wood) build, and typically powered by gas or glow engines!! "Laddie" took the Polaris design there are minor differences to foam build (Depron), but I use DTFB covered with colored packing tape! and electric power!!! the "Skipper" is a HK rip-off of these two designs! I've been sorely tempted!!! and now Andre has me re-thinking this!!!

a few pics of my "departed" polari!!!
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