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HobbyKing™ Skipper XL All Terrain Airplane EPO 864mm (Kit)

HobbyKing™ Skipper XL All Terrain Airplane EPO 864mm (Kit)

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Does size matter?

Well, we don't know either, but the HobbyKing™ Skipper just got bigger!

Just like its smaller sibling, the Skipper XL is capable of operating from almost any surface including water, ice, snow, grass and more, making it an incredibly versatile model. With its super low wing loading and high performance brushless power system the Skipper XL is an absolute blast to fly!

The installed power system (PNF version) provides more than enough power for water or grass take-offs and provides unlimited vertical performance. Large control surfaces give great control authority and make for a wide flight envelope.

Molded from ultra-tough EPO foam, the model is lightweight and durable. The wing halves are joined through the fuselage with twin carbon fiber spars providing excellent rigidity. The fuselage of the Skipper has a flat bottom for easy take offs from any surface and features a hydrodynamic step to allow for easy water handling.

A large, removable cockpit cover gives fantastic access to the forward compartment for batteries etc and has a transparent canopy for a semi-scale appearance. This cockpit cover can be replaced by an alternative, custom designed plywood FPV equipment platform (see related items) to quickly transform your Skipper XL into an all-terrain FPV vehicle.

Access hatches are also provided mid-fuselage and in the motor nacelle for easy installation and maintenance.

The Skipper XL is available in "Plug and Fly" and kit form allowing you get into the air as quickly as possible, or to cutomize your set-up to your own requirements. 

Features:
• Ultra durable EPO foam construction
• Plug and Fly - simply add your own radio system and 3~4S LiPoly battery
• All terrain flight ability - capable of flying from water, snow, ice, grass and more
• Fully sectioned airfoil on wing and stabilizer
• Twin carbon fiber wing spars
• Plywood tail sub-structure
• Motor and elevator servo extension wires pre-installed
• Simple access to all equipment
• Molded PVC protector for fuselage bottom
• Colorful decal set
• Hardware included
• Easy to assemble

Specs:
Wingspan: 864mm
Length: 1169mm
AUW: 1020g

Required:
4 Channel transmitter and receiver (min)
3~4s 2200~ 3000 mAh LiPoly battery
Suitable charger
FPV equipment (optional)
4 x 9~12g servos
40A ESC with BEC (min)
3536 1000kv brushless motor
1 x Propeller (8 x 4~8 x 6 recommended)
Foam safe adhesive

!!!! NOTE: When switching the ESC to reverse mode ensure the motor has come to a complete stop before switching to avoid damaging the ESC.

  • SKU 9107000384-0
  • Brand HobbyKing
  • Shipping Weight 4800.0000
  • Packaging Length 1180.00
  • Packaging Width 250.00
  • Packaging Height 485.00
  • IC/2:Elec -
  • Motorsize(diam-or-cc) -
  • Wingspan(mm) 864.00
  • Length(mm) -
  • SaleWeight(g) -
  • Capacity (mAh) -
  • HobbyKing™ Skipper XL All Terrain Airplane EPO 864mm
  • HobbyKing™ Skipper XL All Terrain Airplane EPO 864mm
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the plane went together really well, everything was fine until it was time to apply the decals, what a awful load of crap they are! I tried to cut them out with a knife and eventually gave up and made up my own decals, its a shame they went to all that trouble to make a really nice plane and then stuff it up with such bloody awful decals

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the plane went together really well, everything was fine until it was time to apply the decals, what a awful load of crap they are! I tried to cut them out with a knife and eventually gave up and made up my own decals, its a shame they went to all that trouble to make a really nice plane and then stuff it up with such bloody awful decals

Flies nice, but i had to use flight stabilizer. Without it she was a bit unstable. I had there 3536/1450 motor, 7x4.5 propeller, 4S 2650mAh and 3000mAh battery. I crashed her after about 70 flights. Now I am buying her again.

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Flies nice, but i had to use flight stabilizer. Without it she was a bit unstable. I had there 3536/1450 motor, 7x4.5 propeller, 4S 2650mAh and 3000mAh battery. I crashed her after about 70 flights. Now I am buying her again.

First the bad: The decals on this are terrible. Really really terrible. Most of mine went into the bin and of those that I did manage to apply correctly they are already peeling at the edges. And no I'm not new to this, they are simply the worst I've ever seen provided with a plane.
Other issues included the plane arriving with both halves already glued, which meant to get the motor wires though you'll have to cut into the nacelle. One pushrod guide tube was inserted to far, meaning not enough protruded outside the plane and the other came with either a kink or obstruction somewhere near it's center. This was mostly resolved by forcing the pushrod though and then using silicone lube to reduce friction.
The motor cowling is too short for the two best motor choices (I I didn't bother installing mine although you can just cut the end off) and the plastic underbelly skid was cut too far, resulting it in not reaching he 'step'. I had the RCLander version of this and the skid provided with that still had all the flashing already attached, which was a better idea as you could then trim it to size.
Other than that this is a nice model. I've cut off both ailerons as well as the ruder and then re-attached them with metal-pinned plastic hinges. The rudder in particular needs this as it *will* tear off after a few flights. I've also completely covered the underside with packaging tape as this helps protect against abrasion damage and makes grass takeoffs easier. I used 3 x Corona 939MG (17g) servos all around and there doesn't seem to be any problem driving both ailerons from one servo. Just make sure you use the *innermost* holes on the servo and *outermost* holes on the horn. And turn down your rates; elevator & ailerons on this are very sensitive, 50% is a good starting point.
I also noticed was that it was possible to insert the wing spars to far, you need to have 16.5mm *protruding* on the long spar and 12mm on the short one. No pilot is provided although if you want to add one the ideal height is 47mm with the max height being 50mm.
As for motor, prop & ESC, the original model used a 3632 1300Kv although best combination from HK is probably a 1400Kv NTM 35-36A spinning an 8x6 prop + 60A ESC. This produces an acceptable compromise of flight time & performance on 3S and should go pretty quick on 4S.
It's also possible to use a 7x4 on the 1800Kv version of that same motor and although performance is very good - it's fast and can go vertical from a short takeoff even on 3S - I find it consumes at lot of amps and will stress your power system, especially the battery as it receives no ventilation unless the nose is modified to allow air though. I haven't tried 4S on the 1800Kv yet as I'll need at least an 80A ESC but I imagine it'll be quite a hotrod.
And lastly unlike it's little brother this plane as provided is not suitable for water takeoff's without modification.

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First the bad: The decals on this are terrible. Really really terrible. Most of mine went into the bin and of those that I did manage to apply correctly they are already peeling at the edges. And no I'm not new to this, they are simply the worst I've ever seen provided with a plane.
Other issues included the plane arriving with both halves already glued, which meant to get the motor wires though you'll have to cut into the nacelle. One pushrod guide tube was inserted to far, meaning not enough protruded outside the plane and the other came with either a kink or obstruction somewhere near it's center. This was mostly resolved by forcing the pushrod though and then using silicone lube to reduce friction.
The motor cowling is too short for the two best motor choices (I I didn't bother installing mine although you can just cut the end off) and the plastic underbelly skid was cut too far, resulting it in not reaching he 'step'. I had the RCLander version of this and the skid provided with that still had all the flashing already attached, which was a better idea as you could then trim it to size.
Other than that this is a nice model. I've cut off both ailerons as well as the ruder and then re-attached them with metal-pinned plastic hinges. The rudder in particular needs this as it *will* tear off after a few flights. I've also completely covered the underside with packaging tape as this helps protect against abrasion damage and makes grass takeoffs easier. I used 3 x Corona 939MG (17g) servos all around and there doesn't seem to be any problem driving both ailerons from one servo. Just make sure you use the *innermost* holes on the servo and *outermost* holes on the horn. And turn down your rates; elevator & ailerons on this are very sensitive, 50% is a good starting point.
I also noticed was that it was possible to insert the wing spars to far, you need to have 16.5mm *protruding* on the long spar and 12mm on the short one. No pilot is provided although if you want to add one the ideal height is 47mm with the max height being 50mm.
As for motor, prop & ESC, the original model used a 3632 1300Kv although best combination from HK is probably a 1400Kv NTM 35-36A spinning an 8x6 prop + 60A ESC. This produces an acceptable compromise of flight time & performance on 3S and should go pretty quick on 4S.
It's also possible to use a 7x4 on the 1800Kv version of that same motor and although performance is very good - it's fast and can go vertical from a short takeoff even on 3S - I find it consumes at lot of amps and will stress your power system, especially the battery as it receives no ventilation unless the nose is modified to allow air though. I haven't tried 4S on the 1800Kv yet as I'll need at least an 80A ESC but I imagine it'll be quite a hotrod.
And lastly unlike it's little brother this plane as provided is not suitable for water takeoff's without modification.

Received model well boxed and in perfect condition. Finished assembly and went to apply decals and found that the decals are not cut separately and require using scissors to remove them from the paper backing sheet. (no laser cut around decals). What was worse that after applying them the inbuilt sticky glue was very poor and they are curling up around the edges. I have read similar comments about the Skipper XL decal issue on line so its not only mine.

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Received model well boxed and in perfect condition. Finished assembly and went to apply decals and found that the decals are not cut separately and require using scissors to remove them from the paper backing sheet. (no laser cut around decals). What was worse that after applying them the inbuilt sticky glue was very poor and they are curling up around the edges. I have read similar comments about the Skipper XL decal issue on line so its not only mine.

Spent a lot of money for shipping and still waiting......

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Spent a lot of money for shipping and still waiting......

Had the kit half assembled when I ran into a problem.
The rear spar tube molded into the left wing was located
1/2 inch more forward than the right wing. Front spar
tubes were okay on both wings.
Also the left wing spar tube was at or above the wing top
surface on the left wing.
This misalignment did not allow the left wing to mate to
the fuselage.
Chatted with a HobbyKing rep and was told to return the kit
to the US East coast warehouse, even though I had purchased
it from the West coast warehouse. They only do the evaluations
on the east coast. Shipping cost would be $62. Forget that.
I will try to cut the spar tube out of the wing and reposition
it in the proper location. It will definitely be detrimental
to the planes appearance.

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Had the kit half assembled when I ran into a problem.
The rear spar tube molded into the left wing was located
1/2 inch more forward than the right wing. Front spar
tubes were okay on both wings.
Also the left wing spar tube was at or above the wing top
surface on the left wing.
This misalignment did not allow the left wing to mate to
the fuselage.
Chatted with a HobbyKing rep and was told to return the kit
to the US East coast warehouse, even though I had purchased
it from the West coast warehouse. They only do the evaluations
on the east coast. Shipping cost would be $62. Forget that.
I will try to cut the spar tube out of the wing and reposition
it in the proper location. It will definitely be detrimental
to the planes appearance.

Ich hatte schon viel Spa mit dem kleinen Skipper, somit war klar, da ich mir den Skipper XL zulegen mute - als Kit . Ausgerstet mit Corona DS939 MG , 3542er Brushless mit 1450KV, 3300er 4S Nanotech-Lipo und 8x8 APC-Luftschraube geht der Skipper XL mit Speed endlos Senkrecht. ( nicht nur Vollgas fliegen ! mit dem Setup - bei 60Amp. fr gute Khlung sorgen ! )
Jetzt warte ich auch Skipper XXL ) :-)

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Ich hatte schon viel Spa mit dem kleinen Skipper, somit war klar, da ich mir den Skipper XL zulegen mute - als Kit . Ausgerstet mit Corona DS939 MG , 3542er Brushless mit 1450KV, 3300er 4S Nanotech-Lipo und 8x8 APC-Luftschraube geht der Skipper XL mit Speed endlos Senkrecht. ( nicht nur Vollgas fliegen ! mit dem Setup - bei 60Amp. fr gute Khlung sorgen ! )
Jetzt warte ich auch Skipper XXL ) :-)

I maidened my Skipper XL today.

First take off try was a little rough, because despite having the lipo all the way back to the little wooden hook, it is still noseheavy. I do not know, how I will be able to get the CoG right with FPV gear installed.
After trimming the elevator up, the second try went well and once up in the air it flies really great. Ailerons are a little bit sensitive, as you would expect with a delta wing.

Stalls are no problem, the Skipper just falls like a parachute and it is always possible to power out of it.

Because of the stall and slow flying characteristics, the Skipper is easy to land.

I installed two aileron servos, because I had no double servoarm for the servos I had lying around. I just cut the servo slot big enough to fit two servos side by side.

My setup:

D-Power AL35-12 1270kv motor
40A ESC
8x4.5 Aeronaut light prop
Zippy compact 4s 4000mAh 25C lipo
4 Metalgear servos 10g

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I maidened my Skipper XL today.

First take off try was a little rough, because despite having the lipo all the way back to the little wooden hook, it is still noseheavy. I do not know, how I will be able to get the CoG right with FPV gear installed.
After trimming the elevator up, the second try went well and once up in the air it flies really great. Ailerons are a little bit sensitive, as you would expect with a delta wing.

Stalls are no problem, the Skipper just falls like a parachute and it is always possible to power out of it.

Because of the stall and slow flying characteristics, the Skipper is easy to land.

I installed two aileron servos, because I had no double servoarm for the servos I had lying around. I just cut the servo slot big enough to fit two servos side by side.

My setup:

D-Power AL35-12 1270kv motor
40A ESC
8x4.5 Aeronaut light prop
Zippy compact 4s 4000mAh 25C lipo
4 Metalgear servos 10g

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