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.
If you find yourself stuck against the bank or in the reeds during water borne operation then theres no need to reach for the pole or fishing line for retrieval, just use the AUX Channel selectable reversing function built into the 40 Amp ESC.
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.
• 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
• AUX Channel Reversible ESC function for surface manoeuvring
• 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
Motor: 3637 1000kV
ESC: 40A (AUX channel reverse function available)
Servos: 3 x 9g
4 Channel transmitter and receiver (min)
3~4s 2200~ 3000 mAh LiPoly battery
FPV equipment (optional)
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.
Frame/ PNF/ RTF(mm)
I recently acquired this plane. The model came OK, no damages to the foam, with all accessories, but with uncut stickers. Now I have to do a tedious process of cutting each sticker manually (as opposed to the computer cutting machine that does it in the factory). I think that as a platinum customer I would be happy if HK sends me a new set of stickers, but which are completely cut and ready to be put on the model. What do you think HK, do I deserve this little help from you? I think I do.I managed to purchase his plane in the sale but to be honest after flying her i would buy another at full price, she flies amazing, great fun, very nimble and the motor is very quiet, she just swooshes past...highly recommend this plane and taking off from water is great, works well on land and water, great planeEN: Same, my motor comes to a completed stop, for revers fonction, This ESC was burned...
no skipper part sell on hobbyking.
if i broke a wing, I must buy a complete skipperX 170...
FR: L'esc vendu est vraiment pourris il a brler au moment ou j'active la fonction inverse alors que le moteur tait l'arrt complet.
Aucune pices dtach est vendu en cas de casse d'aile par exemple ou autres, contrairement au Bixler ou Tundra de chez HK. du la moindre casse, l'appareil deviens inutilisable et l'on est oblig de le racheter complet 170 pour revoler.
(sinon il vol bien, mais trs vite)overall a good flying 'amphibious' delta plane . If you put a stiffer propeller on it the thrust is greatly improved. Plenty of power on 3s to get off water and smooth ground. I am disappointed that hobbyking did not take the extra time and cost to put hinges in on rudder. The foam hinge easily rips off taxing on ground and this just unnecessary rebuild time when I prefer to be flying more. @nd I wish they had built another hatch or bigger hatch ontop to so I can put a Flight controller or Autopilot in much easier. Far too tight. We would have gladly paid the extra money to not have to deal with these issues. But not problems. Plane flies great...it being a delta wing I would suggest using rudder alot more than aileron to curve nice turns without dropping too much altitude. I added 35pcnt rudder reduce the throws to about 60pcnt for cruising. Use full rates for water taxiing as it has not water rudder. Flies great on 3S 2200mAh or 4S. I will try with a 3S 2800mAh next and get some fpv gear on it.Well, I received this model yesterday (28/01). It is a lot larger than I expected, mostly EPO, but looks to be strong/robust. I had concerns about the strength of the tail (with a motor) built into it. I now see that it is strengthened/supported with what appears to be a piece of ply, that runs down the middle of the tail into the fuselage. There is ample room for a 4S, although I think (based on weight) that a 3S will suffice. Servo's included were 9g 'Turnigy' and 40 Amp ESC. I took off 1 x point for the quality of the decals provided with this model, which also affects the overall price. Overall, a nice looking model that I am looking forward to flying, thanks again HK!I love this plane it is awesome and very FAST!! on 4s setup. I started with 2200m 4s and was curious about larger battery and I put in a 4s 5000m and it flew like a champ had to fit the battery all the way back to the first carbon spare. Tends to be nose heavyI love this plane it is awesome and very FAST!! on 4s setup. I started with 2200m 4s and was curious about larger battery and I put in a 4s 5000m and it flew like a champ had to fit the battery all the way back to the first carbon spare. Tends to be nose heavy
A great plane to fly. However, the model tends to lose a lot of height in turns and to combat that I have increased the cord of the elevator by 10mm, moved the C/G forward 12mm and lifted both ailerons up 3mm at the trailing edge and this makes the aircraft much more pleasant to fly. It holds its height in turns and touch and go off water is much more predictable.
I have also covered the entire model in lightweight glass cloth.Absolutely first class build quality, clear instructions, well packed. As near to perfect as I have seen in this hobby.Came in huge box, all were good packaged, all is stick with tape to the box, but the thing is that inside the box the vertical stabilizator was bended and broken all the rest were perfect. By the way, I buy 2pc of SkypperXL, and inside the second box, absolutely the same situation, with bended tail
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