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Dynaflite Skeeter. Radio control sailplane. Hand launch glider model. Wingspan 55-1/4 in, wing area 336.3 sq in. Airfoil S3021.
Discontinued kit from Dynaflite.
Quote: "The Skeeter is an attractive, easy to build, all wood polyhedral Hand Launched Glider (HLG). With its 55-1/2 inch wingspan and Selig 3021 airfoil, the Skeeter is a real winner. You will have many hours of fun with this little ship and never have to chase a Hi-Start.
The Skeeter is easy to build and cover with its liteweight all balsa conventional construction. The polyhedral wing, along with simple 2-channel (elevator and rudder) control make for gentle, forgiving flights. The Skeeter, with its ideal proportions, is perfectly suited for small flying sites. So go ahead...enjoy, and don't let those little flying sites get in the way of your fun!"
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User commentsI built a Skeeter years ago, shortly after the kit came out. It was the first really viable RC HLG I had. Mine was modified with tapered tips that extended the span to 59 inches. I also used built up tail surfaces, eliminated the rudder overhang, and used pull-pull controls. Built this way, the weight was reasonable. It's about 255 grams now, but with the battery, receiver and the hatch it was probably around 330 grams. With today's radio gear, it would probably lose 40 to 60 grams. The handling was very nice. By the standards of the time, the performance was good, despite all the comments dissing it on internet mailing lists. Maybe the extra span made a big difference. I considered making a 2 meter version, which would probably be an excellent flier. I seem to remember that the die crushing (as opposed to die cutting) was a bit rough. I covered mine with Micafilm. That was ok, except that I'd get a bit of flutter when launching with a small but moderately strong high start. So for someone with a strong arm or a high start, Monokote or Ultrakote might be better for the center section. Sheeting the lower front of the center section, or using diagonal braces, might also solve that problem. These days, I'd only build something like this for nostalgia, or maybe for some relaxed slope soaring. For flatland hand launched flying, the D J Aerotech Chrysalis outclasses the Skeeter, as it was designed to do. But you won't find a plan for that one! I wonder how the Skeeter would do with a thinner airfoil and lighter radio gear?
LincolnR - 07/08/2018
I asked Lincoln for a photo and he kindly sent the image at more pics 004, with this caveat: "I hope you'll forgive the dilapidated state of the model and the missing hatch. And please note that it's been modified, as described in my previous post." Thanks Lincoln :)
Mary - 09/08/2018
I converted this glider to electric using a Tahmazo Apollo motor/ prop unit and a 500-600 mah 3s battery near the c of g. It makes a lovely lightweight combination that thermals in the lightest lift.
Fred Burman - 30/05/2019
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