Low Wing Skimmer 400 (oz6479)
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Low Wing Skimmer 400. Radio control electric powered motor glider. For speed 400 motor. Discontinued kit from Hobby Lobby.
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Update 13/7/2023: Added ribs (scanned plus traced), thanks to Craig.
Quote: "Greetings from Michigan, USA. I have just purchased a Low Wing Skimmer kit and would like to submit the complete set of wing rib profiles to you. Attached tracings of the individual ribs, also a photocopy of the ribs themselves. Thanks again for your site. Browsing is great fun and I have found some real treasures. Craig"
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User commentsSteve, I am attaching several pictures of the LW Skimmer. The LW Skimmer was designed about 6 months after I designed and Hobby Lobby kitted the Skimmer 400, I also designed that model for them. The Skimmer 400 was a very successful model and continued as a kit for several years. Back then the Speed 400 motor was just becoming available and we thought it be nice to build a model around that very economical motor. Matter of fact back then we didn't think it had much power and were pleasantly surprised at its ability to climb well and soar nicely. It turned out to be a very fun sport model that was easy to build for most modelers experienced with basic balsa building. The low wing Skimmer has an interesting genesis in that I was looking at an easy way to take that same size model and make it a low wing monoplane so I turned the fuselage of the Skimmer 400 and upside down, flipped exactly the same wing added some gear out of the fuselage and then added a turtle deck and canopy molding and there you have a low wing version. One thing in retrospect is that it really needed more dihedral as it turned very poorly since it only had a rudder and no ailerons.
JayBurkart - 03/04/2015
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