Skeeter (oz8041)

 

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Skeeter. Radio control aerobatic and sport model. For Super Tigre G60 engine.

Quote: "I think that in order to best describe the Skeeter, I will change the format of the normal magazine construction article. What I will do is interrogate myself for, I hope, your benefit.

Q. When was the Skeeter designed?
A. In Early 1965.

Q. Why did you design it?
A. It was an attempt (successful, I think) at closing a gap in model design.

Q. What gap?
A. The maneuver gap. I wanted a truly acrobatic model capable of ALL the maneuvers, not just some. In addition, I wanted to accomplish maneuvers not yet included in the pattern at that time. The talk then was of a free style type of contest. To my surprise and delight I obtained what 1 wanted in the Skeeter.

Q. Is there any maneuver it won't do?
A. If there is, I haven't found it yet. The tail slide is still the toughest, though.

Q. How about spins?
A. Spins are a natural. Both inverted and upright the entry is clean, spin is slow and recovery is predictable. Snap rolls, the same thing. I've seen contests lost because a model wouldn't spin. The Skeeter will spin every time, even with a sloppy entry.

Q. Isn't an airplane that spins and snaps easily unstable?
A. Not on your life. The Skeeter will not spin or snap unless you cause it to do so by applying the proper spin or snap command, yourself. I often fly the Skeeter, low throttle, full up elevator, and steer it around with aileron, just to show off the extreme stability, and then kick in rudder to spin. Reverse spins are great!

Q. With these types of flying characteristics it must be a good contest machine.
A. It is! The Skeeter has bagged 22 trophies in Novice and in Expert Class C competition. Such places as Amarillo, Texas; Wichita, Kansas; Denver, Colorado; Billings, Montana. Know the bite of the Skeeter! Its last contest was at Marana Air Park in Arizona, at the First Annual RCM Winter Nationals, where it captured fifth place in C Expert..."

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