This is a reproduction of the old North Pacific Skeeter. Originally sold in retail stores at a low cost, they were very good performing rubber powered model airplanes. Perfect for kids and adults alike. They came in a plastic bag and the parts simply slid together. The red plastic clip that joins the wing halves and also holds the wing in place on the fuselage was just one of the notable features. The propeller was also a step above other ready to fly model airplane propellers of the day. The North Pacific propeller is still considered very good if you can find them.
The Skeeter has a wing span close to 13 inches. It came with a propeller 4 1/2 inches in diameter. North Pacific also had larger propellers of 5 1/2 inches and 7 inches. For this reproduction model the propeller, propeller hanger, and plastic wing clip have been reproduced as 3D printed parts. The original wing clip was straight. For the reproduction model both a straight wing clip and one with some camber have been created for 3D printing.
Presented here are drawings of the flying surfaces that can be printed directly on balsa, the flying surface layouts set up for printing on T-shirt iron on transfer paper, and the 3D print files for the plastic parts. A set of notes for the 3D printed parts is also provided. Also provided are 3D print files for generic North Pacific style wing clips. One for the wing mounted on top of the fuselage stick (HW) and one for the wing mounted on the bottom (LW). The generic clips are 3" long and can be cut to a shorter length depending on the application.
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