Posted by KiwiKid |
May 30, 2007 @ 01:55 AM | 10,774 Views
When I was getting close to finishing my last build - the DH1 (details here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=672333) - I started thinking about my next project. As the DH1 was a slow WW1 bipe I thought the next one should be a fast pusher jet. I have always thought that the SU-27 Flanker (and its numerous derivatives) was one of the most aesthetically and aerodynamically appealing designs ever created. It also has that cold war "ememies hardware" attraction. So the model was sorted, now for the colour scheme - so many options to chose from, but in the end I kept coming back to the Ukrainian Air Force demonstration teamís Flankers with the cool racing stripes and splinter camo.
After spending three months on the DH1 I wanted this to be a quick build and had a look at a few Flanker kits and ARFs around, but in NZ freight cost is always a PITA. I was fortunate in that a flying acquaintance of mine has made a few Flankers for other flyers in the past. He very kindly knocked me up an ARF body that is a work of art and slightly over 1m long. I powered it up with a Multiplex Permax BL-480/4D, Hyperion 2500mah 20/30C battery, Hyperion 50amp ESC and 6 x 5.5 prop. Havenít had a radar gun on it yet, but the same set up on my Stryker takes it to 150 kmh. Added a cockpit, canopy and pilot, a dob of paint and some decals I made and she was done.
Some pics below.