Friday morning (June 3, 2016), my time. Sent an email to my buddies Ian Bott (bogusbandit56) and Jeff Reimer (Wildthing), telling them about my interest in designing the SU-34 after the F-15C. Frankly speaking, Ian mentioned this quite a while ago, as we both share the same favorite RCP plane, the SU-34 v4. Both me and Ian gained our flying skill through flying the RCP SU-34 v4. It's an awesome plane and no one can deny that.
So, the email shortly expanded to some more short conversations, and ended with "we go for the SU-34 design". But the new design must not fly as a trainer. It has to be at the same level of F-15C or even higher.
In real life, SU-34 inherits SU-27's manuverability and range, with additional payloads as a twin-seat strike fighter. More information of real SU-34 can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Su-34.
I collected more information from the web, watching lots of videos about SU-34, as well as trying to learn and obtain as much information possible for the next design. Yes, I was able to do that on the next day, as I collected pictures, blueprints of ortho views of the SU-34. The more information I get, the more I like about the SU-34 concept.
Completion of the Su-34 model followed shortly in the very same day (Saturday, June 4, 2016) using McNeel's Rhinoceros 5.0 and my new HP Zbook Studio, collaborating with my good old HP Zbook 14 using HP RGS. For me, it's necessary to have real scale model in order to design RC model that has close scale lines to the real jet. While sitting in front on the computer, modeling the RC model, I was watching along NCIS latest season on tv. Before the episode ended, I'd completed the RC model. Making it to become plan was as easy as executing a command "squash" in the software and marking nodes to place slots and notches through simple script. I wasn't in a hurry as I was thinking that it could be a birthday present to my colleague, Ian Bott, few days later. I finished everything on Sunday and it's ready to become the birthday present.
During design phase, I re-opened all data analysis of the F-15C and tried to implement those characteristics on this SU-34B. As an ultimate parkjet, it needed to posses some features:
1. Rock solid stability
2. High agility
3. Lowest wing loading possible
4. Flies well with standard setups and upgraded too
5. Easy to construct
6. Innovative design - This is important to mark our milestones by not repeating or walking backwards from previous designs. However, this has become the most difficult feature to think of.
And here are some pics of the design phase's completion.
Finally, the PDF plan was actually considered as one of the best birthday present for me and Ian, as we share the same birthday month. Then all three of us, got the plan on Ian's birthday eve. Of course, I got it first
Weekdays. Very hard for me to look for spare time to build it. Then a small chance arised after receiving a notification of rescheduled full day meeting. Not thinking anything else, I started the build shortly. All three of us had almost the same time in finishing the SU-34B. Ian built 2 versions: 1 with KF2 and the other with KF4.
Here are some pictures of our builts:
Oh, if you wonder of the number 05 on my SU-34B, it's the same number that Jeff had on his car when he was still driving his racing cars. Every single car he drove, was having a sign of "Wolfecroft 05". So, that's where the number came from.
Ian got it maidened first and came back to us with the statement "The best birthday present ever! It flew like none he had built and flown!". Jeff followed and gave a short comment and question "It's a clear winner. Howcome it's not slower than the F-15C?" Then, I got an open window of maidening it Sunday afternoon after teaching 7th grade kids to build F-15SB. It was a good day to have the maiden flight but was extremely hot. My skin got tanned even for just 2 flights of the SU-34B.
Here are some videos of our SU-34B. We came up with a name of this collaboration inheriting the name I gave to my YouTube channel, as Parkflyers International.
Ian's Maiden Flight
Jeff's Maiden Flight
Bimo's Maiden Flight
After seeing each other videos, I do believe all of you will be laughing out loud reading our email to each other as all of us were so psyched about the results. Even Jeff said, that he's uncomfortable doing inverted flying, but the SU-34B made it seemed to be easy for him. Ian? Well you all watched his videos already. He was even laughing out loud in joy, after having a crash of one of his SU-34B
I have a 4000KV high speed-hi torque motor in hand and may replace the Turnigy with it shortly and see how it goes.
We hope you are enjoying the videos. And for PDF plan of this beautiful SU-34B and our other parkjets (there are free stuffs as well!), kindly check it HERE
Fly happily and share the joy, everyone. All the best!
More updates are coming.
"Hungry for better accomplishments in every way"