Parkzone Sukhoi Micro RC Airplane Modifications Begin

So after a few flights on the Parkzone Sukhoi Micro RC Airplane I began to search on what I could modify to improve it’s speed, visibility and overall flight time. This led me to the various RC forums and helpful hints from the owners who have had the Sukhoi a lot longer than myself and who collectively flight tested many of the solutions and then posted their results. So here is what I have done thus far.

Visibility

I removed the original stickers on the Parkzone Sukhoi and thought that I was going to use the Krylon H2O spray paints that I have used in the past on some of my other planes. The additional weight that the paint would add concerned me so I am trying the MonoKote Trim Sheets like I have also used on my other planes. I added an exact copy of the original decal shape in the Yellow color then added a little strip of Red on the wingtip to experiment. So far it works well but adding more would help additionally but will also add weight. Not through testing the higher visibility mod. Here are some tips and examples of other Sukhoi owners painting and using markers for color

Programming

I started flying the Sukhoi with the Spektrum DX5e but soon thereafter knew that this plane would benefit from the additional programming that my new Spektrum DX6i allows for, especially the exponential programming. Horizon Hobby has a good article as well as video HERE that covers this. I have many flights now using the DX6i and it’s programming it has smoothed the flights as well as allowing for the original snap barrel rolls and fast loops.

Propellers

The new GWS 5030 props are the orange ones in the Top Photo
Reading through the online forums several GWS props are being used to increase speed and torque to the Sukhoi. So far I have purchased the GWS 5030 and I have placed an order for the GWS 5043. When using the GWS props you MUST also purchase prop adapters. I purchased GWS adapter part# gws/spn001, which comes with 6 adapters but only (2) will fit the 1.5mm threads on the Sukhoi.

gws/spn001

Here is a analysis done on the props from RCgroups member turboparker.

Battery Upgrade

Hyperion 1s 240mAh batteries I ordered

Several different options that I have read about but I have an order for the larger Hyperion 240mAh ($4.95 ea) so I haven’t received them yet. I will have to solder my own mini connections to these batteries as the come with bare leads. There are stores and members on forums who sell these batteries with the mini-molex connection already soldered on it. Here is some information on the batteries. (on another plane)

**will be continued …. NEW POST WITH THE NEW BATTERIES I RECEIVED HERE!

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2 thoughts on “Parkzone Sukhoi Micro RC Airplane Modifications Begin

  1. rariho_4180

    Hello, I’m trying to make the similar su-26m.
    What kind of soldering iron do you use? Can you solder the hyperion’s lipo with normal soldering iron and solder even the thin alminium?

  2. Jasonweb Post author

    I use a 40 watt soldering iron but any soldering iron including the smaller 25 watt ones should be sufficient.
    When I soldered the thin tabs on the battery I rough them up with sand paper a bit to allow the solder to adhere properly.
    The surface with the aluminum tabs can be slick so in addition to the sandpaper I also used a little flux then soldered without any problem.
    Others who soldered these little batteries find if they are having difficulty with the soldering adhering they just solder the other side of the battery tab.
    -Jason

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