The fuselage has plenty of space. You can see where the 3S 2,200 mAh LiPo battery is located.
The brushless motor, propeller, and spinner are all factory installed.
onto the wing tube and is secured by
one screw on each wing half.
The horizontal stabilizers slide into
place on a horizontal tail tube. Each is
secured with two pieces of clear tape.
The last step in the assembly is the
installation of the elevator pushrod,
The manual includes instructions for
programming 11 different Spektrum
transmitters—from the DXe all the way
up to the newest model, the DX20.
A word about safety: It’s always a
good idea to remove the propeller from
the aircraft while programming the
The instruction manual includes
the high- and low-rate settings for the
ailerons, elevator, and rudder as well as
the exponential settings. It also explains
how to enable or disable the Panic
The ESC comes with a male EC3
connector already attached. The
recommended E-flite 3S 2,200 mAh
LiPo battery pack comes with the
appropriate female EC3 connector. The
battery is secured in the fuselage with a
hook-and-loop battery retention strap.
The canopy hatch assembly is held
in place with a single spring-loaded
canopy latch. This makes for quick and
easy battery removal. After the throttle
cut and panic mode were set, the
Sukhoi was ready for its first flight.
At the flying field, the Sukhoi was
given a range check and a thorough
preflight inspection. I was concerned
about the airplane’s ground handling
when operating off of a grass runway
because of the small included wheels.
My concerns were quickly put to rest
Photos by Bernie Nosal
56 Model Aviation APRIL 2017 www.ModelAviation.com