CARF Sukhoi SU-31 2.75m
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For over a decade the SU-31 has earned the reputation of being one of the best and most successful aerobatic aircraft of all times. Besides the naked facts, some just love it because of its looks, some just because of the huge cowl housing a round engine. Our 3m SU-31 represents all these qualities and the new, smaller version is building right on this legacy.
With 2.75m wingspan this aircraft is just that little bit bigger than a typical 100cc aerobatic plane, and just that little bit smaller than giant the 3m machines which not everybody can transport and store so easily. The 2.75m wingspan has proven to be the golden compromise for many.
However, CARF-Models can offer this airplane also with a typical 2.6m wing, which makes it even more a pattern machine, perfectly suited for F3A-X. Almost square dimensions will give any pilot the competitive edge over most of the pack. And if 3D flying is preferred, the 2.75m wing with its thick trailing edges is putting the model into action in any airshow or freestyle contest.
The choice is yours. You can‘t only chose between several standard or even custom color schemes, you can also choose the wing type, thus the flying style and competition performance. The CARF-SU-31 2.6m / 2.75m is another rule breaker and rule maker in its class.
As usual, with our SU-31 2.75m you get an extremely well prefabricated airplane. It is super-strong, yet light weight and well-engineered for the flying stresses in competition. Made for 100-120 cc engines, it will also house the 3W 114 four cylinder engine, which many favor in this class.
The average weight is going to be somewhere between 13 and 14 kg. For an over 2.5m long airplane a very impressive value. We know that weight wise we will never be able to compete with a super-light Chinese balsa airplane, but as soon as you have your first contest in somewhat windy conditions, you will know why our philosophy rules. And if you look at your plane after 2 years of active flying, still looking like new out of the box, you will realize that all her wooden companions have vanished meanwhile. Also you’ll notice that our Sukhoi looks like a Sukhoi. It’s not an Extra with a round cowl and it’s not a Yak-54 where the designer had no clue how the full scale aircraft ever looked. It is an aircraft with the same looks, with the same character as the full scale. And still, it has all the tweaks and modifications we modelers think a successful contest plane must have to be competitive at highest levels. The CARF-Models SU-31 2.75, also with the shorter 2.6m wings, is a marvel in its class, a joy to build and to fly and a beauty to look at. It’s a plane where only you on the stick are the limit.
The 2.75 m wing has not only extended wing tips, it also has a slightly thicker airfoil, resulting in a thick trailing edge of 5-10 mm from tip to root. It is designed for 2 aileron servos, where the outer servo has been moved inwards. A single servo setup doesn’t seem to be working safely anymore, since the torque of the extremely powerful servos needs to be brought into the aileron somehow, and the light weight structure of a control surface can only take so much load on one specific point. So the two servos are highly recommended, even though they do not need to be symmetrically distributed over the wing span. A 40 mm aluminum tube as a standard wing joiner has proven to be sufficient for this size of airplane and can be upgraded by the many aftermarket carbon tubes available today. Why did we make the two wings? Mainly to allow this plane to become a leading figure in the German F3A-X contest rounds, where the wing span is limited.
The stabs are joined to the fuselage with a 20 mm aluminum tube. The elevators are center hinged on an aluminum hinge tube. Each half is prepared for a drop in fit of a single high power servo. The rudder is also center hinged. The SU-31 is not very CG sensitive so there is the option for a direct drive rudder setup, even though we include a 2-servo tray which mounts behind the canopy area on the fuselage bottom. Of course all control horns are installed and all alignments are done and ready out of the box.
Fuselage and Cowling
The fuselage is impressively large, over 2.5m long with Spinner. That comes close to some of the smaller 40% airplanes out there. The cowl has 36 cm diameter, so there is plenty of room to fit any kind of engine. The fuselage has the typical 3 design features, which is a strong aircraft grade and carbon reinforced landing gear mount, the dual former setup behind the canopy and inside the rudder fin, and the 2-part cowling to allow easy access to the engine and canister arrangement. There is plenty of room inside the fuselage for canisters or full pipes. Canopy frame is long, even though the canopy itself is quite short, which allows easy access to everything.
The DA 120 has proven to be a fantastic power source for this airplane. Even with a larger 3-blade prop there is still sufficient power for any aerobatic maneuvers within an unlimited sequence. For 3D a smaller prop can be mounted to make the engine more reactive on throttle bursts. However, we are currently installing a 3W 114 four cylinder in one and will keep you updated how this will work. this engine has become the most sought after powerplant for the F3A-X scene in Germany and we are confident that the plane is going to work very well with it. So far, any 100-120 cc engine will be suited for the plane. In terms of radial power, the Moki 180 5-cyl could be a great choice, too.
Our SU-31 is definitely a great pattern machine. It flies through any sequence with 40%er authority but with 35%er equipment. Whether to use the 2.6m or the 2.75m wing is simply a matter of personal preference. It rolls very fast and true, still allows soft aileron corrections around the center without feeling aggressive. it snaps extremely well, especially the 2.6m wing and it barely needs any mixing to compensate knife edge coupling. The long fuselage and the large tail allow to experiment with the CG a lot, the plane has a very wide CG range. A total weight of around 13 kg (28lb) is absolutely perfect for sequence flying, and responsible for the high authority in the air in the first place. For 3D flying, the larger 2.75m wings make it still feel nimble and feather light.
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Scale Scheme Yellow/Red/Black (CARF-K181000)
Skydancer Scheme Yellow/Black/White (CARF-K182000)
Skydancer Scheme Red/Blue/White (CARF-K183000)
Wingspan: 108″ (2750 mm) w/tip tanks
Length: 95″ (2420 mm)
Weight: 28.5 lbs (13 kg) dry
Servos: 8 High Class digital servos
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