Wood Art #5: Harald Huf's 1:6 scale, twin jet-powered, r/c Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighter

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 01-21-2010 01:58 PM 11788 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I can’t believe the amount of work some people can accomplish. This is an absolutely monumental build of a Sukhoi Su-27, aka “Flanker-B” that mostly uses wood for the mold making, but even that is pretty solid craftsmanship. I think the rest is interesting/impressive to anyone who makes, creates, or builds anything.

I thought I was done clicking through pages of pictures at least a dozen times, but there were always more. He did all the wood and aluminum/hand hammered rivets work – starting about here – just to make a mold so he could create hollow, fiberglass shells, as seen in part on this page, but then there are endless more things, like all the mechanics of the wheels and their hydraulics, enclosing doors, the flaps, all the electronics, and of course, the twin jet engines. He even built molds for and roto-molded the 4 gas tanks.

I don’t think most people are going to click through the literally 87 pages, and look at over 850 800×600 photos, but if you’re interested, they start here. There’s also an index of all the pages here. Most of it is in German, with some translations scattered haphazardly about, mostly through the first half of the pages.

I’m posting here just a few selected photos I thought gave a sense of the build, though of course with these encompassing less than 1/20th of the photos on the site, it really does leave a tremendous amount out, especially the nit-picky details stuff, as I went more for pictures that showed stages of the build (i.e. not many pictures of vacuum pressing parts, or molds being built, or tons of prefabbed little panels or pieces laid out on a table). I did my best :) His video links are all dead now, but here it is in flight on YouTube, and here's an early test of the hydraulics.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 02:05 PM

Whoa!! Nice plane!!!!

Couldn’t sleep, Gary?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 02:07 PM

Never can, Lew!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 03:01 PM

i used to be into r/c planes, and i found this to be very interesting and amazing, i can’t begin to fathom the amount of work and research that went into this project. There surely are a lot of talented and dedicated people out there. He should be very proud of what he has accomplished.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#4 posted 01-21-2010 03:47 PM

Now thats a project, I have built a few RC planes. Have also crashed many….lol
I found I was a better builder than I was a pilot. I can only imagine the cost involved in building such a beauty.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#5 posted 01-21-2010 03:58 PM

Jim – the two jet engines alone add up to $11k! I’ve looked into things like vacu-forming and 2-part mixes of various substances, and they’re really pricey, too. This thing must have cost $25k or more all told. I’d never want to fly it.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 01-22-2010 03:40 AM

I started at the beginning and looked at EVERY PAGE. It took about an hour and a half… CRAZY COOL. Thanks for the links!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 01-22-2010 05:44 PM

Totally Awsome!!!

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#8 posted 01-25-2010 03:56 PM

Blake – you’re as crazy as me!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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