Free plan! Su-26 Low-Budget, High-Fun Aerobat

Free plan! Su-26 Low-Budget, High-Fun Aerobat

In 1989 I had the opportunity to see the first two Russian Sukhois fly at the EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. That day I fell in love with this plane. I have designed two RC models of the Sukhoi, the first was published in Model Aviation in 1994 and the second was published in Model Airplane News in July 1996. I am now flying electric so it seems natural that my next design would be an e-powered Su-26.
I have been flying models in the 3-pound range using my trusty Hacker A30 10L V4 motor, so that is the motor that I designed the plane around. The finished weight of this model came in at 3 lb., 8 oz., ready to fly. It is built mostly of 1/4- and 1/8-in. Depron foam with some internal plywood and balsa structures. I use Clear Gorilla glue, which is very strong and does not foam. It sticks to foam, balsa, and plywood. It is not a fast drying glue, so things need to be pinned in place for a bit to dry. The Sukhoi Su-26 is a fairly quick and easy to build. For the full construction article, see the March/April 2024 issue of Model Airplane News.

Download the free plan here:
Electric Sukhoi PLAN
You can save the PDF to a thumbdrive or email to an office supply store to have it printed. To stay true to scale, it will need to be enlarged 5 times from a standard 8×11 sheet.

If you’d like to download the plan pages individually, here are the links:
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page 2

page 1

Updated: February 15, 2024 — 4:15 PM


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  1. Is there some way to tile these plans or do I need to down load them to a flash drive and print it at staples?

    1. Recommend bringing it to an office-supply store to print.

  2. why do I have to jump thru hoops to get a free plan.

    1. Hi Lou – any “hoops” certainly aren’t intentional! Because the foam-board Sukhoi is an inexpensive build, we wanted to make the plan free of charge. If you download and email it to an office-supply store, they should be able to print it full-size for far less than it would cost online with shipping.

  3. Are there any instructions that I need to tell the office supply store? Or do In tell them to print it at 100%.

    1. Great question, Dale! The PDF printed on a standard 8×11 piece of paper is a 5 to 1 scale. Said another way, the length of the plane on the printed 8×11 is 10 inches, and the model is 50 inches long. So your plan sheet should be 5 times larger than a standard sheet of paper, so 55 inches long and 40 inches wide will do it. Hope that helps!

  4. So I downloaded it and put it in a tileing program and it only downloaded the first page. Is ther somthing I doing wrong? I appreciate any help.

    1. Hi Dale, I’m not familiar with tiling programs so not sure what the issue is. I just separated the single PDF into three individual pages. Hoping it will help with the tiling program! Good luck!

  5. Thank you so much for your help. Unfortunutly It only pictured on letter size in 2 pages. When I tiled it only duplicated the page and did not tile it. When I try send it to the printer (not tiled) it only shows three parcial pages in the print preview and not the whole model. I don’t mean for you to spend a lot of time on this but I am not sure if it will even print properly at a print shop.

  6. any chance MAN will offer to sell these plans in there plans service?

  7. So I would really like to print or have these printed. If I would take this to an office supply store what do I tell them to make sure they are printed to right size. Or will they come out automatically at the right size

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