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Talon UAV from FPV Model

With a span just shy of 70" (1718mm), the Talon has a big wing with plenty of wing area to keep it flying for longer than your attention span can handle.

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That serious UAV look in a convenient EPO foam design.

If you're looking for a new FPV rig that screams "stand back, I do this for a living", then the Talon from FPV Model might just fit the bill. It looks more like a professional UAV than an FPV rig, but looks can be deceiving; she's all lightweight EPO foam, and costs under $150. With a span just shy of 70" (1718mm), the Talon has a big wing with plenty of wing area to keep it flying for longer than your attention span can handle.The prop is mounted in such a manner to prevent strikes on landing and a large, fixed main wheel up front and wood tailskid look like they will keep the fuselage in good shape after many landings. Keeping with the current trend, there's a large clear dome on the nose, but no mounting options are provided for cameras or gimbals, so you're on your own in that department. For the price, the Talon looks promising, but we'll have to wait until some users can report on its flight characteristics and durability before we can label it a winner or not.

Specs:

  • Wingspan: 1718mm
  • Body length: 1100mm
  • Wing Area: 45.5dm2
  • Empty Weight: 1050g
  • Material: EPO Foam design
  • 0.2-0.3:1 Thrust to weight ratio.
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble.
  • Easy to transport.

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Old Aug 16, 2013, 11:20 AM
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Looks cool, not sure it's worth $150 though
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Old Aug 16, 2013, 11:23 AM
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I like it, but I'm afraid that dome will get scratched up and smashed anyway. Same with the RVjet.
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Old Aug 16, 2013, 02:42 PM
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I like it, but I'm afraid that dome will get scratched up and smashed anyway. Same with the RVjet.
Dont be deterred from the domes because you think you will crash it; they are awesome- at least on the RVJet I have seen at the SE FPV Meet.

It appears to be scratch resistant, and at only $4 for a replacement, they are nice protection from the elements for your cameras. I like the concept, cameras hanging out the nose and on top of wings cause drag and dont look clean IMO.
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Old Aug 16, 2013, 06:24 PM
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Kit Scratchout and a flannel cloth. Meguiars PlastX will work too.

Polishes the scratches out of domes no problem

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Old Aug 16, 2013, 06:26 PM
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Kit Scratchout and a flannel cloth. Meguiars PlastX will work too.

Polishes the scratches out of domes no problem

-Alex
Know it all...
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Old Aug 18, 2013, 04:25 AM
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$150 for everything...minus all the electronics and any fpv gear.

Not to compare and contrast in a negative way, but the Ritewing Zeph 2 is only $130 for airframe.

Different strokes for different folks I guess, this is more of a UAV for urban or field-based flying. I can't see anyone ground launching this in the mountains or landing on even a gravel pitch with that undercarriage.

Still.. Looks nice.
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Old Aug 18, 2013, 07:00 PM
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$150 for everything...minus all the electronics and any fpv gear.

Not to compare and contrast in a negative way, but the Ritewing Zeph 2 is only $130 for airframe.

Different strokes for different folks I guess, this is more of a UAV for urban or field-based flying. I can't see anyone ground launching this in the mountains or landing on even a gravel pitch with that undercarriage.

Still.. Looks nice.


+~$50 for shipping to the USA....
This foamie is expensive....but I'm sure its worth it

(FPVmodel.com has to get a USA vendor!!!!)
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 08:56 AM
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(fpvmodel.com has to get a usa vendor!!!!):d
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 02:49 PM
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Dang! this thing would be the perfect platform for my latest project! Hopefully ill turn some heads in the FPV community as well as my RC community. all i will say is 3400mah 3+ hours
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LOL sounds tedious and boring
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Dang! this thing would be the perfect platform for my latest project! Hopefully ill turn some heads in the FPV community as well as my RC community. all i will say is 3400mah 3+ hours

Chan,
Got me thinking
What power equipment would you use?
(I've been reading up on you and Jeremiah's high voltage setups on the FLIP FPV frame).....

Would you ever use 300-400kv motor and 5s/6s 3000mah Lipo on this plane?
Using 15" APCe prop
(same weight or even less weight compared to the usual 4s (5000-10,000mah) some are putting on here).....

ie....http://www.foxtechfpv.com/foxtech-he...370-p-830.html

Just askin'

p.s.
problem will probably that Wings will ripOff
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Chan,
Got me thinking
What power equipment would you use?
(I've been reading up on you and Jeremiah's high voltage setups on the FLIP FPV frame).....

Would you ever use 300-400kv motor and 5s/6s 3000mah Lipo on this plane?
Using 15" APCe prop
(same weight or even less weight compared to the usual 4s (5000-10,000mah) some are putting on here).....

ie....http://www.foxtechfpv.com/foxtech-he...370-p-830.html

Just askin'

p.s.
problem will probably that Wings will ripOff
heh... I was thinking more along the lines of 13600mah of 6s and a Tiger motor that weighs half of that fox tech one spinning a 15x5.5... at cruise I could idle along at ~1.5A draw

I already have the motor and some of the batteries but gotta build the packs. The battery pack would be right around 1100g for that size. But I could go with only 6800mah and still fly super long!
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 07:19 PM
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LOL sounds tedious and boring
boring? have you seen my flying :P
Atom RC - Move - Flown With Dragonlink (5 min 19 sec)
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 07:37 PM
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Great video!

Chan,
what T-motor did you have in mind?
All I see are the pancake Multirotor types in the very Low Kv ranges'.

I have this one as of now:
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...arehouse_.html
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