The Turnigy Talon Tricopter is a high quality multi-rotor frame like no other. Designed from the ground-up by our own engineering team, the Talon Tricopter is a culmination of months of design, testing and material sourcing to provide you with the ultimate in quality, design and value. Every component was weighed and measured shaving mere grams where possible to achieve a light weight yet extremely rigid frame. We didn't allow any compromises and neither should you.
With its genuine, high quality carbon fiber and aluminum construction, the Talon is not just your average multi-rotor frame. This is a frame that looks as good as it performs. The integrated tail servo mount is constructed of carbon fiber as well, allowing you to mount your favorite micro/mini tail servo for yaw control. The rear motor mount pivots on a dual ball bearing supported shaft providing super smooth and precise movement. As a result, the yaw control is locked-in and very precise while flying.
Another unique feature integrated into the design is the adjustable arm position. The two front arms offer 3 different mounting positions adjustable by a spring loaded locking system. This allows you to quickly and easily adjust the position of the arms to suit your preference (see photos for different front arm positions).
All this attention to detail has resulted in the elegant simplicity that is the Talon Tricopter, a Tri frame that we are as proud to put our name behind as you will be to own.
We offer a full line of quality multi-rotor electronics such as multi-rotor control board, ESC, motors and more, so there is no need to compromise on your electronics setup either!
Specs: Weight: 350g(w/out electronics) Boom Length (from boom base to motor shaft center): Front Booms: 250mm Rear Boom: 265mm Motor Bolt Holes: 16/19/25mm
Requires: 28-XX or 35-XX brushlessoutrunner motor x 3 18~25A brushlessESC x 3 High speed micro/mini servo for the tail x 1 8x4~10x4.7 propeller x 3 (2 standard/1 reverse rotation) Multi-rotor control board 1800~2200mAh 11.1V lipoly 4CH Transmitter & Receiver
OK, so this is my first time getting into multi-rotor flying, and really loving it. I am extremely pleased with my purchase as this kit is hands down fantastic quality. The engineering on all the parts is of high standard and tolerance. However the design on the parts are not the best.
If you wanted a drone that can withstand a few hard landings, then this drone in it's current design is not for you, it is not designed to last. Here is why:
This has a very cleverly designed spring system to keep the 2 front booms into the designed slots on the upper and lower deck. For this to work with the spring system, the design then must include 2 points to anchor from. For this locking mechanism to be able to use the spring function the main booms then have to be slotted out.
Here is where the design has it's flaw. Designers and engineers love to have new features that seem cool, but sometimes these cool things are in fact adding to the complexity of a framework to then have a designed week point. Was this an intentional engineering flaw by Turnigy to design a week point so that customers keep buying parts?
Buyers beware that although these really cool features seem at first like you must have it, think again. That spring loaded locking system is what makes this incredible kit a real waste of money. It only takes a few harder than normal landings for the front booms to snap where that come into the front mounting blocks. They snap each time where the slots have been cut way oversized in length. Actually the slots protrude 9mm past the mounting block. There is no reason for these slots to be made this long. As a matter of fact these could have been cut as 10mm long rather than the 25mm long that they are right now, and that would be a good starting point to have booms take a harder landing.
Alternatively, rethink the way the front booms are fixed to the frame. I am in the middle of redesigning this idea myself.
That is a fair point about the slots in the booms making them prone to breaking in crashes but
1) If you beefed up the boom mounts and suffered a bad crash, what would break instead? This isn't plastic, its carbon fiber, so something will crack in hard crashes. I'd rather break and replace a boom than the central plate break and everything attached to it. An engineered weak point may make a sacrificial part break before a more expensive part.
2) all parts are easily replaceable on this airframe in the event that you do break something in a crash, as long as HK has them in stock.
3) Notice that DJI phantom and "beginner" aircraft are made of plastic, wood, etc, and the "professional" airframes are made of carbon fiber (CF)? If you are new to multi rotor flying, and think you will be crashing, buying a sleek CF airframe is NOT the best way to start learning. Better off buying HK's X900 tricopter for $30, which still has the same shape/size and folding arms but uses glass fiber boards and aluminum tube rods - cheaply replaced when they bend/break with aluminum towel rods from Lowes or HomeDepot (in the US).
4) the slots are the length they are so that you can insert the threaded post with the spring attached already. You wouldn't want to try to attach the spring to the post once its already in the boom.
This is a good kit. A few comments to make it better:
1) the stock camera mount plate works great for top mounted cameras like GoPro Hero. It doesn't work so well for bottom mounted cameras like Boscam Explorer Pan-Tilt. The reason is the landing gear isn't long enough. It would be nice if there were longer legs, or better, retracts (or at least retract mounting area) so they don't drag in the airstream.
2) The metal motor and boom mounts add lots of weight. You could machine replacement solutions out of plastic or delrin to save weight. I'll be uploading some files to Thingiverse to 3D print replacement parts.
3) There are A LOT of screws to this airframe. You might want to use nylon instead of the included steel hardware to save additional weight for more flight time.
4) If the booms were 16mm instead of 14mm you could put the new Afro Slim 20A ESC in the booms for a VERY clean install look. If you're making replacement boom mounts you might consider making them for 16mm booms.
5) the stock 220mm booms are good for fast-forward flight and some acro stuff. The 320mm booms are more stable. If you're a beginner pilot you might consider the cheaper glass-fiber tricopter frame. If you're into aerial photography (AP) you might benefit from longer booms. Bonus : if you crash with longer booms you can cut them down.
6) the replacement booms (220mm and 320mm) do not come slotted to use the quick-release folding mechanism. Would be great if HK offered a slotting service, since you'll need a dremel, router, or mill to slot them. Also a vice is very useful. Carbon fiber is very abrasive to cutting tools and wears them out more quicky. Without the right tools it is a very challenging job.
7) You really must use blue thread locker on all the hardware when you assemble it to prevent it from vibrating to failure. Would be great if HK provided a small sample size tube in the kit, but they don't. Buy some if you haven't got any.
8) Do not use the HK recommended tail servo. Too many problems with it stripping out (not all metal gears, 1 is plastic).
9) if you just have a flight controller (FC), you can mount the RX antenna on the center panel. If you add telemetry you should space the antennas out. If you add FPV video you need a third TX antenna (if you add an OSD you can remove the telemetry antenna). Add GPS and you have a 4th antenna. You might want to mount the antennas on the booms, but the stock 220mm is so short you might have a problem with your props washing over them. It would also be nice if HK offered a mid-boom mount, but you can find some on Thingiverse.
10) you might consider upgrading the rod ends to something aftermarket - these look pretty weak.
The booms are 14mm (0.553") OD / 12mm (0.472") ID. Stock booms are 220mm (8.66") long, but there are also 380mm (15") booms available on HK. The replacement booms do not have a slot cut in them, so you must have a dremel or mill to cut a slot in them to work with the tri.
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This tricopter now ships with a thrust bearing on the tail to reduce any slop.
Very good quality kit for the price.
Overall it's an amazing kit! Take your time on the build and use loctite on almost everything. It took me a few hours to build the kit and the quality seems top notch. You may want to sand the ends of the booms for a bit more grip and allow them to slip on with little force. The folding is great but takes some practice to get good at. The tail movement is smooth with a tiny bit of slop. Watch your RX position because this is real carbon and will effect your 2.4ghz transmission. Satellite RX recommended! Search UvNJzlkpG1Q on youtube for a detailed video.
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Hi all Got my Talon Tricopter yesterday and i have assembly it. finished it flown it.i found no issues with The arms (Carbon Fibre Tube) and the14 mm holes of the Pivot Plat Mounts (Blocks). The arms must slide in fully into the mount so that the Spring reaches the pivot step screw. just give them a tap in with a soft peace of wood ,also just line the slot in the arm perthect before driving them home and i must say it flys grate with my Rabbit Flight Controller ill do a vid soon for you all
awesome frame. strongly recommend it for use with drones.
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This is a great frame. Very strong and the quality is the best you can get on any multi-copter frame out there. Do youself a favor and take the time to run the wires thru the booms. It makes this frame even look more solid.
I love the reviews and use a lot of his suggestions from "dhdsracer" but he should take more time on building them and making them look like there suppose too instead of just rushing his builds just to get the reviews out.
Take your time building this and you won't regret it. It's awesome TriCopter Frame.