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Thread: ZOHD Nano Talon, tiny plane with BIG potential!

  1. #11
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    Yesterday I flew towards another handy landmark a little further away, a nearby 2500ft mountain with a nice antenna forest on top that's 3.5mi from my usual flying location. Mt has a relatively smooth slope, so was easy to stay around 400ft AGL yet still reach the peak. Control and video signal both held fine until I got parallel the antennas...kinda expected some issues when I got up there. The plane handled the higher winds aloft just fine, as did iNav, just crabbed into the wind as needed to maintain heading and kept a smooth course. Really like how well iNav handles the various flight modes on this tiny plane, under the hood it flies as if it was larger.

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    Question to the people that have INAV'd the nano talon, has anyone done it with the 1 Aileron servo and 1 rudder/elevator servo? Or it better to mod for 2 x servos for rudder.

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    My first flight I felt good enough to post up in the long range distance thread here. Best flight frame a little less distance than end of flight summary, I'll let you pick your fav. Review after flight shows I aimed plane at wrong mountain compared to where antennas were pointed, so still plenty of range in this setup.



    22674 ft = 4.29 mi = 6.91 km

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    22841 ft = 4.33 mi = 6.96 km

    Stock ZoHD Nano Talon
    Flip32 F4 Omnibus V3 Pro & M8N GPS to run iNav
    Self built 4.2Ah Li Ion 3S pack
    Eachine TX526 5.8GHz VTx set on 600mW
    IBCrazy VAS Ion antenna

    Ground station made out of tall tripod and wood scraps to get antennas about 12' high
    Twin diversity receivers with 1 omni and 1 ebay BartExtreme 7 turn helical each.
    Eagle Tree Eagle Eyes
    Generic 20mW 5.8VTx to rebroadcast to goggle & monitor
    HMDVR

    Quanum Pro HMD with many mods
    Aomway 7" DVD monitor

    Any suggestions for free software to make 10 min vids out of 40 minute flights?

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    So you did 18 miles total flight distance?

    For vids, i use Davinci Resolve 14. Free verdion. Easy, lots of youtube videos on it, color grading, whatever you need for free.

    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk

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    Oh, forgot to update this thread, last weekend I did 5.3 miles out, total flight of 23 miles, still over 10V on 3S li ion battery...just had flown enough. This little guy is wicked efficient, may have to try some really long range on 1.3GHz with a little Singularity antenna tucked inside.

    Thanks for the tip on the video editor. I'll definitely check it out after this semester is over.

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    Wow, thats amazing. How does it handle the wind? Stable at all or very roll sensitive on the journey?

    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
    Last edited by kylel; 12th November 2017 at 09:50 PM.

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    iNav still needs to be tuned a bit, it's a little twitchy on roll...likely can fix with dialing down PIDs some. It's not a major concern of mine, keeps on course fine, just reacts a little quick to the wind moving it. Other than that flies just fine, particularly for a plane that's so light. With proper video equipment, this could hit 15 miles.

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    I just put one of these together as well. Here are some specs :

    Upgraded Motor : Cobra 2204/1960kv
    Upgraded Prop: 6x4.5
    Pixhawk with all the normal "stuff" hanging off of it
    EZUHF LRS Receiver (the 4 Channel one)
    RFD900+ Long Range Telemetry Radio
    Runcam Split
    MinimOSD
    Plenty of little 3D Printed bits
    OLED Display on the hood for APM status and messaging
    250mW 5.8 VTX (some no-name one...works ok)

    All in all it is averaging around 7-8 amps and I have been flying with a 3S 5100 mAh pack, so a decent flight time is expected.

    It is heavy with this config, and honestly i probably cant put much of anything else on there, but it is fun to fly! I have been flying a FX-61 delta wing before this and compared to that, the Nano Talon is pretty nimble and took some getting used to.

    It looks fantastic and the detachable wings/fins are such a nice feature. There was more room on the inside than i was expecting and i am still amazed that i was able to cram as much as i have in there.

    Ill post some videos at some point and some photos, but my overview of this is that it is now my favorite plane just for the fun of flying it and the ease of use/portability. It looks great in the air!

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    Sounds like it may be kind of heavy, but if not, I found efficient results with an HQ 6035 prop on that Cobra motor on my thrust stand. Mine is cruising at around 30 watts, but weighs about 580g or so.


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    Hi DroneRanger,
    can I ask you where did you fit the Pixhawk in the plane? And also is it the Pixhawk version 1? I have a mini talon that is using a Pixhawk v1 but I'd like to move it to the nano talon to have something more portable.
    Thanks!

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