The wing halves are epoxied together and then taped and clamped until the adhesive has cured.
Installing the Talon 90 ESC requires some modification to fit the cowl’s shape. The fuselage is
taped and measured for drilling the cowl retention screws.
The tail pieces are laid out and ready to be glued in place. They are keyed for perfect alignment.
assembly is done next and bolted to the
Detailed instructions are provided
for installing either your motor or
engine. I chose to go with electric
power, so I assembled the pieces of the
motor mount provided in the kit. The
engine mount and fuel tank are also
The motor mount is a sturdy
assembly and predrilled to fit the
recommended motor perfectly. Because
of the cowl’s shape, it’s necessary to
slightly bevel the front corners of the
mount as shown in the manual.
After the motor or engine is in place,
follow the detailed instructions for
drilling the cowl as necessary to access
needle valves, etc. Because mine is
electric, I only needed to slightly open
up the main hole and the chin scoop
for cooling air.
If you’ve ever wondered how to
get a cowl aligned and drilled so that
the screws secure it properly to the
firewall, you’re in for a treat. The
manual lays out a beautiful tutorial on
how to go about this and end up with
perfect results. It’s a reference lesson
worth keeping in your library!
Futaba S9650 digital servos fit right
into the precut holes and can be bolted
down without any modification. I
needed a couple of 9-inch extensions
for the ailerons.
I mounted the Futaba R617FS
FAAST receiver on the servo deck
where there would ordinarily be a
throttle servo. If you’re building the
Sport as a glow model, there is room
above the deck inside the fuselage for
the receiver. With everything mounted
below the fuselage deck, there is a
cavernous space to mount your flight
battery and adjust the center of gravity
Control Throws and CG
The CG range is from 21/4 to 31/4
inches behind the wing’s leading edge.
For the test flight, I set mine slightly
ahead of the midpoint and was happy
with that. After several flights, I moved
the CG back to the midpoint and like
My control throws were set as
outlined in the manual and are
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