01/26/2015 at 2:09 pm #42296awringlienParticipant
I am looking for the plan for the old Jetco Talon A-2 kit.
Please respond if you have a spare plan or could make a copy of yours and send it to me.01/26/2015 at 5:55 pm #55152
What a beautiful design,
I had one of those kits in my hobby shop in Guatemala about 25 years ago.
Who was the designer?
Dick Bertrand01/26/2015 at 6:44 pm #55153Steve JensenParticipant
Designed by Reid Simpson.01/26/2015 at 7:39 pm #55154
Oh, right, of course.
Thanks01/27/2015 at 6:15 pm #55155Scott LapraikParticipant
I have an electronic copy of the original plans. Let me know if you want a copy of them!
Scott03/01/2015 at 4:07 pm #55156Mike RichardsonParticipant
Ok Scott, A2 glider, what are you thinking? I’m sure there is a electric involved in this.
Mike R.03/01/2015 at 8:35 pm #55157Lee HinesParticipant
Mike: I bet Scott means he has an E-file which he can send as an attachment. Of course Talon is an A2 glider, & a beauty besides.
FYI, for anyone who desires to build one, most of us have felt the stab is too big & needs f-bottom airfoil.
Mods needed are: use RSG-29 airfoil & reduce span by 4-6 inches.03/01/2015 at 9:51 pm #55158George ReinhartParticipant
Bigger stabs in those days, Leeper?03/01/2015 at 10:51 pm #55159Lee HinesParticipant
Yes Pete. Western designers were slow to grasp that stabs should be
smaller, & Tail moment arms longer…among other things.03/02/2015 at 1:41 pm #55160Scott LapraikParticipant
Mike, no this is the original A/2 Talon that flew in the 60’s. I built and flew one as a teenager at the Sepulveda basin and loved it!!! Flew great for me caught a lot of thermals back then and actually recorded a 2 hour flight one morning that went oos around 9:00 in the morning and received a call from a resident in Reseda about 10-12 miles away that said he watched it come down between the trees in his neighborhood around 11:00am!! Forgot to trip the DT before launch.
Scott03/02/2015 at 2:31 pm #55161Mike RichardsonParticipant
The Basin was a fun place to fo fly, close to the house and not far away from Tommy’s for a chilly burger. You had better luck than me, I lost my favorite 1/2a Star Duster in a thermal there. The DT never popped, I’m guessing the fuse wasn’t lite.
Back to the Talon, I never flew A-2 but that would have been the one if I did. I did fly a Top Kick but never did well back then, I wasn’t very good at picking thermals.
Mike03/04/2015 at 1:39 am #55162Ed HardinParticipant
I built a Talon from the Jetco kit in the late 1960’s . The wood in the kit was really heavy and the model did not glide very well because it was so overweight. The ones that were built from plans using lighter wood that were closer to the minimum weight required for A2 performed very well. Very pretty glider.
Ed Hardin03/04/2015 at 3:17 pm #55163
Yes Ed, the Jetco kits were put together by Frank Zaic’s brother and sister and, not being free flighters at heart, didn’t use the kind of wood we need for what we do.
I will say though, I remember Cristine from when Jasco was in New York back in the 40’s. She was a dead ringer for Ingrid Bergman. She might just have done more for Free Flight than all the light balsa in town! hahahaha
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