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Posted by Matt Gunn | Jan 01, 2014 @ 07:56 PM | 2,961 Views
Here's a few pics of the TEN Rally-X hooking up in the snow. This is one big rally car for being 1/10th scale. It features AVC, designed to keep the vehicle in control during hard launches and turning. It can be dialed up or down in sensitivity, or turned off completely.

I was very much amazed at how much AVC helps keep the Rally-X in control on ice and snow., and still went as fast as a car without it. The rally car is a perfect platform for AVC because it enables you to perform long, sweeping power slides that just look so realistic.
Posted by Matt Gunn | Nov 07, 2013 @ 09:45 AM | 4,727 Views
November's contest just launched, and we have some great prizes from Video Aerial Systems (VAS), Hobbyking, and Chicken Sashimi FPV (CSFPV)

Follow the link below to read about this ongoing contest, learn the rules, and enter!

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2031427
Posted by Matt Gunn | Aug 29, 2013 @ 03:48 PM | 6,105 Views
August's contest was a hit! September's contest is now up and running, and were offering some great prizes from RangeVideo.com.

Click the link below to see what we're offering. Fly FPV, and start hunting!

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1984849


Posted by Matt Gunn | Jul 26, 2013 @ 07:29 AM | 4,876 Views


Alright goggle jockeys, charge your batts and make sure you're recording, 'cause you now have a chance to win some epic fpv gear every month in the RCGroups.com Great FPV Scavenger Hunt. We have some big-name dealers donating fpv-related components as well as fpv-ready turn key aircraft! RCGroups will also be giving away 12 month Plus memberships along with the prizes... it's just that awesome.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1961979
Posted by Matt Gunn | Jul 19, 2013 @ 02:37 PM | 4,814 Views
I got tired of looking for shore power to keep my deep cycle charged, and 120vac is hit and miss at most fields, so I installed a pair of 100w solar panels on the roof. The 30a controller keeps the battery topped off and desulfates as well.

At noon sun, the panel makes close to 200 watts and over 11 amps.
Posted by Matt Gunn | Jul 05, 2013 @ 06:51 PM | 4,838 Views
Hey everyone! Check out my latest article on building a budget-friendly video quad. Im getting superb results from the Jakub heavy-lift QUADcopter and Yun-1 gimbal.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1949529


Posted by Matt Gunn | May 22, 2013 @ 09:57 PM | 7,064 Views
Ive been working on an aerial mapping uav and finally got a chance to test her out. The results were quite impressive, even on her maiden mapping voyage. It's powered by an ArduPilot Mega and uses a Canon s95 on a stabilized gimbal.
I was originally using PTGui to stitch, but was turned on to AutoPano Giga, which handles panoramas from multiple viewpoints much better.

The plane is a Skyhunter twin boom on a single 4s 5000 pack

The full resolution image is 350" wide and 650 megapixels


Mapping Mission Ride Along. Ardupilot Mega (2 min 20 sec)

Posted by Matt Gunn | Mar 07, 2013 @ 02:20 PM | 6,574 Views
A list of channels are available at the top right corner of the website. The 5th one from the left is the fpv channel link, denoted by a pair of video goggles.

The fpv channel is a quick way to see the latest news articles and reviews that relate to first-person-view flying, without searching through the threads.

I'm contributing a lot with news articles and reviews, so keep clicking the goggles to see the latest!

Matt
Posted by Matt Gunn | Mar 05, 2013 @ 07:41 AM | 7,155 Views
I'm so fortunate to have a loving wife and our first child, Preston. I hope he will find aviation as exciting as I do. Preston is 2 weeks old as of yesterday. I rehearsed it over and over again, the moment he would come into this world. Up until his birth it was surreal; I had no idea what to expect. Now I have come to the conclusion that I was put on this earth to father this little guy, and allow him to experience all the great things I did growing up. I've honestly never felt this way before, and I'm glad to have joined the ranks of countless fathers who have experienced what I'm just beginning to understand.
Posted by Matt Gunn | Feb 12, 2013 @ 03:51 PM | 7,541 Views
HobbyKing's Bixler II review, done from the fpv point of view, is now live!
Check it out by clicking the image below.


Posted by Matt Gunn | Feb 07, 2013 @ 02:36 PM | 7,498 Views

Posted by Matt Gunn | Feb 07, 2013 @ 08:17 AM | 7,380 Views
I caught this yesterday morning as a thick fog covered the ground. This is the Concourse building (also know as the King and Queen buildings). You're looking at the Queen.


Posted by Matt Gunn | Jan 31, 2013 @ 07:26 AM | 8,870 Views
Here are some pictures of my 6x12 from Diamond Cargo. The deal I got on this trailer was one of the best you can find anywhere. Douglas, Ga. is the trailer capital of the US; for some odd reason, there are 3 or 4 factories churning out enclosed trailers there. At first I was a bit concerned because Diamond Cargo does not deal to the public. I went through an broker on ebay. But the ratings were great and the price of $1925 for a new trailer with 16" on center studs, 3/4 ply floor and 3/8 ply walls was too good to pass up.

I opted for a torsion axle with e-brakes, an rv-style side door, brace for an ac unit, and and extra 3" of interior height for a total of 6' 6" inside. My only complaint was that they attached the interior ply panels with a nail gun driven into the metal studs. No issues with them pulling out, but it was impossible for me to unscrew the panels to put insulation in there. Instead, I used reflective bubble wrp insulation and slid it in from the top gap.

The interior build-out took me a good couple of months working in the evenings and weekends. I mounted my roller drawer in the middle and built a work desk around it. Wired for shore power with everything goingthrough an Inteli-Power 4000 Mighty-Mini. It has four 120v breakers, 10 12v fused leads, and charges the deep cycle battery when hooked to shore power.

Im closing in on one year of having this trailer and I love it. Ive been contemplating a solar panel on the roof to keep the...Continue Reading
Posted by Matt Gunn | Jan 30, 2013 @ 09:58 AM | 7,482 Views
This was a fun day at the Pecan Patch.

Ultimate Bipe and Zephyr II. GoPro Chase Cam. Southeastern FPV Fly-In (3 min 42 sec)

Posted by Matt Gunn | Jan 17, 2013 @ 07:42 AM | 7,710 Views
Heres a link to my youtube channel. In it, you'll find rcgroups.com review videos, fpv and gopro onboard vids, line of sight flying and some gas-powered rc boat racing vids.

Subscribe if you like it!
http://www.youtube.com/user/webdr121?feature=mhee

Thanks,
Matt
Posted by Matt Gunn | Nov 21, 2012 @ 07:32 AM | 8,219 Views
The official RCGroups.com review of the RC EYE One is now live.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1762732


Posted by Matt Gunn | Oct 22, 2012 @ 07:33 AM | 8,440 Views
My review of the Eagle 5 from apachobby.com is now live!
Click here to read it.
Posted by Matt Gunn | Oct 14, 2012 @ 02:27 PM | 8,509 Views
Heres some exposures I shot Friday and Saturday night

This is a 7 minute 45 second, single exposure shot with a Canon 50D, intervalometer, and a Rokinon 180-degree 8mm fish eye lens. That's the Pecan Patch crew in front of the camera, with I think Team Cobra and some of the Hodgehounds stationed to the far left as well.


Same stats as above, but this time it was a 6 minute 20 second exposure.
Hodgehounds, Team Cobra and Team Florida at the far left I think...


Late Saturday night sky exposure at 30 seconds.
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Posted by Matt Gunn | Aug 01, 2012 @ 04:05 PM | 9,416 Views
T6a Texan II (2 min 38 sec)


The official review of the ESM Texan II will be up on RCGroups soon. I love every bit of this very unique aircraft; the way it handles and the sound as it passes is amazing.