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Posted by Matt Gunn | Sep 20, 2014 @ 09:58 PM | 2,931 Views
Heres some photos of my Xtreme Decathlon from Bill Hempel's Team Edge. Although it's the smallest plane produced by Bill, it still flies big! Outfitted with a DLE 55, Xoar 23x8, and Hitec HS 7954SH servos from ServoCity....Continue Reading
Posted by Matt Gunn | Sep 09, 2014 @ 12:11 PM | 2,936 Views
Pilots from all over North America descended on Willard, Ohio for three days of FPV sortees around Willard airport (8G1), a 4000-foot paved strip with plenty of room to explore. Click the link below to see all the photos and wrap-up video.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2242168


Posted by Matt Gunn | Aug 07, 2014 @ 09:24 PM | 3,991 Views
Here's a link to the build and review thread of the Free Flight X4 from FPVModel.com. I'm getting almost 16 minutes of usable flight time from this quad with a 6S 10,000mAh pack.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...8#post29112118
Posted by Matt Gunn | Aug 01, 2014 @ 10:32 AM | 3,392 Views
I just finished the build for the latest RCGroups review: the Kyosho Plazma Lm PORSCHE 962c Coupe. For power, I'll be using a Viper VTX system consisting of a VTX10 BE esc and VST 8.5 turn sensored brushless. Should haul the mail!
Posted by Matt Gunn | Jul 29, 2014 @ 11:11 AM | 3,644 Views
The Tamiya FJ Cruiser CC01 review is live! Check it out here:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2212591


Posted by Matt Gunn | Jul 24, 2014 @ 03:31 PM | 3,555 Views
I'm almost done with the official RCGroups review of the Tamiya FJ Cruiser. Sitting on top of a durable CC01 chassis, the FJ Cruiser is a nice semi-scale trail rig that's quite capable in stock form.

Here's some photos from the review.
Posted by Matt Gunn | Jul 15, 2014 @ 08:35 AM | 4,246 Views
Check out my latest review of the Arrowmax 14-piece tool set. Not only do these little hand tools look great, but they are equally as tough; the tips are spring steel with a titanium-nitride ceramic coating.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2205954


Posted by Matt Gunn | Jun 03, 2014 @ 11:48 AM | 5,475 Views
Here's a few photos taken from the DJI Phantom Vision+.
Despite its noisy ISO settings at dusk, it produces some decent photography from it's proprietary camera.
Posted by Matt Gunn | May 27, 2014 @ 03:42 PM | 5,140 Views
Check out this video of a pair of raptors engaging an X8.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2174216


Posted by Matt Gunn | Jan 01, 2014 @ 08:56 PM | 7,605 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 @ 10:45 AM | 8,932 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 @ 04:48 PM | 10,287 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 @ 08:29 AM | 9,097 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 @ 03:37 PM | 9,151 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 @ 07:51 PM | 8,953 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 @ 10:57 PM | 11,601 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 @ 03:20 PM | 10,672 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 @ 08:41 AM | 11,249 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 @ 04:51 PM | 11,705 Views
HobbyKing's Bixler II review, done from the fpv point of view, is now live!
Check it out by clicking the image below.