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Posted by Matt Gunn | Oct 24, 2010 @ 08:01 AM | 5,037 Views
Until now...my 1st pumpkin. Happy Halloween!
Posted by Matt Gunn | Oct 23, 2010 @ 05:09 PM | 5,225 Views
Heres a few pictures of member Andrews421's Stinson in flight. It uses the same power system as the T-28 and flies very well. The flaps allow for some nice steep approaches.
Posted by Matt Gunn | Oct 18, 2010 @ 09:40 PM | 5,160 Views
My wife and I went to Wings Over Atlanta at Dobbins AFB this past weekend. I can say with certainty that there is nothing in the world like the sound of two General Electric turbofans in the F18. The sight of any fighter with the afterburners lit is a close second.
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Posted by Matt Gunn | Oct 09, 2010 @ 08:37 PM | 5,102 Views
Heres a few pics from our DFC session today. Got some good pics of the F-16, which I really enjoy. Bradley has let me take the sticks many times on it. Like most EDF's, its a break from the slower prop models and a challenge to fly. Whenever I feel like Im getting bored w/ my current lineup, Bradley lets me fly the F-16 for a few circuits... what a rush! The helicopter is the new Blade 120 SR. Great little heli as far as performance goes. Its fast and agile, yet hovers well....Continue Reading
Posted by Matt Gunn | Sep 07, 2010 @ 09:28 PM | 5,037 Views
Ive combined my two favorite hobbies into my 1st real business.
Gunn Photography Services, LLC
I specialize in aerial photography with a 700 class heli., and various model airplanes.
Posted by Matt Gunn | Aug 27, 2010 @ 09:46 PM | 4,714 Views
A few fun pics of the Night Vapor in the dark. Canon 50D, 16-35 f2.8L, 35mm, 30 sec. exposure, ISO100
Posted by Matt Gunn | Aug 15, 2010 @ 09:21 PM | 6,514 Views
At last, the maiden flight of the Trex 600 is a success. This is an AP (aerial photography) camera helicopter with a vibration isolated remote camera gimbal. The basic Trex 600 has been stretched to accomodate 710mm Radix blades. This involved using a tail boom and tail blades from a Trex 700. The power system has been upgraded to run on two 6S 5000mah packs.
The 2XPT camera gimbal, made by Photoshipone.com, is front mounted and vibration isolated using rc car shocks. The mount rotates and tilts, and is operated with a Futaba 9C by a camera operator. The Camera is a Canon 50D with LiveView enabled. It feeds to a 900MHZ downlink, enabling the camera operator to see what the camera sees, and take pictures by triggering the camera with the seperate transmitter.
A CoPilot II stabilization system will help keep the heli hovering relatively still with the use of thermopile sensors that differentiate between ground and sky, effectively drawing a horizon line and holding the helicopter level.

During the initial flight in the video, ballast is attached to the camera gimbal to simulate the weight of the Canon 50D. With the first flight in the bag, its time to tune it to hold a hover, then turn on the Copilot and get it working. After that, the camera goes on and some test shots will be taken. If all goes well, she will be put in to commission soon.

trex 600 stretch aerial photography 2xpt. Maiden flight (2 min 22 sec)

Posted by Matt Gunn | Jul 03, 2010 @ 01:50 PM | 5,194 Views
Heres some pictures of the Tamiya Sand Scorcher. Its a 2010 model, re-issued from the original 1979 kit. It handles like a riding lawnmower but it's so much fun to beat around with....Continue Reading
Posted by Matt Gunn | Jul 01, 2010 @ 05:05 PM | 5,132 Views
The Snap&Fly 3-in-1 Modularized RC Airplane review is live. This was a fun review for my first one over here, and the little planes performed very well. They are quick for micro fliers and definitely require your attention if you have the throttle up. For under 100 bucks, this trio is a deal. I think the biplane alone would be a deal for that price. It flies great at any speed.

Posted by Matt Gunn | Jun 23, 2010 @ 10:48 PM | 4,520 Views
Sometimes birds are stubborn and don't want to leave their nest. You can throw small objects such as tennis balls, in hopes it will get scared and come down, or you can wait 'till it's napping and sneak up with a 45 foot boom truck...
Posted by Matt Gunn | Jun 20, 2010 @ 06:24 PM | 4,800 Views
So I figured if I was going to go through the trouble of hauling out the Easy Up tent and two chairs, then I might as well give a name to our rag-tag group of renegade flyers. The first official DFC meeting took place today. A brief sum up of the meeting notes confirm a bunch of crap talking about flying skills opened the meeting, followed by general blabbing about wives, girlfriends, and how hot it was even under the tent. Casualties for the day were a blown out ducted fan, a nose over on landing, and two broken props due to low level hovering trials.
I had a great time, hope more people will show up as they see how much fun we're having/ See you guys next time. Meeting adjourned! :0)

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Posted by Matt Gunn | Jun 12, 2010 @ 08:54 PM | 8,327 Views
I picked up the HobbyZone Champ to compliment my growing micro collection. This plane is, without a doubt, the best flying micro plane Ive had the pleasure of flying. Its a bit larger than the Ultra Micro Cub and flies oh sooo sweet.
I was doing rudder rolls and inverted flight with the little Champ outside this afternoon Grab a little altitude, push full rudder, then full down elevator as she rolls inverted, and release as she comes back around. Easy to do and alot of fun from a plane with such generous dihedral. Inverted flight is a little more tricky; I pull back on the stick like I'm going to do a roll, and as she goes inverted, release and give about 50% down elevator and it will hold inverted flight. It takes quite a bit of rudder to keep it from rolling over though.
The Sukhoi's in the photos belong to bsbauman and HomeDaddy.The new SU26XP is quite the performer when compared to the original. bsbauman was doing some pretty clean knife edge's a few seconds after it's maiden flight
Great flying little Suk indeed

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Posted by Matt Gunn | May 16, 2010 @ 06:08 PM | 4,488 Views
Heres some pics of my 1st meeting with the ATL RC Heli club. I took quite a few pics and narrowed it down to my favorite ones. Most of them are of a Trex 700N piloted by Joey Scott. I met some new friends and got a couple of nice flights in myself. The thunderstorms were building but the wind stayed down and made for some great flying.
Already looking forward to next month's meeting...Continue Reading
Posted by Matt Gunn | Apr 11, 2010 @ 04:27 PM | 5,078 Views
Heres a few pics of my new Blade 400. I just finished building a Gaui Hurricane 425 and Im about to start on an Align Trex 600esp.
Posted by Matt Gunn | Apr 10, 2010 @ 02:17 PM | 4,874 Views
With the weather in the 70s and 80s in Atlanta, I felt the urge to strap the dust-covered floats onto my Hangar 9 Cub. The Cub flies so sweet, even with the added drag of a pair of pontoons. The other plane is owned by a fellow CCRC club member who was flying at the spot.
Posted by Matt Gunn | Apr 07, 2010 @ 08:50 AM | 4,538 Views
Heres a few photos I took for the Slash 4x4 review I did for Model Retailer Magazine. Great truck, nice power increase over the stock 2wd. I GPS'ed the Slash 4x4 at 31.1 mph. With the brushless Vileneon combo the Slash will break all four tires loose on the pavement and power slide through turns without rolling over, even with the suspension set soft in the factory configuration. As ready-to-run Short Course trucks go, I would highly recommend one
Posted by Matt Gunn | Mar 19, 2010 @ 09:04 AM | 4,735 Views
I've started a small architectural and industrial photography business this year. My initial goal was to start making some extra money on the side but it's beginning to grow into an obsession. I've applied for LLC status and I'm starting to explore advertising on a serious level. My new goal is to eventually quit my day job and run this business full time. I have a ways to go but I'm on the right track for success.

I've introduced the AP element into the business. Since almost all AP in Atlanta is done using full-sized airplanes and helicopters, I have an advantage by using an rc model; cost is down and I can operate at lower levels (< 1000 feet) for more detailed shots.

Heres a few pictures of my initial test shots with the Orb AP platform and a Canon Rebel XTi DSLR

Posted by Matt Gunn | Feb 24, 2010 @ 07:54 PM | 5,344 Views
Here's some photos from the tonite's Briarwood fly-in. This is the final meeting at this location. It was also the 1st night testing out my new Canon 50D camera.
Im really impressed with the image quality vs my older Canon XTi. It also handles the less-than-stellar lighting conditions of an indoor court very well. Granted there is noticable ISO noise (due to the low light and need for high shutter speed around 1/200th) in the photos, I think the overall quality is great. Im looking forward to shooting some great reviews with this camera.

Take a look at pics 7 and 8: We taught a very eager young man how to fly. After all his friends left for the day and we had the gym, he hung around and asked alot of questions about flying. Finally, he got a chance to fly a Vapor. I must say that after a few minutes on the sticks, he was a natural. +1 for another person introduced to this fine hobby.
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