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Posted by Matt Gunn | Feb 24, 2010 @ 07:54 PM | 5,236 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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Posted by Matt Gunn | Feb 19, 2010 @ 11:04 PM | 4,954 Views
Ive been an rc pilot for many years, but the indoor fly-in is relatively new to me. It seems that only recently have a group of diehard aviators persued places to fly indoors in Atlanta. Tonite we "tested" a new gymnasium and set up four future meeting dates to gauge participation. Opening night wasn't much of a turn out, but at least we all got some decent flying in.

I find it amusing that as soon as you define a flying space, the amount of midair mishaps increase exponentially. Luckily, the indoor collision usually results in a few laughs and maybe a few pieces to pick up... nothing a dab of CA wont fix.

Overall I had a good time at my first fly-in. The weather is pretty chilly down here and it was a nice treat to fly in a heated gym at night. I currently have an Ember II, Ultra-Micro Grasshopper, and a Blade MCX. I think I'll do a little internet clicking and add a 3d plane to my mini hangar very soon.

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Posted by Matt Gunn | Feb 13, 2010 @ 08:01 AM | 4,901 Views
I just can't keep Hans out of the snow! Maybe hes got a little yankee in his blood? Could be... but he's a good 'ole boy at heart.

Closing in on 10 years of friendship with Hans, I've come to realize I enjoy his company more than some people I know...
Posted by Matt Gunn | Feb 11, 2010 @ 02:56 PM | 4,931 Views
Heres a little video I put together from some rc boating clips. I originally used a plug-in called twixtor to slow down the footage but now that Premere Pro CS4 has its own slow motion plug-in installed, I dont need twixtor anymore. To create nice smoothe slow motion, Premiere looks at frame a and b, then decides what a frame between them would look like, and recreates it as a vector image. it takes forever to render but its worth it.
I put the clip to music. If you dont like the Sneaker Pimps, you can hit mute

Matt

Slow motion (2 min 10 sec)

Posted by Matt Gunn | Feb 05, 2010 @ 10:59 AM | 5,448 Views
I'd like to show you all my Ultra Micro Cub. I converted it to an L-4 Grasshopper. This was a very quick and easy conversion. If your interested in making your plain yellow cub unique, heres how to do it.

First, peel off all the stickers. The black cub stripe down the side helps hold the fuse halves together so you will need to put a few drops of CA on both sides to keep it together.

For paint I chose Tamiya Olive Drab acrylic, flat white, and flat black. All paint was shot with an airbrush and masking tape. I didnt do alot of prep work except sand the whole plane with 400 grit to remove the dots from the fuse and to give the paint a good surface to adhere to. Even after that the paint liked to peel up some when I removed the masks for the stripes and windows. A quick touchup with a brush fixed all the spots.

You'll need Plastruct .040"x.125 Styrene strips and .025" styrene round rod for the wing struts. The struts are attached with foam safe CA. Cut the struts to your desired length and ca the ends together, then push them into the foam fuselage right behind the landing gear. Your goal is to make a little indentation to fill with CA and reinsert. To attach the strut to the wing, just use a drop of CA and thats it. The round rod was used to mimic the tail feather wire and support bracing for the strut. Remove the foam tires and shoot the whole plane with olive drab. Mask your invasion stripes and windows and your done!
Im going to add the stars and bars as well as a few numbers as soon as I make the masks.

Total weight in stock form is 26 grams
Total weight after conversion is 29 grams
Only 3 grams added with struts and paint! Not bad, huh?

The weather is pretty bad here so I will maiden her as soon as the wind dies down.

Im also writing a much more detailed how-to article on the micro L-4 for RC Sport Flyer Magazine. Stay tuned for more info on when it comes out!
Matt
Posted by Matt Gunn | Feb 04, 2010 @ 02:11 PM | 4,889 Views
Id Like to share some of my videos Ive created when reviewing products and some just-for-fun stuff. Im really into gas boat racing and the videos show. Most of the onboard footage was shot with a GoPro Hero camera (wide angle and standard version)

Rc gas Boat racing (4 min 8 sec)


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Posted by Matt Gunn | Feb 04, 2010 @ 08:26 AM | 5,138 Views
Hi All,
This is my first blog entry so I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself.
My name is Matt and I'm an avid modeler of just about anything pertaining to rc. I started off with a Kyosho Turbo Optima Mid SE about 18 years ago and graduated to planes a few years later with a Hobbico Duraplane. I took a few years off from modeling to concentrate on college, girls, and cars... which were more important to me at the time. After graduating from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a BA in Digital Multimedia, I applied my skills in computers and photography/video as a review writer for RCUniverse.com. With 50+ reviews under my belt at RCU, Ive learned alot about what people want to read when it comes to reviewing products.

The hardest part of being a review writer is giving an unbiased review. Some companies expect you to sell the product, others want you to touch on the bad aspects of the model but not dwell on them. And very few want a totally unbiased review that could go either way. Ive learned so much about marketing, sales, action and still photography, and html/javascript by working with RCUniverse and it has opened many doors and allowed me to test alot of great (and a few not so great) products.

Over the past few years I've written for RCGroups, RCUniverse, RC Car Action, ModelGasBoats.com, Model Retailer Magazine, RC Sport Flyer Magazine, and Model Airplane News. I currently work full time as a graphic designer in the automotive industry...Continue Reading