Announcing the winner of the 13th T3 Competition -- The 3D Aerial Model!

[Channelling our fearless T3 leader, Gary Mortimer] The quality of entries for the latest T3 round, "The Model" was nothing short of astounding.
It serves to underline just how far low cost autopilots and home made drones have come since the start of the competition in 2009. Back then returning without everything in a garbage bag was an achievement in itself. Telemetry radios were made of pure unobtainium and post-production consisted of lining images up by hand.
All the contestants have shown generosity and kindness fielding many, how did you do that?, questions and pointing folks the right way towards achieving similar results.
Truly the DIY Drones spirit.
All the entries are so good that It was difficult to choose a winner I decided to cast the net of judgement far from the trawler of destiny and seek the opinions of bigger fish. I also asked  the contestants that had just competed.
Interestingly it was an almost unanimous conclusion.
Thanks to the generosity of 3DR everybody that entered will be receiving  a T-shirt. The winner wins a full Pixhawk autopilot set.
The Winner!
The winning entry was original, technical and told a story.
Well done Sylvain: The Fallen Blockhouse wins it. Shot with APM-powered ArduCopter quad, it generated 3D imagery that worked on every level. Here are some videos that show the basics, but please see the original post for the full epic details.
Everybody has put hundreds of hours of work into this T3 round a job well done.
I would be remiss not to mention another band of achievers which grows almost weekly now. I am speaking of the 100km club.
Its newest members, Graham Dyer and Joseph Aletky, joined it just today. There are now seven members of this exclusive group. I know of two people trying for 200km, this goal may be scored in the Northern hemisphere summer of 2014.
As ever a big thank you to everybody that joins in with the competition, it pushes the boundaries and improves our autopilots and work flows. You risk you equipment for the entire communities benefit playing at the cutting edge of UAS flight.
Look out for the next T3 round announce shortly.

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Comment by John C. on February 11, 2014 at 11:44pm

Congrats to everyone on those models!  I really enjoyed reading about them all.

Comment by Dave Wicks on February 12, 2014 at 12:00am
Bravo! That was amazing!

Comment by Bill Bonney on February 12, 2014 at 12:32am
Congrats. The images are nothing short of amazing. The block house invoke memories of playing in these when a child. They are littered along the coastline in the county of Cornwall where i was born and grew up in the UK. Though we call them Pill Boxes

Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 12, 2014 at 12:47am

Yeah I played in them as well. There was a defensive line that cut through Somerset roughly N/S through Taunton and I'm sorry to say Bill that's where they were falling back to if Devon and Cornwall were invaded. 

Comment by Jay Galleno on February 12, 2014 at 12:48am

very nice! congratulations!

Comment by David Anders on February 12, 2014 at 12:49am

Excellent job - just amazing.

Comment by Jethro Hazelhurst on February 12, 2014 at 12:57am

Stunning work!

Comment by Thorsten on February 12, 2014 at 5:41am

Sylvain, congrats! 

Looking forward for the next T3!

Again, thanks to Gary, Chris and all the developers!

Comment by James on February 12, 2014 at 8:39am

Well done Sylvain!!  congrats! A huge Bravo to all teams and and entries!

Comment by Sylvain on February 12, 2014 at 11:04am

Thanks you all !


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