Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee — Grumman FM-2 Wildcat

Mar 03, 2015 No Comments by

No stranger to scale competition or the Top Gun Scale Invitational, Mike Barbee has been very busy in his workshop in progress putting together his newest Top Gun competition machine, the Grumman FM-2 Wildcat. The stubby warbird is 30% scale, has a wingspan is 142 inches and a length of 94 inches. The landing gear is scale in function, is electric and [...]

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How to: Lozenge Covering

Mar 03, 2015 No Comments by

Tackling this particular aspect of WW I warbirds can be both challenging and rewarding. It’s really not di cult to do, once you understand the system and have relatively good organizational skills and a healthy dose of patience. Let’s start with some history. Before the advent of camouflage, all German aircraft were finished using clear [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Dino DiGiorgio’s Corsair

Mar 03, 2015 No Comments by

No stranger to Top Gun, Dino DiGiorgio is returning for his F4U Corsair that he flew so well with last year. Dino’s Corsair with its unusual WW2 British Navy paint scheme, was based on a complete rebuild or a crashed plane from the CARF-Models kit. Dino also plans on bringing back my father’s 1995 Top Gun P-47 [...]

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M.A.N. Plans Photo Contest Winners!

Mar 02, 2015 No Comments by

We have winners! Thanks to everyone who shared photos of their M.A.N. plans projects and to all the folks who voted for their favorite aircraft. When it came time to choose the winners from among the planes who received the most votes, we didn’t change a thing and kept the “reader’s choice” award order. Congratulations to Tony C. and [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Greg Wright — Bubbletop P-47 Thunderbolt

Mar 02, 2015 1 Comment by

We just heard from our buddy Greg Wright and he says he will be competing at Top Gun for his second year. The plane he has decided to bring (for the Sportsman class), is his CARF-Models-P-47 Thunderbolt with Bubble canopy. He built the plane over the winter two years ago and also entered it in the 2014 Toledo show where his amazing “Jug” [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Dennis “Mike” Grady — B-17 Flying Fortress

Feb 26, 2015 No Comments by

Having competed at the National Association of Scale Modelers contest in Muncie last year, Dennis “Mike” Grady is more than qualified to compete at the Top Gun Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL. His competition aircraft will be a WW2 4-engine, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. The B-17 is 1/9-scale and built from a Wing Span kit. [...]

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Video Interview — Richard Feroldi at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Feb 25, 2015 2 Comments

One of the great things about covering RC events across the country, besides seeing a lot of amazing models, is making friends. Whether we travel to California, Texas, Florida or New York, the editors at Model Airplane News always bump into someone they know and have come to admire for their building and flying talents. [...]

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Picture Perfect Piper — J-3 Cub Floatplane

Feb 25, 2015 No Comments

When it comes to scale, it’s all in the details that counts. You don’t have to have a big complicated multi-engine warbird to do well in scale competition. But rather, a properly detailed version of a simple airplane will often do extremely well when it comes time to earn static scoring points. Such was the [...]

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