2012 Road to Top Gun Update — Graeme Mears, T-33 with workshop photo gallery!

Feb 15, 2012 5 Comments by

 No stranger to the winners’ circle at the Top Gun Scale Invitational, Canadian Graeme Mears can always be counted on for something amazing and of the highest quality. And 2012 is no different.



Starting with a kit from Marijn Pennix of Scale-jet Graeme’s new T-33 is 1:4.5 scale, has a wing span 110 inches, 101 inch long and weighs 46 pounds. Kit from www.scale-jets.com. To improve on the basics Graeme went over all the surface detail that comes out of the mold and do a ‘Mears treatment’. This means all the panel lines screw heads and rivet details (all of them were cleaned up,) improved awith special tools. Things like aircraft antenna and countless cockpit details were resin cased and added to the airframe. It is powered with a JetCat P180 turbine and the radio gear is a JR 12X and receiver spectrum 12X powerbox.


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The paint scheme is from a full scale T-33 in Colorado, and the paint is a Standox basecoat/clearcoat system.  The entire paint scheme is painted on with the use of vinyl paint masks Graeme cut out wi th his Roland cutter. This year Graeme is ‘Teamed up’ with Ali Michinchy from the UK as pilot.


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5 Responses to “2012 Road to Top Gun Update — Graeme Mears, T-33 with workshop photo gallery!”

  1. Norm Dobbing says:

    Congratulations to Graeme on his 2012 Top Gun Win!! He well deserves it.He is a remarkable builder and a phenominal Craftsman.

  2. Norm Dobbing says:

    I also forgot to mention he is a great ambassador for his country Canada.

  3. Sjaak Bos Training manager Allison Transmission Europe. says:

    Hello, we are looking for a T 33 with a wingspan somewere around 1.4 m.
    Do you know where to buy?

    No need to fly, should be used as static model.

    Sjaak Bos

  4. Stephan Eich says:

    Very, very nice solving of the details.
    I am flying the same t-33 from marijn, the next t-33 will build much more better, like yours.
    Please send me an email on stephan.eich@modellpilot.eu for further contact. Keep in touch.

  5. Emilio Bruzzone says:

    Hi Graeme, I’m Emilio Bruzzone and I would like to know if you can built me a F-86 from Carf o maybe a mirage 2000-

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