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Top Gun Video Interview — Mike Grady — B-17 Flying Fortress

May 28, 2015 5 Comments

At this year’s scale invitational, Mike’s competition aircraft for Team Scale was this amazing WW2 4-engine, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. The B-17 was 1/9-scale and built from a Wingspan models kit and has a span is 138 inches with a fuselage length of 99 inches. Weight is 65 pounds. The model is electric powered and is equipped with four [...]

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Throw Back Thursday — Nick Ziroli and his Spirit of St. Louis

May 21, 2015 6 Comments

TBT: what better model to show off on this date, than the Spirit of Saint Louis?! This one of course, by the Master Nick Ziroli Sr. This photo was taken at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in NY where the museum staff is also building a full size replica of the Ryan NYP classic. Today, May [...]

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Workshop Tips for Better Building

May 21, 2015 2 Comments

Helpful suggestions for maximizing your workshop time For several years now I have been highlighting my projects and workshop builds online to share some of my building tips and Techniques I use. In the long view, I have always thought that learning how to fly RC planes was a lot harder that the actual building of the [...]

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Electric Jets at Top Gun

May 19, 2015 2 Comments

Electric power is in a constant state of improvement and it’s no surprise that there were some EDF (Electric Powered Fan) jets in the winner circles at the end of the 2015 Top Gun Scale Invitational. In Team Scale, builder Mike Grady and pilot Dustin Buescher placed 3rd in the class with their BVM MiG-15. The 1/6-scale jet [...]

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RC Giant Scale – Nick Ziroli’s New Triplane — update with Video

May 11, 2015 2 Comments

Known for his many great flying, giant scale WW2 warbird designs, Nick Ziroli Sr., has been finishing up his newest set of plans, this one for the WW1 Sopwith Triplane. This sport scale design has a sport airfoil for improved flight performance and is not intended for scale competition. Using his signature traditional balsa and [...]

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Top Gun — Behind the Scenes — 100 plus photo gallery

May 08, 2015 No Comments

As with any national level event, this week long competition produces far more special photos and snapshots of planes and pilots that could ever be included in a single article. So to help support our upcoming Top Gun event coverage in the August issue of MAN, here are some of the scenes, sights and situations we saw [...]

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“Mr. Top Gun” Jack Diaz and his Fouga Magister

May 07, 2015 2 Comments

Placing first in the Expert class and also earning the High Static award this year with a near perfect score of 99.167, veteran Top Gun competitor Jack Diaz (left in main image), has won the 2015 Top Gun event and is the newest world class RC scale modeler and pilot to earn the title Mr. Top Gun. His [...]

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Top Gun 2015 Static & Performance Award Winners

May 06, 2015 5 Comments

It’s a combination of flying and building skills that counts when you enter the Top Gun Scale Invitational competition and the highlight of the banquet dinner is the presentation of the special achievement awards. From High Static to the Best of Classes and the flight performance recognition, the hardware is eye-opening just s much as [...]

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