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Hot Planes on the Top Gun Flightline

May 03, 2012 5 Comments

Here are some of the great planes that we saw on our stroll down the flightline! Today was some Pro-Am flying as well as some open practice flights

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MAN at Top Gun!

May 03, 2012 3 Comments

Wow! The Model Airplane News team is here in Lakeland Florida for the 24th Top Gun Scale Invitational! The weather is great and the planes are amazing! Here’s a sneak peek teaser of some of the awesome scale aircraft we say today. Stay tuned. More posts coming!    

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Corsair Documentation Pix

May 03, 2012 No Comments

One of the great things about scale RC airplanes is that they give us an opportunity to learn more about history. The new giant scale F4U Corsair from Top Flite is a beautiful airplane and with a 55cc gas engine in the nose it will be a great warbird performer. The only thing wrong with [...]

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Scale 3-Blade propellers — Building a Ziroli Static Scale Kit — Part 4

May 02, 2012 No Comments

Well, only did a little work on the propeller today. I stayed at home and went to the Dentist today then off to Top Gun tomorrow morning! So, here’s what the hub looks like after the white putty was sanded smooth. The first layer of putty was done with the Squadron White plastic model variety [...]

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Top Gun 2012 Pilots and Event Schedule

May 01, 2012 1 Comment

The MAN Team is getting ready for the 2012 Top Gun Scale Invitational and will be covering the event from the flightline over the entire event! Watch for updates at www.modelairplanenews.com Only 2 days to go!!!    Executive Editor Debra Cleghorn and I will be teaming up to cover all the amazing scale action this [...]

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Scale 3-Blade propellers — Building a Ziroli Static Scale Kit — Part 3

May 01, 2012 No Comments

Getting back to the scratch-built Hub assemblyfor the static scale Hamilton Standard 3-blade propeller, I turned some pieces of 1/8 inch plexiglass sheet to use as the front and back plates for the hub. Cutting off the corners of the square parts helps speed the turning process. I also turned a smaller, 1-inch diameter one [...]

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Scale 3-Blade propellers — Building a Ziroli Static Scale Kit — Part 2

Apr 30, 2012 No Comments

Another weekend and a little more work has been done on the 3-blade Ham/Std. Propeller for my upcoming Top Flite Giant Scale Corsair Review. It took about 4 or 5 hours to prep the three blades and get them ready for paint. Here’s what I did:     1. Using a good set of 3-view [...]

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Road to Top Gun Update: Steve Thomas — Lavochkin LA7

Apr 28, 2012 8 Comments

As the Top Gun competition draws near, we continue to get updates from pilots on their incredible scale aircraft. Here’s the latest Steve Thomas, who will be campaigning his unusual Lavochkin LA7. His 58-pound warbird is painted in Czechloslovakian colors and is powered by a 260cc (!) 7-cylinder Evolution engine.  Steve will be competing in [...]

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