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Top Gun — Friday Flightline Highlights

May 01, 2015 1 Comment

We had another wonderful day here at Top Gun and the airplanes are absolutely amazing! It will interesting to see who wins the title of Mr. Top Gun for 2015. Here are some sights from the Flightline. F-104 main office Dornier DO 23G F-100 A-10 MiG-15 Bis Radial engine/Stearman PT-17

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MAN at Top Gun — Thursday Tent Tour — David Wigley

Apr 30, 2015 3 Comments

We arrived at Top Gun today and headed straight to the flightline. We bumped into Past Mr. Top Gun winner David Wigley who was getting ready for Static judging. This year he again is competing with his amazing Bristol Beaufighter. The 1/5-scale British warbird has a 138 inch wingspan and is powered by two BME 102cc [...]

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Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Update: Engine and Fuel System Check

Apr 29, 2015 2 Comments

If you have been following along with this extended Workshop Build-Along series, you know that from the start, I designed the Sopwith Camel around the Zenoah G38 gasoline engine. One of the great advantages of scratch building, is that you can from the start workout everything so you can use the engines and equipment you [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Decals and Aircraft Markings — Part 25

Apr 27, 2015 3 Comments

There is an old saying that states, the last 10% of a model project takes 90% of the effort. Meaning that building and covering a model goes relatively quickly when compared to the effort involved with painting and finishing. With that said, one excellent way to gain some time-savings is to use quality graphics and [...]

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Throw Back Thursday

Apr 23, 2015 No Comments

For Throwback Thursday we selected the September 1956 cover of MAN showing Jo Katula’s beautiful artwork of a Sopwith Triplane. The aircraft was manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company during WW1 and pilots referred to it as the Tripehound or simply the Tripe. It was made operational with the Royal Naval Air Service in 1917 and proved to [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Applying Plywood Panels –Part 24

Apr 20, 2015 4 Comments

When it comes to any model of a Sopwith Camel, there are some plywood panels that give the aeroplane its characteristic look. It was always part of my over all finish scheme to include these side and top panels. Since they are added after the model has been covered and painted, you can add them [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Marco Benincasa, Hawk 100

Apr 15, 2015 1 Comment

We’ve just heard from our good friend and editor of the Italian RC Model magazine Modellistica and he let us know that for this year’s Top Gun, he will be flying a new model, the Hawk 100 from a Skymaster kit. He no longer has his impressive F100 (he sold it) so he sent us some pics of his [...]

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Thinking Big — Checklist for Success — 10 Top Reasons not to Fly

Apr 15, 2015 4 Comments

For years I have stressed the point that when you start flying giant scale models, you should do it in a scale-like manner. To rely on the wing’s lift as full-scale pilots do, rather than on the propeller’s thrust like many sport RC models are flown. The larger airplanes in many ways, fly better than their smaller counterparts but [...]

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