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Road to Top Gun 2013

Mr. Top Gun: Dave Wigley & his Beaufighter!

Mr. Top Gun: Dave Wigley & his Beaufighter!

Congratulations to four-time Top Gun champion Dave Wigley, who won again this year debuting his Bristol Beaufighter. Competing in the Master class, Dave designed the plans for his twin warbird using 3-views, illustrations and photos as well as measurements from a full-size plane in a museum. The landing gear  alone took over a year to […]
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Thursday Jets at Top Gun

Thursday Jets at Top Gun

Thursday is winding down and the rain held off so everyone did get some quality flights in today. Some of the nicest Pro-Am entries were of the Turbine type and here are just a couple we say on the flightline! Amazing quality and performance in one package.  
Top Gun Aircraft Highlight–Can you name this plane?

Top Gun Aircraft Highlight–Can you name this plane?

Hint! It is not a North American P-51 Mustang. The full-size aircraft was powered by a Turbo-prop turbine engine and it was proposed as a ground attack aircraft for the USAF. Leave a comment if you know what it is.
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Model Airplane News at Top Gun

Model Airplane News at Top Gun

Thursday May 2, the Top Gun flightline is a buzz with activities and there’s airplanes and pilots everywhere getting in flights. This is no easy task during any Top Gun event with the pressure and the excitement of such an impressive event. But add the threatening weather yesterday and today and you see everyone is […]
Road to Top Gun: Brazilian Thunderbolt

Road to Top Gun: Brazilian Thunderbolt

Yes, that’s right … this P-47D is outfitted in true Brazilian livery! Our friend Rogerio Ribeiro de Arjaujo  (left) sent these photos of the P-47D Thunderbolt that Dino DiGiorgio will be flying in the Pro Am Pro (prop) class this year. He writes, “This very unique model is a Meister Scale Platinum Series P-47D bubble canopy […]
Salute to Scale Free-Flight

Salute to Scale Free-Flight

Here’s a reminder of something extra special. As part of the 25th Annual Scale Invitational, Top Gun promotor/founder Frank Tiano has included a scale Rubber-Powered Free Flight “Mass Launch” to the activities for the Top Gun Silver Anniversary. And, to make it even better, this special event is goin go be open to everyone to […]
Road to Top Gun: G-Model Messerschmitt–Update!

Road to Top Gun: G-Model Messerschmitt–Update!

Update: Well, the post flight report reads that P.J. Ash’s new scale plane was balanced perfectly and the Desert Aircraft DA 85 engine is more than enough power for Messerschmitt. P.J Reports: “I’m testing the new Bold 26×10 prop from FTE and its working very well.  The first flight had a few things come loose such as the engine!!  But […]
25th Annual Top Gun Scale Invitational starts in one week!

25th Annual Top Gun Scale Invitational starts in one week!

Be there or Be Square! Top Gun 2013 Invitational is exactly what the name says. It is the best of the best by invitation only competing for over $25,000 in cash and prizes, and to see who may acquire the title of “Mr. Top Gun”. There are also numerous awards of excellence given out each […]
Road to Top Gun: Ground-Pounding P-47

Road to Top Gun: Ground-Pounding P-47

Brian O’Meara has been practicing for his return to Pro Am Pro with his monstrous 1/3-scale P-47, and Tony Quist captured these action shots. This Thunderbolt has a 144-inch span and is powered by a ZDZ 420cc 4-cylinder engine spinning a Bold 38×13 prop. The bombs are 7 inches in diameter! Brian notes that he […]
Road to Top Gun: Last Mission for this Messerschmitt

Road to Top Gun: Last Mission for this Messerschmitt

A regular at the Top Gun Scale Invitational is Jeff Foley with his well proven weapon of choice his own-designed Messerschmitt Bf-109E-7. Jeff placed third in the Masters class last year. An earlier version of Jeff’s Luftwaffe iconic fighter won Two Mr. Top Gun titles in 2000 & 2003, as well as five wins in the […]
Road to Top Gun: Grumman F7F Tigercat

Road to Top Gun: Grumman F7F Tigercat

If you are a fan of serious scale and love seeing giant scale beauties on the flightline, then the name Dennis Crooks won’t be new to you. Dennis is a VP at Robart Manufacturing and his newest project is rapidly coming to a finish for competition at the 25th annual Top Gun Scale Invitational. Here’s […]
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