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Road to Top Gun: F-100 Super Sabre

Road to Top Gun: F-100 Super Sabre

The newest “Road” entry to the upcoming 25th Annual Top Gun Scale Invitational is Marco Benincasa from Via Reggio, Italy, who will be competing in the Pro Am Pro with this impressive F-100 Super Sabre Jet.  The Aircraft is 1/4,5-scale and has a wingspan of 85 inches. Weight is 60 Lbs and the jet is powered by […]
Road to Top Gun: 36% T-34B Mentor

Road to Top Gun: 36% T-34B Mentor

Mike Barbee is no stranger to scale competition. He has flown at Top Gun for the past 24 years, and along the way there were eight different airplanes. He is the president of NASA, (National Association of Scale Modelers) and the East Coast Chairman for the U.S. Scale Masters Association. Mike says: “I have always […]
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Road to Top Gun: Zenith 801– Modeling in Metal

Road to Top Gun: Zenith 801– Modeling in Metal

Carlos Rangel is a regular at the annual Top Gun Scale Invitational and he is also known as “the guy who builds all-aluminum airplanes”. We got an email from Carlos recently along with some photos of his 2013 competition plane. Here’s what he said. “Well, I was supposed to compete this year in the Masters […]
Road to Top Gun: Douglas SBD Dauntless

Road to Top Gun: Douglas SBD Dauntless

Paul “Limey” Rice is planning to compete in the Expert class at Top Gun with his beautifully detailed Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber. Starting with Nick Ziroli 1/5-scale plans, Paul scratch built the model using basic balsa, lite-ply and A/C plywood construction. He plane has a 100 inch span, and weighs 39 pounds. It has a Zenaoh […]
Road to Top Gun: Behemoth Beaufighter

Road to Top Gun: Behemoth Beaufighter

Three time Top Gun Champion, David Wigley recently completed his test flights of his amazing 1/5-scale Bristol Beaufighter and Also won Best in Show at the 2013 WRAM Show. MAN highlighted some “in primer” sneak peeks of David’s amazing in progress twin fighter project earlier last summer, and we have to say, it is one of the […]
Road to Top Gun: Classic Stinson SR9-F

Road to Top Gun: Classic Stinson SR9-F

Competing in the Pro Am class, James Prive is busy finishing up his beautiful 1946 Stinson SR9-F. Based on the popular Top flight kit, the model has a 100.5 inch wingspan and is just under 1/4 scale.  James has made several modifications and the build has taken just over two years. Details include a fully detailed cockpit […]
Road to Top Gun — Swedish J-29F Tunnan

Road to Top Gun — Swedish J-29F Tunnan

This year Mike Selby is again competing at Top Gun with an unusual airplane of his own creation. His 1:4.8 scale J-29F Tunnan made with Airex/fiberglass/carbon fiber laminated construction, weights in at around 32 pounds. Power comes from a 27-pound-thrust PST 1300 turbine engine and the Tunnan is controlled with a Futaba 14 MZ radio system. It took Mike around […]
Road to Top Gun: Titanic Thunderbolt

Road to Top Gun: Titanic Thunderbolt

A well known regular to all the RC action and excitement that is the Top Gun Scale Invitational, Eduardo Esteves is shown here with his wife and caller Ana, with his beautiful and very impressive  P-47 Thunderbolt razorback built from a CARF-Models composite kit. The Thunderbolt’s wingspan is 110 inches and weighs in at 62 […]
Road to Top Gun: Splendid Spitfire

Road to Top Gun: Splendid Spitfire

As we draw closer to the big 25th anniversary of the Top Gun Scale Invitational, we are collecting more advance “intel” on the planes and the pilots who are planning to attend this world-class scale competition in Lakeland, FL. The man who practically invented giant scale RC warbirds and long time Model Airplane News contributor, Nick Ziroli […]
Road to Top Gun: A 12-foot workshop Invader! With Video

Road to Top Gun: A 12-foot workshop Invader! With Video

Frankie Mirandes is no stranger to impressive scale aircraft and has been competing at the Top Gun Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL for several years. For our upcoming “Road to Top Gun” special feature in Model Airplane News, Frankie was the first one to share his newest Top Gun 2013 project with us. Frankie says […]
IRCHA Friday – my last day

IRCHA Friday – my last day

It doesn’t seem as if I have been here for the better part of 3 days because there has been so much to see, and so many people to talk with. And, unfortunately, this has to be my last day, so I’ll be missing all the weekend fun and excitment of the The One and […]
IRCHA Thursday

IRCHA Thursday

I thought yesterday was a pretty good day for flying, but today was even better. Sunny skies, 80 degrees and only a light wind made for a great day. This was the last day of NATS scale, but they were out in force. Joel Rosenzweig from Marlborouch, MA had his Hirobo CH-46 tandem rotor out for […]
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