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Road to Top Gun: Ground-Pounding P-47

Apr 24, 2013 1 Comment

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 [...]

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Road to Top Gun: Last Mission for this Messerschmitt

Apr 23, 2013 1 Comment

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 [...]

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Road to Top Gun: Grumman F7F Tigercat

Apr 12, 2013 10 Comments

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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Free Flight Scale at 25th Annual Top Gun Event

Apr 07, 2013 1 Comment

As part of the 25th Annual Scale Invitational, Frank Tiano has included a scale Rubber-Powered Free Flight “Mass Launch” to the activities for the Top Gun Silver Anniversary. And this is open to everyone to participate including Pilots, Crew Members, Judges, Staff and Press. Frank asked us to get the word out so here it [...]

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Road to Top Gun: F-100 Super Sabre

Apr 03, 2013 3 Comments

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 [...]

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

Mar 18, 2013 18 Comments

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

Mar 11, 2013 17 Comments

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 [...]

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Road to Top Gun: Douglas SBD Dauntless

Mar 07, 2013 15 Comments

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 [...]

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