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Road to Top Gun: Fernando Caveira’s P-47 Thunderbolt

Road to Top Gun: Fernando Caveira’s P-47 Thunderbolt

Check out Brazilian competitor Fernando Caveira’s Meister P-47! He spent over 1,100 hours building this warbird, and he powers it with a Moki 180cc gas engine. Fernando is getting his model ready for the journey to Lakeland, Florida, which will take close to 3 weeks and uses a custom-made shipping crate. We can’t wait to […]
Road to Top Gun — Tom Wood — Blue Angels F-18 Hornet

Road to Top Gun — Tom Wood — Blue Angels F-18 Hornet

For this year’s Top Gun Scale Invitational, Tom Wood, a corporate pilot from Lakeland, FL  (shown with Hornet), is the builder of this impressive F-18 Hornet. Sandro Novelli from Canada will be the pilot for this entry in Team Class. Tom started with a Yellow Aircraft kit, (no longer available), and chose the classic US Navy […]
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Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee — Grumman FM-2 Wildcat — Update

Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee — Grumman FM-2 Wildcat — Update

No stranger to scale competition or the Top Gun Scale Invitational, Mike Barbee has been very busy in his workshop in progress putting together his newest Top Gun competition machine, the Grumman FM-2 Wildcat. The stubby warbird is 30% scale, has a wingspan is 142 inches and a length of 94 inches. The landing gear is scale in function, is electric and […]
The First Top Gun Scale Invitational

The First Top Gun Scale Invitational

It was in the August 1989 issue of MAN that our readers were introduced to what was to become one of the greatest RC scale airplane competitions in the world. The brainchild of Frank Tiano, Top Gun the event has redefined the hobby and sport of scale competition. it pushed the standards of excellence for […]
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Road to Top Gun — Walt Carnes — Hawker Sea Fury

Road to Top Gun — Walt Carnes — Hawker Sea Fury

Walt Carnes builder of this impressive Hawker Sea Fury, will be attending Top Gun 2015 and will again compete in Team Scale with Greg Foushi as his pilot. Currently Walt is adding Navigation and Landing Lights to his Sea Fury. Sawbones is modeled after a full scale Sea Fury and it is 22.5% scale in size. Walt […]
Road to Top Gun — Marco Benincasa — North American F-100 Super Sabre

Road to Top Gun — Marco Benincasa — North American F-100 Super Sabre

We just heard from our Top Gun buddy Marco Benincasa who told us he will be flying in the  ProAm Pro Jet class at Top Gun 2015 with his beautiful North American F-100. Marco built the F-100 from a Feibao kit and is using the new Evojet 220 turbine engine for power. The Super Sabre […]
Road to Top Gun: Rei Gonzalez’s Republic F84F Thunderstreak

Road to Top Gun: Rei Gonzalez’s Republic F84F Thunderstreak

For 2015, Rei Gonzalez is returning to Top Gun with this amazing F-84F and will be entering in Team Scale.  The builder is Phillip Noel (from Walton-On-The-Naze, UK) and Rei will be the fearless pilot! The aircraft is 1/5-scale and is not an ARF!  Built from a Michel Knol kit and the model is a fiberglass fuselage and […]
Road to Top Gun — Bob Violett, Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star

Road to Top Gun — Bob Violett, Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star

One of the originals from Top Gun history, Bob Violett, owner/founder of Bob Violett Models, will be returning to the Top Gun Scale Invitational with his amazingly scale F-80C Shooting Star. Bob designed the prototype which eventually became the BVM kit, and he will be competing with it in the Master’s Class.  The all electric […]
Road to Top Gun — Richard Feroldi — Ansaldo SVA-5

Road to Top Gun — Richard Feroldi — Ansaldo SVA-5

Our good friend and regular Top Gun and Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome attendee, Rich Feroldi is again heading to the Tog Gun event with his beautiful WW1 Italian 1/3-scale Ansaldo SVA-5. With a wingspan of 119 inches and a length of 106 inches, the 50 pound scratch built model is powered with a Quadra 100cc gas […]
Road to Top Gun — Rene Alvarez — F4U Corsair

Road to Top Gun — Rene Alvarez — F4U Corsair

This year, Rene Alvarez is bringing his F4U Corsair to Top Gun as his Expert Class entry. The model, which took two years to build, is a highly modify Meister-Scale Corsair with operating flaps, canopy, operational position lights, all panel lines and tons of simulated rivets and screws, also there is a simulated brake system on the […]
Road to Top Gun — James Prive — 1946 Stinson SR9-F Reliant

Road to Top Gun — James Prive — 1946 Stinson SR9-F Reliant

Being entered into expert class at Top Gun this year is the beautiful Stinson Reliant by James Prive. Based on the popular Top flight kit, the model has a 100.5 inch wingspan and is just under 1/4 scale.  James made several modifications and this is his second year at the Scale Invitational. Power is produced by a […]
Road to Top Gun — Rod Snyder — North American F-100D Super Sabre

Road to Top Gun — Rod Snyder — North American F-100D Super Sabre

For the 2015 Top Gun Scale Invitational Rod Snyder from Johnson City, TN will again be flying his North American F-100D in the Unlimited Class. The model is a BVM design and is modeled after a paint scheme used by the SHAMA Service Engineering that was based at McCellan Air Force base located in Sacramento CA. in 1963. This unique paint […]
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