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Mr. Top Gun: Dave Wigley & his Beaufighter!

May 05, 2013 3 Comments by

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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Top Gun Expert Class Winner: Mike Barbee & his T-34B Mentor

May 05, 2013 No Comments by

Mike Barbee won the Expert class with his huge 36% scale T-34. Despite having just 3 flights on this big bird before the flight competition started, Mike  put in 3 beautiful flights to score the win.

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Thursday Jets at Top Gun

May 02, 2013 No Comments by

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.  

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Top Gun Aircraft Highlight–Can you name this plane?

May 02, 2013 12 Comments by

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

May 02, 2013 No Comments by

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 [...]

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Road to Top Gun: Brazilian Thunderbolt

Apr 30, 2013 No Comments by

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 [...]

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Salute to Scale Free-Flight

Apr 30, 2013 7 Comments

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 [...]

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

Apr 29, 2013 11 Comments

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 [...]

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