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Florida Jets — A view from the Flightline — 75 Photos

Florida Jets — A view from the Flightline — 75 Photos

As a MAN contributor and all around nice guy, I find myself traveling a lot to cover events for the magazine and most recently, I stopped by the Florida Jets event at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL. Be sure to check out my detailed event report which will be in the upcoming July issue of MAN, (on sale […]
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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Prepping Fabric Covering — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 22 — Updated

Prepping Fabric Covering — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 22 — Updated

It has been a little while since our last posting for the Sopwith Camel Build-Along, but we are making some progress. Last time we covered the basics of applying Stits Lite Poly Fiber covering material and now we continue with the basic steps required to make it ready for painting and finishing. As mentioned before, […]
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 […]
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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 […]
Scale Cockpit Coaming — Recycling old Leather Hand Bags

Scale Cockpit Coaming — Recycling old Leather Hand Bags

I am always looking for things I can use in my scale modeling projects. So when I was finishing up my latest project I needed something to duplicate the leather coaming that protects the pilot from the cockpit opening edges. I found that an easy way to make good looking coaming right at a local […]
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 […]
Monster DC-10  — Robert Pannell’s Best Electric Jet Performance Winner

Monster DC-10 — Robert Pannell’s Best Electric Jet Performance Winner

Florida Jets is an annual event in Lakeland, FL that has grown dramatically over the past few years—mostly due to site improvements and the huge, growing interest in jet RC flying. Adding impetus is the availability and accessibility of a wide variety of jet models and accessories. In general, the models are large, highly pre-fabricated […]
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 […]
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