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Top Gun — A Pair of Zeros from Japan!

Top Gun — A Pair of Zeros from Japan!

So there are plenty of Zeros flying in scale competition, but few are 1/3-scale, and even fewer are competing at Top Gun and having traveled all the way from the country of Japan. And not only that, but there are two monstrous Rising Sun fighters in the Top Gun lineup. (Above) Built by Owia Masakazu […]
Top Gun — Before the Rain

Top Gun — Before the Rain

Even though much of the competition flying has come to an end because of some simply crazy amounts of rain, there was/is still lots of great airplanes on the flightline! Here’s some of the impressive airplanes we saw just before the skies opened up. Sunday is all set for continuation of flying competition and the final […]
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MAN at Top Gun — Day 2 — Checking in with Friends

MAN at Top Gun — Day 2 — Checking in with Friends

It’s always great to see the awesome planes in the flightline at Top Gun and this year, there’s lots to see! when it comes to great looking planes and talented pilots and scale model builders, this is the place to be. Top Gun Judges take a break to smile for my camera. Awesome F-84G. This […]
1 Day until Top Gun! — New Runway awaits Scale Competitors

1 Day until Top Gun! — New Runway awaits Scale Competitors

Well not only is Paradise Field one of the greatest flying fields in the country, but for the first time Top Gun competitors will have the addition of a paved runway. This plus a great field layout with plenty of shade tents, vendors, food concession and plenty of parking! The MAN team can’t wait to […]
Scaling out a foam WW I fighter

Scaling out a foam WW I fighter

I’ve had the ParkZone Albatros for a few months and have had a blast flying it. It is a foam, ready-to-fly WW I flyer that’s of great value. My club has a grass field that is rather bumpy, so great care is needed to bring small-scale planes down for safe landings. It was this objective […]
3 Days until Top Gun — The excitement grows in the scale community!

3 Days until Top Gun — The excitement grows in the scale community!

The MAN team is getting set to travel down to Lakeland Florida, to cover the biggest scale event of the year! Held at Paradise Field, Top Gun is more than just a popular event, and destination. Though each year the editors get a front row seat as we cover all the scale action and details […]
7 Days until Top Gun — The MAN crew is getting ready!

7 Days until Top Gun — The MAN crew is getting ready!

The MAN crew is getting excited about traveling to Top Gun for the annual Scale Invitational. This year the facility at Paradise Field will be sporting a brand new paved runway for the Top Gun pilots to operate from. Joining editors Debra Cleghorn and Gerry Yarrish, will be contributors Rich Uravitch, Carl Layden and ace […]
Road to Top Gun — Jeff Foley’s Bf-109E

Road to Top Gun — Jeff Foley’s Bf-109E

The Luftwaffe will be well represented with Jeff Foley flying his very impressive and well tried Bf-109E German WW2 fighter. Jeff’s “Emil” has an 86 inch span, and is completely scratch built from Jeff’s own molds. The classic warbird  is 1/4.5 in scale and weighs 27 pounds. It uses a modified Dave Platt landing gear, and […]
Road to Top Gun — P.J. Ash and his Rising Sun Japanese Zero

Road to Top Gun — P.J. Ash and his Rising Sun Japanese Zero

PJ has just finished his Top Gun competition plane which is a Meister Scale long wing Zero. The wingspan is 118 inches and the model is powered with a Quadra 100 swinginga Xoar 26×10 prop. It has Sierra retracts, and is guided by JR 12x.  For the impressive slightly weathered South Pacific finish, PJ used Tamiya […]
Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee’s T-34-B Mentor

Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee’s T-34-B Mentor

Mike Barbee will again be competing with his absolutely immense T-34B Mentor in the Expert class. The plane is 36% scale and has a wingspan of 138 inches and is 110 inches long. Mike built it from a Bob Patton design and the fuselage is fiberglass made from Bob’s molds. The wings are foam sheeted and finished with 1.5 oz. […]
Throw Back Thursday! — Old MAN Photo Files

Throw Back Thursday! — Old MAN Photo Files

We dusted off some great old snap shots by our dear friend George Leu. George traveled all over the country and contributed to several articles in MAN along with his time as a Scale columnist. All these photos are from a folder marked 1987 – 88 From the Scale Masters held in California. Two years […]
How to: Make Bubble Windows

How to: Make Bubble Windows

Many full-scale airplanes and helicopters feature bubble windows to allow the crew greater visibility. Replicating these windows can be tricky for scale modelers, as it’s inconvenient to make a vacuum-forming plug for each uniquely shaped window frame. In full-scale aircraft manufacturing, these bubble windows are almost always free-blown from sheet plastic clamped in a frame. […]
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