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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 […]
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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. […]
Road to Top Gun — Pedro Sanchez’ Razorback Thunderbolt

Road to Top Gun — Pedro Sanchez’ Razorback Thunderbolt

This year Pedro with be competing in Pro Am Sport with his impressive P-47 Thunderbolt “SNAFU”. Built from a CARF Models the P-47 is beautifully detailed and is powered by a Moki 250cc radial engine turning a  carbon fiber 4-blade prop and a solo hub. Pedro uses Sierra landing gear and wheels, and Hitec 7955 […]
Road to Top Gun — Vince Veltri’s Wonderful Wildcat

Road to Top Gun — Vince Veltri’s Wonderful Wildcat

The Grumman Wildcat is a very popular early WW2 fighter design and Vince Veltri’s version is one of the best you’ll see. Vince’s Grumman Wildcat with be entered in the Team Scale class, Vince Veltri has been busy in the workshop putting the finishing touches on his South Pacific Zero chaser. The “Team” referred to […]
Road to Top Gun — Frank Tiano’s Macchi 200

Road to Top Gun — Frank Tiano’s Macchi 200

As if, Top Gun creator and promoter, Frank Tiano, isn’t busy enough during his annual Scale Invitational competition, Frank often registers as a pilot to compete along with the rest of the scale pilots at the event. This year, Frank will be flying in the  Pro-Am class (Pro-Prop) with his impressive Macchi 200. A radial engine […]
Awesome Ground-Pounding Thunderbolt

Awesome Ground-Pounding Thunderbolt

At the Toledo show, there are always a lot of heavy metal warbirds. One that had lots of presence there was this impressive P-47 Thunderbolt. The work of expert scale competitor Greg Wright, this Ground pounder was loaded with amazing detail and weathering. Powered by a big 5-cylinder Moki radial engine and a scale 4-blade […]
Road to Top Gun — Smoking WACO YMF-5

Road to Top Gun — Smoking WACO YMF-5

Mitch Epstein a regular competitor at Top Gun, will again be flying his very impressive WACO YMF-5 civilian biplane in the Expert class. Mitch’s WACO is a modified AMR kit powered by a powerful Moki 215 radial engine, turning a 32×18 propeller. Mitch covered the biplane with Nelson fabric, finished with automotive Dupont basecoat/clearcoat paint, and used homemade graphics. For […]
Florida Jets: from the outside looking in

Florida Jets: from the outside looking in

I made it to Florida Jets 2014, and let me tell you it has changed from the last time I attended! I drove in to the parking area and was greeted by a wonderful woman that put a smile on my face. I paid my fee that covered the parking, entry fee and a ticket […]
Road to Top Gun — Reconstructed Corsair

Road to Top Gun — Reconstructed Corsair

It is always good to hear when an RC airplane is resurrected from a crash. And this year, Dino DiGiorgio will be flying a rebuilt F4U Corsair in Pro Am Propeller class. Dino comments, “Our model started out as a rebuild from a major crash by Heinz Ayvaz. The previous owner had trashed the model and […]
Road to Top Gun — Gigantic WW2 Razorback

Road to Top Gun — Gigantic WW2 Razorback

Eduardo Esteves along with Ana, his charming wife and caller, will again be competing in the Pro-AM Propeller class with their impressive “Miss Plainfield” P-47 Thunderbolt. The classic ground pounding razorback has a 109-inch wingspan and is built from a CARF Model kit. It is powered with a Moki 250cc radial engine and Eduardo uses […]
Road to Top Gun —  Amazing Flying Razor

Road to Top Gun — Amazing Flying Razor

This impressive electric powered, giant scale Fokker D.VIII is the work of Dave Perrone. This year will be Dave’s first time at Top Gun and he will be competing with his flying razor in the Expert class.  The Fokker D.VIII is Dave’s most favorite airplane all due to him seeing and watching Brian Coughlin fly his full size […]
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