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Rivet Detail Made Easy (well, easier!)

Jun 10, 2014 9 Comments

Don’t you just hate it when an article starts off with a question? Me too! But sometimes it does serve the purpose of grabbing the reader’s attention. With that in mind, how often have you been to a scale modeling event and wondered, “How the heck did he do that?” Whether it’s a technique in [...]

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Painting Scale Pilot Helmets

May 28, 2014 No Comments

I put a huge amount of detail in the helmets of my Best Pilots pilot figures because its the topmost thing that’s viewed when your pilot is sitting in the cockpit. Most flight helmets are leather and that’s what’s shown in the December 2011 issue of MAN. The following technique works like magic in replicating [...]

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Fast-n-Quiet! E-Jets at Top Gun

May 16, 2014 3 Comments

Everyone knows that when you want to see the best scale aircraft flying and competing, then Top Gun is the place to go. All sorts of amazing aircraft were there this year and electric powered jets also made a pretty good showing for themselves. All serious level scale aircraft with all the bells and whistles, they [...]

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Top Gun Video Interview — Fernando Bellegrade — Stuka Dive Bomber

May 15, 2014 4 Comments

There’s just something about the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Dive Bomber! This bent-wing Luftwaffe Warbird was one of the very first “Tank Busters” and it was a major part of Hitler’s Blitzkrieg war strategy. Competing in Expert, Fernando Bellegrade traveled all the way from Sao Paulo, Brazil with his impressive Stuka. Built from Nick Ziroli [...]

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Top Gun Video Interview — Pedro Sanchez — P-47 Thunderbolt

May 15, 2014 No Comments

One of our good friends Pedro Sanchez showed up at Top Gun this year with a beautifully detailed Warbird in the form of a CARF-Models P-47 Thunderbolt. Powered by a Moki 5-cylinder 250cc radial engine, the 1/4-scale “Jug” has a 110 inch span and weighs in at 54 pounds! Pedro only started with a CARF-Models [...]

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Top Gun Video Interview — Dino DiGiorgio — F4U Corsair

May 15, 2014 2 Comments

After all the dust had settled at Top Gun this year, we had a chance to grab some of the contestants and get the back story about their aircraft. One of the more interesting tales was that of the F4U Corsair flown by Dino DiGiorgio. This beautifully executed aircraft carrier based WW2 fighter was all [...]

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Top Gun — Final Standings.

May 07, 2014 3 Comments

Wow! Top Gun 2014 was certainly one for the record books! Fighting the weather and a compressed flight order, the pilots of Top Gun were truly in a “Fly or Go Home” situation! Very exciting! Here are the final stats showing the winners and placers of each category down to 5th place. Did your favorite [...]

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Top Gun — And the Winners are… Special Awards

May 07, 2014 No Comments

We had an amazing time covering all the scale action at this year’s Top Gun Scale Invitational competition. Even though the weather did not cooperate, the competitors did their best and their drive to win was not dampened! STATIC AWARD                             Sponsor                                               Winner                    Aircraft                                                Masters High Static (98.25)              ZAP GLUE                                                David Ribbe             MiG-15 Expert [...]

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