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Mr. Top Gun: David Ribbe & his MiG-15bis

May 04, 2014 7 Comments

Congratulations to David Ribbe for winning the coveted “Mr. Top Gun” title at this year’s invitational competition! This was David’s first year flying this MiG at Top Gun, after flying it at the Jet World Masters in Switzerland earlier this year. David’s 88.9-inch-span jet is packed with scale details, like a sliding canopy, speed brakes, [...]

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Top Gun — A Pair of Zeros from Japan!

May 03, 2014 12 Comments

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 [...]

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Top Gun — Before the Rain

May 03, 2014 No Comments

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

May 01, 2014 1 Comment

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 [...]

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

Apr 29, 2014 No Comments

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 [...]

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Scaling out a foam WW I fighter

Apr 29, 2014 7 Comments

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 [...]

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

Apr 28, 2014 No Comments

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 [...]

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

Apr 24, 2014 2 Comments

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 [...]

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