RC Giant Scale – Nick Ziroli’s New Triplane — update with Video

May 11, 2015 2 Comments

Known for his many great flying, giant scale WW2 warbird designs, Nick Ziroli Sr., has been finishing up his newest set of plans, this one for the WW1 Sopwith Triplane. This sport scale design has a sport airfoil for improved flight performance and is not intended for scale competition. Using his signature traditional balsa and [...]

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AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 5 – CNC Machined Plug

May 11, 2015 No Comments

This installment continues construction of my 700-size AH-56 Cheyenne, which began here. After a break to pursue some other projects, I’m back to work on the 700 size Cheyenne.  The next step was making the plug which I’d use to lay up the female mold for the fiberglass fuselage.  As noted in the first installment of [...]

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Top Gun — Behind the Scenes — 100 plus photo gallery

May 08, 2015 No Comments

As with any national level event, this week long competition produces far more special photos and snapshots of planes and pilots that could ever be included in a single article. So to help support our upcoming Top Gun event coverage in the August issue of MAN, here are some of the scenes, sights and situations we saw [...]

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“Mr. Top Gun” Jack Diaz and his Fouga Magister

May 07, 2015 2 Comments

Placing first in the Expert class and also earning the High Static award this year with a near perfect score of 99.167, veteran Top Gun competitor Jack Diaz (left in main image), has won the 2015 Top Gun event and is the newest world class RC scale modeler and pilot to earn the title Mr. Top Gun. His [...]

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Top Gun 2015 Static & Performance Award Winners

May 06, 2015 5 Comments

It’s a combination of flying and building skills that counts when you enter the Top Gun Scale Invitational competition and the highlight of the banquet dinner is the presentation of the special achievement awards. From High Static to the Best of Classes and the flight performance recognition, the hardware is eye-opening just s much as [...]

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Top Gun Update — Dino’s Second Generation Thunderbolt

May 02, 2015 2 Comments

This year Dino Digiorgio is competing in the Pro-Am Propeller class with a very special aircraft. Dino rebuilt his father’s Dino Sr.’s P-47 Thunderbolt. Dino Sr., Thunderbolt, built from a Meister Scale kit, has had a total makeover and upgrade and it is flying better than ever even though is some 20 years old.   [...]

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Top Gun — Friday Flightline Highlights

May 01, 2015 1 Comment

We had another wonderful day here at Top Gun and the airplanes are absolutely amazing! It will interesting to see who wins the title of Mr. Top Gun for 2015. Here are some sights from the Flightline. F-104 main office Dornier DO 23G F-100 A-10 MiG-15 Bis Radial engine/Stearman PT-17

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MAN at Top Gun — Thursday Tent Tour — David Wigley

Apr 30, 2015 3 Comments

We arrived at Top Gun today and headed straight to the flightline. We bumped into Past Mr. Top Gun winner David Wigley who was getting ready for Static judging. This year he again is competing with his amazing Bristol Beaufighter. The 1/5-scale British warbird has a 138 inch wingspan and is powered by two BME 102cc [...]

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