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Top Gun Scale Invitational Video Highlights

Top Gun Scale Invitational Video Highlights

The MAN Team had an amazing time at Top Gun this year, but it wasn’t all fun and games, besides covering the event and making sure we got the airplane’s and pilot’s names correct, we also did some video work. So here, all in one place, are the highlights from this year’s event right from […]
Top Gun Video Interview — David James and his Spad VII

Top Gun Video Interview — David James and his Spad VII

known for the big heavy metal warbirds, Top Gun actually draws all types of amazing planes and such is the case with this immense 45% Scale Spad VII. Flown by David James, it was impossible not to notice the gigantic WW 1 biplane on the flightline. MAN editor Gerry Yarrish chatted with David about his […]
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Top Gun Video Interview — Randy Clark and his Yak 130

Top Gun Video Interview — Randy Clark and his Yak 130

Most of the jets at Top Gun this year were of the extra large turbine variety and they all grab your attention where flying by or just waiting for the round. An extremely impressive jet was Randy Clark’s Yak 130 and MAN editor Gerry Yarrish chatted with him to get the inside scoop on this […]
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Top Gun 2015 — Top Static Scores with Video Highlights

Top Gun 2015 — Top Static Scores with Video Highlights

When it comes to competition in any scale event, your earn your final score from two categories, your flight scores and your static scale score. It is here, on the judging table that modelers have the most control. Basically you put together your documentation package and then you build and paint your airplane to match […]
Top Gun Video Interview — Mike Grady — B-17 Flying Fortress

Top Gun Video Interview — Mike Grady — B-17 Flying Fortress

At this year’s scale invitational, Mike’s competition aircraft for Team Scale was this amazing WW2 4-engine, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. The B-17 was 1/9-scale and built from a Wingspan models kit and has a span is 138 inches with a fuselage length of 99 inches. Weight is 65 pounds. The model is electric powered and is equipped with four […]
Electric Jets at Top Gun

Electric Jets at Top Gun

Electric power is in a constant state of improvement and it’s no surprise that there were some EDF (Electric Powered Fan) jets in the winner circles at the end of the 2015 Top Gun Scale Invitational. In Team Scale, builder Mike Grady and pilot Dustin Buescher placed 3rd in the class with their BVM MiG-15. The 1/6-scale jet […]
Top Gun — Behind the Scenes — 100 plus photo gallery

Top Gun — Behind the Scenes — 100 plus photo gallery

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

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

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 […]
Top Gun 2015 Static & Performance Award Winners

Top Gun 2015 Static & Performance Award Winners

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 […]
Top Gun Update — Dino’s Second Generation Thunderbolt

Top Gun Update — Dino’s Second Generation Thunderbolt

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.   […]
Top Gun — Friday Flightline Highlights

Top Gun — Friday Flightline Highlights

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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