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Road to Top Gun 2017


Top Gun Winners and Placers — Unlimited Class

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Unlimited Class

When it comes to adding a touch of flare to scale competition, Frank Tiano has always been ahead of the curve with Top Gun. Several years ago Frank came up with the unlimited class and it has been a welcomed addition to the scale invitational ever since. This category doesn’t have a “builder of the […]
Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Jet Class

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Jet Class

Viewed by many as the Pinnacle of scale modeling, RC Jets occupy the high ground when it comes to that all-important Wow factor! The development of quick-build composite kits and ARFs have seen this segment of RC grow in leaps and bounds. And as big and impressive as these sleek model aircraft appear, the piloting […]
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Top Gun — In the beginning

Top Gun — In the beginning

Today we just put the finishing touches on our reportage for the 2017 Top Gun Scale Invitational for the upcoming September issue of MAN. We got to thinking it would be neat to take a stroll down memory lane and show all of you our magazine coverage of the very first Top Gun event. Frank […]
Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Sportsman

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Sportsman

With more great photos of Top Gun pilots and their planes, here are the Winners and Placers from the Pro-Am Sportsman class. By far the most popular class of competition at Top Gun, this year there were 57 registered pilots in the Sportsman class. Photos by Barry Vaught and David Hart. And the winners are… […]
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Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Propeller Class

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Propeller Class

We continue with our Top Gun coverage of the winners for the 2017 Scale Invitational competition. In our coverage coming soon in the September issue of MAN, you can look forward to an amazing 24 pages of Top Gun planes, pilots and action! Now to the Pro-Am Propellers class. And the winners are… 1st. Place, […]
Top Gun Winners and Placers — X-Class

Top Gun Winners and Placers — X-Class

We continue with out tour down winner’s row and this time we highlight the winners and placers in the Top Gun X-Class. This class is for models that have been “finished” by the manufacturer. However, it is not for custom, “One-off” color schemes. The model needs to be one that is commonly available to anyone. The […]
Top Gun Winners and Placers — Team Scale

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Team Scale

We continue our event coverage of the 2017 Top Gun Scale Invitational winners and placers. We think you’ll agree all the aircraft, builders and pilots attending this event are top notch. Watch for our detail event report in the September 2017 issue of MAN. And the winners are… 1st Place. Mike Barbee / Frank Noll, […]
Top Gun Winners and Placers — Expert Class

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Expert Class

The editors are busy putting the finishing touches on our 2017 Top Gun scale invitational event coverage and we have sorted through all the amazing photos. We would not be able to give you all the great coverage MAN is know for without the hard work of our contributors and event photographers. In no particular […]
Top Gun Flightline Highlights — Photos from David Hart

Top Gun Flightline Highlights — Photos from David Hart

As we dig into all the amazing photos and data from the recent Top Gun Scale Invitational, the MAN team is now busy laying out our coverage for the September issue of MAN. Starting with our pre-event “Road to Top Gun” online sneak peek (also published in the June issue), the editors, and out talented […]
Top Gun Snapshots — Great Pix from the Flightline

Top Gun Snapshots — Great Pix from the Flightline

We’re very excited for 2017 Mr. Top Gun winner Jack Diaz, but there were a whole lot of other amazing airplanes at this year’s Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL. Check out these great shots from Top Gun photographers and competitors, David Hart, Barry Vaught, Rich Uravitch, Sean Curry and Ray Lebonte. Thanks everyone.
Mr. Top Gun 2017 — Jack Diaz — Fouga Magister

Mr. Top Gun 2017 — Jack Diaz — Fouga Magister

Flying his impressive 1/4.5-scale  Fouga Magister, Jack Diaz earned the “Mr. Top Gun” title for the second time. His Fouga Magister was a knockout in its all red paint job and Jack built the jet from the Philip Avonds kit. The paint scheme is from the 2005 Belgian Air Force Red Devils Solo Display aircraft. Jack also […]
Highlights from Top Gun Flightline

Highlights from Top Gun Flightline

It’s been a busy week and Top Gun 2017 is now in the record books. Here are some highlight shots from the flightline. Be sure to pencil in next year for this Greatest RC show in the country.  
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