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Road to Top Gun — Swedish J-29F Tunnan

Road to Top Gun — Swedish J-29F Tunnan

This year Mike Selby is again competing at Top Gun with an unusual airplane of his own creation. His 1:4.8 scale J-29F Tunnan made with Airex/fiberglass/carbon fiber laminated construction, weights in at around 32 pounds. Power comes from a 27-pound-thrust PST 1300 turbine engine and the Tunnan is controlled with a Futaba 14 MZ radio system. It took Mike around […]
Road to Top Gun: Titanic Thunderbolt

Road to Top Gun: Titanic Thunderbolt

A well known regular to all the RC action and excitement that is the Top Gun Scale Invitational, Eduardo Esteves is shown here with his wife and caller Ana, with his beautiful and very impressive  P-47 Thunderbolt razorback built from a CARF-Models composite kit. The Thunderbolt’s wingspan is 110 inches and weighs in at 62 […]
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Road to Top Gun: Splendid Spitfire

Road to Top Gun: Splendid Spitfire

As we draw closer to the big 25th anniversary of the Top Gun Scale Invitational, we are collecting more advance “intel” on the planes and the pilots who are planning to attend this world-class scale competition in Lakeland, FL. The man who practically invented giant scale RC warbirds and long time Model Airplane News contributor, Nick Ziroli […]
Road to Top Gun: A 12-foot workshop Invader! With Video

Road to Top Gun: A 12-foot workshop Invader! With Video

Frankie Mirandes is no stranger to impressive scale aircraft and has been competing at the Top Gun Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL for several years. For our upcoming “Road to Top Gun” special feature in Model Airplane News, Frankie was the first one to share his newest Top Gun 2013 project with us. Frankie says […]
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IRCHA Friday – my last day

IRCHA Friday – my last day

It doesn’t seem as if I have been here for the better part of 3 days because there has been so much to see, and so many people to talk with. And, unfortunately, this has to be my last day, so I’ll be missing all the weekend fun and excitment of the The One and […]
IRCHA Thursday

IRCHA Thursday

I thought yesterday was a pretty good day for flying, but today was even better. Sunny skies, 80 degrees and only a light wind made for a great day. This was the last day of NATS scale, but they were out in force. Joel Rosenzweig from Marlborouch, MA had his Hirobo CH-46 tandem rotor out for […]
The Heli Nats and IRCHA

The Heli Nats and IRCHA

I arrived at the Heli NATS late today to find the usual, which is that Curtis Youngblood was in first place of  F3C with Nick Maxwell not far behind. I only got to see them get in one flight each, but they were impressive to say the least. I talked to them afterward, and Nick […]
RCX Chicago Flight Sim Demo

RCX Chicago Flight Sim Demo

RCX attendees try their hand at flying RC planes at the Phoenix RC flight sim demo in the Horizon booth. Looks like these two guys are having a blast!
RCX Chicago on ABC 7 news!

RCX Chicago on ABC 7 news!

RCX rolled into Chicago and drew massive media exposure, even from Chicago’s local ABC news station. Model Airplane News publisher Louis DeFrancesco and Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin JR were interviewed live this morning on ABC 7′s Saturday morning show. Check out the behind the scenes photos below, and watch the segment here.
RCX Chicago Outdoor Flight Zone

RCX Chicago Outdoor Flight Zone

Electric & nitro helicopters and electric planes filled the sky at the outdoor flight zone. Here, Jim Stark flies his nitro Thunder Tiger helicopter for the crowd.  
RCX Chicago: Try it, drive it, fly it!

RCX Chicago: Try it, drive it, fly it!

Horizon’s “try-me” booth is a popular spot on the show floor for kid (and dads!) of all ages! RCX attendees could try their hand at driving the latest electric monster trucks in the dirt track as well as fly the new Force combat helicopters in the flight cage.  
RCX Chicago ROCKS!

RCX Chicago ROCKS!

RCX Chicago opened today at 10 am and the fun will last until 8 pm tonight! With indoor and outdoor plane and helicopter flight zones, full-size (and RC!) drift racing, an indoor dirt track, mini car tracks and vendors with the latest planes, helis and gear, there’s something to please every serious RC’er, and when the […]
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