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TOP GUN Vince Veltri’s Westland Lysander

TOP GUN Vince Veltri’s Westland Lysander

Competing this year in the PRO-AM Sportsman class, Vinve Veltri will be flying for his 14th time at the Top Gun scale invitational with his 1/5-scale Westland Lysander.  Vince says he can’t wait to compete again. Not 100% sure, but Vince thinks he’ll be oldest pilot there at the age of 81! Built from the […]
Top Gun Brian Blois’ F-16C Fighting Falcon

Top Gun Brian Blois’ F-16C Fighting Falcon

Flying RC since he was 10, Brian Blois from Winter Park, CO  will be competing for the first time at Top Gun and will fly his BVM PNP F-16C 1/6-scale F-16C painted in the Alaska Air National Guard “Aggressor” scheme. Brian believes it’s a perfect candidate for competition in the X Class. Brian enjoys many […]
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Top Gun Robert Russ’ 46% Pitts Special

Top Gun Robert Russ’ 46% Pitts Special

Who says Top Gun is only for warbirds? This 46% Pitts Special called “The Red Eagle” is the handy work of Robert Russ from Center Hill, Florida, and it is certainly not just a “Target”! Competing in the Expert class, Robert built the big Pitts from an EMHW S1-S kit and made into a S1T. It is powered by […]
Top Gun Fernando Bellegarde’s Mitchell PBJ-1J

Top Gun Fernando Bellegarde’s Mitchell PBJ-1J

Built from a Ziroli B-25 plans and enlarged to 118 inch wingspan, this US Navy/Marines PBJ – 1J is the work of Fernando Bellegarde who will be flying in the Pro-Sport class. Using two DLE 40cc gas engines for power, the PBJ has robart retracts,Sierra scale wheel wheels and carries 22 servos. It has a functional […]
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Top Gun Chuck Hamilton’s Douglas SDB-3 Dauntless Dive-Bomber

Top Gun Chuck Hamilton’s Douglas SDB-3 Dauntless Dive-Bomber

Chuck Hamilton from Bremen, IN will be competing for the first time at the 2017 Top Gun Scale Invitational. Chuck have been preparing myself since he got back in to the hobby 15 years ago and he’ll be flying his beautiful SDB-3 Dauntless. Every model he has built in some way ties to his father […]
Model Airplane Tips for flying a Triplane

Model Airplane Tips for flying a Triplane

With it quickly becoming Top Gun season for 2017, I thought I would again show this post from last year. Being invited by Frank Tiano, I was extremely pleased with myself and with how well my big Fokker Triplane performed at my first ever Top Gun event. It had been several years since I flew […]
Top Gun Jamie Fiffles’ Chance Vought F4U Corsair

Top Gun Jamie Fiffles’ Chance Vought F4U Corsair

Jaime Fiffles is once again making his trek from Los Angeles to Lakeland FL to compete at Top Gun. This year he will be flying in Expert with his 1/4-scale F4U Corsair which spans 122 inches. Scratch built from Don Smith plans Jaime’s aircraft is all wood, with detailed rivet and panel lines. It is […]
Road to Top Gun — Rogerio Araujo’s Brazilian P-47 Thunderbolt

Road to Top Gun — Rogerio Araujo’s Brazilian P-47 Thunderbolt

Team Brazil will be in full force at Paradise Field this year. Our good friend and Brazilian flying buddy Rogerio Araujo is coming to Top Gun with a new entry this year in the form of his P-47 dressed in Brazilian Air Force. Used in the European Theater of Operations, Italy during 1944 – 1945. […]
Road to Top Gun — Stephen Thomas’ Fokker Dr.1 Triplane

Road to Top Gun — Stephen Thomas’ Fokker Dr.1 Triplane

2017 will be Steve Thomas’ 14th year as a Top Gun competitor, so it’s obvious that he clearly enjoys the challenge of competing is this international arena.  For this year’s scale invitation, Steve will be flying  in Pro-Am Prop class. He’ll be competing with his nicely done Glenn Torrance Models Fokker 1/3-scale Fokker Dr.1 Triplane. […]
Road to Top Gun — Gabriel Pellegrini’s F-100 Super Sabre

Road to Top Gun — Gabriel Pellegrini’s F-100 Super Sabre

Again competing at at Top Gun this year, Gabriel Pellegrini from Brazil, will be flying his well proven and beautifully executed F-100 Super Sabre. The turbine jet is from Bob Violet Models and is 1/6.75 scale. It has a K-210 turbine engine and a dry weight is 42lbs. It uses 21 servos/electronic valves and Gabriel […]
Road to Top Gun — Eduardo Esteves and his F-16 Falcon

Road to Top Gun — Eduardo Esteves and his F-16 Falcon

Eduardo Esteves has been a Top Gun competitor for many years, and as a smooth, and consistent flyer, he has won many awards for his amazing aircraft. This yeare Eduardo is going to be flying an aircraft in the form of a 1/6-scale BVM Plug & Play F-16. Competing in the X-Class, Eduardo is required […]
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Road to Top Gun — Alessio Mauro Pisu and his Fw 190 Butcher Bird

With almost three years of work going into their amazing project, Alessio Mauro Pisu from Sardinia, an Italian island in the center of Mediterranean Sea, and his dad Alessio Pisu have produced this Focke Wulf 190 from a Meister Scale design enlarged about 22%. It has a 126-inch wing span and 102-inch-long fuselage. At present, the team is working […]
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