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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 […]
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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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Road to Top Gun: Convair CV-440 / VT-29B

Road to Top Gun: Convair CV-440 / VT-29B

Wow! It’s had to believe but it that time again to start sharing our information on the newest contestants planning to compete at the 2017 Top Gun Scale Invitational help at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL. Hosted by Frank Tiano, this year’s competition kicks off on the week of May 1 through 7. As always, […]
Top Gun 2016 Round Up — Exclusive Facts, Video and Photos

Top Gun 2016 Round Up — Exclusive Facts, Video and Photos

So, the 2016 Top Gun Scale Invitational held on Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL is now in the history books and our big, detailed 26 page extravaganza will be featured in the upcoming August issue of Model Airplane News. The whole MAN Team worked extremely hard to get the coverage done and we are sure […]
The MAN Team at Top Gun

The MAN Team at Top Gun

Well, the trip is done and the event is now in the history books, but the 2016 Top Gun scale Invitational was an amazing experience and to fun and exciting time to renew old friendships and to make new ones. This year, MAN editor Gerry Yarrish headed down to Lakeland, FL., early and started flying […]
Mr. Top Gun: Peter Goldsmith & his F-104 Starfighter

Mr. Top Gun: Peter Goldsmith & his F-104 Starfighter

After earning the highest static score in his class (98.5 points!) with his Airworld F-104, Peter Goldsmith went on to earn 196.417 points overall. His giant, 11-foot-long F-104 dominated the flightline, and Peter noted that he watched many videos of the full-size aircraft so that he could better simulate its flying style, speed, takeoff angles […]
Triplane Tricks at Top Gun

Triplane Tricks at Top Gun

Well, today on Friday, I posted my third flight round with my Fokker Triplane. Much better than yesterday when I suffered a deadstick in the middle of round 2. It turned out that the clunk and pickup line came undone in my gas tank! Small things matter. Anyway, after a repair and replumbing the gas […]
Top Gun Flightline Action

Top Gun Flightline Action

Well, the action here at Top Gun has been non-stop. The weather is very hot but with almost no wind at all, everyone is putting in great flights. From Civilian and WW1 to WW2 warbirds and Jets, the flightline is a constant bed or excitement! Here are just some of the great airplanes filling the […]
Top Gun — First Flight Success

Top Gun — First Flight Success

After a long time on planning and repairing and adjusting, the Fokker Triplane performed perfectly at Top Gun. With 4-time Mr. Top Gun winner Dave Wigley as my caller, What did I have to worry about! Stay tuned for some flight shots coming soon. Engine running perfectly and the flight sequence all figured out, we […]
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