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MAN @ Top Gun — Day one with Gerry

MAN @ Top Gun — Day one with Gerry

Amazing weather, beautiful planes and lots of scale action to view. Here are just some of the airplanes flying on day one at Top Gun.        
Top Gun Live from the Flightline!

Top Gun Live from the Flightline!

Model Airplane News followed the Road to Top Gun and we are excited to finally be here at Paradise Field! Now celebrating its 28th year, this scale invitational brings the best builders and pilots from around the world together for a weekend of friendly scale competition. Early War triplanes, modern jets, South Pacific fighters … […]
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Road to Top Gun — Focke-Wulf Butcher Bird — Back from the Ashes!

Road to Top Gun — Focke-Wulf Butcher Bird — Back from the Ashes!

Regular Top Gun contestant, Matt Lupri from Hyde Park, MA., is again coming to compete in the Expert class. This time he will be flying his nicely rebuilt Focke-Wulf FW 190A-8. After crashing it at the 2012 Top Gun, Matt rebuilt his all-wood warbird, originally built from Roy Vaillancourt plans, and it now has a new DLE-120 gas […]
Paving the Road to Top Gun — Frank Tiano on TV!

Paving the Road to Top Gun — Frank Tiano on TV!

We just heard from the Top Gun man himself, Frank Tiano, that he and chief static judge Bob Curry  were invited to the NBC Tampa Channel 8 studio to film a segment they will air about Top Gun. Its a great opportunity to let everyone know what this Top Gun event is all about and […]
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Road to Top Gun — Brazilian Razorback

Road to Top Gun — Brazilian Razorback

Competing in the Expert class, Fernando Bellegarde from Bellegarde, São Paulo, Brazil, will be flying a totally modified Meister Scale P-47 Thunderbolt. With more than 30 modifications to make it closer to full scale, Fernando’s Razorback is powered with a Moki 180cc radial engine and controlled with a Futaba radio system using 14 servos. The total building […]
Road to Top Gun — Douglas SBD Dauntless

Road to Top Gun — Douglas SBD Dauntless

Dino DiGiorgio of Fort Pierce, FL., just let us know that he will be entering the Pro-Am Prop class with a Douglas SBD Dauntless that was his father’s. This Nick Ziroli design was started by Dino Sr. and was finished by Wayne Fussell. The SBD was built from an Aeroplane Works kit, and it has […]
Road to Top Gun — 35%-Scale CASA 1.131 Bücker Jungmann

Road to Top Gun — 35%-Scale CASA 1.131 Bücker Jungmann

Gary Allen of West Cherster, PA has been a long time contributor to MAN and has designed several giant scale multi-wing airplanes for construction articles. Several modelers have built his popular designs, and for his newest, Gary is bringing his Team Scale entry, a 35%-scale CASA 1.131 Bücker Jungmann being flown by his brother-in-law, Dorin Luck. Gary […]
Getting Ready for Top Gun — Repairs and Do-Overs

Getting Ready for Top Gun — Repairs and Do-Overs

So here’s the story. At Top Gun 2015, Frank Tiano offered me an invitation to the world’s greatest Scale Invitational competition. Wow! Really? I commented that he must have lowered his standards but no, Frank said it would be a first–for a magazine editor to compete. For 24 years I have covered the action, pilots […]
Road to Top Gun — Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6

Road to Top Gun — Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6

Competing for the first time at Top Gun, Gérson Luís Nissola from São Paulo, Brazil, will be flying in the Pro-Am Sportsman class with his beautiful Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6. The model was started in 2010 by Thiago Pivoto, and Gérson completed the detailing and painting last year. The all-wood built-up Luftwaffe fighter was built from a […]
Road to Top Gun — Long Island Corsair

Road to Top Gun — Long Island Corsair

Making the trip down to Top Gun again from Long Island, Lou Cetrangelo of Saint James, NY, has decided to bring a new aircraft this year in the form of a Ziroli-designed FG-1D Corsair, which he will be flying in the Pro-Am Sportsman category. Lou loves cool engines, so a new DLA 4-cylinder engine is bolted […]
Road to Top Gun: F-15C Eagle

Road to Top Gun: F-15C Eagle

We just heard from Jason Bauer who will be flying in a couple of classes at Top Gun. For the Unlimited class Jason will be flying his F-15C Eagle built from the Avonds kit. His 1/9-scale jet is 86 inches long, is powered by a King and weighs 29 pounds. (Above) just a little of the after-burner […]
Road to Top Gun — B-17 Flying Fortress

Road to Top Gun — B-17 Flying Fortress

Dennis “Mike” Grady of Grand Rapids, MI is again competing this year with his amazing Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, with which he won third place in the 2015 Unlimited class. Mike also received the Best Multi Performance award, and for 2016, Mike says his World War II bomber has had a number of enhancements in […]
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