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Top Gun Update — Dino’s Second Generation Thunderbolt

Top Gun Update — Dino’s Second Generation Thunderbolt

This year Dino Digiorgio is competing in the Pro-Am Propeller class with a very special aircraft. Dino rebuilt his father’s Dino Sr.’s P-47 Thunderbolt. Dino Sr., Thunderbolt, built from a Meister Scale kit, has had a total makeover and upgrade and it is flying better than ever even though is some 20 years old.   […]
Top Gun — Friday Flightline Highlights

Top Gun — Friday Flightline Highlights

We had another wonderful day here at Top Gun and the airplanes are absolutely amazing! It will interesting to see who wins the title of Mr. Top Gun for 2015. Here are some sights from the Flightline. F-104 main office Dornier DO 23G F-100 A-10 MiG-15 Bis Radial engine/Stearman PT-17
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MAN at Top Gun — Thursday Tent Tour — David Wigley

MAN at Top Gun — Thursday Tent Tour — David Wigley

We arrived at Top Gun today and headed straight to the flightline. We bumped into Past Mr. Top Gun winner David Wigley who was getting ready for Static judging. This year he again is competing with his amazing Bristol Beaufighter. The 1/5-scale British warbird has a 138 inch wingspan and is powered by two BME 102cc […]
Top Gun 2015: Model Airplane News Team is on location!

Top Gun 2015: Model Airplane News Team is on location!

Model Airplane News followed the Road to Top Gun and we are excited to finally be here at Paradise Field! One of the first planes to catch our eye was this impressive 45% Spad VII. Designed and built by David James of Fairfield, Texas, the 138-inch-span warbird weighs 60 pounds and is powered by a […]
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Throw Back Thursday

Throw Back Thursday

For Throwback Thursday we selected the September 1956 cover of MAN showing Jo Katula’s beautiful artwork of a Sopwith Triplane. The aircraft was manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company during WW1 and pilots referred to it as the Tripehound or simply the Tripe. It was made operational with the Royal Naval Air Service in 1917 and proved to […]
Road to Top Gun — Marco Benincasa, Hawk 100

Road to Top Gun — Marco Benincasa, Hawk 100

We’ve just heard from our good friend and editor of the Italian RC Model magazine Modellistica and he let us know that for this year’s Top Gun, he will be flying a new model, the Hawk 100 from a Skymaster kit. He no longer has his impressive F100 (he sold it) so he sent us some pics of his […]
Road to Top Gun — Pre-Event Stats

Road to Top Gun — Pre-Event Stats

Pulling together an event as big and as nuanced as Top Gun, a lot of planning comes into play. Also, there’s a lot of paperwork involved, and one of the important sheets of paper is the Pilot Registration/Bio form. Frank Tiano the mastermind of, and creator of the Top Gun Scale Invitational, just tabulated some interesting numbers […]
Mixing Custom Colors for Scale RC Airplanes

Mixing Custom Colors for Scale RC Airplanes

Mixing custom colors for scale airplanes can be a tricky job, and the difference between accurate and “pretty close” can be the difference between winning and not even placing at a scale contest. For those who are considering going the next step in scale accuracy, this article digs a little deeper into this “colorful” and […]
Tipsy S2 — An electric sport scale vintage airplane you can build

Tipsy S2 — An electric sport scale vintage airplane you can build

Designer Dennis Sumner has build several excellent flying model and his newest is the Tipsy S2, plans now available at the AirAgeStore website. Featured in the July 2015 issue of Electric Flight, the construction plans are at: http://www.airagestore.com/tipsy-s2.html Here’s Dennis’ take on this attractive vintage flyer. Scale and unique airplanes always appeal to me and […]
Road to Top Gun: Shaun Roblee — Grumman Hellcat

Road to Top Gun: Shaun Roblee — Grumman Hellcat

Shaun Roblee of Huntington Beach California, will be traveling to Top Gun this year with his impressive Grumman Hellcat. Using a fiberglass fuselage and built up wing and tail featuers, Shaun says he chose the Ziroli Hellcat because he just loves the way they fly. As for a full scale project, I wanted to do the big […]
RC Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 23– Painting

RC Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 23– Painting

We are nearing the end of this year long project and are now at the stage where we add the color paint coat. Following the Poly Brush Sealer coats, which are applied with brush, all the future paint coats are sprayed on. I use a HVLP (High volume, low pressure) paint gun as it produces […]
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