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Road to Top Gun — Jack Diaz — Fouga Magister

Mar 04, 2015 1 Comment by

Our good friend and veteran Top Gun competitor told us that his 2015 entry plane will be his impressive 1/4.5-scale  Fouga Magister built from the Philip Avonds kit from Belgium. Jack says it is a very complex kit and it produces an extremely accurate scale model. It took Jack a couple of years to build. The wings and stab [...]

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Question of the Week: What’s your Favorite MAN Construction Article / Plans Built Plane?

Mar 04, 2015 No Comments by

There are many out there that say “ARFs” have killed the hobby of building RC planes, but our sales of construction plans indicate that there are many of you out there that still know what balsa wood, MonoKote and glue smells like! Someone is definitely spending quality time in their workshops so let’s take a survey! [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee — Grumman FM-2 Wildcat

Mar 03, 2015 No Comments by

No stranger to scale competition or the Top Gun Scale Invitational, Mike Barbee has been very busy in his workshop in progress putting together his newest Top Gun competition machine, the Grumman FM-2 Wildcat. The stubby warbird is 30% scale, has a wingspan is 142 inches and a length of 94 inches. The landing gear is scale in function, is electric and [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Dino DiGiorgio’s Corsair

Mar 03, 2015 No Comments by

No stranger to Top Gun, Dino DiGiorgio is returning for his F4U Corsair that he flew so well with last year. Dino’s Corsair with its unusual WW2 British Navy paint scheme, was based on a complete rebuild or a crashed plane from the CARF-Models kit. Dino also plans on bringing back my father’s 1995 Top Gun P-47 [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Greg Wright — Bubbletop P-47 Thunderbolt

Mar 02, 2015 1 Comment by

We just heard from our buddy Greg Wright and he says he will be competing at Top Gun for his second year. The plane he has decided to bring (for the Sportsman class), is his CARF-Models-P-47 Thunderbolt with Bubble canopy. He built the plane over the winter two years ago and also entered it in the 2014 Toledo show where his amazing “Jug” [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Dennis “Mike” Grady — B-17 Flying Fortress

Feb 26, 2015 No Comments by

Having competed at the National Association of Scale Modelers contest in Muncie last year, Dennis “Mike” Grady is more than qualified to compete at the Top Gun Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL. His competition aircraft will be a WW2 4-engine, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. The B-17 is 1/9-scale and built from a Wing Span kit. [...]

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J-3 Cub Floatplane — Picture Perfect Piper

Feb 25, 2015 No Comments

When it comes to scale, it’s all in the details that counts. You don’t have to have a big complicated multi-engine warbird to do well in scale competition. But rather, a properly detailed version of a simple airplane will often do extremely well when it comes time to earn static scoring points. Such was the [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Stephen Thomas — Ralle Morain

Feb 25, 2015 No Comments

Our good friend Stephen Thomas checked in with us and we learn that he will be bringing his impressive 1/3 scale Ralle Morain again to compete at Top Gun. With an big 158-inch wing span and a weight of 55 lbs., the Morain is controlled by a  JETI 16 channel radio system.  The nicely detailed composite [...]

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Senior Technical Editor About Me: I have a lifelong passion for all things scale, and I love to design, build and fly scale RC airplanes. With 20 plus years as part of the Air Age family of magazines, I love producing Model Airplane News and Electric Flight.
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