TOP GUN 2006

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After 18 years of nonstop scale excellence, Top Gun, the event, is a well-oiled competition machine that showcases the world’s best scale models and their pilots. Held at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL, Frank Tiano’s extravaganza is the place to be during the last week of April.

Top Gun is a true international invitational, and expert pilots from around the globe are pleased to be accepted into this exclusive brotherhood of battle-hardened competitors. You can’t just talk the talk at Top Gun; you gotta fly the flights! The 2006 event was a real challenge for all the pilots, as Mother Nature did not give any of them a free pass. Every day at the flightline, an ever-present crosswind kept all the pilots on their toes. And the flight scores told the story: jets had a definite advantage over prop designs, but a heavy-metal aircraft prop job did bring home some gold!

When all the dust had cleared, the title of ÔøΩMr. Top GunÔøΩ was deservedly won by none other than Bob Violett with his impressive BVM F-86 Sabre Jet.

For more information on Top Gun, check Frank’s website: Top Gun 2007 will be held next May 2 to 6, so mark your calendar now.

Mr. Top Gun & First Place Masters



Flying his beautifully appointed BVM F-86 Sabre Jet, Bob placed first in the Masters class with a 96.417 static score and a final score of 193.167. He also earned the best total flight score. Bob’s ?-scale F-86F Sabre Jet has an 80-inch span, weighs 35 pounds and is powered by a JetCat P-120 turbine. The model has all BVM hardware and retracts, has a Metal-Kote II finish and is controlled with a JR radio.

First Place Expert





Greg competed this year with a completely new B-25 bomber and really showed how a big twin should be flown. Even in the crosswind conditions, his nosewheel did not stray far from the yellow centerline on the runway. Greg earned a 96.667 static score and a final score of 192.167. The big B-25 is a 120-percent enlarged version of the Ziroli plans and weighs 48 pounds. It has a 120-inch span and is powered by a pair of Fuji 43cc gas engines turning 3-blade 12ÔøΩ8 props. Greg included functional bomb bays and full cockpit details. The B-25 sits on Robart retract gear, and a Futaba 14MZ radio keeps everything under control. Greg also won the Expert High Static and the best Multi-Engine Performance awards.

First Place Team




If ever there were an icon for the early sweptwing jets, it would have to be the very attractive North American F-100 Super Sabre. Builder Mark Taylor and pilot Paul Bageman teamed up with a BVM F-100D to win the class with a 97.833 static score and a final score of 190.362. The nicely done, ?-scale F-100 has a 70-inch span, weighs 45 pounds, is powered by a AMT Pegasus turbine and has a Flite-Metal finish.

Dino DiGiorgio captured the Best Gas Performance award with his FW-190.

This ÔøΩHuffÔøΩ F-86 SabreJet with a dragon painted on its side earned Jack Diaz the Best Jet Performance award.

Flight Awards

Best 4-Stroke PerformanceDavid VoglundKI-43 Oscar
Best 2-Stroke PerformanceSean CurryT-34
Best Gas PerformanceDino DiGiorgioFW-190
Best Multi-Engine PerformanceGreg HahnB-25
Best Jet PerformanceJack DiazF-86
Best Total Flight ScoreBob ViolettF-86

High Static Team




Octavio DePaula teamed up with Frank Tiano and flew this great-looking Piper L-4 Grasshopper. Earning a score of 98.167, the L-4 captured the High Static score for the Team class, and its 189.459 final score placed it third in the class. Great weathering!

High Static Masters




Mick Reeves earned the High Static award for the Masters class with his impressive Sopwith 1ÔøΩ Strutter biplane. He earned a 98.333 static score and, with a final score of 188.625, Mick placed fourth in the class. Beautiful workmanship!

Best Military went to Bruno Mary for his Hawker Sea Fury. Flown in Team by Brian O’Meara, the Team placed fourth.

The Engineering Excellence award went to Patrick McCurry for his beautiful DO-335.

Static Awards

Masters High StaticMick ReevesSopwith 1ÔøΩ Strutter
Expert High StaticGreg HahnB-25
Team High StaticOctavio DePaulaPiper L-4
Best Civilian AircraftMike BarbeeWaco
Best Civilian Aircraft Runner-upDavid ToyerMiles Messenger
Best Military AircraftBruno MarySea Fury
Best Military Runner-upPatrick McCurryDO-335
Best BiplaneMike BarbeeWaco
Best Pre-WW II AircraftMick ReevesSopwith
Best JetThomas GleissnerBAE Hawk
Best Pro-AMDino DiGiorgioFW-190
Engineering ExcellencePatrick McCurryDO-335
Best Cockpit InteriorOctavio DePaulaPiper L-4
Charlie Chambers CraftsmanshipMick ReevesSopwith
Special RecognitionLen AshdownSwordfish
Critics Choice Runner-upBruno MarySea Fury
Critics ChoiceMike SelbyVindicator
Gray Eagle AwardMike Winter
Top Buns AwardDustin Boucher

Final Standings


PilotAircraftStatic scoreFinal
1. Bob ViolettF-86F96.417193.167
2. Dave RibbeMiG-1596.083191.333
3. Dave JohnsonAlbatros D-III96.250189.538
4. Mick ReevesSopwith 1ÔøΩ Strutter98.333188.652
5. Al KretzStormovik ÔøΩ3ÔøΩ93.583184.375


PilotAircraftStatic scoreFinal
1. Greg HahnB-25D Mitchell96.667192.167
2. Jack DiazF-8696.083191.750
3. Thomas GleissnerHawk BAE94.667190.585
4. Terry NitschF-100F96.167190.451
5. Bill McCallieSpitfire Mk. XVI95.417189.542


PilotAircraft StaticscoreFinal
1. Mark Taylor & Paul BagemanF-100D97.833190.362
2. Mike Selby & Ray JohnsVought Vindicator97.250189.667
3. Octavio DePaula & Frank TianoPiper L-498.167189.459
4. Bruno Mary & Brian O’MearaHawker Sea Fury96.167189.167
5. Wayne Siewert & Scott RussellP-47 Thunderbolt95.750187.958


PilotAircraftFinal score
1. David ShulmanF-86121.167
2. Geraldo DiazF-100119.417
3. John ChristensenCougar F9F119.167
4. Kent NogySabre Jet118.792
5. Tom DodgenMiG-15118.208


PilotAircraftFinal score
1. Joey TamezF-4 Phantom115.875
2. Donald McLellanBoomerang115.417
3. Brad FoleyT-34112.750
4. Eric KarlT-34112.500
5. Sean CurryT-34111.708

Top Gun ’06 Sponsors


  • Zap
  • Fly R/C


  • Airtronics
  • AirWorld USA
  • FTE
  • Futaba
  • JR Radio
  • Kempinski Hotels & Resorts
  • PST Jets
  • Robart
  • SOS Intl.


  • Aerotech Models
  • Composite ARF
  • Fuji/Imvac Engines
  • Gunner’s Mate
  • RC Report
  • Saito Engines
  • Sarasota Avionics
  • Top Gun Hussies


The Best Jet award went to Thomas Gleissner for his striking BAE Hawk. Powered by a JetCat P-160, the 83-inch-span Hawk is built from an AirWorld kit. Thomas’s static score was 94.667; his final score of 190.585 earned him a third-place finish in Expert.




With a final score of 121.167, the first-place winner here was David Shulman with his BVM Skyblazer F-86 Sabre Jet. It was powered by a JetCat P-120 turbine engine and equipped with a JR 10X radio system. The finish on David’s F-86 was Metal-Kote II and Pro-Mark.




Mike Barbee suffered a midair with his beautiful Waco biplane. Some of David Hayes’s Ayres Thrush fire-bomber can be seen in Mike’s flying wires! David’s plane was destroyed, but Mike made it in safely for repairs and went on to place ninth in Expert. David placed 13th in Masters.

TOP & ABOVE The Critics Choice award went to Mike Selby for his Vought Vindicator. Flown in Team by Ray Johns, the Vindicator placed second. Its static score was 97.833, and its final score was 189.667.


First-time Top Gun attendee Joey Tamez had a great time at the event and earned first place in Pro-Am Sportsman with his all-black BVM F-4 Phantom. Joey used a JetCat Titan for power and a JR radio. His final score was 115.875.

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