PHOTOS BY DEBRA CLEGHORN, GERRY YARRISH, DAN GAYE, RICH URAVITCH, SEAN CURRY
The world class standard for scale excellence
1ST PLACE MASTERS
Mr. Top Gun 2011 David Wigley flew this impressive Westland Wyvern and placed first in the Masters class.
Top Gun 2011 marked the 23rd year for this amazing world-class scale competition. This was the first year the scale invitational was hosted at Frank Tiano’s new Paradise Field flying site near the Lakeland Linder Airport. This field features a beautifully maintained grass runway and flightline set up specifically for the needs of the RC pilots. For the most part, the sun is to the contestants’ backs so there’s little danger of losing sight of an airplane in the late afternoon sun. The weather conditions were next to perfection with a welcome breeze to keep the temps down. Early on, there was a bit of a crosswind but for the most part, the wind was more or less down the runway. Eliminating the paved runway was a welcome change for most of the vintage “tail-dragger” airplanes which, up until now, had a slight disadvantage to the modern tricycle landing gear-equipped aircraft. No one could really complain as even the more complicated jet aircraft with their relatively smaller wheels had no problems with the flat grass runway. The playing field was indeed leveled in 2011.
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1ST PLACE EXPERT
With his F-86F Sabre, Jack Diaz is a tough competitor to beat and he missed the Mr. Top Gun title by a mere 3 tenths of a point!.
1ST PLACE PRO-AM/PRO
Curtis Switzer does it again with his Curtiss B2 biplane bomber!
1ST PLACE PRO-AM/SPORT
Greg Foushi now moves on to the Pro-Am Pro with his Lavochkin LA-7.
1ST PLACE TEAM
Glenn Torrance and Tom Kosewski win the class for the first time with this Fokker D. VII.
First place, Unlimited, Rockwell Thrush crop-duster. Dave Hayes proves warbirds aren’t required to visit the winner’s circle.
Coming all the way from Arezzo, Italy, Paolo Bortotto flew his 175-inch-span, scratch-built L-19 Bird Dog to 12th place in Masters. Weighing in at 77 pounds, his observation plane is powered with a 3W 120cc boxer gas engine.
Jorge Escalona flew this Air World Blue Cougar to third place in Pro-Am Sport. The ?-scale jet is powered by a JetCat P160 turbine.
Running from Wednesday to late afternoon Sunday, the Top Gun scale invitational is the definition of nonstop action. The field is set up with paved pilot stations and there’s room for the largest of giant-scale planes. The first three days were dedicated to the Pro-Am Pro and Pro-Am Sportsman flight rounds (one round each day) with a minimum of the top 40 percent of the field moving on the final round of flying in Sunday. Static judging was executed throughout both Thursday and Friday and the Masters, Expert, Team and Unlimited classes flight rounds were on Saturday and Sunday. Frank Tiano, the announcer Sam Wright, and all the Top Gun staff kept this amazing multi-day extravaganza going without a hitch, which is a very important part of keeping pilots focused and performing at their very best. When the final point tabulations were calculated, it was obvious how very close this year’s scale competition actually was. There were mere “thousandths of a point” making the difference from first and second places.
To give pilots a rest and crew members a chance to attend to the airplanes, there was the usual one-hour noontime airshow that demonstrated several exciting segments of the RC hobby. Included in the lineup were, various demo flights for electric-powered ducted fan jets, giant-scale 3D aerobatic planes, a 3D-capable, turbine-powered Eurofighter jet, RC combat, a WW II warbird gaggle, a fully-aerobatic giant-scale B-29 with a Chuck Yeager Bell X-1 drop, and a miniature RC jet breaking the scale sound barrier! So, there was a lot of action to keep the audience distracted while enjoying some competition downtime.
Of special note is that Frank Tiano has selected Paradise Field as home base for all his spectacular events, including Florida Jets, Monster Scale, Top Gun and his newest endeavor “12 O’clock High” which will be an open fly-in for all sorts of RC warbirds. This new event is set for December 8ñ10, 2011, so there’s yet another great excuse to plan a trip or vacation in Lakeland, FL. See ya there!
Top Gun Competition
Flight Judges: (L to R) standing: Phil Heaps, John Smith (Flight Judge Captain), Bill Holland (Chief Judge)
, Gary Webb, Chris Allen. Kneeling: Arturo Zapata, Jim Martin, Rich Roberts, Pete Turco, Joe Manzella, Tom Robbins.
Craftsmanship judge Rich Uravitch and Tommy Wood discuss his F-4 Phantom on the judging table. Tommy placed fourth in Expert and also won the Best Electric award for his impressive jet.
Placing eighth in Masters, Richard Feroldi flew his beautiful WW I Italian Ansaldo SVA-5. Powered by a Quadra 100cc gas engine, his ?-scale fighter also received the Best WW I award.
There were six classes of competition at Top Gun this year. Here’s a rundown of the requirements for each.
Masters Class: Each competitor drew the plans, engineered and constructed the plane, as well as piloted it in competition.
Expert Class: These were aircraft that were built by the pilot.
Team Class: Aircraft have a designated builder and pilot, but both are allowed to perform work on the model.
Unlimited Class: New in 2011, aircraft in this class can be built by anyone. Teams of at least three people, including the pilot, must wear team colors. Static judging is the same as that in masters, expert and team classes.
Pro-Am Sportsman: This class allows ARFs, but they must be worthy of the Top Gun invitation and cannot be covered with film. Pilots may not have finished in the top three of any two AMA judged events or higher than 15 in any Top Gun event. These aircraft are awarded an automatic 25 in scale judging if the pilot provides one item to prove that the color scheme existed on the full-scale aircraft.
Pro-Am Pro: This class also allows Top Gun-worthy ARFs, and pilots who have won AMA judged events or placed higher than 15 in a Top Gun event. These aircraft are also eligible for the automatic 25 points in static judging.
Static judging: Three judges evaluate the model at a distance of 15 feet for outline; finish, color and markings; and realism, and their scores are averaged. The craftsmanship judge is allowed to get up close to the model but not to touch it. Each of the first three categories is worth 30 points and realism is worth 10 for a possible high of 100.
Flight judging: A minimum of four rounds are flown, with the flight pattern depending on the prevailing wind. Each flight can last only 15 minutes and consists of nine maneuvers (four mandatory and five optional) and a score for realism of the entire flight. Each of the 10 scored sections can earn a maximum of 10 points for a total of 100.
Above: This impressive Dornier DO-23G is the work of Al Kretz who flew the twin engine bomber to seventh place in Masters. Powered by a pair of O.S. .91 4-strokes, the aircraft also received the Best Pre-WW II award.
Below: Steve Thomas flew this Nieuport 11 to 11th place in Pro-Am Sportsman. The ?-scale French fighter is powered by a Zenoah GT-80 and has a 116-inch wingspan. Steve built it from a modified Balsa USA kit.
Built by Rudy Vinalet, this impressive triplane was made from a Glenn Torrance Models kit. It is powered by an O.S. FT-160 twin cylinder engine and it has a 71-inch span. Flown by Chip Koenig, the Fokker placed 10th in Team.
This nicely detailed Stearman N2S-3 was flown by Kevin Knebel to 13th place in Expert. Powered by Saito 180 4-stroke, the º-scale primary trainer biplane has a span of 89 inches.
This seldom modeled Hawker Sea Hurricane is the work of Greg Tracey who flew the unusual WW II fighter to a fourth place in Unlimited. Powered by a Sach 4.2ci gas engine, the º.5-scale warbird has a 110-inch wingspan.
Part of Team Zap, Mike Barbee preps his T-34C for another round in Expert. Mike placed eighth in the class with his 28-percent scale, 114-inch-span Mentor.
Marco Benicasa (left) walks his Lockheed T-33 back to the pits with his dad Julio after a successful flight in Pro-Am Pro. Marco placed third in the class with his EVOJet160 turbine-powered, 109-inch-span jet.
Flown to eighth place by the team of Dan Givney and Bret Bowling, this B-17G Flying Fortress got a lot of attention during the competiton. Powered by four Saito 100 4-stroke engines, the WW II bomber was built from a Wingspan Models kit and has a span of 138 inches and weighs 52 pounds.
|Pilot||Model||Static score||Final score|
|1 Greg Foushi||Lavochkin LA-7||25||119.417|
|2 Reunol Gonzalez||MiG-15||25||118.958|
|3 Jorge Escalona||F9F-8 Cougar||25||118.875|
|4 Marco Mascia||T-33||25||118.667|
|5 Pedro Sanchez||FW-190||25||118.417|
|6 Peter Flanagan||PA-18 Super Cub||25||117.250|
|7 Jason Bauer||MiG-15||25||117.083|
|8 Gary Mills||Corsair AU-1||25||116.250|
|9 Jimmy Prive||Bowers Fly Baby||25||116.000|
|10 Vince Veltri||A6M2 Zero||25||115.917|
Curtis Switzer’s Curtiss B2 gets ready for another flight in Pro-Am Pro. This biplane bomber flew to first place in its class!
Dave Johnson pauses to smile for the camera while wrenching on his well-known ?-scale Albatros D.Va.
|Pilot||Model||Static score||Final score|
|1 Curtis Switzer||Curtis B2||25||121.167|
|2 Robert Lynch||MiG-15||25||120.125|
|3 Marco Benincasa||Lockheed T-33||25||119.958|
|4 Pablo Fernandez||F-80||25||119.458|
|5 P.J. Ash||P-47||25||119.417|
|6 Dustin Buescher||T-45 Goshawk||25||119.125|
|7 John Glezellis||Decathlon||25||118.958|
|8 Brian O’Meara||F-84F Thunderstreak||25||118.875|
|9 Ryan Haldenwanger||Aeromacchi BM-339||25||118.708|
|10 John Boyko||Piper J-3 Cub||25||118.625|
|Designer/Builder/Pilot||Model||Static score||Final Score|
|1 David Wigley||Westland Wyvern||97.653||192.653|
|2 Bob Violett||F-86F||97.143||192.351|
|3 David Johnson||Albatros D5A||98.242||191.575|
|4 Jeff Foley||BF-109||97.908||190.991|
|5 Brian Borland||Miles Hawk Major||98.153||190.778|
|6 Gwyn Avenell||SBD-5 Dauntless||98.502||190.127|
|7 Al Kretz||Dornier DO-23G||95.878||189.920|
|8 Richard Feroldi||Ansaldo SVA-5||96.133||188.425|
|9 Nick Ziroli||Beech Staggerwing||95.795||187.420|
|10 Larry Botsford||Lublin R-13D||93.295||186.587|
|Builder/Pilot||Model||Static score||Final Score|
|1 Jack Diaz||F-86 Sabre Jet||96.065||192.398|
|2 Lee Rice||Corsair F4U-1D||95.707||190.957|
|3 Tom Smith||Sea Fury||96.060||190.143|
|4 Tommy Wood||F-4 Phantom||95.128||189.961|
|5 Peter Goldsmith||T-33A||92.083s||188.541|
|6 Gustavo Campana||Rafale BO1||93.583||187.500|
|7 Jean-Francois Bobo||P-51D Mustang||95.378||186.920|
|8 Mike Barbee||T-34C||93.747||186.914|
|9 Scott Harris||F-16A||93.333||186.625|
|10 Frankie Mirandes||F-100D||92.295||185.420|
|Builder/Pilot||Model||Static score||Final Score|
|1 Glenn Torrance/Tom Kosewski||Fokker DVII||97.928||191.595|
|2 Mike Selby/Ray Johns||FB-111A||99.502||190.877|
|3 Olen Rutherford/Bernie Boland||Beech D-18S||95.987||190.737|
|4 Bob Rullie/Mitch Buckley||F9F Cougar||93.500||189.000|
|5 Marvin Erbesfeld/Ransom Fairchild||Sopwith Camel||99.507||188.340|
|6 Edward Simpson/Creige Jones||Spacewalker||94.560||182.685|
|7 Denny Cole/Sean Cole||BT-13A||93.432||180.724|
|8 Dan Givney/Bret Bowling||B-17G||88.672||171.922|
|9 David Barry/Roger Niolet||Nieuport 28C-1||94.113||120.030|
|10 Rudy Vinalet/Chip Koenig||Fokker Dr.1||95.898||95.898|
|Team/Pilot||Model||Static score||Final Score|
|1 Team Bihrle/David Hayes||Rockwell Thrush||98.653||193.778|
|2 Team Zap/Mike Barbee||Macchi 200||98.168||192.043|
|3 Team Goodwine/Kyle Goodwine||F4F Wildcat||96.742||191.617|
|4 Allied Scale Squadron/Greg Tracey||Hawker Hurricane||95.888||188.596|
|5 Team Provost/Frankie Mirandes||Jet Provost T5A||93.500||187.042|
|6 Team America/Pablo Fernandez||A-10||91.452||186.327|
|7 Team Esprit/Curtis Switzer||F-86F||91.702||122.327|
Craftsmanship judge Rich Uravitch gets an up-close-and-personal look at Paolo Bartotto’s Cessna L-19 during static judging. Not only do you have to be a good pilot, but your model also has to stand up to very close visual examination!
High Static Awards
In a rock steady, down-and-dirty slow-speed pass, Gianluca DeMarchi’s Aeromacchi MB-339 shows off its impressive lines. Powered by a JetCat P160 turbine, the jet placed 17th in Expert.
At an event as long standing and popular as Top Gun, one expects to see a field of excellently executed replicas with many of them falling into the “outstanding” category. Since four different classes are statically judged using detailed documentation packages submitted by the builders with the model (the Pro-Am classes require only a single image for documentation), we thought we would take the models with the highest static score in each of those four categories and give you a little insight into each of them.
Unlimited Class, Team Bihrle, Static score: 98.653
David Hayes, no newcomer to Top Gun, has previously won this event with this remarkable model. The advantage that repeat appearances at Top Gun offer is that there is a level of experience achieved for which there is no substitute. Points lost at previous editions can be recovered by reviewing the static judges’ comments and correcting the deficiencies. The Thrush is a unique general aviation subject that is clearly a utilitarian airplane employed in the crop-dusting role. This means relatively simple structure and lots of room for judge scrutiny because of all the exterior details, plumbing and unique fittings. Dave’s rendition is spot-on, from the wind-driven generator between the gear struts to the spray tubing system that actually dispenses “dust” during his low-level dusting passes. All this cool plumbing is connected by exact replica fittings, hangers and connections, all of the right size and in the right location. Even the “chemical” tank is the proper color of the translucent fiberglass material and the airframe shows the effect of being “ridden hard and put up wet,” typical of hard-worked ag planes. Dave’s Thrush is ?-scale with a 9-foot span and uses a Saito 180 4-stroke for power.
Expert Class, Gianluca DeMarchi, Static score: 99.262
As usual, David Hayes’ Thrush was down in the weeds during his very low crop-dusting passes as a working ag plane should be. His excellent piloting skills and attention to detail earned David first place in the Unlimited class.
Clearly representing an amazing scale modeling effort and the builder’s desire to compete at Top Gun was the Aeromacchi MB-339 built by Italian modeler Gianluca DeMarchi. In addition to a helper, he brought a translator/interpreter. His MB-339 is a remarkable piece of work and is flawlessly finished in the famous Italian aerobatic team “Frecce Tricolori” scheme. It is between ? and º scale and is powered by a JetCat P160 turbine, which pushes it along at a very scale-like speed with Gianluca on the sticks. He has competed internationally and, despite some engine problems early on, flew smoothly and precisely during his scored flights. His model weighs 44 pounds with a 111-inch span and has incredible detail. From the amazing cockpit work to the landing gear and the equipment compartments filled with hydraulic lines with scale, anodized fittings, it could easily be comfortable in any museum. He had even fit one of the compartments with a small rag, which was for the miniature crew man to wipe down small leaks! His static score only gives some indication of the level of effort in this replica; it really does have to be seen to be fully appreciated.
DOUGLAS SBD-5 DAUNTLESS
Masters Class, Gwyn Avenel, Static score: 98.502
A great flight shot of Gwyn Avenel’s SBD-5 Dauntless shows off the South pacific torpedo bomber to good advantage. Gwyn placed sixth in the masters class.
This entry came all the way from New Zealand and was the labor of Gwyn Avenel. With over 30 years modeling experience, much of it in the pattern-flying world, he has competed with the Dauntless in World Scale events. His SBD-5 was built to a scale of ?.5 which yielded a span of 85 inches. Powered by an O.S. 300 4C, the 26-pound model was extremely well-executed, from the homemade retract system to the convincingly done surface detail. The overall realism of the model was enhanced by very subtle weathering and paint fading. Although Gwyn’s model was one of the smaller in the competition, it gave absolutely nothing away to the larger models, which are becoming the norm at competitions such as this. The model is totally scratch-built from conventional modeling materials, and Gwyn has mastered his techniques in virtually all of them. When asked what he thought made Top Gun different from the other world class events he entered, he said the competition was just as stiff but the pace was much more relaxed and the social aspects and friendliness at Top Gun were better than he’s experienced anywhere!
Team Class, Marvin Erbesfeld, Static score: 99.507
This ?-scale Sopwith Camel was only a half point from a perfect static score. Marvin Erbesfeld pilot Ramsom Fairchild flew the WW I British classic to fifth place in Team.
Some folks think that because the WW I and pre-WW II machines were full-size versions of “stick-and-tissue” models that they are somehow much easier to model than their tin-clad warbirds and jets. How can a simple fabric-covered surface be as difficult as a riveted, multi-paneled metal surface? Those with that perception clearly have never built, or perhaps, even seen a competition WW I subject. Marvin Erbesfeld was the building half of the Team-entered Sopwith Camel and his work can only be considered as extraordinary. Less than a half point kept this model from earning a perfect static score! Starting with Brit Mick Reeves plan, Marvin got it all together to produce a ?-scale rendition that just got better everywhere you looked. From the flawless aluminum cowl to the bungee-shocked tail skid, this Camel was remarkable. At 112-inch-span with its 43 pounds being hauled around by a DA-100 engine, it looked like it could have been over Flanders or some other battlefield around 1918. Rib tapes, rib stitching, cockpit coaming, strut fittings and every other form of detail seemed t
o be a precise miniaturization to a third the size of the full scale!
Amazing Aardvark FB-111A: An interview with Mike Selby
The FB-111 with the whole Aardvark Team pose for the camera.
The Team class FB-111A designed, engineered and built by Mike Selby and fl own by Air Force General Ray Johns is an unusual, extremely complex aircraft. The 101-inch-span model weighs 44 pounds and is powered by a Behotec JB180 turbine engine and controlled by a Futaba 14MZ radio. We had a chance to talk with the team about their spectacular 1/7-scale, Air Force swing-wing turbine jet.
- Why did you decide to build this plane?
- Mike Selby: A few years ago, we were flying some Navy planes at Top Gun, and the chief of the Air Force had a chat with Ray and asked why we weren’t flying Air Force planes. So, a few years ago we did an A-10, and then we wanted to do a technically difficult project that had not been done before.
- Tell us about the swing-wing mechanics.
- Mike Selby: It uses a Plettenberg motor that goes through a homemade gearbox, which turns a pair of jackscrews that are opposing threads-one’s a right-hand thread and the other’s a left-hand thread. Those jackscrews go into a block that hits a pivot on the wing that’s pulled by a ball joint. It remains symmetrical because it’s one motor; you just have to align the wings to begin with.
- What’s it like to fly the FB-111A?
- Ray Johns: With the wings full forward, it flies like a typical jet. When you start sweeping the wings back, you have to deal with stability as far as pitch; it gets nose-heavy. When the wings are aft, the aircraft will roll extremely fast but be very sluggish in pitch. It also has Fowler flaps and leading edge slats, so it’s a very complicated aircraft. This was probably one of the most sophisticated [full-size] aircraft to fly; it was the last glorious analog airplane we had and it was a challenge to fly without stability augmentation. Mike has built in as much [into the model] as he can, and I’m the remainder of the stability augmentation.
Scale Detail-Inside and out!
Above: With the engine cowl panels removed, this Mustang looks all the more real!
Left: The scale exhaust stacks are visible with the engine cowl in place and add to the scale look.
Below: Here is the DLE 55cc gas engine. It’s completely covered when the dummy Rolls-Royce is in place.
It’s easy to be impressed by all the effort put into an airplane that shows up at the Top Gun Scale Invitational. You’d expect to see rivets, screw heads, and panel lines everywhere. But to really stand out, you have to go that extra mile. That’s the case with this great-looking P-51D Mustang built and detailed by Jean Francois Bobo. Starting out with a Composite-ARF ?-scale kit, Jean brought his modeling talents to the inside of the engine compartment in the form of a beautifully detailed dummy 12-cylinder Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. In this homemade detail, the exhaust stacks are separate from the cowl and serve as a way to completely cover the model’s RC powerplant, a 55cc DLE gas engine. Accurately detailed and painted, the entire lift-out module includes everything you’d expect, including oil tank and spark plug wires. The dummy V-12 also serves as an important engine compartment air baffle. It separates and directs fresh air routed to the engine from the underwing belly scoop and directs the gas engine’s spent exhaust out of the cowl so the engine runs cooler. All this effort paid off with excellent flight performance and with a well-deserved seventh place finish in Expert. It’s all in the details!
New Zealand Enters the Competition
Even the cockpit and rear gunner on Gwyn Avenell’s Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless are nicely detailed to add to the model’s overall high static score in the class.
Left: The Miles Hawk on final for a smooth landing.
Above: Brian Borland works on his Hawk in Frank Tiano’s workshop before the event began.
One thing was clear as the static scores were tallied at Top Gun this year: the Kiwis have arrived! Eight-time Australian competitor Greg Tracey inspired the trans-world trip for two New Zealanders from Auckland to enter their incredible models in the Masters class. Gwyn Avenell’s 85-inch SBD Dauntless has a unique scheme representing the New Zealand 25 Squadron, which provided support to the Americans around Rabaul during WW II. Gwyn had the opportunity to show his model to the actual tail-gunner who flew in the full-scale aircraft a few months ago. Brian Borland showed up with a seldom-modeled Miles Hawk, which had folding wings as per the full scale. Peeking inside the folded wings revealed a prototypical structure, spruce and birch ply, with truss ribs and a dummy wing-mounted fuel tank.
Above: This close-up shows why the team of Glenn Torrance and Tom Kosewski took first place in Team Scale. The closer you look, the better it seems! Details inside and out.
Below: Andreas Gietz flew his 110-inch span P-47 to 11th place in Pro-Am Pro. He also earned the Best Pro-Am Entry award.
Mitch Epstein flew his impressive ?-scale Waco YMF-5 placing 14th in Expert. Mitch also received the Best Biplane, Best Civilian and Gray Eagle awards.
Team Zap won the Best Unlimited Showing award and are shown here with Ed Newman’s Macchi 200. Mike Barbee flew the Macchi to second place in Unlimited.
Frank Tiano (right) takes a moment to chat with Rich Uravitch about this year’s Top Gun event. He also let everyone know that he has a new warbird event coming in December.
This impressive F4F Grumman Wildcat placed third in the Unlimited class by the Aerosports team. Flown by Kyle Goodwine, the Wildcat is powered by a Moki 150 radial engine and it also won the Best Military Runner-up and the Best 4-Stroke Engine Performance awards.
|Masters High Static||RC Model World||Gwyn Avenell||Dauntless|
|Expert High Static||Model Airplane News||Gianluca De Marchi||MB-339|
|Team High Static||Fly RC||Marvin Erbesfeld||Sopwith Camel|
|Unlimited High Static||FTE Inc.||Team Bihrle||Rockwell Thrush|
|Best Civilian Runner-Up||S.O.S. International||Olen Rutherford||Beech D-18|
|Best Civilian||Warbirds Over the Rockies||Mitch Buckley||Waco YMF-5|
|Best Military Runner-Up||CARF Models||Kyle Goodwine||Wildcat|
|Best Military||Futaba||Gianluca DeMarchi||MB-339|
|Best Biplane||JR DSM||Mitch Epstein||Waco YMF-5|
|Best WW I||ZAP Glue||Richard Feroldi||Ansaldo|
|Best Pre WW II||Kempinski Hotels||Al Kretz||DO-23G|
|Best Jet||Red Bull||Peter Goldsmith||T-33|
|Best Pro-Am Entry||Glenn Torrance Models||Andreas Gietz||P-47D|
|Engineering Excellence||Sierra Precision Gear||Mike Selby||F-111|
|Charlie Chambers Craftsmanship Award||DaVinci Machining||Gianluca DeMarchi||MB-339|
|Grey Eagle Award||FTE Inc.||Mitch Epstein|
|Best Unlimited Showing||DaVinci Machining||Team Zap||Macchi 200|
|Top Buns Award||Top Gun Hussies||Pablo Fernandez|
|Best Gas Performance||Evolution Engines||Greg Foushi||LA-7|
|Best Electric Performance||E-flite||Tommy Wood||F-4|
|Best 4-stroke Performance||Saito Engines||Kyle Goodwin||Wildcat|
|Best WW II Performance||Ziroli Plans||Tom Smith||Sea Fury|
|Best Multi Performance||Ray & Robin’s Hobby Center||Bernie Boland Beech||D-18|
|Best Jet Performance||Mibo Jets||Jack Diaz||F-86F|
|Critics’ Choice Runner-up||Model Airplane News & ZAP Glue||Gianluca DeMarchi||MB-33|
|Critics’ Choice||ZAP Glue & Model Airplane News||Mike Selby||FB-111A|
Flown by Jonathan Hay, this great-looking Stuka dive-bomber placed 16th in Expert. It is powered by a DLE 55cc engine and has a span of 100 inches.
Winner of the Best Multi-Engine Performance and Best Civilian Runner-up awards, this great-looking Beechcraft D-18 is the work of Olen Rutherford. Flown by Bernie Boland, the impressive twin placed third in Team. The D-18 is powered by a pair of Zenoah G-38s.
Team builder Bret Bowling stands guard over his B-17 Flying Fortress.