Huge Heavy-Metal Fighter

Mar 12, 2015 14 Comments

This 1/4-scale P-47 is ready for patrol! Built by Nigel I’Anson from enlarged Meister plans, this 83.7-pound model is powered by a Moki 250cc 5-cylinder radial. Owner John Mason is the man behind the controls in this video, shot by our friends Pete and Dean Coxon at the Wings & Wheels Model Spectacular at Northwheald [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Frank Migliaccio — P-47 Thunderbolt Razorback

Mar 12, 2015 No Comments

Frank Migliaccio from Ladera Ranch, CA, is a member of the Scale Squadron of Southern California and the PVMAC (Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club, and he’s all pumped up to compete at the 2015 Top Gun event.  His primary plane is the Top Flite giant scale  P-47 he converted to the Razorback version. He finished the [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Tim Cardin — Sky King

Mar 10, 2015 6 Comments

For the 2015 Scale Invitational, Tim Cardin’s entry in the Expert class is his impressive twin engine Cessna T50 Bobcat. Tim chose the paint scheme flown in the old TV show ”Sky King” used on so many flights searching for bad guys and cattle rustlers. The model was built from Don Smith Plans and it has a wingspan of  100.6 inches [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Boli Muentes — F-16 Falcon

Mar 09, 2015 No Comments

For Top Gun 2015 Boli Muentes will be flying his new 1/6-scale F-16, built from a BVM plug and play kit. Competing in the ProAm Sportsman category Painted in the USAF Thunderbirds Airshow demonstration team scheme, Boli’s Falcon uses a Jetcat 140 RXi turbine engine. Weighing in at 40 pounds, the jet has a fully scale  light system and has a [...]

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Keep it cool: 10 steps to control air flow

Mar 04, 2015 4 Comments

When working with an internal combustion engine, we always have to deal with the heat that is created by this process. In many cases, the opening in the cowl will allow enough air to flow over the engine to maintain a cool temperature. But when performing extended 3D maneuvers, we have only the air produced by [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Jack Diaz — Fouga Magister

Mar 04, 2015 1 Comment

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 4 Comments

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

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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