Top Gun 2015 Static & Performance Award Winners

May 06, 2015 5 Comments

It’s a combination of flying and building skills that counts when you enter the Top Gun Scale Invitational competition and the highlight of the banquet dinner is the presentation of the special achievement awards. From High Static to the Best of Classes and the flight performance recognition, the hardware is eye-opening just s much as [...]

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Fly the Waterfall

May 04, 2015 1 Comment

When you’re flying a stable elevator, you can perform an inside “waterfall” (micro loop) by maintaining full up-elevator, and applying full power and a little right rudder to correct for increased propwash and P-factor. On the back side of the loop, quickly cut the power and neutralize the rudder. Then, at the instant the fuselage [...]

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Top Gun Update — Dino’s Second Generation Thunderbolt

May 02, 2015 2 Comments

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.   [...]

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Top Gun — Friday Flightline Highlights

May 01, 2015 1 Comment

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

Apr 30, 2015 3 Comments

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 [...]

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

Apr 30, 2015 No Comments

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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400cc Chinese Air Force Yak

Apr 29, 2015 4 Comments

This Yak 11 is powered by a Moki 400cc radial and 38 x 18 prop! The 50-pound aerobat is an Airworld model that’s designed for 250cc power, but strengthened to handle the 400cc Moki. Pilot and owner Ali Machinchy notes that the plane was built and painted by Phil Noel at Pinnacle Aviation and has a scale paint scheme from [...]

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Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Update: Engine and Fuel System Check

Apr 29, 2015 2 Comments

If you have been following along with this extended Workshop Build-Along series, you know that from the start, I designed the Sopwith Camel around the Zenoah G38 gasoline engine. One of the great advantages of scratch building, is that you can from the start workout everything so you can use the engines and equipment you [...]

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