Road to Top Gun — James Prive — 1946 Stinson SR9-F Reliant

Mar 16, 2015 4 Comments

Being entered into expert class at Top Gun this year is the beautiful Stinson Reliant by James Prive. Based on the popular Top flight kit, the model has a 100.5 inch wingspan and is just under 1/4 scale.  James made several modifications and this is his second year at the Scale Invitational. Power is produced by a [...]

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Star Wars Storm Trooper Rides Again!

Mar 13, 2015 17 Comments

When can we get one?? We love this “Speeder Bike” created by Adam Woodworth and will be waiting with bated breath for someone to make this available to us mere mortals. Adam notes, “I got into First Person Video multirotor racing a few months ago. The fast, low level flying instantly reminded me of the [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Rod Snyder — North American F-100D Super Sabre

Mar 13, 2015 1 Comment

For the 2015 Top Gun Scale Invitational Rod Snyder from Johnson City, TN will again be flying his North American F-100D in the Unlimited Class. The model is a BVM design and is modeled after a paint scheme used by the SHAMA Service Engineering that was based at McCellan Air Force base located in Sacramento CA. in 1963. This unique paint [...]

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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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