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Top Gun — Friday Flightline Highlights

Top Gun — Friday Flightline Highlights

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
MAN at Top Gun — Thursday Tent Tour — David Wigley

MAN at Top Gun — Thursday Tent Tour — David Wigley

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!

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

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 […]
400cc Chinese Air Force Yak

400cc Chinese Air Force Yak

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

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

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 […]
The Oceanmaker

The Oceanmaker

You deserve a nice coffee break , and this fantastic, 10-minute animated video is a no-cal treat you’ll love. “After the seas have disappeared, a courageous female pilot fights against vicious sky pirates for control of the last remaining source of water: the clouds.” Don’t miss it! The OceanMaker from Mighty Coconut on Vimeo.  
REALLY Big Blackbird!

REALLY Big Blackbird!

You don’t often see models of the SR-71 Blackbird, one of the most advanced spy planes used by the CIA. And you definitely don’t see 18-foot-long model jets!  In Israel last week, the world’s largest scale-model of a SR-71 Blackbird took flight. Built over 5 years by Gilad Olinki and flown by Ofir Babish, the 1/6-scale […]
Throw Back Thursday

Throw Back Thursday

For Throwback Thursday we selected the September 1956 cover of MAN showing Jo Katula’s beautiful artwork of a Sopwith Triplane. The aircraft was manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company during WW1 and pilots referred to it as the Tripehound or simply the Tripe. It was made operational with the Royal Naval Air Service in 1917 and proved to […]
Road to Top Gun: Brian O’Meara’s “Sleepy Jean”

Road to Top Gun: Brian O’Meara’s “Sleepy Jean”

Brian O’Meara has been practicing for his return to Pro Am Pro with his monstrous 1/3-scale P-47, and Tony Quist’s photo shows just how large this airplane is! This Thunderbolt has a 144-inch span and is powered by a ZDZ 420cc 4-cylinder engine spinning a Bold 38×13 prop. The bombs are 7 inches in diameter!
80%-scale V1 Buzz Bomb

80%-scale V1 Buzz Bomb

The bi-annual  Classic Fighters airshow in Omaka, New Zealand, re-enacts the exploits of WW II New Zealand forces attacking a German V1 rocket site in Egypt, and this 80%-scale, RC “b uzz bomb” was one of the stars of the show! Built by a large team over six months, the nearly 200-pound “Doodlebug” is powered by five electric ducted fans using 10, […]
Road to Top Gun — Marco Benincasa, Hawk 100

Road to Top Gun — Marco Benincasa, Hawk 100

We’ve just heard from our good friend and editor of the Italian RC Model magazine Modellistica and he let us know that for this year’s Top Gun, he will be flying a new model, the Hawk 100 from a Skymaster kit. He no longer has his impressive F100 (he sold it) so he sent us some pics of his […]
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