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Road to Top Gun: Shaun Roblee — Grumman Hellcat

Road to Top Gun: Shaun Roblee — Grumman Hellcat

Shaun Roblee of Huntington Beach California, will be traveling to Top Gun this year with his impressive Grumman Hellcat. Using a fiberglass fuselage and built up wing and tail featuers, Shaun says he chose the Ziroli Hellcat because he just loves the way they fly. As for a full scale project, I wanted to do the big […]
HobbyKing Mini B-17 Bomber

HobbyKing Mini B-17 Bomber

With a 29-inch wingspan, this baby bomber is everything we dreamed about when we were building static models as kids: a multi-engine model that can actually fly! This one comes ready to bind to your compatible radio, so you’ll be flying missions in no time. Here’s the full press release from Hobby King: The Boeing […]
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Road to Top Gun: Fernando Caveira’s P-47 Thunderbolt

Road to Top Gun: Fernando Caveira’s P-47 Thunderbolt

Check out Brazilian competitor Fernando Caveira’s Meister P-47! He spent over 1,100 hours building this warbird, and he powers it with a Moki 180cc gas engine. Fernando is getting his model ready for the journey to Lakeland, Florida, which will take close to 3 weeks and uses a custom-made shipping crate. We can’t wait to […]
Scale RC – Wonderful WACO YMF-5

Scale RC – Wonderful WACO YMF-5

This gorgeous 1/3-scale WACO is the handiwork of Pedro Sanchez, who bought the bare bones airframe from a friend and then spent his time doing what he really loves: finishing it and adding scale details. Every rivet and screw on the plane has been done by hand, and the plane has landing lights, scale flying […]
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Florida Jets — A view from the Flightline — 75 Photos

Florida Jets — A view from the Flightline — 75 Photos

As a MAN contributor and all around nice guy, I find myself traveling a lot to cover events for the magazine and most recently, I stopped by the Florida Jets event at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL. Be sure to check out my detailed event report which will be in the upcoming July issue of MAN, (on sale […]
Road to Top Gun — Tom Wood — Blue Angels F-18 Hornet

Road to Top Gun — Tom Wood — Blue Angels F-18 Hornet

For this year’s Top Gun Scale Invitational, Tom Wood, a corporate pilot from Lakeland, FL  (shown with Hornet), is the builder of this impressive F-18 Hornet. Sandro Novelli from Canada will be the pilot for this entry in Team Class. Tom started with a Yellow Aircraft kit, (no longer available), and chose the classic US Navy […]
Prepping Fabric Covering — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 22 — Updated

Prepping Fabric Covering — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 22 — Updated

It has been a little while since our last posting for the Sopwith Camel Build-Along, but we are making some progress. Last time we covered the basics of applying Stits Lite Poly Fiber covering material and now we continue with the basic steps required to make it ready for painting and finishing. As mentioned before, […]
Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee — Grumman FM-2 Wildcat — Update

Road to Top Gun — Mike Barbee — Grumman FM-2 Wildcat — Update

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 […]
The First Top Gun Scale Invitational

The First Top Gun Scale Invitational

It was in the August 1989 issue of MAN that our readers were introduced to what was to become one of the greatest RC scale airplane competitions in the world. The brainchild of Frank Tiano, Top Gun the event has redefined the hobby and sport of scale competition. it pushed the standards of excellence for […]
Scale Cockpit Coaming — Recycling old Leather Hand Bags

Scale Cockpit Coaming — Recycling old Leather Hand Bags

I am always looking for things I can use in my scale modeling projects. So when I was finishing up my latest project I needed something to duplicate the leather coaming that protects the pilot from the cockpit opening edges. I found that an easy way to make good looking coaming right at a local […]
Road to Top Gun — Walt Carnes — Hawker Sea Fury

Road to Top Gun — Walt Carnes — Hawker Sea Fury

Walt Carnes builder of this impressive Hawker Sea Fury, will be attending Top Gun 2015 and will again compete in Team Scale with Greg Foushi as his pilot. Currently Walt is adding Navigation and Landing Lights to his Sea Fury. Sawbones is modeled after a full scale Sea Fury and it is 22.5% scale in size. Walt […]
RC Airplane Maintenance – Carburetor Basics

RC Airplane Maintenance – Carburetor Basics

The old saying, “Takeoffs are optional, but landings are mandatory,” certainly applies to RC pilots. But if your engine is not properly adjusted, the landing pattern and touchdown can be a very iffy proposition. Two-stroke glow engines must have a solid and reliable idle; it’s even more important than all-out top-end rpm. Let’s examine the […]
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