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Young Guns — New Category for Top Gun

Young Guns — New Category for Top Gun

The 30th edition of the Top Gun Scale Invitational will feature a new category of competition called “Young Guns” which will offer, depending on number of entrants, up to three classes based on age. Ages 7-10, 11-14, and 15-17 are the classes defined at press time. One of the invited participants is Fischer Strickland from […]
Top Gun Winners and Placers — Unlimited Class

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Unlimited Class

When it comes to adding a touch of flare to scale competition, Frank Tiano has always been ahead of the curve with Top Gun. Several years ago Frank came up with the unlimited class and it has been a welcomed addition to the scale invitational ever since. This category doesn’t have a “builder of the […]
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Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Jet Class

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Jet Class

Viewed by many as the Pinnacle of scale modeling, RC Jets occupy the high ground when it comes to that all-important Wow factor! The development of quick-build composite kits and ARFs have seen this segment of RC grow in leaps and bounds. And as big and impressive as these sleek model aircraft appear, the piloting […]
Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Propeller Class

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Propeller Class

We continue with our Top Gun coverage of the winners for the 2017 Scale Invitational competition. In our coverage coming soon in the September issue of MAN, you can look forward to an amazing 24 pages of Top Gun planes, pilots and action! Now to the Pro-Am Propellers class. And the winners are… 1st. Place, […]
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Top Gun Winners and Placers  Expert Class

Top Gun Winners and Placers Expert Class

The editors are busy putting the finishing touches on our 2017 Top Gun scale invitational event coverage and we have sorted through all the amazing photos. We would not be able to give you all the great coverage MAN is know for without the hard work of our contributors and event photographers. In no particular […]
Stick and Tissue Scale at Top Gun — Free Flight Takes Wing!

Stick and Tissue Scale at Top Gun — Free Flight Takes Wing!

A tradition for the world’s greatest RC scale event–Top Gun, the free flight models again took flight at the 2017 Scale Invitational at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL. This year the Top Gun Mass Launch (open to all pilots and crews), drew several beautiful hand-crafted entries and awards were given to the winners for “Duration” […]
Top Gun Flightline Highlights — Photos from David Hart

Top Gun Flightline Highlights — Photos from David Hart

As we dig into all the amazing photos and data from the recent Top Gun Scale Invitational, the MAN team is now busy laying out our coverage for the September issue of MAN. Starting with our pre-event “Road to Top Gun” online sneak peek (also published in the June issue), the editors, and out talented […]
Top Gun Snapshots — Great Pix from the Flightline

Top Gun Snapshots — Great Pix from the Flightline

We’re very excited for 2017 Mr. Top Gun winner Jack Diaz, but there were a whole lot of other amazing airplanes at this year’s Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL. Check out these great shots from Top Gun photographers and competitors, David Hart, Barry Vaught, Rich Uravitch, Sean Curry and Ray Lebonte. Thanks everyone.
Highlights from Top Gun Flightline

Highlights from Top Gun Flightline

It’s been a busy week and Top Gun 2017 is now in the record books. Here are some highlight shots from the flightline. Be sure to pencil in next year for this Greatest RC show in the country.  
Top Gun — Day One — Some Snapshots and the Flight Scores

Top Gun — Day One — Some Snapshots and the Flight Scores

We have several friends and flying buddies on the Top Gun flightline looking for some action. We’ll update the site as we get more images from Paradise Field!   Today’s First Round Flight Scores by David Hart. (Above) Ray Labonte’s CARF-Models Skygate Edition Bae Hawk Frank Fels with his 1/3-scale Balsa USA Fokker D.VII Craftsmanship […]
Road to Top Gun — Phillip Koury and his Wake Island Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat

Road to Top Gun — Phillip Koury and his Wake Island Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat

Traveling from Picayune, Mississippi, Phillip Koury will be competing in the Expert class with his impressive Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat. Built with laser cut parts for the Jerry Bates plans, Phil’s 1/5-scale Wildcat was not build it initially for scale competition. Phil enjoys reading Military History and one day he checked out the book “Wake Island […]
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