As we mentioned a little while ago, the 2016 Top Gun event in Lakeland, FL will be including a serious free flight rubber power airplane class. Of course these lightweight stick and tissue airplanes will have to be scale and the competition is open to all event participants. There are some basic rules but Frank Tiano is always thinking big so, the major rule is monoplanes have to have a minimum wing span of 36 inch , and biplanes can have a span no less than 24 inches. There is no maximum span.
Already there have been several excellent projects started and the guy managing this event is Leo Bechtold, along with the help of TG Judge Bob Curry. Kits as well as plans built designs are all allowable and the entrants are starting to sending to send in photos of their builds. Check it out!
Carl Layden Avro Lancaster
Scratch Design, 1/25 scale 48″ span, current weight 4.5oz targeting AUW 9oz. Wingloading will be about 4.4 oz/ft^2. Wings & stab are plug in to make travel easier. This time it’s all in CAD too. Finish will be traditional dope & tissue.
Rich Uravitch Globe Swift
New enlarged new 36″ Globe Swift. Based on Rich’s smaller model from last year. Scratch designed
Leo Bechtold’s Stinson 108
40″ Stinson 108 ready for cover with Polyspan and dope. As an excuse of needing a back-up model Leo also just ordered a Pat Tritle 53″ Luscome Silvaire kit.
Gerry Yarrish’s Fokker Triplane
Built from a modified Pat Tritle RC park flyer kit, the triplane has a 25.5 inch span and is being covered with Coverite Microlite. It is a copy of Gerry’s 1/3-scale Triplane from Balsa USA which he will be flying in the Pro-Am Sportsman Class.
Scale spoked wheels are also on the agenda!
Balsa cowling with classic face and mustache from Cole Palen’s Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome triplane. Paint is Master Modeler enamel, and the custom made decals are from Cal Graphics
Bob Curry’s S.E.5A Scout
Bob’s model is being built from a Guillow’s SE5 kit.
So please stay tuned to the MAN website, we will be adding more Free Flight project builds as time goes by. This promises to be the best rubber powered scale competition in years!