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Tips for flying an RC Triplane in Competition

Tips for flying an RC Triplane in Competition

With the 2019 flying season around the corner, I thought I would post this story again about getting my giant scale Fokker Triplane in shape to compete at the 2016 Top Gun Scale Invitational. For me, being invited by Frank Tiano to compete, is a big deal. I was extremely pleased with how well my […]
Cover Photo Credits Correction

Cover Photo Credits Correction

Always bringing our readers the most up to date event coverage, Model Airplane News strives to present this information in the most accurate way possible. We work with several contributing photographers and rely on them to capture the excitement and amazing action that bring these RC happenings to life. One of our most important part of […]
The Best WW I Dawn Patrol Fly In

The Best WW I Dawn Patrol Fly In

If you love building and  flying WW1 aircraft, you’ll have noticed that there are a lot of “Dawn Patrol” events springing up all over the country. One of the very first, and best organized Dawn Patrol events you can attend, is hosted by the Long Island Sky Hawks club. This impressive giant scale gathering always […]
Top Gun — First Place Team — Beechcraft King Air C-90

Top Gun — First Place Team — Beechcraft King Air C-90

For the second year in a row, pilot Mike Barbee and pilot Frank Noll, competing with Mike’s Beechcraft King Air C-90 twin and win First Place in the Team Scale category. Who says you need a big gasoline engine to win? Powered by a pair of powerful Kontronik 22-16 Varipitch electric motors, the 1/4-scale King […]
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Jack Diaz wins Mr. Top Gun Title at the 30th Annual Top Gun Scale Invitational

Jack Diaz wins Mr. Top Gun Title at the 30th Annual Top Gun Scale Invitational

For the second time in a row, while piloting his impressive Fouga Magister Jack Diaz again has won the title of Mr. Top Gun at the 30th Annual Scale invitational. Competing in the Expert class, Jack’s impressive 1/4.5 scale jet was built from a Phillip Avonds kit from Belgium and has a 100-inch wing span. […]
Top Gun Thunderbolt — P-47 from Brazil

Top Gun Thunderbolt — P-47 from Brazil

All the way from Brazil, here’s our good friend and flying buddy Rogerio Araujo with his impressive P-47 Thunderbolt. Rogerio started with the giant scale Top Flite ARF and ended up with this well flown favorite that’s been to a lot of competitions. Photo by Sal Calvagna Flight shot by David Hart
Top Gun Video — Turbine Jets at the Event

Top Gun Video — Turbine Jets at the Event

The action is hot at this year’s 30th anniversary of the Top Gun Scale Invitational. Here’s a video short shot from the Top Gun flightline showing just a few of the jets flying at the event. Video and photos by Carl Layden, flight shots by David Hart
Top Gun Flightline Photos — Young Gun Zavi Machinchy’s L-29

Top Gun Flightline Photos — Young Gun Zavi Machinchy’s L-29

MAN contributor and Top Gun contestant Sal Calvagna is both competing and helping capture some of the flightline action at this years Scale Invitational. During practice time in Wednesday, Sal snapped this shot of one of the Young Gun contestants that will be flying this year. That’s 12 year old Zavi Machinchy, son of Ali […]
Top Gun 360 video of Pit Area

Top Gun 360 video of Pit Area

Courtesy of Mike Barbee. Day 1 and everyone is getting ready while others have already flown their first rounds. More to come Mike Barbee getting ready to fly his World Models Stearman.
Top Gun Flightline Photos — Carlose Rangel’s Sonex

Top Gun Flightline Photos — Carlose Rangel’s Sonex

MAN contributor and ace photographer Carl Layden is at Top Gun and getting lots of great flight shots from the flightline. Here’s a fly by of Carlos Rangel’s 30% scale Sonex and will be flying in the Pro-AM Propeller class.
Top Gun Trash Talk — Sal vs. Dino

Top Gun Trash Talk — Sal vs. Dino

Soooo, the trash talk starts early at Top Gun! Our good friend and first time Top Gun competitor Sal Calvagna, (flying his Jerry Bates Ki-43 Oscar), (center) had taken liberties with the scale markings on his fighter. On the tail are nomenclature markings that were part of the full-size aircraft’s paint scheme. Well, Sal switched […]
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