Top Gun


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 […]
Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop — Henry Castellanos’ Road to Top Gun Entry

Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop — Henry Castellanos’ Road to Top Gun Entry

From Fort Lauderdale, FL, Henry Castellanos will be competing this year at the Top Gun Scale Invitational with his Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop from Skymaster. Flying in the X class and Pro-Am Sportsman, the 1/4-scale composite airplane has a wingspan of 90 inches, a length of 112.5 inches and is powered with KingTech K100TP (turboprop) engine […]
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Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar — Sal Calvagna’s Road to Top Gun Entry

Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar — Sal Calvagna’s Road to Top Gun Entry

From Holbrook Long Island, NY, Sal Calvagna will for the first time be competing at Top Gun with his Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar. Competing in the Pro-Am Sportsman class, Sal built his Ki-43 from Jerry Bates plans with laser-cut parts from LaserCutUSA.com. Sal’s 1/5-scale Japanese warbird has traditional balsa and plywood construction and is covered and […]
P-47 Thunderbolt — John Welcome’s Road to Top Gun Entry

P-47 Thunderbolt — John Welcome’s Road to Top Gun Entry

With a little more than a week to go, we continue to add the scale Road Warriors competing at Top Gun. Our latest Road to Top Gun post highlights John Welcome, who will be competing in Pro-AM Prop class, with his P-47 Thunderbolt “Bell of Belmont”. Built from a Meister Scale Kit, and is a […]
Road to Top Gun — Carlos Rangel and his 30% Scale All-Aluminum Sonex

Road to Top Gun — Carlos Rangel and his 30% Scale All-Aluminum Sonex

A regular at the annual Top Gun Scale Invitational, Carlos Rangel is also known as “the guy who builds all-aluminum airplanes”. This year Carlos is again competing with his impressive 30% scale Sonex and will be flying in the Pro-AM Propeller class. The Sonex Carlos is modeling is a single place home-built, experimental E.A.A. aircraft […]
RC Airplanes – Road to Top Gun — Phil Crandon’s Junkers Ju 87 Stuka

RC Airplanes – Road to Top Gun — Phil Crandon’s Junkers Ju 87 Stuka

When it comes to WW2 Luftwaffe warbirds, few have a more infamous history that the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Dive bomber. Making the journey all the way from Australia, Phil Crandon will be competing at his my first Top Gun this year with his Stuka. A “bucket list” dream come true, Phil says he is […]
Road to Top Gun — Charlie Palmer’s Fieseler Fi-156 Model D1 Storch

Road to Top Gun — Charlie Palmer’s Fieseler Fi-156 Model D1 Storch

Built from a Paolo Severin kit, Charlie Palmer’s 25% scale Fieseler Fi-156 Model D1 Storch has a wingspan is 139 inches, weighs 41 lbs., and is electric powered with a Hacker A60-18L motor (roughly equivalent to 50cc gas). A pair of 6S 5000mAh Lipos and a Jeti SpinPro Opto 99 ESC provide the motor with plenty […]
Road to Top Gun — Steve Thomas and his Vans RV4 44% Team Scale Entry

Road to Top Gun — Steve Thomas and his Vans RV4 44% Team Scale Entry

For the 30th Anniversary of Top Gun, the  Team of Steve (builder) and pilot Curtis Switzer are heading to Top Gun to fly in Team Scale with Steve’s 44% scale Vans RV4. From Saint Cloud, FL, Steve built the RV-4 from the Grupp Models kit and his entry is modeled after Taylor De Ley’s  plane, […]
Road to Top Gun —  Danny Carozza and his 46% Pitts Special S1-S

Road to Top Gun — Danny Carozza and his 46% Pitts Special S1-S

Returning to Top Gun 2018, our good friend and flying buddy, Danny Carozza, is again competing in the Expert Class with his new 46% Pitts S1-S aerobatic biplane. Danny’s 96-inch-wingspan Pitts was built from an Exclusiv Modellbau kit, and includes traditional plywood and balsa construction. Danny chose F&M Enterprises Stits PolyFiber covering and he handcrafted […]
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