Road to Top Gun 2016


Paving the Road to Top Gun — Frank Tiano on TV!

Paving the Road to Top Gun — Frank Tiano on TV!

We just heard from the Top Gun man himself, Frank Tiano, that he and chief static judge Bob Curry  were invited to the NBC Tampa Channel 8 studio to film a segment they will air about Top Gun. Its a great opportunity to let everyone know what this Top Gun event is all about and […]
Road to Top Gun — Brazilian Razorback

Road to Top Gun — Brazilian Razorback

Competing in the Expert class, Fernando Bellegarde from Bellegarde, São Paulo, Brazil, will be flying a totally modified Meister Scale P-47 Thunderbolt. With more than 30 modifications to make it closer to full scale, Fernando’s Razorback is powered with a Moki 180cc radial engine and controlled with a Futaba radio system using 14 servos. The total building […]
Road to Top Gun — Douglas SBD Dauntless

Road to Top Gun — Douglas SBD Dauntless

Dino DiGiorgio of Fort Pierce, FL., just let us know that he will be entering the Pro-Am Prop class with a Douglas SBD Dauntless that was his father’s. This Nick Ziroli design was started by Dino Sr. and was finished by Wayne Fussell. The SBD was built from an Aeroplane Works kit, and it has […]
Road to Top Gun — 35%-Scale CASA 1.131 Bücker Jungmann

Road to Top Gun — 35%-Scale CASA 1.131 Bücker Jungmann

Gary Allen of West Cherster, PA has been a long time contributor to MAN and has designed several giant scale multi-wing airplanes for construction articles. Several modelers have built his popular designs, and for his newest, Gary is bringing his Team Scale entry, a 35%-scale CASA 1.131 Bücker Jungmann being flown by his brother-in-law, Dorin Luck. Gary […]
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Getting Ready for Top Gun — Repairs and Do-Overs

Getting Ready for Top Gun — Repairs and Do-Overs

So here’s the story. At Top Gun 2015, Frank Tiano offered me an invitation to the world’s greatest Scale Invitational competition. Wow! Really? I commented that he must have lowered his standards but no, Frank said it would be a first–for a magazine editor to compete. For 24 years I have covered the action, pilots […]
Road to Top Gun — Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6

Road to Top Gun — Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6

Competing for the first time at Top Gun, Gérson Luís Nissola from São Paulo, Brazil, will be flying in the Pro-Am Sportsman class with his beautiful Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6. The model was started in 2010 by Thiago Pivoto, and Gérson completed the detailing and painting last year. The all-wood built-up Luftwaffe fighter was built from a […]
Road to Top Gun: F-15C Eagle

Road to Top Gun: F-15C Eagle

We just heard from Jason Bauer who will be flying in a couple of classes at Top Gun. For the Unlimited class Jason will be flying his F-15C Eagle built from the Avonds kit. His 1/9-scale jet is 86 inches long, is powered by a King and weighs 29 pounds. (Above) just a little of the after-burner […]
Road to Top Gun — B-17 Flying Fortress

Road to Top Gun — B-17 Flying Fortress

Dennis “Mike” Grady of Grand Rapids, MI is again competing this year with his amazing Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, with which he won third place in the 2015 Unlimited class. Mike also received the Best Multi Performance award, and for 2016, Mike says his World War II bomber has had a number of enhancements in […]
Road to Top Gun — Nieuport 28 C. 1

Road to Top Gun — Nieuport 28 C. 1

WW1 Biplanes will be well represented at this year’s Top Gun! Teaming up with Builder, David Barry of Sarasota, FL., Roger Niolet of Lakewood Ranch, FL, will be flying this beautiful quarter-scale Nieuport 28 C. 1. Built from the Balsa USA kit, This WW1 dogfighter has a span of 80 inches and is 61 inches […]
Road to Top Gun — B-2 Condor Bomber

Road to Top Gun — B-2 Condor Bomber

Another great entry for the Road to Top Gun, this time, we heard from our good friend Curtis Switzer from Port St. John, FL., who will be flying his 168-inch span, 100-inch long B-2 Bomber in the Pro-Am Propeller class. Weighing 45lbs., the big Curtiss biplane is powered by two Saito 180 4-strokes turning 16×8 […]
Road to Top Gun — Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

Road to Top Gun — Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

Timothy Len from Orlando, FL, will be competing in the  Pro-AM Sportsman class with his great looking 1/5.5-scale  A-4 Skyhawk built from a Skymaster kit. Sporting TA-4J advanced jet trainer  white and orange markings, Tim’s 1960s era aircraft carrier based attack aircraft has a 61-inch wingspan, is 85.5 inches in length and it weighs in at […]
Road to Top Gun — F4U-1A Corsair

Road to Top Gun — F4U-1A Corsair

Rene Alvarez, Wesley Chapel, FL, Competing in the Expert class, Rene Alvarez of Wesley Chapel, FL will be flying his F4U Corsair. Built from a very highly modified Meister Scale Corsair kit, it took two years to complete. The Model has a wingspan of 100-inches, a 75-inch length and a dry weight of 44 lbs. For […]
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