Road to Top Gun: Behemoth Beaufighter

Road to Top Gun: Behemoth Beaufighter

Three time Top Gun Champion, David Wigley recently completed his test flights of his amazing 1/5-scale Bristol Beaufighter and Also won Best in Show at the 2013 WRAM Show.

 Top Gun: Behemoth Beaufighter

MAN highlighted some “in primer” sneak peeks of David’s amazing in progress twin fighter project earlier last summer, and we have to say, it is one of the most ambitious projects we ever seen.

 Top Gun: Behemoth Beaufighter

 Top Gun: Behemoth Beaufighter

His amazing twin engine WW2 aircraft is powered by a pair of BME 102cc gas engines and David will be replacing his extremely successful Westland Wyvern, which has timed out for Top Gun competition. Just like all his other scale warbirds, the Beaufighter is built using traditional balsa, plywood, lite-ply construction That he finished with fiberglass and resin.

 Top Gun: Behemoth Beaufighter

Dave designed and scratch built the entire project from 3-view drawings, illustrations and and photos, along with measurements taken from a real airplane in a museum. The landing gear alone took over a year to complete with 3D CAD modeling and CNC machining work. David took 5 years to complete this amazing twin and he will be competing with it at Top Gun in 2013. If past history and performance is any indication, we suspect competitors at Top Gun next year will have their work cut out for them if they intend to best David with his amazing new Scale Competition weapon!

Good luck David! We can’t wait to see if compete at this year’s Top Gun Scale Invitational.

Special thanks to Lou Cetrangelo for providing this video

Updated: July 20, 2015 — 9:49 AM
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