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Road to Top Gun — Focke-Wulf Butcher Bird — Back from the Ashes!

Road to Top Gun — Focke-Wulf Butcher Bird — Back from the Ashes!

Regular Top Gun contestant, Matt Lupri from Hyde Park, MA., is again coming to compete in the Expert class. This time he will be flying his nicely rebuilt Focke-Wulf FW 190A-8.


After crashing it at the 2012 Top Gun, Matt rebuilt his all-wood warbird, originally built from Roy Vaillancourt plans, and it now has a new DLE-120 gas engine for power. The Luftwaffe warbird features a JR 8-channel radio system, Sierra Giant Scale retracts, and Glennis wheels.


The model has a 91-inch wingspan and weighs 41 pounds. An interesting note about “Red 17” is that the aircraft was found in a Berlin repair center at the end of WW II and had many parts from other aircraft retrofitted to make it airworthy again. It was part of a special completion combat squadron.

Matt Lupri FW190 in air

Shown here in Black & White, Red 17 looks like it came from a wartime news-reel image !

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Updated: April 21, 2016 — 1:16 PM


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  1. Great job with the rebuild. The weathering looks absolutely awesome!

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