Road to Top Gun — Alessio Mauro Pisu and his Fw 190 Butcher Bird


With almost three years of work going into their amazing project, Alessio Mauro Pisu from Sardinia, an Italian island in the center of Mediterranean Sea, and his dad Alessio Pisu have produced this Focke Wulf 190 from a Meister Scale design enlarged about 22%. It has a 126-inch wing span and 102-inch-long fuselage.


At present, the team is working on it making it more scale for the Top Gun event. The landing gears are completely home made. Their Butcher Bird is built with classic wood structures and is covered with  fiberglass cloth and metal paneling complete with rivets and panel lines. Everything except the engine, servos, power supply, receiver and prop is home made. A scale spinner, scale retracts, wheels, some uniballs, the electronic system for the canopy movement, functional baffle system, rear landing gear retract  and many other details are completely made in their little garage.


The planned engine is a Moki 250cc radial with a Biela 32×16 3-blade scale prop. There is a chance however that an Italian company will provide  a new Airen 200cc 9-cylinder engine, which more or less develops the same HP of a Moki 300cc.


Bio: 22 year old Alessio Mauro Pisu, has been flying since he was 6 years old because his dad gave him his modeling passion. He has never flown in a professional way, but  last year he tool on scale aero-modeling in a serious way and he has flown in some larger events, including the “German Jet Power” event which is the biggest RC jet fair in Europe. It’s only by invitation and he flew for Team Pirotti. He also flies 3D and really likes RC gliders and IMAC aerobatics.



  1. Does it fly?

  2. Beautiful. Wish I could build like that.

  3. A beautiful rendition of a timeless design. If there was even a more beautiful design of a radial cowl airplane, I don’t know what it was.
    Congratulations to father and son. Bellisimo!

  4. Beautiful. Your passion is obvious.

  5. Wow! These guys should consider building an actual WAR fighter replica of the FW190, which is a plans-built 1/3rd scale sport plane now available again from The WAR replica, one can actually fly for real as a rated Sport Pilot or higher. With that much time and effort involved in an RC model, these guys could go for the real thing, with high odds of a airworthy and successful build. Ambition, MONEY and talent wins the day with all forms of aviation.

  6. NICE!!!

  7. Wonderful! Their love for building really shows!

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