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Top Gun Flightline — First flight of the XB-70 Valkyrie

Top Gun Flightline — First flight of the XB-70 Valkyrie

Brett Becker was again on the flightline competing with his much improved E-powered EDF XB-70 Valkyrie. Bret spent most of time between now and last Top Gun improving his super-sonic bomber’s detail including lots of extras to improve his static score. Sal Calvagna photos.
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Top Gun Flightline Photos — Young Gun Zavi Machinchy’s L-29

Top Gun Flightline Photos — Young Gun Zavi Machinchy’s L-29

MAN contributor and Top Gun contestant Sal Calvagna is both competing and helping capture some of the flightline action at this years Scale Invitational. During practice time in Wednesday, Sal snapped this shot of one of the Young Gun contestants that will be flying this year. That’s 12 year old Zavi Machinchy, son of Ali […]
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.
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Young Guns — New Category for Top Gun

Young Guns — New Category for Top Gun

The 30th edition of the Top Gun Scale Invitational will feature a new category of competition called “Young Guns” which will offer, depending on number of entrants, up to three classes based on age. Ages 7-10, 11-14, and 15-17 are the classes defined at press time. One of the invited participants is Fischer Strickland from […]
Top Gun Winners and Placers — Unlimited Class

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Unlimited Class

When it comes to adding a touch of flare to scale competition, Frank Tiano has always been ahead of the curve with Top Gun. Several years ago Frank came up with the unlimited class and it has been a welcomed addition to the scale invitational ever since. This category doesn’t have a “builder of the […]
Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Jet Class

Top Gun Winners and Placers — Pro-Am Jet Class

Viewed by many as the Pinnacle of scale modeling, RC Jets occupy the high ground when it comes to that all-important Wow factor! The development of quick-build composite kits and ARFs have seen this segment of RC grow in leaps and bounds. And as big and impressive as these sleek model aircraft appear, the piloting […]
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