When it comes to competing at Top Gun, there are two parts to the aircraft’s score; the static score and the flight score. Before the flight rounds are flown, aircraft in the Masters, Expert, Team, and Unlimited classes must first be judged for their static score. The model is inspected and evaluated according to the modeler’s own documentation booklet and points are given for Outline, Color, Markings and for overall Craftsmanship.In case of a overall Static Score tie, then the tie is broken by the highest Outline score.
Then the aircraft is flown in several flight rounds with the lowest being a throwaway and the the others added up for the flight score. The final flight score and the Static score are then added together to come up with the contestants overall score for final standings.
Here below are the top Static Score Winners
Class Modeler Aircraft Static Score Sponsors
Masters David Hayes Ayres Turbo Thrush 99.167 CARF-Models
This 99-inch-long, 1/5-scale crop-duster is powered by an E-flite Power 60 electric motor turning an APC 19×10 prop. David flew his Thrush with a Spektrum DX9 radio to earn 161.842 total points and placed 3rd in the class. David won the “Mr. Top Gun” title with his Rockwell Thrush, (a different model) in 2008 and 2009.
Expert Peter Goldsmith Hawk 100 99.00 Warbirds West
Built from the Tomahawk Aviation all-composite kit, Peter’s Hawk 100 earned a nearly perfect score with 99 points from the static judges. It’s powered by a KingTech 210 turbine engine and weighs in at 50 pounds. Peter flew it with his Spektrum DX 20 radio to earn 196.1 total points, winning the Expert class and the coveted Mr. Top Gun title.
Team Phil Noel / Rei Gonzalez MiG 15 96.33 Red Bull
Built by Phil Noel from the Skymaster kit, this 1/4-scale jet is powered by a Jet Central Cheetah turbine. Rei piloted it with a Spektrum DX20 radio to earn 191.158 total points and placed 4th in the Team Scale Class.
Unlimited Joe Castelao T-34B 98.25 Metal Building Supplies
The Best of the West Beechcraft T-34 was built by Joe Castelao and piloted by Ali Machincy. it has a 136 inch span and was built from enlarged Bob Patton plans. Ali flew the Mentor with a Spektrum DX18 radio system to earn 196.850 total points which allowed the aircraft to win 1st place in the Unlimited class for the third year in a row.
X-Class Rob Lynch F-18 97.75 Cortex Demon Gyro
The BVM PNP model has an 85.5 inch span and it is 121 inches long. Weighing in at 54 pounds, it is powered with a KinTech 260 turnine engine. Rob flew the F-18 with Spektrum DX20 radio to earn a score of 146.225.