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Stephen Cinch - Well, that wraps up the 25th edition of the world famous Top Gun. Guys, I can honestly say this will not be my last. It was AWESOME. I'd like to say a big thanks to Frank Tiano and his whole staff. Everyone did an amazing job from parking cars, checking passes, and making sure everything went smoothly. Not once did I see a volunteer doing anything but smiling. A huge shout out to all the pilots. From amazing highs and horrible explosive lows, no one complained, no one showed anything but amazing sportsmanship. This contest truly lives up to its reputation of being the best of the best.

Today the sun was in full glory, but the winds were up. This did not effect the jets or the larger prop planes, but the cubs WWI planes and other lighter planes had their work cut out for them. Most handled the conditions with professional piloting! The final rounds went off with just a few mishaps, but nothing completely detrimental, which makes everyone's day a little brighter.

I shot a ton of video today hence the lesser amount of pictures and I'm starting to import all the video now, so hopefully in the next few days I'll have a nice recap video up. With some elbow grease I'll get it up before I pack up to head out to Joe Nall! (WOW that's next weekend! Holy Cow!!)

Ok, enjoy the pics, video coming in the next few days and the final scores coming later tonight. I apologize for not having them now, but the sun got to me and I had to leave to go lay down. My Ohio butt forgot about how draining some high powered southern sun can be.

Again, thanks to everyone involved with Top Gun it is seriously an awesome competition, the best planes in the world are there and like the Leading Edge picture says, Frank wants to see you next year!

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Old May 07, 2013, 05:14 PM
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Boy i wish i could have bin there. a couple of guys from the club went and brought back tales and pictures to share at the club meeting last night. They described it much like you have. thanks for sharing the pics and im looking forward to the videos.
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Old May 08, 2013, 04:47 AM
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Sunday pics no worky?

Who won Mr. Top Gun?
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Old May 10, 2013, 05:48 AM
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me,hahha
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Old May 13, 2013, 08:06 PM
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same guys that always win. The ones with the most$$$$$ and biggest companys to build with.
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Old May 14, 2013, 09:31 PM
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same guys that always win. The ones with the most$$$$$ and biggest companys to build with.
Not the case at all.
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Old May 15, 2013, 01:13 PM
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same guys that always win. The ones with the most$$$$$ and biggest companys to build with.
I hardly think this is an accurate description of Dave Wigley.
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Old May 15, 2013, 02:19 PM
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I really did not mean that as a slam against the top gun guys at all. I think that its a great event that I would love to go to and learn at. But who won last year?
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Old May 15, 2013, 09:53 PM
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JeffEE; Dave Wigley is a rare individual, he can design, he can build, and he can fly the #%&* out of a model. It took him 5 years to build his new Beaufighter from scratch, have you ever designed, built and then flown a scale model in a contest of that caliber? It's not just putting $$$$ into a model, it takes a special talent that few modelers have.
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Old May 16, 2013, 12:03 AM
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Jeff, I think you all too easily dismiss the hundreds of hours of research and build time and flying that gets put into each one of these masterpieces. In this class, these are the best of the best in the world.

IMO if you or I possessed a fraction the talent as these guys have, we too would likely attract a sponsor/endorsement; sadly most of us simply do not have the skill on the bench or in the air to compete at an international level with the top pilots from around the world.
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Old May 16, 2013, 06:57 PM
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I agree with the amount of talent and time and effort and investment it takes to go from nothing to world class finish. I have desinged, blue printed, cut my own parts, and built planes. I am doing that right now on another. I will never have the cash or manpower (or talent) to do it as well as the masters do. But then most of us never will. I still would like to get to top gun some day and drool. Perhaps I should withdraw my coment. It was sort of off the cuff. Again I never ment it as an insult.
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Old May 16, 2013, 09:29 PM
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JeffEE, are you designing and building scale stuff? You don't have to enter a "super model" in Top Gun, a lot of the models are the same caliber that you see at the Warbird events around the country. Granted you will more than likley not win first place but look at Jeff Foley's 109E, it's an 80" span model, built with standard methods and he almost took first place from Dave. You have to build an accurate model, well documented, and fly it consistant and smooth, if you do that I'll bet you will place in the top 5. Give it a try!
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Old May 16, 2013, 09:59 PM
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...look at Jeff Foley's 109E, it's an 80" span model, built with standard methods and he almost took first place from Dave. You have to build an accurate model, well documented, and fly it consistant and smooth, if you do that I'll bet you will place in the top 5. Give it a try!
As a matter of fact Jeff did win the whole shootin' match with his first 109E a few years back.
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Old May 17, 2013, 11:50 AM
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I have been granted permission to build a scale rc version of the 1941 Aetna-Timm Aerocraft.
The owners of the plane have it at a museum in Iowa. They sent me a disc with over 200 pictures of the aircraft. I have most of the planes done, all except the landing gear. But I think I will donate it to the museum rather than compete.
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Old May 17, 2013, 12:02 PM
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That is a special project and quite the undertaking, I hope to one day be at the level I can try building something from scratch and on my own.

Dont let my previous post discourage you or withdraw your comment above I love posts that open up the discourse and allow different arguments; that is what the internet is about

Documentation is a huge part of the project, you could do very well with your 1941 at an event like Top Gun. I would keep that in mind throughout the build
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