Each November, when much of North America has seen the first frost of the upcoming winter, there is one group of RC’ers who never worry about the snow. Members of the Desert Hawks RC Club of Lake Havasu City, Arizona are renowned for their love of seaplanes and offshore flying. With temps in the 70s and 80s, what better way to forget about the winter than to take part in this exciting and very specialized RC event at Windsor Beach State Park. The Annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic on the shores of Lake Havasu is considered by many to be the largest float fly in the country. And this year’s event did not disappoint. Unlike the 2018 Classic, which was hampered by severe winds and 6- to 15-inch breakers on the shore, this year’s attendees enjoyed perfect weather conditions for all three days of the event. Those who made their annual trek were extremely happy with the amount of flying that took place.
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IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS
2020 TOP GUN SCALE INVITATIONAL
TOP GUN SCALE INVITATIONAL
THE 32ND YEAR OF EXCELLENCE!
THE COMPETITION CONTINUES
Every spring, Frank Tiano’s Top Gun Scale Invitational has heralded the beginning of the flying season, offering builders an opportunity to show off their projects in Lakeland, Florida after a winter spent finishing them in their workshops.
BUILDING BENCH & WORKSHOP TIPS
I have built countless RC models, from kits, plans and even my own scratch designs.
TOP GUN FAVORITE MARK CHAPMAN'S 1/3-SCALE ALBATROS D.VA
When I told Model Airplane News executive editor Debra Cleghorn that I was attending the Top Gun Scale Invitational for the first time, she asked me if I would interview the pilot of one of my favorite planes at the event. As a WW I fan (and a Balsa USA builder), I chose Mark Chapman’s beautifully detailed 1/3-scale Balsa USA Albatros D.Va, flown by Marvin Alvarez in Team Scale.
HEAVY-DUTY SCALE FLAPS
FUNCTIONAL CONTROL SURFACES WITH ADDED DETAIL
SEAGULL MODELS/LEGEND HOBBY SAVAGE SHOCK CUB
A short takeoff and landing wonder!
GETTING STARTED IN FPV
BetaFPV makes getting a bird’s-eye-view easier than ever!
AILERON/RUDDER MIXING EXPLAINED
Build good habits now and fly better tomorrow
BRITTEN-NORMAN - DEFENDER 2000
An electric-powered Islander on steroids