The Blue Max event was founded by Mike Celesky, John Olson, and Ron Prestin, who all at the time felt that it was extremely difficult for WW I planes to compete against the more familiar heavy-metal warbirds. Documentation is just not readily available for WW I projects, so they wanted to create an event where the WW I modelers’ efforts would be recognized by other builders and fliers with similar interests.
The first two events were held at Kermit Weeks’ Fantasy of Flight Museum in Polk City, Florida. After the second event, a location change was needed to handle the larger-scale WW I RC aircraft. The event needed a dedicated flying site intended for RC planes, with amenities such as assembly tables and power outlets for charging. So, Scott Lee, the vice president of Sanford Aero Modelers, welcomed the opportunity to hold the event. The Blue Max moved to its permanent home at the Sanford Aero Modelers’ field in 2012.
ON THE FLIGHTLINE
This year, there were some 50 registered pilots at the event, with most of them bringing more than one plane. On Saturday alone there were more than 100 aircraft lined up along the flightline! Several pilots arrive early for the event to get their RVs set up and claim their space along the flightline by as early as Wednesday evening.
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CENTER OF GRAVITY BASICS
The secret to a plane that flies well
DON'T TRASH THAT CRASH!
Pro tips for light, strong aircraft repairs
DYNAM/BITGO HOBBY HAWKER UNTER 70MM
This easy-build jet is a great intro to EDFs
TAKEOFF WITH A 1 1/2 POSITIVE SNAP ROLL
If you’re aspiring to become a better aerobatic pilot, you are, no doubt, constantly searching to add exciting maneuvers to your flight routine.
THE 'RAIDER REPAINT
Painting and weathering the Legend Hobby A-1 Skyraider
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.
AMPUTEE IS A WINNER IN BRAVE RACE FOR LIFE
Defies the odds after ‘dying’ for 8 minutes!
US ASKS TESLA HOW AUTOPILOT RESPONDS TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES
The U.S. government’s highway safety agency wants detailed information on how Tesla’s Autopilot system detects and responds to emergency vehicles parked on highways.
Florida's High-Stakes Mask War
The governor’s stance against school mandates has sparked a backlash
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Impact of Antler Point Regulations in Florida
Florida ag-rec update
SIGNS of the SEASON
Florida Taps Into the Tropics With Guava
The Right Way To See Florida
Great Climate, Crops Mean Opportunities for Agritourism Abound
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In the Heartland Highlands County
ANIMAL DOC CRUSHED PUPPY FOR KINKY KICKS!
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Skin Cancer Screening a Necessity For Floridians
HEALTHY SKIN - It should come as no big surprise that simply living in Florida puts you at an increased risk for skin cancer. The reason for this is simple: The biggest cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV light) from the sun.