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Road to Top Gun — Mike Gatwood’s Convair CV-440

Discussion in 'Giant Scale News' started by GSNadmin, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. GSNadmin

    GSNadmin Staff Member

    Wow! It’s had to believe but it that time again to start sharing our information on the newest contestants planning to compete at the 2017 Top Gun Scale Invitational help at Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL. Hosted by Frank Tiano, this year’s competition kicks off on the week of May 1 through 7. As always, our “Road to Top Gun” posts and article will help heat up the excitement by highlighting the many pilots and their amazing aircraft all hoping to earn the title “Mr. Top Gun. Here’s our first post.


    Mike Gatwood will be competing at Top Gun with his beautiful Convair CV-440. The plans are from Don Smith Plans and the ribs and formers were cut by Kit Cutters. The build took 3 years to complete. It is finished with fiberglass over built-up balsa with light ply formers and balsa ribs. The landing gear is by Century Jet driven by a retract air system, and aluminum wheels are from Robert.

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    The aircraft is controlled by a Futaba transmitter and receiver. It has 3-6.6 volt LiFe, 2100mAh batteries, (1 for the receiver and Futaba 3010 servos and 1 for each of two ignitions). The engines are DLE 35cc gassers with Morpower adjustable props. The paint is Behr premium plus enamel with Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Satin Clear. Foil tape was used for the polished aluminum panels placed in 2” X 4”panels. The takeoff weight is 49 pounds.


    Also referred to as the VT-29B pictured here with myself and the crew chief of the full-size,( aircraft number 51-7909) from 1958 to 1959.

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