Steve Elias shared these great photos and success story with his BVM 80" F-86F.
There is a Top Gun competition in the U.K. now that uses World Jet Masters judging criteria. Steve won both the scale award plus the over all Top Gun award.
The model was originally Bob Violett's but recently acquired by Steve and modernized with an Evojet engine and Futaba MZ18 for guidance.
Hi Patty, I'm sure this may be old news but I finally received my trophy and got a pic to share with you and BV. :) Thanks for such a great building and equally flying model. I'm looking forward to TopGun and Jet World Masters in Switzerland in 2013!
To Bob, Patty, Dustin, Heather & all the BVM Crew,
I just thought I would let you know that over this past weekend I was able to get together with David Payne at Eli Field to do the final set-up and first flight on my F-86. It all went very well without any problems. The plane flew just great. It is powered by a JetCat P-120sx and guided by a Spektrum DX18 radio and all the recommended JR servos.
BVM Products Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From: Greg Wright
Hello Patty, Dustin, Bob, and all the BVM Crew,
I thought I would send you this picture of my newly finished F-86 that I have had for three years. It is all painted, there are absolutely no decals used except for the British emblem on the tail. If it was warmer outside here in the Midwest I would have taken the picture outside. I would again like to thank all of you for a great product and service when I need it.
From: Gordon Dickens
Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2009 5:20 PM
I just wanted to drop a note of thanks to you for sponsoring and attending Super Jet South this year. I really appreciate everything that you have done to help promote our event and I especially appreciate you personally attending the event. Also, while I am not 100% positive, I think that the F-86 in the attached picture is your airplane. That is one beautiful airplane!
Eng. Francisco R. Mirandes
Jack Diaz just can't get enough of a good thing, so Sabre #2 is flying in this very attractive camo scheme through the Venezuelan skies. During the mid-1950's, several USAF units experimented with NATO style camoflauge on both F-86s and F-84s. This F-86F of the 461st FDS is camoflauged with Medium Gray and Dark green uppersurfaces with British PRU Blue undersurfaces.
Jack Diaz and son Geraldo have been competing at Top Gun for several years. For '06, Geraldo flew an F-100D to 2nd place in the Pro event and Jack introduced this fine example of the BVM F-86F.
Jacobo Sevilla of Culiacan, Mexico is flying his 80" F-86 Sabre that was built by Sam Leonard. Jacobo says it is the easiest to land jet that he owns. A fellow club member custom fabricated a stainless steel tailpipe exhaust to wrap around the outside of the fuselage at the rear to add to the scale appearance - nice touch!
Scott Harris of Nashville, Tennessee competed in the 2005 World Jet Masters on Team USA with his "Dennis the Menace" F-86 Sabre jet. Scott was obviously hooked on this scheme as he finished his new KingCat in the same markings. BVM Metal-Kote II was used for the finish on the Sabre and both models are powered by AMT engines.
Diaz of Caracus, Venezuela applied the "Huff" scheme to his 80"
Sabre jet for Top Gun '06. Some of the scale details include working landing
and navigation lights.
Abdulaziz Al-Rabban of Doha, Qatar flew his F-86 at the 2005 World Jet Masters. Abdulaziz finished his model within 20 days of receiving the kit! The Sabre is powered by a JetCat P-160 and finished in BVM's Metal-Kote II with Pro-Mark graphics.
Ian Richardson (right) built this Sabre jet for Top Gun '05 and beyond. Steve Elias (left) is the pilot for this Team Class entry.
Ian finished his F-86 in Flite-Metal with Pro-Mark Graphics and powers the model with an AMT Netherlands Pegasus HP, and has limited the thrust to about 27lbs.
Ian is "Mr. Perma-Grit Tools".
Gordon Dickens of Atlanta, Georgia is preparing
for Top Gun '05 with his "Boeing Chase Plane" 80" Sabre jet.
Gordon will fly the model in the Pro-Am class this year and perhaps Team Scale
next year with builder Jerry Caudle after the skin detailing is complete.
Jim Jensen (left) of Minnetonka, Minnesota is the proud owner of this great looking new 80" Sabre Jet. There were numerous people involved in this project, including well known scale builder Joe Grice (not pictured) who built and painted the model for Jim. The "gearing up" was accomplished in Florida by Barry West (2nd from right) and Tom Dodgen (far right). This Sabre is powered by a JetCat Titan (reduced to 118k rpm) and was test flown at our local field (RCACF). Everything worked as planned and 3 successful flights were logged on the first day of flying. Look for this model at Top Gun in the Pro-Am class.
The brilliant florescent orange shows up well, even on the most hazy days. Markings and Sabre nomenclature are available from ProMark Graphics.