If you are a fan of serious scale and love seeing giant scale beauties on the flightline, then the name Dennis Crooks won’t be new to you. Dennis is a VP at Robart Manufacturing and his newest project is rapidly coming to a finish for competition at the 25th annual Top Gun Scale Invitational.
Here’s what Dennis has to say about his twin engine beauty.
“I fully intend to have the Grumman Tigercat at Top Gun but it has not been test flown yet sooo… Anyway, it has a 120-inch wingspan and is 102-inches long. I’m using two Robart radials (7.8ci / 128 cc) engine for power and will be running the radials on Byron fuel. I have not weighed the model yet and I’m not ready to make a guess.
The Tigercat is built from a Bridi Tigercat kit and it has a fiberglass fuselage, a built-up wing and a balsa-sheeted foam tail. It is finished with Pacer finishing resin and KlassKote paint. The nose art is by Pro-Mark.
Of course, the plane has Robart electric retracts, Robart wheels and brakes and a functional Fuel tank drop. I am using a Futaba 18MZ radio.
For a bit of history, Robart Mfg. founder Bob Walker actually started the project some 20 some years ago then it just sat here at Robart till I picked it up in 2011 and started seriously working on it again.