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ESM F-7F TIGERCAT 83″ NEW SPECIAL EDITION !!!
In early 1941, Grumman began design-work on a new twin-engined fighter for the War Department, for use on a planned larger Midway-class aircraft carrier. On June 30, 1941, Grumman was awarded a contract to build two prototypes, the first of which flew in December 1943. The XF7F-1 Tigercat was unusual for a fighter, with its shoulder-mounted wings, twin underwing-mounted engines, all-metal construction and tricycle landing gear. Before the prototype even flew for the first time, Grumman was contracted to build 500 of them for the US Marine Corps, to be used as close-support aircraft for the massive landing operations then underway in the Pacific. Delivery began in April 1944. The first 34 F7F-1s were similar to the prototypes, then 30 two-seat night-fighter variants (called F7F-2Ns) were produced. Next, 189 single-seat models called F7F-3s were built which featured slightly more powerful R-2800 engines, slightly larger vertical stabilizers, and a 7% increase in fuel capacity. Much of the original order for Tigercats was cancelled after VJ-Day, and they never saw operational service in WWII. Less than 100 Tigercats were built after the war as night-fighters (F7F-3N and F7F-4N), electronic reconnaissance (F7F-3E) and photo-reconnaissance (F7F-3P) platforms, but higher-performance jet-powered airplanes soon replaced the Tigercat in the US Marine Corps. During the 1960s and 1970s, a few were gradually sold as surplus and converted to fire bombers or aerial photography ships.
NEW FOR WINTER OF 2016, the ESM F-7F TIGERCAT SPECIAL EDITION model comes fully painted and includes (4) Decals sets in every box! Now you can customize your ESM TIGERCAT to your liking by choosing from one of four custom included decal sets!
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*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE THE GLOSSY FINISHED VERSIONS NOW! ***
- All Composite Fuselage and Nacelles, BUILT UP WINGS for lighter wing loading and perfect match painted to fuse/nacelles!
- – Also includes: servo trays, engine mount, fuel tank, and hardware.
- -Illustrated instruction manual included.
- Wingspan: 83″
- Engines: 2 x .91-1.20 4 cycle (not included)
- Radio: 6 Channel & 11 Servos (not included)
- ESM GEN4 ELECTRIC GEAR, SIERRA PNEUMATIC, CJM ELECTRIC GEAR Available!
- Scale Cockpit Kit
- Pilot Figures
- Scale Wheel Sets with or without brakes
The F7F is the perfect combination of aggressive looks and a gentle flyer. The huge wing and tail surface area make this twin a breeze to fly. With functional flaps and retractable gear, we have completed the scale look and have added all the functions of the full scale warbird. Whether you chose to tuck in two 4-Stroke engines or two smaller gassers you’ll love the performance of this newly revised twin!
* Does not include: radio, radio gear, engines/ motors, glue, and silicone fuel line (airframe only).
Video Courtesy of our friends across the pond @ YT INTERNATIONAL , powered by (2) 20cc Gas Engines!