Tip-Top was a box shaped robot with a horizontal substantial inertia flywheel driven by a petrol-fuel 72CC disc cutter engine. It was fitted with a pair of actuators that could raise the robot by about 40mm from either way up. The disc's axle was rounded at both ends and long enough to touch the ground, balancing the disc on the arena floor like a top. The robot was unique in that it did not have drive motors for it wheels. When the disc was spinning at full speed, the actuators could be fired to tip the disc mechanism, and the resultant gyroscopic forces from the dome pressing against the ground would move the robot. This unique locomotion gave rise to the name Tip-Top.
The innovative system proved too unresponsive against its first opponent Bigger Brother, and Tip-Top was soon flipped out of the arena.
Tip-Top defeated Cerberus to qualify for Series 5, but failed to pass the Series 6 qualifiers with an unchanged machine.
Series 5EditTip-Top's only battle of the Fifth Wars was over very quickly, as it was placed up against future runners-up Bigger Brother. In the battle, Tip-Top tried to get its flywheel up to speed, but was too sluggish to find cover, and Bigger Brother quickly came in and flipped Tip-Top over. Bigger Brother then pushed Tip-Top against the arena side wall and flipped it again, stranding Tip-Top on the wall itself. Bigger Brother then quickly flipped Tip-Top out of the arena, eliminating it from the competition.
- — Jonathan Pearce as Tip-Top is hoisted out
|TIP-TOP - RESULTS|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat I, Round 1||vs. Bigger Brother||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
- Series 1-4: Did not enter
- Series 5: Heat, Round 1
- Series 6: Failed to qualify
- Series 7: Did not enter