Tony Ray’s Aero Models Göppingen Gö-3 Minimoa Glider
Balsa Laser Cut 1/12 Scale Kit for 3 Channel Radio Control
This kit is a 1/12 scale R/C model of the Göppingen Gö-3 Minimoa glider which is a single-seat sailplane produced in Germany. It was designed by Martin Schempp and Wolf Hirth and was produced the year after their first glider, the Göppingen Gö 1. It first flew in 1935. The name is derived from the name Moazagotl given to Altocumulus Lenticularis clouds caused by the Foehn wind in Sudetenland. The name was used for one of Hirth’s earlier gliders and since the Gö 3 was a smaller version, it was called ‘Mini’ as a diminutive.
It established several records, including the world altitude record of 6,687 m (21,939 ft) in 1938 in a thunderstorm. Richard du Pont and Chet Decker flew Minimoas to win the US Championships in 1937 and 1938.
It was made out of wood and fabric with cantilevered ‘gull’ wings. A B-version in 1938 had thinner wings with a modified section and the gull’s kink in a different place. The undercarriage was non-retractable. It was the first glider built to carry water-ballast in a tank behind the pilot.
Göppingen Gö-3 Minimoa Glider Kit # GS01
This model builds into a wonderful glider for many hours of flight in the summer dusk. The construction is challenging and great fun and results in a very reliable model airplane with a fun factor guaranteed. We are always available to answer any questions you may have.
Within the box, this kit is equipped with 18 sheets of laser cut balsa, plywood, a 1:1 full scale drawing, and a full set of hardware parts including a push rod. This kit is also using a brand new numbering system for the model where each part is marked allowing the modeler to easily build it according to the manual which contains 200+ pictures with notes.
Designed for radio control slope soaring, the model can also be converted to free flight for those with appropriate model building skills.
Or, the kit can be built as a beautiful static display model.
- Wingspan: 56″ / 1,422mm
- Wing Area: 13.7 sq. dm
- Fuselage Length: 24.5″ / 623mm
- Flying Weight: 300g – 320g
- 13 x balsa wood sheets (different thicknesses)
- 3 x plywood sheets (different thicknesses)
- 2 x paulownia leaves (Asian tree species, 1 mm thick)
- 2 x PVC housing (for front and rear)
- 1 x PVC tube
- 1 x carbon tube
- 5 x plastic hinges
- 8 x paper hinges
- 3 x M2 * 20 screws
- 8 x M1.6 * 5 screws
- 2 x M1.78 * 8 screws
- 1 x M2 nut
- 2 x M2 drive-in nuts
- 4 x metal rod (Ø 0.8 mm)
- 1 x metal wire (Ø 1 mm)
- 4 x metal wire adapters
- 2 x carbon rod (1 mm diameter)
- 2 x heat shrink tubing
- 1: 1 construction drawings
- NOT INCLUDED: Decals (like the German military cross in the picture), electronic components
A PDF copy of the building instructions is available. Please provide your email address during purchase so we can send you a copy of the instruction manual after purchase.
Radio Control Operation:
Requires (Not included):
- Transmitter: 3+ Channel RC Transmitter
- Standard Receiver
- 5g Mini Servo (4 each) (Recommendation: EMAX 9251 servo)
Optional Parts (Not included. Please click on links for parts available in the FlyBoyz Store.)
Questions and answers about the flight characteristics:
- Is the model towable?
Yes, that is possible. To do this, however, you have to build in a mechanism yourself in order to disconnect the high start line.
- Can I also install a motor?
Yes, that is also possible. The engine thrust must be at least 205-350 grams. It is recommended to add a power module in the upper part of the nose or on the back (note: not included in the kit, customer modification required)
- Can I attach a “catapult” hook?
The Minimoa is a micro scale glider and built too fragile to be catapulted into the air from the ground. It is only suitable for towing and slope soaring flights.