Minimoa (134″ / 3.4 m) – 1:5th Scale – When it comes to vintage gliders the Minimoa is perhaps amongst the most iconic – so much so that even Petrol-Heads have heard of it! This fifth scale version is based on the larger 1/4 scale plan and at 3.4m it is very handily sized indeed, yet still large enough to have some presence in the air. Despite its smaller size this is a proper builder’s model, true to scale in outline, with only a few details left off the prototype for operational convenience.
Featured in August and September issues of RCM&E Magazine
- Model Name Minimoa
- Model Type Scale glider
- Scale: 1/5
- Wingspan 134 inch (3.4m)
- Weight 8lbs (3.6kg)
- Wing section HQ 35/14 inner panel, transitioning from the gull break to 35/12 at the tip
- Washout None
- Functions Rudder, elevator, ailerons, spoilers, tow release
- Elevator 25mm up, 10mm down, measured at widest point
- Rudder 70mm each way
- Ailerons 25mm up, 10mm down
- Spoilerons (Ailerons mixed up with the spoilers) 20mm
About the full Size: The Göppingen Gö 3 Minimoa 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 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.
Useful links –
Minimoa (167″) is also available, please CLICK HERE for the: Minimoa (MW2669)
Minimoa (191″) is also available, please CLICK HERE for the: Minimoa (MW2665)
HW-4 Flamingo (5 M) is also available, please CLICK HERE for the: Flamingo 5m (MW3463)
Slingsby Type 13 Petrel (3.4 M) is also available, please CLICK HERE for the: Petrel 3.4m (RC2207)
Slingsby Type 13 Petrel (4.3 M) is also available, please CLICK HERE for the: Petrel 4.3m (MW3820)
What’s in a Laser or CNC Cut Wood Pack? – A CNC or laser cut wood pack contains most, if not all, of the intricately shaped parts shown on the plan, which would be difficult or time-consuming to cut out by hand. It does not contain any sheet or strip wood, which you will need to buy separately. Alternatively, you can purchase an Additional Wood Pack, if available. Our Laser or CNC Cut Wood Packs only contain balsa, ply and lite ply and do not include other materials that may be required to complete the model, such as hardwoods, metals and GRP sheets.