Tony Ray goes big with this 1/12 scale R/C model of the Göppingen Gö-3 Minimoa glider!
Building into a truly exquisite aircraft, the Tony Ray Minimoa is the crown jewel in the ever-growing Tony Ray fleet and a huge leap forward for the ever-growing Tony Ray Aero Model brand.
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.
Only five Minimoas remain airworthy: two in Germany, one in Japan, one replica build in the Netherlands and the latest one to fly in the U.K. One more is being prepared for flight in Bacchus Marsh Australia.
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