Minimoa - 50" R/C Balsa Glider Kit

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Originally kitted by Keil Kraft, designer Chris Long has completely re-engineered the Minimoa glider for 2-channel radio control with an option for 'free-flight' if you prefer.


  • Designed for RC - requires 2 x 4-5g micro servos, 400mAh Nicad (or similar lipo and BEC equivalent) flight battery and small receiver.
  • New wing box with superior strength
  • Removable wings
  • Former realignment
  • Straightened stringers
  • Strengthened wheel axle box
  • New scale vacuum-formed canopy


This kit is a laser-cut replica of the 1930s Göppingen Gö 3 Minimoa sailplane.

Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin.

The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing.

This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.



Most orders are shipped via Royal Mail’s Tracked 48 service.

For larger or heavier orders, we use UKMail/DHL to deliver your package on a Next Working Day service.

Shipping is free to UK Mainland addresses for orders over £30.00, otherwise we charge £6.00 for Royal Mail Tracked 48 parcels and £12.00 for UKMail/DHL Nest Working Day.


Smaller items

Items that fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters (59cm x 17cm x 15cm weighing less than 2kg) can be sent to most countries outside the UK.

For example up to 3 of our smaller 18” wingspan kits can fit into one of these parcels.

A parcel like this currently costs around £14 to Europe and around £18 to send to the USA and will take up to 3 weeks to arrive. This is because Royal Mail hands over the parcel to the local Post Office service for your country who have to clear it through customs and then deliver it to you.

The Royal Mail tracking code also transfers over to the tracking for your country’s postal service.

Larger items

For items that do not fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters, we use standard international couriers such as DHL, FedEx and UPS.

These companies use something called volumetric weights to calculate the cost of shipping.

For example, a Balsa Basics RC bundle kit that measures 102cm x 34cm x 16cm and weighs 2.5 kg is actually calculated at 14kg!

This makes these very expensive to send outside the UK - a large kit can cost nearly £40 to send to France.

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Minimoa 50
07 May 2023  | 

This is such a great kit. I am half way through the build, but wanted to write something on this. I was worried to begin with that there were no visual instructions but what was sent is perfect. The scale plans are perfectly detailed, the parts are all listed on paper and the instructions are great (very detailed and I love that all the part codes are bold). Arrived in time. Thank you Vintage. It will be the Spitfire next

Minimoa 50
07 May 2023  | 

Nice kit with quality die cut parts. The 1/16 stringers we're very poor quality. Broke several accidentally. Had to source new ones. The tissue is difficult to work with and I had to get some good quality silk spam and Japanese tissue.