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Gotha Go 242 Germany, WWII Display Model 

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Thomas Gunn 1:32 WOW200
Gotha Go 242 Germany, WWII Display Model
World War II

Historical Note:


All Thomas Gunn aircraft are hand carved in mahogany and take around 60 hours to manufacture, each comes with a full interior and all are limited editions.


The Gotha Go 242 was a glider employed by the German forces during WW2. Designed by Albert Kalkert in response to a Luftwaffe requirement for a heavy transport glider and intended to replace the DFS 230 assault glider then in service. The requirement was for a glider capable of carrying 20 fully laden troops or the equivalent cargo. The aircraft was a high-wing monoplane with a simple square-section fuselage ending in clamshell type doors used to load cargo. The empennage was mounted on twin booms linked by a tail-plane. The fuselage was formed of steel tubing covered with doped fabric. The flight characteristics of the design were better than those of the DFS 230. Cargo versions of the glider featured a hinged rear fuselage loading ramp that could accommodate a small vehicle such as a Kubelwagen or loads of similar size and weight. Two prototypes flew in 1941and the type quickly entered production. A total of 1,528 were built, 133 of which were converted to the Go 244, with engines fitted to the forward extensions of the tail booms. The Go 242 was tested with various rockets for overloaded take offs and these were found to be a successful addition and often a necessary requirement under field conditions. Dimensions of the Gotha 242 were an 80ft wing span and a 50ft length, which was similar size-wise to the Allied Waco glider. This may surprise some readers but these dimensions also make the Gotha larger than our recently released Junkers 88, should give you an idea of the size! Like the Waco the Gotha had a large glazed cockpit area which gave the pilots an excellent field of view when coming into land. Unlike the Allied gliders, the Gotha could be armed with up to 4 machine guns firing from its side windows! Our 1/32 scale hand carved all Mahogany version has a wingspan of 76cm/30" and a length of 50cm/19.5" and is limited to 10 in number worldwide,

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