GWS Pico Tiger Moth

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The GWS Pico Tiger Moth

The GWS Pico Tiger Moth is a low-cost radio controlled model airplane manufactured and distributed by Taiwan-based Grand Wing Servo-Tech.

Popular with beginning and experienced pilots alike, the Pico Tiger Moth boasts a low purchase cost, semi-scale looks, extremely slow and stable flight and quick build time. Although it looks like a scale model, construction is no more complex than a GWS Slow Stick, Multiplex EasyStar or similar foam aircraft due to the low parts count. The model's slow-speed flight characteristics mean that it can be flown indoors in a gym or other large hall; it needs a relatively calm day to be flown outdoors.

"Tiger Moth World Tour"

A Pico Tiger Moth made aeromodeling history beginning January 25, 2004 when a discussion thread at hobby website proposed the Tiger Moth World Tour which involved flying the model in every state in the United States. Modelers Gene Carr and Luis Hoyos of Thonotosassa, Florida USA assembled the model and monitored the sign-up list. Trip coordinator Keith Wilson, also of Thonotosassa, was to monitor the model's journey from pilot to pilot, each of whom signed the model. All shipping costs were incurred by the individual pilots, each of whom was responsible for getting the model shipped to its next destination.

The Tiger Moth's first flight was in Thonotosassa on March 7, 2004 with the eighty-sixth and final flight taking place on July 13, 2007 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The model flew not only in the United States but in parts of Canada as well. The model was feared lost in Kahoka, Missouri but was later found and turned over to the local police.

On June 24, 2008, the Academy of Model Aeronautics accepted the Tiger Moth, logbooks including a repair log which listed 42 separate repairs and all support gear for permanent display starting March 27, 2009 at their National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, Indiana. The news of the model's final destination was covered in the September 2009 edition of the AMA magazine, Model Aviation by assistant editor Jay Smith.


  • Wingspan - 32s (81cm)
  • Wing area - 288 sq. in.
  • Airframe weight less electrics - approx. 5.3 oz. (approx. 150g)
  • Required radio system - Aircraft radio with a minimum of three channels
  • Power system - GWS IPS-A geared propulsion system with brushed motor (included)
  • Propeller - EP9070 (included)
  • Length - 26.4" (67cm)

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