6- 950 hp ea.
94 ft. 11 in.
183 ft. 1 in.
The Me-323 Gigant, built by Messerschmitt, was the largest German transport produced during WW II. They were the powered version of the Me-321 glider, propelled by six Gnome-Rhone 14N engines. Its propellers were three bladed, constructed from black wood.
Construction of the Me-323 Gigant was of fabric covered steel tube framing rather than employing a more conventional monocoque fuselage. This was done as a cost saving measure.
The Messerschmitt Me-323 Gigant was capable of carrying around 100 armed troops or 20,000 lbs. of cargo. Oversize cargo could be loaded through large clam shell doors in the nose of the aircraft.
The aircraft served throughout 1943 keeping the German army supplied.
About 200 Me-323 Gigant aircraft were produced in all.
RC Me-323 Gigant
The giant scale RC Me-323 Gigant built by Terry Mitchell has a wing span of 157 in. Power comes from four Speed 600 and two Speed 400 motors, all geared 3.1:1. All up weight is 24 lbs.
The RC Me-323 Gigant from a Graupner balsa and ply kit has a wing span ot 65.5 in. and length of 34 in. Power is by six speed 280 motors. Scale is 1:33 and all up weight is around 58 oz.
RC Airplane pilots report the flight of the Graupner RC Me-323 Gigant as very scale-like. Although the ailerons are effective, the rudder has very little authority. Once cruising at a comfortable altitude, you can maintain it at about 1/4 throttle.