20" ME163 Komet (Mini Kit)

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20 inch ME163 Mini kit

$ 22.50

20 inch ME163 kit w/ 9g Brushless Combo

$ 65.00

The 9gm Motor Combo (motor, ESC, mount, prop adapter) sells separately for $45.00

The “Mini” version of our ME163 Komet looks the same in the picture, but it is much smaller than the 32" ME163 Regular version. It has a wingspan of only 20 inches and weighs about 4 ounces with a 450mah 3-cell LiPo battery pack. It is all foam and is a blast to fly. We recommend this model for advanced pilots with quick reflexes! The Mini Komet is small and fast, and very maneuverable. It can be used with a variety of small motors, but we recommend our 9gm brushless motor. For a more relaxed flying experience, the model can be powered using a 2-cell battery, or a lower-pitched prop. This model is an excellent size for indoor flying (it also flies fine outside as long as you don't let it get too far away!)

The kit contains 7 precision-cut foam pieces. Complete and highly-detailed instructions are provided on a CD included with the kit. To complete the model as shown, you will also need

a receiver
two 4g micro-servos amd wire pushrods
9gm brushless motor, 4x4 prop, and appropriate ESC (included with our motor combo)
paint, glue etc.

We highly recommend that you use a radio with Exponential and elevon mixing capabilities.

Historical Information

The ME163 Komet was the first warplane with swept wings and the only operational rocket-powered aircraft to fly during WWII. It out-performed all the piston engine aircraft it faced - it could climb at 80 degrees, reach 40 000 ft in 3 minutes, and had a top speed in excess of 550mph! This phenomenal performance was due to the power provided by a rocket engine fueled by an extremely volatile mixture of Hydrazine and Methanol. Despite it's incredible speed and rate of climb, the aircraft had little effect on the outcome of the war - mainly because it's armament couldn't match it's rocket-age performance. It was armed with twin 30-mm cannons. The Komet was used much as a manned "ground to air missile" - stationed in the path of incoming bombers, it was launched when the bombers were overhead and the tactics of most Komet pilots was to fire off a few rounds at the bomber formation as they streaked past the bombers during the climb, and then they sought to get a few more rounds off during the diving descent. The closing speed was so high that the bombers often flew between the cannon rounds. The fuel spent, the Komet would then glide unpowered back to its base, during which it was quite vulnerable. The landing was even more dangerous, because if the plane had suffered any battle damage a hard bump could cause the leftover fuel to ignite and explode.