32" ME163 Komet (Combat Version)



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32 inch Combat ME163 (kit only)

$ 40.00

32 inch Combat ME163 kit w/ 1250KV 24g Brushless Combo

$ 82.50

32 inch Combat ME163 kit w/ 1700KV 24g Brushless Combo

$ 85.00

DESCRIPTION OF MOTOR PACKAGES AVAILABLE ABOVE:

The "Blue Wonder" standard motor combo has a list price of $45.00 - and includes: 24gm 1250kV brushless motor, 10A ESC, 8x6 GWS prop, O-ring propsaver, bullet connectors, aluminum motor mount, plywood firewall.

The "Blue MONSTER" High-Power motor combo has a a list price of $50.00 - and includes: 24gm 1700kV brushless motor, 15A ESC, 6x5.5 APC prop, O-ring propsaver, bullet connectors, aluminum motor mount, plywood firewall.

This model is meant for expert pilots and we recommend the kit for experienced builders. The model is fast and responsive. Unlike our other models, it isn't a lightweight.

CONSTRUCTION DETAILS: The “combat” version of our Komet is built differently than ALL of our other models - it has a double fuselage and the wing is constructed by folding the LE of the foam under, creating a doubled LE, and that makes the wing much stiffer and stronger. It's a little more difficult to build, but not so bad. The construction technique (bending the wing, and then folding it over double) on this model can be seen in this new video: CLICK HERE (17.6 MB)

After construction, the wing is designed to have a 5mm Carbon-Fiber tube installed on the LE and a 3mm Carbon Fiber rod installed as a spar, for extra strength and “armor” - the CF is included with the kit! The laser-cut landing skid also included with the kit (made of 1/16” (2mm) aircraft plywood) is sandwiched between the two fuselage pieces. Our prototype model weighs about 11.5 ounces with a 3-cell 1350mah LiPo battery (not included).

This model was designed for our "Blue Wonder" 1250 kV 24gm brushless motor with an 8x6 GWS e-prop, and with a 3-cell 1320mah Lipo battery has been clocked with a handheld radar gun at 50mph (about 80km/h). The videos listed on the left show the model with this power setup! In 2009, we installed a hotter 1700kV motor and smaller 6x5.5 APC direct-drive prop and the model now flies at about 70mph (about 110km/h). The model is capable of faster speeds - but we recommend the kit with our MOTOR COMBOS listed above.

The model has yet to prove itself in a real combat contest, but on 5/31/09 I accidentally t-boned my friend Paul Worley's Laser with my Komet.(SEE PICTURE) The high-speed collision completely destroyed Paul's plane and the Komet wasn't scratched. The collision was so violent, one of the servos on Paul's model was destroyed (the case was smashed open). So... I guess the armor works. We went and picked up all the pieces of Paul's plane after I landed and... Paul and I are still good friends!

With a roll rate of about 3 revolutions/second at top speed, and unlimited vertical with either motor setup, this is a really hot little model! It has excellent penetration and gliding performance (due to it's design heritage) and we expect that it could be a reasonably good slope-soaring model. With a relatively high wing-loading (compared to our other models) the Komet handles flying in breezy weather without any problem. This fast little plane is designed for experienced builders and expert pilots. If you're looking for something a little easier to build and a bit more "normal", check out the much lighter Regular Version.

The kit includes everything you need to build the airframe including the four carbon-fiber tubes and rods. Additional armor is optional! Detailed assembly instructions are provided on a CD included with the kit. To complete the model as shown, you will need:

a lightweight receiver and flight battery
two 6g micro-servos (ball-bearing type recommended)
24gm motor, hardware, direct-drive prop, & appropriate speed controller (all included with our motor combo)
micro-pushrod set (optional - pull-pull cables included with kit)
foam-safe paint, CA and epoxy glue, etc.

We HIGHLY recommend that you use a radio with Exponential. You'll need Elevon mixing capabilities unless you split the elevons into separate elevators and ailerons. (the full-size Komet had separate elevators and ailerons. The kit is supplied with full-length elevons for top performance.)


Historical Information

The little ME163 Komet was 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 a highly 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 as a manned "ground to air missile" - stationed in the path of incoming bombers, it was launched when the bombers were overhead and the attack tactic they often used was to fire off a few rounds as they streaked past the bombers during the climb, and then fire a few more rounds during the diving descent through the formation. The closing speed of more than 700 mph meant that the bombers often flew between the cannon rounds! The fuel was spent after only 9 minutes of powered flight, and the Komet would dive and glide unpowered back to its base, during which it was quite vulnerable. The landing was even more dangerous, because a hard bump could break the pilots back (the Komet used a landing skid) and if the plane had suffered any battle damage that could allow the leftover fuel in the tanks to mix, it would instantly ignite and explode. The tanks were on either side of the pilot! A minor fuel leak of the highly corrosive fuel could dissolve the pilot's flesh! The Komet shot down a few bombers, but suffered far more losses from accidents than from allied fighters. Many Komets exploded on the ground from refueling accidents.