32" ME 163 Komet, Regular Version

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32 inch Regular ME163 (kit only)

$ 27.50

32 inch Regular ME163 kit w/ 17g Brushless Combo

$ 70.00

The 17gm Motor Combo has a list price of $45.00

The “regular” version of our ME163 is lighter and less rugged than the Combat Version (The prototype weighs about 7.5 ounces with a 900mah 3-cell LiPo pack). It is all foam, with an undercambered wing. It's designed to use a 17gm brushless motor and 7x6 prop for sprited performance.

Although it doesn't fly as fast as the ME163 combat version, it performs very well. With our suggested Motor Combo, it's quick and nimble and is a lot of fun to fly, but it isn’t designed for "extreme" flying. The combat version is significantly heavier, more difficult to build - and is very fast and extremely maneuverable, for advanced model pilots. (Note, the videos are of the "combat" version.)

The kit includes everything you need to build the airframe. Detailed instructions are provided on a CD included with the kit. To complete the model as shown, you will need

a receiver two 5g micro-servos lightweight brushless motor, prop, and appropriate ESC (included with our motor combo) paint, glue etc.

You will need a radio with Exponential and elevon mixing capabilities.

Historical Information

The 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 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 pilots was to fire off a few rounds at the bomber formation as the Komet streaked past them 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 (it landed on a skid) because if the plane had suffered any battle damage a hard bump could cause the leftover fuel to ignite and explode.