We offer three different versions of the ME163 Komet. This one is a high-speed version of our “Regular” 32″ Komet, intended for advanced pilots and builders. Its the exact same size but costs more because it has several added parts for speed and durability – including a double-fuselage and a plywood landing skid. Instead of a single piece of foam, the wing is a high-strength folded-over design with two carbon-fiber spars (included with the kit). It will fly at up to 65 mph with the 1250kV “Bue Wonder” motor and up to 85 mph with the 1700kv “Blue Monster”.
The kit includes the foam parts needed to build this model, along with a fully detailed construction manual and some accessories. Unlike our other planes, the builder needs to supply micro-pushrods – we don’t recommend using the Rabid models Pull-Pull system for this one. We offer a pushrod set HERE. A working rudder is optional.
This is a kit – the “Combat Komet” is not assembled or painted so the customer needs to supply glue, paint, and other hobby tools, servos, motors, and electronics in order to put it together. This model is designed for a single 1250 kV “Blue Wonder” brushless motor and 2-bladed 8×6 propeller, or a 1700kV “Blue monster” 24gm brushless motor with a 2-bladed 6″ APC propeller for top performance. Note: motor equipment is not included with the kit but available separately.
Here is a video of the prototype flying indoors at low power. It is very stable and easy to fly, but its like a shark in a goldfish bowl.
Marc designed this version after becoming weary of mid-air collisions during indoor flying. The prototype has destroyed 6 other planes and counting (but not on purpose!), and now everyone tends to stop flying when its in the air. This pic was taken in 2009 after I accidentally destroyed my friend Paul Worley’s Laser in a midair collision.
Note: the tailwheel that was installed on the prototype is not included with the kit. If you do plan on using this plane in RC combat, we recommend that you install some additional nose reinforcement and a CF rod on the LE of the fin.