Messerschmitt Me 163B. Profile scale CL model.
Quote: "A 'skinny scale' version of Germany's incredible Rocket plane. You'll be a lot safer flying this profile than the pilots of the real one were! Me-163B, by Hal Redner.
Just imagine! You walk out to the flight line for your morning fighter mission with the thought that your side is losing the war on the ground and in the air, your cities are taking daily beatings from the enemy bombers that you are supposed to stop, and when you get into the battle today you will be outnumbered 20 to 1.
The technicians hover around waiting to fuel up your Rocket with wings, and as you approach, it becomes apparent that your ground crew has replaced the normal dull camouflage with a bright red overall color. The crew chief points out that today is the birthday anniversary of the famous 'Red Baron' and they thought it would be good for morale. You don't think it's good for your morale, but you climb into the fighter and make a mental note to get it painted back to its camouflage colors tonight - that is, if you make it through the enemy fighter escort, the bombers' 50 caliber guns and a tendency for your rocket engines to explode on bumpy landings if there is enough residual fuel vapor in the tanks.
The remarkable Me 163 B achievement of 1945 deserves to be seen at the local control line field amongst all those jewel-like stunters and sport planes. Additionally, it's a profile model with an enclosed gas tank that lends a very realistic look in the air. To the workbench, then!
A profile scale? Well, you have got to admit it is cost-effective, and for the younger or sport modeler this ship with any .35 will give good flights and attract attention. Build the wing first. You will need 'store bought' leading edges 1 in by 24 in. Trailing edges - you will need 4 of them - were used as purchased for the flap/elevon area but were cut away partially when creating the rear spar..."
Me 163, MAN, October 1981.
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