Me 163 Komet (oz14268)


Me 163 Komet (oz14268) by Rudy Hergenrother 1999 - plan thumbnail

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Me 163 Komet. Radio control sport-scale slope glider. Optional 1/2A power setup.

Quote: "On July 28, 1944, formations of B-17 Flying Fortress bombers found themselves confronted by a new and revolutionary German interceptor, which made lightning-fast attacks. The fighter was the Me-163 Komet, a rocket-powered interceptor whose entry into combat service began a new phase of air war which could have made a significant impact had it been introduced a year earlier. Approximately 300 of these aircraft were produced before the end of the war in Europe.

The Me-163B was an ultra short-range, single-seat, tail-less interceptor driven by a rocket propulsion unit. The duration of powered flight was, however, only 8 to 10 minutes. It had a phenomenal rate of climb and a top speed of 550 mph. The aircraft took off under its own power using a jettisonable 2-wheel dolly and landed on a retractable skid. It was armed with two 30-millimeter cannons. The Komet could climb to 30,000 ft in 2.6 minutes!

The Me-163 was a breakthrough in aircraft design being a swept back flying wing propelled by a reaction engine that preceded similar configurations including the Avro Vulcan, Dassault Mirage, Convair 1358 Hustler, Saab Draken, Convair F 106 Delta Dart, the Supersonic Transport, and the Space Shuttle.

The Model: The model is a stand-off scale glider with a disproportionately large wing with respect to the fuselage. This was done to achieve flying performance at a small price for pure accuracy. The model features: low cost. ease and speed of construction, performance, and ruggedness. Although the model was designed to be an acrobatic slopesoarer, its tough enough to be used as a combat glider. When the lift conditions or flying site are not good for slope flying, the nose cone can be quickly removed and a 1/2A engine can be bolted in its place for powered flight. Its flying characteristics are not much different than a conventional aircraft and any pilot with experience flying aileron aircraft should have no trouble flying the Komet.

The Design: The design philosophy stresses strengt coupled with lightness as well as ease a construction. I built two models of the Komet. The first used 2.4 mil poly tape for wing covering, while the second's wing was covered with Micafilm (more about that later). The first model went through several modifications to get it right. The second was used for the construction photos as well as employing design improvements and was a couple of ounces lighter.

Both models employed foam wing cores from the 'Zagi-Le Combat Wing' kit (manufactured by Trick R/C, 938 Victoria Ave, Venice, CA 90291). The kit costs less than $50 and includes precut elevons and their associated hardware as well as 2.4-mil poly tape. The kit is recommended for use by those who can't cut their own foam cores since the Zagi-Le wing cores have the proper airfoils and washout needed for the wing.

Wing: The wing employs a core composed of an Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) leading edge laminated to 2-pound density white foam. The plans show the root and tip airfoils and the relative washout needed for those modelers wishing to cut their own cores. The wing is assembled by first cementing the top and bottom core bed halves together using epoxy. Sand the wing core halves. rounding the leading edges and then epoxy them together using the bottom bed for a jig. Lay wax paper between the bed and core halves to prevent the wing from sticking to the bed..."

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Me 163 Komet (oz14268) by Rudy Hergenrother 1999 - model pic

  • (oz14268)
    Me 163 Komet
    by Rudy Hergenrother
    from RCMplans (ref:1272)
    September 1999 
    50in span
    Scale IC Glider R/C Military Fighter
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 29/11/2022
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