The German Me-163 Komet was the worlds first and only rocket powered fighter. Designed as a rapid response interceptor to combat the US daylight bombing raids, the Komet was years ahead of anything the allies possessed with speeds upwards of 600mph and an incredible rate of climb. The Komet’s volatile rocket system accelerated the Me-163 to an altitude of 39,000ft in just minutes from which it then only had 3 minutes of fuel left to attack its targets with its deadly 30mm canons. Once out of fuel it became a glider and very vulnerable to fighter attack when returning to base for landing. Although it can be considered a failure in operational terms, the Me-163 has gone down in history as a truly legendary aircraft of WW2 thanks to its ground breaking design and blistering rocket performance.
The Durafly Me-163 is in itself a truly a ground breaking model. Not only does this Komet feature a fully working scale ‘dolly’ style undercarriage, blistering performance and a high quality finish, but it is designed out of the box to accept a model rocket engine! In its Plug and Fly (PnF) form, Durafly’s 950mm (37.5″) span Me-163 comes with all electronics pre-installed and ready to hook up to your choice of 6ch receiver. A minimal part count allows assembly to be completed in just a few steps. The molded EPO has a highly detailed surface finish externally, carbon reinforcement internally and features a color matched hard plastic belly skid. It also has good access to all electronics via the battery/canopy hatch, excellent cooling through out and of course a very authentic looking scheme. Quality is definitely the name of the game.
Designed for pilots with some experience, Me-163 benefits from incredible flight performance and stability throughout the speed range. Full power climb outs, virtually unlimited vertical, huge loops, blistering rolls and very fast passes are easily had at full throttle. Slow the Me-163 down and she’s just as stable and has no hint of a stall. Using the recommended 2200mah 30-65C 3S lipo and supplied 6×4 prop, you can expect flight times well beyond 6 minutes and with excellent performance throughout. If you are looking for a lighter set-up, the Durafly Komet is equally happy on a 1300mah 3s, especially at lower speeds.
For those of you looking for the ultimate scale experience, the optional rocket system is a simple drop-in affair (see manual for details), and will give you a thrill like no other. The working dolly-drop is activated at the flick of a switch on your transmitter, allowing for the most scale of take-offs.
Durafly have taken EPO scale models to the next-level with the Komet, and have put you firmly in the pilot seat with the new Me-163.
|Flying Weight:||800-850g (28-30oz)|
|ESC:||Durafly 40A brushless ESC|
|Motor:||Durafly 2836 2200kv Outrunner|
|Prop:||6×4 (2 included)|
|Servos:||2 x metal geared 9g (aileron/elevator) 1 x 9g rudder|
|Controls:||6 ch ‘Elevons’ (aileron/elevator), throttle, rudder, gear (dolly), optional rocket switch|
|Your Own 5-6ch Tx/Rx with elevon/delta mixing|
|1300-2200mAh 11.1v 3S lipo battery (30C min)|
|Turnigy receiver controlled switch (9107000266-0)|
|C6-0 (18mm) class rocket motor from local supplier|