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Messerschmitt Me-163B/S Komet

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Model kit: Messerschmitt Me-163B/S Komet
Finished: 2012
Manufacturer: Academy
Camouflage version: Me-163B-1a, 1/JG 400
Scale: 1/72
Number of parts: 60
Accessories: 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches (14 cm x 14 cm)
Difficulty:
Quality of the model kit:
Brief description of the model kit: Model of Me-163 in a scale 1/72 produced by Academy is one of the best. We can choose from two possible variants - version with cockpit for one pilot, as well as with nontraditional one for 2 pilots. The kit also includes a tractor that is simply made without much detail but it is a quite nice addition. Again, the only shortcoming is somewhat lower quality of transfer sheet. Parts are nicely aligned, so it is almost not necessary to use putty.
Brief description of construction: The kit is very nice, so I built the model in a few days. In the cockpit There was missing a couple of wire in the cockpit, so I made new ones from thin metal sheets. I used Tamiya acrylic paints, which are amazing, for painting the model. I wanted to improve the model a little bit, so I cut brake shields and put them in the open position.

Specifications

Crew: 1
Length: 5.98 m (19 ft 7 in)
Height: 2.75 m (9 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 9.33 m (30 ft 7 in)
Empty weight: 1,905 kg (4,200 lb)
Maximum speed: 1,060 km/h (596 mph)
Maximum range : 40 km (25 mi)
Service ceiling: 12,100 m (39,700 ft)

History

Messerschmitt 163 Komet was the first German rocket plane evolved from the pioneering aerodynamic research of Dr. Alexander Lippisch. The rocket powered Messerschmitt 163 Komet was designed as a stopgap to stem the flood of allied bombers over Germany in the remaining months of World War II.

Of mixed construction, metal fuselage and wooden wings, the Me 163 was designed for easy fabrication and reduced dependence on scarce wartime resources. Designed for the sole objective of attacking allied bomber formations, the semi-delta wing Me 163B was powered by a 3,748 Ib. thrust Walter rocket motor which allowed it to reach a level speed of 596 mph with sufficient fuel for 8 to 10 minutes of powered flight. Armament consisted of two 30 mm MK108 cannon, 24 underwing rockets, or four vertically discharged rockets fired by a photoelectric cell as the Komet flew into the shadow beneath an enemy bomber.

With limited duration and range (50miles), the Me 163 functioned as a pure Interceptor. After take-off the Komet would jettison the trolley style main wheels and use its amazing 11,800 feet per minute climb rate to rapidly climb above the allied bomber formations. From here the pilot could execute one or two extremely high speed attacks where he would have approximately 3 seconds to aim and discharge his weapons. It was hoped that the extremely high speed of the Komet would render it virtually impervious to defensive fire from the bombers. After the rocket fuel was expended, the unpowered Me 163 would glide back to its base and land on an extended underfuselage skid. Unfortunately, the slow and sluggish Me 163 glider was an easy target for marauding allied fighter planes.

Source of information:

  • Me-169 Komet - Academy. Information included in the model kit.

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