Oxford Diecast AC084 – 1/72 Scale Me 163B-1A Komet Diecast Model
Oxford Aviation Series
|Length||8.3 cm||3.30 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||12.9 cm||5.00 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Display stand included with this model.
1/72 Scale Messerschmitt Me 163B-1A Komet – Oxford Diecast AC084
Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet
The Messerschmitt Me 163B Komet is a German single-seat rocket-powered, point defence interceptor, a revolutionary and technically advanced aircraft for its time. In modern times, the Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) has taken over the point defence role. The maiden flight took place during September 1941, entering service in 1944, operations ceased in May 1945. It is the first piloted aircraft to exceed 1000 km/h (621 mph) in level flight. Although a stable gun platform, the aircraft’s high speed required skilled pilots with outstanding shooting ability to achieve kills. Manufactured in two main variants the -A, the first production variant, and -B with a simplified airframe suited to large scale production.
The Komet used a two-wheeled dolly to take off, maintaining level flight until reaching climb speed of 676 km/h (420 mph). The pilot would then eject the dolly and pull the aircraft into a 70° climb, reaching 12,000 m (39,000 ft) in three minutes. Leveling off, accelerate to speeds of 880 km/h (550 mph) or faster. With approximately seven minutes of powered flight, the Me-163 would then glide, without loss of maneuverability, landing with a retractable wooden skid.
The tailess Me 163 had a fuselage of metal construction with wooden mid mounted sweptback wings. Armament consisted of two 30 mm (1.18 in) Rheinmetall Borsig MK 108 cannons in wingroots.
Powered by the Walter HWK 109-509A-2 liquid-fuel rocket, the Me 163 had a maximum speed of 959 km/h (596 mph) and a range of about 50 km (31 miles). The C-Stoff (hydrazine/methanol-based fuel) and T-Stoff (hydrogen peroxide oxidiser) were hazardous and toxic. For safety, separate trucks would deliver each fuel at different times. Leaks sustained during hard landings could cause deadly fires and explosions, on occasions aircraft, exploded on the tarmac.
Jagdgeschwader 400 (JG 400) was a German fighter wing of the Luftwaffe during World War II. Formed on February 1, 1944, it was the only front-line unit to use the Me 163 operationally. JG 400 disbanded in April 1945.