First of it's engine wasn't a soild fuel one like what we use in Model
Rockets and the pilot in it controled it's flight, so while I'm not saying
it couldn't be done, it would be a lot harder as a unguilded model rocket.
The most incredible ME163 model I have ever seen was a 1/4 scale or so model
powered by a massive pulsejet of 50 pounds thrust. I think the all up weight
was 46 pounds dry IIRC. I believe it was flown at the QSAA Rally in Vegas
somewhere around 1986-1988. Titanium wing spars, electric fuel pump, in
flight restart capability.. and well over 200 mph. Launched from a dolly
pulled by a monster bungee cord. Built and flown by Jorg Vogelsang from
Germany - wealthy industrialist who apparently puts his resources to good
use. He has a fleet of somewhat extreme aircraft. The video might still be
available, someone made me a copy long ago.
Air intake was cleverly accomplished through the nose, which was made of two
profile plates so that the nose looked solid from any distance. And he
brought two of them... I guess that's a good idea to make sure you have
something to fly if one breaks, after flying the whole kit and kaboodle
Holy cow! That would require one heck of a skilled pilot to stay
ahead of 50 lbs of model airplane at 200+ mph.
One of the model aviation magazines ran a piece a few years
back on a 4-foot span Me163 that did horizontal ROG with an
H45 motor. I think that one was built light enough to glide after
the powered phase ended.
in article email@example.com, The Shaw's at
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 3/25/05 3:42 PM:
2 or 3 years years back, I saw a site with pics of a Komet model made from
card stock that was flown on a micro motor. I do not have the url for the
site but the card model plans are for sale at Fiddlersgreen.net.