Tracy Dungan of the A4/V2 Resource Site sent these pictures of a an actual rocket powered Me 163B RC model built and flown by Earle Aune. Amazingly realistic!
Apart from the photos below, Tracy also kindly supplied a 30 second WMV (Windows Media Video) format film of a launch (387 kB large). Left click here to 'stream' this file using Windows Media Player, or download it by right clicking and "save as".
|The model was built from the Bob Holman kit. It looks very realistic, and is painted in colors and markings similar to Komet 191916 of the National Aviation Museum (Canada)|
|This picture shows the model on its take-off gear (as opposed to landing gear).|
|The builder holding his model. It shows the size of model, and again how realistic it looks.|
|The rocket motor is made by AeroTech Consumer Aerospace. It is an H45 White Lightning solid propellant motor. Peak thrust is 28.8 lbs / 128 N while burn time is 7.1 seconds. It has a total impulse of 320 Newton-Seconds.|
|The rocket motor being inserted into the rear of the model.|
|Preparations of the start dolly, which slides along a track.|
|Engine start with a puff of smoke ...|
|.. and off it goes!|
|Take-off is steep after the dolly is released.|
|Quite a spectacular sight just after lift-off!|
|Climb continues to be steep until burn-out ..|
This must be great fun!