TechOne Kraftei Red ME 163 702mm (28") Wingspan - PNP
TechOne Kraftei ME 163 Red 702mm (28") Wingspan - PNP - TEC0880006P
The TechOne Kraftei ME 163 is a bullet with wings. This bird is FAST! Meant for outdoor flying, the Kraftei ME 163 is built for speed but can also handle slow, stable flight just as easily as high speed flight. Based off the design of the rocket-powered Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, TechOne's version is a hand tosser/belly lander and so fast you would think it was powered by a rocket! There is a ridge on the bottom of the fuselage that acts both as a landing protector of the fuselage and a good grip area for the hand toss. With a streamlined and aerodynamic profile, the Kraftei ME 163 is tailor-made for countless hours of outdoor exhilarating, high speed-flying fun!
- Slick, streamlined and aerodynamic profile with bright red livery for easy visibility
- Ridge on the bottom of the fuselage that acts both as a landing protector and hand gripper
- Powerful AS2212-10 KV2280 brushless outrunner motor for exhilarating high speeds
- Built from rugged EPO foam for durability
- Easy to assemble and transport
- TechOne Kraftei ME 163 702mm (28") Wingspan - PNP
- 4 Channel Radio - Select a minimum 4 channel radio from our Radio Collection
- 4 Channel Receiver - Select a minimum 4 channel receiver from our Receiver Collection
- 3 Cell 11.1V 1000 - 2200 mAh Li-Po battery with XT60 connector - we recommend EPR18003X6
- 3 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 3 cell (3S) charger from our Charger Collection
27.63in / 702mm
18.5in / 470mm
285 - 300g
|CG (Center of Gravity)||150 - 160mm from the trailing edge of the spinner backplate (see manual for illustration)|
|Powerful AS2212-10 KV2280 Brushless outrunner motor (installed)|
Electronic Speed Control
30-amp brushless ESC with XT60 connector (installed)
Propeller / EDF
2x 8g micro servos
3 Cell 11.1V 1000 -2200 mAh Li-Po battery with XT60 connector (required)
4+ channel radio system (required)
|Build Time||1 Hour|
Product Spare Parts
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Fast & Fun
OK, I'm giving this plane 5 stars because it is so much fun to fly, but you need to know some things going in. I went through 2 props before I was able to successfully maiden it. Don't set the travels too low on launch or you will risk hitting the ground due to lack of elevator authority until it gets up to speed. My most successful launches are at full throttle and 75% rates. I then throttle back and lower the rates to 50% once at flying speed. This sucker is FAST. It's probably flying at 60mph at half throttle. Full throttle flybys are blazing fast, and this thing gets small in a hurry at those speeds. It is smooth as silk at 50% rates, but the roll rate is insane at high rates. Just a ton of fun. I replaced the firewall with 1/4 ply because I broke the brittle plastic one quickly due to failed launches and rough landings. I also have added an operating rudder so I could tighten up turns at higher speeds. This thing is a blast, but not for the faint of heart.
I'm very happy
This is the best bang for your buck that you can find its fast it is not for beginners
Saw a couple of reviews complaining of nose drop in the turns. There is an easy way to fix this issue and pick up a couple of extra mph in the process. The plane was engineered with way too much reflex at the trailing edge of the wing. During initial flights and getting it trimmed out, I noticed the elevons had a significant amount of down elevator. This was to compensate for all the "up elevator" built into the center section trailing edge, To fix this problem I took my palm sander and sanded down the upturned trailing edge until most of the upturn was gone. The trailing edge is now about 2 mm thick at the edge. The sanded area proceeds forward about 3/4 of an inch. The sanded area is on the top of the wing only. The plane trims out and flys noticeably better now. The previous tendency to drop the nose while turning has decreased by quite a bit. Now the elevons line up much better with the center section of the wing as they should.
Crazy fast!!! I personally think it needs more elevator authority. Likes to nose down in turns.
Prompt service, great product. Bought two liked them so much, one red & one camo. Keep this little rocket CLOSE! Goes like **** & gets small really quickly. Very manuveaible, slows down nicely for landing. Keep one in your car for instant fun.
What a Blast !!!! Set CG to plans , using a 2200 3s , flew several flights and it handles awsome, even a bigger thrill on 100% , she will spin faster than your eyes can keep up with, if one likes fast birds this one is Awsome !!! Thank You Motion RC for a Thrill !!!
Reduce the throws from stock and its great. Set it up with no "reflex", as those familiar with wings may be tempted to do. The elevons should be even with wing, the "reflex" is built into the wing profile. Hand launches are easy, and the design handles high winds extremely well. I cradled the battery in a piece of pipe insulation foam and press fit it in. Holds great, yet absorbs belly landing inertia. It has a nice dense foam. Add some bright color, as this little gem covers sky remarkably fast for 3S power. And it doesn't have the annoying buzz that many fast wings have, just a pleasant whistling whoosh.
Hold the presses
Ok, here goes: I did write a review about 6 months ago about this plane (somehow it was never published). I really had issues. After about 5 or 6 crashes I gave up. I built the plane just like the manual said. Now mind you it is not much to build, so what can go wrong you ask? Well after purchasing the second one (***** me) which I also crashed after the second crash I found that the CG as marked in the plans was wrong, buy a long shot. I did get the second one to fly and it was fast as ****. It was like on rails after the mods. I loved it. On the second completed flight it lost the ESC and crashed for the last time. Wow, am I having an awful time with this one. But, that being said I like the abuse and purchased the third one. I thought I knew just where to place the battery for the CG. Well not quite, however, after the third attempt I moved the battery another 3/4" further forward. This did it. Now I had accomplished that which could not be done (LOL). Well you know the routine, second flight on rails and on the dog leg approached the motor gave up. This is the reasons for giving it two stars. Believe it or not I love the way it flies, just not the hassles it takes to make it fly right. Since my last crash I threw away the stock motor and replace with a much better Turnigy 2832/6 2200kv. This really makes it fly so much better. I also placed a battery holder made of ply wood in the bottom and made the wings all white on the bottom. I only would recommend this plane because it is fun to fly once you get the bugs worked out. In addition to the above I am now using a 40A Turnigy Plush ESC. Basically I have removed all the electronics and replaced with much better. So you will most likely need to add another $100.00 to the price of the plane, to bring it up to quality of flying. For those of you who think it is beginners bad luck think again. I have been building and flying for over 40 years. Sincerely, Mako Smith