Pseudo-Scale model of an Air-to-Ground Harpoon missile. This kit features 12 fins, large BT-60 body tube, new-and-improved plastic parachute, and adhesive decals. Kit is flown as a single stage.
The kit includes:-
Plastic parachute with shroud lines. Plastic is now quality of the Estes parachutes, not the crinkly old Quest type.
As with other Quest products, the instructions are more than adequate and easy to follow. The illustrations were clear and very easy to follow. Quest uses Kevlar tied around the engine mount with the shock cord attached at the other end. I followed instructions exactly: create engine mount, glue into body tube, remove and sand fins, glue fins onto tube. There are12 fins, so there was a considerable amount of sanding, gluing, sanding, priming and sanding. I just had to be very careful when glueing the fins that they were all aligned properly.
After construction, I primed the rocket with Krylon primer and sanded again. I used Elmer's Fill and Finish on the fins and sanded again. I primed the rocket again. I painted the body grey (as opposed to the suggested white) and painted the nose cone white (as opposed to the suggested grey).
After the paint dried, I carefully cut out the decals and applied them to the body tube and fins. They are adhesive decals, which are much easier to apply than water-transfer decals, but don't look as good. In the end, the rocket looks nice, but I would have prefered water-transfer decals.
Construction Rating: 4 out of 5
I flew the rocket twice, both on Estes B6-4. The rocket is very easy to prep with engine hook and large body diameter. It is easy to place wadding in (4 or 5 crumpled sheets), and then to place the parachute in without having to jam it all in there. The rocket on first flight really zoomed to an admirable height considering the size of the rocket. Ejection occured just after apogee. Parachute deployed perfectly and it landed softly in the grass.
On the second flight, I angled the rocket slightly into the wind. This flight was not impressive at all compared witth the first. The rocket ended up expending a lot of its energy traveling into the wind, so much so that the overall altitude was much lower than the original flight. Ejection occured after apogee. Parachute deployed perfectly and the rocket returned to the earth unscathed.
Flight Rating: 5 out of 5
This is a nice flyer for someone who is looking for something a little more challenging than a skill level 1 rocket. The 12 fins demand a lot more finishing time. It is easy to prep and fly, and the new-and-improved parachute makes this a very nice kit. Decals are a bit disappointing. As a pseudo-scale kit, it looks smart like a missile, but you couldn't use it in a NAR-sanctioned scale competition.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5