Quest - Sprint {Kit} (1002) [1992-]

Contributed by Ken Kirkland

Manufacturer: Quest
Style: Sport
(Contributed - by Ken Kirkland)

Rocket PicBrief:
A nice 3-finned, single-stage, streamer recovery rocket.

This is an average low-power kit, with the Quest standard components. (Kevlar®/Elastic shock cord, plastic recovery mounting tab, lightweight motor retainer.) I thought the Kevlar® portion of the shock cord was a nice addition. The measurements given on the packaging were not the same as those provided. I found a variance of up to 2" on cords and streamer.

This kit built fairly easily. It would be a good second build for a new rocketeer. The engine mount slipped snugly into the body tube, giving me a good feeling that it's glued to stay. The only gotcha I really found was keeping the shock cord (tied to the engine mount) out of the way while finishing the build. A sharp hobby knife, razor blade is strongly recommended for notching the motor retainer ring.

Ahh the decals. Probably the only real challenge to building this kit. They came on one white sheet, self-adhesive. They require cutting, no matter how you slice it!

Construction Rating: 3 out of 5

I've only gotten 2 flights on a Estes B6-4. It snapped a fin clean off on the second flight. I'm not sure if it was due to the 2" I was shorted on the streamer, the 10 mph winds, or just dumb luck. It was an easy fix, and wind/weather agreeable I'll get it up a few more times soon. Recommended motors A8-3, B6-4, C6-5. The two flights on the B6-4's were nice, clean, about perfect height for visibility. The streamer recovery kept the ground chase to a minimum. The longer hike for recovery was about 75 yards down range, due to the wind after launch.

I'm not sure that the Kevlar® thread doesn't cause a bit of undue wear to the top of the body tube, and I feel the rate of descent may be a little quick. If a little time is taken to reinforce the tube, wear could be minimized, and a full 24" streamer is recommended

Flight Rating: 3 out of 5

Pros: Kit went together fairly easily. Parts all fit. Cons: Decals, incorrect lengths on cords/streamer.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5



A.M. (May 12, 2005)
I built this kit as one of my NARTREK bronze models, I used it for the 30 second streamer requirement. I nailed 40 seconds with a 4 inch bye 40 inch streamer. I highly recommend it as a streamer or parachute duration model.

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