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

Contributed by Ken Kirkland

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

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

Construction:
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.

Finishing:
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

Flight:
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.

Recovery:
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

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

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Flights

Comments:

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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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