First time using Quest motors

First time using Quest motors

Post by Kris Piwowarsk » Thu, 24 May 2001 14:16:44



    I bought a pack of Quest 6-3 motors from my local store today. I flew
them in my VB24 Ex. Windless day, blue sky. Good flights in all. But I have
some minor gripes.
    1. The recovery wadding is not as good as the Estes stuff. I used 3
squares and burned my***hole in the chute on the first flight of the day.
This was the about the 13th flight for the rocket. (a new record) For the
next two flights, I had to use 4 squares, no problems. On the fourth and
last flight, I used 3 squares of the Estes and no problems.
    2. The labels SUCK!!!  After the first flight , I pulled the motor out
of the adapter and the label stayed behind. What a gooey, sticky mess. Ugh..
And always trying to come off. Very poor, IMHO.
    But what nice flights! No problem with the Tiger Tail 2 igniters. All
fights landed within 30ft of the pad. Even with these small things, I will
buy more Quest motors, and soon I will try some Quest kits.

    Kris Piwowarski

 
 
 

First time using Quest motors

Post by Mike Jeraul » Thu, 24 May 2001 17:54:14


Kris,

I've used the latest Quest A6-4 motors with the new "non-label"
preprinted black text on white casings.  These should be available
throughout the country once the labeled engines get used up.

In regards to Quest engines in general, I personally like the
better smoke trail for tracking.  Tiger tails worked really great
also.  1 failure out of 100 Cub Scout launches.

A quick plug for the bulk pack "Starhawk", 25 for $75, they go together
quick and easy and fly to the perfect height (ooo, aaaahhhh)  for
6-10 year olds.

I haven't had so much fun flying in a while!

Mike Jerauld
Blast From The Past Rocketry


Quote:
>     I bought a pack of Quest 6-3 motors from my local store today. I flew
> them in my VB24 Ex. Windless day, blue sky. Good flights in all. But I
have
> some minor gripes.
>     1. The recovery wadding is not as good as the Estes stuff. I used 3
> squares and burned my***hole in the chute on the first flight of the
day.
> This was the about the 13th flight for the rocket. (a new record) For the
> next two flights, I had to use 4 squares, no problems. On the fourth and
> last flight, I used 3 squares of the Estes and no problems.
>     2. The labels SUCK!!!  After the first flight , I pulled the motor out
> of the adapter and the label stayed behind. What a gooey, sticky mess.
Ugh..
> And always trying to come off. Very poor, IMHO.
>     But what nice flights! No problem with the Tiger Tail 2 igniters. All
> fights landed within 30ft of the pad. Even with these small things, I will
> buy more Quest motors, and soon I will try some Quest kits.

>     Kris Piwowarski

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First time using Quest motors

Post by Stev » Fri, 25 May 2001 21:12:30


Kris,
   I bought the big bag o'A6-4s from ValueLand, and tried them out in
my Big Dawg. The motor was not a good match for the rocket, as I have
added a lot of extra weight to the Big Dawg. It only went about 75',
and with the 4 second delay ejection occured about 5' off of the
ground. However, I think the motors will be great for flying Alphas
and similar rockets on small fields.
   Overall, I definitely like the motors. Nice sound, and lots of
smoke. I'm going to try using them in a cluster next.
   One nit: the TigerTail igniters come with wraps to help place the
clips. However, I only got 10 wraps for 25 motors. Bummer.

--Steve

Quote:

> I bought a pack of Quest 6-3 motors from my local store today. I flew
> them in my VB24 Ex. Windless day, blue sky. Good flights in all. But I have
> some minor gripes.
>     1. The recovery wadding is not as good as the Estes stuff. I used 3
> squares and burned my***hole in the chute on the first flight of the day.
> This was the about the 13th flight for the rocket. (a new record) For the
> next two flights, I had to use 4 squares, no problems. On the fourth and
> last flight, I used 3 squares of the Estes and no problems.
>     2. The labels SUCK!!!  After the first flight , I pulled the motor out
> of the adapter and the label stayed behind. What a gooey, sticky mess. Ugh..
> And always trying to come off. Very poor, IMHO.
>     But what nice flights! No problem with the Tiger Tail 2 igniters. All
> fights landed within 30ft of the pad. Even with these small things, I will
> buy more Quest motors, and soon I will try some Quest kits.

>     Kris Piwowarski

 
 
 

First time using Quest motors

Post by George Schei » Fri, 25 May 2001 22:37:11


If you need more wraps for Tiger Tails, just get a few address labels
and a paper punch (aka ticket punch) to make as many as you need using
the measurements from one of the manufactured wraps.  I buy the big bags
too and mass produce them.

George Scheil

 
 
 

First time using Quest motors

Post by The Silent Observe » Sat, 26 May 2001 10:23:01


Quote:

> If you need more wraps for Tiger Tails, just get a few address labels
> and a paper punch (aka ticket punch) to make as many as you need using
> the measurements from one of the manufactured wraps.  I buy the big bags
> too and mass produce them.

Actually, none of the measurements on the Tiger Tail labels is critical
-- you can use plain masking tape, with a little snip stuck to one side
and another little snip stuck to the other side, offset from the first,
just as I've done for years with Copperheads.  Or you can do what some
folks do, and insulate one jaw of each of you clips -- if you do this,
make sure you leave the jaw that's directly soldered to the wire bare,
and (of course) be sure to hook them up to opposite sides of the Tiger
Tail.

--
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degrees . . .
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