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REV 2.4 - Thu Jun 23 23:48:24 2011

Micro Maxx - Tomahawk
PO Box 2409
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-2409
(970) 264-4050
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SPECS: 3.875" x 0.4"
ROCKSIM FILE: MISSING - please submit here
SpaceCAD FILE: MISSING - please submit here
REC'D MOTORS: Micro Maxx

(Contributed - by Dick Stafford [Who's Who Page])

I can't believe it. I actually bought a Micro Maxx starter set and a bunch of engines. I guess the desire to launch more than once a month (twice at best), and without traveling 45 minutes or more, got the better of me!

I got my set, with a single Tomahawk Cruise Missile, at Wal-Mart for $9.99 + tax, as I remember. They only had this and a couple of 4FNC rockets available at the time and I wasn't too interested in those. The set included three Micro Maxx-II engines and four igniters. These engines have 150% the total impulse of the originals (0.3 vs. 0.2 N-sec). The launcher appears to be as described in earlier reviews and includes the base unit with integral controller, a three-piece interlocking shell, launch rod, safety interlock/launch rod cap, and a display stand for the Tomahawk.

Various RocketsFlight:
I am impressed with the launcher. It is well engineered and houses all launch components in a nice self-contained package. So far, I have launched five rockets with no ignition problems. I was worried about the launcher mating with non-Quest kits, but have not had a problem so far. My launches off this controller have included:

  1. Tomahawk - successful
  2. Tomahawk - successful
  3. Mini105 (a converted 10.5mm rocket) - successful
  4. MM-CTV (Micro Maxx Cluster Test Vehicle) on 3 engines - successful
  5. Apogee Micro-V2 - too heavy for this engine

Even with the heftier MMX-II motors, the Tomahawk proved to be barely stable. That is, it kept a generally upward trajectory while it wobbled around. The piston ejection worked fine, but the streamer did not deploy. The performance was not that great either but it landed close by, then I bought the set for the launcher anyway.

I am very happy with my MMX launch system and have plans to buy some Nano Rocketry kits and tubing for scratch-builds. The MMX-II motors have enough impulse to be interesting on small rockets. The controller is well built and is easily adaptable to run off 12v. However, the launcher has been reliable for me and, for now, I am happy having a small portable system. My ratings for this starter set are: Launch system - 5 MMX-II motors - 5 Tomahawk RTF - 2 Composite rating - 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

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12/09 - "I agree with most of the review. Our Tomahawk probably flew a little more stable than his but not quite as good as the Saturn V or simpler 4FNC Quest Micro Maxx models." (D.K.B.)

06/05 - "interesing rocket-in a good way. it flies kinda weird but for the most part, not bad. it leaves the rod and "flies" at a 45º angle. still another good rocket in the MicroMaxx series from quest!" (K.A.C.)

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02/02 - "This is really a tip on the MicroMaxx launcher. After numerous flights, I found the ignition problems went up considerably, even with a new battery. I found that exhaust deposits built up on the contacts within the launcher. In a pinch these can be scraped with the launch rod, but it works even better to clean them with rubbing alcohol before each launch. I use a Microbrush (by Microbrush Corp) to do so." (D.S. )

[Enter Flight Log]
Date Name Motor Ejection/
Wind Notes
11-08-2003 Bob Cox Qst MMX Didn't See Calm - Fast boost. Estimate 75 feet altitude. Streamer opened late, but landed with no damage. Streamer scorched together. Good flight.
01-01-2004 Bob Cox Qst MMX Apogee - NC Up 0-5 mph winds - Fast straight boost. Streamer did not deploy, and missile came down fast nose first. No damage.
04-17-2004 Bob Cox Qst MMX Didn't See 0-5 mph winds - Veered to side about 4 feet above pad. Lost sight. Found nose cone, piston, and streamer in front yard. Rest of body missing. Probably find it with lawn mower.
07-24-2004 Bob Cox Qst MMX Didn't Record Calm - Found pieces lost during last flight and reassembled. Good flight to about 75 feet. Nose cone popped but streamer did not unfurl. Soft landing on grass, no damage.
08-08-2004 Bob Cox Qst MMX None - Nose Cone Stuck 5-10 mph winds - Squirrelly boost, then tumbled back down. Piston bound up so nose cone did not deploy.
08-15-2004 Bob Cox Qst MMX None - Unknown 0-5 mph winds - Got bound up and never left the rod. Left some nice char marks on the quest silo launch pad. What a POS.
12-08-2010 Hans Michielssen Qst MMX None - Underpowered Calm Event: Schoolyard
- Another lob flight. Went up, but a strained flight. No ejection of the streamer.
09-06-2003 James Reyome Qst MMX Apogee - Perfect Calm - Great flight but lost it after ejection. Eventually found it (minus the nose cone) while mowing the lawn. Believe it or not, it WILL fly again!!!
09-01-2001 Dick Stafford Qst MMX Apogee - NC Down Calm - Flight #2. This rocket is barely stable!
09-01-2001 Dick Stafford Qst MMX Didn't See Calm - Actually MMX II. Barely stable flight with lots of wobble. Est alt 30-50 ft???
08-18-2009 Dick Stafford Qst MMX Didn't See Calm Event: Derwood Test Range
- So much for this being a brick - lost :( (later found by my neighbor)
04-04-2010 Luke Wolski Qst MMX Apogee - NC Up Calm Event: Back Yard
- First flight corkscrewed about 20 feet up.
04-04-2010 Luke Wolski Qst MMX Apogee - NC Up Calm Event: Back Yard
- Great flight - landed nose down in the grass!

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