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REV 2.4 - Wed Dec 1 04:18:59 2010

Quest
Micro Maxx Super Value Starter Set
PO Box 2409
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-2409
(970) 264-4050
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SPECS: 3" x 0.25" - <1 oz
ROCKSIM FILE: MISSING - please submit here
SpaceCAD FILE: MISSING - please submit here
REC'D MOTORS: MicroMaxx II-1

Rating
Quest 5618 MicroMaxx Super Value Starter Set (Contributed - by Fred Shecter - 10/20/04)

Brief:
10 single stage RTF models. 50 MicroMaxx II-1 motors and QMX igniters with the thin, easy to heat wire). Full sized launch pad with Micro rod adapter and QMX igniter adapter. Regular 9V electronic Quest launch controller.

Construction:
10 rockets, various designs, all streamer recovery (except saucer).

Nothing to build. You do have to assemble the new igniter holder, but that is simple since it's 2 pieces of plastic held by a clip. Micro launch rod is inserted into standard launch pad using a plastic spacer tube. I suggest inserting the spacer into the pad hub first to get a tighter fit.

Quest 5618 MicroMaxx Super Value Starter Set

Finishing:
No finishing required. These are the original plastic RTF MicroMaxx models, so the usual overweight plastic model problems exist. The longer launch rod helps (now 12 inches long) as does the use of the more powerful MicroMaxx II-1 motors.

Construction Rating: 4 out of 5

Flight:
The system works great. I've used it and I've seen many kids use it (along with their parents). The ignition difficulties experienced by some with the older Silo launch pad are gone. The MicroMaxx II-1 motors propel the models quite high. The "normal" shaped models fly great, but the "unusual" shaped models still have stability problems - which is as expected since they are the exact same plastic rockets that ToyBiz made when they owned Quest. The SVSS is a method of cleaning out the old inventory to make room for "real" MicroMaxx Model Rocket kits in 2005. The Saturn V works great after you add small clear plastic fins - just cut them from a plastic blister package (like an Estes Motor pack).

Flight Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

Flight:
If you are familiar with the plastic "Toy Biz" era MicroMaxx RTF models, then the overall rating for this set would be a 4.5, but if you did not know what to expect it would be a 4. the reason is that some of the plastic rockets are overweight in the wrong places. The Saturn V is the version with the small fins and is unstable until you add small clear plastic fins. The 4 "normal looking" models (3 fins and a nose cone) fly GREAT and will fly much higher than expected - thanks to the MicroMaxx II-1 motors. The SR-71 flew great, but I had some stability problems with the Tomahawk cruise missile. The flying saucer also flies great, but it has drag so it only goes about 20 feet up - and that's a lot better than the 10 feet you got from the Micromaxx I-1 motors of the past.

I strongly suggest buying this set and then joining the Yahoogroup http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MicroMaxRockets/ to learn all about these tiny rockets and then build some models from the online plans. The launch pad and controller will last years and you can use them for your entire Micro Fleet. And Quest will be introducing regular lightweight kits for MicroMaxx II-1 motors sometime in 2005.

Overall Rating: 4 ½ out of 5


Rating
(Contributed - by Jesse - 11/04/04) Quest Micro Maxx Super Value Starter Set

Brief:
This kit is complete and ready to go with 9 rockets, one flying saucer, a launch pad, motors, igniters, and a 9V launch controller. The controller beeps and lights up when the key is inserted and ready to go.

Construction:
No real components here, just install the battery in the controller, set the launch rod in the stand, and you are ready to go,

PROs: No building at all. Everything is ready to go.

CONs: None.

Quest Micro Maxx Super Value Starter Set

Finishing:
None required.

Construction Rating: 2 out of 5

Flight:
First flight was a long time coming. Went though about 5 igniters before giving up and using Estes igniters. Also there was a problem with parts separating that shouldn't have, so you better have some CA with you as you will probably need it. Good flights other than that. Most went about 100 feet up with ejection right at apogee and recovered after landing in street. No other damage other than that of the ejection charge blowing out nose cone.

Second flight was the flying saucer. It went about 20 feet up and about 15 feet to the side. Cute flight.

Quest Micro Maxx Super Value Starter Set Third flight was the Critical Mass rocket which went a good 110 feet up and ejected at apogee but the nose cone blew out again.

Flight Rating: 2 out of 5

Summary:
PROs: Cute rockets that can be flown most anywhere.

CONs: poor construction.

If you can get this one half off the normal price it is OK, but would not recommend that anyone pay full price though.

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5

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Date Name Motor Ejection/
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01-01-2006 Jason Lenentine Qst MMX Apogee - NC Up 0-5 mph winds - Saturn V -- After reading the reviews, I knew to add some fins to this one. Nice straight boost. Despite ejection, it lawndarted into the lawn.
01-01-2006 Jason Lenentine Qst MMX Apogee - NC Up 0-5 mph winds - Saturn V. Repeat of flight #1. My wife said if I flew this one enough, we wouldn't have to aerate the lawn...
01-01-2006 Jason Lenentine Qst MMX Didn't See 0-5 mph winds - Shuttle. Shuttle turned horizontal into neighbor's yard. Current status is MIA.
11-20-2004 Darwin May Qst MMX None - Unknown 0-5 mph winds Event: KCAR sport launch 11-20-04
- These would be nice backyard rockets, despite the fact that I couldn't get them to deploy.
   

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