(Contributed - by Fred Shecter
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.
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.
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
out of 5
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 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).
½ out of 5
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 .
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
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.
½ out of 5
(Contributed - by Jesse - 11/04/04)
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.
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.
out of 5
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.
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.
out of 5
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.
out of 5